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April 27, 2017 - Product News

Meritor Offers 13X Axle on International Trucks

Photo: Meritor

Meritor has announced that its 13X single-drive axle will become standard equipment on the International DuraStar in July. The axle will also be available as an option on other International medium-duty trucks.

Tags: DuraStar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Meritor, International Trucks, Axles

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Celebrates a Half Century on and off the Highway

Western Star's newest Model 5700 paint scheme is based on colors and patterns the company used on show trucks in the 1970s. Photos: Jack Roberts

Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, OOIDA

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Dealership Employment Rose 5.6% in 2016

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Employment at truck dealerships hit its highest point in five years, according to a report from American Truck Dealers a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, as dealers work to improve customer uptime and deal with ever-more-complex equipment.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Truck Sales, Dealership, Employment, Truck Dealers, Uptime

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Acquires Wheel End Supplier KIC

KIC's product range. Photo: KIC

Accuride has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire wheel end component supplier KIC and some of its affiliated entities.

Tags: Accuride, Wheel Ends, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo, Paccar Profits All Move Higher

Earnings for truck makers moved higher in the first quarter of the year, with three on Tuesday showing big improvements from the same time in 2016.

Tags: Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Daimler, Quarterly Earnings

April 24, 2017 - Product News

International RH Truck Offers SAF-Holland Fifth Wheel

The Holland FW17 Series Fifth Wheel will be standard equipment on Navistar’s new International RH Series regional-haul tractor.

Tags: International Trucks, Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Promotes Christman to President of Operations

Navistar International has promoted Phil Christman to president, operations, responsible for procurement, product development, manufacturing and supply chain.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Now Offers 16,000 Pound Front Axle on Pinnacle

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks’ 16,000-pound front axle is now available for order on the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back and Axle Forward models.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Axles, Pinnacle

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Details 'Versatile' New VNR Regional Tractor

Photos: Volvo Trucks

After unveiling its new VNR regional tractor, Volvo Trucks provided more details at the ExpoCam truck show in Montreal.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, New Vehicles, Regional Haul

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

International Reveals RH Regional Tractor; Designed with Driver Input

International RH Series regional-haul tractor. Photos: International Trucks

International Truck has launched the RH Series, a new Class 8 regional- haul tractor that the OEM said was designed with driver input to help improve uptime, visibility, and fuel economy over similarly equipped models.

Tags: International Trucks, New Vehicles, Regional Haul, Navistar

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Unveils VNR Regional Tractor

Volvo's VNR 300 regional truck launched in Montreal on April 19, 2017. Photo by Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America Wednesday launched a new regional truck, the VNR, to address what it believes is tremendous growth potential in regional and short-haul markets. Volvo says this truck will meet the needs of beverage haulers, grocery distributors, fuel haulers and many others engaged in local, regional and short-haul service.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Regional Haul

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Inks Strategic Partnership with China Truck Builder

CNHTC/Sinotruk HOWO A7 tractor. Photo: CNHTC

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp. Ltd. have agreed “to explore a strategic partnership to optimize fully automatic transmission technologies for the Chinese market.

Tags: China, CNHTC, Sinotruk, Allison Transmission

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Xantrex Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Freedom Inverter

Image: Xantrex

Xantrex produced its first Freedom Inverter 25 years ago for recreational vehicles, but quickly found a market for heavy-duty trucks with sleepers.

Tags: Xantrex, Inverter, Anti-Idling, APUs, Milestones

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Source: ACT Research

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold to Buy Westport’s APU Business for $70M

Carrier Transicold has signed an agreement to acquire certain IMPCO road and rail transport product lines, including the ComfortPro auxiliary power unit business, from Westport Fuel Systems.

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Mergers & Acquisitions, Westport, APUs

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Building $22M Logistics Facility

Daimler says a new logistics center in Gaffney, S.C., will boost a number of key business operations for FCCC. (Photo: DTNA)

A new logistics facility is the centerpiece of a $22.7 million investment expected to affect a number of key business operations for FCCC.

Tags: Freightliner, Vehicle Manufacturing, Daimler Trucks North America, FCCC, Groundbreaking

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Gets Set to Run with the Big Rigs with Electric Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that his company would unveil a new, electric, autonomous truck this September. Photo: Jack Roberts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tease-tweets an all-new, electric, autonomous semi truck set to be unveiled this September.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Land to Support Manufacturing Operations

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Stoughton Trailers has purchased approximately 17 acres of vacant real estate in the City of Brodhead, Wisconsin, in support of its manufacturing plant located directly across the street.

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Launch Regional VNR Model

Volvo says its new VNR model, to be launched later this month, is indicative of the company&#39;s design philsophy today.<br />Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Saying it will "change antiquated perceptions of what trucks should look like," Volvo Trucks North America will launch its new VNR Regional Haul truck at the ExpoCam show in Montreal later this month, with new streamlined experior styling and features such as a steering wheel that tilts like a car’s.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, YouTube, Social Media, Vocational Trucks, ExpoCam, Regional Haul

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Buys Truck System Technologies

San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International has acquired Truck System Technologies, a provider of tire-pressure monitoring and mobile-asset management systems technology.

Tags: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, P.S.I.

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Photo: Hartt Transportation

The Truckload Carriers Association reiterated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks.

Tags: Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

April 11, 2017 - Global News

UD Trucks Rolls Out Flagship Cabover for Japan

UD Trucks Quon (Japan) Photo: Volvo Group

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship.

Tags: UD Trucks, Volvo Group, Global, Japan, Cabovers

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Names New Chiefs for Marketing and Trailer Sales

David Diaz Photo: Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries has hired David Diaz as director of marketing and Jeffrey McKeown as OEM trailer and technical sales manager.

Tags: Phillips Industries, People

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