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May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Fear NAFTA Changes

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

U.S. automakers are pushing President Trump not to make any significant changes that will affect their cross-border manufacturing operations.

Tags: NAFTA, Donald Trump, Automobile Makers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Growth: GDP Not as Weak as First Estimated; Factory Activity Slows

Growth in the U.S. economy during the first quarter didn’t slow as much as first estimated, according to government numbers released Friday, while separate reports showed weaker factory activity but continued high consumer sentiment.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Consumer Sentiment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

A classic glut has created a buyer's market for good quality, low-mileage Class 8 tractors. Photo: Ritchie Bros.

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

Tags: Fleet Management, Used Vehicle Sales, Equipment Issues, Used Truck Sales

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

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President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Reminds Drivers to Stay Safe for Memorial Day

Screenshot via Share the Road video

American Trucking Associations and its Share the Road highway safety program are urging Memorial Day travelers to focus on safe driving habits throughout the holiday weekend.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Share the Road

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Opens Logistics Hub to Support Lifestyle Beauty Brand

Photo courtesy XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics announced the opening of a third regional distribution center in Camp Hill, Penn., to support specialty retailer European Wax Center.

Tags: New Facility, 3PL, XPO Logistics, Distribution Centers

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Memorial Day Brings Rise in Cargo Theft, Reminds CargoNet

CargoNet has issued its annual reminder that cargo theft activity often increases around Memorial Day weekend and is once again offering common sense tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

House Bills Seek to Ease Veterans’ Path into Trucking

Photo: United States Navy

Acting in bipartisan fashion, as it often does, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two bills on May 24 intended to make it easier for military personnel and veterans to obtain Commercial Driver Licenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Veterans, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Brings on New Chief Technology Officer

USA Truck has announced another leadership change, naming Kim Littlejohn as a vice president and chief technology officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Offers Free Tuition and Income via Driving Schools

XPO veteran LTL driver Antoine Seegars is one of the company’s driving school instructors.  XPO’s LTL unit operates the schools at over 80 locations in the U.S. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics is offering prospective truck drivers free tuition, part-time work and an opportunity for a full-time job with the company through its network of commercial driving schools.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Recruiting, XPO Logistics, Truck Driving Schools

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Flatbed Freight Rates Rebound Slightly

National average spot truckload rates for van and flatbed freight rose during the week ending May 20 while the refrigerated freight rate remained at its highest mark since January, reported freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Pickups, SUVs for Seat Back Weld

Photo of Ford Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

The recall involves 2,195 2017-model year Ford F-150 pickups, Explorer SUVs and Super Duty pickups in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Recalls, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against XPO in Driver Misclassification Case

Photo: Port of Long Beach

A federal district court judge has issued a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage in a driver misclassification lawsuit, awarding the drivers nearly $1 million in reimbursement and legal fees.

Tags: Lawsuits, Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, Legal, Independent Contractors

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Resale Holding Up

Average wholesale selling prices for four to seven year old Class 4 and Class 6 trucks (Source: JD Power)

Generally, medium-duty segments are holding up well, with cabovers and lighter GVW conventional trucks performing the best.

Tags: J.D. Power, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Resale

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Truck Honors Military Heroes

The new Volvo VNR 640 model will travel in a motorcade from the plant to the U.S. capital to participate in the Ride for Freedom rally during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring the all new VNR model, which will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Military, Veterans, New River Valley Assembly Plant

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing and New Home Sales Slow

Sales of both existing and new homes fell in April, according to two separate reports, as the nation’s home supply continues tightening.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Toll Management

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Haldex Updates Website for Ease of Use

Screenshot via Haldex.com

Haldex has rolled out its updated website, designed to be easier to use for customers looking to place orders and search for parts.

Tags: Parts, New Website, Haldex

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, V2I, Safety, Michigan DOT

May 23, 2017 - Product News

Ancra Partnership Brings Preinstalled Captive Beam Decking System

Image via Ancra

Ancra International has partnered with CellTech Metals to provide a new category of bonded truck and trailer wall systems.

Tags: Cargo Securement, Ancra

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA April Truck Tonnage Drops for Third Month

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage Index slid 2.5% in April, marking the third straight month of declines.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts Expands to San Antonio

Image via Inland Truck Parts

Inland Truck Parts & Service has expanded its presence in Texas with the recent acquisition of Complete Gear Services in San Antonio.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, New Locations, Inland Truck Parts, Parts and Service

May 23, 2017 - Product News

Ryder's NaviShare Platform Offers Visibility into Loads and Capacity

Image via Ryder System

Ryder System has launched a new cloud-based platform, called NaviShare, to provide real-time shipment visibility, predictive alerts, and exception handling, routing, and analytics.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Ryder System, Asset Tracking

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