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December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Chevron Launches Online PC-11 Education Campaign

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Chevron has launched a PC-11 Public Education Campaign aimed at “building awareness and clarity” about the new API CK-4 and API FA-4 oil-service category specs approved last week.

Tags: Oil, Education, Chevron Lubricants, PC-11

December 16, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Auto-Start to SmartAir No-Idle System

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Peterbilt has added auto-start technology to its SmartAir no-idle system to help keep main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air conditioning system and using other electronic devices.

Tags: Peterbilt, Idle Free Systems, HVAC, Batteries

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Risk Management, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Safety Conference, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 16, 2015 - Product News

McLeod Partners with Teletrac for HOS Platform

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McLeod Software’s fleet management platform LoadMaster will now connect with the Teletrac Fleet Director hours of service platform.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, HOS, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, ELDs, Telematics

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Mixed Numbers Ahead of Fed Announcement

Economic reports Wednesday morning ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee didn't offer a clear picture on the state of the economy, with slower manufacturing growth but a boost in housing numbers.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Jack Cooper Transport Hires Maintenance Manager

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Lou Wall was named maintenance manager at Jack Cooper Transport, one of the nation's largest car-hauling fleets.

Tags: Ryder System, Auto Haulers, New Hire

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

First-timer Travis Graham Cleans Up at Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

Travis Graham, left, with Rush Enterprises CEO, Rusty Rush, at the awards banquet of the 2015 Tech Skills Rodeo. Photo by Jim Park

The 2015 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo wraps up in San Antonio with the awards ceremony.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says

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Research found fleets that saw MPG gains of 5% to 10% with rigorous PMs, Trucking Efficiency's confidence report says.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Fuel Economy

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues for ELD Review

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of the electronic logging device mandate that was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELDs, Lawsuits

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Progress on Safety Fitness Rulemaking

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Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers is expected to be published by Dec. 29

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Bill, CSA, Inspections

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

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Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan Titan, Engines, V-8 Engine, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Stable Shipments but Spending Drops

A measure of North America freight volume shows shipments did not fall in November from the month before for the first time in five years while freight expenditures declined slightly.

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Tech Rodeo Rocks San Antonio

A contestent and an official discuss a problem at the Rush Truck Centers 10th annual Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. Photo by Jim Park

Each year for the past decade Rush Truck Centers has sent its best technicians to compete hear to head in the Tech Skills Rodeo. This year 300 techs from across the network tested for a chance to make the trip to the finals in San Antonio. More than 160 techs and parts specialists made the trip.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Competition

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

NADA: Used Truck Auction Volume Drops, But Market Remains Strong

Analysts at the NADA Used Car Guide say commercial-truck wholesale auction volume dropped "dramatically" during November, while incoming fourth quarter sales data appeared to look stronger than expected.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Used Vehicle Values, NADA, Auctions

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Colorado Adds Corrosion Inhibitors to De-icers This Winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation is adding a bio-based corrosion inhibitor to the salt brines used for de-icing to reduce the potential damage to vehicles and roads this winter.

Tags: Colorado, Corrosion, Winter, De-Icing

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Parts Distributor Joins Power Heavy Duty Network

Power Heavy Duty has added Laredo, Texas-based parts distributor SR Parts as its latest member company.

Tags: Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors, Parts and Service

December 14, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Hits Company Milestones During 2015 Expansion

Bestpass Toll Coverage Map Image via Bestpass

Bestpass reached several company milestones in 2015, including processing over $350 million in tolls, increasing users by nearly 50% and expanding to four new states.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Plumber Sues Over Truck Used by Syrian Extremists

Screenshot via KHOU

The black Ford F-250 started life as a truck for a Texas-based plumbing company, carrying pipes, toilets and other ilk. Until, that is, it appeared as the focal point of a tweet from a supposed extremist last December.

Tags: Ford F-250, Dealers, Lawsuits, Syria

December 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fire Extinguishers in Isuzu Trucks Recalled

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Dealers will replace Kidde handheld fire extinguishers in 2012-2016 NPR, NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR diesel trucks, as well as in 2012-2015 NPR and NPR-HD gasoline-powered trucks.

Tags: Isuzu, 2012-MY, Recalls, Isuzu N-Series, 2016-MY

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Expands Sales-Marketing Team

Brian Kahl Photo Stoughton Trailers

The builder appointed two senior sales and marketing executives with Wisconsin transportation manufacturing backgrounds.

Tags: Leadership, People, Marketing, Stoughton Trailers

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Producer Prices Jump

Both retail sales and prices at the wholesale level rose the most in months during November, according to two separate economic reports released on Friday. These will join other numbers that will be considered in a few days when the Federal Reserve considers an interest rate hike.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Used Vehicle Values

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for 2016 Brake Training Sessions

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake will offer 17 in-person sessions in 14 states next year.

Tags: Technician Training, Brakes, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, IHS Automotive, Class 3, Used Truck Sales

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