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January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: California, NOx, diesel engine exhaust

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Outlook Shows Continued Slow Growth in 2016

LAS VEGAS -- The economy is expected to continue to expand at a pace slightly above trends for 2016, according to Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Speaking in Las Vegas at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Monday, Strauss talked about a number of factors affecting the economy and offered his thoughts on what we can expect for the year ahead.

Tags: Economy, HDAW

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Appoints New General Manager

Mark Iasiello Photo: Power Heavy Duty

Power Heavy Duty has appointed Mark Iasiello as its new general manager, the organization announced at its annual member meeting during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Leadership, People, Power Heavy Duty

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Cheap Oil Drives Down Diesel Price Again

Source: EIA

Diesel fuel prices at the pump fell again last week as the consistently low price of oil on the stock market lowered energy costs.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Beats Expectations, Covenant Numbers Mixed

One of the nation’s largest trucking companies reported improved earnings for the final quarter of last year and beating its expectations for all of 2015 while another publicly held fleet's latest three-month numbers failed to live up to its annual performance.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Swift Transportation, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Acclaimed for Leadership Program

Brooke Willey and Dave Rusch spent the last several years building a leadership development program for CRST that has been key to the company's growth. Photo Credit: Corridor Business Journal

CRST International has been named a Top 10 Best Private Company for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, CRST

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Historic Snow Storm Pummels East Coast

Photo courtesy of District of Columbia.

More than 2 feet of snow fell along the East Coast and middle Atlantic regions over the weekend, leading transportation agencies to work around the clock to clear snow and ice, while closing highways and streets in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

Tags: Snow Removal, Winter Driving, Washington D.C., New York City, Winter

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Tests Icy Road Warning Sensors

Photo via Solar Bright

The Iowa Department of Transportation is currently testing road sensors designed to detect and warn drivers of icy road conditions to prevent accidents caused by slippery winter roads.

Tags: Winter Driving, Department of Transportation, Iowa, Winter, Road Safety

January 25, 2016 - Product News

HDA Truck Pride Partners on Aftermarket Telematics

HDA Truck Pride has partnered with trucking telematics and fleet management solutions company iMatics to produce an aftermarket telematics program designed to help fleets and independent repair facilities.

Tags: telematics, Fleet Management Software, Aftermarket, HDA Truck Pride, Parts and Service

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Expands Super Duty Chassis Cab Production

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant will produce its 2017 F-Series Super Duty chassis cab for its next generation Super Duty trucks that will shed up to 350 pounds in an aluminum-intensive redesign.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-Series, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Price Drop Causes Natural Gas Truck Sales to Slip

Gold Standard Transportation converted its OTR trucks to CNG. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

With falling fuel prices, U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales had a slower 2015 compared to the previous year.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

2015 A Banner Year for Trailer Shipments

Last year was the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history, edging out the previous record set in 1999.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

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, Ford F-150 Raptor

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

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