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August 20, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Production Increased in July

Photo: Mack

North American Class 8 and medium-duty vehicle production increased in the month of July, boosted by strong order numbers, according to a report from ACT Research.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

August 20, 2017 - Product News

ZF Brings ReAx Electronic Steering System to Heavy Truck Market

ZF's ReAx steering system mounts to a truck steering column and provides steering assistance based on real-time driver needs. Photo: ZF Group

ZF's new ReAx electronic steering system reads sensors from a wide array of vehicle systems and provides drivers with augmented control automatically tailored to specific driving situations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Retention, Safety, Steering

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

GHG Rule Review Pleases Trailer Makers, Concerns Some Stakeholders

Trailer skirts like this one benefit some carriers, but not enough fleets so they should be mandated, contend trailer makers. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

The Trump administration’s announcement that it will revisit parts of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules were greeted with cautious optimism by the trailer makers who pushed for the review, but with concern by other parties.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

August 18, 2017 - Product News

International Backs A26 Engine With Uptime Commitment

Photo: International

International has launched the A26 Customer Uptime Assurance Program, backing the recently launched A26 12.4L engine with the promise of reimbursement for extended downtime.

Tags: International, Warranty, Diesel Engines, Uptime

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swint Named Head of Travis Body and Trailer

Stuart Swint was named general manager and president of Travis Body and Trailer, whose current head is retiring.

Tags: TBEI, Leadership, Trailers, People, Upfitting

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Decline But Meet Expectations

Photo: Great Dane

The final trailer order numbers for the month of July have been released by transportation industry analysts FTR and ACT Research, showing a steep decline from the previous month, but an increase overall compared to last year.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Hold Firm in July

According to J.D. Powers, the average sleeper tractor retailed last month was 74 months old, had 443,714 miles and sold for $47,728. Photo: Evan Lockridge

J.D. Powers analysts found prices for used trucks remain high as volume levels dropped, while retail prices continue to hold steady as well.

Tags: J.D. Power, Class 8, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Vehicle Values

August 14, 2017 - Product News

Downsped SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offers Improved Fuel Economy

Photo: Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies

The Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture has added a new downsped overdrive model to its range of Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage Powertrains.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Diesel Engines, Powertrain, Fuel Economy, Downspeeding

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Hit With $30.8 Million Judgment in ProStar/MaxxForce Lawsuit

A jury has awarded $30.8 million to Milan Supply Chain Solutions in its suit against Navistar Inc. Photo courtesy Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Navistar Inc. disputes allegations that it didn’t thoroughly test its MaxxForce EGR engines – allegations that surfaced in a lawsuit where a jury last week awarded $30.8 million in damages – including testimony about the engine program by former executive Jim Hebe that the company "did not test s**t".

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Navistar, SCR, MaxxForce, EGR

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Makes Changes to Marketing, Communications Leadership

David Giroux Photo: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America has officially announced two key transitions in the senior leadership in marketing and communications.

Tags: Leadership, Communications, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Marketing

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Named Exclusive Provider for Chanje Electric Van

Chanje's V8070 is a Class 5 that promises to haul up to 6,000 lb of payload and 580 cu-ft of cargo space at about 50 MPGe fuel economy in city and highway driving. Photo: Chanje

Chanje Electric Vehicles will be available for sale, lease and short-term rental at strategic U.S. locations. Ryder also offers comprehensive and preventive maintenance for Chanje EVs.

Tags: Ryder System, Chanje Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Boosts 3500's Tow Rating with Fifth-Wheel Option

Photo of 2018 Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA.

Ram has increased the towing capability of its 3500 Heavy Duty pickup for the 2018 model year by offering a fifth-wheel option that would boost the maximum trailer weight rating to 30,000 pounds, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Towing, Ram 3500, Large Pickups, Cummins, 2018-MY, Ram Truck

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Research Shows Promise for New Source of Rubber for Tires

Guayule is a shrub that grows in the Southwest and produces a rubber that can be used in tires.

It’s possible you could see truck tires in the future made from rubber from a domestic plant rather than the traditional rubber tree, as a five-year study led by Cooper Tire & Rubber showed good results for passenger tires.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Guayule

August 10, 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Chanje's first North American offering will be a Class 5, 16,500-lb GVW all-electric panel van with a 100-mile range. Photo: Chanje

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Hino Celebrates 10 Years in West Virginia

Hino Motors Manufacturing in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of manufacturing. (Photo: Hino)

Hino Motors Manufacturing facility in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of medium-duty truck production. This 245,000 square-foot location produces Hino’s Class 6 & 7 conventional body style trucks.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Medium-Duty Trucks, 10th Anniversary, Hino Trucks

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Assesses Real-World Platooning Operations

The PIT Group is working with Volvo and other interested parties to evaluate potential platooning operations in North America. Photo: PIT Group

Canada's PIT engineering research group is overseeing a month-long series of truck platoon tests in order to evaluate how the new technology will perform in real-world fleet operations.

Tags: Canada, Active Safety Systems, Vehicle Testing, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, PIT Group, Volvo Trucks

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Denso to Develop Automated Vehicle Tech

Denso Corp. says it's establishing a new company to design and develop semiconductor IP cores, which are key semiconductor components for automated driving technology, according to the company.

Tags: Denso, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Values Stumble This Summer

Courtesy of Wikimedia.

As the summer season continues, one trend is emerging for medium-duty trucks — declining auction prices, according to Black Book’s August Specialty Markets report.

Tags: Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Remkarketing, Used Vehicle Values, Used Truck Sales

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Volkswagen, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Heil Trailer's Radish to Head Sister Operation Kalyn Siebert

Photo: Kalyn Siebert

Heil Trailer International sister company Kalyn Siebert has appointed Jake Radish as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Heil Trailer

August 4, 2017 - Global News

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

The T-Pod is an all-electric autonomous truck capable of running 124 miles on a single battery charge. Photo: Einride

A Swedish startup has unveiled a prototype electric truck that doesn't require a driver. In fact, there's not even a cab for a driver to sit in.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Acquires More Navistar Shares in Series of July Trades

Volkswagen has been a major shareholder in International since purchasing a $250 million stake in the company last year. Photo: International

Volkswagen quietly invested approximately $11,263,489 in Navistar International stock last month.

Tags: International, Volkswagen, Navistar

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar to End 9/10L Engine Production by 2018

Navistar's N9 Engine Photo: Navistar

Navistar has announced that it will cease production of its medium-duty 9- and 10L engines at the company’s Melrose Park, Illinois, facility by the second quarter of 2018.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Trucks, Engines

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