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October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Bridgestone Completes Guayule Research Farm

The Bridgestone research farm started growing guayule for research use in spring of 2013. This year’s fall planting will provide the first biomass to the BioRubber Process Research Center for tire evaluation in mid-2015.

Bridgestone Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., has completed its Agro Operations Guayule Research Farm in Eloy, Ariz. The research farm will supply guayule biomass for rubber production at the company’s BioRubber Process Research Center, which is currently under construction in Mesa, Ariz.

Tags: Bridgestone, Tires, Wheels, Guayule

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar to Offer $200 Million in Notes, Credit Rating Lowered by S&P

UPDATED--Navistar International has announced its latest financial move to prop up its money-losing operations, but a major credit rating agency doesn't seem that impressed, despite truck order numbers increasing.

Tags: Navistar, financials

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, GM, Nissan and Shorepower Recognized for Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence

Securing America’s Future Energy recently recognized Cummins Westport Inc., General Motors, Nissan, and Shorepower Technologies as the winners of its Advanced Technology Award for their leadership in driving fundamental improvements to America’s energy security.

Tags: Nissan, Alternative Fuels, General Motors, Cummins Westport, Shorepower Technologies

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Announces ISV5.0 V-8 Diesel for Light and Midrange Trucks

Cummins&amp;rsquo; 5-liter V-8 diesel will go into production in about a year. Nissan is the first to announce its use in its 2015 Titan pickup.<br />

Cummins is going after more of the light- and medium-duty market with its new ISV5.0, a 5-liter (302-cubic-inch) V-8 diesel that promises high performance and low total cost of ownership.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Equipment, Engines, Light & Medium

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Mack GuardDog Connect Adds Telematics to Its Engine Monitoring System

Mack GuardDog Connect provides an integrated telematics ssystem with instant diagnostics and proactive scheduling of repairs handled by a live agent &amp;ndash; all while the truck is still on the job.

Allentown, Pa.--Mack Trucks today announced GuardDog Connect, a telematics system that executives said will speed servicing and enhance dealers’ ability to fix trucks correctly on the initial visit. Connect adds cellular connectivity to the existing Mack GuardDog maintenance monitoring system, and will begin going onto on trucks built in January.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

&amp;ldquo;2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve.&quot; Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: Congress, U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Beijer Electronics Opens New U.S. Corporate Headquarters

Beijer Electronics, a Sweden-based global technology company, has opened its US headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beijer Electronics is the manufacturer of TREQ mobile data terminals, an in-cab hardware for vehicle applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Expansion, Beijer Electronics

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference: Gridlock, Obama, and What it Means for Green Fleets

The attractive price of natural gas fuel, like that used in this bi-fuel Ford F-550, could put pressure on other &quot;green&quot; alternatives.

PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.

Tags: Regulations, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Announces New Leasing Locations

Volvo Trucks recently expanded its network of leasing locations in the United States and Canada to include 10 new sites to better serve customers.

Tags: Leasing, Volvo Trucks

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Waltco Loses Engineering VP, Makes Sourcing Appointments

Liftgate maker Waltco announced the resignation of Bill Kreutinger, vice president of engineering, who has taken a position with another company in the industry.

Tags: Trailers, Idle Reduction, Waltco Lift Corp.

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Fuel Consumption of New Trucks Can Be Reduced by More

Truck, engine and trailer makers already are investigating some of these fuel-saving technologies through the SuperTruck program.

Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.

Tags: MPG, Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, Aerodynamics

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

California Adds Funding for Cleaner-Burning Trucks

The California Air Resources Board announced millions more in funding for state programs to help truckers comply with the state's emissions regulations through its Truck Loan Assistance Program and its Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Buying Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Texas-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, is expanding in the Midwest with the aquisition of several dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

Tags: Illinois, Rush Enterprises, Indiana, Dealers

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Scott Coyle Named Director, Service Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has promoted Scott Coyle to director, service operations, for its medium-duty truck business. He will replace Bill Mohr, who is retiring after 25 years with MFTA.

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Stephen Roy Named Mack North American President

Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales &amp;amp; Marketing for Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks Inc. announced that Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales & Marketing, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Roy has led the company’s aftermarket business since 2008, and will succeed Kevin Flaherty, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the company.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks

September 23, 2013 - Industry News

Yokohama Breaks Ground on New Mississippi Truck Tire Plant

The groundbreaking for the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi plant was attended by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (left) and Hikomitsu Noji, president and representative director of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, a manufacturing subsidiary of Yokohama Tire Corp., officially broke ground on its new commercial truck tire manufacturing plant in West Point, Miss., which is slated to begin operations in October 2015.

Tags: Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., Expansion, Mississippi

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Goes Beyond Trucks and Components with New Detroit Telematics Suite

The 7-inch touchscreen can be used by drivers wearing gloves.

Building on the success of its Virtual Technician product, Daimler Trucks North America is going full-bore ahead with telematics. It unveiled the Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet, which not only integrates with Virtual Technician and the Visibility fleet back-office software, but also offers hours of service, pre-and post-trip inspections, two-way messaging and navigation.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Detroit Diesel, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Shares Plans for Profitable Growth With Investment Community

Senior leaders of Cummins Inc. Tuesday shared their five-year plans for profitable growth, emphasizing the opportunities presented by tightening emissions regulations in many parts of the world and the acquisition of its distributors in North America.

Tags: Cummins, Earnings, Engines

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

M&K Expands in Chicago Area

M&K Quality Truck Sales has expanded its presence in the Chicago area, opening a parts sales operation in Melrose Park. Serving customers in the west and northwest Chicago suburbs, M & K Melrose Park becomes the company’s fourth location in the area, and ninth facility overall.

Tags: Illinois, Dealers, Expansion, M&K

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Competitors Ask Court to Penalize Some Engines

A feud between truck engine makers and the federal government was heard last week in Federal Court in Washington D.C.

Tags: Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Introduces New Global Engine Platform

For on-highway markets, the G Series Heavy-Duty engine platform will be introduced as the Cummins ISG11 and Cummins ISG12 (shown here).

Cummins Monday announced a new global heavy-duty engine platform. The G Series platform is an in-line six cylinder engine, and will be available in 10.5- and 11.8-liter displacements to meet a broad variety of on-highway and off-highway global market requirements and emissions standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Engines, global

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Prepares for Growth with Plans for New HQ

A rendering of how the new DTNA facility mightl ook.

Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will build a new headquarters building and parking garage on its Swan Island campus in Portland, Ore. On top of that, a new Daimler Education in Motion program benefits Portland metro area and Southwest Washington school programs geared toward engineering and manufacturing.

Tags: Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

Tags: NTEA, TRALA, Taxes, ATD, Congress, Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Equipment, Mack Trucks, Meritor, Highway Funding, Dealers, Infrastructure Funding

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