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July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that this year's Brake Safety Week will take place from Sept. 6 - 12.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Restored Mack Part of Evel Knievel Exhibit Tour

Knievel once used the rig to tour the U.S. and Canada. Found in a field in Florida, it was taken to Topeka, Kans., for restoration. Photo via Mack Trucks

The FS tractor, complete with red, white and blue interior to match the stuntman’s Americana theme, has a custom-built dressing room that sits like a long sleeper on the truck’s frame rails.

Tags: History, Mack Trucks, Restoration

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Profit 24% Higher Than Year Ago

Truckload and logistics provider Werner Enterprises reported record profit for the second quarter of the year on slightly lower revenue as it continues to make progress in implementing rate increases.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Fleet Earnings

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Test Site Opens for Automated and Connected Vehicles

Photo via University of Michigan

Navistar is the latest truck maker to get involved in autonomous vehicles, with its involvement in a project that aims to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021.

Tags: Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, Automated Driving, University of Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Slow in June, As Expected

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Orders for heavy-duty vehicles in June were slightly off May's pace, while a factory move helped drive medium-duty truck orders down during the month.

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

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for Two Consecutive Months

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued a now two-month-long streak of decreases

Tags: Oil Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Blossman's Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Blossman Services' propane-autogas-powered Ford Transit van, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, EPA Certification, Propane Conversion, Blossman

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van and Reefer Orders on the Rise

Trailer orders increased significantly in June to 26,700 units with better than expected numbers in the dry van and refrigerated van markets.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Bridge Collapse Closes I-10 in California

Photo: Cal Fire

A bridge collapse in Southeastern California has forced the closure of a section of Interstate 10 near the state border for an indefinite period of time

Tags: Flooding, Road Closure, I-10

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.

Tags: Underride, NHTSA, Straight Trucks, Regulations

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

North America Helps Drive Volvo Profit Higher

The parent to Volvo Trucks North America, Sweden’s Volvo Group, saw its second quarter net income double from a year ago, due in part to increased North American sales.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Earnings, Volvo Group

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

Housing Market Greatly Improved

Conditions for the U.S. housing market look better than they have in years, according to two reports released late last week.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Profit Inches Higher in Second Quarter

Photo by Jim Park.

J.B. Hunt Friday announced an increase in its second quarter 2015 net earnings to $103.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 88 cents.

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

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Positive, Consumer Confidence Down

Consumer prices increased in June from the month before, in positive territory for the first time this year, according to the U.S. Labor Department. A separate report shows consumers' feeling about the economy a just a little less hot than earlier.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Prices, Inflation, Consumer Sentiment

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Defense Signs Big Contracts With Canadian Military

Canadian military will get more than 1,500 "medium" 8x8 trucks in various configurations, including cargo, crane, load handling and mobile repair.

Contracts worth C$725 million include more than 1,500 heavy 8x8 trucks, 300 trailers and 150 Armour Protection Systems.

Tags: Canada, Military, Mack Trucks

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Sues Navistar, Says Some Engines Were Illegal

Because 7,750 engines were not fully assembled in 2009 but in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency says Navistar should have obtained an exemption in the form of a certificate of compliance, but didn’t.

Tags: Navistar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Engines, EPA 2010, Litigation

July 17, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt’s SmartLinq in Production

Peterbilt's new SmartLinq remote diagnostics technology is in production, a factory-installed system on all trucks equipped with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Peterbilt, Paccar MX Engine, Remote Diagnostics, Paccar

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Time Warner Cable's Diesel Transits Vastly Improve Fleet's MPG

Photo courtesy of TWC.

Time Warner Cable has begun replacing aging gasoline-fueled vans with diesel-powered Ford Transit vans that should improve fuel economy by nearly 50 percent, according to the company.

Tags: Telecommunications Fleet, Fuel Costs, Ford Transit, Time Warner Cable, Service Fleets

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Equalize Taxes of Alternative Fuels

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a highway and transportation bill that included a provision that would change how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels.

Tags: Taxes, Propane Autogas, LNG, Highway Bill

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

J&R Schugel to Offer Drivers EpicVue DirecTV

The satellite TV package will be available for as many as 150 company and lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Recruiting

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Emergency and Unit-Down Hours at 2 Facilities

Meritor announced that it is extending emergency and unit-down ordering hours at the Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ontario, Canada distribution centers.

Tags: Parts, Meritor, Distribution Centers

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipment, Expenditure Levels Mixed

The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, U.S. Congress

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Hydrogenics Building Fuel-Cell Truck with Calif. Grant

Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

The California Energy Commission approved $2.6 million in grants to Hydrogenics USA Inc., for an advanced fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network.

Tags: Hydrogenics, State Grants, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, California Energy Commission

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick Acquires Flanary and Sons Trucking

Photo via FAST Trucking

Maverick USA has acquired Church Hill, Tenn.- based glass carrier Flanary and Sons Trucking.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions

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