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January 25, 2018 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Posts 13th Straight Monthly Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

An increase in the price of crude oil is largely responsible for another jump in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its two North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

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

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Economy Continues to Show Improvement, New Homes Sales Solid

A barometer of where the U.S. economy is headed over the next several months showed it continued to increase, according to a report released on Thursday, while a separate one revealed sales of new homes in the U.S. tumbled in the final month of last year but improved for all of 2017.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

HDDA: Heavy Duty Announces New Strategic Plan

HDDA: Heavy Duty, a community of the Auto Care Association, announced during a press conference at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2018 their new strategic plan.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Aftermarket, HDDA

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Teamsters Try to Nix UPS Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles

Photo courtesy of UPS.

The Teamsters union is seeking to prevent UPS from using driverless vehicles or drones to deliver packages, the latter of which the parcel delivery company had already performed a number of tests on, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Tags: UPS, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Labor Unions, Drivers

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Donates $60K to Wyakin Foundation

Wyakin Executive Director Brent Taylor accepts SAF-Holland donation. Photo via Today's Trucking

SAF-Holland has announced its continued support of the Wyakin Foundation through its Gold Line Quality Parts product line with Vipar Heavy Duty members, donating $60,000 to the charitable group.

Tags: Charity, Vipar Heavy Duty, Donation, Veterans, SAF-Holland, Hiring Veterans

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Tenneco Releases New Shock Absorbers

Commercially available beginning April 1, Monroe Magnum shock absorbers will combine an extensive range of advanced design and construction features.

Tags: Equipment, Aftermarket Parts, Tenneco

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Up Versus 2017

Image of Diesel Fuel Pump courtesy of WikiCommons

The national price of diesel fuel dropped by $0.003 the week of January 22 compared to the previous week but has increased by $0.456 compared to one year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, U.S. EIA

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Meritor Launches Aftermarket Air Spring Line, Expands Kingpin Portfolio

Meritor has expanded  available king pin kits through its Genuine and Mach product lines.

Meritor made a series of announcements at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas, including launching an aftermarket air spring line, expanding king pin kit offerings, and providing a corrosion-resistant coating on hydraulic brake rotors.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Brakes, Air Suspension, HDAW, Brake Parts, King Pin Lock

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

HDAW Speaker Encourages Making Fans of Customers

“Customer service is transactional,” said Colin Gold, owner of Gold Level Hospitality, during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. “What you really want to do is create a fan culture.”

Tags: HDAW, Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Fuso Begins Truck Platooning Tests in Japan

Daimler Trucks is testing Fuso Super Great heavy trucks in platooning runs with other truck brands on public roads outside Tokyo. Photo: Fuso

Daimler's Fuso subsidiary has begun platooning test operations outside of Tokyo as part of the Japanese government's plans to boost technology investment and deployment in the near future.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Japan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Daimler, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Daimler Trucks

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Strong, Home Sales up Last Year

Manufacturers reported a strong start to 2018, with production volumes and incoming new work both rising at faster rates than seen at the end of last year. A separate report showed while existing home sales improved last year, they ended 2017 on a lower note.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

NYC Considers Congestion Pricing for Truck Deliveries

Congestion pricing may be part of delivering in New York City in the future, if the state follows through on a new transportation report recommendation.

Tags: New York City, Tolls, Congestion, Delivery Fleets

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Economy Forecast Looks Good for 2018

MacKay & Co.'s proprietary measure, Truckable Economic Activity, reflects the portion of the GDP that spends its time in trucks. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking via Twitter.

Truckable Economic Activity is expected to continue at its current pace, according to Dr. Bob Dieli, president and founder of RDLB Inc., speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

Tags: Economy, HDAD, HDAW, MacKay and Co.

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Introduces Split-Shaft Functionality for mDrive HD Transmission

Mack Trucks introduced a new split-shaft functionality for its Mack mDrive HD automated manual transmissions, providing customers with high-demand power take off (PTO) needs a fully integrated solution. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has introduced a new split-shaft functionality for its Mack mDrive HD automated transmission, an online tool to configure Granite and Granite MHD trucks, and a loyalty rewards program for National Ready Mixed Concrete Association members.

Tags: Mack Trucks, PTO, Transmissions, World of Concrete, mDrive

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Meritor Announces More Comprehensive Aftermarket Parts Portfolio

Meritor has designed its  three-tier aftermarket parts portfolio to meet a wide array of fleet requirements in terms of price and performance. Photo: Meritor

Meritor launched a more comprehensive portfolio of aftermarket parts, including distinct "good, better and best" aftermarket brands at multiple price points.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Meritor, Parts Management, Remanufactured Parts, Maintenance

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Freightliner Shows Detroit DD8 Engine in a Heavy Vocational Truck

The midrange-size engine is an alternative to the Cummins L9 and will be offered in the 108SD, such as the one at the show, as well as the 106SD and 114SD. Photo: Freightliner

Freightliner Trucks is displaying the new Detroit DD8 diesel in a vocational model at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas this week.

Tags: Cummins, Freightliner, World of Concrete, Vocational Trucks, Truck Engines, DD8

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 3.7% Last Year

December Truck Tonnage Index Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 3.7% overall in 2017 compared to the year before, marking its largest annual gain since 2013.

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

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Global, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Geely Holding, Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Demand for Spot Truckload Capacity Slows, Rates Edge Slightly Lower

National average spot van and flatbed rates fell slightly and the refrigerated rate was unchanged during the week ending Jan. 20 as there were fewer loads and an increase in truck capacity, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

International Truck Unveils HV Series Mid-Range Diesel Trucks

The HV Series is available in a variety of specifications: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab. Photo: International Trucks

International Truck rolled out its new International HV Series Mid-Range Diesel HV507 and HV607 truck models at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.

Tags: International Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, HV Series, Dump Trucks, Vocational Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Disruption Accelerating in Commercial Truck Market

Stu MacKay delivering an  overview of the history of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle aftermarket during HDAD. Photo: Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

While globalization has been around for some time, it’s affecting the commercial truck market more than ever before, according to a session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas Monday.

Tags: HDMA, Aftermarket, HDAD, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Global, Disruptive Technology

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Dana Updates Aftermarket E-Commerce Platform

Dana has updated its e-catalog and e-commerce platform. Image: Dana

Dana updated its e-catalog and e-commerce platform and announced a new seal installation tool kit.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, HDAW, Axles, Dana Incorporated

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Eaton Improves Access to ServiceRanger 4 Diagnostic Tool

Eaton's Endurant 12-speed automated transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton updated its ServiceRanger 4 diagnostic and service tool to give commercial service providers a suite of solutions that can more quickly diagnose and repair problems on Eaton automated transmission products.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Eaton, Transmissions, HDAW, Maintenance

January 23, 2018 - Product News

Haldex Announces Air Brake Pad Repair Kits, Hendrickson Deal

Haldex is offering a full line of all-makes air disc brake repair kits, making a deal with Hendrickson to offer ModulT brakes on in trailer applications, and standardizing its electronic product information.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Hendrickson, Haldex, Air Brakes, HDAW

January 23, 2018 - Product News

Bendix Expands Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Brake Shoe Line

Bendix expanded its aftermarket brake shoe line to include a new steel/coreless shoe through its Bendix Basic Friction or Bendix Advanced Friction lines. Photo: Bendix

Bendix expanded its aftermarket brake shoe line to include a new steel/coreless shoe through its Bendix Basic Friction or Bendix Advanced Friction lines.

Tags: Bendix, Brakes, HDAW, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Aftermarket Parts, Corrosion


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