April 20, 2016 - Industry News
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.
Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, New Hire/Promotion
A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, TransCore, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
April 19, 2016 - Industry News
Three- to five-year-old trucks lost about 10% of their retail value and 2.5% of their wholesale value from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year.
Tags: Used Vehicles, NADA Used Car Guide, Used-Vehicle Prices, Used Truck Sales, NADA
Daimler Trucks North America opened its nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Ore.
Tags: Headquarters, City of Portland, Daimler Trucks North America
A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."
Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
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 has re-launched its Midland brand in North America as a value brand for aftermarket products.
Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, HALDEX
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
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
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.
Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
"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
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
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
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
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