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September 22, 2016 - Industry News

NAFTA Trucking Freight Falls; 19th Straight Overall Monthly Drop

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and all other transportation modes except rail carried less cross-border freight by value in July compared to a year earlier, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Partnerships Aimed at Advancing Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Wabco Holdings is collaborating with Peloton Technology and Mobileye to advance the company’s autonomous vehicle technologies, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Wabco, Truck Platooning, Automated Driving, Autonomous Vehicles

September 22, 2016 - Global News

EDI Acquires $15M Financing for PHEVs, EVs

Photo courtesy of EDI

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has closed initial funds in its Series C financing round toward funding the company's PHEV and EV solutions, and is is forecasted to close in Q4 2016 at $15 million.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Investors, China

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Final Rule Allows Windshield Mounted Technology

Photo: Lytx

The FMCSA has issued a final rule amending the FMCSRs to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Technology, Windshields

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Names New Controller

Beth San Filippo Photo: Vipar Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty has named Beth San Filippo as its new controller. San Filippo joined Vipar Heavy Duty and its family of companies in November 2011 and most recently was accounting manager.

Tags: Leadership, Vipar Heavy Duty, People

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Jacobs Debuts High Power Density Engine Brake for Europe

Image via Jacobs Vehicle Systems

Heavy-duty vehicle component manufacturer Jacobs Vehicle Systems has launched its new High Power Density Engine Brake for vehicle and engine manufacturers, announcing the technology at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: IAA, Europe, Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Engine Brake

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Details Adaptive Steering on Super Duty, Edge

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's new adaptive steering technology that's been added to 2017 Super Duty trucks and the 2016 Edge mid-size SUV improves steering efficiency and effort so the vehicles are easier to steer at various speeds.

Tags: Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Super Duty, Steering

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

TCA Promotes Director of Safety and Policy to VP of Government Affairs

David Heller Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has promoted David Heller from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs, the group announced during its Fall business meeting.

Tags: Leadership, People, TCA, Promotions

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Navistar and VW Chiefs Talk Up Their Alliance Deal

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press at IAA. Photo: David Cullen

Just two weeks after revealing they had forged a “wide-ranging strategic alliance,” the chief executives of Volkswagen Truck and Bus and Navistar International Corp. fielded questions from North American journalists covering the massive IAA truck show opening this week in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, IAA

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Dana Begins Testing Spicer Global Single Axle Configurations

The Spicer Global Single Axle Photo: Dana

Dana has revealed new details about its Spicer global single axle for trucks, tractors and coaches and announced enhancements to its Spicer Compact Series Plus driveshafts at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: IAA, Spicer, Axles, Dana Spicer

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Awards $37.4M for Next-Gen Vehicle Prototypes

Photo of existing delivery vehicles by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has awarded $37.4 million in contracts to six vendors to provide 50 prototypes of a next-generation delivery vehicle that will be tested in various climates and locales.

Tags: USPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx Technicians Again Sweep SuperTech Competition

Eric Vos thanks his employer and family after accepting the award on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Berg

Eric Vos, Mark McLean and Steven Weaver share top accolades at the conclusion of the event that included hundreds of technicians from around the USA.

Tags: TMC, FedEx Freight, TMC SuperTech

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Unveils Tech Aimed at Reducing Cost of Ownership

Cummins is showcasing a diverse set of new technologies aimed at reducing total cost of ownership for OEM customers at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, IAA, Total Cost of Ownership, Turbochargers

September 21, 2016 - Product News

Thermo King Introduces Smarter, Efficient Refrigeration Unit

Thermo King introduced the SLXi platform of single- and multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units, developed with a focus on unit intelligence, communication, fuel consumption and temperature management.

Tags: Emissions, Refrigerated Truck, IAA, Thermo King, Global, Transportation Refrigeration Units

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Low Cancellations Help Class 8 Truck Orders Hit 3-Month High

Net Class 8 truck orders rose to a three-month high in August, helped by cancellations which fell to a near three-year low, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Dip; Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Push Them Higher

The number of loads on the DAT network of load boards gained 20% during the week ending Sept. 17 compared to the week before and the number of trucks added 19% as the spot market rebounded during the first full week after the Labor Day holiday but it barely translated into higher rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Port Trucking, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Freight Shipment, Spending Levels Show Economic Uncertainty

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Freight shipments across all U.S. domestic modes continued improving in August but remain weak, according to the latest Cass Freight Index, while freight spending moved lower again with both resulting in mixed feelings when it comes to their economic impact.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Dean Foods' Ahart Named Fleet Executive of the Year

Automotive Fleet's Mike Antich, Ahart, and CEI Group's Wayne Smolda. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

Michael Ahart, VP of transportation for Dean Foods, was named the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association's (AFLA) annual conference on Sept. 20.

Tags: Fleet Executive of the Year, AFLA Conference, CEI Group, Dean Foods, Awards

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Quarterly Profit Totals $715 Million

Earnings for trucking and package delivery company FedEx Corp. moved up modestly to $715 million, or $2.65 per share, in its fiscal quarter ending Aug 31 that included the cost of integrating another carrier.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, FedEx

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

August Sees Boost in Trailer Orders

The final numbers on August net trailer orders show a significant increase over the previous month that still fell slightly below expectations.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

California, Cummins to Develop Natural Gas Heavy-Duty Engine

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1 million grant to develop a 12-liter natural gas engine for heavy-duty vehicles that produces near-zero nitrogen oxide tailpipe emissions.

Tags: Grant Funding, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, California Energy Commission, State Grants

September 20, 2016 - Product News

ExxonMobil Unveils PC-11 Specification Lineup of Mobil Delvac Oils

Image via ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil unveiled its lineup of enhanced Mobil Delvac diesel engine oils that are designed to meet or exceed the CK-4 and FA-4 categories of API Proposed Category 11, known as PC-11, specification.

Tags: Exxon Mobil, PC-11, Engine Oils, Mobil Delvac

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

New Orleans Port Offers Incentive to Get Rid of Older Trucks

Image via Clean Trip

The Port of New Orleans has launched its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program, providing incentives for local, short-haul truck owners to voluntarily replace 20 Class 8 drayage trucks from model years 1993-2006 with 2012 and newer models.

Tags: Emissions, Vehicle Replacement, Clean Truck Program, Drayage

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