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March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ford F-59, AmeriPride, Step Vans, Stripped Chassis

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Innovations Trims Financial Losses Slightly

Natural gas engine and vehicle manufacturer Westport Innovations Inc. on Monday released earnings for the final quarter of last year and all of 2014 showing it lost less money in both periods while revenue declined.

Tags: Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Passenger Train Collides with Truck in North Carolina

The scene of the crash in North Carolina. Screenshot from ABC News video

As many as 40 persons were injured when an AmTrak passenger train collided with a commercial truck that was on the tracks in North Carolina today, according to a report from ABC News.

Tags: Railroads, Accidents, North Carolina

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Higher, Passes $2.94 Per Gallon

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its fifth weekly increase but prices have started to moderate a little in some parts of the country, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

February Freight Volume Falls 37% From Year Ago

Spot-market snapshot<br />Source: DAT

Freight volume fell 37% year-over-year in February and spot-market freight availability declined for the second consecutive month in February, according to DAT -- so why did rates rise compared to last year?

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Volume, DAT Solutions, Polar Vortex

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Finalist for National Journalism Award

Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition for editorial excellence among business-to-business media.

Tags: Hours of Service, HDT Magazine

March 9, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Model 567 Available with All-Wheel Drive

The Peterbilt Model 567. Photo courtesy of Peterbilt

The Peterbilt Model 567 is available with an all-wheel drive option designed for off-road use in tough to severe conditions, the company recently announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Severe Duty, Vocational Trucks, All Wheel Drive, Model 567

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Union Loses Vote at Con-way Freight Facility

Con-way Freight

Con-way Freight employees in Gary, Indiana, have voted against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union .

Tags: Con-way Inc., Labor Unions, Con-way Freight, Technicians, Mechanics, Unionization

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Finalists Announced for Influential Woman of the Year Award

Women In Trucking and Navistar announced the six finalists for the 2015 Influential Woman of the Year award which highlights the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry.

Tags: Navistar, Awards, Women in Trucking

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Will Appeal CARB Decision to Supreme Court

Photo: CCTA

The 9th Circuit court ruled against the CCTA case challenging the legality of Truck and Bus regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board. The CCTA has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Tags: CARB, Lawsuits, U.S. Supreme Court, EPA, Regulations, Legislation

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales 2nd Highest in a Decade, IHS Says

Class 8, the largest single segment, last year accounted for 271,000 units. 2010 was even stronger, with 320,000 Class 8 transactions.

Tags: Economy, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Pa. Offers Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Pennsylvania's Clean Diesel Grant Program supports projects that re-power or retrofit fleet vehicles to curb emissions; purchase and install idle-reduction technology; or purchase clean alternative-fuel fleet vehicles.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Pennsylvania, State Grants, Idle Reduction, Federal Grants

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls Again, Factory Activity Down

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Both the unemployment rate and the number of people without jobs fell in February, according to Labor Department figures released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Moving Sprinter Production to S.C.

Sprinters now come in a 4x4 version. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that it will invest about $500 million to build a new van plant in Charleston, S.C., to build the next-generation Sprinter van for the North American market.

Tags: Freightliner, South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

States Considering Highway Funding Options

Photo: U.S.House T&amp;amp;I Committee

While Capitol Hill may yet again slap an eleventh-hour cold patch on the highway-funding gap, state governments are moving ever more quickly and innovatively to put their infrastructure spending in order.

Tags: U.S. Congress, Highway Funding, taxes, Tolls, State Legislation

March 5, 2015 - Product News

Heavy-Haul Titan Gains Automated Transmission

The mDrive HD transmission and Titan Heavy-Haul Truck. Photo courtesy of Mack

The mDrive HD automated manual transmission is now standard on Mack's Titan Heavy-Haul Truck, the truck maker announced at the National Heavy Equipment Show in Ontario, Canada.

Tags: Heavy Haul, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Mack Trucks

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Morgan Olson Offers Kinetics Hybrid Walk-In Vans

Photo courtesy of Crosspoint Kinetics

Morgan Olson will offer a lineup of Class 3-7 walk-in delivery vans equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain from Crosspoint Kinetics, the companies announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Morgan Olson, Crosspoint, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Van Bodies

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Shows F-750 Tonka Dump Truck

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford showed a Tonka-branded F-750 dump truck that's nearly 10-feet tall at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Ford F-750, Dump Trucks

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Rolls New Steer Tire into Fuel Max Lineup

Goodyear's new LHS steer tire joins the Fuel Max LHD G505D drive tire in in the company's premium low-rolling-resistance tire lineup.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 4500/5500 Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Senior Editor Chris Wolski Presents the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award to Becky Blanchard, director of the Ram Truck brand. Photo by Chris Brown.

The Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab truck has been named Work Truck magazine’s eighth annual medium-duty truck of the year. The award was presented at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Awards, Work Truck Show, Ram 4500, Ram 5500

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Inside Job Suspected in Gold Heist

Photo: Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) via Wikimedia

Three days after nearly $5 million in gold was stolen from a truck along I-95 in North Carolina, authorities say they're suspicious it was an inside job, although the two guards involved are not currently suspects.

Tags: Cargo Theft

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Expands Bi-Fuel CNG 2500 Truck Models

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has begun offering a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2500 pickup in a regular cab and rear-wheel drive configuration, Ram announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 2500, Bi-Fuel CNG, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Increases Severe-Duty Options on 122SD Truck

Different configurations of the Freightliner 122SD. Photo courtesy of Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner is showcasing several new options for the 122SD truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The options are aimed at severe terrain and off-road applications.

Tags: Freightliner, Severe Duty, Vocational Trucks, Off-Road Vehicles, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz, Passenger Vans, Daimler

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Port Problems Cause Drop in Intermodal Rail Traffic

Photo: Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic fell in February, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Ports

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