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December 20, 2016 - Product News

TRP Parts Catalog Offers VMRS Navigation

Photo: TRP

TRP has introduced its new all-makes parts catalog on TRPParts.com, offering customers a more efficient experience by using the industry-standard Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards to search for parts.

Tags: Catalog, Online Tool, TRP, VMRS

December 20, 2016 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinters Recalled for Seat Adjusters

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall, issued by Midwest Automotive Designs, covers just 28 vans in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, NHTSA, Van Upfitting, Midwest Automotive Designs, 2016-MY

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Shows Significant Increase

Source: ATA

The American Truck Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index spiked 8.2% in November, recovering from a slight 0.3% dip in the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

December 20, 2016 - Press Release

Noregon Names VP of Sales, COO

Gilliam

Noregon has promoted Shane Gilliam to vice president of sales and Tim Bigwood to chief operating officer, Noregon founder and CEO Bill Hathaway has announced.

Tags: Noregon Systems, C-Suite, Promotions

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Set Company Record Opening Stores in 2016

Photo: Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops set a company store-opening record in 2016 by adding 47 new stores to its network of locations in 40 states.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Ends Fiscal Year with $97 Million Loss

Navistar reported losses for both its fiscal fourth quarter and full year. But it's optimistic about the future with its pending strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which has received U.S. antitrust approval.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Volkswagen

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Great Dane's Technician Training Program Accredited by ASE

Great Dane has received accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence for its service technician training program.

Tags: ASE, Technician Training, Technicians, Great Dane

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise for 3rd Straight Week

The price of diesel fuel saw significant increases for the third straight week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 19, 2016 - Product News

East Offers Hendrickson Trailer Air Disc Brake Option

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing will offer the Hendrickson Maxx22T Trailer Air Disc Brake with Dura-Light Hub as the preferred air disc brake package option for all its trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Hendrickson, Air Disc Brakes

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Powers Trailer Orders Past Expectations

Photo: Tom Berg

Trailer orders in November beat expectations by a wide margin due in part to large orders placed by large fleets, according to the latest trailer numbers from analysts at FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

State, Local Violations Top List of Citations in Safe Driver Week

State and local moving violations were the most common citations given to commercial vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Traffic Violations, Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Maverick USA Acquires Michigan-Based Marine Transport

Photo via Marine Transport

Maverick USA has announced the acquisition of the Au Gres, Mich.-based Marine Transport, expanding the company’s dedicated service offerings and service footprint in the boat and marine business.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dedicated Fleets, Boats

December 16, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Wingman Advanced Available to Order on Kenworth T270, T370

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for the Kenworth T370 medium duty truck in certain vocational applications such as aggregate hauling. Photo: Kenworth

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option on Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, T270, T370, Bendix, Collision Mitigation

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Overall Freight Shipping Levels, Rates Better than They First Look

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

While a measure of total U.S. freight shipments in October broke a string of being in negative territory for 20 months, November fell back while separate reports for the month show an improvement in intermodal rates for the second consecutive month while truckload linehaul rates turned lower.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 21-Month High, Other Indicators Strong

U.S. manufacturers reported a strong end to 2016, with business conditions improving at the fastest pace since March 2015. And separate reports show consumer prices are rising and housing remains strong, despite a pullback from a multi-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Parking Searches Can Cost Drivers $4,600 Annually

Truck parking availability is a top concern of the trucking industry and ATRI highlighted the anxiety that truckers feel through its Truck Parking Diary research findings.

Tags: Parking, Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Transports Wreaths Across America

Photo via Wreaths Across America

Several companies, associations and fleets in the trucking industry are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America cause, honoring veterans who have died by placing a wreath on their graves.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Christmas

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Wants Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to rehear a court decision regarding its lawsuit against the ELD mandate.

Tags: Regulations, Lawsuits, OOIDA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

America’s Road Team Captains Take on Weight Loss Challenge

Photo: ATA

Five of the American Trucking Associations' America’s Road Team Captains have been selected to participate in the Healthy Fleet 10 Pound Challenge to promote truck driver health and wellness.

Tags: ATA, Driver Health, America's Road Team, Driver Wellness

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Dana to Supply Axles, Driveshafts for 2018 Isuzu FTR

Dana - Spicer E-Series Steer Axle Photo: Dana

Dana Incorporated announced that it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck.

Tags: Isuzu, Low Cab Forward, Isuzu FTR, Dana Incorporated

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

December 14, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Makes 52-inch Mid-Roof Option Available for T680 Advantage

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s more fuel efficient 52-inch mid-roof sleeper Advantage Package for regional haul and less-than-truckload applications is available for order.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T680 Advantage

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Arconic Signs $450 Million in Supply Deals for its Alcoa Wheels

Photo via Alcoa Wheels

Manufacturing company Arconic has signed more than $450 million in long-term agreements, including a major deal with Paccar, to supply its forged aluminum Alcoa wheels to makers of commercial vehicles serving global markets.

Tags: Wheels, Aluminum, Alcoa, Arconic

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