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February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Improves; Capital Spending, Consumers Rebound

Following a raft of disappointing economic news, there are new encouraging signs about the health of the American economic, with improvements in some of the most closely watched measures – including the beleaguered manufacturing sector.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar to End Cat Truck Program

Cat introduced its CT-680 axle-back vocational truck in 2011, and subsequently added two axle-forward versions. Photo: Tom Berg

"Remaining a viable competitor in this market would require significant additional investment to develop and launch a complete portfolio of trucks, and upon an updated review, we determined there was not a sufficient market opportunity to justify the investment," an official said.

Tags: Navistar, Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks, Cat Truck

February 25, 2016 - Product News

Phillips 66 Consolidates Lubricants Brands

To strengthen strategic relationships and drive growth, Phillips 66 Lubricants will consolidate its Lubricant’s portfolio into two brands, Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil.

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Lubricants, Branding

February 25, 2016 - Product News

Road Choice Adds Locations, Expands Product Portfolio

The all-makes heavy-duty truck parts brand Road Choice Truck Parts recently expanded its authorized locations to more than 500 dealers and expanded its product portfolio.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Road Choice Truck Parts

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer, executive vice president and president, integrated capacity solutions and truck, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

The Women In Trucking Association announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, promoting the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Mild Hybrid Silverado, Sierra Trucks to Arrive for 2016

Photo of 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer about 700 eAssist hybrid versions of its 2016 model year Silverado and Sierra pickups through California dealers, GM has announced.

Tags: GMC Sierra, General Motors, Large Pickups, Mild Hybrids, Chevrolet Silverado, Fuel Economy

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Safe Driver Group Grows to More than 8,700

Photo: UPS

UPS has announced 1,613 drivers have joined the ranks of its elite “Circle of Honor,” raising to 8,703 the number of drivers who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.

Tags: Canada, UPS, Germany, Puerto Rico, Circle of Honor

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

500-Truck Convoy Set for Mother's Day

Photo: Make-a-Wish Foundation of America

A 500-truck convoy has been scheduled for Mother's Day in Lancaster, Pa., to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and take aim at a world record.

Tags: Charity, Make-A-Wish, World's Largest Truck Convoy

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Tri-Fuel System Installed on Ford Truck

Photo courtesy of Niyato

Niyato Industries Inc. has developed a tri-fuel system that can support the use of gasoline, compressed natural gas, or propane and installed it on a Ford F-350 4x4 pickup.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Reports Loss of Nearly $63 Million

Despite greatly increased revenue in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2015, the fleet that purchased Con-way last year reported bigger losses.

Tags: Economy, Con-Way, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Cites FMCSA for Burdensome Exemptions

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Poised for Spring Thaw

Shippers and brokers posted more loads on the spot market for the week ending Feb. 20 while the number of available trucks moved slightly lower, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards, but rates held steady during the time of year they usually gain at least a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Hino Strikes Deal for Diesel Treatment Equipment

Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (CTDi) has agreed to supply Hino Motors, Ltd. with its DuraFit diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) for Hino’s North American dealerships.

Tags: Clean Diesel Technologies, EPA, Hino, Truck Dealers

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Moves Forward With Focus on Brand, Uptime, Technology

Goran Nyberg talks to reporters at a roundable Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The recent reorganization of Volvo Group along brand lines should be pretty seamless to North American customers in the short term, according to executives at a briefing for reporters Wednesday, but expect advances soon in powertrain technology and tests of connected vehicle technology and platooning.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Predictive Analytics

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Capacity Hurts Truckload Rates, Low Fuel Prices Hit Intermodal

Truckload rates grew at a weaker pace for the fifth consecutive month in January, according to newly released numbers, while intermodal rates are expected to continue a drop that started a year ago.

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

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Weak Used Class 8 Demand Drives Up Inventory

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research said the Used Class 8 truck market was mixed in January with a significant decrease in sales coupled with falling mileage, increasing average age and flat pricing.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Names Highway Hero Finalists

This year's Highway Hero Finalists. Left to right, Mark Cavanagh, Dorian Cole, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Tire & Rubber will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on March 31, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 23, 2016 - Product News

Bridgestone, Shell Launch Lubricants Program

The program makes Pennzoil and Quaker State motor oils and Shell Rotella engine oils available to the Bridgestone Affiliated Retailer Nationwide Network.

Tags: Shell, Bridgestone, Shell Rotella, Lubricants, Motor Oil

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Drop Tied to Excess Inventories

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4% in January following a flat December reading.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

February 23, 2016 - Global News

Mercedez-Benz OKs Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Biodiesel for Trucks

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has approved an alternative biodiesel fuel known as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for its trucks with heavy-duty (OM 470 or OM 471) engines as well as medium-duty (OM 936 or OM 934) variants.

Tags: Biodiesel, Mercedes-Benz, Alternative Fuels, Daimler, Global

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Reports Raise Concerns About a Recession

A glimmer of hope that U.S. manufacturing was starting to rebound at the start of the year may have been quickly been dashed, leading to increasing concerns about the state of the overall economy, while separate reports show consumers don’t feel as good as they did last year, but they are still in the mood for home buying.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Sales

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Element Hires IT Consultancy Firm

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has hired Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a Santa Clara, Calif., global information technology firm.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Companies, Consultants, Element Fleet Management

February 23, 2016 - Product News

Telogis App Separates Personal Use from Business Mileage

Screenshots via Telogis.

Telogis has introduced Logbook, a mobile app that lets drivers track and organize miles driven for personal or business use, the telematics provider announced at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 23.

Tags: Personal Use, Telogis, Mobile Apps, Mileage Reports

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

North American Fleet Partners with Petro-Canada Lubricants

Photo: Challenger

Privately-owned Canadian fleet Challenger has chosen Petro-Canada Lubricants as its exclusive heavy-duty engine oil provider as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.

Tags: Canada, Oil, Partnership, Petro-Canada Lubricants

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Image: Congressional Budget Office

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

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