September 6, 2016 - Global News
Volkswagen Truck & Bus is taking a 16.6% equity stake in Navistar International Corp. as part of a “wide-ranging strategic alliance” that will initially focus on providing powertrains for Navistar trucks starting in 2019.
Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Engines, Mergers & Acquisitions
September 5, 2016 - Industry News
Published reports indicate that Volkswagen's commercial trucks arm will soon announce it's buying nearly 20% of Navistar's shares and in return will sell diesels to the American truck builder and get two seats on the board.
Tags: Cummins, Volkswagen, Navistar, Vertical Integration
September 2, 2016 - Industry News
Navistar International has announced an integrated marketing partnership that will name its International brand as the official equipment truck of the Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network for the 2016 and 2017 football seasons.
Tags: Navistar, International Trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 2 issued “two important notes” on the final rule it has issued on electronic logging devices (ELDs).
Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate
September 2, 2016 - Product News
Heil Trailer International has expanded its line of stainless steel products for the 2017 model year in a variety of styles, sizes and applications.
Tags: Trailers, Liquid Tank Trailers, Heil Trailer
Component supplier Accuride has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.
Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Accuride, Acquisition
September 2, 2016 - Global News
A fully commercial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) hub is now operating in Denmark, a result of a collaboration between Nissan, Enel, and Nuvve.
Tags: Nissan, Vehicle-to-Grid Technology, Nissan NV200, Denmark
The U.S. economy continued adding more jobs in August but at a slightly slower pace, leading to expectations the Federal Reserve will punt on a possible interest rate hike later this month. A separate report shows factory orders rebounded in the biggest gain in nine months.
Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Employment, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments
September 1, 2016 - Industry News
The trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. on Thursday reported its fiscal fourth quarter and year-end results for 2016 with both showing sharply lower earnings.
Tags: Economy, Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, Celadon, Fleet Earnings
Axalta Coating Systems is bringing a new visual identity to its iconic Imron brand of polyurethane coatings, which are used by OEMs and, in selected markets, for the aftermarket repair of commercial vehicles.
September 1, 2016 - Global News
BYD Company Ltd. and the Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group have launched a pure electric sanitation truck lineup with a total of 26 models to serve the city’s administration.
Tags: China, Sanitation, BYD, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles
The American Trucking Associations and its Share the Road highway-safety program has launched the "Share the Road Instructional Video" to demonstrate safe-driving techniques ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.
Tags: Highway Safety, ATA, Share the Road
TomTom has introduced a GPS device designed specifically for truck drivers. The company said the new Trucker 600 provides accurate, vehicle-relevant navigation, map updates and traffic analysis – for the lifetime of the device – all in one package.
Detroit has introduced Detroit Connect Analytics as part of its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, to give customers “important insights about their vehicles to help them make critical business decisions.”
Tags: Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America
Every aspect of the next-generation Freightliner Cascadia unveiled Sept. 1 “has been re-imagined,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. It’s a "completely brand new truck"... not Cascadia 2.0.
Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America, 2018-MY
There is slight disagreement when it comes to the health of the nation’s manufacturing industry in the wake of two reports issued on Thursday, but not when it comes to what pulled two gauges lower for August.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending
The driver churn rate at truckload fleets with annual revenues over $30 million dropped six points to 83% in Q2— reaching its lowest point since Q2 of 2011. And the rate for smaller truckload fleets fell nine points to 79%, marking its lowest level since Q3 of 2015.
As of this moment, we still don't know much about Freightliner's next-generation Cascadia model for 2017, but DTNA's CEO did say, "It delivers fuel efficiency far beyond what we thought was possible."
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America
Ram has increased the towing capacities and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) for its 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks for the 2017 model year, Ram has announced.
Tags: Ram 3500, Ram 4500, 2017-MY, Chassis Cab Trucks, Ram, Ram 5500
The 2017 Ram ProMaster full-size van will arrive with upgrades designed to improve upfitting for the chassis cab and cutaway models, as well as an updated Uconnect infotainment system.
Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, 2017-MY, Ram ProMaster City, Chassis Cab Vans
August 31, 2016 - Product News
Heavy Duty Trucking's 2016 Profile of the U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market, a comprehensive examination of the Class 2c to Class 8 truck and trailer markets, and is now available in print or PDF format.
Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Business, Industry Trends
August 31, 2016 - Industry News
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is inviting public comment on an application from the National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. to determine whether federal hazardous-material regulations preempt or override the state of California’s meal and rest break requirements.
Volvo Group has outlined how it plans to use $20 million in federal funding to further the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks as part of the SuperTruck II initiative.
Tags: Cummins, Navistar, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Volvo Group, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck
NATSO is urging the Department of Transportation to work closely with private, exit-based businesses to improve incentives for establishing alternative fuel corridors on our nation’s highways.
Tags: DOT, Federal Incentives, Alternative Fuels, NATSO
The number of available loads on the spot freight market moved higher during the most recent week as truck capacity was unchanged, but it wasn’t enough to push average rates up, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
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