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May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets: No 'Doom and Gloom' Over Slowing Environment

Source: CK Commercial Vehicle Research

Recently surveyed truck fleets are not reporting “doom and gloom” despite a slowing industry environment and a desire for more freight by some, according to the Q2 CK Commercial Vehicle Research Fleet Sentiment Report.

Tags: Research, Survey, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

May 3, 2016 - Product News

Partnership Offers Combined CNG Vehicle and Fueling Solution

Photo: Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions

Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions and Mainstay Fuel Technologies have announced a partnership combining Spire’s fueling station offerings with Mainstay’s CNG vehicle fuel system business.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Mainstay Fuel Technologies

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Increase 7 Cents in a Week

Source: EIA

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel rose by nearly 7 cents last week, continuing a streak of rising prices since the beginning of the year.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Updates F-150's 3.5L Turbo, Adds 10-Speed

Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

The 2017 F-150 will arrive with a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed transmission to deliver improved acceleration and performance than the prior model, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Transmissions

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Recalled for Steering

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

The recall, which covers multiple models, will address a weld-related steering issue in nearly 4,800 pickup trucks and SUVs.

Tags: Cadillac, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Recalls, GMC Yukon, GMC Sierra, GMC, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Adds 2-Cylinder Engine to Hybrids to Boost Range

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

UPS has extended the range and improved the fuel economy of 125 of its hybrid-electric delivery trucks, the logistics company announced.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

Gross-weight hike is primarily for users of specialized bodies, said Mercedes-Benz Vans in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has boosted the available gross vehicle weight rating of its European Sprinter by 990 pounds, to 5.5 metric tons or 12,122 pounds. An increase is being considered for North American vans, said a spokesman at the builder's U.S. headquarters.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Euro VI, Sprinter, Global

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Accuride Losses Widen, Cummins Profit Declines

Lower North American truck sales led to lower financials compared to a year ago for two Indiana-based companies.

Tags: Economy, Cummins, Accuride, Earnings

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, The Trucking Alliance

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx Gets Final OK to Buy TNT Express

Image: TNT.com

Now that the government of China has approved FedEx Corp.’s intended acquisition of TNT Express N.V., the massive deal is on track to close by June 30.

Tags: TNT Express, FedEx

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Fred Meyer Calls for Up to 500,000 Gallons of RNG

Fred Meyer received its first LNG tractor in December 2014. (PHOTO: Clean Energy)

Fred Meyer Stores announced an agreement with Clean Energy calling for up to 500,000 gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for its fleet of 40 LNG trucks based out of its Clackamas, Ore., distribution center.

Tags: Fred Meyer, Clean Energy, RNG, Grocery Fleets

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Hawaii Gas Signs with Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Clean Energy, Hawaii Gas, LNG

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Remains Weak, Construction Strong

Two new readings of the U.S. manufacturing sector for April show the second quarter began with a slowdown in production and new business growth, while a separate report indicates construction activity is booming.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Manufacturing

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Americans Support Mileage-Based Fees to Fund Infrastructure

The majority of Americans would support road-usage fees to help fund transportation costs, according to a recent opinion survey by infrastructure solutions firm HNTB.

Tags: taxes, Survey, Infrastructure Funding, User Fees

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

DHL Report Scopes out Logistics Trends to Watch

Photo: DHL

Global logistics provider DHL explores 26 key trends it contends could the impact logistics industry in the next five to ten years, in the newly released 2016 edition of its Logistics Trend Radar report.

Tags: DHL, Logistics

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Opens Larger Distribution Center

PACCAR Parts’ new $32 million distribution center in Renton, Wash., is now fully operational. Photo: Paccar Parts

Paccar Parts has opened its new $32 million distribution center in Renton, Wash., which services dealers in the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada.

Tags: Parts, Paccar Parts, Distribution Centers

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ABF Parent ArcBest Moves to a First Quarter Loss

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight moved into the red in the first quarter of the year, according to its earnings report released Friday, as many other companies are also reporting weaker performances compared to a year ago

Tags: Economy, Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Low-Cab Forward Pricing Starting at $40K

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet 4500 Low-Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors.

The new trucks are offered in regular- and crew-cab body styles, with either a 6.0L V-8 gas engine, 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, or 5.2L turbo-diesel engine, all with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Tags: Chevrolet, Medium-Duty Trucks, Pricing, General Motors, Cabovers

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan's Gasoline Titan XD Goes On Sale

Endurance gasoline V-8s are made in Tennessee and Titans are assembled in Mississippi.

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab pickups powered by an advanced 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine went on sale April 15. The Titan XD Gas pickup joins the XD with the Cummins 5.0L Turbo Diesel V-8 released last December.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Stemco and Ridge Settle Patent Infringement Dispute

Stemco and Ridge have entered into a settlement and patent license agreement, dismissing Stemco’s patent infringement suit against Ridge’s GreenTail aerodynamic device.

Tags: Lawsuits, Patents, ATDynamics, Stemco, TrailerTail, Ridge Corp.

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Procede Software Names Chief Technology Officer

Procede Software has appointed Robert Stockfleth as its chief technology officer..

Tags: Leadership, Dealers, People, Procede Software

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Roundtable on Broker/Forwarder Financial Responsibility

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host what it calls an “informal roundtable” on the financial responsibility of property brokers and freight forwarders. The meeting is part of the agency’s appeal for public comment on this issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Brokers

April 28, 2016 - Product News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Available With DriverTech DT4000

Image via Cummins

The Cummins Connected Diagnostics application is now available to customers using DT4000 from DriverTech, an on-board computing system.

Tags: Cummins, Vehicle Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics, DriverTech

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises, Overall Value Declines

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: February 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking was only one of two transportation modes that carried more U.S. freight by value with NAFTA trade partners Canada and Mexico in February than a year ago, increasing 4.7%.

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

April 28, 2016 - Product News

Quick Fuel Supports QuickQ Cardless Payment System

Photo: QuickQ

Fuel services provider Quick Fuel will be using QuickQ’s Fuel Purchase System to streamline the fueling process at more than 50 automated fueling locations in the U.S.

Tags: Fueling Station, Quick Fuel, Electronic Payments

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