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July 11, 2016 - Industry News

2017 F-150's Turbo V-6 Adds Power

Photo of 2017 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 courtesy of Ford.

The new turbo V-6 Ford is adding to the 2017 F-150 will provide even more power than initially expected, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups, Turbocharging

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler’s Adjusted Earnings Beat Forecasts

The second quarter earnings season got underway on Monday with Daimler AG unexpectedly releasing numbers showing its adjusted earnings in the second quarter of the year are “significantly above market expectations” – but the news did not carry over into its truck operations.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall Slightly for the Third Week in a Row

The average price of diesel fuel dropped by nearly 1 cent last week, the fourth straight week of small price decreases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gain Clean Fuel to Open CNG Station in South Texas

Photo: C.A.T. International

Gain Clean Fuel has partnered with FastFlow CNG to build and manage a co-branded compressed natural gas fueling station in South Texas.

Tags: Green Fleets, Partnership, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations

July 11, 2016 - Product News

Volvo, Mack Add Cross-Reference Tool to Online Part Store

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have each launched a parts cross-reference feature for the online Select Part Store, making it easier to search for and buy parts online.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Online Tool, Parts and Service, Volvo Trucks North America

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Massive Container Ship Arrives at Port of NY/NJ

Photo via Global Container Terminals Twitter

The largest container vessel ever to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey arrived at on July 8, having steamed from the recently expanded Panama Canal locks.

Tags: Ports, Containers, Panama Canal, Port of New York and New Jersey

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Black Lives Matter Protests Shut Down Highways

Some truckers found themselves in a sticky situation over the weekend as protesters angry about recent police killings tried to block highways, and in some cases succeeded. Photos show protesters climbing on top of tractors and trailers in some locations.

Tags: Highways

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio Eases Way for Deaf or Hearing-Impaired Drivers to Get CDLs

Image: Ohio Governor's Office

Ohio state agencies have teamed up to develop procedures for deaf or hearing-impaired Ohioans who qualify for a federal hearing-exemption waiver to train and test for obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Ohio, Driver Shortage, Deaf and Hearing Impaired Drivers

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Kicks Off July 14

Last year's Walcott Truckers Jamboree attracted more than 42,000 attendees. Photo courtesy of Iowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop’s 37th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree is set to kick off July 14 with three days of trucking-related events, exhibitions and entertainment.

Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Truckstops

July 8, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Functionality for Hyrail Operators

Image: J.J. Keller and Associates

J.J. Keller & Associates is offering a way to record on-duty hyrail time without counting against a driver’s allotted 11 hours of on-duty driving time.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Railroads, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Announces Major Executive Team Changes

Dave Osiecki, Karla Hulett and Jeff Mason are no longer with the American Trucking Associations, which is making changes in its executive team in conjunction with Chris Spear taking over as president and CEO.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Leadership, Associations

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Universal Truckload Latest to Lower Expectations

Universal Logistics Holdings is projecting lower second-quarter earnings, just the latest trucking operation indicating it will fall short of analysts' expectations in a challenging business environment.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Fleet Earnings

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Partners with Army to Help Soldiers Obtain CDLs

Photo via R&R Trucking

R&R Trucking has reached a multi-year agreement with the U.S. Army post at Fort Knox, Ky., to assist soldiers in obtaining a commercial driver’s license.

Tags: U.S. Army, CDL, Driver Training, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth's Body Builder Manual Assists in Planning

A bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) of only 63.4 inches enables the K270 and K370 (pictured) to haul more payload with a shorter overall length. (PHOTO: Kenworth)

The manual contains information and guidelines useful in the truck body planning and installation processes. Early in the vehicle definition and ordering process, body builders can often contribute valuable information that reduces the ultimate cost of the body installation.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth K270, Kenworth K370, Upfitters, Body Builders

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Left Out of Employment Surge

While U.S. non-farm payrolls swelled by 287,000 jobs in June, the most since October, the number of trucking jobs fell for the fifth straight month, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

July 8, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Automatic Transmission on T880 Short Hood

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced the option for a 7-speed Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series fully automatic transmission on its 116.5-inch BBC T880 short hood.

Tags: Kenworth, Allison Transmission, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880, Automatic Transmissions

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Scholarship Set Up in Memory of Aftermarket Leader

Jim Moss Photo courtesy Moss Family

Set up in his honor, the Jim Moss, Aftermarket Legend, Scholarship will be awarded to a college student whose studies focus in the aftermarket or heavy duty industry.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, Aftermarket, People, Scholarships

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Taking Closer Look at Non-Preventable Crashes

Image: Minnesota DOT

Findings from a proposed demo program could lead FMCSA to allow the removal of certain non-preventable crashes so they do not count against a carrier’s crash-indicator score.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

July 7, 2016 - Product News

Pana-Pacific Partners With Lytx on Video Telematics

Pana-Pacific has chosen Lytx as its sole video telematics partner, selling and installing Lytx DriveCam program through the company’s heavy-duty truck dealerships.

Tags: DriveCam, Driver Behavior, Lytx, Suppliers

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

California Launches Study to Look at Mileage-Based Tax

Photo via California Road Charge Program

The California Department of Transportation has launched a nine-month pilot program to test a pay-by-the-mile financing model to possibly replace the gas tax in the state.

Tags: Taxes, Caltrans, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Super Duty to Offer Driver-Assist Technologies

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has announced 17 new driver-assist features for its 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup.

Tags: Ford, Driver Assistance Systems, Ford Super Duty, Adaptive Cruise Control, 2017-MY

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Charges Dropped Against Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

Criminal charges have been dropped against Total Transportation of Mississippi in relation to a fatal accident involving one of its drivers that killed five people in April 2015.

Tags: Georgia, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Automatic Braking

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Exhibitors Committing to New North American Commercial Vehicle Show

View of Atlanta skyline from Centennial Olympic Park across the street from the GWCC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

With most major truck makers and tier one component suppliers already committed to next year’s new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Ga., organizers say nearly half of the expected exhibit space is already spoken for.

Tags: Events, NACV Show, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

July 7, 2016 - Product News

Carrier Logistics Integration Offers Alternative to EDI

Image via project44

Carrier Logistics will give carriers an alternative option for electronic data interchange feeds through a new integration with project44, the company has announced.

Tags: 3PL, Freight, Shippers, Carrier Logistics, Software Integration

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Stations to Cross 39K by 2026

According to the new report from Navigant Research, the total number of NG refueling stations globally is expected to reach almost 39,300 locations by 2026. (PHOTO: NADA)

A new report finds that natural gas offers additional benefits for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as fleets, with total stations expected to hit 39,300 by 2026.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, CNG Fueling Stations

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