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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

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange to Offer Networking, HDT Innovator Panel

There are a limited number of fleet spots still available for the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange, a new networking event that will bring together a select group of fleet executives -- including HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators -- and top industry suppliers.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Adds Safety, Performance Features to I-Shift on VHD

Paver Assist for the I-Shift on Volvo VHD model dump trucks helps eliminate bumps and disturbances in the pavement laying process. Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America has added new safety and performance features for the Volvo I-Shift for Severe Duty and I-Shift with Crawler gears automated manual transmissions.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Severe Duty, Paver, I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions

March 9, 2017 - Product News

ConMet Partners on In-Wheel Electric Drive

Protean's in-wheel electric drive solution. Photo: Protean Electric

ConMet and Protean Electric have formed a partnership to develop an electric in-wheel drive system as a hybrid-electric solution for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ConMet, Protean Electric

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Roadrunner Forms Temperature-Controlled Carrier

Roadrunner Transportation announced the formation of Roadrunner Temperature Controlled, combining two transportation providers, M. Bruenger and R&M Transportation into a single company offering temperature-controlled solutions.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, axle, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

March 8, 2017 - Press Release

SmartDrive Systems Appoints CTO

Ghanbari

SmartDrive Systems has appointed Ray Ghanbari as chief technology officer to help the company leverage video and data intelligence to transform commercial transportation with solutions that improve the efficiency, safety, and readiness of every driver, vehicle, and fleet, according to the company.

Tags: SmartDrive, C-Suite, New Hire

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, Alternative Fuels

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Port of LA Hosts Live Platooning Demonstration

Photo via Port of Los Angeles Twitter

Private and public transportation partners conducted a partially automated truck platooning demonstration in California Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along the Interstate 110 freeway.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, California, Ports, Intermodal

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rise as Volume Soars

Spot truckload freight volume jumped 17% for the week ending March 4 compared to the previous week while rates responded with the first week-over-week increase in national averages in more than a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 8, 2017 - Product News

Onboard Diagnostics Pitched as a Leveler for Natural Gas Trucks

Agility Fuel Solutions has introduced Blue iQ, a proprietary technology developed with Cummins to optimize fuel consumption and uptime through on-board diagnostics.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Titans of Tulsa-Themed SuperRigs Contest Set for May

Photo: Shell Rotella

The 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs meet will be held May 18-20 at the Exchange Center Expo Square in Tulsa Okla., with the theme of "Titans of Tulsa."

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

March 8, 2017 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates Load Tracking with Oracle TMS

MacroPoint has announced a partnership with Eminent Global Logistics, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member, to integrate its load tracking platform with Oracle Transportation Management solutions.

Tags: Macropoint, Freight, Integration, Asset Tracking

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain Steady

The Freight Transportation Services Index, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

While the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector was unchanged in January from December, according to a new Transportation Department report, it did manage a slight increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Alkane Explores Partnership with Cummins

Because of the overwhelming interest, Alkane has decided to include the option of a clean diesel fuel engine in its Dominator Class 7-8 series trucks. (Photo: Alkane Truck Company)

Alkane Truck Company is exploring a supply agreement with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc., to offer clean diesel engine options for Alkane’s line of heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles.

Tags: Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alkane Truck Company, Alkane Dominator, Alternative-Fuel Trucks

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar's President Baer Named CEO

Chris Baer Photo: Vipar Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty has successfully completed its leadership succession plan with the board of directors, naming company president Chris Baer as its new CEO effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, Vipar Heavy Duty, People

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Receives 2,000-Plus Letters of Intent

Photo courtesy of Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. announced it has received Letters of Intent from fleets totaling 2,150 of the Workhorse W-15 electric pickup trucks, from such companies as Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Clean Fuels Ohio.

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Takes Upfitting Online with Body Builder Portal

The Mack Granite dump model. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has introduced the Mack Body Builder Portal, which brings all of the company’s body-builder resources together in a single online location.

Tags: Upfitting, Mack Trucks, Online Tool, Body Builders

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

Photo: TransPower

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

Tags: Grant Funding, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, DOE, Electric Vehicles, Donald Trump

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash Names Final Mile and Distributed Services Exec

Kevin Page Photo: Wabash National

Wabash National has named Kevin Page as its vice president and general manager of final mile and distributed services.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabash National

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

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