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March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Improves MidRange Engine Lineup for 2017

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine

Cummins announced improvements to its MidRange engine lineup for 2017 at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, including fuel economy improvements in the B6.7.

Tags: Cummins, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Updates Transit Van for 2018

Photo of 2017 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford added several new features and new optional equipment to its Transit full-size van for the 2018 model year, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Adds Electrification to Vehicle Modifier Program

Photo of XL Hybrids E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford has expanded its Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that install electrified and hydraulic hybrid systems so those vehicles will retain the factory powertrain warranty.

Tags: Ford, QVM, Vehicle Modifiers, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, Lightning Hybrids, Work Truck Show

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-650/F-750 Again Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Photo of (l. to r.) Ruppert, Fletcher, and Scholtes by Chris Brown.

Ford's F-650 and F-750 vocational trucks have been named the 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award for the second consecutive year, Work Truck magazine announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Ford F-650, Ford F-750

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Company Faces EEOC Lawsuit Over Veteran’s Service Dog

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against CRST Expedited for allegedly failing to accommodate a veteran with a service dog and then retaliating against the man.

Tags: Lawsuits, Veterans, CRST, EEOC, Hiring Veterans

March 14, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Increases Power, GVW Capacity on Procision Transmission

Image: Eaton

Eaton has increased the horsepower and gross vehicle weight ratings for the company’s medium-duty Procision 7-speed transmissions.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Work Truck Show, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet's New Medium-Duty Truck to Get Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission

Photo of Duramax engine assembly courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's medium-duty truck will pair a Duramax diesel engine with an Allison transmission and will arrive in 2018, General Motors announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Class 5, Allison Transmission, Class 4

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Lightweighting, Cabovers, Model 220, Work Truck Show

March 14, 2017 - Product News

Allison’s FuelSense 2.0 Allows Fleets to Improve Fuel Economy

Allison Transmission has announced FuelSense 2.0 transmission software, featuring DynActive Shifting, delivering up to 6% additional fuel savings beyond the original FuelSense software.

Tags: Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Allison Transmission FuelSense, Work Truck Show

March 14, 2017 - Product News

MiX Adds Support for More Cameras on In-Cab Video System

Photo: MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics announced an extension to its in-cab video solution, MiX Vision, adding two more cameras that can be mounted externally to increase coverage around a vehicle.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Summit Truck Group Locations Become Diamond Edge Certified

Summit Truck Group announced that 12 of its dealership locations have been recognized by International Truck as Diamond Edge certified dealers.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Summit Truck Group, Truck Dealers, Repairs, Uptime

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Winter Storm Stella Wreaks Havoc in the Northeast

Photo via NYS Thruway Authority Twitter

Winter Storm Stella has hit the Northeast, dumping snow in New England and freezing rain in warmer areas, and causing road closures along the East Coast.

Tags: Snow, Weather, Road Closure, Winter

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall after a Month of Increases

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. fell last week, breaking a month-long string of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Partners with NanoMech on Corrosion Resistant Products

Truck-Lite announced an exclusive partnership with nanotechnology company NanoMech Industries to produce a line of corrosion and oxidation resistant products.

Tags: Corrosion, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Electrical System

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu's Diesel Engine Durability Upped to 375,000 Miles

Photo courtesy of ICTA.

The B10 durability rating of the 4HK1-TC diesel engine that powers Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. cabovers has been increased to 375,000 miles, the company has announced at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Diesel Engines, Maintenance, Isuzu N-Series, Isuzu FTR

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Roadcheck to Emphasize Cargo Securement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will put a special emphasis on cargo securement in this year’s International Roadcheck inspection blitz, scheduled for June 6-8.

Tags: Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, Roadcheck

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Intel Acquires Self-Driving Tech Firm Mobileye

Photo courtesy of Intel.

Intel will acquire Israeli autonomous driving technology provider Mobileye for $15 billion under an agreement announced March 13 that brings the Silicon Valley chipmaker into the emerging autonomous-driving sector.

Tags: Intel, Mobileye, Autonomous Vehicles, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Joins the Trucking Alliance

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (also known as the Trucking Alliance), which promotes safety reforms such as collision mitigation systems and speed limiters for trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety, Swift Transportation, The Trucking Alliance

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Falls from Previous Month, Up from Year Earlier

Despite an increase freight volume during February, a measure of the total strength of the truckload spot freight market declined from the month before due to softer rates, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Trucks Start Arriving at Southern California Freight, Rail Yards

A BYD all-electric yard truck. The typical yard truck burns 2 to 4 gallons of diesel fuel per hour. Photo: CARB

The State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments. and partners at Daylight Transport and BYD Motors have announced the arrival of the first of 27 zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three disadvantaged communities in Southern California.

Tags: BYD, CARB, Grant Funding, Electric Vehicles

March 10, 2017 - Product News

Caterpillar Offers TrucBrush to Clear Snow from Trucks

Photo: TrucBrush

Caterpillar dealers are offering the TrucBrush attachment, designed to clear accumulated snow from truck, trailer, and bus rooftops.

Tags: Snow Removal, Caterpillar, Snow

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Selects Vonic Fleet Services as Service Point Partner

Photo via Vonic Fleet Services

Vonic Fleet Services of Anaheim, California, is now an approved service partner of the Meritor Service Point program.

Tags: Meritor, Parts and Service, Repair Shops

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cabovers, 2018-MY, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu FTR

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment Ahead of Fed Meeting

Job growth in the U.S. posted another healthy gain in February, according to a new Labor Department report, leading many analysts to predict an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve when it meets next week.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

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