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December 15, 2015 - Industry News

First-timer Travis Graham Cleans Up at Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

Travis Graham, left, with Rush Enterprises CEO, Rusty Rush, at the awards banquet of the 2015 Tech Skills Rodeo. Photo by Jim Park

The 2015 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo wraps up in San Antonio with the awards ceremony.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says

Image: Carbon War Room

Research found fleets that saw MPG gains of 5% to 10% with rigorous PMs, Trucking Efficiency's confidence report says.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, fleet maintenance, Fuel Economy

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues for ELD Review

Image: OOIDA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of the electronic logging device mandate that was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELDs, Lawsuits

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Progress on Safety Fitness Rulemaking

Image: FMCSA

Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers is expected to be published by Dec. 29

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Bill, CSA, Inspections

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan Titan, Engines, V-8 Engine, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Stable Shipments but Spending Drops

A measure of North America freight volume shows shipments did not fall in November from the month before for the first time in five years while freight expenditures declined slightly.

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Tech Rodeo Rocks San Antonio

A contestent and an official discuss a problem at the Rush Truck Centers 10th annual Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. Photo by Jim Park

Each year for the past decade Rush Truck Centers has sent its best technicians to compete hear to head in the Tech Skills Rodeo. This year 300 techs from across the network tested for a chance to make the trip to the finals in San Antonio. More than 160 techs and parts specialists made the trip.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Competition

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

NADA: Used Truck Auction Volume Drops, But Market Remains Strong

Analysts at the NADA Used Car Guide say commercial-truck wholesale auction volume dropped "dramatically" during November, while incoming fourth quarter sales data appeared to look stronger than expected.

Tags: NADA Used Car Guide, Used Truck Sales, NADA, Auctions

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Colorado Adds Corrosion Inhibitors to De-icers This Winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation is adding a bio-based corrosion inhibitor to the salt brines used for de-icing to reduce the potential damage to vehicles and roads this winter.

Tags: Colorado, Corrosion, Winter, De-Icing

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Parts Distributor Joins Power Heavy Duty Network

Power Heavy Duty has added Laredo, Texas-based parts distributor SR Parts as its latest member company.

Tags: Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors, Parts and Service

December 14, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Hits Company Milestones During 2015 Expansion

Bestpass Toll Coverage Map Image via Bestpass

Bestpass reached several company milestones in 2015, including processing over $350 million in tolls, increasing users by nearly 50% and expanding to four new states.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Plumber Sues Over Truck Used by Syrian Extremists

Screenshot via KHOU

The black Ford F-250 started life as a truck for a Texas-based plumbing company, carrying pipes, toilets and other ilk. Until, that is, it appeared as the focal point of a tweet from a supposed extremist last December.

Tags: Ford F-250, Dealers, Lawsuits, Syria

December 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fire Extinguishers in Isuzu Trucks Recalled

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Dealers will replace Kidde handheld fire extinguishers in 2012-2016 NPR, NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR diesel trucks, as well as in 2012-2015 NPR and NPR-HD gasoline-powered trucks.

Tags: Isuzu, 2012-MY, Recalls, Isuzu N-Series, 2016-MY

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Expands Sales-Marketing Team

Brian Kahl Photo Stoughton Trailers

The builder appointed two senior sales and marketing executives with Wisconsin transportation manufacturing backgrounds.

Tags: Leadership, People, Marketing, Stoughton Trailers

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Producer Prices Jump

Both retail sales and prices at the wholesale level rose the most in months during November, according to two separate economic reports released on Friday. These will join other numbers that will be considered in a few days when the Federal Reserve considers an interest rate hike.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for 2016 Brake Training Sessions

Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake will offer 17 in-person sessions in 14 states next year.

Tags: Technician Training, Brakes, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, IHS Automotive, Class 3, Used Truck Sales

December 11, 2015 - Press Release

Alliance AutoGas Pursuing CARB Certification for 2016 Ford Transit

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas has announced the pursuit of CARB certification for the 2016 Ford Transit, which it is currently taking orders in 49 states for.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, CARB Certification, Blossman

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Freight Measure Falls, Rates Tick Higher

Following an established seasonal pattern, spot market freight volume declined 15% in November from the month before, largely due to a drop in demand for flatbed trucks, but there were slight improvements in rates including into this month.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt to Expand HQ and Add Over 1,000 Jobs

The huge fleet says it is increasing its workforce and expanding its corporate headquarters in Lowell, Ark.

Tags: Arkansas, J.B. Hunt, Employment

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Photo: Omnitracs

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

Photo: AMP

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Drones, Delivery Fleets

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

Source: FTR

The October FTR index fell by more than three points from September to a reading of 5.06, in line with previous predications from FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

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