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March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Predicting Another Banner Year

The North American truck market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations, said Daimler Trucks North America head Martin Daum in a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show -- and demand for the DT12 automated manual has far exceeded even Daum's optimistic goals.

Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, MATS

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Could Bring Commercial Van to U.S.

Hyundai is targeting the European market with the new H350. Photo courtesy Hyundai Motor.

South Korean-based Hyundai announced it's making a big push in the commercial vehicle market, and published reports indicate it plans to introduce a van model into the U.S. market.

Tags: Hyundai, Cargo Vans, Global

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

Renschler Takes Over VW Trucks, Creating Speculation on Acquisitions

Andreas Renschler speaks at a 2012 event. Photo by Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

Former Daimler Trucks head Andreas Renschler started work this week as head of rival Volkswagen's trucks business, once again creating speculation that VW may look to North American shores as it works toward goals of expanding its global footprint.

Tags: Volkswagen, MAN, Scania, Global

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

Declining fuel prices has reduced the attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrains in commercial vehicles, yet the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise for these systems.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Frost & Sullivan, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

January 6, 2015 - Global News

China's Commercial Vehicle Market Remains Soft

The pace of China’s economy slowed in the third quarter of 2014, with growth of 7.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the most recent "China Commercial Vehicle Outlook," jointly published quarterly by ACT and SIC, China’s State Information Center.

Tags: China, Commercial Vehicles, Economic Conditions, Global

January 5, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Acquires 45 Percent of Chinese Truck Manufacturer

Photo: Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles

AB Volvo completed the purchase of 45% of Chinese automotive manufacturer Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles, first announced two years ago.

Tags: China, DongFeng Commercial Vehicles, Volvo Group, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Has Third Busiest Week

Photo: Jim Park

The week ending Oct. 25, rail intermodal traffic was up 6.7% compared with the same week last year -- higher growth than that of rail traffic overall.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Economy, NAFTA, Global

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Global Medium, Heavy Vehicle Sales to Nearly Double by 2035

Global sales of medium and heavy duty vehicles should reach 7.1 million by 2035 from the 4.3 million that should be sold in 2014, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research, Forecast, Global

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Profit Up, North American Truck Sales Jump 25%

Daimler AG's headquarters in Germany. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler AG, the German parent of Daimler Trucks North America, has reported higher third quarter profit and revenue, with record Mercedes-Benz auto sales and a booming North American truck market being partially offset by lower sales in other parts of the world.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Global

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Survey, Manufacturing, 3PL, Global

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, IAA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Auto Shows, Germany, Future Trucks, Global, Events

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Germany’s ZF Purchasing TRW Automotive

ZF Friedrichshafen of Germany is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings, creating one of the world's largest companies in the vehicle supplier business.

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

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The new Vito van is seen as a global model like the Sprinter.

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Global, Daimler AG

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Growth in Important Markets Boosts 2014 IAA International Truck Show

Keynote speaker was Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which is organizing the IAA Show. Photo: Nico Hertgen

The world's largest commercial truck show, the bi-annual IAA event in Hannover, Germany, is coming up in late September and will reflect economic conditions in some of the world's most important truck markets.

Tags: IAA, Events, Global

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The tractor’s steering and movement are remotely controlled by a man with special app on a tablet computer. It sends the pup trailer in the proper path, and the semitrailer and tractor follow along, guided by the ZF app’s computations. Photo: ZF Freidrichshafen AG

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

Tags: Fleet Efficiency, ZF Friedrichshafen, Remote Controls, Future Trucks, Transmissions, Longer Combination Vehicles, Global

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, Global, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rumors Say Volkswagen to Bid for Paccar; VW Denies it

Rumors have been around for a while that Volkswagen will try to buy a U.S. truck maker. Earlier rumors centered on International, but the latest is Paccar, with Reuters running a story Thursday about takeover plans and VW denying it.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Shows Off New Lubricants Technology Center in China

The second-floor lab in the new Shell Technology Center in Shanghai focuses on basic testing such as viscosity, cold cranking ability, foaming and pumpability. (Photo courtesy Shell)

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well.

Tags: China, Lubricants, Shell Lubricants, Global, Engine Oils

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Bergstrom Names Gordon Global Vice President of Truck Sales

As a result of enhanced global collaboration and coordination within the trucking industry, Bergstrom has promoted Bill Gordon to Global Vice President Truck.

Tags: People, Global, Bergstrom

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Hankook Tire Building High-Tech R&D Center

Hankook Tire held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuedsay for its new research and development center, the Hankook Technodome, at a construction site in Daejeon, Korea, a key part of its strategic R&D vision of becoming a global top-tier tire brand/

Tags: China, Tires, Hankook Tire, Global

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

Tags: Meritor, Drivetrains, Axles, Fuel Economy, Global

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