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October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Marks 30 Years in U.S.

Hino Trucks is celebrating its 30-year milestone of doing business in the United States. Founded in 1984, the Toyota Group company assembles, sells, and services Class 5-7 commercial trucks in the United States.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Company Anniversaries, Cabovers

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

September Trailer Orders Exceed Predictions

Photo via Antares

Trailer orders in September were 32% better than August with net number of 32,111 units ordered for the month, according to a new report by FTR. When compared with September of last year, orders are up 80%.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Orders, FTR, Dry Van

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Schedules Suspension Training for November

The Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute scheduled the next date for its heavy duty suspension training program on Nov. 18 -20.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Trailer Suspensions

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Utility Video Showcases Flatbed and Curtainsided Trailers

Utility is showcasing three of its latest trailers, the 4000A and 4000S flatbeds and the Tautliner curtainsided trailer. The company made a video detailing the features and use cases of each.

Tags: Trailers, Curtain-sider, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Flatbed Trailers

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

Tags: Michelin, Safety, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Bank Reports Big Increase in Loans for Trucking Equipment

In the first nine months of 2014 TAB Bank said has increased its trucking equipment lending by 56% compared to the same time in 2013.

Tags: Financing, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Financing

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cat Slapped with Another Class Action Suit for ACERT Defects

Twenty-two motor carriers in 18 states suffered “significant damages” from operational losses, diminished vehicle value, and costs incurred in replacing the Cat engines with other EPA 2007 emission-legal diesels, the suit says.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, Class Action Lawsuit, Litigation, Engines

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Automated Manuals: A Success Story

Automated manual transmissions in heavy trucks once were an anomaly. Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates Daimler's role in changing that trend in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer of the Year Speaks to Indiana Undergrads

2014 Truck Dealer of the Year Kyle Treadway (right) and Chris Littel, a lecturer at Indiana University, meet with business students. Photo: ATD.

Kyle Treadway, president of Kenworth Sales Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, spoke to students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business about entrepreneurship and marketing.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Indiana University, Business, Dealers

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on North American Truck Market

Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO

SAN DIEGO – Daimler Trucks North America expects steady growth in truck sales over the next couple of years, projecting this year will end up with 374,000 Class 6-8 units sold in North America and 411,000 for 2015 – and it's getting ready to ramp up its production to accommodate.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Medium-Duty Engines Coming from Detroit

SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will offer Detroit medium-duty engines beginning in 2016, and that itss entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction

October 5, 2014 - Product News

Spireon, Premier Trailer Leasing Present ROI Business Case

Spireon and Premier Trailer Leasing presented a case study showing return on investment for trailer and asset tracking and intelligence on the second day of this year’s ATA Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Trailers, Spireon, Driver Retention, Asset Tracking

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: Telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Tread Dealer Celebrates 40 Years

Photo: Marangoni

Parmenter, Inc. celebrated 40 years in business recently, announced Marangoni Tread North America who uses Parmenter as a Ringtread dealer.

Tags: Tires, Anniversary, Retreads, Marangoni

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

TEC Equipment Opens New Facility in Central California

Photo via TEC.

TEC Equipment opened a new 47,000 square foot, full-service truck dealership in Lathrop, Calif., a city in San Joaquin County.

Tags: California, Truck Sales, TEC Equipment, Dealers

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year. Photo: Jim Park

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, IAA, Daimler AG, 2016-MY

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Third-Party Maintenance Growing

Larry Chaplin speaks at TMW's Transforum on the rise of outsourced maintenance. Photo: Master Fleet

Third-party logistics companies set a template in the transportation industry that has guided the rise of third-party maintenance providers, according to Larry Chaplin, president of Master Fleet LLC, at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Maintenance outsourcing, Outsourcing, TMW Systems, Technicians

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Commerce Department Rules Chinese Containers Subject to Tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in a preliminary finding, has determined that the Chinese government is providing unfair and illegal subsidies to producers and exporters of 53-foot dry van containers.

Tags: China, Trailers, Intermodal, Stoughton

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