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January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Year Strong, Housing Best in Years

The U.S. manufacturing sector had a solid start to 2017, with overall operating conditions improving at the quickest pace for nearly two years, according to a preliminary report from IHS Markit.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Home Sales, Home Building

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

New CNG Fueling Tech Cuts Infrastructure Costs

Photo of City of Long Beach's existing CNG fueling infrastructure by Thi Dao.

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling vendor has introduced technology it says significantly reduces the cost of installing CNG fueling infrastructure for a time-fill application.

Tags: Safelite AutoGlass, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations, Refuse Fleets

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Outlook for 2017: More of the Same?

The outlook for the U.S. economy is expansion at a pace around trend through 2019, according to Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Tags: Economy, HDAD

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall for Second Week in a Row

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down for the second week in a row, taking back some of the gains from the start of the year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland to Shift U.S. Production, Close Michigan Plants

The change will move manufacturing closer to its truck and trailer customers, the company said. Muskegon engineering operations will expand.

Tags: Industrial Production, SAF-Holland, Automotive Components, Manufacturing

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Proposes 4 Opioids for Drug Testing Panel

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel

Tags: Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack, to Discontinue 16-liter Diesel Immediately

The 16.1-liter Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 diesel are going out of production for lack of customer demand. Image: Volvo Trucks

Volvo says a general trend toward 13-liter diesel engines is a key factor in discontinuing D16 production.

Tags: Volvo, Diesel Engines, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Proposes Plan Reducing Emissions to 40% Below 1990 Levels

Photo: Tom Berg

The California Air Resources Board has released a Proposed Scoping Plan that sets new goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Tags: CARB, California, GHG Phase 2

January 23, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze Bypass Now at 2 Busy Ohio Weigh Stations

Image via Drivewyze

Drivewyze weigh station bypass service is now offered at two busy permanent weigh stations in Ohio, located on U.S. Interstates 70 and 71.

Tags: Ohio, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland to Close Michigan Plants, Consolidate Elsewhere

Manufacturing under way at SAF-Holland plant in  Bessenbach Germany. Photo: SAF-Holland S.A.

The change will also move production closer to its truck and trailer customer base, the company announced from its European headquarters.

Tags: production, Industrial Production, SAF-Holland

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Landstar Opens Large Facility to Support U.S./Mexico Services

Photo: Landstar System

Landstar System has opened a new, larger U.S./Mexico logistics service center in Laredo, Texas.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, New Facility, Landstar

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Finish Strong in December

Photo: Tom Berg

The trailer industry closed 2016 on a high note, with increases in dry van and reefer orders yet was down compared to November, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Hydrogen Stations to Reach 5,000 by 2032

Photo of hydrogen fueling station by Thi Dao.

Almost five thousand hydrogen fueling stations will be deployed globally by 2032, according to a report published by Information Trends, a market research company based in Washington.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Research, Trends

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Outlook for Freight Activity Seen as Improved

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Three measures of freight activity and spending were mixed, according to new figures, but the outlook for their performances has improved, according to Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

NAFTA Freight Value Up for Only Second Time in Nearly 2 Years

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFA freight flows by mode in November 2016 compared to November 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released figures show the value of cross-border freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors directly to the north and south increased in November for the only the second time in nearly two years, but trucking had the smallest gain.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

December Heavy Truck Orders Hit 6-Month High

North American Class 8 retail sales rose to a six-month high of 21,281 units and Classes 5-7 had another banner year, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Wholesale Truck Values Dropped More than Retail

J.D. Power publishes the NADA Used Car Guide, which includes commercial trucks.

Sleeper tractors lost about 30% of value at auction last year, say analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services.

Tags: J.D. Power, Retail Sales, Used Trucks, Auctions

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reports Higher Earnings, Revenue

J.B. Hunt Thursday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2016 and for all of last year, driven by growth in its brokerage and dedicated segments.

Tags: Economy, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Pick Questions Emissions Regs

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, questioned emissions regs during a Jan. 18 hearing and said he disagrees with giving California power to impose stricter standards.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Donald Trump

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Shell, Automakers Invest $10.7B in Hydrogen

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Royal Dutch Shell, Toyota Motor Corp. and four other automakers will invest 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) to accelerate hydrogen fuel in the coming years to combat climate change, the companies announced Jan. 18.

Tags: Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, Honda, Shell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Daimler

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Cheaper Renewable Diesel May be Possible With Modified Yeast

Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Engineers at MIT may have made a breakthrough in the production of renewable diesel fuels using a hyper-efficient version of a common food product, yeast.

Tags: Green Fleets, Renewable Fuel, Massachusetts, Renewable Diesel

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Veteran Added to ATA Legislative Affairs Team

Transportation veteran John Drake is the American Trucking Associations' newest senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, People, Capitol Hill

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar Appoints Senior Program Manager

Deval Joshi Photo courtesy of Vipar Heavy Duty

Deval Joshi will be responsible for developing supplier programs with Vipar Heavy Duty and its family companies

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, People, Distributors

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