April 22, 2014 - Industry News
Reports of Smith Electric Vehicles’ death may have been exaggerated. Published news stories quote the company’s president as saying it will restart operations in a few months with new financial backing, more efficient manufacturing and a revised line of battery-electric trucks.
Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs
April 21, 2014 - Industry News
Air quality regulators in California are set to consider relaxing some of the state’s tough rules in a meeting set for later this week.
Two more truck makers have announced how many of their vehicles are affected by a recall announced in early March involving Cummins Westport powered natural gas engines.
Tags: Cummins, Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Natural Gas Engines, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Cummins Westport, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing
April 17, 2014 - Industry News
The improved economic environment in developing and developed economies is restoring business confidence and pushing up the global sales volumes of medium-heavy duty trucks, according to a new report.
Tags: Telematics, Driver Safety, Vehicle Safety, Medium-Duty Trucks, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks
April 14, 2014 - Industry News
Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..
Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, Autocar, Safety & Compliance, Cummins Westport, NHTSA
April 9, 2014 - Industry News
The announcement was made Wednesday during the EPA’s inaugural Port Stakeholders Summit in Baltimore.
Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, EPA, Ports, Clean Diesel
The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany.
Tags: Diesel, Cummins, China, Foton Motor, Global, Engines
April 8, 2014 - Industry News
Webb Wheel Severe Duty has announced the appointments of Nate Nielsen as director of sales and Jeremy Zills to manager of engineering. These latest organizational changes at Webb Severe Duty are components in the strategic plans of the business unit to focus on premium value-add brake drum solutions for severe duty applications such as transit bus, motor coach, and refuse trucks.
Tags: Webb Wheel, People, Wheels
Prices for used late model medium and heavy-duty trucks are down slightly, according to vehicle industry data provider Black Book.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales
April 7, 2014 - Industry News
The commercial electric truck maker Smith Electric Vehicles has suspended production for an unspecified period of time. The DOE awarded the company $32 million in grants during 2009 and 2010 to produce more than 500 vehicles to be placed in various fleets across the U.S., however, only 439 have reportedly been produced.
Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles
Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.
Tags: International, Safety, Navistar, Trailers, Recalls, Great Dane
April 6, 2014 - Industry News
By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.
Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, Collision Avoidance, NHTSA
April 4, 2014 - Industry News
Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR, OEMs
April 3, 2014 - Industry News
Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels
These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.
Tags: Trailers, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Tractor Trailers, Accidents, Regulations
April 2, 2014 - Industry News
EnPro Industries announced that Jon Cox, currently president, Stemco, has been named EnPro chief innovation officer effective April 1. Cox will maintain his responsibilities leading Stemco as group president, but will also be responsible for driving innovation across all EnPro operations.
Tags: Stemco, EnPro, People
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.
Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, CD adapco, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy
April 1, 2014 - Industry News
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Fuel economy continued to be a major theme of this year's Mid-America Trucking Show as truck makers and suppliers predicted an improved year of heavy truck sales.
Tags: Fuel Economy, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Official numbers show this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, held last week in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, was the biggest ever, according to show officials.
Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Events
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Mack says fuel-efficient Pinnacle tractors, along with improved customer support and a larger dealer network, will help push Class 8 market share over 10% in 2014.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show
March 28, 2014 - Industry News
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- It took nearly a decade to get 1 million X One tires in service across North America, but less than four years later, Michelin has topped the 2 million tire mark. Michelin celebrates the milestone with its most fuel efficient trailer tire ever.
Tags: Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Mid-America Trucking Show, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Michelin
March 27, 2014 - Industry News
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck orders at Daimler Trucks North America over the past four months are up 30% over the previous year, so the company has been gradually ramping up production and expects a strong 2014. However, the involvement of the California Air Resources Board in writing the next round of federal emissions regulations has them concerned.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, Truck Sales, GHG, Daimler Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The past is gone, and technologies like SCR, multiplexed wiring and telematics, plus high build quality, are the way forward, said Navistar executives Thursday morning.
Tags: Navistar, Information Technology, Telematics, Mid-America Trucking Show
Peterbilt's anniversary display trailer contains history of the brand and samples of current products. The tour will run into November.
Tags: Peterbilt, Peterbilt Motors Company, History, Mid-America Trucking Show
March 26, 2014 - Industry News
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- A panel discussion of innovative fleet leaders Wednesday illustrated why one size does not fit all is not an approach that works well in the trucking industry.
Tags: Natural Gas, Vehicle Spec'ing, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI
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