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March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Manac Considering Ways to Increase Shareholder Value

Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the company, a merger with another company, or another business combination, the company said.

Tags: Trailers, Manac Inc., Shareholders

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

Tags: Legislation, Ohio, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, Highway Safety

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Shell and TA Open More LNG Lanes

Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized plans to build a network of liquified natural gas fueling stations.

Shell opened two new lanes serving liquefied natural gas at TravelCenters of America truck refueling stations located in Baytown, Texas and in Lafayette, La.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

TA Names Citizen Drivers

TravelCenters of America announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Image

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

Apex Capital releases Mobile Factoring App

Photo: Apex Capital

Apex Capital Corp. introduced its Mobile Factoring invoicing app as a new value-added service for its customers during the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Factoring

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.

A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Big-rig truck racing is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1993 with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season.

Tags: Meritor, Sponsorship, ChampTruck, Racing, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Internet Truckstop is Now Truckstop.com

Freight-matching load board company Internet Truckstop has rebranded as Truckstop.com, the company's CEO announced.

Tags: Internet Truckstop, Load Board, Freight Market, Rebranding

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System

Photo of Kenworth T680 by Jim Park.

Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Kenworth, Maxwell Technologies, Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Photo via Wikimedia.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Predicting Another Banner Year

The North American truck market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations, said Daimler Trucks North America head Martin Daum in a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show -- and demand for the DT12 automated manual has far exceeded even Daum's optimistic goals.

Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, MATS

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Actwas on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road

The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

BestPass Says it Can Cut Number of Transponders Needed for Tolls

A company that got its start as a way for New York State Motor Truck members to more easily manage their tolls says with a new transponder it will cover nearly all toll facilities nationwide by the end of the year and eliminate the need to have half a dozen transponders in a truck.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo by Paul Hartley courtesy HDMA

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, GHG Emissions, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt Motors Company introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are now in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, CNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs

Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Manual Transmissions, Eaton Advantage, UltraShift Plus

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Meets 2015 Goals

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, expressed his excitement over meeting the 2014 goals, and what TMAF has planned for 2015. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, announced that had it reached its goal of raising $1 million since its inception last March, which was made possible by contributions from more than 100 trucking companies, allied members and individuals.

Tags: Trucking Moves America Forward, Image, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa Rolls Out Next-Gen Durabright Wheel

Building on the success of its predecessor, Alcoa is bringing to market the Dura-Bright EVO wheel, said to be highly resistant to corrosion caused by road salts and weather elements, and more resistant to cleaning chemicals.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Names 2015 Highway Hero

It was not an easy choice when it came to choosing this year’s 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero, as all three finalists risked their lives to save others.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup

XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Powertrains, MATS, Downspeed

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbed Demand Picks Up in Spot Market

In a mixed week for the spot market, Flatbeds saw the only gain again continuing the trend in demand for the trailer type.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 26, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Introduces Adaptive Loading 6x2 Suspension

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Volvo Trucks introduced the Adaptive Loading 6x2 liftable forward axle that automatically adjusts to load weight changes and offers 4x2 operation in certain conditions.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Axles, MATS, 6x2

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

International First with New Bendix Advanced Safety System

Wingman Fusion will be available on the International ProStar. Photo: International

Navistar International Truck announced that beginning next month, the new Bendix Wingman Fusion integrated driver-safety system will be available on its International ProStar Class 8 truck models.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Navistar, Bendix, International Trucks

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Legislation, ATA, CSA

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