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February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler 2016 Profit Hits Record High

The parent company to names such as Freightliner, Western Star, and Mercedes reported the best year in the company’s history, and it's expanding investment in research and development, focusing on "digitization," autonomous tech and connectivity.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Quarterly Earnings

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates Milestones

1942 Freightliner Model 600 “Shovelnose photo courtesy of DTNA.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is set to celebrate a century of innovation with anniversaries of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star, and Thomas Built Bus brands.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Company Anniversaries, Daimler Trucks North America, 100th Anniversary, 75th Anniversary, 50th Anniversary

February 1, 2017 - Product News

Michelin and Bridgestone Also Increase Tire Prices

Photo: Bridgestone

Michelin North America and Bridgestone Americas Tires have both announced price increases for their tire lines as a result of rising material costs and other market conditions.

Tags: Michelin, Bridgestone, Tires and Wheels

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar, Celadon, C.H. Robinson, Roadrunner

Fleet earnings reported this week so far are varying widely, ranging from record numbers at one carrer to another barely eking out a profit, and one carrier delayed in reporting due to an investigation into its accounting practices.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, C.H. Robinson, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Celadon Group

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump ‘Freeze’ Only Technically Delays Driver-Training Rule

Photo: FMCSA

Thanks to a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued by the White House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “temporarily delayed” the effective date of its final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Donald Trump

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Puts New Cascadia into Production

Photo: Freightliner

Freightliner Trucks has begun production of its new Cascadia tractor, starting with 126-inch BBC Day Cab and 72-inch Raised Roof Sleeper Cab models.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Fairly Stable Despite Lower Freight Volume

Spot truckload freight volume continued a seasonal decline, falling 12% for the week ending Jan. 28 compared to the previous week, but overall rates moved little, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dart Transit Names New Executive VP & COO

James Langley Photo: Dart Transit

Truckload carrier Dart Transit has announced that James Langley has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, Dart Transit

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Photo of Commercial Vehicle Center interior courtesy of Ford.

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford, Dealers, Parts and Service

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Yokohama Increases All Tire Prices

The Yokohama 104ZR urban/regional all-position/steer tire (photo courtesy of Yokohama Tires).

Yokohama Tire Corporation will increase prices by up to 7% on all of its tires sold in the U.S., including commercial, off-the-road (OTR), and consumer. The increase will go into effect April 1.

Tags: Truck Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., Tire Prices

February 1, 2017 - Product News

Ridewell Approves Bendix Trailer Air Disc Brake For its Axles

Photo: Bendix

Ridewell Suspensions has approved the Bendix ADB22X-LT air disc brake for use with its 5-inch and 5.75-inch trailer axles.

Tags: Trailers, Bendix, Axles, Ridewell, Air Brakes

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Employment Help Launch Strong 2017

The U.S. manufacturing industry kicked off the year with its strongest performance in two years, according to a new report, while a separate one about the sector plus others regarding employment, personal spending and incomes all points to increased economic growth.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Employment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: 4th Quarter Profit for Volvo Jumps 86%

The parent company to truck and engine manufacturers Volvo and Mack on Wednesday reported sharply higher income for the final quarter of 2016. However, the Bulldog brand last year reported its weakest number of deliveries in several years.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Seeks to Quantify Trucking's Charitable Efforts

ATA's Chris Spear Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations has commissioned the American Transportation Research Institute to examine and quantify the trucking industry’s various charitable efforts.

Tags: ATA, Charity, Survey, ATRI

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Weighing the Value of Private-Label Aftermarket Parts

Image: Mack Trucks

The further we get from the engine, the greater the likelihood that fleets will use private label parts, contended Stu MacKay, president of market-research firm MacKay & Co., during a talk at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Parts and Service

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Announces 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For

Past representatives of the Best Fleets to Drive For. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriesEdge have announced the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For, made up of 20 North American for-hire trucking companies recognized for providing exemplary work environments for drivers and other employees.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ConMet Taps Ken Kelley for Top Sales Post

Ken Kelley Photo courtesy of ConMet

ConMet has named Ken Kelley to its leadership team as vice president of North American sales.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, ConMet, Suppliers

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Names James Reed President and CEO

James D. Reed has been named president and chief executive officer of USA Truck, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Electric Highway Tests Start in Sweden

This Scania Class 8 tractor can run on conventional diesel power, or connect to overhead wires and run on electric power at highway speeds. Photo: Scania

The 2-kilometer stretch of road features a dedicated hybrid truck lane with a Siemens conductive system with overhead electrical wires, very much like the systems commonly used on mass-transit street cars, buses and trains today.

Tags: Siemens, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Scania, Electric Road

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS Reports Loss, Paccar Earnings Fall

Despite increased revenue and freight volume, parcel delivery and trucking company UPS Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, UPS, Peterbilt, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Enterprises Quarterly Profit Falls 40%

Earnings for trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises Inc. took a bit of a dive in not just the final quarter of last year but for all of 2016 as it said it continued to make a significant investment in its business.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Fleet Earnings

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Down Slightly for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down by less than a cent, marking the third straight week of decreases since the start of the year

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 30, 2017 - Product News

Dayton Parts Adds U-Bolt Bend Product for Leaf Suspension Repairs

Dayton Parts has announced the Threaded Rod Midline System, which is designed to ensure the midpoint of a threaded rod to create a consistent U-bolt formation for replacement.

Tags: Suspensions, Parts and Service, Aftermarket

January 30, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Makes Bendix ESP Standard on T680, T880

Photo via Kenworth

The Bendix ESP electronic stability program has been made standard on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks, the OEM announced.

Tags: Kenworth, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, T880, T680

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