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September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Cites Positive Trends And Sales Figures at NACV

Photo: Jack Roberts

Fresh off the launch of its new Anthem highway tractor, Mack Trucks held an upbeat press conference kicking off day two of NACV in Atlanta with an overview of the year to date and hints as to the company’s future objectives.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Vocational Trucks, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Gives Glimpse of Next Sprinter Van

Sketch of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Vans showed an early look at its next-generation Sprinter full-size van that it will launch in Europe by July 1 and roll out to the U.S. and other markets later in 2018.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand to Offer Parts Failure Prediction Feature

Navistar has announced a number of updates to its OnCommand Connection platform, showing a new feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Navistar, Parts and Service, Predictive Analytics, Navistar OnCommand, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Severe-Duty Vocational Options

Freightliner launched its severe-duty product line in 2011, and has since expanded the line with product enhancements and additional options. Photo: Daimler

New product options include the Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) automatic transmission, LifeGuard RollTek seats, improved routing and clipping, LED headlights in the M2 106 and M2 112, Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring, and the 122SD auto hauler package.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler, Vocational Trucks, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, LED Lighting, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Nominates Martinez to Head FMCSA

Raymond Martinez Photo: NJ.gov

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Raymond Martinez has been nominated by the Trump Administration to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Leadership, New Jersey, People, Donald Trump

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

Photo by XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

Tags: Ford, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford F-250, Vehicle Modifiers

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Sees One Strong Year Leading into Another

Göran Nyberg speaking at NACV show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Alluding to Volvo’s rollout of not one but two new trucks in the past few month, Volvo Trucks North America President Göran Nyberg declared “it’s a great year to introduce a new truck.”

Tags: Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar-VW Alliance to Bring Electric Truck, Integrated Powertrain to Market

“Navistar is now writing the next chapter of our story,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Navistar-Volkswagen Truck & Bus Alliance has borne fruit faster than either company expected. Officials announced Monday they will develop a proprietary, integrated powertrain; a common connected vehicle and cloud platform; and an electric-powered Class 6/7 truck.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, International Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show, Class 6

September 25, 2017 - Product News

International HV Series Debuts for Severe Service Market at NACV

The hood and grille may be the same, but the HV was redesigned from the inside out. Photo: Evan Lockridge

International Truck Monday increased its offerings for the vocational market, launching the International HV Series and announcing enhancements to its HX Series, at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: International Trucks, Vocational Trucks, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Product News

TomTom Launches Flexible Bridge Hub Solution

Photo: TomTom

TomTom has launched the TomTom Bridge Hub in North America, announcing pre-order availability of the connected mobility and electronic logging device compatibility solution.

Tags: TomTom, Connected Vehicle Technology, Navigation, Mobility, ELDs, ELD Mandate, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers New Cab Configurations for Cascadia

Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available in mid-roof cab configurations for regional overnight haulers and segments such as bulk haul and flatbeds.

Tags: Freightliner, Flatbeds, Freightliner Cascadia, Sleepers, Bulk Hauling, NACV Show, Regional Haul

September 25, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Talks Hybrids, Electric Trucks at NACV Show

BorgWarner offers the growing hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market a broad product portfolio to help meet emissions regulations and fuel economy goals. Image: BorgWarner

BorgWarner expects the hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market to see a 32.9% compound annual growth rate, increasing from 49,000 units in 2017 to 115,000 units in 2020.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Reduction, Electric Vehicles, BorgWarner, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson 6x2 Liftable Forward Tandem Axle Available on Cascadia

Image: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems has partnered with Freightliner Trucks to offer the OptiMaax 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle on the new Cascadia, the company announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Hendrickson, Axles, Tandem Axle, Lift Axles, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Product News

Zonar Docs Streamlines Reporting for Small to Medium-Sized Fleets

Photo: Zonar

Zonar has announced a new Zonar Docs image capturing solution for paperwork management and a new integration with the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system.

Tags: Continental, Zonar, Document Management, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Software Integration

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Brodsky

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Announces Public Highway Platooning Tests

Roger Nielsen said at the NACV Show that Detroit Assurance Safety Systems are the enabling platform for the company’s current platooning tests in Oregon and Nevada. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

DTNA president Roger Nielsen revealed at the NACV Show in Atlanta that the company is conducting platooning tests on public highways in Oregon and Nevada.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Industry Events, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Product News

Lytx Offers Enhanced Video Safety System

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx will begin offering an enhanced video monitoring system for commercial and government fleets that provides additional capability over its DriveCam product, the company has announced.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Tenneco Highlights Waste-Heat Recovery, Ride-Improvement Solutions

Tenneco's Ben Patel Photo: Evan Lockridge

Tenneco Inc. showed off its latest array of and emissions-related and ride-performance products at a press conference held in Atlanta on Sept. 24, ahead of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Tenneco, Ride Improvement, Emissions Solutions, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Eaton Cummins Unveils Endurant Automated Transmission

Company officials said the new Endurant 12-speed automated transmission is the lightest, most efficient 1,850 lb.-ft.-capable heavy-duty transmission. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies unveiled the first product from its joint venture, a lightweight, efficient automated transmission, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Transmissions, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Run On Less Drivers Average 10.1 mpg, Surpassing Goals

PepsiCo was one of the title sponsors and also one of the participating fleets. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Despite the challenges of two hurricanes, on top of the normal trucking challenges of high elevations, heavy loads, and crosswinds, seven drivers over 17 days and 50,000 miles managed to average 10.1 mpg overall in the Run on Less fuel-economy road show that concluded this weekend in Atlanta.

Tags: PepsiCo, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, NACV Show, Run on Less

September 24, 2017 - Product News

Thermo King Says New Electric APU Runs Longer

Thermo King is unveiling its new all-electric TriPac Envidia auxiliary power unit, which it claims has the longest run-time in the industry, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta this week.

Tags: Emissions, Idle Reduction, Thermo King, APUs, NACV Show

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Businesses Can Expense Up to $500K in Truck Purchases

Businesses can expense up to $500,000 in tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks such the FUSO FE/FG Series. (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America)

The U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 179 (commonly referred to as IRC-179) allows businesses to expense up to $500,000 in the tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Vehicle Purchasing

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Sustains Over 11 MPG for 5,600 Miles

Sharp Transport driver David Gooch next to the Cumberland C10 he drove for the #Raceto10MPG challenge. Screenshot via Cumberland International YouTube

Driver David Gooch was able to sustain 11.21 miles per gallon over 5,599 miles during the #Raceto10mpg challenge put on by Cumberland International and Sharp Transport.

Tags: MPG, Truck Drivers, Fuel Economy, Contest

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

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