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March 28, 2016 - Industry News

Report: CNG Competitive Against $2 Diesel

Trucks at CNG fuel station.

Despite the plunge in oil prices that has driven down the pump price of diesel, two of the three means of fueling trucks with compressed natural have remained competitive, according to consultant Jon T. Gabrielsen.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

Spartan Motors to Build Isuzu's F-Series Cabover

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu North America has selected Spartan Motors, producer of Isuzu’s N-Series trucks, to manufacture the company’s new line of F-Series medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Manufacturing, Spartan Motors, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Cabovers

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Orders 4,000 Trailers with Safer Rear Impact Guard

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has ordered 4,000 Wabash National DuraPlate dry van trailers that use a new rear impact guard designed for better protection against underride in collisions.

Tags: Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Wabash National, J.B. Hunt

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

MATS Brings Trucking to Kentucky This Week

The Mid-America Trucking Show will kick-off on March 31 and run through April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., featuring a variety of educational sessions, the country's largest trucking expo, and a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration listening session.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Rebound in February

Used Class 8 Truck volumes rebounded nicely in February following a disappointing month of sales in January, reports ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Market Flat, Medium-Duty Poised for Steady Growth

Class 8 truck orders in February were down 42% year-over-year while medium–duty orders were at the highest level in over a year.

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

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Refines 2017 Engines, Adds Crawler-Gear Option for I-Shift

Turbo compounding includes a second turbocharger (to the left of the standard turbo), and a fluid coupling and geartrain to send power to the D13&#39;s crankshaft. Photos: Volvo Trucks NA<br />

Engines will include refined D11 and D13 diesels and a previously improved D16. A turbo compounded D13 TC will have a second turbocharger linked to the crankshaft, adding as much as 50 hp and 4% in fuel economy.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Volvo Trucks, Volvo I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Market Picks Up Steam in February

Trailer orders in the U.S. during the month of February rose 21% over the previous month, slightly exceeding expectations, says FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Blueprints the Connected Truck

Wolfgang Bernhard speaking on connected trucks. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler Trucks sees connectivity as the means to leverage the data generated and shared by trucks to radically transform transportation logistics. Executive Editor David Cullen has more on the truck maker's connected vision, reporting from Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Daimler Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Trucks Receives Quality Award from Mexico

The Daimler Santiago Truck Manufacturing Plant in Santiago Tianguistenco, in the State of Mexico, was presented with the 2015 Mexico National Quality Award.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Awards

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG F-650/F-750, Stripped Chassis

Photo of 2016 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 model year F-650 and F-750, as well as Ford's F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models.

Tags: EPA Certification, Landi Renzo, Stripped Chassis

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

GCR Tire and Service Appoints New Sales VP

Brian Cunningham has been promoted to vice president of sales for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, GCR Tires & Service

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning

Daimler demonstrates a platoon of three trucks with Highway Pilot Connect. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks Monday unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 17, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Names New President and CEO

Matthew Stevenson Photo: Meritor Wabco

Meritor Wabco has appointed Matthew Stevenson president and general manager, effective immediately. Most recently with Bridgestone, he has nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial vehicle and automotive industries.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor Wabco, People

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Appoints GCR Tire and Service Executive Director

Bridgestone Americas has appointed Doyle Bradford its executive director, service offering for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, Tires, People, GCR Tires & Service

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Aims to Grow With Aggressive New Product Schedule

Chris Villavarayan, president, Meritor Americas, chats with HDT editors at TMC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Seven out of 10 Class 8 trucks in North America now run with Meritor axles, and the company has plans to grow, including an ambitious schedule of new product announcements.

Tags: TMC, Meritor

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Drive

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Last Year’s Trailer Registrations 3rd Highest in 15 Years

New registrations of commercial trailers in the U.S. hit 254,700 units in 2015, representing the third highest volume of new trailer registrations since 2000.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Registration, Reefers, IHS Automotive, Dry Van, Dump Body

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler Photo: Hendrickson

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Suspensions, Hendrickson

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Decline, Hit $33 Million

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday surprised many analysts with its announcement that it narrowed its losses more than expected during its most recent fiscal quarter.

Tags: Economy, Navistar, International Trucks, Earnings

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

TranSource Acquires North And South Carolina Dealers

Commercial truck dealer group TranSource has entered into an agreement with Advantage Truck Centers to purchase certain assets from the Rocky Mount and St. Pauls, N.C. locations.

Tags: Hino, Volvo Trucks, Dealers, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Begins Denton Plant Expansion

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt recently broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot expansion to its heavy-duty truck manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas.

Tags: Peterbilt, Vehicle Manufacturing, Facility Renovations

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

Loop Energy, Peterbilt to Build Zero-Emission Truck

Photo courtesy of Loop Energy

Loop Energy will use a newly acquired $7.5 million grant to accelerate deployment of its new zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks. The company plans to install the powertrain in a Peterbilt Class 8 truck and deliver it to a customer for testing.

Tags: Class 8, Powertrains, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hydrogen

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