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January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Wins ATD Truck of the Year Award

Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck. Photo via Kenworth

The American Truck Dealers named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck as the 2015 Truck of the Year at the ATD convention and Expo in San Francisco.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Commercial Truck of the Year, Kenworth T880

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Copper-Free Brake Initiative Signed by Trucking Groups

The signing ceremony for the Copper Free Brake Initiative. Photo courtesy of MEMA.

Several motor vehicle industry associations including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association pledged to reduce the amount of copper in brake pads.

Tags: EPA, HDMA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Environmental Regulations, Air Disc Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Grote Industries Hires New VP of Engineering

Michael R. Henderson, vice president of engineering at Grote Industries. Photo courtesy of Grote.

Grote Industries has hired Michael R. Henderson as its vice president of engineering. Henderson will be responsible for all Grote Engineering and be tasked with implementing the company’s new product development process.

Tags: Leadership, Lighting, Grote, People

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

ATD Commercial Truck of the Year: Behind the Scenes

Heavy vocational trucks were judged in this year’s ATD Commercial Truck of the Year competition: (From left) International WorkStar 7600, Peterbilt 567 and Kenworth T880. Previous competitions included more truck types. Photo by Tom Berg

American Truck Dealers will announce its annual Commercial Truck of the Year Saturday. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers a behind-the-scenes look at this week's judging process.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, Vocational, Commercial Truck of the Year

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders up More Than 40 Percent Year over Year

Photo: Jim Park

Class 8 truck orders in 2014 were up 42% over 2013, with 380,200 net orders being placed last year, according to data from ACT Research. Class 5-7 truck orders also performed well, selling 223,250 units.

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

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

December Trailer Orders Near Record Numbers

Photo: Utility Trailers.

December trailer orders were second only to October 2014 in volume, and trailer orders for the year hit an all-time high.

Tags: Dry Vans, FTR, Manufacturing, Trailer Orders, Trailers

January 21, 2015 - Press Release

Allison Transmission to Mark Centenary Throughout 2015

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. has announced that it will celebrate its centennial throughout 2015 with a variety of special events and activities.

Tags: India, Allison Transmission, Hungary, Corporate Anniversaries

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show

Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

New America's Road Team Captains Honored at Volvo Trucks Event

Volvo's Magnus Koeck, left, hands the keys to ATA's Pat Thomas. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Take 19 of the country's safest, most professional drivers and have them walk onto the truck factory floor and see their brand-new ride waiting, and they turn into a bunch of excited teenagers taking selfies.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Image

January 16, 2015 - Product News

Mack Expands Support for Body Builders

Mack Trucks expanded its customer and body builder support by creating a body builder order manager position along with a support team.

Tags: Leadership, customer service, Mack Trucks, Dump Trucks

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Raises Expectations

Photo: Wabash National

The trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. on Wednesday updated and raised guidance it previously provided ahead of releasing its fourth quarter and 2014 earnings.

Tags: Earnings, Wabash National

January 14, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands OnTrac Customer Service Hours

Meritor’ OnTrac Customer Service Center is now open seven days a week with expanded hours Monday through Friday.

Tags: customer service, Call Center, Meritor, Product Support

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Photo via NTSB

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride Guard, Medical Examiners

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Adds New Authorized Dealers

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing named Waters Truck & Tractor and Waters International Trucks as authorized East dealers. Waters will offer East’s full line of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing, Dropdeck Trailers, Flatbed Trailers, Dump Trailers

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dana CEO Retiring Next Year, Preliminary Earnings Released

The parent to truck component manufacturer Dana Spicer, Dana Holding Corp., on Tuesday announced President and CEO Roger J. Wood has told the company's board of directors he plans to retire in April 2016, after five years of leadership at the company.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana Spicer

January 12, 2015 - Product News

Frozen Foods Fleet to Install Forward LED Lighting on 700 Trucks

Photo: KLLM

KLLM-Frozen Food Express announced that it would be installing Truck-Lite LED forward lighting on all of its new trucks. It will begin installing the lighting on all 2016 Freightliner and Volvo models, nearly 700 trucks.

Tags: Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Frozen Food Express, Lighting

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Deploys Telematics System on New Dry Van Trailers

Swift Transportation announced that it would partner with Spireon to bring GPS-based trailer tracking and management to dry van trailers added in 2015.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Spireon, Trailer Tracking, Swift Transportation, Trailers

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Details 2016 Titan's Cummins Turbo Diesel

Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is offering a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel with its 2016 Titan pickup for the first time that will give work truck buyers greater capability for towing and payload, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Diesel Engines, Nissan Titan, 2016-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Large Pickups

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

New Full-Size Van Sales Grow 11 Percent

Photo of Transit vans courtesy of Ford.

Sales of new-model full-size commercial vans rose more than 11 percent in 2014 as several manufacturers transitioned to European-style vans and phased out less fuel-efficient models.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Fleet Sales

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Carlyle Group Buys Back AxleTech

Mary Petrovich, a former CEO of AxleTech from 2002-2011, will rejoin the firm as executive chairman. Joe Mejaly, who joined the company in May 2014 as general manager, will serve as AxleTech International’s CEO.

Tags: Leadership, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, AxleTech International, Carlyle Group

January 9, 2015 - Product News

Webb Wheel Launches Specialty, Vocational Business Unit

Webb Wheel OEM launched its new Specialty Truck Business Unit focused on dedicated sales and service support for specialty and vocational equipment operators and OEMs.

Tags: OEM, Webb Wheel, Specialty, Vocational Trucks, Wheel Ends

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Compact Van Segment Grows 28 Percent

Photo of 2015 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Holman Names New Community Affairs Manager

The Holman Automotive Group, parent company of 25 businesses ranging from auto dealerships to truck upfitting and ARI fleet management, named Steve Holman manager of community affairs.

Tags: Charity, Fleet Leasing, Upfitter, People, Holman Automotive

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