May 4, 2015 - Industry News
April Class 8 truck orders were down compared to March as well as to the previous year, according to preliminary data, but the drop was not unexpected.
Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR, ACT Research
XL Hybrids has begun offering the 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit van and wagon equipped with its XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.
Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids
A recent fleet survey predicts that both Class 8 and trailer orders will improve in the second quarter over the January-March time frame. The survey was conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.
Tags: Class 8, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Trailer Orders, Heavy-Duty Trucks
The national average price of on-highway diesel keeps pushing higher, increasing 4.3 cents from last week to $2.854 per gallon.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Medical Examiners
New orders and shipments of factory made goods turned around in March, according to a new Commerce Department Report released Monday.
Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments
Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.
Tags: Road Salt, Snow Plow, Highway Funding, Winter
ArcBest Corp. on Monday announced it was back in the black during the first quarter for the first time in seven years, reporting first quarter net income of $700,000 or 3 cents per share.
Tags: Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.
May 3, 2015 - Industry News
Ford is re-introducing a gaseous prep package for its 2016 F-150 to enable bi-fuel or dedicated CNG and propane autogas use. The package was last offered with the 2014-MY F-150.
Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford, 2016-MY
May 1, 2015 - Industry News
Trail King Industries has acquired aluminum grain trailer maker Dakota Trailer Manufacturing expanding the company’s agricultural product line.
Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Mergers & Acquisitions, Agricultural Fleets
Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.
Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems
After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies have returned to work.
Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Independent Contractors
Ford has unveiled a configurator for its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks that have been redesigned for the 2016 model year.
Tags: Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford
An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.
Tags: Technology, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB
The level of manufacturing in the U.S. was unchanged in April compared to the month before, according to a new survey of the nation’s purchasing managers.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending
Trucking operator YRC Worldwide Inc. cut some of its losses the first quarter of the year, but was still $21.6 million in the red.
Tags: YRC Worldwide, Economy, Quarterly Earnings
April 30, 2015 - Product News
Mack’s mDrive HD automated manual transmission will handle most vocational duties with three programmable operating modes – Easy Shift, Enhanced Construction and Heavy Haul -- when it goes into full production in mid-May.
Tags: Vocational, Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions
April 30, 2015 - Industry News
California cities rank at the top of the list of the areas with the worst air pollution, according to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report for 2015.
Tags: American Lung Association, Air Pollution, Trends
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study
HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Awards, HDA Truck Pride, Technicians
In nearly 2,000 trucks, a front axle U-bolt may have been over-torqued – a problem that can eventually lead to steering control loss.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Hino Trucks, Hino 268, Hino 338, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Hino 238, Hino 258
Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time
Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue
Old Dominion Freight Line saw first quarter net income increase 36.3% from a year earlier, totaling $62.5 million, driven by expansion in its market share and a new record in first-quarter operating ratio for the LTL carrier.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings
April 29, 2015 - Industry News
Jeff Kahn, probably best known in the industry for his work at Ford Heavy Truck introducing the Ford Aeromax, has died at age 74.
Tags: Obituary, Ford, People, Marketing
Con-way Inc. on Wednesday announced first-quarter 2015 net income surged to $21.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, from $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share a year earlier.
Tags: Con-way Freight, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.
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