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November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Test Shows Emissions Reduction by Pre-Heating Engine Coolant, Webasto Says

Webasto Thermo Top C heats coolant to safe starting temperatures and meanwhile warms sleeper areas without idling the engine.

Pre-warming a diesel’s coolant allows the engine to start cleanly and emit lower levels of pollutants compared to cold starts, and extends the duty cycle of the exhaust system’s diesel particulate filter, according to tests sponsored by Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, a maker of coolant heaters.

Tags: Webasto, COOLANT

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Shelby Howard to Assume Leadership Role in Rush Truck Centers' Navistar Division

Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that Shelby Howard, dealer principal of Chicago International Trucks and Indy Truck Sales, will join the Rush organization as regional general manager.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, Dealers, Rush

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Expands Atlanta Terminal

USA Truck Inc. announced the conversion of its Atlanta terminal to a continuous, full-service operations and support center. USA Truck also plans to hire additional drivers to increase its presence throughout the Southeast.

Tags: Expansion, USA Truck

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Expands Natural Gas Fueling Options in Texas

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced multi-year fueling agreements with both UPS and Central Freight Lines. Clean Energy will supply liquefied natural gas to two private UPS stations located in Mesquite and Houston, Texas.

Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Central Freight Lines

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Rolls Out I-Shift, Mack Launches Vision, for Mexican Market

Mack unveils its Vision model for the Mexican market at Expo Transporte on Tuesday. Photo: Evan Lockridge

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, Transmissions

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Mexican Trucking: More Professional Than You May Think

Two of the new Volvo VNL trucks with the I-Shift transmission at Transportes Monroy Schiavon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MEXICO CITY -- For some people in the United States, say "Mexican trucking company" and they envision ramshackle trucks, drivers who are reckless and fleets that don’t care about safety. A visit to one of the country's largest fleets shows a professional, safety-focused operation with a focus on drivers.

Tags: Mexico, Volvo Trucks, Cross-Border Trucking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Best, YRC Report Third-Quarter Results

YRC says it's making changes at YRC Freight. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Two of the industry's large, unionized less-than-truckload carriers announced their third quarter results Tuesday, with the non-asset-based Panther Expedited helping Arkansas Best and problems at YRC Freight weighing down YRC Worldwide.

Tags: Fleet Financials, LTL, Arkansas Best, Teamsters, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Val T. Noel Joins Trac Intermodal as Senior VP, COO

Trac Intermodal announced that Val T. Noel joined the company as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again

Diesel prices continue to slide this week as the national average dropped to $3.83 per gallon, which is down 2.5 cents from last week and 14.8 cents from last year at this time.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices, Energy Information Administration, Fuel and Oil

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Considers Vito Van for U.S. Market

Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. is considering bringing the Vito commercial van to the U.S. market to offer with its larger Sprinter, a spokesman has confirmed to Automotive Fleet, a sister publication of Heavy Duty Trucking.

Tags: Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Cargo Vans

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

Photo by Evan Lockridge

FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in FTR's recent State of Freight conference call.

Tags: Economy, FTR Associates, Freight Rates

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Expand Missouri's I-70 Truck Parking Awarded

Citing safety and economic benefits, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a project to expand the Interstate 70 truck parking facilities near Mineola.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Road Construction, Truck Parking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Express Acquires Gordon Trucking

In a move one analyst is saying could be "the best strategic truckload deal ever," Iowa-based Heartland Express has acquired Gordon Trucking Inc. of Pacific, Wash., in transactions valued at approximately $300 million.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Heartland Express, Gordon Trucking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rises 1.9 %, to Atypical October High

Spot market freight availability rose 1.9% in October, to a level that is atypically high for the season, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

Tags: DAT, Spot Market Freight Volume

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo's Take on the Mexican Truck Market

There is a battle brewing in Mexico over truck weights involving double trailers. (Photos by Evan Lockridge)

On Tuesday morning, Matthew Walsh, general manager of Volvo Trucks North America in Mexico, sat down with reporters for a breakfast briefing to offer some real-world, current insights into the Mexican trucking market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mexico

November 11, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rules in Favor of Apollo in Cooper Tire Suit

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, Judge Sam Glasscock III, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled that Apollo was not in breach of its merger agreement with Cooper, which had filed a complaint to the contrary.

Tags: Tires, Litigation, Apollo Tyre, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases Study Outlining Opportunities for Returning Veterans

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Veterans

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England Adds ATDynamics TrailerTails

C.R. England Inc. announced that it will adopt ATDynamics' semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology.

Tags: C.R. England, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, TrailerTails

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Intermodal Update Adds New Seasonality Analysis

A monthly analysis of seasonality trends is the latest feature to be added to FTR's Intermodal Update publication. This new feature will provide a detailed view each month of the how current performance and seasonal patterns compare to those seen over the past ten years.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Jasper Engine and Transmission To Acquire Weller Truck Parts

John Weller of Weller Truck Parts and Zach Bawel, president of Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, announced that a letter of intent to purchase Weller Truck Parts has been signed by all parties.

Tags: Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Aftermarket, Parts and Service, Weller Truck Parts

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong October Job Growth, Consumer Spending Edge Higher

UPDATED -- A new U.S. Labor Department report shows there was a net gain of 204,000 jobs in the country during October, far more than economists were predicting, while trucking added just a few jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California to Revamp Terminal Inspection Program

Trucking operations based in California or with terminals there are going to get a break from one the state’s regulations staring in a couple of years.

Tags: California, CSA, Inspections

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

ATD and HDT Announce Dealer Nominees for National Award

The American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced the nominees for the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

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