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February 22, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces Dealer Awards

Peterbilt announced many dealer awards during its annual Dealer Meeting in Fort Worth, near Peterbilt’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas. The business meeting celebrated both dealer performance and Peterbilt’s 75th anniversary.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealers

February 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mack’s Poised to Win More Sales with Products and Support, New President Says

"I think our competitors will start hearing our footsteps.” -- Stephen Roy

Dealers are “fired up” to sell trucks, with new emphasis on highway applications. And executives will "relaunch the Mack brand" at the ConExpo-ConAgg show in March.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Product Support, OEM, Dealers, Vocational, Heavy-Duty Trucks

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Former Daimler Truck Head Renschler Headed to Volkswagen

Andreas Renschler

The former head of Daimler Trucks, who left the company last month after less than a year of overseeing Mercedes Benz cars and vans at parent company Daimler AG, will be taking over responsibility for commercial vehicles at Volkswagen AG.

Tags: Volkswagen, OEM, Leadership, Daimler, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Denso Expands Heavy Duty Management Team

Denso has added Frank Jenkins in the heavy duty marketing group as senior manager, where he will direct heavy-duty sales, marketing, product and business development activities for the Americas.

Tags: Leadership, Denso, People

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Announces Executive Appointments in Commercial Truck

Meritor announced two executive appointments in its commercial truck and industrial business. Joe Plomin has been named president, international, Europe and Asia Pacific; Chris Villavarayan has been appointed president, Americas, responsible for the company’s North and South America truck, defense and specialty businesses.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor, People

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Sales Co. Receives 2013 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year Award

Kenworth Sales Co. was named 2013 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in the Seattle area.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: January Existing Home Sales Drop

Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to a report released on Friday by the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Supreme Court Reverses Earlier Ruling Against Owner-Operators

The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned an earlier decision classifying trucking company owner-operators as employees.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Litigation, Idaho, Independent Contractors

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations, Driver Health

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar To Consolidate Engine Manufacturing

Navistar International Corp. announced the consolidation of mid-range engine manufacturing, the next step in its turnaround efforts. As a result, the company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: Navistar, Consolidation

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Universal Truckload 2013 Profit and Revenue Increase, Declares Dividend

Asset-light freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services saw improvements in both its yearly and final quarter profit, according to newly released numbers.

Tags: Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Promotes Sandeep Kar

Sandeep Kar has been recently promoted to the role of global director of research for Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation industry research group.

Tags: Leadership, Frost & Sullivan, People

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Compressed Natural Gas, Weights and Measures

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Continental Adds New Management to Commercial Tires

Fedérico Jiménez

Continental Tire the Americas has appointed new management to its Commercial Vehicle Tire group, which encompasses medium radial truck tires and commercial specialty tires.

Tags: Continental, Leadership, Tires, Wheels, People

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Accepting Technician Scholarship Applications

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship programs available for diesel technician studies at WyoTech, the University of Northwestern Ohio, and Lincoln Technical Institute/Lincoln College of Technology/Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Technician Training

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Dana Profit Dips Still Strong

The parent of truck and auto component maker Dana saw a slight decline in both sales and profits last year, but still reported healthy numbers, according to just release figures.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana, OEM

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Asked to Tackle Freight Delays

A group representing the nation’s retailers is urging officials with the Port of New York and New Jersey to do something about increasing delays at its terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing and Leading Index Up, Consumer Prices Tame

UPDATED -- U.S. manufacturing has hit is highest level in nearly four years, according to a report released Thursday

Tags: Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Launches Motor Carrier Task Force to Address Delays

The Port of Virginia has announced the formation of the Motor Carrier Task Force to focus on issues at the state-controlled marine terminals that are affecting the ability of truck drivers to efficiently move cargo in and out of the terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Virginia, Port Trucking

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon)

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, Barack Obama, NHTSA, Regulations, ATA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

PIT Puts a Number on Fuel Efficiency Ratings

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group now offers a technology certification program that allows consumers to identify the fuel efficiency value of almost any fuel-saving technology.

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Report Slams Port Trucking Business Practices

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Earns Highway Angel Wings for Helping Injured Motorist

Despite almost being hit by a motorist who lost control of his vehicle, Thomas L. Colston was willing to stop and help as an accident unfolded into a fiery situation. For his selfless actions, the Truckload Carriers Association has named him a Highway Angel.

Tags: Frito-Lay, TCA Highway Angel

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