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April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Combined Truck Orders to Exceed 70,000 Units in March

Preliminary data on heavy and medium duty commercial truck orders shows that the industry has surpassed 70,000 units in March, according to ACT Research.

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

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Transitions to Full Production of VNL 760

Volvo Trucks recently completed full transition of production from the legacy VNL 670 model to the new VNL 760. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks has completed its transition from production of the outgoing VNL 670 model to the full production of the new VNL 760.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Volvo VNL

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Appoints Baumann as Strategy and Planning Exec

Navistar International announced that Friedrich W. Baumann has joined the company as senior vice president, strategy, and planning.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Leadership, People, Daimler Trucks North America, New Hire

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla's Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Tesla, Future Trucks, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

FCMSA Seeks Public Comment on Autonomous Vehicle Technology

FMCSA wants to hear about regulations and autonomous trucks. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Public comments to FCMSA on autonomous vehicle technology must be received by May 10, 2018 to be included in the organization's study.

Tags: FMCSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Mack: Labor Shortages Potentially Harmful to Continued Growth

Mack says long-haul spec'd highway tractors have made up 40% of its truck builds so far in 2018. Photo: Jim Park

Jonathan Randall, Mack senior vice president, worries about who will drive all the trucks his company is building today.

Tags: Economy, Technician Shortage, Mack Trucks, Driver Shortage, Technician Training, MATS

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Teuton Becomes First Woman to Head American Truck Dealers

Jodie Teuton is the first woman to be elected chair of American Truck Dealers in the organization's 48-year history. Photo: ATD

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana and Southland Truck Leasing, has been elected chairwoman of American Truck Dealers at the ATD show in Las Vegas. She is the first woman to be elected chair of ATD which was founded in 1970.

Tags: ATD, American Truck Dealers, Leadership, People, Truck Dealers

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Gives 1 Millionth Truck to SuperFan

Peterbilt SuperFan Rick McClerkin with his fianceé Kathy Cantaloube. Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt gave away a Model 567 Heritage truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show to Rick McClerkin of San Jose, California, for winning the company’s SuperFan search in celebration of a major truck production milestone.

Tags: Peterbilt, Contest, MATS, Model 567, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Outgoing ATD Chairman Wants Tax on Trucks and Trailers Repealed

ATD chairman Steve Parker urged dealers to work with Congress to repeal the Federal Excise Tax on trucks and trailers. Photo: ATD

At the ATD Show in Las Vegas, Steve Parker, chairman of the American Truck Dealers organization, urged dealers to work with congress to repeal the federal excise tax on the sale of heavy duty trucks and trailers.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATD, Events, Truck Dealers, Federal Excise Tax

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Peach State Truck Centers President Named Truck Dealer of the Year

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers, receives the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award from Barbara Robinson, senior director of ATD. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Georgia, has been named the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, and Procede Software.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Truck Dealers

March 22, 2018 - Product News

BF Goodrich Launches Two All-Terrain Tires

The BF Goodrich Cross Control S and Cross Control D are two all-terrain tires for use in construction, logging and energy applications.

BF Goodrich launched the Cross Control S and Cross Control D commercial truck tires, two all-terrain tires for use in construction, logging and energy applications, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Tires, Steer Tires, BFGoodrich, Drive Tires, MATS

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Introduced as Cummins Integrated Power

Cummins highlighted the new name at its booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Cummins is repositioning itself as Cummins Integrated Power. The new name denotes both the company’s expertise in technology integration and its reach into different alternative fuel segments, including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and battery-electric.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Holding Steady

The average sleeper tractor sold at auction in February 2018, J.D. Power found, was 74 months old with 458,697 miles. Photo: Jordon Truck Sales

Used truck prices are holding steady, with supply still dictating pricing. That’s the word from J.D. Power’s Commercial Truck Guidelines for March, which notes that February is the first month in any new year with a high enough volume of used truck auctions to allow analysts to identify market trends.

