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March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Hendrickson Introduces “Shockless” Air Suspension: ZMD Ride Technology

ZMD air springs integrate the damping function traditionally performed by the shock within the air spring itself by exchanging pressurized air through channels interconnecting the bellows and piston of this patent-pending air spring.

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems launched Zero-Maintenance Damping ride technology at a MATS press event, and the technology is available exclusively through Hendrickson beginning the first quarter of 2013.

Tags: Hendrickson, Trailer suspension, Suspensions

March 21, 2013 - Industry News

House Leaders Ask LaHood to Delay HOS Rule for Three Months

A bipartisan group of House transportation leaders is asking Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to postpone the effective date of the new hours of service rule.

Tags: Hours of Service

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Engine Business Restructures for Better Alignment

LOUISVILLE -- Cummins has been restructuring its engine business, moving from a product-centric organization to a structure based on customers and markets.

Tags: Cummins, Leadership, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Spicer Introduces Fuel-saving AdvanTEK 40 Tandem Axle

Dana Holding Corporation unveiled a new 40,000-lb tandem at the Mid-America Trucking Show aimed at a variety of Class 8 applications. The new design is said to increase fuel economy, improve reliability, reduce vehicle weight, and decrease total ownership costs.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Spicer, Mid-America Trucking Show, Advantek40

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth Launches T880 Vocational Truck, Adds Regional T680

Kenworth's newest vocational model, the T880, unveiled in Louisville, KY yesterday.

Kenworth today unveiled its latest vocational model, the T880. Numerically, the T880 is the next generation of the venerable T800, but Kenworth has no immediate plans to retire that workhorse.

Tags: Kenworth, T800, Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, T880, T680

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt Debuts New Vocational Truck, Interiors, Sleepers, More

New Model 567 vocational trucks from Peterbilt.

Peterbilt made a slew of announcements Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show, including a new version of one of its highway tractors and a new vocational model.

Tags: Peterbilt, Vocational, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Transport Conditions Worsen for Shippers, Improving Rate Prospects for Truckers

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for January slipped an additional two points since the previous report, falling to a negative 7.1, reflecting deteriorating conditions for shippers in the early months of 2013. Translated, it means that motor carriers and other transportation providers have more clout to obtain rate increases.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Shippers

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Makes Quiet Press Announcements at MATS

Truck and engine maker Navistar International on Wednesday made a decidedly lower-key appearance before the trucking press, in contrast to last year’s event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville that featured much pomp and circumstance.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, SCR, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Cuts Number of Layoffs on Strong First Quarter

Daimler Trucks North America announced it is laying off only half of the staff previously announced, on the heels of a strong first quarter and improving economic signals.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces New Head of Marketing, Commercial Tire Division

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced a new vice president of marketing for its commercial tire division, effective March 1.

Tags: Bridgestone, People

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Bendix Warns About Friction and Shorter Stopping Distance Technology

Bendix engineers are warning truck owners that if they aren't careful about the choice of replacement friction new trucks designed to meet the latest stopping distance requirements, they could negate the improved stopping distance that was designed into the trucks.

Tags: Bendix, Brakes, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Showcases 2013 Engines, New Features

Cummins will have its new 2013 engine line up at this year's Mid-America Trucking show, boasting 2% better fuel economy, along with some new gearing recommendations to increase fuel economy and lower operating costs.

Tags: Cummins, ISX15, ISX12, Mid-America Trucking Show, Engines

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Gabriel Signs New Master Distributors for Fleetline and GasSLX Products

The Original Gabriel (Ride Control LLC), which makes light vehicle and heavy-duty OE and aftermarket shocks and struts, has signed agreements with four new Master Distributors of its Fleetline and GasSLX products

Tags: Aftermarket, FleetPride, Shocks

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Monarch Beverage Commits To CNG Kenworth T440s

Monarch Beverage runs Kenworth T440s powered by CNG.

As Fred Dufour looks out at Monarch Beverage’s diesel fueling station, he knows that in only a couple of years, it will nearly be all gone. “The need for diesel, that is,” Dufour said. “Every year, our fleet of trucks consumes nearly 1 million gallons of diesel, but in 2015, we’ll be using less than 100,000 gallons. We’ll be doing our part in reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while reducing greenhouse gases by 1,500 tons per year.”

Tags: Kenworth, Natural Gas Vehicles, Monarch Beverage Company

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

University of the Aftermarket Offers “Aftermarket 101” for New Aftermarket Employees

The University of the Aftermarket will present its “Aftermarket 101” program at Federal-Mogul headquarters in Southfield, Mich., May 29-30.

Tags: Aftermarket

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Solutions Opens New Locations

Cascade Sierra Solutions announced its newest Green Truck Center location in Dallas, Texas. Its staff will provide educational outreach and financial services to commercial trucking businesses.

Tags: Expansion

March 20, 2013 - Industry News

Food Paradise to Feature Iowa 80 Kitchen

Iowa 80 Kitchen, the full-service restaurant inside the the Iowa 80 TA Truckstop, located in Walcott, Iowa, will be featured on the Travel Channel’s show Food Paradise, being renamed Truck Stop Paradise for this episode.

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Edged Higher In February

The American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.6% in February, marking the fourth straigth month of increases -- which hasn't happened since late 2011.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage Index

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Give America's Infrastructure a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers says the state of America's infrastructure rose slightly, going from a D in 2009 to a D+ in its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, and projected a $1.5 trillion funding shortfall by 2020 based on current funding levels.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Bill To Increase Truck Weight Passes In Idaho

Lawmakers in Idaho’s House voted almost unanimously on Monday in favor a bill to make permanent a 10-year pilot project that allows trucks up to 129,000 pounds along 35 southern routes in the state.

Tags: Idaho, Truck Weight

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Tens of Thousands Heading to Mid-America Trucking Show

An estimated 70,000 people, from fleet executives and truck drivers to the trucking press and the local public, are expected to converge on Louisville, Ky., this week for the 42nd annual Mid-America Trucking Show March 21-23.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Events

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Makes Investment in DEF Pumps

Pilot Flying J now offers diesel exhaust fluid at the pump at 3,000 fuel lanes across the U.S. Pilot Flying J first started offering DEF at the pump in 2009. The company has now invested more than $165 million in expanding its network of DEF at the pump.

Tags: DEF, Pilot Flying J

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Great Dane Trailers, Daimler and Kenworth Trucks

Great Dane Trailers is recalling certain model year 2011 Dry Freight semi-trailers. Welds at the bottom of the I-beam bogie frame may have been improperly applied.

Tags: Kenworth, DTNA, Recalls, Great Dane

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust, Sets Aside $2 Billion to Fund Alt-Fuel Transportation Research

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15, where he described his proposal for a new U.S. Energy Security Trust. The Trust would set aside $2 billion from revenues from oil and natural gas production on domestic, publicly owned land over a 10-year period.

Tags: Argonne National Laboratory, Alternative fuel vehicles

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Declines Despite Oil Creeping Higher

The average U.S. cost of diesel has fallen for the third straight week, according to new figures released Monday by the U.S. Energy Department.

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

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