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September 21, 2016 - Product News

Thermo King Introduces Smarter, Efficient Refrigeration Unit

Thermo King introduced the SLXi platform of single- and multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units, developed with a focus on unit intelligence, communication, fuel consumption and temperature management.

Tags: Emissions, Refrigerated Truck, IAA, Thermo King, Global, Transportation Refrigeration Units

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Low Cancellations Help Class 8 Truck Orders Hit 3-Month High

Net Class 8 truck orders rose to a three-month high in August, helped by cancellations which fell to a near three-year low, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

August Sees Boost in Trailer Orders

The final numbers on August net trailer orders show a significant increase over the previous month that still fell slightly below expectations.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 20, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Adds Set-Forward Option for T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has expanded the T880 with a set-forward front axle configuration called the T880S, specifically designed for fleet and truck operators in ready-mix, dump and mobile crane applications.

Tags: Kenworth, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Kenworth T880

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ford's F-650/F-750 Sales Increase 59%

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Sales of Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks have increased 59% year-over-year through August, the best year-to-date sales through August since 1997, according to Ford.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicle Sales, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Truck Sales

September 19, 2016 - Product News

Daimler Trucks Taps NorthStar for Pure Lead AGM Batteries

Daimler Trucks North America has chosen the Swedish-American energy storage manufacturer NorthStar Battery Company as the supplier of Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries on its next generation Cascadia truck.

Tags: Cascadia, Batteries, Daimler Trucks North America

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

Steve Sashihara, CEO of Princeton Consultants, talks about digital disruption at FTR's annual conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

Tags: Information Technology, FTR, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization

September 13, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Are Up but Still Below Last Year’s Levels

Preliminary numbers for U.S. net trailer orders are projected to be up in August after weak order numbers in July, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

September 13, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

Volvo's SuperTruck is unveiled in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America’s SuperTruck demonstration rig combined advanced aerodynamics, vehicle and powertrain technologies to achieve a freight efficiency improvement of 88%, averaging 12 mpg in road tests.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, Volvo Trucks North America

September 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo


Tim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand at this year’s Fleet Technology Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., to open the event at the opening breakfast on Tuesday, October 18.

Tags: NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events

September 8, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Rebound in August

Photo of Isuzu N-Series cabover by Paul Clinton.

Orders of medium-duty vehicles in Class 5 to 7 increased 10% to 16,900 in August and rebounded to a three-month high, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Procurement, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Shows Future Vision of Cargo Vans

Graphic courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz has developed its Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation highlighted by a pair of roof-mounted drones.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Full-Size Vans, Concept Vehicles, Drones

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

The Boler Company Elects Matthew Boler Chairman

Matt Boler Photo: The Boler Company

Matthew J. Boler has been elected chairman of the board of The Boler Company. He replaces his father, company founder John Boler, who died in March.

Tags: Leadership, People, Hendrickson

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Deploys Autonomous Truck in Underground Mine

Screenshot via Volvo Group

Volvo is testing a fully autonomous truck in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine in Sweden as part of a development project aimed at improving transport flow and safety in the mine.

Tags: Volvo Group, Automated Driving, Autonomous Vehicles

September 6, 2016 - Industry News

August Class 8 Truck Orders Will Beat Expectations

Orders for Class 8 trucks in the month of August will be slightly above expectations and a 36% improvement over July’s terrible numbers, according to projections from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

September 6, 2016 - Global News

Navistar, Volkswagen Announce 'Wide Ranging Strategic Alliance'

Graphic courtesy of Volkswagen Truck & Bus.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus is taking a 16.6% equity stake in Navistar International Corp. as part of a “wide-ranging strategic alliance” that will initially focus on providing powertrains for Navistar trucks starting in 2019.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Engines, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 5, 2016 - Industry News

VW to Buy Stake in Navistar, Reports Say

Photo: VW

Published reports indicate that Volkswagen's commercial trucks arm will soon announce it's buying nearly 20% of Navistar's shares and in return will sell diesels to the American truck builder and get two seats on the board.

Tags: Cummins, Volkswagen, Navistar, Vertical Integration

September 2, 2016 - Product News

Heil Trailer Expands Stainless Steel Product Line

Photo: Heil Trailer

Heil Trailer International has expanded its line of stainless steel products for the 2017 model year in a variety of styles, sizes and applications.

Tags: Trailers, Liquid Tank Trailers, Heil Trailer

September 1, 2016 - Industry News

Next-Generation Freightliner Cascadia Emphasizes Fuel Economy, Connectivity, Drivers

New Freightliner Cascadia 126” BBC 72” Raised Roof Sleeper Cab shown with AeroX and Elite exterior appearance package. Photo courtesy Freightliner.

Every aspect of the next-generation Freightliner Cascadia unveiled Sept. 1 “has been re-imagined,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. It’s a "completely brand new truck"... not Cascadia 2.0.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America, 2018-MY

August 31, 2016 - Product News

HDT’s Comprehensive Commercial Vehicle Market Profile Now Available

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2016 Profile of the U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market, a comprehensive examination of the Class 2c to Class 8 truck and trailer markets, and is now available in print or PDF format.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Business, Industry Trends

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Outlines SuperTruck II Plans

Volvo Group has outlined how it plans to use $20 million in federal funding to further the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks as part of the SuperTruck II initiative.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Volvo Group, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

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

August 30, 2016 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Cummins Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Engine

Photo: Cummins Westport

Peterbilt is offering the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Model 567, 520, and 320 trucks.

Tags: Peterbilt, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, CNG, NOx, Emissions, CARB, Engines

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Tags: Ritchie Bros. Auctions, Mergers & Acquisitions, IronPlanet, Auctions, Heavy Equipment


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