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September 23, 2014

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

September 22, 2014

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

September 22, 2014

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

September 15, 2014

Germany’s ZF Purchasing TRW Automotive

ZF Friedrichshafen of Germany is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings, creating one of the world's largest companies in the vehicle supplier business.

July 31, 2014

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

July 30, 2014

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.

July 29, 2014

Growth in Important Markets Boosts 2014 IAA International Truck Show

The world's largest commercial truck show, the bi-annual IAA event in Hannover, Germany, is coming up in late September and will reflect economic conditions in some of the world's most important truck markets.

July 10, 2014

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

July 9, 2014

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

July 7, 2014

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

July 7, 2014

A Chat with Chinese Truckers at a Shell Roadshow Near Shanghai

Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.

July 3, 2014

Rumors Say Volkswagen to Bid for Paccar; VW Denies it

Rumors have been around for a while that Volkswagen will try to buy a U.S. truck maker. Earlier rumors centered on International, but the latest is Paccar, with Reuters running a story Thursday about takeover plans and VW denying it.

July 3, 2014

Photos: Visit to a Chinese Truckstop

As part of an international media event showcasing Shell's new lubricants technology center in Shanghai, journalists got to visit a "truck park" in an industrial area outside the city where the Shell roadshow was being held.

June 30, 2014

Shell Shows Off New Lubricants Technology Center in China

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well.

June 30, 2014

Photos: Shell's New Shanghai Tech Center

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well. (Read full story here.)

June 20, 2014

Bergstrom Names Gordon Global Vice President of Truck Sales

As a result of enhanced global collaboration and coordination within the trucking industry, Bergstrom has promoted Bill Gordon to Global Vice President Truck.

June 10, 2014

Hankook Tire Building High-Tech R&D Center

Hankook Tire held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuedsay for its new research and development center, the Hankook Technodome, at a construction site in Daejeon, Korea, a key part of its strategic R&D vision of becoming a global top-tier tire brand/

June 9, 2014

Scania: Sleeping Giant in Emerging VW Truck Portfolio?

Volkwagen's takeover of Scania may seem like it should only matter to Europeans, but the German automaker's goal is to be able to compete in commercial vehicles alongside global rivals Volvo and Daimler. North America is likely in its game plan.

June 9, 2014

Photos: Scania, VW Key to Commercial Truck Growth

Last month, Volkswagen, which already controlled more than 89% of the voting rights in the Swedish truck maker Scania, made a 6.7 billion euro ($9.2 billion) takeover bid. VW's goal is to combine Scania with its Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles business and the German truck maker MAN. VW gained full control of MAN last year after taking a majority stake in 2011. This is a big step in the German automaker's plan to create a massive trucks alliance to compete in global markets against rivals Volvo and Daimler – both of which have U.S. truck operations as well. Read more about Scania here.

May 23, 2014

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

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