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October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Strong Production Reduces Class 8 Backlogs

Strong Class 8 production in the Month of September has impacted the backlog and build rate, according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Axle for Trucks Saves Up to 15% in Fuel, Hyliion Says

Green-painted Hyliion 6X4HE components include the motorized rear axle, lithium-ion battery pack, electronic controls, and electric APU.

The Hyliion 6X4HE system, which includes an electric APU that saves another 12% in fuel, is being tested by three major fleets.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Electric APU, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, APUs, Hyliion

October 18, 2017 - Product News

Driver iQ Offers Training Records for New Drivers

Photo: Driver iQ

Background screening provider Driver iQ has announced that it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records, allowing carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment process.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, Background Checks, Hiring, Screening, Driver iQ

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Tags: CARB, CARB Certification, Vehicle Modifiers, Ford E-Series, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Hurricanes Hit Housing, Industrial Production

Home building in the U.S. slowed in September, according to a new report, while a separate one showed that the total amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities moved higher during the month. Results of both reports would have been better had it not been for two hurricanes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing Starts

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Ease as Flatbeds Hit Two-Year High

The availability of spot truckload freight fell 10% while the number of trucks posted gained 7% during the week ending Oct. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Marangoni Names Armstrong VP of Business Development

Clif Armstrong Photo: Marangoni Tread North America

Marangoni Tread North America named Clif Armstrong vice president of business development.

Tags: Leadership, Tires, People, Retreads, Marangoni

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

W.B. Mason Adds Workhorse Hybrid-Electric Step Van to Fleet

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group

Office products dealer W.B. Mason has taken delivery of its first Workhorse electric, range-extended step van, leased through Ryder System.

Tags: Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, Step Vans

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Gerry Mead Joins Phillips Industries

Gerry Mead Photo: Phillips Industries

Gerald "Gerry" Mead, formerly executive vice president of maintenance at U.S. Xpress and a recent HDT Truck Fleet Innovator, has joined Phillips Industries as the executive director of innovations.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, Awards, People, U.S. Xpress, Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Partners With Convoy Freight Matching Service

Budweiser producer Anheuser-Busch will use Convoy's network to transport truckloads like these from its facilities. Photo: Business Wire

Anheuser-Busch has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with the Convoy freight matching network, a move some observers say gives Convoy a leg up in the race to see who will win in the "Uber for Trucking" space.

Tags: Load Board, Freight Market, Anheuser-Busch, Convoy, Uber for Trucking, Big Data, Data Analysis

October 16, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Registers ELD Solution with FMCSA

Geotab's electronic logging device (ELD) solution, Geotab Cloud ELD, is now registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the telematics provider announced.

Tags: Geotab, ELDs, FMCSA

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

Photo: David Cullen

Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Tags: Daimler, Global, Germany, Vehicle Production

October 16, 2017 - Product News

ITI Launches Sentix Automated Training Platform

Image: Instructional Technologies

Instructional Technologies has announced an automated web-based learning management system called Sentix designed for scheduling, tracking, verifying, and managing training.

Tags: Training, Fleet Management Software, Online Training, Instructional Technologies

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Smithfield Foods Reduces Accidents with SmartDrive

Photo courtesy of Smithfield and SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced that Smithfield Foods, Inc. has deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program across its entire fleet of nearly 600 Armour and Eckrich branded refrigerated box trucks following a competitive review and pilot program.

Tags: Accident Management, SmartDrive Systems, Food and Beverage Fleets, Smithfield Foods

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Third Quarter Profit Slips

Profits for multi-modal freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell a little more than 8% in the third quarter of the year despite increased revenue, with increased driver recruiting and retention costs part of the reason.

Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman, Noregon Integrate Vehicle Health, Safety Management Solution

Combining the intelligent fleet management capabilities of Teletrac Navman Director and the advanced vehicle health and safety diagnostics of Noregon TripVision, this integration gives carriers a holistic view of vehicle fitness in real time.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Noregon Systems, Intelligent Transportation, Teletrac Navman, Uptime, Maintenance, Telematics, Diagnostics

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck to Run Routes in California

Toyota Motor North America has announced that its Project Portal Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck has completed initial testing and development and will begin regular drayage routes at ports in Southern California starting in late October.

Tags: Toyota, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Drayage

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Court Battle Erupts over Truck Trailers and GHG/MPG Rule

Trailer aerodynamic device include side skirts, pictured here. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards.

Tags: Regulations, EDF, Trailers, GHG Phase 2, TTMA

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt's Gansle Named to Used Truck Association Board

Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt’s director of marketing and sales. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has announced that Anthony Gansle, director of marketing and sales, has been elected to the Used Truck Association's board of directors.

Tags: Peterbilt, Leadership, People, Used Trucks

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Coca-Cola Adds Lytx DriveCam Video Safety System

Photo: Lytx

Coca-Cola Consolidated implemented the program at three company locations, involving 200 drivers and 115 vehicle assets.

Tags: Coca-Cola, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump; Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment Skyrocket

Retail prices recorded their biggest hike in eight months in September, according to a new report, while separate ones show the best improvement in retail sales in more than two years amid consumer sentiment hitting its highest level since 2004.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Drives Another Record-Setting Month in For-Hire Freight Movements

Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2012 - August 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by U.S. for-hire transportation providers hit an all-time high again in August, according to Transportation Department figures, after breaking the previous record the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight

October 12, 2017 - Press Release

XL Hybrids Raises $22M to Expand Fleet Business

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has raised an oversubscribed Series D round of $22 million in venture capital funding to expand its sale and distribution of fleet vehicle electrification solutions to major customers across North America.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Venture Capital

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New GCR President

Photo: Bridgestone Americas Inc.

As president, Harmon will drive the strategic growth of GCR commercial tire and service store locations in North America.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Promotions, Tires, People, Leadership

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