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March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 4500/5500 Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Senior Editor Chris Wolski Presents the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award to Becky Blanchard, director of the Ram Truck brand. Photo: Chris Wolski

The Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab truck has been named Work Truck magazine’s eighth annual medium-duty truck of the year. The award was presented at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Awards, Work Truck Show, Ram 4500, Ram 5500

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Inside Job Suspected in Gold Heist

Three days after nearly $5 million in gold was stolen from a truck along I-95 in North Carolina, authorities say they're suspicious it was an inside job, although the two guards involved are not currently suspects.

Tags: Cargo Theft

March 4, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Increases Severe-Duty Options on 122SD Truck

Different configurations of the Freightliner 122SD. Photo courtesy of Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner is showcasing several new options for the 122SD truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The options are aimed at severe terrain and off-road applications.

Tags: Freightliner, Severe Duty, Vocational Trucks, Off-Road Vehicles, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Commercial Vans, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Daimler Vans USA, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Port Problems Cause Drop in Intermodal Rail Traffic

Photo: Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic fell in February, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Ports

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Adds Diesel Engine to N-Series Cabovers

Isuzu NPR-XD. Photo via Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

Production has started on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's line of 2015 and 2016 N-Series diesel models, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, EPA, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Isuzu Diesel Engine, Medium-Duty Trucks, Low Cab Forward, NTEA

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

International Upgrades Truck and Body Electronics

International's Diamond Logic electrical system. Photo: International Trucks

International Truck announced a new body control module designed to deliver six times faster processing speeds for truck and body electronics at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Technology, Work Truck Show, Vehicle Electronics, International Trucks, Diamond Logic, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Enhances Driver Experience

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Mitsubishi Fuso showed off enhancements to its 2016 lineup of trucks at the NTEA Work Truck Show aimed at improving driver operability and lowering cost of ownership.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Canter FE

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Adds Class 4 Cabover to Lineup

The Hino Model 155 at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Tom Berg

Hino Trucks announced the Class 4 cabover Model 155 at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, broadening its product lineup to Class 4 through Class 7.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks, Cabovers, Class 4, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Recover Over Past Week

Graphic: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market increased in all three major categories for the first time in weeks, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Ease Last Month, Service Sector Expands

Change in nonfarm private employment. Graphic: ADP

Employment in the private sector increased again in February, but it was the weakest gain in six months.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Offers Box-Delete Option on Colorado

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is offering its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a box-delete option so fleet managers can better configure the mid-size pickup for specific jobs, GM announced today at NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Pickups, Class 1

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Green Strategy Discussions Kick Off Work Truck Show

Some of Florida Power & Light's green vehicle fleet. Photo courtesy Florida Power & Light.

Alternative fuels and powertrains will work if an organization’s top people favor the concepts, speakers said at Tuesday's Green Truck Summit ahead of the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Fleet Management, Biodiesel, Greenhouse Gases, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Biofuel

March 3, 2015 - Product News

Ford Rolls Out Global Telogis-Powered Telematics Platform

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is taking its Telogis-powered factory telematics system to a global audience in a rebranding of the existing Crew Chief platform, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Telematics, Analytics, Fleet Metrics, Information Technology

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford's John Davis says upcoming F-650/750 will suit many applications, and powertrains were tested for heavy service. Photo by Tom Berg

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ergonomics, 2016-MY, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

CRST Acquires Pegasus Transportation

CRST International has acquired Kentucky-based Pegasus Transportation. CRST said the acquisition will allow it to expand its temperature-controlled operations footprint.

Tags: Pegasus, Mergers & Acquisitions, CRST

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Heavier Front Axle for T370 Truck

The Kenworth T370 with 20K steer axle. Photo: Tom Berg

Kenworth is offering 18,000- and 20,000-pound axles with the truck that's powered by a PACCAR PX-9 8.9-liter inline-6 cylinder engine that produces 350 hp and 1,150 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T370, Class 7, Vocational Trucks, Axles, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Teletrac Merges with Navman Wireless

Teletrac and Navman Wireless have merged into a single telematics company, the two recently announced.

Tags: Telematics, Navman Wireless, Teletrac, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Accuride Reports 4th Quarter Loss Despite Higher Sales

Accuride's Accu-Lite aluminum wheel. Photo: Accuride

Accuride Corp. on Tuesday reported higher revenues in the final quarter of 2014 compared to a year earlier, but moved from a profit to a loss.

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA: ELD Final Rule Slated to Publish on Sept. 30

The projected publication date for the final ELD rule has been updated to September 30th according the the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, eLog

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar International Trims 1st Quarter Loss

Navistar's Lisle, Ill., headquarters. File photo.

Navistar International Corp. announced on Tuesday that it is still losing money, but nowhere near as much as it did a year earlier, thanks to higher sales and lower warranty costs.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings, Equity Markets

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Reading Introduces Isuzu NPR With Tool-Pro Body

Photo courtesy of Reading Truck Body.

Reading Truck Body has introduced the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX work truck with Tool-Pro body. The truck is on display at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Reading Truck Body, Cabovers, Service Bodies, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Reward Offered in Theft of Gold from Truck

Photo: Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) via Wikipedia

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the theft of $4 million in gold Sunday evening from a truck on I-95 in North Carolina.

Tags: Security, North Carolina, I-95

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Offers Additional Driver Trainer Bonus

File photo: C.R. England

C.R. England is offering bonuses to all company and independent contractor driver trainers for apprentices who are successfully trained and upgraded. A pay increase was also announced for a large percentage of drivers in C.R. England’s regional fleets.

Tags: Driver Training, C.R. England, Driver Pay, Fleets

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Tags: Vans, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

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