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August 14, 2017 - Product News

Downsped SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offers Improved Fuel Economy

Photo: Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies

The Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture has added a new downsped overdrive model to its range of Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage Powertrains.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Powertrains, Downspeeding

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Hit With $30.8 Million Judgment in ProStar/MaxxForce Lawsuit

A jury has awarded $30.8 million to Milan Supply Chain Solutions in its suit against Navistar Inc. Photo courtesy Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Navistar Inc. disputes allegations that it didn’t thoroughly test its MaxxForce EGR engines – allegations that surfaced in a lawsuit where a jury last week awarded $30.8 million in damages – including testimony about the engine program by former executive Jim Hebe that the company "did not test s**t".

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Navistar, SCR, MaxxForce, EGR

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Makes Changes to Marketing, Communications Leadership

David Giroux Photo: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America has officially announced two key transitions in the senior leadership in marketing and communications.

Tags: Leadership, Communications, People, Daimler Trucks North America, Marketing

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Named Exclusive Provider for Chanje Electric Van

Chanje's V8070 is a Class 5 that promises to haul up to 6,000 lb of payload and 580 cu-ft of cargo space at about 50 MPGe fuel economy in city and highway driving. Photo: Chanje

Chanje Electric Vehicles will be available for sale, lease and short-term rental at strategic U.S. locations. Ryder also offers comprehensive and preventive maintenance for Chanje EVs.

Tags: Ryder System, Chanje Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Boosts 3500's Tow Rating with Fifth-Wheel Option

Photo of 2018 Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA.

Ram has increased the towing capability of its 3500 Heavy Duty pickup for the 2018 model year by offering a fifth-wheel option that would boost the maximum trailer weight rating to 30,000 pounds, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Towing, Ram 3500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Cummins, Ram Truck

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Research Shows Promise for New Source of Rubber for Tires

Guayule is a shrub that grows in the Southwest and produces a rubber that can be used in tires.

It’s possible you could see truck tires in the future made from rubber from a domestic plant rather than the traditional rubber tree, as a five-year study led by Cooper Tire & Rubber showed good results for passenger tires.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Guayule

August 10, 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Chanje's first North American offering will be a Class 5, 16,500-lb GVW all-electric panel van with a 100-mile range. Photo: Chanje

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Hino Celebrates 10 Years in West Virginia

Hino Motors Manufacturing in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of manufacturing. (Photo: Hino)

Hino Motors Manufacturing facility in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of medium-duty truck production. This 245,000 square-foot location produces Hino’s Class 6 & 7 conventional body style trucks.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Medium-Duty Trucks, 10th Anniversary, Hino Trucks

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Assesses Real-World Platooning Operations

The PIT Group is working with Volvo and other interested parties to evaluate potential platooning operations in North America. Photo: PIT Group

Canada's PIT engineering research group is overseeing a month-long series of truck platoon tests in order to evaluate how the new technology will perform in real-world fleet operations.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, PIT Group, Canada, Active Safety Systems, Volvo Trucks

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Denso to Develop Automated Vehicle Tech

Denso Corp. says it's establishing a new company to design and develop semiconductor IP cores, which are key semiconductor components for automated driving technology, according to the company.

Tags: Denso, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Values Stumble This Summer

Courtesy of Wikimedia.

As the summer season continues, one trend is emerging for medium-duty trucks — declining auction prices, according to Black Book’s August Specialty Markets report.

Tags: Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Remkarketing, Used Vehicle Values, Used Truck Sales

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Volkswagen, Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Heil Trailer's Radish to Head Sister Operation Kalyn Siebert

Photo: Kalyn Siebert

Heil Trailer International sister company Kalyn Siebert has appointed Jake Radish as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Heil Trailer

August 4, 2017 - Global News

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem

The T-Pod is an all-electric autonomous truck capable of running 124 miles on a single battery charge. Photo: Einride

A Swedish startup has unveiled a prototype electric truck that doesn't require a driver. In fact, there's not even a cab for a driver to sit in.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Fully Autonomous, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Acquires More Navistar Shares in Series of July Trades

Volkswagen has been a major shareholder in International since purchasing a $250 million stake in the company last year. Photo: International

Volkswagen quietly invested approximately $11,263,489 in Navistar International stock last month.

Tags: International, Volkswagen, Navistar

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar to End 9/10L Engine Production by 2018

Navistar's N9 Engine Photo: Navistar

Navistar has announced that it will cease production of its medium-duty 9- and 10L engines at the company’s Melrose Park, Illinois, facility by the second quarter of 2018.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Trucks, Engines

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Craftsmen Utility Trailer Opens Iowa Location

Photo: Craftsmen Utility Trailer

Craftsmen Utility Trailer, a Utility trailer dealership, has completed development its new facility in Davenport, Iowa.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Utility Trailer

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Produces its First 3D-Printed Metal Part

The view into the interior of the 3D printer shows the first printed thermostat covers, which are still connected to the work platform. After removal of the platform and support structure, the aluminium/silicon metallic powder is removed by suction, sieved, cleaned and ecologically fed back into the recycling system. Photo: Daimler

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has printed its first spare part made of metal that has passed all stages of the company’s quality assurance process.

Tags: Europe, Daimler, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

August 1, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Offer Multi-Platform EGR Coolers

Photo: BorgWarner

BorgWarner has developed a new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation coolers that it says offer manufacturers needed durability and flexibility.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, EGR, BorgWarner

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Commercial Tires

Photo: Yokohama Tire

Yokohama Tire Corp. announced a price increase of up to 4% on all of its commercial and off-the-road tires sold in the U.S., effective Sept. 1.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires, Tire Prices

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Breadner Trailer Sales Strikes Canada Deal with Stoughton

Breadner Trailer Sales has been designated as the exclusive dealer of Stoughton brand refrigerated trailers in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Tags: Canada, Trailers, Trailer Sales, Stoughton Trailers, Refrigerated Trailers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

Arrow Truck Sales Donates Volvo VNL to Women In Trucking

Photo: Women In Trucking

Arrow Truck Sales of Kansas City, Mo., has announced that it will donate a 2014 Volvo VNL 670 to the Women In Trucking Association for its 2018 Truck Giveaway.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Donation, Events, Women in Trucking, Volvo VNL

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Work Trucks

Timeline courtesy of Ford.

Ford is celebrating the centennial of its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Model TT, which eventually led to the company producing many iconic work trucks, including the F-Series that has been the best-selling truck lineup for 35 years.

Tags: Company Anniversaries, Ford, Large Pickups, Automotive History, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-Series

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