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April 9, 2015 - Product News

Driver Friendly Options Added to Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution

The Bose ride system coutneracts the shaking and jarring potentially experienced by drivers on the road. Image:Freightliner

Freightliner has added driver-friendly options to its Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution models to add to comfort, safety, health and productivity.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Cascadia Evolution, Driver Comfort, Bose, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away

Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.

Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.

Tags: Obituary, Technology & Maintenance Council

April 8, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Offers VNX 630 in 8x6 Configuration

The Volvo VNX 630 model, designed for high gross weight applications and heavy-haul tasks like heavy equipment hauling, oil and gas delivery and timber transport, is now offered with a tridem rear axle group. Photo: Volvo Trucks

The heavy-haul Volvo VNX 630 gains a third rear-drive axle in a new tridem version designed for better traction and increased payload.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Heavy Haul, Volvo VNX

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Transportation Committee Stresses Long-Term Solution On Roadshow

Photo: House T&I Committee

A team of six members of Congress led by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster crossed the state of Pennsylvania this week emphasizing the importance of a long-term transportation bill.

Tags: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Highway Bill

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Expected to Move Slightly Lower Before Increasing Next Year

Photo by Jim Park

The U.S. Energy Department has downwardly revised its expectations for on-highway diesel prices this year, but expects prices to move higher in 2016.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Flatbed Rates Higher

The spot truckload freight market followed seasonal patterns during the week ending April 4 as load availability increased and capacity tightened, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Drops Biofuel Mandate for State Fleet

File photo

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's $7 billion state transportation budget drops long-running requirements for the use of biodiesel and ethanol in the the state's vehicle fleet.

Tags: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ohio, Biofuels, Elected Leaders

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Outlook Good Despite Some Weaknesses

Graphic: FTR

While some may complain that truck freight levels haven’t taken off like a rocket since the end of the Great Recession, the fact is they have posted solid improvements, according to Jonathan Starks of the freight forecasting firm FTR -- and could be headed for a new peak.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Spot Freight

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Names President, CEO

Marc Llistosella, new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Company. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Marc Llistosella has succeeded Albert Kirchmann as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation, the Japanese parent of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Tags: Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, People, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, C-Suite

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rihm Kenworth Expands to Twin Cities Region

The Rihm Parts and Service facility in St. Elmo, Minn. Photo: Rihm Kenworth

Rihm Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Lake Elmo, Minn., to provide expanded service support to customers and truck operators in the Twin Cities metro area.

Tags: Minnesota, Dealership, Rihm Kenworth, Parts and Service

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

New Paint Color Developed for Kenworth Trucks

Photo of Kurt Swihart, Kenworth's Director of Marketing with the T680 painted in Imron Elite Aurora color courtesy of Axalta.

Axalta Coating Systems has developed a new color exclusively for Kenworth. The color is called Aurora and will be available on 2015 model year trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Vehicle Paint, Axalta, 2015-MY

April 7, 2015 - Product News

MiX Telematics Terminal Gains GPS Nav

Photo: MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics has partnered with the GPS navigation software provider Sygic to integrate Sygic’s fleet navigation with MiX Telematic’s in-cab terminal, the MiX Rovi.

Tags: GPS, MiX Telematics, Navigation, Speed Limits, Sygic

April 7, 2015 - Global News

FedEx to Buy Dutch Parcel Carrier TNT Express

Photo: TNT Express

FedEx Corp. Tuesday announced it will buy European package company TNT Express for $4.8 billion, creating a strong third competitor in the European market.

Tags: Fleets, Global, TNT Express, Mergers & Acquisitions, FedEx

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aluminum, Lightweighting

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mixer-Truck Drivers Exempted from HOS Break Rule

Photo:Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

Drivers of ready-mix concrete trucks have been granted a limited exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations by the FMCSA.

Tags: Hours of Service, Ready Mix, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Price Falls to Lowest Level in 5+ Years

On-highway diesel prices are continuing with their recent round of declines with the national average falling again over the past week and hitting its lowest level since February 2010.

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises in January

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, January 2014 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $89.3 billion in January, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 1.2% from a year earlier,

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Continues Expanding

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Two reports released Monday show the nation’s service sector continues increasing, albeit at different rates.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Fleet Council

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Fleet Council annual forum at this year’s event slated for April 12 – 14.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Bendix, Anniversary, Events

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Prime Invites Drivers and Carriers to Fittest Trucker Competition

Prime is reserving 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets to participate in its Fittest Trucker in America competition, taking place Aug. 29 at the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Competition, Driver Health, Prime Inc., Driver Fitness

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website

Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.

Tags: Truck Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., New Website

April 6, 2015 - Product News

Webb Wheel Newsletter Gives Drum Removal Tips

Webb Wheel has published a newsletter providing tips on how to remove brake drums that are stuck due to corrosion.

Tags: Corrosion, Webb Wheel, Brakes, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends, Brake Drums

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

Alcoa says aluminum frame rails could lighten trucks by up to 900 pounds.

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

Tags: Alcoa, MATS, Lightweighting, Aluminum

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama: Mississippi Tire Plant 'Right on Schedule'

Yokohama says its new one-million-square-foot commercial tire plant in West Point, Mississippi, is on target to begin production in October 2015.

Tags: Truck Tires, Tires, Yokohama

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrates 30 years with $30k Giveaway

Minimizer awards two $15,000 prizes to celebrate it's 30th anniversary during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Minimizer fenders, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

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