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June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Auction Volumes Steady but Slow

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Class 8 auction volume has remained steady but well below the second half of 2015, according to analysis of the commercial truck market by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Tags: Class 8, Vehicle Pricing, NADA Used Car Guide, Used Trucks

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Designs Stronger Rear Underride Guard

The new guard includes two additional bolt-on vertical supports on the outer ends of the horizontal bar.

The patent-pending guard underwent extensive testing internally and through multiple independent testing agencies, including crash testing performed at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s facility in Virginia.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Stoughton Trailers, Rear Underride Guards, Rear Impact Guards

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

DriverFirst Aims to Design Internationals ‘Drivers Want to Drive’

Photo by Michael Hicks via Wikimedia Commons.

International Truck says it has launched a company-wide initiative, DriverFirst, aimed at giving its customers an edge in attracting and retaining qualified drivers through vehicles designed from the driver’s perspective.

Tags: Drivers, Navistar, Driver Shortage, International Trucks

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrates 30,000th N-Series Truck

the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich. The truck rolled off the line on Friday, June 10, 2016. (PHOTO: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Tags: Isuzu, Spartan Motors, Milestones, Isuzu N-Series

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

East Makes Meister-Shane an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has announced that Meister-Shane is now an authorized dealer, carrying the company’s lineup of aluminum and steel trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

SuperRigs Winner Takes Home $15K for Best in Show

Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 took home the top honors at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition. Photo: Shell Rotella

Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 took home the top honors and $15,000 at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Awards, Shell SuperRigs

June 9, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland: New P89 Air Disc Brakes to Cost Little More than Drums

Base P89 air disc brake weighs about the same and costs not much more than trailer drum brakes, company executives say. P89 Plus includes a beefier rotor that resists heat distortion, and should be maintenance-free for seven years. Photos: SAF-Holland.

CORRECTED -- SAF-Holland says a new P89 air disc brake for trailers will reduce the price premium compared to drum brakes, and an upgraded P89 Plus will virtually eliminate brake maintenance for seven years.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, SAF-Holland, Air Disc Brakes

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

Navistar, Inc. has reached an agreement with General Motors to manufacture GM's Express and Savana cutaway vans at its Springfield, Ohio, plant starting in the first half of 2017.

Tags: Navistar, Partnership, General Motors, Cutaway Vans, Vehicle Production, Full-Size Vans

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Gulf Coast an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Gulf Coast Truck and Equipment Co., as an authorized dealer carrying the full line of East trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Evaluate Electric Powertrain for Refuse Trucks

LR chassis has a retrofitted Wrightspeed Route turbine-electric system instead of a conventional diesel or natural gas engine and transmission. Photo: Mack Trucks Inc.

Designed as an alternative to conventional piston-engine powertrains, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extending electric system that propels the truck and helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the companies said.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Wrightspeed, Refuse Trucks

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDMA Forms Commercial Vehicle Research Council

HDMA has announced the formation of the Commercial Vehicle Research Council, a dedicated research council to provide a forum for key trends and issues within the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry.

Tags: HDMA, Trend Analysis, Aftermarket, OEMs

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

TBC Brands Expands Field Sales Personnel

Tire distributor TBC Brands has expanded its commercial truck tire team, naming David Smothers its field sales engineer and Dave Dugan as regional sales manager for the Midwest region.

Tags: Sales, Tires, TBC, People, Distributors

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Reports First Quarterly Profit in 3 Years

Orders for new HX vocational trucks and tractors are already at 70% of what was expected for the entire fiscal year, Navistar said. Photo: Navistar International

Strong parts sales offset slumps in other areas, but softening of the North American truck market will make continued profits doubtful, the company said.

Tags: Navistar, Financial Report, Earnings, Quarterly Report, Quarterly Earnings

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

McNeilus and Agility Fuel Systems Strike Alliance

Photo: McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, and Agility Fuel Systems have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a comprehensive natural gas solution for North American heavy-duty fleets.

Tags: Agility Fuel Systems, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, CNG, Strategic Alliance

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truck GHG Phase 2: Final Rule Could See August Release

Federal Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are a step closer to being finalized. Image: Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule for trucks and trailers to the Office of Management and Budget on June 3 for required regulatory review.

Tags: MPG, GHG, EPA, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo to Showcase Refuse Truck Models at WasteExpo

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America is showing off its lineup of refuse-focused truck models this week at WasteExpo 2016.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Events, Refuse Fleet, Volvo Trucks North America

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Cut 1,240 Jobs

DTNA has announced a workforce reduction across its North American production facilities, laying off about 1,240 workers in response to sustained reductions in truck orders.

Tags: Economy, Layoffs, Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Diesel Silverado HD Improves Air Intake

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD courtesy of GM.

The diesel-powered Chevrolet Silverado HD will add an improved air intake system for the 2017 model year that pushes cool, dry air through a hood scoop.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2017-MY

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Debut Refuse Powertrains at WasteExpo

Mack LR model refuse truck Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will showcase its 2017 powertrain lineup at WasteExpo 2016, including the public debut of its newest Mack MP series engines, the company announced.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Mack Trucks, Industry Event, Powertrains, Refuse Fleet

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane Names New Manufacturing VP

Great Dane has named 32-year industry veteran Brian Sage the company’s executive vice president of manufacturing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Great Dane, Trailers

June 2, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Defense Partners to Produce Armored Vehicle

Photo: Mack Defense

Mack Defense has announced a partnership with JWF Defense Systems for the assembly of the Mack Defense Lakota 6x6 vehicle system.

Tags: Military, Mack Trucks, Military Vehicles

June 2, 2016 - Industry News

Long-Time DirecTV Fleet Manager Joins Adrian Steel

Morris

Brandon Morris was named fleet account executive of telecommunications for Adrian Steel. He assumed this position in May, and will be based in Centennial, Colo.

Tags: Adrian Steel, New Hire, DirecTV

May 31, 2016 - Product News

SmartValve Option Available on Freightliners

Photo: Hadley

Daimler Trucks North America is now offering a SmartValve option on Freightliner trucks that is designed to make drop-and-hook operations faster and safer.

Tags: Freightliner, Trailers, Daimler Trucks North America, Hadley Products, Landing Gear

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Cooper Tire & Rubber Names VP of Marketing for North America

Bryan Hess Photo: Cooper Tire

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has named Bryan Hesse its new vice president of marketing for North America tire operations.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Leadership, People, Marketing

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Unveils Model 520 for Refuse Fleets

Photo of the Model 520 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Peterbilt has expanded its refuse truck lineup with the Model 520, which features new seating configurations for route collection, more versatility and the availability of the Paccar MX-11 engine.

Tags: Peterbilt, Refuse Trucks, Refuse Fleet, Model 520

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