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November 5, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Bill

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight, Rates Remain Mixed Proposition

Image: DAT

If you are looking to the spot market to move some freight, it remains a good news/bad news situation, based on recent numbers.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 5, 2015 - Press Release

Summit Truck Group Names CEO


Summit Holdings’ Board of Directors announced that, as part of the company’s succession plan, Justin Fink, currently president of the company, will also become Chief Executive Officer of Summit Truck Group in January 2016.

Tags: C-Suite, Promotions, Summit Truck Group, Summit Holdings

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Show Direct Drive Powertrain, UltraShift Enhancements

Urge to Move feature in an UltraShift Plus vocational gearbox allowed easy starting of this 125,000-pound GCW rig on 8 and 15 percent upgrades at Eaton's Proving Grounds.

The two companies collaborated on the latest version of the Smart Advantage powertrain, aimed at regional highway service.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Cummins ISX15, Automated Transmissions

November 4, 2015 - Product News

HireRight Adds Sleep Apnea Study to Driver Screening

Employee screening provider HireRight has launched a new sleep apnea study service as part of its screening offering for the transportation industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue, Screening

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Losses, Revenue Grow; USA Truck Profit Falls

XPO Logistics, which closed this week on its purchase of Con-Way Inc., reported more revenue but a bigger loss in its third-quarter earnings report, while the mainly truckload fleet USA Truck showed a smaller profit.

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar's International Launches Top Dealer Program

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

International Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the best performing dealers to customers.

Tags: International, Awards, Customer Service, Truck Dealers

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

Photo of NYC DOT T370 courtesy of Kenworth.

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: New York City, Connected Vehicle Technology, US DOT, Federal Grants

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Weight-Limit Hike Rejected by House

An amendment to the House highway bill that would have let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine, was voted down on Nov. 3.

An amendment that would have liberalized truck-weight limits was rejected on Nov. 3 by a vote of 187-236 during floor consideration of the highway bill by the House of Representatives.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Long Beach Switching Heavy Fleet to RNG From LNG

Photo of LNG-powered sweeper courtesy of City of Long Beach.

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has transitioned its heavier vehicles to run on renewable liquid natural gas (RNG) and is discontinuing the use of fossil liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and fuel costs, according to the agency.

Tags: RNG, LNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, Fuel Management, Street Sweepers

November 3, 2015 - Product News

Haldex Receives Paccar Supplier Award

Haldex is the recipient of Paccar's 2014 50 PPM Quality Award, the company has announced.

Tags: Paccar, Awards, Haldex, Suppliers

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Photo: Ram

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

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

November 3, 2015 - Product News

SmartDrive Expands Product Offerings

SmartDrive is offering two new product lines that allow fleets to select the level of video safety system that makes sense for their operations as part of what it's calling the SmartChoice program.

Tags: SmartDrive, Camera System

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Extends Beverage Fleet Lease to 10 Years

Photo of refridgerated Freightliner straight truck courtesy of Ryder.

Ryder System will begin offering 10-year full-service leases to beverage fleets to meet that industry's need for a longer lease term with trucks that accumulate less annual mileage, the company has announced.

Tags: Ryder, Truck Leasing, Food and Beverage Fleets

November 3, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers MX-11 Engine With Model 579, 567

The Paccar MX-11 engine with the Model 567. Photo: Peterbilt

The Paccar MX-11 engine will be available for Peterbilt’s flagship Model 579 and vocational Model 567 trucks beginning Nov. 13, the company has announced.

Tags: Paccar, Diesel Engines, Peterbilt, MX-11

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler: Tests Show Integrated Approach Ups Fuel Efficiency

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks found 14% reductions in CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy using a comprehensively optimized truck as part of the company’s Efficiency Run tests.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Fuel Efficiency, Daimler Trucks, Germany

November 3, 2015 - Global News

MAN Adds Light Commercial Van to Lineup

MAN Truck & Bus is teaming up with Volkswagen to add a new light commercial van to its product lineup, making the German-based company a full-range supplier offering commercial vehicles between 3 and 44 tons.

Tags: MAN Trucks, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN TGE, Global

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets to Test Westport's Natural Gas Injectors in 2016

Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations.

Westport Innovations Inc. has updated its roll-out schedule for its second-generation HPDI 2.0 natural gas vehicle engine injectors with plans to deliver the components to manufacturers in early 2016 and begin testing with fleet customers by the middle of the year, the company announced Nov. 2.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Westport, Fuel Injection

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall for Third Consecutive Week

For the third week in a row, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased, according the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 2, 2015 - Product News

500,000 Fleets to Purchase New Vehicle in 15 Months

Vehicle market analyst IHS Automotive has identified over 500,000 businesses operating fleets of up to 250 vehicles that are expected to purchase new commercial vehicle in the next 15 months.

Tags: Truck Orders, IHS Automotive, Small Fleets, Mid-Size Fleets

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Port Strike Ends in California

Photo: Teamsters Union

After five days of picketing, the most recent job action by port truckers has come to an end at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Independent Contractors

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Poindexter & Co. to Acquire Reading Truck Body

J.B. Poindexter & Co., parent company of Morgan Olson, is buying Reading Truck Body, which makes service and other bodies

Tags: Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets Expected to Match 2015 Equipment Orders Next Year

As many as 76% of fleets expect their upcoming heavy-duty truck orders to match what was purchased in 2015, with a few fleets planning an increase.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Truck Orders, Trailer Orders

November 2, 2015 - Product News

Power Heavy Duty Launches Improved Website

Power Heavy Duty's new website.

Power Heavy Duty has launched a new website with an upgraded design and improved functionality for members, supplier partners and end-users.

Tags: Website, Distributors, Suppliers


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