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March 25, 2015 - Product News

Bendix Launches Wingman Fusion Driver Assistance System

A display showing the various safety technologies Bendix offers. Photo: David Cullen

Bendix has launched Wingman Fusion, the company’s new flagship driver assistance system that combines several safety technologies in a single package, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Speed Limiter, Driver Assistance Systems

March 24, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Unveils ISX Efficiency Improvements

Jim Fier discusses the movement of EPA emissions regs from particulate matter and NOx to greenhouse gases and fuel economy. Photo by Evan Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Under the theme of "redefining efficiency," Cummins Tuesday night announced fuel-saving enhancements to the 2015 ISX15 big-bore diesel and a peek at the 2017 ISX15, which will feature a lighter and smaller aftertreatment system along with a more efficient turbocharger and reduced parasitic loss.

Tags: Cummins, Fuel Efficiency, ISX15, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Impacts Truck Tonnage

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network

Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, Customer Service

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Espar Rebrands Itself as Eberspaecher

Espar is changing its name to Eberspaecher to better align itself with its German parent company, according to a release. The vehicle heater supplier has been the North American subsidiary of Eberspaecher since 1973.

Tags: Air Conditioning, Espar, Heaters, Rebranding, Eberspaecher

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

Photo Wikipedia.

A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, General Motors, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet, Collision Repair

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Joins Suit Against Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

The American Trucking Associations has joined a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Oregon, Lawsuit, Clean Fuels

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Level in More Than a Month

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower for the second consecutive week, following five straight weekly hikes, while regular grade gasoline edged higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville This Week

The Mid-America Trucking Show is on this week from March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS, Events

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Improving, Intermodal Falling

A measure of freight rates in one trucking sector improved in February over the past year, but declined from the month before.

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

March 23, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Gains Dispatch Tools through ALK Maps

PeopleNet upgraded its web-based interface mapping technology with the ALK Maps interactive mapping platform, giving fleet managers access to several of ALK’s mapping features.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, Dispatch

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Increases Service Intervals

MackTrucks said it has extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack diesel engines. Photo: Mack

Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.

Tags: Engine Oil, Mack Trucks, DPF, Filters, Parts and Service

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Driver Wins TRALA Award

Danny Daniels, TRALA Driver of the Year. Photo Courtesy of Ryder

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association named Danny Daniels of Ryder Dedicated division its Driver of the Year award recipient. The honor was given at TRALA’s Annual Meeting awards dinner.

Tags: TRALA, Ryder Truck Leasing, Awards, People

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Increase Slightly

Existing-home sales in the U.S. increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

Chart: U.S. Energy Information Administration

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Renewable Fuel

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Green Truck Association Elects New Leadership

The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association, recently elected new officers of its board of governors.

Tags: NTEA, Green Truck Association, Elected Leaders

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Medium-Duty, Long Haul Trucks Awarded EPA Diesel Grants

The DERA funding covers engine replacements, repowers, and idle reduction technologies to clean up a variety of older diesel engines, including those in heavy-duty trucks used at ports, delivery trucks, and long haul trucks.

Tags: Grant Funding, EPA, Federal Grants, Diesel Emissions

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

63 Tickets Issued in Massive Michigan Pile-up

Photo via HNI Blog

Police have issued 63 tickets to drivers involved in a 193-vehicle pile-up in January on Interstate 94 in Michigan, according to a report on MLive.com, most for the same violation.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Citation, Interstate 94

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Photo: Waste Management

Waste Management has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Southern California to refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets and consumers.

Tags: California, Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

March 20, 2015 - Product News

Warranty Extended on Gunite Automatic Slack Adjusters

Gunite Auto Slack Adjusters. Photo: Accuride

Accuride has extended the standard warranty coverage for its Gunite and Gunite 2000 range of automatic slack adjusters. The new warranties apply to Gunite ASAs manufactured on or after April 6, 2015.

Tags: Warranty, Gunite, Accuride, Automatic Slack Adjusters

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts up 34% in First Two Months of 2015

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

Construction starts in the U.S. posted healthy gains in February compared to the month before and the same time in 2014, according to a new report from the construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics.

Tags: Economy, Construction Spending

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall As Large Fleets Fill Requirements

February trailer orders dropped well below January figures as backlogs for orders fell for the first time in six months, according to the latest FTR report.

Tags: Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 19, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Offers Reinforced I-Shift Transmission for Severe Duty

The Volvo VHD 200. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America released a rugged version of the I-Shift automated manual transmission for severe-duty applications. The reinforced I-Shift will be available for order in May on Volvo VHD vocational models.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Severe Duty, I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

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