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January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Market Sees Weekly, Monthly Gains

Unseasonably high freight volumes combined with higher fuel prices and rough winter weather pushed spot truckload rates upward to start 2017, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while a separate measure showed the market improved for the sixth straight month in December.

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

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, Trends

January 10, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Releases Virtual Load View App

Omnitracs has added a mobile application to its Virtual Load View solution, providing access to real-time load tracking data when an Omnitracs unit is not available.

Tags: Freight, Shippers, Brokers, Omnitracs, Asset Tracking

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa Motor Truck Association Gives Over $10 Million to Charity

The Iowa Motor Truck Association says its board gave more than $10 million in charitable donations over the past year, showing some of the impact trucking has in the state.

Tags: ATA, Iowa, Trucking Moves America Forward, Trucking Associations, Public Relations

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Ton-Mileage Could Increase 49% by 2045

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Ton-miles on the U.S. transportation system are projected to grow by 49% in the next 30 years, according to new freight projections from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Federal Highway Administration.

Tags: FHWA, Freight, BTS

January 10, 2017 - Product News

Navistar, Dana Agree to Multi-Year Sales Agreement

Spicer S140 Series Axle Image: Dana

Navistar and Dana have entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement for driveline components for on-highway, delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles.

Tags: Navistar, Drivelines, Cooperative Agreement, Dana Incorporated

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFI Appeals to Drivers With Better Pay and Tech

Photo via CFI

Truckload carrier CFI is investing in its drivers with a 2-cent per mile pay raise, improved home time policy, newer tractors, and upgraded technology,

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, CFI

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Prepping Hybrid Pickup Truck

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda will launch a new hybrid vehicle in 2018 and plans to eventually offer a hybrid pickup truck, the automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Honda, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Detroit Auto Show, Emissions Reduction

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Image: Ford.

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Ford Bronco, 2020-MY

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Start 2017 With Another Increase

In the first week of the year, diesel prices continued to rise, extending a 6-week streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers Adds to Dealer Network

J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers, a manufacturer of trailers and truck bodies, has appointed Kahn Truck Equipment and Stainless & Repair to its dealer network.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Bodies, Dealers

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Jeep, FCA, Assembly Plants, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Jeep Wagoneer, Large SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Detroit Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Holds Final Round to Select America’s Road Team

The Volvo VNL 780 donated to America's Road Team. Photo: Volvo Trucks

The American Trucking Associations is currently in the final round of the America’s Road Team selection process, which includes evaluation of candidates by industry veterans.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Truck Drivers, Competition, America's Road Team

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reviews 2016 Expansion

Photo via Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J announced that in 2016 the company expanded the number of Pilot and Flying J stores by 58 locations, particularly in the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: New Facility, Pilot Flying J, Truck Stops

January 8, 2017 - Industry News

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford F-150, Diesel Engines, Ford, Large Pickups, Detroit Auto Show, 2018-MY

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

Norm Ellis Photo courtesy of EROAD

Fleet management technology provider ERoad has named industry veteran Norm Ellis as the company's president.

Tags: Leadership, People, ELDs, ELD Mandate, ERoad

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Celebrates Veterans With Custom Trailer Mural

Photo courtesy of Contract Transport Services

Green Bay, Wis.-based trucking company Contract Transport Services has decorated a full box trailer with a military recognition mural to honor the company’s veteran employees and all veterans in the area.

Tags: Trailers, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Contract Transport Services

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Developing SuperTire for Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II Project

Super-low-rolling-resistance tires will still have to meet customer expectations for mileage and retreadability.<br />Photo by Jim Park

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf tire, the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II team is bringing Bridgestone on board to develop an ultra-low rolling resistance tire. The goal is a 30% reduction in rolling-resistance which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

Tags: Cummins, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, SuperTruck, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Infrastructure, Speed Limits

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Could New Administration, Congress Scuttle GHG Phase 2 Rule?

Photo: Jim Park

Could the incoming administration or Congress deep-six the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rule? ATA's Glen Kedzie says it's entirely possible, but he cautions to "be careful what you ask for."

Tags: GHG, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Regulations

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Continues to Help Employers Add Jobs

The for-hire trucking industry was partly to thank for the 156,000 non-farm jobs additions in the U.S. during December, according to new Labor Department figures. A separate report shows manufacturing remains healthy despite small declines in new orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Element Purchases The CEI Group

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Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Great Western Leasing and Sales Acquires Albuquerque Dealer

Heil Stainless Steel trailer. Photo via Heil Trailer

Great Western Leasing and Sales is buying Quality Trailer sales, a full-service trailer dealership based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Doonan, Heil Trailer

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

Photo: Tom Berg

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to realize a solid increase in December, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

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

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Stemco Names New Senior Level Staff Members

Commercial vehicle component manufacturer Stemco has announced the promotions of Jim Reis and Doug Hix to senior-level staff positions.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stemco

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