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December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Up Close With Ram's New ProMaster City Van

Good payload capacity and roomy cargo compartment make for serious haulability. D-rings along the floor’s edges help secure the load. Photo: Tom Berg

Ford showed off the new ProMaster City compact van last week. It’s a neat truck that drives like a comfortable and roomy auto-based minivan, but it's based on a Fiat commercial van.

Tags: Chrysler, Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Cargo Vans, Test Drive

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Completes MBHA Deal

Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. to InvestZiur.

Tags: Hendrickson, MBHA

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says

A trend report published by DHL outlines the potential of autonomous technologies in transportation and logistics, and that the industry is well suited to take advantage of such technologies.

Tags: Technology, Self-Driving Vehicles, DHL

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

TRALA Announces Death of President and CEO Tom James

[UPDATED} Truck Renting and Leasing Association President and CEO Tom James died unexpectedly Monday night at his home in Arlington, Virginia.

Tags: Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Obituary

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S Powertrains

ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Turkey

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Cuts Quarterly Loss by More Than Half

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced it had cut its fiscal fourth quarter loss by more than half from the same time a year ago, while also reducing its loss for the entire fiscal year.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Names 2014 North American Dealer of the Year

Chicago Truck owner Ron Meyering (second from right) and vice president Kevin Murtha (second from left) were awarded the 2014 Volvo Trucks North American Dealer of the Year award from (left) Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing and Terry Billings, Volvo Trucks vice president, business development (right). Photo: Volvo Trucks

Chicago Truck of Alsip, Ill., was recently recognized as Volvo Trucks' 2014 North American Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, North American Dealer of The Year

December 12, 2014 - Press Release

Cummins Westport Announces Management Changes

Cummins Westport has announced changes to its board of directors and management in accordance with the terms of the 50/50 joint venture agreement between Cummins and Westport Innovations. The changes are effective immediately.

Tags: Cummins, Westport, Cummins-Westport, Senior Management

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Achates Signs Development Contracts with 2 More Manufacturers

Photo via Achates Power.

Achates Power, the developer of modern two-stroke, opposed-piston engines, says it has secured another contract with a leading global original-equipment manufacturer. The company now has five customers for whom it is developing variations of its designs.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Opposed-piston diesels, Achates Power, Engines

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Antares Trailers Acquired by Direct Trailer

Photo via Antares Trailers.

Antares Trailers has been acquired by Direct Trailer, a Texas-based manufacturer of custom flatbeds and drop-deck trailers. The acquisition will expand Direct Trailers production capabilities and increase the business volume.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dropdeck Trailers

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Expands Electrical Harness Division

Phillips Industries expanded the capabilities of its Electrical Harness Division at its new facility in Arteaga, Mexico. The new facility will increase the division’s footprint by 25%.

Tags: Mexico, New Facility, Phillips Industries, Electrical System

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Plant Using Carbon-Neutral Electricity

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant: Photo via Volvo Trucks.

[UPDATED] The electricity powering Volvo Trucks' North America’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., is now carbon neutral thanks to a switch to renewable fuels to produce power.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Volvo Trucks, Assembly Plant

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Rolls out New Efficiency Spec for ProStar

Image via Navistar.

Navistar's new ProStar ES package includes a choice of the Maxxforce N13 engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission, or the Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain, and high-efficiency 6X4 or 6X 2 drive axles and fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Navistar, MaxxForce 13, ProStar, Aerodynamics

December 5, 2014 - Product News

Detroit Automated Manual Comes Standard with IPM

The Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission: Photo via Detroit.

Intelligent Powertrain Management comes standard on the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission when paired with any heavy-duty Detroit engine.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Powertrain, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Montana Peterbilt Opens Fourth Location

The Sidney parts-only location of Montana Peterbilt: Photo via Montana Peterbilt.

Montana Peterbilt opened its fourth dealership, a parts-only facility located in Sidney, Mont. It is strategically located in the Bakken Shale region of the state.

Tags: Peterbilt, Montana, Dealership, Bakken Oil Fields

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Orders Remain Strong in November

Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.

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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Best-Selling Commercial Van in November

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Fleet Sales, Cargo Vans

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

East Offers Mobile-Optimized Website

East Manufacturing has launched a new interactive version of its website at www.eastmfg.com to help user select the right drop deck, dump, flatbed and refuse trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Websites

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names President of North American Truck Business

Photo: Eaton Corp.

Truck component manufacturer Eaton Corp. announced on Tuesday Pavan Pattada has been named president of the company’s North American truck business beginning the first of next year.

Tags: Eaton Corp., People

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

McCandless Truck Center Acquires Hanson International

The McCandless Truck Center International dealership group acquired Hanson International of Western Colorado, a commercial truck dealer with two dealerships in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Tags: Colorado, International Trucks, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Truck Dealers

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Flat in October

Photo: Jim Park

Sales of used Class 8 trucks were essentially flat in October, rising by only 1% over the previous month according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Reports Trailer Orders at All-Time High in October

Trailer orders in October were up more than 90 percent year over year, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Replacement Program for New York, New Jersey Ports Extended

Port Newark. Photo: Doc Searls via Wikimedia Commons

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved the continuation of a program that helps port truckers replace older, higher-polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner burning ones.

Tags: Emissions, Port Trucking, Air Pollution, Port of New York and New Jersey

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