March 3, 2016 - Industry News
The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported increases in freight for the first two months of 2016, including tons per day growing 2% and 3.2% for January and February, respectively, compared to the same time in 2015.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage
New factory orders and shipments rebounded at least somewhat in January, while measures of business investment and inventories also improved, according to new Commerce Department figures.
Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments
March 2, 2016 - Industry News
Alcoa announced new additions to its M-Series aluminum wheel lineup for medium-duty Sprinter and Ford Transit vans and for GM 3500/4500 chassis at the NTEA Work Truck Show.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Alcoa
Daimler Truck North America said its new Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine will be available for ordering later this year in Freightliner Class 5/6 M2106 trucks...
Tags: Freightliner, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America
March 2, 2016 - Product News
Telogis has introduced its Telogis Navigation Global Edition mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.
Tags: Telogis, Navigation, Mobile Apps
Kenworth is offering new collision mitigation, severe-duty suspension, and DEF configuration options on its T680 and T880 truck models.
Tags: Kenworth, DEF, T880, T680, Collision Mitigation
Ram Commercial has announced a new power take-off option for the Ram Chassis Cab — a left side PTO rated at 60 horsepower of output available in gas and diesel 4x4 models.
Tags: Upfitting, PTO, Chassis Cab, Ram Commercial Truck
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR, the company’s all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment featuring a 4-cylinder diesel engine.
Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Delivery Fleet, Cabovers, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks
International announced that the collision mitigation technology, Bendix Wingman Fusion would now be offered on its medium-duty DuraStar models. It has also added the Cummins ISL9 engine as an option for the WorkStar and DuraStar.
Tags: International, Navistar, DuraStar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Bendix, Collision Mitigation
Mack Trucks released 13- and 14-speed versions of its Mack mDrive HD automated manual transmission to better suit certain vocational and on-highway applications.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Vocational Trucks
Mitsubishi Fuso showed off a prototype battery-electric Canter FE-Series medium-duty cabover that has been in testing in Europe for a year.
Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Canter FE
Employment in the private sector jumped again in February, mainly led by the service industry, while recent weakness in manufacturing translated into a loss of jobs.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
General Motors will offer a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with its 2017 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, the company announced at the Work Truck Show.
Tags: Chevrolet Express, General Motors, Full-Size Vans, 2017-MY, Diesel Engines
Despite greater demand for truckload services, national average van, reefer, and flatbed freight spot rates all slipped for the week ending February 27 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
March 1, 2016 - Industry News
Ford has increased towing and payload capability for its 2017 Super Duty F-350, F-450, and F-550 chassis cabs with new frames and a next-generation 6.7L V-8 PowerStroke diesel with more horsepower and torque, Ford has announced at the Work Truck Show.
Tags: Diesel Engines, Ford, Ford Super Duty, Chassis Cab Trucks
The Ford F-650/750 has been named Work Truck magazine’s annual Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. The award was presented at a ceremony during the NTEA Work Truck Show.
Tags: Ford, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Work Truck Show, Ford F-650, Ford F-750
Ford has updated its 2017 model-year van lineup to include ergonomic updates for the Transit, new technology for the Transit Connect, and a new engine offering for the E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway.
Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Ford E-Series, 2017-MY, Ford Transit Connect
Cummins has updated its B and L series medium-duty engines for 2017, increasing power output options and fuel efficiency.
Tags: Cummins, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks
March 1, 2016 - Product News
Michelin Auto Inflate will use automatic tire inflation technology developed by Aperia Technologies called Halo to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tires.
Tags: TMC, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Tire Inflation
American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored five trucking industry professionals with the Silver Spark Plug Award, the group’s highest honor.
Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, Awards, People
A supplier of safety/compliance services and, separately, the American Trucking Associations have taken issue with what the agency contends the report indicates.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA
Natural Gas vehicle production and sales declined in 2015 compared to 2014. This was primarily due to the reduced cost of petroleum, according to Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica.
Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit
XL Hybrids, Inc. is showing service trucks for linen supply fleet AmeriPride at the Work Truck Show that integrate the company's XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system with a Ford F-59 stripped chassis.
Tags: Work Truck Show, XL Hybrids, AmeriPride
The U.S. Department of Energy has boosted funding for its SuperTruck II initiative to increase fuel efficiency of Class 7and 8 trucks and will provide funding for several projects that would develop alternative powertrains for medium-duty vehicles, the agency announced at the Work Truck Show.
Tags: Federal Grants, SuperTruck, U.S. Department of Energy, Work Truck Show, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
The trailer uses molded structural composites, or MSCs, developed by Wabash engineers over the last three years. It uses few bolts and no metal crossmembers.
Tags: Reefers, Wabash National, Composites, Trailers, TMC
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