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April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Names President, CEO

Marc Llistosella, new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Company. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Marc Llistosella has succeeded Albert Kirchmann as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation, the Japanese parent of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Tags: Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, People, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, C-Suite

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rihm Kenworth Expands to Twin Cities Region

The Rihm Parts and Service facility in St. Elmo, Minn. Photo: Rihm Kenworth

Rihm Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Lake Elmo, Minn., to provide expanded service support to customers and truck operators in the Twin Cities metro area.

Tags: Minnesota, Dealership, Rihm Kenworth, Parts and Service

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

New Paint Color Developed for Kenworth Trucks

Photo of Kurt Swihart, Kenworth's Director of Marketing with the T680 painted in Imron Elite Aurora color courtesy of Axalta.

Axalta Coating Systems has developed a new color exclusively for Kenworth. The color is called Aurora and will be available on 2015 model year trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Vehicle Paint, Axalta, 2015-MY

April 7, 2015 - Product News

MiX Telematics Terminal Gains GPS Nav

Photo: MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics has partnered with the GPS navigation software provider Sygic to integrate Sygic’s fleet navigation with MiX Telematic’s in-cab terminal, the MiX Rovi.

Tags: GPS, MiX Telematics, Navigation, Speed Limits, Sygic

April 7, 2015 - Global News

FedEx to Buy Dutch Parcel Carrier TNT Express

Photo: TNT Express

FedEx Corp. Tuesday announced it will buy European package company TNT Express for $4.8 billion, creating a strong third competitor in the European market.

Tags: Fleets, Global, TNT Express, Mergers & Acquisitions, FedEx

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aluminum, Lightweighting

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mixer-Truck Drivers Exempted from HOS Break Rule

Photo:Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

Drivers of ready-mix concrete trucks have been granted a limited exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations by the FMCSA.

Tags: Hours of Service, Ready Mix, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Price Falls to Lowest Level in 5+ Years

On-highway diesel prices are continuing with their recent round of declines with the national average falling again over the past week and hitting its lowest level since February 2010.

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises in January

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, January 2014 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $89.3 billion in January, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 1.2% from a year earlier,

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Continues Expanding

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Two reports released Monday show the nation’s service sector continues increasing, albeit at different rates.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Fleet Council

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Fleet Council annual forum at this year’s event slated for April 12 – 14.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Bendix, Anniversary, Events

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Prime Invites Drivers and Carriers to Fittest Trucker Competition

Prime is reserving 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets to participate in its Fittest Trucker in America competition, taking place Aug. 29 at the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Competition, Driver Health, Prime Inc., Driver Fitness

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website

Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.

Tags: Truck Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., New Website

April 6, 2015 - Product News

Webb Wheel Newsletter Gives Drum Removal Tips

Webb Wheel has published a newsletter providing tips on how to remove brake drums that are stuck due to corrosion.

Tags: Corrosion, Webb Wheel, Brakes, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends, Brake Drums

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

Alcoa says aluminum frame rails could lighten trucks by up to 900 pounds.

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

Tags: Alcoa, MATS, Lightweighting, Aluminum

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama: Mississippi Tire Plant 'Right on Schedule'

Yokohama says its new one-million-square-foot commercial tire plant in West Point, Mississippi, is on target to begin production in October 2015.

Tags: Yokohama Rubber Co., Truck Tires

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrates 30 years with $30k Giveaway

Minimizer awards two $15,000 prizes to celebrate it's 30th anniversary during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Minimizer fenders, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, Employment

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Logistics Study Offers Insight into Trucking Issues

Photo: TMW Systems

TMW Systems’ 2014 Transportation and Logistics Study, with data and analysis on driver retention, rising rates, utilization, maintenance and other industry issues, is now available.

Tags: Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics, Truckload

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Orders Up 14.5 Percent

Orders for medium-duty vehicles in Classes 5-7 maintained strength with a 14.2 percent increase in March from a year ago, ACT Research has reported.

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

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

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