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January 22, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth 40-inch Sleeper Available for Order

Kenworth’s new 40-inch sleeper is now available for order with either the T880 (shown here) or T680. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has made its 40-inch sleeper available for order with either the T880 or T680, designed for a variety of applications.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T880, T680

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Housing Post Big Rebounds

U.S. manufacturers started the year with a rebound in output and new business growth, according to preliminary results of a survey released Friday. A separate report shows sales of existing homes were the best since before the Great Recession.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Season Begins with J.B. Hunt Profit Increase

Although many analysts are expecting generally lower fourth-quarter earnings for the nation’s publicly held companies, J.B. Hunt kicked off the earnings season for trucking on Thursday by reporting a 6% increase in profit.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, JB Hunt, Fleet Earnings

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Vipar HD to Sponsor Northwood University Intern at HDAW

Vipar Heavy Duty is sponsoring a Northwood University student intern during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, allowing him to participate in Vipar’s activities during the conference.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, HDAW, Distributors, Colleges and Universities

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Warns Rhode Island on Policing Truck-Toll Dodging

Map shows 11 of 14 proposed locations for truck-only tolls in Rhode Island. Image: RI DOT

The American Trucking Associations has weighed in on the battle over truck-only tolling in Rhode Island by cautioning the governor against banking on revenues from the proposed tolls that are “premised on truck restrictions that are currently disallowed by federal and/or state law.”

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Electronic Tolls, Bridges

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Stop-Start Standard for 2017 EcoBoost F-150s

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding auto stop-start as standard equipment on 2017 F-150 trucks powered by EcoBoost engines, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Large Pickups, Stop-Start, 2017-MY, Ford F-150, Fuel Efficiency

January 21, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Adds More HOS Rule Sets to ELog App

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates has expanded the number of Hours of Service rule sets in its mobile logging app to help fleets maintain compliance under the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Regulations, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Mobile App

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Kicks Off Jan. 25

The 11th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week is a gathering of the independent heavy-duty aftermarket industry. Set to begin on Jan. 25, it will offer educational programs, a product expo, peer networking, social activities and meetings for suppliers and distributors.

Tags: Aftermarket, Events, HDAW

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling: CSA Study in the Works

FMCSA's Scott Darling testifying before Senate panel on January 20.

The acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told a Senate panel that the mandated study of the effectiveness of the agency’s Carrier Safety Accountability scoring program is slated to begin next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Sleeper Orders Soared in 2015

The Class 8 sleeper segment saw its best sales and production numbers in history in 2015, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Assists Woman Who Crashed in a Creek

Steve Elliott Photo courtesy of TCA

Truck driver Steve Elliot of Phenix City, Ala., has been named a Highway Angel by the TCA for helping a woman search for her missing baby after she crashed her car into a creek.

Tags: Accidents, Truck Drivers, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Invests $22.7M in Freightliner Custom Chassis Facility

Photo: FCCC

Daimler Trucks North America is investing $22.7 million in Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. to expand facilities and improve operations in South Carolina.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Investment, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Daimler Trucks North America

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Secures EPA Certification for CNG F-150

Photo courtesy of Westport.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Westport Innovations' compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered 2016 Ford F-150 that the vehicle modifier will offer to fleets this summer, the company announced.

Tags: Westport Innovations, Ford F-150, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Equipment

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates, Available Cargo Plummet from Previous Week

After spiking at the start of the year, truckload rates and load-to-truck ratios on the spot market slid downward during the week ending Jan. 16, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Core Consumer Prices Up, Homebuilding Brisk

Inflation at the retail level is anything but a threat to the health of the U.S. economy with newly released figures showing a drop in the final month of 2015 while the housing market is expected to continue improving.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Names Long-Time Engineer its Marketing Manager

Kary Schaefer Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America has appointed Kary Schaefer as its general manager, marketing and strategy.

Tags: Freightliner, People, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America, Marketing

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices See Significant Weekly Drop

Source: EIA

Weekly average on-highway diesel and regular gasoline fuel prices saw significant drops last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 19, 2016 - Product News

SmartDrive: Software Suite Actuates Big Data in Real Time

Image: SmartDrive Systems

The SmartIQ Transportation Intelligence Suite is designed to take large volumes of data generated by commercial fleets and turn it into real-time actionable data, predictive analysis and prescriptive actions.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, SmartDrive Systems, Analytics

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Ends 2015 on a Strong Note

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in December, ending 2015 on a strong note despite an overall slow year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Final Rule Adds 96 Haz-Mat Special Permits

Photo: PHMSA

A new final rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration places an additional 96 hazardous-materials special permits into regulation.

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Return to Normal at Year's End

Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

January 19, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Trucks Plans Return to Iranian Market

Photo: Daimler

Daimler Trucks is setting the course for its return to the Iranian market, having signed letters of intent with its local cooperation partners Iran Khodro Diesel (IKD) and the Mammut Group.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler Trucks, Iran

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Point to Potential 2016 Improvements

Source: FTR

The November FTR Trucking Conditions Index jumped by more than three points to a reading of 8.64, possibly pointing to improvements for truckers in 2016, according to FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Hires Curtis Stoelting as President & COO

Photo: Roadranger Transportation

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has hired Curtis Stoelting as president and COO. Stoelting also has been appointed to the Cudahy, Wis.-based trucking company’s board of directors.

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Union Leasing Acquires Walser Leasing and Fleet Services

The sale did not include Walser Specialized Services, which provides acquisition services to car rental companies and commercial fleets.

Tags: Union Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Walser Automotive Group

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