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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

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

NACFE: Trailer Aero Products Work, 'Depending'

Credit: Wabash

Trailer aerodynamic devices work, but how well depends on the products and users’ operating conditions, says the latest Confidence Report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Trailer Aerodynamics

February 26, 2016 - Product News

Rush Launches Vehicle Service Monitoring Platform

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises has launched RushCare Service Connect, a service communication system that provides customers with an online, on-demand view of the service process for vehicles in Rush Truck Centers service departments.

Tags: Information Technology, Vehicle Repairs, Rush Enterprises, Parts and Service

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Offers $26M in Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $26 million in grant funding will be made available to establish clean diesel projects with the intention of reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Clean Diesel, Diesel Emissions, Emissions Reduction, EPA, Federal Grants

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

The Pete Store Makes Big Push Into New England

Photo: The Pete Store

The Pete Store has purchased Peterbilt franchise rights for a significant portion of the state of Massachusetts.

Tags: Peterbilt, Massachusetts, The Pete Store, Dealers

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Vipar HD Expands Distribution Network in Texas

Photo: Magnum Products

Magnum Products Group has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder, bringing additional distribution in the South and West Texas markets.

Tags: Texas, Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Lower Oil Prices Push Down Cross-Border Freight

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: December 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Large declines in the value of oil and other petroleum-related products during 2015 was reflected in a lower value of cross-border freight movements between the U.S. and its neighbors, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Improves; Capital Spending, Consumers Rebound

Following a raft of disappointing economic news, there are new encouraging signs about the health of the American economic, with improvements in some of the most closely watched measures – including the beleaguered manufacturing sector.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar to End Cat Truck Program

Cat introduced its CT-680 axle-back vocational truck in 2011, and subsequently added two axle-forward versions. Photo: Tom Berg

"Remaining a viable competitor in this market would require significant additional investment to develop and launch a complete portfolio of trucks, and upon an updated review, we determined there was not a sufficient market opportunity to justify the investment," an official said.

Tags: Navistar, Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks, Cat Truck

February 25, 2016 - Product News

Phillips 66 Consolidates Lubricants Brands

To strengthen strategic relationships and drive growth, Phillips 66 Lubricants will consolidate its Lubricant’s portfolio into two brands, Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil.

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Lubricants, Branding

February 25, 2016 - Product News

Road Choice Adds Locations, Expands Product Portfolio

The all-makes heavy-duty truck parts brand Road Choice Truck Parts recently expanded its authorized locations to more than 500 dealers and expanded its product portfolio.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Road Choice Truck Parts

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer, executive vice president and president, integrated capacity solutions and truck, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

The Women In Trucking Association announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, promoting the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Mild Hybrid Silverado, Sierra Trucks to Arrive for 2016

Photo of 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer about 700 eAssist hybrid versions of its 2016 model year Silverado and Sierra pickups through California dealers, GM has announced.

Tags: GMC Sierra, General Motors, Large Pickups, Mild Hybrids, Chevrolet Silverado, Fuel Economy

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Safe Driver Group Grows to More than 8,700

Photo: UPS

UPS has announced 1,613 drivers have joined the ranks of its elite “Circle of Honor,” raising to 8,703 the number of drivers who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.

Tags: Canada, UPS, Germany, Puerto Rico, Circle of Honor

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

500-Truck Convoy Set for Mother's Day

Photo: Make-a-Wish Foundation of America

A 500-truck convoy has been scheduled for Mother's Day in Lancaster, Pa., to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and take aim at a world record.

Tags: Charity, Make-A-Wish, World's Largest Truck Convoy

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Tri-Fuel System Installed on Ford Truck

Photo courtesy of Niyato

Niyato Industries Inc. has developed a tri-fuel system that can support the use of gasoline, compressed natural gas, or propane and installed it on a Ford F-350 4x4 pickup.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Reports Loss of Nearly $63 Million

Despite greatly increased revenue in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2015, the fleet that purchased Con-way last year reported bigger losses.

Tags: Economy, Con-Way, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Cites FMCSA for Burdensome Exemptions

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Poised for Spring Thaw

Shippers and brokers posted more loads on the spot market for the week ending Feb. 20 while the number of available trucks moved slightly lower, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards, but rates held steady during the time of year they usually gain at least a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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