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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

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Tags: Toyota, Assembly Plants, Natural Disaster, Japan

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Up, Crude Oil Production Unlikely to Drop

The price of diesel fuel rose last week for the second straight week, but uncertainty in the crude oil market could curb the increases.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

April 18, 2016 - Product News

XL Hybrids' XL Link Measures Fleet Vehicle Performance

Image courtesy of XL Hybrids, Inc.

XL Hybrids, Inc. has introduced XL Link, a cloud-based data analytics system that measures key performance indicators, including MPG performance, and reports carbon dioxide emissions reductions in fleet gasoline-electric hybrids.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Analytics, Cloud-Based Technology, Mobile Apps, Big Data

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Ease as Spending Declines

Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

April 18, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Partners with Maxwell on Portable Jump Starter

Photo via Purkeys

Purkeys has partnered with Maxwell Technologies to produce a portable jump starter called CAPS that's designed for heavy- and light-duty applications.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Jumpstarter, Engines, Purkey's Fleet Electric

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Tire Pressure Monitors

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway van courtesy of General Motors.

The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.  

Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Truck-Involved Crashes Drop, But Injury Crashes Increase

Photo: FMCSA

The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities

April 18, 2016 - Product News

Xtra Lease Offers Free Size & Weight Reference Guide

Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Profit Increases Nearly 9%

J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its first-quarter profit increased 8.9% from a year earlier as revenue rose by 6%, thanks to volume growth, improved network operations, higher equipment utilization, lower maintenance costs and increased contract pricing.

Tags: Economy, 3PL, Intermodal, Earnings, JB Hunt, Dedicated Fleets, Fleet Earnings

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Lightweighting, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

DOT: Study Too Limited to Impact Truck Size/Weight Policy

Construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the Hudson River noth of New York City. Photo: U.S. DOT

"Much Ado About Nothing" might also serve as the subtitle of the long-awaited Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study that the Department of Transportation has finally released to Congress, almost four years after it was mandated to do so by the MAP-21 highway bill.

Tags: Truck Size/Weight

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Directs Retesting of Certain Tankers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that were improperly inspected and tested, and warned that the tanks must be re-inspected and retested before being used in hazardous materials hauling.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Testing, Hazmat, Tankers

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural-Gas Truck Sales Bump Up

Retail sales of U.S. and Canadian natural-gas powered Class 8 trucks improved modestly in February after getting off to a slow start in 2016, says ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Upgrade Lehigh Valley Truck Plant

Mack Trucks announced it will invest about $70 million in its Lehigh Valley, Penn., truck assembly operations over three years “to further improve manufacturing quality and efficiency and modernize the facility.”

Tags: Mack Trucks, Assembly Plants

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Paragon Updates PC*Miler Interface

Image: Paragon Software

In response to demand from clients that use its de facto mileage calculations for paying truck drivers, Paragon Software Systems has updated its system interface with ALK’s PC*Miler routing, mileage, and mapping software.

Tags: Paragon Software Systems, PC*Miler, Information Technology, Software Integration

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Sonzala Tapped to Head CIMC Intermodal Equipment

Frank Sonzala Image: LinkedIn

CIMC Intermodal Equipment has named Frank Sonzala, formerly with San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International, as its president and CEO.

Tags: Intermodal Chassis, People

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

SoCalGas Opens CNG Station for California Fleets

Photo of the Murrieta CNG station courtesy of SoCalGas

SoCalGas has opened its 15th public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in western Riverside County, Calif., the utility has announced.

Tags: SoCalGas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Celadon’s Steve Russell Dies at 76

Steve Russell Photo: Celadon Group

Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.

Tags: Celadon Group, Obituary

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Tumbles, Consumer Mood Falls

Industrial production decreased for the second month in a row during March, adding another sign the economy sputtered in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

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