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April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Falls 20%, Marten Transport Unchanged

Profit for trucking and logistics provider Werner Enterprises Inc. fell 20% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2016 while refrigerated carrier Marten Transport Ltd. reported the same earnings as a year ago.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Promotes Christman to President of Operations

Navistar International has promoted Phil Christman to president, operations, responsible for procurement, product development, manufacturing and supply chain.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Now Offers 16,000 Pound Front Axle on Pinnacle

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks’ 16,000-pound front axle is now available for order on the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back and Axle Forward models.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Axles, Pinnacle

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Women and Men Leave Truck Driving Jobs for Different Reasons

Photo: Women in Trucking

A turnover survey of women drivers has found that dissatisfaction with tractors topped a list of reasons why the leave a carrier.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Women Drivers

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Deadline Imminent for Last Few Openings for Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

Photo: Scott Bain Photography

The deadline to apply for a spot at Heavy Duty Trucking’s new networking and education event, being held May 8-10 in Scottsdale, Arizona, is Friday, April 21.

Tags: Events, HDTX

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Details 'Versatile' New VNR Regional Tractor

Photos: Volvo Trucks

After unveiling its new VNR regional tractor, Volvo Trucks provided more details at the ExpoCam truck show in Montreal.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, New Vehicles, Regional Haul

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

Tags: Road Deaths, Accidents, Highways, Geotab

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Stertil-Koni Uses Drone Videography for Lift Demo

In the latest installment of “We Care,” the customer under the spotlight is Long Beach Container Terminal Corporation (LBCT), a leading provider of transportation and logistics services in and around Long Beach, Calif., the second busiest port in the United States.  (Image courtesy of Steril-Koni)

Steril-Koni's new video takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes look at LBCT and its utilization of Stertil-Koni’s latest super heavy-duty mobile column lifts – the ST 1130 – which have a lifting capacity of 29,000 pounds per column, or 116,000 pounds for a set of four.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, Mobile Lift, Video Series, Drones, ST 1130

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

International Reveals RH Regional Tractor; Designed with Driver Input

International RH Series regional-haul tractor. Photos: International Trucks

International Truck has launched the RH Series, a new Class 8 regional- haul tractor that the OEM said was designed with driver input to help improve uptime, visibility, and fuel economy over similarly equipped models.

Tags: International Trucks, New Vehicles, Regional Haul, Navistar

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Unveils VNR Regional Tractor

Volvo's VNR 300 regional truck launched in Montreal on April 19, 2017. Photo by Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America Wednesday launched a new regional truck, the VNR, to address what it believes is tremendous growth potential in regional and short-haul markets. Volvo says this truck will meet the needs of beverage haulers, grocery distributors, fuel haulers and many others engaged in local, regional and short-haul service.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Regional Haul

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Inks Strategic Partnership with China Truck Builder

CNHTC/Sinotruk HOWO A7 tractor. Photo: CNHTC

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp. Ltd. have agreed “to explore a strategic partnership to optimize fully automatic transmission technologies for the Chinese market.

Tags: China, CNHTC, Sinotruk, Allison Transmission

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Tiger Cool Express Announces Funding, Leadership Moves

Photo: Tiger Cool Express

Tiger Cool Express, an intermodal firm specializing in temperature-controlled freight, announced that it has received commitments for significant additional funding from private equity backers Tiger Infrastructure Partners and Barings.

Tags: Intermodal, axle, Tiger Cool Express, Refrigerated Trailers

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota to Road-Test Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

After teasing the concept late last year, Toyota Motor North America has announced plans to operate a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck in real-world use in Southern California this summer.

Tags: Toyota, Emissions, CARB, Port of Los Angeles, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Xantrex Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Freedom Inverter

Image: Xantrex

Xantrex produced its first Freedom Inverter 25 years ago for recreational vehicles, but quickly found a market for heavy-duty trucks with sleepers.

Tags: Xantrex, Inverter, Idle Reduction, APUs, Milestones

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA's New Senior Director Shares Goals

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NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, appointed George Survant as senior director of fleet relations. Through this position, Survant hopes to strengthen the partnership between the fleet community and NTEA’s core membership.

Tags: NTEA, Fleet Manager of the Year, New Hire

April 18, 2017 - Product News

Zonar to Take Asset Management Mobile

Photo: Zonar

Zonar has announced the Ground Traffic Control FieldView fleet management application for Android to help customers locate and navigate assets on mapping applications like Google Maps.

Tags: Asset Management, Zonar, Asset Tracking, Mobile Apps

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names VP of National Accounts

Richard Hoyle Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has named Richard Hoyle as vice president of national accounts, responsible for all national accounts activities in North America.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks, People

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion, State Grants

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Slips; Moderate Growth Forecast

Rough weather in March was to blame for depressed truck tonnage numbers in the month, according to the American Trucking Associations. Despite the drop, March’s numbers were still slightly better in year-over-year comparisons.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Source: ACT Research

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Weaker Numbers for Manufacturing, Housing

A measure of industrial production in the U.S. moved higher despite an easing in manufacturing, while the housing market also gave up some recent gains, according to reports issued Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Gross Domestic Product

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2017 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward-thinking in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, fuel economy, maintenance and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Launches Device-Neutral Connected Fleet Platform

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the rollout of its new connected fleet data platform, which allows it to connect its systems with virtually any truck and engine configuration or telematics service provider.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Penske Truck Leasing, Remote Diagnostics, Full-Service Leasing

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold to Buy Westport’s APU Business for $70M

Carrier Transicold has signed an agreement to acquire certain IMPCO road and rail transport product lines, including the ComfortPro auxiliary power unit business, from Westport Fuel Systems.

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Mergers & Acquisitions, Westport, APUs

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