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April 22, 2016 - Product News

Allison TC10 Transmission to be Offered in Paccar Trucks

Peterbilt Model 579 day cab Photo: Peterbilt

Paccar has partnered with Allison Transmission to release the automatic Allison TC10 transmission in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with Paccar and Cummins engines.

Tags: Paccar, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Fails to Improve, Other Indicators Look Better

The first look at April business conditions in the nation’s sluggish manufacturing sector shows the situation is improving little. Other readings are slightly more encouraging.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo Profits Lower Amid Slower Truck Sales

Earnings for two of the world’s largest truck makers moved lower in the first quarter, according to earnings reports issued Friday.

Tags: Volvo, Economy, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Western Star, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profits Fall, Forward Air and Marten Improve

UPDATED -- Truckload carrier Swift Transportation Co. saw its net income decline in the first quarter of the year while profit for the time definite surface transportation and logistics provider Forward Air Corp. more than doubled as refrigerated hauler Marten Transport Ltd. reported a boost in two ways.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Corrosion, Recalls, 2015-MY, Ram ProMaster City, 2016-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Compact Vans

April 21, 2016 - Product News

Fleet Specs Bendix Air Disc Brakes on Trucks and Trailers

Photo courtesy of Bendix

Boyle Transportation is equipping Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes on all steer and drive axles of its fleet tractors as well as on all of its new refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Brakes, Air Brakes

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash’s New Tank Trailer Exec Tasked With Strategic Growth

Wabash National has appointed Dave Hill as the company’s vice president and general manager of Wabash Tank Trailers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabash National, Liquid Tank Trailers, Trailers

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower Truck Sales Hit Dana, Rush Enterprises' Profits

A truck component manufacturer and one of the nation’s largest truck dealer networks continue the trend of many businesses reporting lower first quarter earnings as truck sales are down from a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Aftermarket, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Dana Spicer

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

Chart courtesy of EPA.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, Federal Grants, Legislation

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight, Landstar and Werner Profits Decline

UPDATED – Three large publicly held trucking fleets reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday with all showing a decline in profits from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Wants Exemptions to Help Turn Veterans into Truckers

Vets taking part in classroom job training. Photo: U.S. DOT

The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans

April 20, 2016 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Drive App Suite Added to Garmin Device

Photo: Teletrac Navman

The Garmin 670 will now support the Teletrac Navman Drive suite of apps with routing, fleet management and compliance features for drivers.

Tags: GPS, Garmin, Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, Mobile Devices, Mobile Apps

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Index Down But Still Solid

Source: ATA

After a surge in February, the American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased in March, taking away about half of the gains made the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Service Operations

COYLE

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, New Hire

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Rates Decline, Canadian Spot Market Improves

A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, TransCore, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

High Class 8 Supply Reduces Prices in First Quarter

Three- to five-year-old trucks lost about 10% of their retail value and 2.5% of their wholesale value from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year.

Tags: Used Vehicles, NADA Used Car Guide, Used-Vehicle Prices, Used Truck Sales, NADA

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Opens New HQ

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America opened its nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Ore.

Tags: Headquarters, City of Portland, Daimler Trucks North America

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Congested Roads Run Up Trucking Costs Almost $50 Billion

Congestion on California freeways Photo: U.S. DOT

Traffic congestion on highways drove operational costs for trucking up by more than $49.6 billion in 2014, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Congestion

April 19, 2016 - Product News

Haldex Re-Launches Midland as a Value Brand

Haldex has re-launched its Midland brand in North America as a value brand for aftermarket products.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Haldex

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Acquisition Brings Aerodynamic Devices to North America

Pictured here is a heavy-duty truck equipped with LCL’s trailer nose and side fairings, which improve the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance, thereby, helping to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Image via Wabco

Wabco has acquired Laydon Composites, a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for heavy-duty trucks and trailers based in Ontario, Canada.

Tags: Aerodynamics, Wabco, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Drop, Intermodal Continues Decline

A measure of truckload linehaul rates moved lower last month compared to a year earlier for the first time since May 2010 as intermodal freight rates continued their downward slide.

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

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Input on Beyond Compliance Recognition Program

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.

Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance

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