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February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

Photo of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Telematics, Global

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

ZF Appoints Scheider Chief Executive Officer

Wolf-Henning Scheider Photo: ZF Group

ZF Group has appointed Wolf-Henning Scheider as the automotive supplier’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Konstantin Sauer.

Tags: Leadership, People, ZF, Suppliers, Global

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, Daimler Record Big Profits

Two of the biggest names in trucking, one in the shipping business and the other in the manufacturing sector, reported their fourth quarter 2017 and full-year earnings on Thursday morning and both showed big gains.

Tags: UPS, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, UPS Freight, Quarterly Earnings, Fleet Earnings, Global

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Taps UK Battery Maker for Electric Truck Development

In August of last year, Cummis unveiled an all-electric demonstration vehicle dubbed the Urban Hauler EV. Photo: Jim Park

Cummins has acquired Johnson Matthewy’s UK automotive battery systems business, with plans to collaborate on the development of high-energy battery materials for commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle applications.

Tags: Cummins, Mergers & Acquisitions, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Global

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Fuso Begins Truck Platooning Tests in Japan

Daimler Trucks is testing Fuso Super Great heavy trucks in platooning runs with other truck brands on public roads outside Tokyo. Photo: Fuso

Daimler's Fuso subsidiary has begun platooning test operations outside of Tokyo as part of the Japanese government's plans to boost technology investment and deployment in the near future.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Japan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Daimler, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Technology, Global

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Geely Holding, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Disruption Accelerating in Commercial Truck Market

Stu MacKay delivering an  overview of the history of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle aftermarket during HDAD. Photo: Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

While globalization has been around for some time, it’s affecting the commercial truck market more than ever before, according to a session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas Monday.

Tags: HDMA, Aftermarket, HDAD, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Global, Disruptive Technology

January 4, 2018 - Global News

Wabco Expands Africa Offerings

Photo courtesy of Wacbo.

Wabco will expand its services and technological offerings for commercial vehicles in Africa after acquiring the remaining interest of its partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries.

Tags: Sub-Saharan Africa, Global, Wabco

December 29, 2017 - Global News

European Fleets to Test Electric Volkswagen Crafter Van

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered battery-electric versions of its Crafter cargo van to an international group of major customers for testing before it is released in September 2018.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Volkswagen, Germany, Global

December 27, 2017 - Global News

Westport Supplying Natural Gas Tech to China

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford F-150 courtesy of Westport.

Westport Fuel Systems will provide its high pressure direct injection technology, designed to enable heavy-duty trucks to operate on natural gas, to the Chinese market.

Tags: China, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Global, Westport

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

Wabco Invests $10 Million in Nikola Motor Company

Nikola anticipates offering its fully electric Nikola Two day-cab truck (pictured) for sale in the U.S. by 2021. Photo: Nikola

Wabco Holdings has announced a $10 million strategic investment in Nikola Motor Company, manufacturer of the upcoming Nikola One and Nikola Two hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Class 8, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Investment, Wabco, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Global

December 18, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Names GM of Connected Commercial Vehicle Unit

Hansen

Daimler has named Volker Hansen as the new general manager for Fleetboard GmbH where he will act as the head of digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Germany, Daimler, Global, Connected Car

December 14, 2017 - Global News

European Customers Now Running Fuso eCanter Electric Trucks

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks has begun delivering its Fuso eCanter, which it calls the first all-electric truck in regular production, to fleet customers in Europe, the company announced.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler, Electric Trucks, Class 4, Cabovers, Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter, Germany, Global

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Promotes Szalavari to Lead Global Marketing

Otto Szalavari Photo: Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission has announced the promotion of Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing, a position the company said is instrumental in driving its growth strategy.

Tags: Leadership, Allison Transmission, People, Marketing, Global

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Aims to Stay on Top in Mexico

Rollout on Nov. 15 of new Freightliner 360 2528, a Mexico-specific Class 8 truck. Photo: David Cullen<br />

Freightliner is maintaining an impressive 39% share of the Mexican commercial truck market as 2017 draws to a close — and is looking to build on that standing in 2018. HDT's Jack Roberts reports from Puerto Vallarta.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America, Global

November 16, 2017 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Expands Presence in Growing Mexican Market

Volvo Trucks debuted the new VNL for the Mexican market. Photo: Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its presence in the growing Mexican truck market, debuting the new VNL long-haul truck and offering the VNR and VAH models for the first time.

Tags: Mexico, Auto Haulers, Volvo VNR, Volvo VNL, Volvo Trucks North America, Global

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

Photo: Volvo Group

The Volvo Group demonstrated a new self-driving truck, designed to travel autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.

Tags: Ports, Volvo Group, Asia, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

November 15, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Introduces Pair of Mexico-Specific Cabover Trucks

A jungle-cat motif 2528. Photo: David Cullen

The rollout of two new market-specific cabover trucks in Mexico exemplifies Daimler Trucks overarching strategy of acting globally but thinking locally.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, Class 8, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Global

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Anthem Makes Mexican Debut

Photo: Jim Park<br />

Mack’s newest on-highway model, the Anthem, was introduced to Mexican truckers and journalists at the 2107 Expo Transporte show here in Guadalajara.

Tags: Mexico, Class 8, Mack Trucks, New Vehicles, Anthem, Global

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Global Growth Expected to Hit 3% in 2018

Global outlook for gross domestic product growth rates, 2017-2027. Graphic: The Conference Board

After exceeding expectations in 2017, the global economy is projected to continue its current momentum to generate a 3% growth rate through 2018, according to The Conference Board’s latest Global Economic Outlook.

Tags: Economy, Global

November 7, 2017 - Global News

China's JAC Motors Launches Electric Truck Line

Photo: JAC Motors

China’s JAC Motors recently launched a JAC Electric Trucks operation.

Tags: China, Global, Electric Vehicles

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Reorganizes to Support Global Expansion

Photo: Accuride

Accuride Corporation has realigned its organizational structure and made key appointments for its executive leadership team to support the company’s expansion as a global supplier of wheels and wheel end solutions.

Tags: Leadership, Accuride, People, Wheel Ends, Global

October 23, 2017 - Global News

Element Fleet Management Canada Names President

Gittens

Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president.

Tags: Canada, Global, Promotions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies

October 19, 2017 - Global News

Foton, Cummins Cooperating on China Super Truck Program

Photo: Foton Motor

China’s Foton Motor and Cummins have signed a memorandum of cooperation around the launch of the second stage of the China Super Truck program.

Tags: Global, China, Cummins, Foton Motor

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

Photo: David Cullen

Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Tags: Daimler, Global, Germany, Vehicle Production

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