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September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Subdued by Soft Economy

There were 20,200 Class 8 truck orders in August, beating projections from earlier in the month but well below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

TitanX to Enter the North American Aftermarket

Global OEM engine cooling manufacturer TitanX announced plans to enter the North American market under the name TitanXend.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Engines, Cooling Systems

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Names New Top Executive

Photo: Schneider

Mark Rourke has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has been with Scneider since 1987.

Tags: Leadership, People, Schneider

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Restructures Triple Crown Services

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp is restructuring its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts, the company has announced.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Norfolk Southern

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Trucks Over Hand-Brake Trim Panel Defect

Photo: Volvo

Volvo Trucks is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 VNL models over a defect in the trim panel that may restrict the trailer hand brake from returning to the off position.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Index Points to Slow Growth

A measure of the health of the nation’s economy and where it's headed moved slightly higher, but one analyst says the rate of growth remains unimpressive.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Proposal More Stringent than Originally Believed

Daimler says its $30 million SuperTruck does not meet EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction demands. Photo by Jim Park

Daimler Trucks says meeting EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction requirements, as they currently stand in the proposal stage, may not be possible under the current timeline.

Tags: DTNA, EPA, GHG emissions

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Pushed Back One Month

Photo: Omnitracs

Citing the need for “additional coordination,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a “new projected date” of October 30th for issuing its final rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

TCA: Weight-Reform Bill Would Up Equipment Costs

Image: Federal Highway Association

The Truckload Carriers Association has come out strongly against legislation that would enable individual states to raise the GCW limit for trucks operating on Interstate highways from the current 80,000 to 91,000 pounds on tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

September 17, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleepers in Production

Kenworth’s 76-inch mid-roof sleeper provides drivers with 6-1/2 feet of headroom. Image: Kenworth

Kenworth’s new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for the Kenworth T680 and T880 is now in production, the company announced.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T880, T680

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Announces Driver Wage, Productivity Initiatives

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Trucking's WageLock pay program and FleetWire mobile application are new initiatives aimed at improving the working lives of its drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Celadon, Driver Pay

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Interest Rates Unchanged, Housing Starts Fall

Following a highly anticipated two-day meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced it is keeping interest rates unchanged, despite earlier indications it was moving toward a hike.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

DHL’s Aggressive Fleet Greening Plan

Photo courtesy of DHL Express.

As part of a global, company-wide initiative, DHL Express has replaced approximately 75 percent of its 3,100-vehicle U.S. fleet with new, more fuel-efficient vehicles in 2014 and 2015, the parcel delivery company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Truckstop.com and FTR Launch Advanced Trans4Cast

The reinvented Trans4Cast provides a deeper dive into the spot marketplace. Freight professionals are now able to see information that’s more relevant to their business, viewing spot market data by freight equipment type and region.

Tags: FTR, Truckstop.com

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Receive $4.6 Million for Apprenticeship Program

The Teamsters Union will use a 4.6 million grant from the Department of Labor to establish an apprenticeship program for the trucking industry.

Tags: Grant Funding, Department of Labor, Teamsters, Labor Unions, Driver Training

September 16, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Enhances TMW TruckMate Integration

SkyBitz and TMW Systems announced enhanced integration between SkyBitz’s asset management and TMW’s TruckMate transportation management system during TMW’s user conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 14-16.

Tags: Asset Management, TruckMate, TMW Systems, SkyBitz, Integration

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Announces Location for SuperRigs Competition

The 2015 Best in Show SuperRigs winner. Photo: Shell

The 34th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition will be held June 9-11, 2016, at the Joplin Convention center in Joplin, Mo., the company announced.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue to Languish

Rates and the amount of available freight on the spot market continue to be lackluster, but there is an indication prices could pick up at least somewhat in the near future.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Denso Names New President for Products and Services Division

Haruhiko Kato Photo: Denso

Denso has named Haruhiko Kato president of Denso Products and Services Americas, the aftermarket sales, manufacturing and distribution arm of the supplier.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, Denso, People

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Adds Class 3 NPR Diesel Cabover

Photo of 2016 NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has introduced its 2016 NPR Diesel as a Class 3 cabover with a 13,000-pound GVWR and 33.5-inch frame that expands the capability of Isuzu's entry-level truck, according to the company.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Class 3, Diesel Engines

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Well Below Fed’s Goal for Interest Rate Hike

As the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day policy meeting to decide whether to raise interest rates, it’s missing one key element.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Reports $692 Million Profit, Increases Rates

Weaker LTL industry demand is prompting FedEx to lower its guidance for the year. (Photo courtesy FedEx.)

FedEx Corp.'s profits in its most recent fiscal quarter increased from a year earlier, but the company lowered expectations for the full year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Economy, LTL

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Maps Long Road Ahead for Autonomous Truck Technology

Hands off on the highway... Image: DTNA

It will take rewriting a sheaf of regulations and presenting a compelling business case on safety and fuel-economy gains to fleet operators before a Level 3 autonomous truck, like the Freightliner Inspiration demonstration truck, becomes a production tractor.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Offers New Cross-Border Intermodal Service

Schneider is offering a new cross-border intermodal service for shippers in Canada and the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Canada, Intermodal, Schneider

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