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August 23, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

When there's no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires and Wheels

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Makes 100,000th MX-13 Engine

Representatives from AMG Peterbilt of Columbus, Kenan Advantage Group, Paccar Engines and Peterbilt Motors celebrated the production of the 100,000th Paccar MX-13 engine.

The 100,000th Paccar MX-13 engine produced for North America was recently presented to Kenan Advantage Group, which will operate it in a Peterbilt Model 579.

Tags: Paccar, Engines, Paccar MX Engine

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

FCA Recalls Ram 4500 and 5500 Trucks

Photo courtesy of FCA.

The recall, which involves just 199 vehicles, will address a front suspension issue.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 5500, 2015-MY, Ram 4500, NHTSA, FCA

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

New Coalition to Look for Truck Parking Solutions

Photo: FHWA

In a truck parking survey mandated by the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act (MAP-21), almost half of the state departments of transportation surveyed reported that truckers were forced to park on freeway interchange ramps and shoulders of highways.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Truck Parking

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

REG Acquires Wash. Biodiesel Refinery

Photo courtesy of Renewable Energy Group.

Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc., including the 100-million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery and terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash., the company announced.

Tags: Biodiesel, Washington, Renewable Energy Group, Biofuels, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Provides Tech and Training for Haitian Hospital

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is purchasing $10,000 worth of new computers and sending training staff for the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-au Prince, Haiti.

Tags: Charity, Haiti, Donations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control in Production for Kenworth Trucks

Image via Kenworth

Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Training, Fuel Economy

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Workers Advocates Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Show Truck Stars at Evel Knievel Documentary Premiere

Knievel's iconic motorcycle and leather jumpsuit on the red carpet.

Evel Knievel’s custom 1974 Mack FS cabover show truck, "Big Red," was featured prominently at the premiere of the new documentary film "Being Evel" this week.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Restoration, History, Cabovers

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Honda Opens Public CNG Station in Ohio

Honda of America Executive Vice President and CEO Tom Shoup speaks at the opening of the company's CNG fueling station in Marysville, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its campus in Marysville, Ohio, the company announced.

Tags: Honda, Ohio, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 20, 2015 - Product News

ITS Dispatch Integrates With uDrove App, Devices

The desktop and mobile solutions of uDrove will now integrate with ITS Dispatch's software offering, providing expanded control over fleet and driver operations.

Tags: Software, Dispatch, Freight, Integration, Telematics, Information Technology

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Relaunches Clean-Diesel Incentive Program

The Port of Virginia has relaunched its Green Operator Program, which provides up to $20,000 toward the purchase of clean-diesel trucks that service the port and up to $6,000 toward the purchase and installation of retrofit devices, announced Virginia Clean Cities (VCC).

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Virginia, Virginia Clean Cities, Incentives, Clean Diesel

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

July Trailer Orders Generally Strong, Outlook Good, FTR Reports

Refrigerated van orders exceeded expectations again.

UPDATED -- A month-over-month decline was particularly impacted by a drop in dry van orders following some large fleet orders placed in June, but were 13% better than July 2014.

Tags: Trailers, FTR Associates, Trailer Orders

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

I-65 Bridge Detours to Last Into September, INDOT Says

 The cause of the closure: the I-65 Wildcat Creek Bridge in Tippecanoe County. Photo: Indiana DOT via Facebook

Highway officials say the bridge on northbound Interstate 65 at Lafayette, Ind., will remain closed into mid September as contractors work to stabilize the structure. State and local sources are suggesting certain alternate routes in western Indiana and into eastern Illinois.

Tags: Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana, Bridges, Road Closure, Highways

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Beat Expectations, Class 6-7 Up, ACT Says

Even without a press-release-worthy, 9,000-unit multi-year order, heavy truck sales were still higher than analysts anticipated.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Class 8

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Murphy-Hoffman Opens First TRP Parts Store

Photo courtesy of MHC

The facility bolsters MHC's offerings of aftermarket parts for all makes and models of trucks, trailers and buses.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, MHC, Dealers

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Below Fed's Goal for Raising Interest Rates

Inflationary pressures on the U.S. economy remain low, as evidenced by a report released Wednesday by the Commerce Department showing an increase of just 0.1% in July from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Increases, Rates Continue Falling

Despite van and reefer load availability increasing for the third consecutive week on the spot market, national average rates in the three major trucking sectors continued moving lower last week as equipment availability rose.

Tags: Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Enhances Vans for 2016

Photo of 2015 NV cargo van courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's full-size and compact vans will receive light updates for the 2016 model year, including additional air bags, technology, and exterior colors, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, 2016-MY

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Begins Same-Day Grocery Delivery

Photo of USPS trucks in Venice, Calif., by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering bottled water, fresh fish, and electronics in New York City as it begins a shift toward same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, and

Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, FedEx, UPS

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Suit Alleges Defective CNG Equipment Caused Truck to Burn

The vehicle was only five months old and had been run only 3,000 miles before it caught fire during an ordinary customer run, the suit claims. The manufacturers say nothing was wrong with the equipment.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Fires, Cummins Westport, Agility Fuel Systems, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, GHG, EPA, NHTSA

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Slows Shift to East Coast

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

As intermodal freight enters peak shipping season at the nation's ports, West Coast ports appear to be slowing the diversion of freight to East Coast ports. At the same time, East Coast ports are working to extend their inland reach, according to published reports.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Vehicle Recalls

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Rising Rapidly, Intermodal Lagging

Truckload shipping rates continue to rise, while intermodal shipping continues to get cheaper, according to two of the latest monthly readings. A wider report on freight transportation showed a seasonal lull.

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


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