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February 2, 2016 - Product News

Eaton Expands AMT Line for Vocational Use

Eaton's Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton has expanded coverage of its Fuller Advantage series of automated overdrive transmissions to include use in vocational applications, offering features that improve vehicle control and other capabilities.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

February 2, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Acquires CNG Provider Trillium

The acqurisition will add 37 public-access CNG locations to Love's network. Image: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase compressed natural gas provider Trillium CNG in a deal that will add 37 public-access CNG locations to the truck stop company’s network.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Trillium CNG, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations

February 2, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, USA Truck, Ryder Report Profit Gains

UPS Inc. reported its profit skyrocketed in the fourth quarter of the year, totaling $1.33 billion compared to $453 million a year earlier as the company also beat an earnings forecast. USA Truck and Ryder also saw higher profits.

Tags: Economy, UPS, Ryder System, USA Truck, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

February 1, 2016 - Product News

Analysis: Digging Deeper into Navistar's New International HX

International HXs are based on the outgoing PayStar, but bold front-end styling alone is almost enough to merit “new” billing. Other features clinch it. Photo: Tom Berg

A mock police chase may have lent humor to Navistar’s unveiling Monday of its new International HX series of vocational trucks, but the HX represents serious business for the company.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, PayStar, World of Concrete, Vocational Trucks

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Slide Further While Oil Production Remains High

The average price of diesel fuel continued to fall last week amidst reports that global crude oil production would not be cut to meet lower demand.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

More States Want Snow/Ice Off Trucks

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

The word is out from statehouses and state police barracks in states from Pennsylvania to Vermont that for safety’s sake, snow and ice should be cleared off trucks before they take to the roads.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Legislation

February 1, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Unveils All-in-One Device for Telematics, Mobile Apps

Omnitracs has introduced the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, a single, robust mobile device that it says will offer commercial fleets a unified platform for the efficient use of mobile apps and telematics.

Tags: Telematics, WIFi, Omnitracs, Mobile Apps

February 1, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Launches Sylectus Truckload TMS

Omnitracs launched the Sylectus Truckload TMS, what it calls "a highly flexible, fully capable" transportation management system tailored to the truckload industry that is accessible from anywhere.

Tags: Information Technology, Omnitracs

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Spiked at Large TL Carriers Last Year

The annualized turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose 13 points to 100% in the third quarter of 2015, the highest it has been in three years.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Lackluster December Numbers for Manufacturing, Personal Spending, Construction

While activity in the nation’s manufacturing improved in January from the month before, according to reports on Monday, there is disagreement as to whether this sector is expanding or shrinking.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Spending

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Recalls Firestone FS561 Tires

Photo via Firestone

The voluntary safety recall is limited to FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 and only those tires that are installed in the trailer application.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Recalls, Tires

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Shoes for Soldiers Program

Photo: Meritor

Meritor announced a one-year extension of “Shoes for Soldiers” and will donate up to $70,000 from remanufactured brake sales and corporate matching funds to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Tags: Charity, Meritor, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

CVSN Provides Update on Right to Repair

Marc Karon Photo: Denise Rondini

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network has partnered with the National Automotive Service Task Force on right to repair. NASTF will integrate heavy-duty OE manufacturers into programs offered on its website.

Tags: Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Right to Repair, Repair Shops, HDAW

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

International's HX Vocational Trucks Replacing PayStar Models

Photo: International Trucks

International's new Class 8 line is replacing the PayStar and includes four models, with long and medium hoods and two diesels.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Cummins ISX15, Vocational Trucks, World of Concrete, Severe Duty, Class 8

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Cuts 190 Jobs From its LTL Business

XPO Logistics acquired Con-Way in October of last year. Image: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has eliminated about 190 non-sales positions in its less-than-truckload business, which it acquired when the company bought Con-way Inc. last year.

Tags: Layoffs, LTL, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Wildcat Strike Shuts Ports in New York and New Jersey

File Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

More than 1,000 longshoremen walked off the job at New York and New Jersey ports on Friday morning, Jan. 29, effectively shutting down the terminals in a port system that receives nearly 30 percent of all cargo on the East Coast.

January 29, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland Introduces Aftermarket Product Line

Photo: SAF

SAF-Holland has introduced the Gold Line Quality Parts brand to expand the products it supplies to the aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAW, Parts and Service, SAF Holland

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Consumers Still Optimistic

Overall U.S. economic activity eased back on the gas considerably in the final quarter of last year while it expanded in 2015 at the same pace as the year before.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Declines More Than 8%

Percent change in value of U.S.-Canada/Mexico freightflows by mode: November 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of trans-border freight movements between the U.S. and its neighbors took a steep decline, according to new U.S. Transportation Department numbers, while Canada regained its historical rank as top North America trade partner after falling behind Mexico.

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

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Paccar Record Annual Income, Werner Profit Rises

UPDATED -- Truck and engine manufacturer Paccar on Friday reported record annual revenue of $19.12 billion and record net income of $1.60 billion for 2015, but fell short of analysts’ expectations in the final quarter of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Paccar Financial, Paccar Parts, Quarterly Earnings, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

Tags: Parts, Vehicle Registration, IHS Automotive, Forecast, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar Beats Fourth Quarter Expectations

The asset-light trucking and logistics provider Landstar Thursday reported a decline in its fourth quarter profit, but it was higher than expected, and the company also improved its annual performance.

Tags: Economy, Landstar, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Survey: Motor Carriers Expect Stable Growth in 2016

TCP survey indicates 61% of carriers expect to expand their fleets this year. Image: TCP

The year now unfolding will be one of “stability for trucking,” contends Transport Capital Partners, given the results of the consultancy’s Q4 survey of motor carrier executives.

Tags: Freight Rates, Freight Capacity, U.S. Economy

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

Fleet managers should understand the types of tests, and know how one was run and how it relates to their everyday operations.

Truck fleets should seek test data on fuel-saving products so they can intelligently decide what to use in their own operations, says Determining Efficiency, the latest “confidence report” from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, NACFE

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Judge Denies Retrial to Trucking Company in Amtrak Crash

A frame from the NTSB animation recreating the accident. Image: NTSB

A Nevada trucking company has been refused a retrial stemming from a fatal 2011 accident in which an Amtrak train was struck by a truck along U.S. 95, causing the deaths of 6 people, including the trucker.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB, Railroads, Litigation

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