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May 19, 2015 - Industry News

East Names New National Platform Sales Manager

Douglas Kenney. Photo courtesy East.

East Manufacturing appointed Douglas Kenney as its National Platform Sales Manager, responsible for fleet sales in North America.

Tags: Trailers, People, East Manufacturing

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar to Use Indiana Proving Grounds For Extensive Testing

Photo by Tom Berg

The former Bosch, Bendix and Studebaker proving grounds near New Carlisle in northern Indiana is open for business under new ownership: Navistar Inc., which took it over as of April 1.

Tags: Navistar, Vehicle Testing, Studebaker, Bendix, Bosch

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

April Truck Tonnage Decreases, Weakening GDP Outlook

Graph via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% to 128.6 in April to the lowest level in a year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, GDP, Truck Tonnage Index

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Biggest Downside to Natural Gas Trucks is Upstream Methane

As EDF sees it, even though trucks fueled by natural gas may be regarded as running green, methane is released to the atmosphere “all along the value chain."

Upstream methane is seen as the biggest downside to natural gas trucks, according to a new policy-analysis paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Tags: EDF, Natural Gas Vehicles, Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GHG Emissions

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Group Seeks to Fund Mammogram Screenings

The Truckers Solutions Group wants to raise money to bring a mobile mammogram unit to a trucking show to provide free screenings to CDL holders.

Tags: Driver Health

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

Tags: Cargo Vans, NTEA, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Skyrocket

New homes starts in the U.S. increased dramatically in April from the month before, jumping 20.2% and hitting its highest level in more than seven years.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

TruStar to Refurbish City of Tucson's CNG Station

Photo via Wikimedia.

TruStar Energy, in conjunction with Arizona-based D.L. Withers Construction, has been contracted to refurbish the compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the City of Tucson, Ariz., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Arizona, City of Tucson, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Swihart: Kenworth Looks for Best Year Since 2006

Orders for the Icon 900 have vastly exceeded Kenworth's expectations. Photo by Jim Park

Kenworth gained market share in 2014 and has made additional gains in the first quarter of 2015. Kenworth expects 2015 to be a banner year for truck makers with numbers not seen since the pre-buy year of 2006.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880, Paccar MX Engine

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Moves Higher for Fifth Straight Week

The national average cost of on-highway diesel moved higher on Monday for the fifth consecutive week, hitting its highest level in two months.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Raises GHG Phase 2 Alert

Volvo Trucks North America's Göran Nyberg.

Göran Nyberg, Volvo Truck North America president, is concerned that the upcoming Phase 2 round of GHG regulations could push back hard against the advance of truck technology.

Tags: GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Volvo Trucks

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Delivers 500,000th Truck In North America

The 500,000th truck was sold to Famers Home Furniture in Dublin, Ga. Photo courtesy of Isuzu

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that it has delivered its 500,000th Isuzu-built truck since the brand entered the North American market 31 years ago.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu N-Series

May 18, 2015 - Product News

Lending Platform Tailored to Small Fleets

Bam Worldwide announced Bamwire, a specialty asset-based lending platform for motor carriers designed to help small fleets grow their business.

Tags: Freight, Small Fleets, Factoring

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volatile Cab Chassis Sales Outpacing Year Ago Level

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

Sales and shipments of cutaways, low cab-over-engine and strip chassis trucks moved higher in the first two months of 2015 compared to a year ago, yet 2015 should be as volatile as 2014, according to the NTEA.

Tags: NTEA, Vehicle Purchasing, Truck Sales, Cabovers, Chassis Cab Trucks, Mexico, Canada

May 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Output, Consumer Sentiment Decline

U.S. industrial production fell 0.3% in April for its fifth consecutive monthly loss, according to a Federal Reserve report issued Friday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Committee Chairmen Propose Their Own Funding Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Bill

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

California Awards $15M for Alt-Fuel Trucks

Photo via Wikipedia.

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly $15 million in grants for several projects that will fund alternative-fuel armored security trucks and refuse trucks in in the state.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, Heavy-Duty Trucks, California Energy Commission, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

PSI Hosts Annual Fleet Technology Event

Photo: Jim Park

Meritor and Pressure Systems International gave a tour of its facilities in San Antonio to attendees of the Annual Fleet Technology Event in May.

Tags: Tires, Meritor, Events, PSI, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Launching Delivery Service to Challenge Amazon Prime

Photo via Walmart.

Walmart is planning to test an online shipping subscription service similar to Amazon Prime, according to a report from The Information.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Walmart, Retail Sector, Shipping Service

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Former Trucking Company Operator Given 3 Years in Prison

Dragan Simovski, the operator of Illinois-based Freedom Transportation was sentenced to 3 years in prison for his connection to an illegal double-brokering scheme.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Brokers

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

ZF Completes TRW Automotive Acquisition

John. C Plant, President and CEO of TRW (left), and ZF's CEO Stefan Sommer. Photo via ZF

ZF Friedrichshafen has completed its acquisition of TRW Automotive, the company announced. TRW and ZF will operate under the name ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, ZF Friedrichshafen

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management to Build CNG Facility in Louisiana

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management has started construction on a compressed natural gas (CNG) facility that will fuel trucks servicing the greater Baton Rouge, La., area. It's scheduled to open in August.

Tags: Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Louisiana, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

University Establishes Award Honoring Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Photo: PenNotes LLC

The University of Memphis has established an award named in honor of alumnus Mike Pennington, a well-known figure in the trucking industry who recently passed away at the age of 64.

Tags: HDMA, Awards, Memphis, People

May 14, 2015 - Product News

Caterpillar Shows Long-Hood CT680; 15-Liter Diesel on the Way

With a BBC of 124 inches, CT680 is the longest of the three Cat Truck models. It’s available as a truck or tractor. Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar this week unveiled its CT680 on/off-road truck and tractor, the third model in a line of Cat Trucks first introduced about four years ago.

Tags: Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks

May 14, 2015 - Product News

J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources

J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, J.J. Keller

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