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June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Seeing Seasonal Improvements

Rates on the spot truckload freight market turned higher over the past week amid optimism the usual seasonal bump in the spring and early summer has finally arrived, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel, Crude Oil Prices Expected to Rise Again

Recent increases in diesel and gasoline prices have translated once again into expectations that costs for both will move even higher the rest of this year and into 2017, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Gulf Coast an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Gulf Coast Truck and Equipment Co., as an authorized dealer carrying the full line of East trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rebound, Biggest Jump in 2 Years

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2011 - April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of declines, the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry turned around in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, rising 1.3% from the month before, posting the largest increase since March 2014.

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for April was up over the previous month, but still not significantly better-- reflecting soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Fleet Input on Heavy-Duty Truck MPG

The American Transportation Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and ExxonMobil, has launched an online survey seeking the input of heavy-duty truck fleet managers on fuel economy and fuel usage.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, ATRI

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Installs Internal Electronic Trailer-Locking System

The Power In-Lock mounts to the inside of the trailer and is operated and tracked remotely by KLLM. Image via KLLM YouTube

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has announced that it is installing Power In-Lock internal locking systems on its fleet of trailers.

Tags: Security, Trailers, Cargo Theft, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Sleep-Apnea Comment Deadline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public-comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Telematics Offers Real-Time Diagnostics

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Ford will begin offering the Telogis-powered Maintenance Connect this summer that will allow fleets to connect their vehicles to a Ford service center and provide real-time diagnostics and preventive maintenance information.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Preventative Maintenance

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Evaluate Electric Powertrain for Refuse Trucks

LR chassis has a retrofitted Wrightspeed Route turbine-electric system instead of a conventional diesel or natural gas engine and transmission. Photo: Mack Trucks Inc.

Designed as an alternative to conventional piston-engine powertrains, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extending electric system that propels the truck and helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the companies said.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Wrightspeed, Refuse Trucks

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

HDMA Forms Commercial Vehicle Research Council

HDMA has announced the formation of the Commercial Vehicle Research Council, a dedicated research council to provide a forum for key trends and issues within the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry.

Tags: HDMA, Trend Analysis, Aftermarket, OEMs

June 7, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Hits Milestone With ACom Diagnostics

Technicians use Bendix ACom Diagnostics software to diagnose, repair, troubleshoot, and recalibrate components that form Bendix’s antilock braking, stability, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ ACom Diagnostics software hit a milestone recently, scoring its 50,000th download.

Tags: Software, Diagnostics, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

TBC Brands Expands Field Sales Personnel

Tire distributor TBC Brands has expanded its commercial truck tire team, naming David Smothers its field sales engineer and Dave Dugan as regional sales manager for the Midwest region.

Tags: Sales, Tires, TBC, People, Distributors

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Reports First Quarterly Profit in 3 Years

Orders for new HX vocational trucks and tractors are already at 70% of what was expected for the entire fiscal year, Navistar said. Photo: Navistar International

Strong parts sales offset slumps in other areas, but softening of the North American truck market will make continued profits doubtful, the company said.

Tags: Navistar, Financial Report, Earnings, Quarterly Report, Quarterly Earnings

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

TRB Website Details “Transformational Technologies”

Image: TRB

The Transportation Research Board has launched a special webpage devoted to what it calls "Transformational Technologies."

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, TRB, Transportation Research

June 7, 2016 - Product News

Accuride Launches Installation and Maintenance Video Series

Image: Screenshot from Accuride YouTube Channel

Accuride has launched a new series of how-to videos to help fleet maintenance technicians properly install and service the company’s steel and aluminum wheels and Gunite-brand brake drums.

Tags: Maintenance, Video Series, Accuride, Wheel Ends

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up 2 Cents for the Week

The average price of diesel fuel has risen by a few cents, continuing a trend toward rising energy costs in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

McNeilus and Agility Fuel Systems Strike Alliance

Photo: McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, and Agility Fuel Systems have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a comprehensive natural gas solution for North American heavy-duty fleets.

Tags: Agility Fuel Systems, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, CNG, Strategic Alliance

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shell Rotella SuperRigs Kicks Off this Week

The 2015 SuperRigs Best of Show winner Photo: Shell Rotella

The 34th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition is set to take place from June 9-11 at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center in Joplin, Mo.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Shell SuperRigs

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truck GHG Phase 2: Final Rule Could See August Release

Federal Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are a step closer to being finalized. Image: Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule for trucks and trailers to the Office of Management and Budget on June 3 for required regulatory review.

Tags: MPG, GHG, EPA, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo to Showcase Refuse Truck Models at WasteExpo

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America is showing off its lineup of refuse-focused truck models this week at WasteExpo 2016.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Events, Refuse Fleet, Volvo Trucks North America

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Cut 1,240 Jobs

DTNA has announced a workforce reduction across its North American production facilities, laying off about 1,240 workers in response to sustained reductions in truck orders.

Tags: Economy, Layoffs, Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Rule Requires Passengers to Wear Seat Belts in Large Trucks

Passengers riding in large commercial trucks will soon be required to use seat belts when the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts

June 6, 2016 - Press Release

Westman Freightliner Now Harrison Truck Centers

Effective immediately, Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership group with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is now named Harrison Truck Centers.

Tags: Harrison Truck Centers

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Diesel Silverado HD Improves Air Intake

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD courtesy of GM.

The diesel-powered Chevrolet Silverado HD will add an improved air intake system for the 2017 model year that pushes cool, dry air through a hood scoop.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2017-MY

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