April 18, 2016 - Industry News
Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.
Tags: Toyota, Assembly Plants, Natural Disaster, Japan
The price of diesel fuel rose last week for the second straight week, but uncertainty in the crude oil market could curb the increases.
Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices
April 18, 2016 - Product News
XL Hybrids, Inc. has introduced XL Link, a cloud-based data analytics system that measures key performance indicators, including MPG performance, and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions in fleet gasoline-electric hybrids.
Tags: XL Hybrids, Analytics, Cloud-Based Technology, Mobile Apps, big data
Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index
Purkeys has partnered with Maxwell Technologies to produce a portable jump starter called CAPS that's designed for heavy- and light-duty applications.
Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Jumpstarter, Engines, Purkey's Fleet Electric
The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.
Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY
The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.
Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities
Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.
Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight
J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its first-quarter profit increased 8.9% from a year earlier as revenue rose by 6%, thanks to volume growth, improved network operations, higher equipment utilization, lower maintenance costs and increased contract pricing.
Tags: Economy, 3PL, Intermodal, Earnings, JB Hunt, Dedicated Fleets, Fleet Earnings
April 15, 2016 - Industry News
Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.
Tags: Ford, Lightweighting, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty
"Much Ado About Nothing" might also serve as the subtitle of the long-awaited Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study that the Department of Transportation has finally released to Congress, almost four years after it was mandated to do so by the MAP-21 highway bill.
Tags: Truck Size/Weight
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that were improperly inspected and tested, and warned that the tanks must be re-inspected and retested before being used in hazardous materials hauling.
Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Testing, Hazmat, Tankers
Retail sales of U.S. and Canadian natural-gas powered Class 8 trucks improved modestly in February after getting off to a slow start in 2016, says ACT Research.
Tags: ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles
Mack Trucks announced it will invest about $70 million in its Lehigh Valley, Penn., truck assembly operations over three years “to further improve manufacturing quality and efficiency and modernize the facility.”
Tags: Mack Trucks, Assembly Plants
In response to demand from clients that use its de facto mileage calculations for paying truck drivers, Paragon Software Systems has updated its system interface with ALK’s PC*Miler routing, mileage, and mapping software.
Tags: Paragon Software Systems, PC*Miler, Information Technology, Software Integration
CIMC Intermodal Equipment has named Frank Sonzala, formerly with San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International, as its president and CEO.
Tags: Intermodal Chassis, People
SoCalGas has opened its 15th public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in western Riverside County, Calif., the utility has announced.
Tags: SoCalGas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG
Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.
Tags: Celadon Group, Obituary
Industrial production decreased for the second month in a row during March, adding another sign the economy sputtered in the first quarter of the year.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment
April 14, 2016 - Industry News
FlowBelow it's its first major deal with a Canadian carrier; says snow and ice proved not to be a problem when using the devices in winter.
Tags: FlowBelow, Aerodynamics, Canada, Truck World
The changes currently happening in technology and automation are likely to change trucking as profoundly as the development of the Interstate Highway System, predicted Noel Perry Thursday in FTR’s monthly State of Freight webinar.
Tags: FTR, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles
An electrical defect in a cab/sleeper heater-air conditioner has prompted recalls by the supplier and by the truck manufacturer that installed the units. An electrical defect in the wiring harness can create heat and the potential for fires, the manufacturers' notices say.
Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Recalls, Vehicle Fires, Bergstrom
An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.
Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than the demand for those trucks, according to ACT Research Co.’s most recent ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research
HDA Truck Pride and the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance have created the Aftermarket Distributors Alliance, designed to help both groups meet the needs of fleets running a variety of equipment types.
Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride
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