December 17, 2013 - Industry News
Twenty technicians have emerged from the original 106 competitors at Rush Enterprise's Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. The semi-finalists are in nine testing categories, senior editor Tom Berg reports.
Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Dealers, Technicians
For the eighth year in a row, Rush Truck Centers has brought in its top technicians for a grand competition in mechanical and electronic problem solving. Senior editor Tom Berg files this report from San Antonio.
Tags: Competition, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Technicians, Dealers
December 16, 2013 - Industry News
Gabriel announced that Curt Huston has been appointed general manager. Huston brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive and aftermarket industry to his new role including positions at Continental Structural Plastics, Hayes-Lemmerz, Allied Signal (Honeywell) and Azure Dynamics.
Tags: Leadership, Gabriel
December 15, 2013 - Industry News
Used commercial vehicle registrations during the first nine months of the 2013 calendar year were up just under 8% over the same period last year, according to Polk, the global automotive market intelligence firm recently acquired by IHS.
Tags: Used Truck Sales, IHS
December 13, 2013 - Industry News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lost a fight with truck engine makers over an earlier decision allowing Navistar International to sell earlier models of its engines with exhaust gas recirculation technology, even though they did not meet federal emissions rules.
Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, EPA, Engines
December 5, 2013 - Industry News
A proposed ban on diesel-powered vehicles in the District of Columbia has drawn a strong response from a coalition of trucking industry groups. The coalition warned the D.C. Council that provisions in the recently introduced Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013 would have “significantly harmful effects on the District’s economy and on the quality of life of District residents.”
Tags: Emissions, legislation, ATA, Washington D.C.
A new study says the reduction in emissions in the newest clean-diesel engines has exceeded the amount required by law. The study by the Coordinating Research Council in cooperation with the Health Effects Institute highlights the low-emissions performance of the new generation of clean diesel technology manufactured starting in 2010.
Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA
After completing a journey of more than 5,000 miles on the back of a Mack Pinnacle model, the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree was lit in an official ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 3.
Tags: Mack, Capitol Christmas Tree, Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks
December 4, 2013 - Industry News
November North American Class 5 through 7 net truck orders are expected to total 18,000 while Class 8 orders are expected at 21,200 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to commercial vehicle data analysts at ACT Research.
Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders
December 3, 2013 - Industry News
November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.
Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8
December 2, 2013 - Industry News
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand returned with this report.
Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show
November 22, 2013 - Industry News
The fall order season for trailers kicked off with an impressive 43% month-over-month net order gain. Total net orders were 24,900 units. The year-over-year comparison was less robust, but still a solid 6% increase. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.
Tags: Trailers, ACT
Fontaine Commercial Platform Trailer announces that Karl Owens has been promoted to company president. Owens began his career with Fontaine Trailer at the Kent, Ohio, facility as operations manager in 2003 and became general manager of the Kent facility a year later.
Tags: Leadership, Fontaine Trailer
November 19, 2013 - Industry News
In a victory for Lubecore International, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling and lifted restrictions on Lubecore’s ability to freely market its complete line of automated lubrication systems for heavy trucks and off-highway equipment in the United States.
Tags: Lubecore, Groeneveld
November 18, 2013 - Industry News
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Delaware Supreme Court has granted its request for an expedited hearing of its appeal to a partial ruling rendered by Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III in the case Cooper filed against Apollo Tyres.
Tags: Tires, Litigation
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- With a display reminiscent of the parent company's dominating presence at the giant IAA commercial vehicles exhibition in Germany, Daimler Mexico made its intentions clear at last week's Expo Transporte, the bi-annual Mexican truck show.
Tags: Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Global
November 13, 2013 - Industry News
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, Transmissions
November 12, 2013 - Industry News
Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. is considering bringing the Vito commercial van to the U.S. market to offer with its larger Sprinter, a spokesman has confirmed to Automotive Fleet, a sister publication of Heavy Duty Trucking.
Tags: Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Cargo Vans
On Tuesday morning, Matthew Walsh, general manager of Volvo Trucks North America in Mexico, sat down with reporters for a breakfast briefing to offer some real-world, current insights into the Mexican trucking market.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mexico
November 8, 2013 - Industry News
Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines
November 5, 2013 - Industry News
A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.
Tags: DOT, GAO, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, V2V, UMTRI, NHTSA
November 4, 2013 - Industry News
The national average price of DEF at truck stops islands was $2.79 per gallon in the U.S., a decline of one-cent from the month before.
Tags: DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid
Senior Editor Tom Berg writes about his experience judging the ATD Commercial Truck of the Year contest.
Tags: Hino, Kenworth, International, Peterbilt, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year
October 31, 2013 - Industry News
FleetCor Technologies Inc., a global provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses, announced that it has acquired NexTraq, a U.S. based provider of telematics solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, from Francisco Partners.
Tags: Information Technology, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions, FleetCor, Francisco Partners
Natural gas truck engine producer Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its North American 15-liter model after Nov. 15., citing weak sales.
Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Westport Innovations, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids
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