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May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Higher, Inflation Still Weak

Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Flat in April

The total reported volume of Class 8 truck sales in April remained nearly unchanged month to month but were up 1% to 2,806 units, according the latest report by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Port Trucking Group Unveils Plan to Reduce Congestion

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Ports, Strikes, Port Trucking

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.

Tags: Tires, Continental Tire the Americas, ChampTruck, Racing

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Mixed in April

Truckload linehaul rates declined in April from the month before while intermodal rates moved higher, according to two separate reports released on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Declines, Leading Indicators Increase

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows activity has declined for the second straight month. However, a measure of future economy activity is on the upswing.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Trade Commission: Cheap Chinese Containers Aren't Hurting U.S. Makers

Stoughton says its containers are made in America to meet rigorous standards, but have a hard time competing against cheap Chinese imports. Photo: Stoughton

Unrealistically cheap domestic intermodal containers from China aren't damaging the U.S. industry enough to slap on tariffs, according to a trade commission ruling.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Stoughton Trailers, China

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Image: Official Portrait

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

CarrierWeb Names New Head of U.S. Operations

Jim Gamache, the newly appointed president of CarrierWeb's U.S. operations. Photo: CarrierWeb

CarrierWeb has appointed James B. Gamache as president of its U.S. operations, taking over the role from R. Fenton-May.

Tags: telematics, People, eLogs, CarrierWeb

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Slips, Rates Move Little

An upturn in spot market truckload freight rates seen the previous week ran out of steam quickly, according to new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Takata Airbag Recall May Include Some Commercial Trucks

Some commercial trucks may be among the vehicles in a massive recall of dangerously defective airbags, expected to be the largest recall in U.S. history.

Tags: Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, NHTSA

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Two-Month Highway Patch

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.

Tags: Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

East Names New National Platform Sales Manager

Douglas Kenney. Photo courtesy East.

East Manufacturing appointed Douglas Kenney as its National Platform Sales Manager, responsible for fleet sales in North America.

Tags: Trailers, People, East Manufacturing

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar to Use Indiana Proving Grounds For Extensive Testing

Photo by Tom Berg

The former Bosch, Bendix and Studebaker proving grounds near New Carlisle in northern Indiana is open for business under new ownership: Navistar Inc., which took it over as of April 1.

Tags: Navistar, Vehicle Testing, Studebaker, Bendix, Bosch

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

April Truck Tonnage Decreases, Weakening GDP Outlook

Graph via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% to 128.6 in April to the lowest level in a year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, GDP, Truck Tonnage Index

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

EDF: Biggest Downside to Natural Gas Trucks is Upstream Methane

As EDF sees it, even though trucks fueled by natural gas may be regarded as running green, methane is released to the atmosphere “all along the value chain."

Upstream methane is seen as the biggest downside to natural gas trucks, according to a new policy-analysis paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Tags: EDF, Natural Gas Vehicles, Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GHG Emissions

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Group Seeks to Fund Mammogram Screenings

The Truckers Solutions Group wants to raise money to bring a mobile mammogram unit to a trucking show to provide free screenings to CDL holders.

Tags: Driver Health

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

Tags: Cargo Vans, NTEA, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Skyrocket

New homes starts in the U.S. increased dramatically in April from the month before, jumping 20.2% and hitting its highest level in more than seven years.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

TruStar to Refurbish City of Tucson's CNG Station

Photo via Wikimedia.

TruStar Energy, in conjunction with Arizona-based D.L. Withers Construction, has been contracted to refurbish the compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the City of Tucson, Ariz., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Arizona, City of Tucson, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Swihart: Kenworth Looks for Best Year Since 2006

Orders for the Icon 900 have vastly exceeded Kenworth's expectations. Photo by Jim Park

Kenworth gained market share in 2014 and has made additional gains in the first quarter of 2015. Kenworth expects 2015 to be a banner year for truck makers with numbers not seen since the pre-buy year of 2006.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880, Paccar MX Engine

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Moves Higher for Fifth Straight Week

The national average cost of on-highway diesel moved higher on Monday for the fifth consecutive week, hitting its highest level in two months.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Raises GHG Phase 2 Alert

Volvo Trucks North America's Göran Nyberg.

Göran Nyberg, Volvo Truck North America president, is concerned that the upcoming Phase 2 round of GHG regulations could push back hard against the advance of truck technology.

Tags: GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Volvo Trucks

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Delivers 500,000th Truck In North America

The 500,000th truck was sold to Famers Home Furniture in Dublin, Ga. Photo courtesy of Isuzu

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that it has delivered its 500,000th Isuzu-built truck since the brand entered the North American market 31 years ago.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu N-Series

May 18, 2015 - Product News

Lending Platform Tailored to Small Fleets

Bam Worldwide announced Bamwire, a specialty asset-based lending platform for motor carriers designed to help small fleets grow their business.

Tags: Freight, Small Fleets, Factoring

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