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July 24, 2016 - Product News

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins X15, Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy, Engines, Diesel Engines

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Class 8, Electric Trucks

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Quantum Fuel Systems Bought by Private Equity Firm

Compressed natural gas fuel systems maker Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has been acquired by Douglas Acquisitions, a Northern California-based private equity firm.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, CNG, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Fuel Systems Names New CEO

Nancy S. Gougarty Photo: Westport Fuel Systems

Westport Fuel Systems named Nancy Gougarty the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately to replace the retiring David Demers.

Tags: Leadership, Alternative Fuels, People, Westport, Natural Gas

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Spark Optimism

A new preliminary report shows U.S. manufacturing rising this month at its fastest pace since November 2015, following a post-Great-Recession low in May – "an encouraging sign of revival," says financial information services provider Markit.

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

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Swift Profits Fall; Forward Air Reports Loss

Profits for two trucking companies turned lower in the second quarter of the year while a third moved into the red, according to newly released earnings reports.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Freight Rates, Fleet Earnings

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tread Depth Violations Highlight Tire-Focused Roadcheck

The number of inspections with tire violations shows the increased enforcement activity during Roadcheck. Graph: Vigillo

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

Tags: Inspections, Tires, Roadcheck, Vigillo

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Petroleum Institute Campaigns to Educate About New Oils

The American Petroleum Institute is ramping up efforts to educate diesel engine users about the two new diesel engine oil standards it approved earlier this year, API CK-4 and FA-4.

Tags: API, PC-11, Engine Oils, Diesel Engine Oil

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Large-Truck Restriction for Democratic Convention Starts Saturday

In preparation for the Democratic National Convention, PennDOT is reminding drivers that the Interstate 95 restriction near Philadelphia will start on July 23 at noon.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, Road Closure

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Announces New Senior Leadership

Image: ATA

The American Trucking Associations has named four new members to senior leadership positions, according to the federation’s new president and CEO, Chris Spear.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying

July 21, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge offers Cross-Border Training to Drivers

Photo: CarriersEdge

CarriersEdge is offering a new Border Crossing/C-TPAT training course for drivers, covering security and threat awareness, security inspections and successful border crossing.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Driver Training, CarriersEdge

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Volume Falls, Flatbed Rates Gain

Spot truckload freight rates switched patterns over the past week, following seasonal highs hit by vans and reefers and a decline in flatbeds, as overall cargo volume was lower than anticipated, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler Profit Rises 3%, Dana Earnings Fall

Car and truck maker Daimler AG reported a slight increase in its second quarter profit, but it expects significantly lower truck sales for this year. Meanwhile, one supplier is feeling the effects of the slowing North American commercial vehicle market.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Weathering Sales ‘Correction’ Well, President Says

Photo: Mack Trucks

Moderating new truck production and trade-ins have avoided layoffs and a greater glut of used trucks on dealers' lots, Dennis Slagle says.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Mack Granite

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

San Diego Port to Receive $5.9M in Electric Trucks

Photo courtesy of SDTPA.

The San Diego Port Tenants Association (SDPTA) received a $5.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to fund the development of 10 all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for operation at the Port of San Diego.

Tags: Grant Funding, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants, Ports

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Remain Soft, Intermodal Rates Continue Steep Drop

Truckload linehaul rates in June were nearly the same as the month before, but they are still below levels from a year ago, while there seems to be no end to the recent drop in rates for intermodal shipments.

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

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Landstar Profit Sinks 20%, Falls Short of Expectations

Asset-light trucking and related services provider Landstar System reported a 20% second quarter decline in earnings due to lower revenue and a big insurance claim.

Tags: Economy, Landstar, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall 10% in June

A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Delays Online DOT Registration System Implementation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the implementation of the final stage of its simplified online registration process, called the Unified Registration System.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Registration, Department of Transportation

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Fitzgerald Glider Kits Acquires Two Peterbilt Dealerships

Photo: Fitzgerald Peterbilt

Fitzgerald Glider Kits has finalized the purchase of two Peterbilt dealerships in the southwest region of Virginia, formerly known by the name Performance Peterbilt of Bristol.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Glider Kits

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks North America Names SVP of Sales

Jeff Lester Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America has named Jeff Lester senior vice president of sales, a newly created position within the company, effective Aug. 1.

Tags: Leadership, Truck Sales, People, Volvo Trucks North America

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Shell Debuts Oils Formulated for API CK-4 and FA-4 Categories

Image: Shell Lubricants

Years of work in the lab and millions of miles of road testing has culminated in three new Rotella engine oils formulated to meet the API CK-4 and FA-4 oil-service categories that will start coming on the market later this year.

Tags: Engine Oils, PC-11, Shell Rotella

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Announces 2016 Safety & Compliance Award Winner

Kelsey Wolfe. Photo by Jim Park.

Southern Freight Services' director of safety, human resources and recruiting, Kelsey Wolfe, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2016 Safety & Compliance Award during a ceremony on July 19 at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Marten Profit Bumps 2% Higher

Temperature-controlled carrier Marten Transport reported an increase in its second quarter earnings. Although it's another small gain, it did beat analysts' expectations.

Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Hit Highest Levels of 2016 but Will it Continue?

Freight shipments and expenditures edged up in June after three months of lackluster performance, hitting their highest levels of the year, according to the Cass Freight Index – but it remains unclear if this is part of a larger trend.

Tags: Economy, Freight Rates, Freight Volume, Freight Capacity, Cass Freight Index

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