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October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Will Drive More Mergers & Acquisitions

Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Freight Rates

October 8, 2015 - Press Release

Aeris, Isotrak Announce Fleet Telematics Partnership

Aeris has partnered with Isotrak Ltd. to provide improved cellular connectivity and data analytics for Isotrak fleet telematics customers in the U.S. and other global markets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Isotrak, Big Data, Broadband

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Daimler Covers Aftertreatment System with Warranty Options

Daimler Trucks North America has announced a warranty to cover the aftertreatment system on Detroit and Cummins engines available through its used-truck retail network, SelecTrucks.

Tags: Warranty, SCR, DEF, Used Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley

The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Focuses on Vocational Trucks With New Options

Kenworth T880 with new box bumper option. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced three new options, all aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks-- a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille.

Tags: Kenworth, Vehicle Options, Transmissions, Bumper, Vocational Trucks

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Wabco Launches Remanufactured Air Dryer Line

Photo: Meritor Wabco

Meritor Wabco is offering a new line of remanufactured air dryers, starting with the System Saver 1200 family of products for heavy- and medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Recycling, Meritor Wabco, Remanufactured Parts

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rates Fail to Follow Increased Load Posts on Spot Market

The number of posted loads on the spot market jumped 5.7% for week ending Oct. 3, as shippers rushed to move inventory before the end of the quarter while available truck capacity fell 4.5%, but the changes were not enough to advance rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash Recognizes Meritor Wabco With Supplier Award

Wabash National has recognized Meritor Wabco with its 2015 Platinum Supplier Award for excellence in quality and delivery performance.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, Awards, Wabash National, Suppliers

October 6, 2015 - Product News

Red Oval Program Offers Certified Pre-Owned Trucks

Peterbilt’s Red Oval program offers a certified pre-owned trucks from throughout its dealer network and Paccar Financial Used truck Centers.

Tags: Peterbilt, Used Trucks, Paccar Financial, Certified Pre-Owned

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

EDI Offers CNG-PHEV Class 4 Truck

Courtesy of Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. has developed a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric medium-duty truck that can achieve 40 miles of all-electric range or 27 mpg gasoline equivalent when in hybrid mode.

Tags: PHEV, CALSTART, Medium-Duty Trucks, California Energy Commission, Greenkraft, CNG, Class 4, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Celebrates Launch of U.S. Truck Tire Production

Government and company officials take part in a traditional Japanese ceremony at grand opening of new Yokohama truck-tire plant in West Point, Miss. Photo: David Cullen

The first Yokohama tire plant—which will exclusively produce truck and bus tires-- built in the U.S. from the ground up is now up and running, a scant two years after the company broke ground on a greenfield site within Mississippi’s Golden Triangle business-development region.

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Halliburton Adding Telematics, Safety, and Compliance Solutions

Photo of Halliburton pipe recover wireline truck via Wikipedia.

Oil service provider Halliburton Co. will roll out a range of fleet management services under a multiple-year contract it signed with MiX Telematics over the next 12 to 18 months, the fleet management vendor announced.

Tags: MiX Telematics, Energy Fleets, Halliburton, Compliance

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Hits Highest Recorded Level in 2015

Photo: Pride Transport

An ATA report is projecting a shortage of 48,000 drivers by the end of 2015, marking the highest recorded level in trucking's history.

Tags: ATA, Aging Fleet, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Women Drivers

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

McLeod: Use Information to Turn Change into Opportunity

Tom McLeod talks change at the McLeod Software user conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

We may not have flying cars, hover boards or holographic movies as Marty McFly found in the “Back to the Future” version of 2015, but we have had a computing, communications and connectivity revolution nearly unimaginable 30 years ago. Tom McLeod offered some advice for turning all this rapid change into opportunity during the McLeod Software annual user conference.

Tags: Information Technology, McLeod Software

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport's Near Zero Natural Gas Engine Certified

A Cummins Westport ISL G engine. Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine has received Near Zero NOx emission certifications from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, Natural Gas Engines, EPA, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, Emissions

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Driven Up by Regional Increases

The price of diesel fuel increased last week, breaking a three-week streak of average price decreases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 5, 2015 - Press Release

Propel Expands Renewable Diesel in California

Photo courtesy of Propel.

Propel Fuels has made its Diesel HPR renewable diesel fuel available at a fueling station in Hayward, Calif., the fuel retailer announced.

Tags: California, Propel Fuels, Renewable Diesel, Fueling Stations

October 5, 2015 - Press Release

TruStar Opens CNG Station for Connecticut Refuse Fleet

Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy.

TruStar Energy has opened a large, time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station designed and built for privately held refuse hauler All Waste Inc. in Hartford, Conn., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Connecticut, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets

Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.

The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.

Tags: DOT, North Carolina, Flooding, South Carolina, Natural Disaster

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rail Freight Weakens But Intermodal Grows

Photo: BNSF

While a lot of rail freight is not growing, rail intermodal is growing according to an analyst at ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Technology Expo

The Fleet Technology Expo will take place from Oct. 17-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Dealers Focus on Uptime in ACT Seminar Panel

In spite of all the changes that have occurred in the trucking industry, “fleets still want local support to keep trucks running,” according to Jim Maddox, dealer principal at Tri State Trucks. What are dealers doing about it?

Tags: Dealers, Downtime

October 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Quality, Fuel Efficiency to Drive Strong Orders into 2016

Model year 2017 Cascadia Evolution trucks spec’d with DT12 automated transmissions will see 7.15 mpg, Freightliner says.

“We do not think economic conditions have to be amazing to have a good trucking industry," said a Freightliner executive, predicting strong truck orders into 2016.

Tags: Freightliner, Fuel Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Revamps Van Upfitting Program

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz has reformatted its van upfitting program ahead of the launch of the 2016 Metris mid-size van, which has begun arriving at dealer lots.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Upfitting Vans, Ship-Thru, Class 2, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans, 2016-MY

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Lou Holtz to Keynote Vipar Heavy Duty Event

Lou Holtz Photo courtesy of Vipar Heavy Duty

Former NCAA football coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz will serve as the keynote speaker for the Vipar Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference scheduled for Oc. 18 -23, 2015.

Tags: Conference, Aftermarket Parts, Keynote Speech, Vipar Heavy Duty, Events



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