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July 14, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Wins Another Journalism Award for Driver Dilemma Series

Heavy Duty Trucking has won another journalism award for last year's Driver Dilemma series, a regional Gold Award for Feature Series from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in its 2016 Azbee Awards of Excellence.

Tags: Awards

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Natural-Gas Truck Sales Recover From Slow Start in 2016

File photo

Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year.

Tags: Retail Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Veto of Truck Platooning Bill a Mistake, Says Industry Consultant

Both drivers steer in this test of a platooning system in the western U.S. In the Tesla car crash, the autopilot was in full control – though the driver should've intervened. Photo: Peloton Technology

Car and truck technologies are "completely different," and Missouri's governor erred is equating one with the other in his veto of legislation that would've allowed testing in that state, says a consultant involved in development.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Safety Technology, TMC, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Earns Hino Quality and Delivery Awards

Meritor Wabco has received the 2015 Excellence in Quality and the 2015 On-Time Delivery Performance Awards from Hino Motors.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Meritor Wabco, Awards, Suppliers

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Class Action Lawsuit Against Swift Re-Approved By Appeals Court

An Arizona Court of Appeals has overturned a previous superior court ruling, allowing a more than decade old class-action lawsuit against Swift Transportation to proceed.

Tags: Lawsuits, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Class Action Lawsuit

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Pioneering 3D Parts

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. (PHOTO: DAIMLER)

Owners of Mercedes-Benz trucks will soon be installing genuine plastic replacement parts that have been produced on a 3D printer.

Tags: 3D Printing, Parts Printing, Global

July 13, 2016 - Press Release

IronPlanet Adds Instant Financing Options

IronPlanet announced that buyers on IronPlanet, TruckPlanet, and GovPlanet can take advantage of instant express financing on equipment purchases when they want to bid.

Tags: Vehicle Financing, IronPlanet, TruckPlanet, GovPlanet

July 13, 2016 - Product News

International Rolls Out Predictive Cruise Control for Class 8 Trucks

Photo: International Trucks

International Truck now offers predictive cruise control technology on its International ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 on-highway trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, International, Fuel Economy, ProStar

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Surge Over Past Week Following Best Month This Year

Spot truckload freight rates showed either a big improvement or turned in a disappointment over the past week while a monthly gauge of the market reveals its best performance of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

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

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Greenkraft Offers Allison Transmission for Alternative Fuel Trucks

Photo: Greenkraft

Alternative fuel truck and fuel system manufacturer Greenkraft is now offering fully automatic Allison Transmissions on its medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenkraft, Allison Transmission, CNG, Propane Autogas, Transmissions

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Total For-Hire Shipments Rise Despite Trucking Decline

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2011 - May 2016. Graphic U.S. DOT

A U.S. Transportation Department measure of the amount of freight carried by the nation's for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in May from April, the second consecutive monthly gain, and is just 1.5% below the all-time high level hit in December 2014.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Chairman Receives 17th Halladay Award

Pat Thomas Photo: UPS

Pat Thomas, current American Trucking Associations chairman and senior vice president for state government affairs at UPS, has been named the 17th recipient of the J.R. “Bob” Halladay Award.

Tags: UPS, ATA, Leadership, Awards

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Okla. Reaches CNG Fueling Milestone

Photo courtesy of VNG.

Oklahoma has reached a milestone of having at least one compressed natural gas (CNG) station every 100 miles along its interstates in a private-public partnership that began in 2011, according to an announcement from NGVAmerica.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG Fueling Stations, Elected Leaders

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Gov. Vetoes Platoon Program After Tesla Incident

Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have established a pilot program for testing automated long-haul trucks using platooning technology.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Missouri, Truck Platooning

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Expected to Jump 15% Next Year

A new government forecast is calling for double-digit gains in diesel prices next year, although gasoline is expected increase by only half as much.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Adds CNG Pumps to Oklahoma Travel Stop

Photo via Love's Travel Stops

The Love’s Travel Stop in Guthrie, Okla., off Interstate 35, is now offering Fast-Fill compressed natural gas for heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 12, 2016 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates with 3PL Systems' BrokerWare TMS

MacroPoint has announced an integration with transportation management system software provider 3PL Systems to help automate certain processes between shippers and brokers.

Tags: 3PL, Macropoint, Shippers, TMS, Brokers, Software Integration

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Index Shows Less Competitive May for Intermodal Market

Photo: Jim Park

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index dropped in May reflecting a domestic intermodal sector that is still experiencing somewhat difficult competitive conditions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, FTR

July 12, 2016 - Product News

Bestpass Brings More Features to its Online Portal

Screenshot via Bestpass

Bestpass has launched a new version of its web portal at my.bestpass.com, allowing customers to more efficiently manage their fleets and access advanced tolling and trucking analytics and reporting.

Tags: Tolls, Toll Management Program, Bestpass

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Expect Increase In Retail Imports

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see a small-but-significant increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season, then see a larger wave in late summer and fall for the holiday shopping season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Ports, Port Trucking

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Vans Granted Voucher Eligibility in Calif.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Fleets who deploy XL Hybrids vans for delivery or service uses in California can now defray the cost of the conversion with a $2,500 voucher, the company has announced.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Full-Size Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Water Intrusion Affected Engine Control Modules, Prompting Cummins Recall

A masking mistake during pre-paint washing of assembled Cummins ISX12 and ISX15 diesels has resulted in electrical shorts and stalling problems with some of them, requiring a recall of 5,439 of the heavy-duty models.

Tags: Recalls, Cummins ISX12, Cummins ISX, Cummins ISX15

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

2017 F-150's Turbo V-6 Adds Power

Photo of 2017 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 courtesy of Ford.

The new turbo V-6 Ford is adding to the 2017 F-150 will provide even more power than initially expected, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups, Turbocharging

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler’s Adjusted Earnings Beat Forecasts

The second quarter earnings season got underway on Monday with Daimler AG unexpectedly releasing numbers showing its adjusted earnings in the second quarter of the year are “significantly above market expectations” – but the news did not carry over into its truck operations.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall Slightly for the Third Week in a Row

The average price of diesel fuel dropped by nearly 1 cent last week, the fourth straight week of small price decreases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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