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May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Truck Honors Military Heroes

The new Volvo VNR 640 model will travel in a motorcade from the plant to the U.S. capital to participate in the Ride for Freedom rally during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring the all new VNR model, which will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Military, Veterans, New River Valley Assembly Plant

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc.

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so they would perform differently during emissions testing than normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

War of Words Erupts over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Toll Management

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Haldex Updates Website for Ease of Use

Screenshot via Haldex.com

Haldex has rolled out its updated website, designed to be easier to use for customers looking to place orders and search for parts.

Tags: Parts, New Website, Haldex

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, V2I, Safety, Michigan DOT

May 23, 2017 - Product News

Ancra Partnership Brings Preinstalled Captive Beam Decking System

Image via Ancra

Ancra International has partnered with CellTech Metals to provide a new category of bonded truck and trailer wall systems.

Tags: Cargo Securement, Ancra

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA April Truck Tonnage Drops for Third Month

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage Index slid 2.5% in April, marking the third straight month of declines.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts Expands to San Antonio

Image via Inland Truck Parts

Inland Truck Parts & Service has expanded its presence in Texas with the recent acquisition of Complete Gear Services in San Antonio.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, New Locations, Inland Truck Parts, Parts and Service

May 23, 2017 - Product News

Ryder's NaviShare Platform Offers Visibility into Loads and Capacity

Image via Ryder System

Ryder System has launched a new cloud-based platform, called NaviShare, to provide real-time shipment visibility, predictive alerts, and exception handling, routing, and analytics.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Ryder System, Asset Tracking

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: May Manufacturing Activity Eases, Says Preliminary Report

A surge seen early this year in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued to lose steam this month, hitting an eight-month low.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Gross Domestic Product

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Cross Border Freight Value Jumps Nearly 11%

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from the previous year. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its next door neighbor countries has spiked as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo in March compared to the year before, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Railroads

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt 389 Wins $15K and Best of Show at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

Bill Rethwisch's 2016 Peterbilt 389 won Best of Show at this year's SuperRigs competition. Photos: Shell Rotella

Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis., won this year’s Best of Show honors with his 2016 Peterbilt 389 at the 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Shell SuperRigs, Owner Operators

May 22, 2017 - Product News

Gorilla Safety App Supports Fleets Using AOBRDs

Photo: Gorilla Safety

Gorilla Safety has announced that its mobile app now includes automatic onboard recording device integration to help fleets as they transition to meet the impending electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: ELDs, Mobile Apps, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Private Fleet Awards $1.8M to its Safest Drivers

Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops

Gemini Motor Transport, the fuel hauling fleet for Love’s Travel Stops, has awarded $1.8 million in bonuses to 78 of its safest drivers.

Tags: Awards, Love's Travel Stops, Safe Driving, Driver Retention

May 22, 2017 - Product News

Noregon Launches Scalable Data Analytics Service

Image via Noregon

Noregon has announced the debut of its scalable Data Analytics service to help businesses turn raw data into usable information for improving operations.

Tags: Telematics, Analytics, Noregon Systems, Data Analysis

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Replaces CEO Fields With Mobility Head Hackett

Photo of Jim Hackett courtesy of Ford.

Ford has replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who has led its mobility business unit for the past year. Ford views Hackett as a "transformational business leader" as it seeks to boost profit amid investor pressure.

Tags: Ford, C-Suite, Promotions, Mobility, Automotive Executives

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Opens Used Truck Center

International Truck announced the grand opening of the new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: International Trucks, Used Truck Sales

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy to Test Truck Stop Electrification

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

Drivers will be able to plug in their vehicles and keep electricity and hot or cold air on during overnight stays, avoiding idling engines.

Tags: Duke Energy, Truck Stops, Anti-Idling

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Harbor Trucking Association to Host Drayage Summit

Image via Harbor Trucking Association

The Harbor Trucking Association is hosting its first Technology in Drayage Summit on June 28 at The Reef in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Events, Ports, Drayage

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduce 230K Tons of GHG

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Trucks' Slagle is Bullish on Class 8 Truck Market

Mack exectives (l-r) John Walsh, Jonathan Randall, and Denny Slagle. Photo: David Cullen

The head of Mack Trucks regards the state of the heavy-duty truck market as solid. “Everyone in the industry has succeeded in bringing inventory down to safe levels,” Dennis Slagle, president of Mack Trucks and Volvo Group executive vice president, said at a May 18 media briefing.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Wins National Gold Award in the Azbees for Modern Maintenance Manager Series

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has won a National Gold award in the 2017 Azbee Awards of Excellence for last year’s editorial series on the Modern Maintenance Manager.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ASBPE

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations Seeks LEAD Applicants

ATA is searching for a class of diverse industry leaders looking to grow their careers and meet other trucking professionals with ambition.

Tags: ATA, Leadership

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

Logo via BRIDGE Act Summary

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

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