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March 3, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Tonnage Up from Year Earlier

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

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Activity Turns Around, ‘Beige Book’ Improves

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 Expands Lightweight Medium-Duty Wheel Lineup

Aluminum wheel for Ford Transit vans. Image: Alcoa.

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Detroit DD5 Engine Rollout Later This Year

Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine. Image: DTNA

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 Debuts Global Navigation Mobile App

Photo: Telogis

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Expands T680 and T880 Options

Photo: Jim Park

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Truck Models Receive More PTO Options

Photo: Lauren Fletcher

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Adds Class 6 Truck with 4-Cylinder Diesel

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Collision Mitigation Added to International DuraStar

Photo: International

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Adds Automated Manual Transmissions for Vocational Use

Photo: Mack Trucks

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Previews Electric Canter Prototype

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add Another 200,000 Plus Jobs

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

GM to Offer Diesel-Powered Express Van

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

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

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline Despite More Loads

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 Boosts Diesel Super Duty Chassis Cabs

Photo of F-550 chassis cab with aerial courtesy of Ford.

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford F-650/750 Named 2016 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Ford's John Ruppert (left) accepts the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award from Work Truck Editor Mike Antich. Photo by Chris Brown.

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Updates 2017 Van Lineup

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Powers Up Medium-Duty Engines

Photo by Chris Brown.

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's Auto Tire Inflation Tech Maintains Pressure

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Awards Five Members With Silver Spark Plug

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Report on Life-Saving Impact of Safety Enforcement Challenged

Image: California Highway Patrol

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Use, Vehicle Sales Decline

Photo of Matthew Godlewski of NGVAmerica by Mike Antich.

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Step Vans Saving Fuel for AmeriPride

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Boosts SuperTruck Funding, Medium-Duty Grants

Photo of U.S. DOE Deputy Asst. Secretary Reuben Sarkar by Mike Antich .

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

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash Shows Almost All-Composite Prototype Reefer

Molded structural combosites, developed by Wabash engineers over three years, are used throughout. Photo: Tom Berg

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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