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April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Great Western to Sell East Flatbeds

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Great Western Leasing & Sales Inc. in Fontana, Calif., as an authorized East dealer.

Tags: California, Trailers, Flatbeds, Dealers, East Manufacturing

April 22, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Offers Efficient Packages for Cascadia

The Freightliner Cascadia is available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage packages. Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage Powertrain packages designed to enhance efficiency and performance.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Powertrains, Fuel Economy, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Displays Curb-Side Access Delivery Truck

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is displaying its new Canter route delivery truck at this week's NAMA OneShow, a trade show for automatic merchandizers and the U.S. vending industry.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Canter FE, Route Delivery Truck

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Huge Trailer Backlog Fuels Build but Slows Orders

Photo: Tom Berg

Net trailer orders in March saw an incremental increase over February as OEMs are still increasing build to meet the surge in orders from late last year.

Tags: OEM, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Flatbed, Trailer Orders

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Improves Income 61% in First Quarter

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Werner Enterprises Inc. on Wednesday reported its first quarter net income increased 61% from the same time last year, while total revenue moved just 1% higher.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Truckload Index Hits Record High, Intermodal Index Mixed

A measure of truckload rates shows it hitting an all-time high in March, increasing 5.1% from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Greenest Pickup

Photo: Ford

In time for Earth Day, AAA named the 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab Lariat with EcoBoost gasoline as the greenest pickup truck in the segment in its 2015 "AAA Green Car Guide."

Tags: Ford F-150, AAA, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Spike in March

Existing-home sales in the U.S. jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, according to the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday. Led by the Midwest, all major regions experienced strong sales gains in March and are above their year-over-year sales pace.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Public Funding Leads to CNG Build Out in Pennsylvania

Photo courtesty of Penske

More than $1 million in public grants has funded 23 compressed natural gas trucks and a new Trillium CNG fueling station in Pottsville, Pa., set to open on Earth Day.

Tags: Penske Truck Leasing, Grants, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Quarterly Profit Jumps 55.1%

Net income increased to $29.6 million from $19.1 million in the first quarter of 2014 while earnings per diluted share moved higher to 36 cents from 23 cents.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drift Down Over Past Week

National average spot truckload rates drifted down during the week ending April 18 compared to the previous week, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Persson Out, Scania’s Lundstedt in as Volvo Group’s Chief

Martin Lundstedt.  Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

AB Volvo’s board of directors has named a Scania executive, Martin Lundstedt, as the president and chief executive officer of the Volvo Group, replacing Olof Persson, who has led the group for almost four years but is out immediately. Volvo Group is the corporate parent of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in North America.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, People

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Narrows List of Next-Gen Vehicle Builders

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service has chosen 15 possible manufacturers to build its next-generation delivery vehicle, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Nissan, and Freightliner.

Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, Ford, Nissan, Freightliner, FCA, Vehicle Modifiers

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Positive Going into Spring Season

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 1.1% in March marking the 5th monthly increase in the past 6 months.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 21, 2015 - Product News

NationaLease/Decisiv Deal Aims to Improve Uptime

NationaLease announced an agreement with Decisiv to provide its customers with fleet tracking and reporting capabilities. The maintenance platform will be called NationaLease Fleet 20/20.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, NationaLease, Decisiv

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Still Seeking Drivers for 34-Hour Restart Study

Photo: J.J. Keller

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Echo Global Buys Command Transportation for $420 Million

Echo Global Logistics Inc. Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase one of the largest privately owned truckload brokers and non-asset based freight transportation providers in the U.S. The company also reported improved Q1 earnings.

Tags: Earnings, Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Increases First Quarter Profit 38%

Paccar Inc. reported first quarter earnings of $378.4 million, a 38% gain from the same time a year ago, while net sales and financial services revenue increased 10% to $4.83 billion.

Tags: Paccar, Earnings, Global, DAF, Peterbilt, Kenworth

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Penske, Calif. County Win EPA Clean Air Award

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Penske Truck Leasing and Sonoma County Fleet Operations as two of the seven winners of its Clean Air Excellence Award.

Tags: EPA, Penske Truck Leasing, Emissions Reduction, Awards, Sonoma County, California, Alternative Fuels

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Post First Jump in 6 Weeks

Following some gains in oil prices over the past week, the average cost of on-highway diesel has recorded the first increase in its nationwide average cost in six weeks, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions

Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload

Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.

Tags: Freightliner, Driver Shortage, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions, Kenworth, Spec'ing

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Down, Medium-Duty Up

Photo: Isuzu Truck

Class 8 truck orders were weak in March, with just over 24,600 units ordered due to a seven-month backlog of unbuilt orders from last year. Medium-duty orders were up thanks to strong truck and bus segments.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, ACT Research

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Urges Fast Action on Speed-Limiter Rule

ATA is urging completion of truck speed-limiting rule and calling for a national 65-mph speed limit for all vehicles.

The American Trucking Associations is again urging the Department of Transportation to “move forward” with a rulemaking requiring installation of electronic speed-limiting devices on Class 7 and 8 trucks.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, NHTSA

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Minn. Truckers File Suit Against Biodiesel Mandate

The Minnesota Trucking Association and others are suing the state trying to end its 10% biodiesel mandate.

Tags: biodiesel, Minnesota, Litigation

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Award Deadline Extended for Fleet Technology Expo

Nominations are open until Friday, June 5 for the all-new Fleet Technology Expo awards recognizing fleets for their sustainability and efficiency initiatives.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Fleet Efficiency, Fleet Events, Fleet Technology Expo

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