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June 22, 2017 - Industry News

Acela Truck Company Offers Extreme-Duty Trucks

Photo courtesy of Acela Truck Company

The company resets Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) from the U.S. Army to a near-zero-mile condition for use in oil and gas, mining, pipeline construction, and other commercial fleets.

Tags: Extreme Duty Trucks, Acela Truck Company, Military Trucks, Utility Fleets

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FTR: The Economics of 33' Trailers Only Benefit a Few Markets

Photo: Tom Berg

FTR released a new report detailing the economics of using twin 33-foot trailers, showing that only in specific cases would the extra capacity lead to a benefit. However, for those fleets, the increase would be worth it.

Tags: Trailers, LTL, FTR, Delivery Fleets, Double Trailers

June 20, 2017 - Product News

Truck-Lite Components Come Standard on New Cascadia

The 2018 Freightliner Cascadia. Photo courtesy Daimler Trucks North America.

For the 2018 model year, several Truck-Lite components will be standard on Freightliner’s flagship new Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Vehicle Lighting

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Agrees to Buy German Wheel Supplier

Accuride has entered into an agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels, a privately owned German-based supplier of steel wheels to the commercial vehicle industries in Europe and Asia.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Improved Freight Demand Could Increase Equipment Purchases

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed improving freight demand while ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that fleets were looking to buy new equipment.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Pirelli Names Vitale to Head North American Commercial Tire Brand

Alex Vitale has been named the North American CEO of TP Commercial Solutions, the business unit in charge of marketing and distributing Pirelli brand commercial truck tires in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Leadership, Tires, People, Pirelli

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Haldex Launches Online Drum-vs.-Disc Brake Calculator

Haldex&#39;s new online calculator allows the fleet to input a number of factors to determine which type of brake is best for its application.<br />Photo: Haldex

Haldex's new web-based calculator was developed to allow fleets to input customized data so they can compare the overall cost of ownership between drum brakes and air disc brakes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Brakes, Total Cost of Ownership, Haldex, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Show Sixth Year Over Year Gain

May trailer orders were better than expected, according to preliminary estimates from ACT Research. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year over year every month since December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

June 15, 2017 - Product News

International Announces Standard Air Disc Brakes For New LT Series Tractor

The ADB22X air disc brake now standard on LT Series tractors features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.<br />Photo: International

International Truck is making air disc brakes standard equipment on all axles for all models of the new International LT Series tractor, a move the company says is a first.

Tags: International, Brakes, Safety

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

Michelin&#39;s long-term Visionary concept can perhaps be best summed up as a &quot;wheel with no air.&quot; Photo: Michelin

Looking not unlike a lushly blue life form on James Cameron’s cinematic world of Pandora, the prototype of Michelin’s Visionary concept tire glowingly held center stage at the tire maker’s Movin’ On global conference on sustainable transportation.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Tires and Wheels, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

The $18.8 million contract will go toward 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles for Iraq. Photo: Navistar Defense

The U.S. Army recently awarded Navistar Defense an $18.8 million foreign military sales contract to provide 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles to Iraq.

Tags: Iraq, Military Vehicles, Navistar Defense, Global, Navistar

June 13, 2017 - Product News

International LT to Come Standard with Truck-Lite Mirrors, Lights

Photo: International Trucks

Truck-Lite announced that three of its components will be standard equipment on International Truck’s 2018 LT Series heavy-duty truck.

Tags: Truck-Lite, International Trucks, Vehicle Lighting, LT Series, Lighting

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Great Dane Relocates Atlanta Branch

Great Dane&#39;s new Atlanta facility. Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane’s Atlanta, Georgia, branch has moved to a new, significantly larger location, with an expanded parts showroom and bigger stock yard.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, Atlanta, Great Dane

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu Produces 40,000th Gasoline N-Series

The 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich., on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Tags: Isuzu N-Series, Milestones, Gasoline Engines, Cabovers, Isuzu

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Genuine Painted Parts Program

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has announced it is offering a Genuine Painted Parts Program, delivering genuine, factory-built replacement parts, custom painted for pre-order or quick turnaround.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Parts, Replacement Parts

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Test Drive Addresses 4-Cylinder Engine Questions

Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 cabover truck for closed track test drives this week. The company also disclosed the results of comparison road tests conducted by a third party.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Ride and Drive, Isuzu FTR

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Carrier Doubles CNG-Powered Fleet Size

Matheson Trucking has announced it will add 27 new CNG-powered tractors to its fleet this year. Photo: Matheson Trucking

Despite the fall-off in interest in natural gas fuel with the return of cheaper diesel prices, Sacramento's Matheson Trucking remains committed to increasing the use of clean energy fuels.

Tags: Environmentally Friendly, Alternative Fuels, GHG emissions, CNG

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Pins Q2 Loss on New Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks

International RH Series Photo: Navistar

Navistar International reported a second quarter 2017 net loss of $80 million on revenues of $2.1 billion. The truck and engine maker attributed those results to lower U.S. and Canada sales of its trucks and buses and to heightened used-truck losses.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Sales, Used Trucks

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Follows Goodyear in Second Round of Tire Price Increases

Bridgestone has followed Goodyear in announcing a second price increase on its truck and bus tires this year.

Tags: Goodyear, Bridgestone, Tires, Tire Prices

June 6, 2017 - Product News

International Truck Offers Fabco Axle on WorkStar Models

Photo: International

International Truck has announced the availability of the heavy-duty Fabco FSD-20K axle option on its WorkStar lineup.

Tags: WorkStar, Severe Duty, International Trucks, Axles

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo&#39;s Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM&#39;s new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit 7-Month Low

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are projected at 38,100 units combined in May, dropping 11% from the previous month, according to ACT Research.

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

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Signal Completes $270 Million Acquisition of TBEI

Federal Signal has completed its acquisition of Truck Bodies and Equipment International, a manufacturer of dump bodies and trailers, for a purchase price of $270 million.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Federal Signal, TBEI, Trailers, Truck Equipment, Upfitters

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