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February 28, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Chooses F-150 for PHEV Powertrain

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has decided to pair its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with Ford's F-150 pickup, the vehicle modifier has announced. The vehicle will be available in the fourth quarter.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Vehicle Modifiers

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Goes Public via Merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition

Cargo-securement training at WTI, one of the open-deck carriers in the Daseke family of companies. Photo: Daseke Inc.

Flatbed fleet operator Daseke Inc. became a public company on Feb. 27 by completing its previously announced merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. The deal included HCAC changing its name to Daseke, Inc.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Trends

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Performance Unchanged; Durable Goods Rebound

The widest measure of the nation’s economy performed as first estimated in the final quarter of last year despite a jump in consumer spending, according to a new assessment released Tuesday. Meanwhile, orders for long-lasting durable goods rebounded somewhat in January.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Gross Domestic Product

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Extends Oil Drain Intervals to 80,000 Miles

Cummins says X15 Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners can extend their oil drain intervals up to 80,000 miles using the free Cummins OilGuard program, which uses engine performance data and oil analysis to safely optimize oil drain intervals.

Tags: Cummins, Valvoline, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals, Cummins X15

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Omnitracs, Alcohol Testing, ELDs, Compliance

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar's new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins to Offer Engine Maintenance Notifications

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Downtime, Technology & Maintenance Council, Diesel Engines

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Product News

Great Dane Reveals Smart Trailer Concept at TMC Meeting

Great Dane is presenting three new product features at the TMC Annual Meeting and Technology Exhibition, including a new smart trailer concept, antimicrobial interior reefer liners, and a stronger rear impact guard.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Great Dane, Food and Beverage Fleets, Rear Impact Guards

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology

Spear speaking at Omnitracs Outlook conference. Photo: Stephane Babcock

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

Tags: ATA, Omnitracs, Autonomous Vehicles

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Names 2017-2018 General Chairman and Treasurer

Glen McDonald of Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has been elected 2017-2018 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Tags: Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Global, People

February 27, 2017 - Product News

International Truck to Launch New 12.4L Diesel Engine

International Truck will launch the A26 engine, a new 12.4-liter diesel engine designed for the Class 8 market, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TWNA Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Award Finalists

The Truck Writers of North America has announced the top five finalists for its 2016 Technical Achievement Award, including engines, a disc brake, a steel wheel, and electronic cruise control products.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches "Most Efficient" Drive Axle Ever

Photo by Jim Park

Based on today's diesel prices, a 1,000-truck fleet equipped with the 14X HE drive axle could realize $1 million per year in fuel savings, according to Meritor.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Downspeeding, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

Variable engine-driven accessories are being tested for their fuel-saving capabilities on various OEM SuperTruck designs, such as this one by Volvo.

New NACFE confidence report on emerging technology says that current fuel economy gains are modest, but some systems show promise and research and development should continue.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Advanced Technology

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu Recalls N-Series Cabovers for Transmission Issue

Photo courtesy of Isuzu Trucks.

The recall covers 21,000 NPR HD, NPR XD, NQR and NRR trucks in the 2015 to 2017 model years.

Tags: Isuzu, Recalls, Isuzu N-Series, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Safety, 2015-MY, 2017-MY, Cabovers

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Appoints Senior Vice President and General Manager

Ray West Photo: TMW Systems

Ray West has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of TMW Systems’ portfolio of transportation management systems, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, TMW Systems, People

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Global

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment Rise as Fed Mulls Rake Hike

There are increasing signs the U.S. economy is gaining momentum in the first quarter of the year with gains in home sales and consumer confidence, but it is also fueling speculation that interest rates could head higher as soon as next month.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Federal Reserve

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Announces 2017 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2017 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines to Buy Virginia-Based Wilson Trucking

Photo: Central Freight Lines

Central Freight Lines has signed a letter of intent to buy certain assets of Virginia-based Wilson Trucking, a 91-year-old less-than-truckload carrier with 29 terminals in the Southeast.

Tags: LTL, Central Freight Lines, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Commission Ends Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

Photo: Jim Park

The International Trade Commission upended the Chinese tire tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs, Tires and Wheels

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