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June 20, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Unveils Pedestrian, Cyclist Avoidance in Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Daimler Trucks says it’s making pedestrian detection in trucks available for the first time, with new Sideboard Assist and Active Brake Assist 4 in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Active Safety Systems, Daimler Trucks, Global

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicle Technology Aim of Bendix Parent Company Acquisition

Bendix’s German parent company Knorr-Bremse is making an acquisition to position it for future autonomous vehicle technology.

Tags: Bendix, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

Gross-weight hike is primarily for users of specialized bodies, said Mercedes-Benz Vans in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has boosted the available gross vehicle weight rating of its European Sprinter by 990 pounds, to 5.5 metric tons or 12,122 pounds. An increase is being considered for North American vans, said a spokesman at the builder's U.S. headquarters.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Euro VI, Sprinter, Global

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo Profits Lower Amid Slower Truck Sales

Earnings for two of the world’s largest truck makers moved lower in the first quarter, according to earnings reports issued Friday.

Tags: Volvo, Economy, Freightliner, Western Star, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America, Global

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

European Platooning Challenge Delivers 'Promising' Results

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks driving in a connected convoy (truck platoon) using the Highway Pilot Connect system. Photo: Daimler

Volvo, Daimler Trucks, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania all participated in the challenge, driving platooned convoys thousands of miles across multiple borders in countries that included Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Tags: European Union, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning

Daimler demonstrates a platoon of three trucks with Highway Pilot Connect. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks Monday unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

6 Truck Makers to Participate in European Platooning Challenge

Photo: Volvo Group

Six European truck makers are participating in next month's European Truck Platooning Challenge, a project initiated by the Dutch government to promote platooning by bringing truck convoys to public roads.

Tags: Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, European Union, Global

February 23, 2016 - Global News

Mercedez-Benz OKs Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Biodiesel for Trucks

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has approved an alternative biodiesel fuel known as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for its trucks with heavy-duty (OM 470 or OM 471) engines as well as medium-duty (OM 936 or OM 934) variants.

Tags: Biodiesel, Mercedes-Benz, Alternative Fuels, Daimler, Global

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

VW Trucks Chief Cites U.S., China as Key Areas for Expansion

Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen

In an interview with Bloomberg, the head of Volkswagen’s truck business said the U.S. and China are among key regions for possible expansion.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Earnings Improve

Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO Photo: Tommy Holl

The parent company to Volvo, Mack and other truck brands is back in the black, according to earnings reports released Friday, but it plans to cut U.S. production as it nears the end of a four-year cost cutting plan.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Quarterly Earnings, Global

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tires From China Could See Tariffs

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The International Trade Commission is looking into whether it should impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties, or tariffs, on truck and bus tires made in China.

Tags: China, Tires, Global

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Cummins Profit Sinks, Daimler Soars

Profit for engine maker Cummins fell sharply in the final quarter of last year due to lower global demand, leading it to scale down plans for its new light-duty engines in North America, while Daimler AG saw record profits for 2015,

Tags: Economy, Cummins, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Reorganizes by Truck Brands

The Volvo Group is reorganizing based on truck brand, a move the Sweden-based global truck and engine maker says “offers clearer commercial accountability” for the group’s various truck brands.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People, Global, Volvo Group

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Iveco Eurocargo Named International Truck of the Year

Iveco's new medium-duty Eurocargo has been chosen by European commercial vehicle journalists as International Truck of the Year 2016.

Tags: Iveco, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Truck of the Year, Awards, Global

November 16, 2015 - Industry News

Accuride Makes Changes to Support Going Global

Scott D. Hazlett has been promoted to president, Wheels.

Accuride announced Monday that it has realigned its organization and upgraded its leadership team to support the company’s plans to grow as a supplier of wheel-end products to the global commercial vehicle industry.

Tags: Leadership, Gunite, Wheels, Accuride, People, Global

November 3, 2015 - Global News

MAN Adds Light Commercial Van to Lineup

MAN Truck & Bus is teaming up with Volkswagen to add a new light commercial van to its product lineup, making the German-based company a full-range supplier offering commercial vehicles between 3 and 44 tons.

Tags: MAN Trucks, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN TGE, Global

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Down More Than 8%

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

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors Canada and Mexico fell in August, totaling $92.4 billion, thanks largely to the drop in fuel and oil prices moved by pipeline and vessel.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Freight, Global

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Group's New Boss on the Job

Martin Lundstedt and truck technician Patrik Granberg in vivid discussion. Photo: Tommy Holl

Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group’s new president and CEO, held his first press meeting on his first morning on the new job Oct. 22 – and chose to do it outside of the usual corporate setting.

Tags: Leadership, Global, Volvo Group

June 30, 2015 - Global News

Renschler Named Chairman at Scania

Andreas Renschler. Photo courtesy Scania.

Andreas Renschler, the former head of commercial trucks for Daimler who went to work heading up Volkswagen's commercial truck operations earlier this year, has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of Scania.

Tags: People, Scania, Global, Volkswagen, MAN

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Kuehne Nagel Purchases 3PL Provider ReTrans

Credit: Kuehne and Nagel Group

Memphis, Tenn.-based third party logistics provider ReTrans Inc. is being purchased by the Kuehne Nagel Group, the latest in a series of moves by companies extending their reach into trans-Atlantic freight.

Tags: Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets, 3PL, Global

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

EPA SmartWay Plans to Expand Programs, Leadership Worldwide

Vision 2020 is a blueprint for building SmartWay's reputation and outreach to increase fuel efficiency and cut “black carbon” emissions worldwide.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Global, Emissions

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

'Electric Road' to be Tested in Sweden

Photo: Siemens

Next year, Sweden-based truck and bus maker Scania will start testing electric trucks on an electric road.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Scania, Global

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

ZF Completes TRW Automotive Acquisition

John. C Plant, President and CEO of TRW (left), and ZF's CEO Stefan Sommer. Photo via ZF

ZF Friedrichshafen has completed its acquisition of TRW Automotive, the company announced. TRW and ZF will operate under the name ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, ZF Friedrichshafen

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Smith EV Returns with Chinese Funding

Photo via Smith EV

Smith Electric Vehicles is returning to the U.S market after it announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, China, Joint Venture, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Increases First Quarter Profit 38%

Paccar Inc. reported first quarter earnings of $378.4 million, a 38% gain from the same time a year ago, while net sales and financial services revenue increased 10% to $4.83 billion.

Tags: Paccar, Earnings, Global, DAF, Kenworth, Peterbilt

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