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March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Collision Mitigation Added to International DuraStar

Photo: International

International announced that the collision mitigation technology, Bendix Wingman Fusion would now be offered on its medium-duty DuraStar models. It has also added the Cummins ISL9 engine as an option for the WorkStar and DuraStar.

Tags: International, Navistar, DuraStar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Adds Automated Manual Transmissions for Vocational Use

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks released 13- and 14-speed versions of its Mack mDrive HD automated manual transmission to better suit certain vocational and on-highway applications.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Vocational Trucks

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Previews Electric Canter Prototype

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso showed off a prototype battery-electric Canter FE-Series medium-duty cabover that has been in testing in Europe for a year.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Canter FE

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add Another 200,000 Plus Jobs

Employment in the private sector jumped again in February, mainly led by the service industry, while recent weakness in manufacturing translated into a loss of jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

GM to Offer Diesel-Powered Express Van

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with its 2017 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, the company announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Express, General Motors, Full-Size Vans, 2017-MY, 4G LTE

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline Despite More Loads

Despite greater demand for truckload services, national average van, reefer, and flatbed freight spot rates all slipped for the week ending February 27 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Boosts Diesel Super Duty Chassis Cabs

Photo of F-550 chassis cab with aerial courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased towing and payload capability for its 2017 Super Duty F-350, F-450, and F-550 chassis cabs with new frames and a next-generation 6.7L V-8 PowerStroke diesel with more horsepower and torque, Ford has announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Ford, Ford Super Duty, Chassis Cab Trucks

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford F-650/750 Named 2016 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Ford's John Ruppert (left) accepts the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award from Work Truck Editor Mike Antich. Photo by Chris Brown.

The Ford F-650/750 has been named Work Truck magazine’s annual Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. The award was presented at a ceremony during the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Ford F-650, Ford F-750

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Updates 2017 Van Lineup

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has updated its 2017 model-year van lineup to include ergonomic updates for the Transit, new technology for the Transit Connect, and a new engine offering for the E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Ford E-Series, 2017-MY, Ford Transit Connect

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Powers Up Medium-Duty Engines

Photo by Chris Brown.

Cummins has updated its B and L series medium-duty engines for 2017, increasing power output options and fuel efficiency.

Tags: Cummins, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 1, 2016 - Product News

Michelin's Auto Tire Inflation Tech Maintains Pressure

Michelin Auto Inflate will use automatic tire inflation technology developed by Aperia Technologies called Halo to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tires.

Tags: TMC, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Tire Inflation

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Awards Five Members With Silver Spark Plug

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored five trucking industry professionals with the Silver Spark Plug Award, the group’s highest honor.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, Awards, People

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Report on Life-Saving Impact of Safety Enforcement Challenged

Image: California Highway Patrol

A supplier of safety/compliance services and, separately, the American Trucking Associations have taken issue with what the agency contends the report indicates.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Use, Vehicle Sales Decline

Photo of Matthew Godlewski of NGVAmerica by Mike Antich.

Natural Gas vehicle production and sales declined in 2015 compared to 2014. This was primarily due to the reduced cost of petroleum, according to Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Step Vans Saving Fuel for AmeriPride

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. is showing service trucks for linen supply fleet AmeriPride at the Work Truck Show that integrate the company's XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system with a Ford F-59 stripped chassis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, XL Hybrids, AmeriPride

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Boosts SuperTruck Funding, Medium-Duty Grants

Photo of U.S. DOE Deputy Asst. Secretary Reuben Sarkar by Mike Antich .

The U.S. Department of Energy has boosted funding for its SuperTruck II initiative to increase fuel efficiency of Class 7and 8 trucks and will provide funding for several projects that would develop alternative powertrains for medium-duty vehicles, the agency announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Federal Grants, SuperTruck, U.S. Department of Energy, Work Truck Show, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash Shows Almost All-Composite Prototype Reefer

Molded structural combosites, developed by Wabash engineers over three years, are used throughout. Photo: Tom Berg

The trailer uses molded structural composites, or MSCs, developed by Wabash engineers over the last three years. It uses few bolts and no metal crossmembers.

Tags: Reefers, Wabash National, Composites, Trailers, TMC

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Remains Weak, Construction Booming

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector showed only slightly better signs of life in February and remains tepid, but construction spending in January hit it highest level since 2007, according to newly released reports.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

February 29, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Opens 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Kevin Tomlinson, outgoing TMC chairman, wields the scissors for the grand opening of the exhibit hall.

As the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council celebrates its 60th birthday, Monday it opened the doors on one of its largest exhibit halls ever as part of the 2016 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition at the Music City Center in Nashville.

Tags: Leadership, TMC

February 29, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Increase for Second Straight Week

The price of diesel fuel at the pump increased for the second straight week, jumping a few tenths of a cent nationally.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 29, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins, Eaton Strengthen Integration, Add New Torque Options

Photo: Cummins

Expanded torque offering mean customer can not get get the low-end performance they want without have to go to a high-horsepower bracket. Integrated call centers and better cross-training of customer service agents means it's easier for customer to get answers to their questions with just one phone call.

Tags: TMC, Cummins, Eaton

February 29, 2016 - Product News

International Adds Over-the-Air Reprogramming for Trucks

Over-the-air reprogramming of engine control modules is now available on all International Truck models powered by N9, N10 and N13 engines, the company announced.

Tags: Engine Control Systems, International Trucks, Engines, Wi-Fi

February 29, 2016 - Industry News

Dana Offers Downspeeding Tech for SmartAdvantage

Dana Holding Corporation is offering axle ratios that are compatible with all seven configurations of the SmartAdvantage powertrain from Eaton and Cummins.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, TMC, Dana Holding Corp., Axles, Downspeed

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

Haldex Re-enters North American ADB market

The first member of the ModulT family to be introduced in North America is the 22.5-inch optimized trailer brake, weighing 70 pounds including pads. It will soon be followed with 19.5-inch and 22.5-inch air disc brake sizes for trucks and buses

Tags: TMC, Brakes, Haldex

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

Aperia's Halo Finds a Home at Over 100 Fleets

Aperia's Halo bolts on in 10-15 minutes and requires no additional connections.

Rapid adoption of thousands of tractor bolt-on inflation systems follows more than 50 fleet tests, validating Halo’s performance and ability to drive significant safety and efficiency benefits

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Tires

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