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March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

Image: White House Office of Management and Budget

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, CAGTC

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Alkane to License Assembly Operations in North America

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

Alkane Truck Company, a South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced plans to establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the next three years.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Alkane Truck Company, Assembly Plants

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Readings Full of Positives

A gauge of the health of the American economy has increased again, hitting its highest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, manufacturing activity outpaced overall industrial output, consumer sentiment hit its highest level in over a decade, and homebuilding continues to trend up, according to a basket of reports issued Friday and Thursday.

Tags: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building, Economic Conditions

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Paccar Teams up With Nvidia on Autonomous Driving Concept

Screenshot via Nvidia

Paccar has announced that it is teaming up with American technology company Nvidia to develop an autonomous vehicle solution.

Tags: Paccar, Autonomous Vehicles

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck's President-Trucking Resigns

The president of USA Truck’s trucking operations has resigned, effective March 13, in the latest in a string of leadership changes at the Van Buren, Arkansas-based company.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Fleet Executives

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Announces First Economic Summit

American Trucking Associations is launching an Economic Summit that will bring together chief economists from several trade associations for an outlook on each speaker's industry and how it could impact trucking.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Events

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Missouri Great Dane Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Missouri Great Dane is the latest company to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors, Parts and Service

March 16, 2017 - Product News

Schneider Launches Online LTL Hub

Image via Schneider

Schneider has created a new one-stop online shop for less-than-truckload freight.

Tags: LTL, Online Tool, Schneider, Shippers

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Makes Top Leadership Moves

Eric Fuller Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress named Eric Fuller to the role of CEO and Lisa Quinn Pate as the new president and chief administrative officer for the truckload carrier, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, U.S. Xpress

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Ease Slightly Following Jump

After a 17% jump the previous week, spot truckload freight volume increased a modest 1.3% during the week ending March 11 while rates gave back at least part of their gains from the week before, according to DAT Solutions' network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

SmartTruck Names VP of Sales and Marketing

Trailer aerodynamics company SmartTruck has expanded its national sales team and appointed John Brown as vice president of sales and marketing.

Tags: Leadership, SmartTruck, People

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner to Offer CNG-Equipped Stripped Chassis

Photo: Freightliner Custom Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis, Clean Energy Fuels, and Green Alternative Systems have partnered to provide a compressed natural gas fuel system on FCCC’s CNG MT-45/55 chassis.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Freightliner, Work Truck Show, Delivery Fleets, Vocational Trucks, Stripped Chassis, Alternative Fuels

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Down in February, but Still Up From Last Year

February trailer orders are expected to trail January’s excellent numbers but still exceed last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary estimates from ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Fills Six Leadership Positions

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations promoted four longtime staffers and hired a new vice president of creative services and creative director, and a new director of marketing as part of the federation’s continued retooling.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Associations

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Mack Brings Uptime Solutions to Legacy Vehicles

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks is bringing its telematics-driven uptime solutions to customers with older Mack vehicles, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Geotab, Mack Trucks, Uptime, GuardDog Connect, Telematics, Work Truck Show

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Pushes Interest Rates Higher Amid Improving Signs

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased the nation’s benchmark interest rate for the third time since its first hike in nearly a decade in December 2015, amid evidence of a steady economy and indications of more interest rate increases later this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

Photo: UPS

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Software, Ram Truck, Augmented Reality

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Ford, Ship-Thru, CNG Conversions, Landi Renzo, Ford E-Series, Ford F-Series

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Fuso Adds Gasoline V-8 to FE Series Cabovers

Photo: Chris Brown

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America premiered a new prototype V8 gasoline powertrain for the company’s FE Series medium-duty cabovers at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, FE Series, Vortec, Allison Transmission, Gasoline Engines, Engines, Cabovers, Work Truck Show

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Bringing Electric eCanter to U.S.

Photo by Chris Brown.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has introduced the eCanter battery-powered Class 4 truck, offering the first 50 units to a select group of customers by the end of the year on a two-year lease.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Canter, Class 4, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Cabovers, Work Truck Show

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Unveils Detroit DD8 Medium-Duty Diesel Engine

Detroit DD8 engine will launch with both engine and transmission power-take-off options required for many vocational applications. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the new Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine, aimed at vocational truck markets, at the NTEA’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, Medium-Duty Engines

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Adds Telogis Telematics to Cabovers

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. will offer a Telogis-powered telematics system as standard equipment on all FUSO medium-duty, diesel cabover trucks, the manufacturer announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Medium-Duty Trucks, Telogis, Work Truck Show, Telematics, Cabovers

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Plotting the Path from Diesel to Electric Trucks

DTNA's Achenbach keynoting the Green Truck Summit Photo: David Cullen

Alternative fuels and propulsion systems offer a compelling array of environmentally friendly powertrain options to consider, but it’s still too soon to write off diesel as trucking’s juice of choice, said the Green Truck Summit's keynote speaker.

Tags: NTEA, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Work Truck Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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