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February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 14, 2017 - Press Release

Chevin Launches Fleetwave on Geotab Marketplace

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that its enterprise-level software, FleetWave, is available via the Geotab Marketplace, a source for open IoT fleet management solutions.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, Internet of Things, Chevin

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Portland HQ Scores Top Green-Building Rating

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America announced that its new corporate headquarters building in Portland, Ore., has been awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Tags: Headquarters, Daimler Trucks North America, Sustainability

February 14, 2017 - Product News

Workhorse Touts Efficiency of Electric Delivery Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Workhorse Group has announced that its medium-duty electric trucks are up to six times more efficient than comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models.

Tags: Workhorse, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise for First Time in a Month

Diesel prices increased for the first time in four weeks, but overall have remained nearly flat during the same period of time.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

GPS Insight Launches ELD Solution

Photo courtesy of GPS Insight.

GPS Insight announced the launch of its new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution, which bundles an Android tablet hardwired to a GPS tracking device.

Tags: Telematics, GPS Insight, Hours of Service, ELDs

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Dana to Acquire Assets from U.S. Manufacturing Corporation

Dana has agreed to purchase the axle housing and driveline shaft manufacturing operations of U.S. Manufacturing Corporation.

Tags: Dana, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Drops Slightly as 2017 Begins

A measure of the spot truckload freight market edged downward in January as the level of freight settled into a typical post-holiday pattern, though at significantly elevated levels compared to this time last year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Quick-Thinking Highway Angel Saves Stricken Driver

David Webb Photo: TCA

The quick thinking and actions of Highway Angel David Webb saved the life of a dump truck driver suffering from heart failure on a Washington State highway.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Driver iQ Parent Firm Restructures and Rebrands under Cisive Name

Driver iQ, a provider of comprehensive background screening and driver monitoring services, has announced that its parent company, Carco Group, is changing its name to Cisive.

Tags: Background Checks, Screening, Branding, CARCO

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Names Vice President of Sales

Rob Myers Photo: Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries has promoted Rob Myers to vice president of sales after having served as director of sales since 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, People, Promotions

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Names Dealer Council Members

Kenworth has named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council, featuring eight prominent executives representing more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Acquires Four PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites, acquiring its service body line. (Photo courtesy of PalFleet)

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites: Council Bluffs, Iowa; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Upfitting, Palfinger, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, PalFleet

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler’s Global Truck Chief Bernhard Resigns

Wolfgang Bernhard Photo: Daimler AG

Wolfgang Bernhard has resigned from the Board of Management of Daimler AG, the company announced on Feb. 10.

Tags: Leadership, Daimler, People, Resignations

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Dart Ups Long-Haul Driver Pay

Photo: Dart Transit

Dart Transit has rolled out a pay increase for its over-the-road company truck drivers, the carrier announced.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Dart Transit

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking-Futures Exchange Startup TransVix Sets up Shop in Chattanooga

Image: TransVix

TransVix LLC, a startup aimed at launching the first futures exchange based on trucking capacity, has moved its headquarters from Fort Worth to Chattanooga, Tenn., to leverage the city’s emerging reputation as an entrepreneurial hive and transportation hub.

Tags: TransVix, Information Technology, Tennessee

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Body Maker Morgan Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Morgan Corporation, a designer and producer of light- and medium-duty truck and van bodies, is celebrating the company’s 65th anniversary this year.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Truck Bodies, Anniversary

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups, Chicago Auto Show

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Winter Storm Pounding Northeast

Sceenshot: WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Winter storm Niko is pummeling the Northeast along the corridor running from Boston to Washington. Governors of several Northeastern states, including New York and Connecticut, are urging motorists to stay off the roads for safety’s sake and to enable snow removal.

Tags: Winter Driving, Snow Removal, Winter, Driver Safety

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Intelligent Transpo Roadmap Stresses Long-Term Thinking on Funding

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Among the numerous recommendations laid out in a public-policy roadmap issued on Feb. 8 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, is a call to a potentially leverage a “tax overhaul” to fund new transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, ITS America, Intelligent Transportation

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Soften Over Past Week; Flatbeds Keep Inching Up

A 7.7% gain in spot truckload freight volume and a 2.1% dip in capacity were not enough to buoy spot truckload rates during the week ending Feb. 4, according to DAT Solutions and activity from its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest, P.A.M. Transportation Net Incomes Plummet

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight and other trucking and logistics operations reported that its fourth quarter net income fell in both the final quarter of 2016 and all of last year.

Tags: Panther, ABF, PAM Transport, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Index Dips Before Projected Bounce

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions index declined in December, reflecting soft conditions that affected the industry in the second half of 2016.

Tags: NAFTA, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

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