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March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.

A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Meritor is the executive title sponsor of Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season marking the return of big-rig truck racing to the U.S. for the first time since 1993.

Tags: Meritor, Sponsorship, ChampTruck, Racing

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Internet Truckstop is Now Truckstop.com

Freight-matching load board company Internet Truckstop has rebranded as Truckstop.com, the company's CEO announced.

Tags: Internet Truckstop, Load Board, Freight Market, Rebranding

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System

Photo of Kenworth T680 by Jim Park.

Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Kenworth, Maxwell Technologies, Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Photo via Wikimedia.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

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

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Actwas on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

BestPass Says it Can Cut Number of Transponders Needed for Tolls

A company that got its start as a way for New York State Motor Truck members to more easily manage their tolls says with a new transponder it will cover nearly all toll facilities nationwide by the end of the year and eliminate the need to have half a dozen transponders in a truck.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast here this morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, GHG Emissions, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt Motors Company introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are now in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, CNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs

Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Manual Transmissions, Eaton Advantage, UltraShift Plus

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Meets 2015 Goals

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, expressed his excitement over meeting the 2014 goals, and what TMAF has planned for 2015. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, announced that had it reached its goal of raising $1 million since its inception last March, which was made possible by contributions from more than 100 trucking companies, allied members and individuals.

Tags: Trucking Moves America Forward, Image, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa Rolls Out Next-Gen Durabright Wheel

Building on the success of its predecessor, Alcoa is bringing to market the Dura-Bright EVO wheel, said to be highly resistant to corrosion caused by road salts and weather elements, and more resistant to cleaning chemicals.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Names 2015 Highway Hero

It was not an easy choice when it came to choosing this year’s 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero, as all three finalists risked their lives to save others.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup

XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Powertrains, MATS, Downspeed

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbed Demand Picks Up in Spot Market

In a mixed week for the spot market, Flatbeds saw the only gain again continuing the trend in demand for the trailer type.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

International First with New Bendix Advanced Safety System

Wingman Fusion will be available on the International ProStar. Photo: International

Navistar International Truck announced that beginning next month, the new Bendix Wingman Fusion integrated driver-safety system will be available on its International ProStar Class 8 truck models.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Navistar, Bendix, International Trucks

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Legislation, ATA, CSA

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

Tags: Thermo King, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage, Trailers

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dean Foods Rolling Out 64 CNG Trucks, Fueling

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Dean Foods, one of the nation's largest food and beverage companies, will begin adding 64 medium- and heavy-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fueling station at its Houston plant under a new agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Medium-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Launches Two-Stage Turbocharger

The MY-2016 Nissan Titan XD will be equipped with a Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel. Photo: Nissan

Cummins Turbo Technologies, a manufacturer of turbocharger technology, will officially launch its new two-stage turbocharger powering the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Cummins Turbo Diesel

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: Dave Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Efficiency with 579 Epiq

Photo: Peterbilt

During its presentation at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, Peterbilt reported up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency reached with its Model 579 Epiq.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Epiq

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel

HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, SuperTruck, Fuel Efficiency

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Appoints Engine Business Vice President

Photo of Amy Boerger by Evan Lockridge.

Cummins has appointed Amy Boerger as vice president of its North American Engine Business unit. Boerger was a finalist for the 2014 Most Influential Woman in Trucking.

Tags: Cummins, People, Women in Trucking, Promotions

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