Tags: Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales, Used Vehicle Values, J.D. Power

March 16, 2018 - Product News

Kenworth Offers New Standard Track Front Axle Options

The Paccar front axle comes in wide track configurations rated at 20,000 pounds and 22,800 pounds. Photo: Paccar

Kenworth is offering new standard track options for its Paccar proprietary front axle lineup available for Class 8 vocational models.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Class 8, New Website, Axles, Certified Pre-Owned

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall but Remain Historically High

February was the fifth consecutive month that trailer orders broke the 30,000 unit mark. Photo: Stoughton

Trailer orders are expected to hit 32,000 units in February, a number that, if it holds true, would be a record for that month, according to preliminary reports from FTR.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Projects 'Very Strong' Class 8 Truck Sales

Volvo Trucks' Magnus Koeck talks truck sales. Photo: Today's Trucking

Volvo Trucks is expecting North American Class 8 truck sales this year to significantly exceed its current official projection of 280,000.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth T680 Available with MX-11 and Paccar Automated Transmission

The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship is now available for order for the first time with the combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the Paccar Automated Transmission.  Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has made the T680 available for order with a combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the new Paccar Automated Transmission, designed for linehaul and regional haul applications up to 110,000 pounds GVWR.

Tags: Paccar, Transmissions, T680, Powertrains, MX-11

March 14, 2018 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Unveils VNX Series for Heavy-Haul Trucking Applications

Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem, and 8x6 tridem configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it’s properly spec’d for the job. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo has debuted its new VNX series, built specifically for the needs of heavy-haul trucking operations such as logging, heavy equipment transport, and long combination vehicles.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Senators, Former EPA Chiefs Urge Agency to Drop Glider Reg Repeal

Some fleets use glider kits to get the benefits of the latest aerodynamic trucks with less-troublesome pre-emissions-regs engines. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Two Democratic senators who oversee environmental issues sent a letter on March 12 to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to reverse his November 2017 proposal to repeal air emission standards for glider kits.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: 'Capacity Crisis' Boosting Truck and Trailer Order Forecasts

FTR has increased its Class 8 and trailer order forecasts as a result of increased demand for equipment caused by what the research firm calls a "capacity crisis."

Tags: Truck Orders, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders, ELD Mandate

March 12, 2018 - Global News

Dana Merges with UK Automotive Supplier

Dana Inc. has signed an agreement to merge with the Driveline division of UK-based automotive system supplier GKN plc to create Dana plc, a global provider of driveline systems, in a move that will position it for the vehicle electrification market.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivelines, Dana Incorporated, Global, United Kingdom

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyliion HE Drive Axle Wins Technical Achievement Award

From left to right: Chris Langley, VP of Fleet Relations, Hyliion; Jim Park, award committee chair; and Thomas Healy, founder and CEO, Hyliion. Photo courtesy: Jim Winsor Award committee

A powered auxiliary axle for road tractors from Hyliion has won the 2018 Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award, the awards committee has announced.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Axles, Hybrid Trucks, Hyliion

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

How the Trump Tariffs Will Affect Fleets

Photo of Donald Trump via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

President Donald Trump's executive order imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum may translate to higher prices to commercial fleets for vehicles and truck or van equipment, fleet management company experts said.

Tags: Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump, International Trade

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Waymo Begins Autonomous Truck Test Program in Atlanta

Fresh off runs in Arizona and California, Waymo says it is ready to begin autonomous truck tests in Atlanta's heavy urban traffic conditions. Photo: Waymo

Google's autonomous technology division said in a recent blog post it will begin testing self-driving trucks hauling freight to Google data centers in and around Atlanta.

Tags: Google, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo, Fully Autonomous, Artificial Intelligence

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Hino Enters Heavy-Duty Market with XL Series Truck

Hino debuted the XL Series Class7/8 trucks, which puts it into the heavy-duty segment in the U.S. for the first time. Photo: David Cullen

Hino Trucks announced a new lineup of Class 7/8 trucks called the XL Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tags: Hino, Work Truck Show, Class 7, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicles

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