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May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Go Nowhere

U.S. retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from March, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday morning.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture at the Fleet Safety Conference

The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

T-Line, Successor to Diamond T, Plans Return to Market

Instruments and controls will use hard wiring to ensure simplicity and reliability, the company says. Photo: Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC

Exclusive — Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC hopes to begin producing Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, tractors and glider kits, mostly for vocational use, later this year, promising quality and simplicity.

Tags: Cummins, OEM, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, T-Line Truck, Glider Kits

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Won't Exhibit at Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Daimler Trucks North America will not be exhibiting at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016, saying it is moving to an every-other-year format similar to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

Source: American Trucking Trends 2014/U.S. DOT Image via ATA

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Reports Smaller Financial Loss

The Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine. Photo: Westport

Natural gas engine provider Westport Innovations Inc. said last week it thinned financial losses in the second quarter of the year despite a 30% drop in revenue.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations, Engines

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Ride and Drive, Test Drive, Fleet Technology Expo

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Climb for Fourth Week Straight

Graph via EIA

The national average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose slightly to $2.878, continuing a four-week streak of price increases. The national average cost of a gallon of gasoline also increased this week, gaining 2.7 cents to $2.691.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Average Cargo Theft Value Increases

The darkest areas show where cargo theft activity is the highest. Credit: FWI

While the number of incidents of cargo thefts in the U.S. declined in the first quarter of the year from the same time in 2014, the average value of each heist jumped 25%, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Increase in April from Month Before

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Tops $700 Billion for First Time

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Generally Down In Past Month, Year

Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10% from March, while rates posted a more moderate drop

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Outlines Global Sustainability Goals

Cummins has pledged both to reduce carbon emissions from its products in-use and to streamline the logistics of the company’s managed freight as part of a global sustainability effort.

Tags: Sustainability, Cummins, Carbon Footprint

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Nadeau Nominated to Head FHWA

Greg Nadeau Photo: FHWA

President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Tags: FHWA, People, Leadership

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Subdued by Weak Manufacturing

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March to a reading of 7.3, reflecting lessened demand for truck services and normalizing fuel costs.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Manufacturing

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life

Photo by Jim Park

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Drive, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Do CIOs Want from Technology?

Trucking technology executives talked about strategies, gamification, analytics and more during the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Information Technology, ALK Transportation Technology Summit

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry

Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)

OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: OEM, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, Diagnostics

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Powered ampCNG Fleet Hits 30 Million Miles

Photo courtesy of ampCNG.

Compressed natural gas fueling company ampCNG announced that its fleet of Class 8 CNG trucks has surpassed 30 million miles.

Tags: CNG, ampCNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Renewable Dairy Fuels

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Logistics Companies Partner to Expedite Auto Transport

Photo: Adam Pringle

ShipCarsNow and Ready Auto Transport have joined forces to provide truck or rail transportation to vehicle shippers as a response to increasing volumes for remarketed and new cars.

Tags: ShipCarsNow, Cox Automotive, Ready Auto Transport, Vehicle Transportation, Railroads

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Broker Pleads Guilty in Phony Cargo Insurance Scam

In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance.

Tags: Insurance, Georgia, Crime & Fraud

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in Almost 7 Years

Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Appoints New President and CEO

Berend Bracht, Bendix's new president and CEO Photo courtesy of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Berend Bracht as president and CEO and a member of its executive board, effective July 1, 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Bosch, People, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

May 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Brings Eaton's 10-Speed UltraShift to Medium-Duty Trucks

Kenworth now offers the 10-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus VAS transmission for the Kenworth T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, Medium-Duty Trucks, UltraShift Plus

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