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June 26, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first, and will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Barack Obama, Fuel and Oil, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Downward for First Quarter

The U.S. economy grew less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, thanks to lower consumer spending numbers and fewer exports, but the final GDP number is still an improvement over the previous quarter.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending, Exports

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve UPS Contract But Not at UPS Freight

UPS employees represented by the Teamsters Union have voted to approve a new contract at the company’s parcel operation while those with UPS Freight have voted against a new agreement.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Quick, Nimble Compact Van to Commercial Truck Line

Styling includes a grille that’s clearly from Nissan. Under the hood is a 2-liter inline-4 that makes 131 hp and 139 lb-ft.

There’s another small van in town. It’s called the NV200 Compact , and Nissan Commercial Vehicles wants you to buy it instead of a Ford Transit Connect or any other compact vehicle you might be considering to deliver goods and services.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Compact Cargo Vans

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Expo Panel Discusses Slow Adoption for Alternative Fuels

Despite all the publicity and development of new products from truck and equipment manufacturers, especially for natural gas, trucks that run on gases and liquids other than diesel and gasoline are still a small minority of all those being bought in recent years, acknowledged panelists at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, which runs this week in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Natural Gas, Propane Autogas

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

TA says starting next year it will offer liquified natural gas fueling stations for trucks like this new Kenworth available to rent from Paclease.

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “The math is close enough and we’re moving on,” said O’Brien Tuesday in an assertive message to hundreds of fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, TravelCenters of America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo, Natural Gas

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Launches Truckers for Safety Campaign

A national association representing professional truckers has launched a new campaign to address the biggest safety gap in the trucking industry: the lack of basic training standards for new drivers.

Tags: OOIDA

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing Orders 100 Compressed Natural Gas Tractors

Penske Truck Leasing announced it has ordered 100 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Penske Truck Leasing

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Marks 30-Year Anniversary

In the spring and summer of 1983, Con-way Freight opened its doors as the newest entrant into the recently deregulated U.S. trucking market.

Tags: Anniversary, Con-Way

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Thermo King Pays Penalty for Violating CARB Pollution Laws

The California Air Resources Board has fined Minneapolis-based Thermo King $213,200 for violating terms of the conditional verification granted to its Thermo King eDPF, diesel particulate filter.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Particulate Filter, Thermo King

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pricing for Used Trucks Remains in Narrow Band

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks slipped slightly in May due to the retail market slowing 4% month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

President’s Plan Looks Beyond 2018 Heavy Truck Emissions Levels

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a speech Tuesday calling for tougher emissions for coal-fired power plants, President Obama also laid out what he wants when it comes to emissions from heavy trucks and the future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, Barack Obama, Fuel and Oil

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Long Beach Port Cargo Volume Hits Best Levels in Nearly Three Years

Photo: Port of Long Beach

New figures show container cargo rose by more than 17% in May at the Port of Long Beach, with some of the highest volumes in nearly three years

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Ports

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing Moving Forward at J.B. Hunt

More than 3,200 prospective drivers for J.B Hunt have been kept from getting behind the wheel due to drug screening efforts

Tags: Drug Testing, J.B. Hunt

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

New York Passes Amended Trucker Classification Legislation

A bill to more clearly define independent contractor truckers has received final passage by New York state lawmakers, but it does not endanger the owner-operator model as some say it earlier attempted to do.

Tags: New York, Owner-Operators

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods, New Home Sales & Consumer Confidence Up

The first look by the federal government at orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods in May shows conditions continue improving. More good news came from the housing sector and in consumer confidence.

Tags: Economy, Housing, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Reject New Contract With UPS Freight

Teamster union member employees of the freight operation UPS Freight have overwhelmingly rejected a new contract. Both sides head back to the negotiating table, with a July 31 deadline.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Line-X Purchases American Aftermarket Group

Line-X Protective Coatings announced the strategic purchase of leading automotive aftermarket supplier, American Aftermarket Group.

Tags: Aftermarket

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Cadec and Ortec Partner to Provide Integrated Transportation Management Solutions

Cadec Global, which helps companies stay connected to their fleets, and privately held global supply chain software provider Ortec announced that the two companies have forged a new agreement that enables Ortec to resell Cadec’s PowerVue software and On-Board Computers.

Tags: Cadec

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Mahle Clevite Inc. Relocates Headquarters

The Mahle Group recently relocated the Mahle Clevite Ann Arbor office to Farmington Hills, Mich., where it now joins the corporate Mahle family.

Tags: Relocation, Mahle Clevite

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Accuride to Add 30 Jobs for Manufacturing Expansion in Henderson

Accuride Corp. announced it is investing $5.8 million to expand its powder coating capacity with the installation of a new coating line at its steel wheel production facility in Henderson, Ky.

Tags: Accuride, Expansion, Wheels

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Orders Soft in May Against Strong April

New trailer orders of 15,660 trailers fell 30% month over month but the result was mostly due a comparison to a very strong April.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Jonathan Eilen Captures Best of Show at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

SuperRigs Best of Show winner, a 2007 Peterbilt 379.

Jonathan Eilen of Hampton, Minn., captured Best of Show honors with his 2007 Peterbilt 379 at the 31st annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held June 20-22 in Tomah, Wis. The winning truck also captured first place in the Best Engine category giving $10,000 to take home.

Tags: Wisconsin, Shell Rotella, Events, Shell SuperRigs

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar CFO Departing After Less Than Four Years

A.J. Cederoth has served as Navistar's CFO since September 2009.

Navistar International announced that Andrew J. (A.J.) Cederoth, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be leaving at the end of the month as part of a planned transition to a new CFO.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Average Cost of Diesel Falls for Fifth Straight Week, Gasoline Falls Again

The price of diesel has declined to a level not seen since late last July, according to the new weekly roundup of prices from the U.S. Energy Department. It has fallen 0.3 cents in the past week for a U.S. average of $3.838 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil, Ethanol

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