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September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Sees One Strong Year Leading into Another

Göran Nyberg speaking at NACV show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Alluding to Volvo’s rollout of not one but two new trucks in the past few month, Volvo Trucks North America President Göran Nyberg declared “it’s a great year to introduce a new truck.”

Tags: Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar-VW Alliance to Bring Electric Truck, Integrated Powertrain to Market

“Navistar is now writing the next chapter of our story,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Navistar-Volkswagen Truck & Bus Alliance has borne fruit faster than either company expected, and officials announced Monday at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show. they will develop a proprietary, integrated powertrain; a common connected vehicle and cloud platform; and an electric-powered Class 6/7 truck.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, International Trucks, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers New Cab Configurations for Cascadia

Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available in mid-roof cab configurations for regional overnight haulers and segments such as bulk haul and flatbeds.

Tags: Freightliner, Flatbeds, Freightliner Cascadia, Sleepers, Bulk Hauling, NACV Show, Regional Haul

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson 6x2 Liftable Forward Tandem Axle Available on Cascadia

Image: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems has partnered with Freightliner Trucks to offer the OptiMaax 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle on the new Cascadia, the company announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Hendrickson, Axles, Tandem Axle, Lift Axles, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Brodsky

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam, Retread Tire Association

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Announces Public Highway Platooning Tests

Roger Nielsen said at the NACV Show that Detroit Assurance Safety Systems are the enabling platform for the company’s current platooning tests in Oregon and Nevada. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

DTNA president Roger Nielsen revealed at the NACV Show in Atlanta that the company is conducting platooning tests on public highways in Oregon and Nevada.

Tags: Industry Event, Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Tenneco Highlights Waste-Heat Recovery, Ride-Improvement Solutions

Tenneco's Ben Patel Photo: Evan Lockridge

Tenneco Inc. showed off its latest array of and emissions-related and ride-performance products at a press conference held in Atlanta on Sept. 24, ahead of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Tenneco, Ride Improvement, Emissions Solutions, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Eaton Cummins Unveils Endurant Automated Transmission

Company officials said the new Endurant 12-speed automated transmission is the lightest, most efficient 1,850 lb.-ft.-capable heavy-duty transmission. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies unveiled the first product from its joint venture, a lightweight, efficient automated transmission, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Transmissions, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Run On Less Drivers Average 10.1 mpg, Surpassing Goals

PepsiCo was one of the title sponsors and also one of the participating fleets. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Despite the challenges of two hurricanes, on top of the normal trucking challenges of high elevations, heavy loads, and crosswinds, seven drivers over 17 days and 50,000 miles managed to average 10.1 mpg overall in the Run on Less fuel-economy road show that concluded this weekend in Atlanta.

Tags: PepsiCo, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, NACV Show, Run on Less

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Businesses Can Expense Up to $500K in Truck Purchases

Businesses can expense up to $500,000 in tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks such the FUSO FE/FG Series. (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America)

The U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 179 (commonly referred to as IRC-179) allows businesses to expense up to $500,000 in the tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Vehicle Purchasing

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Sustains Over 11 MPG for 5,600 Miles

Sharp Transport driver David Gooch next to the Cumberland C10 he drove for the #Raceto10MPG challenge. Screenshot via Cumberland International YouTube

Driver David Gooch was able to sustain 11.21 miles per gallon over 5,599 miles during the #Raceto10mpg challenge put on by Cumberland International and Sharp Transport.

Tags: MPG, Truck Drivers, Fuel Economy, Contest

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Grote to Show Guardian Smart Trailer System at NACV

The Guardian Smart Trailer System. Photo: Grote

Grote Industries has announced the Guardian Smart Trailer System designed to monitor a trailer’s lighting system and alert an operator to any status changes through the telematics system.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Lighting, Grote, NACV Show

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA, Advanced Safety Technology

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Fleet Fuel Cards, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Shell’s Starship Truck Focuses on Freight Efficiency First

Scale model of Shell's Starship concept truck. Photo: Steven Martinez

Shell Rotella’s next-generation concept truck, nicknamed the Starship, is set to debut early in 2018, and the company says it will focus on freight efficiency rather than raw miles per gallon.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Shell Rotella, Freight Efficiency, Concept Vehicles

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July remains in a positive range with a reading of 5.75, reflecting tightening capacity, rising spot rates.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Labor Costs, Market Trends, FTR, TCI, Trucking Conditions Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Growing Stronger

Newly released figures show the market for truckload freight shipments is improving and the intermodal sector has completed nearly a year of increasing rates while the outlook for both has improved.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Hit 2-Year Highs, Hurricane Effects Continue

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have come and gone but their effects on supply chains continue, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, with spot freight rates remaining at two-year highs.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Appoints Maintenance VP

USA Truck announced that Jeff Harris will be the company's new VP of maintenance. Harris will oversee maintenance at all the company’s facilities.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

California Passes Clean Air Bill with $895M in Vehicle Incentives

$140 million will go toward incentivizing cleaner vehicles at California’s ports. Photo: Jim Park.

The Clean Air Initiative provides $895 million for incentive programs that cut emissions from diesel and other greenhouse gas producing pollutants.

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Port of Los Angeles, California, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction, State Legislation, Ports

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

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