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February 24, 2016 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Poised for Spring Thaw

Shippers and brokers posted more loads on the spot market for the week ending Feb. 20 while the number of available trucks moved slightly lower, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards, but rates held steady during the time of year they usually gain at least a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Hino Strikes Deal for Diesel Treatment Equipment

Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (CTDi) has agreed to supply Hino Motors, Ltd. with its DuraFit diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) for Hino’s North American dealerships.

Tags: Clean Diesel Technologies, EPA, Hino, Truck Dealers

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Moves Forward With Focus on Brand, Uptime, Technology

Goran Nyberg talks to reporters at a roundable Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The recent reorganization of Volvo Group along brand lines should be pretty seamless to North American customers in the short term, according to executives at a briefing for reporters Wednesday, but expect advances soon in powertrain technology and tests of connected vehicle technology and platooning.

Tags: Truck Sales, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Predictive Analytics, Volvo Trucks North America

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Capacity Hurts Truckload Rates, Low Fuel Prices Hit Intermodal

Truckload rates grew at a weaker pace for the fifth consecutive month in January, according to newly released numbers, while intermodal rates are expected to continue a drop that started a year ago.

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

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Weak Used Class 8 Demand Drives Up Inventory

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research said the Used Class 8 truck market was mixed in January with a significant decrease in sales coupled with falling mileage, increasing average age and flat pricing.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Names Highway Hero Finalists

This year's Highway Hero Finalists. Left to right, Mark Cavanagh, Dorian Cole, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Tire & Rubber will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award on March 31, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 23, 2016 - Product News

Bridgestone, Shell Launch Lubricants Program

The program makes Pennzoil and Quaker State motor oils and Shell Rotella engine oils available to the Bridgestone Affiliated Retailer Nationwide Network.

Tags: Shell, Bridgestone, Shell Rotella, Lubricants, Motor Oil

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Drop Tied to Excess Inventories

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4% in January following a flat December reading.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

February 23, 2016 - Global News

Mercedez-Benz OKs Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Biodiesel for Trucks

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has approved an alternative biodiesel fuel known as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for its trucks with heavy-duty (OM 470 or OM 471) engines as well as medium-duty (OM 936 or OM 934) variants.

Tags: Biodiesel, Mercedes-Benz, Alternative Fuels, Daimler, Global

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Reports Raise Concerns About a Recession

A glimmer of hope that U.S. manufacturing was starting to rebound at the start of the year may have been quickly been dashed, leading to increasing concerns about the state of the overall economy, while separate reports show consumers don’t feel as good as they did last year, but they are still in the mood for home buying.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Sales

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Element Hires IT Consultancy Firm

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has hired Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a Santa Clara, Calif., global information technology firm.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Companies, Consultants, Element Financial

February 23, 2016 - Product News

Telogis App Separates Personal Use from Business Mileage

Screenshots via Telogis.

Telogis has introduced Logbook, a mobile app that lets drivers track and organize miles driven for personal or business use, the telematics provider announced at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 23.

Tags: Personal Use, Telogis, Mobile Apps, Mileage Reports

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

North American Fleet Partners with Petro-Canada Lubricants

Photo: Challenger

Privately-owned Canadian fleet Challenger has chosen Petro-Canada Lubricants as its exclusive heavy-duty engine oil provider as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.

Tags: Canada, Oil, Partnership, Petro-Canada Lubricants

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Image: Congressional Budget Office

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

Tags: Highway Funding, Congressional Budget Office, Highway Trust Fund

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices See Very Slight Uptick

For the first time this year, the average price of diesel fuel increased slightly, driven by a rebound in crude oil prices on the stock market.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 22, 2016 - Press Release

Kenworth Hands Out Dealer Awards

Papé Kenworth was awarded the 2015 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award at the awards banquet. Photo: Kenworth

Papé Kenworth received the 2015 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award for the U.S. and Canada at the Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in San Diego, Calif.

Tags: Kenworth, Awards, Dealers

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Seeks 2017 America’s Road Team Members

American Trucking Associations has officially opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Community Outreach, Image

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

Hino Opens Parts Center to Support West Coast

A ceremony marked the opening of Hino's parts distribution center in Ontario Calif. Photo: Hino Trucks

Hino Trucks has opened a parts distribution center and training center in Ontario, Calif., as part of an expansion of its U.S.-based operations.

Tags: New Facility, Hino Trucks, Parts, Distribution

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Cuts Clean Cities, Boosts SuperTruck

Photo: Stephane Babcock

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed 2017 budget would sharply cut funding to the Clean Cities program and add new funding to an initiative seeking to improve the fuel efficiency of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Clean Cities, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants, SuperTruck, Class 7

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Strategic Programs Co-Founder Rim Yurkus Has Died

Rim Yurkus Photo: Strategic Programs

Rim Yurkus, co-founder, president and CEO of Strategic Programs, died last month, according to representatives of his company.

Tags: Research, Obituary, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Trend Analysis

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Makes a Return, Leading Indicators Down Again

Consumer prices are heading higher, according to new U.S. Labor Department numbers, increasing speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Leading Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve, Interest

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Multiple Failed Drug Tests

Following an accident in January a driver, who had failed multiple drug tests in the past, refused to take another drug test. The FCMSA subsequently declared him an imminent hazard.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard, Drug Charges

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Despite Drop, Trailer Orders Meet FTR's Expectations

Net U.S. trailer orders for January hit 17,900 units, down 30% from the month before and down 37% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Nearly 59,000 Bridges Listed as Structurally Deficient

Photo: NTSB

There are still 58,500 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., according to a review of the 2015 National Bridge Inventory database conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Road Safety, Bridges

February 18, 2016 - Product News

Mitchell 1 Updates Noregon JPro Interface

The update gives technicians access to TruckSeries, the latest version of Mitchell’s repair information for Class 4-8 trucks.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Mitchell 1, JPRO, Software Integration

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