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Nexar Launches Machine-Vision Based Insurance Telematics Solution

Nexar Launches Machine-Vision Based Insurance Telematics Solution

| April 26, 2017

Nexar, a leader in vehicle-to-vehicle networking for preventing road collisions and enabling autonomous mobility, has announced its vision-based Telematics solution which will leverage smartphone and cameras in automobiles to decrease accidents, better price auto insurance risk, and deter fraud. Here’s why it’s so important: Insurance companies today are searching for an affordable and connected telematics […]

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Penske Truck Leasing Unveils Mobile App

Penske Truck Leasing Unveils Mobile App

| April 26, 2017

Penske Truck Leasing has introduced a free mobile app called “Penske Fleet.™ It is designed to help Penske’s customers to: View real-time fuel prices. Penske’s customers may view current company fuel prices in local markets and costs for third-party fueling locations across the United States. Review a detailed 90-day history of vehicle maintenance services performed. […]

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Performance and Price Drive Commercial Fleets to Onboard and Cloud-based Analytics

Performance and Price Drive Commercial Fleets to Onboard and Cloud-based Analytics

| April 25, 2017

Fleet managers who need to monitor the status of their fleet as multiple vehicles move from one location to another are increasingly embracing a combination of onboard and cloud-based analytics. Case in point is VyncsFleet, powered by Agnik’s award-winning patented connected car technology. Fleet telematics products usually offer a collection of services involving location management, […]

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People

Phil Christman Named President Of Operations at Navistar

Phil Christman Named President Of Operations at Navistar

| April 24, 2017

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) has announced that Phil Christman has been promoted to President, Operations, effective immediately. His scope of responsibilities will include procurement, product development, manufacturing and supply chain. He will report to Persio Lisboa, Navistar’s chief operating officer. Christman has been with Navistar for nearly 30 years. During this time, he has […]

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USA Truck Appoints Jason Bates EVP and Chief Financial Officer

USA Truck Appoints Jason Bates EVP and Chief Financial Officer

| April 20, 2017

USA Truck Inc. (Nasdaq:USAK), a leading capacity solutions provider headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas, has announced that Jason Bates has joined its leadership team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bates joins USA Truck from Swift Transportation Company, where he had served as Vice President of Finance, Revenue Services and Investor Relations Officer […]

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Tracy Dick Named Chief Marketing Officer at GlobalTranz

Tracy Dick Named Chief Marketing Officer at GlobalTranz

| April 14, 2017

GlobalTranz Enterprises,  a leading technology-driven freight management provider, has announced that Tracy Dick has joined the company as chief marketing officer. In this role, Dick will be responsible for corporate communications, content management, product marketing, digital engagement, events and targeted demand generation programs. Prior to joining GlobalTranz, Dick spent five years at PetSmart, where she […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Drone Videography from Stertil-Koni Shows Dramatic Lifts at Port of Long Beach

Drone Videography from Stertil-Koni Shows Dramatic Lifts at Port of Long Beach

| April 19, 2017

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that the latest episode of its popular, customer-focused “We Care” video series incorporates advanced cinematography and editing technology to dramatically showcase a particularly unique customer application of the company’s award-winning lifting systems. In the latest installment of “We Care,” the customer under the spotlight is Long Beach […]

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Stertil-Koni Brings Touch Screen Console to Cabled Mobile Column Lifts

Stertil-Koni Brings Touch Screen Console to Cabled Mobile Column Lifts

| April 11, 2017

Heavy duty vehicle lift Stertil-Koni has announced that it is now shipping battery-operated cabled mobile column lifts with the company’s full-color, touch screen control technology, known as the ebright Smart Control System, to customers across North America First deployed on Stertil-Koni wireless mobile column lifts in 2015, the enhanced ebright Smart Control System provides intuitive, […]

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Ridgemont Equity to Invest in Dickinson Fleet Services

Ridgemont Equity to Invest in Dickinson Fleet Services

| April 4, 2017

Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market private equity investor, has announced a new investment in Dickinson Fleet Services (“DFS, a leader in technology-driven vehicle fleet maintenance. Here’s the scoop: Dickinson Fleet Services provides repair and maintenance services for vehicle fleet owners and operators across the United States. The Company operates a network of mobile technicians, […]

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Fuel & Oil

Toyota to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems in Heavy Duty Truck Applications

Toyota to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems in Heavy Duty Truck Applications

| April 21, 2017

Toyota Motor North America has unveiled a new initiative that its calls “Project Portal” – consisting of a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles. The approached was announced at a press conference with Port officials and representatives from California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the […]

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Prices at Pump Remain Flat

Prices at Pump Remain Flat

| April 3, 2017

According to the latest Fleet News Daily report, fuel prices are moving mostly sideways recenty.  Currently the price of Regular nationwide is $2.314 vs. $2.29 one week ago and a bit up from $2.058 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a bit of the same. One gallon of […]

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F-250 Conversion to Propane Autogas in Record Time at Work Truck Show

F-250 Conversion to Propane Autogas in Record Time at Work Truck Show

| March 24, 2017

Looking to log a new record in propane Autogas conversation for an F0250? Check out Alliance tech Stacey Snyder, a conversion specialist who upfitted a 2017 F-250 live, in the record setting time of 1:21:00, at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The time beat last year’s F-150 conversion record at the Work Truck […]

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Wheels & Tires

New Load Range for Heavier Steer Axles from Cooper Tire

New Load Range for Heavier Steer Axles from Cooper Tire

| April 26, 2017

Cooper Tire & Rubber has added a new load range to its popular Roadmaster RM180+(EM) SmartWay verified steer tire line to accommodate increasingly heavier steer axles. The RM180+(EM) is now available in load range H for tire sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5. The RM180+(EM) is an ideal steer tire for long haul applications. The tire features […]

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Cooper Tire Introduces New SmartWay Verified Long Haul Tire

Cooper Tire Introduces New SmartWay Verified Long Haul Tire

| March 27, 2017

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced that it has added to its Roadmaster commercial truck tire line with the introduction of the RM852(EM), a long haul drive tire that is SmartWay verified. The RM852(EM) has a unique tread compound and 30/32nds of tread, designed to provide long lasting mileage and features a solid shoulder […]

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TBC Brands to Unveil New Sumitomo Truck Tires at MATS

TBC Brands to Unveil New Sumitomo Truck Tires at MATS

| March 22, 2017

At the Mid-America Trucking (MATS) show, March 23-25, TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, will unveil the new Sumitomo ST719SE Regional Steer tire. The company will also have Sumitomo and Sailun branded truck tires on display. The introduction of the ST719SE comes on the heels of the […]

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Green

New Flyer Expands Electric Bus Production

New Flyer Expands Electric Bus Production

| April 26, 2017

New Flyer Industries, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, has signaled its expansion in electric mass transportation recently, showcasing the Xcelsior® XE40 electric bus it has delivered to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Earth Day Fair. “New Flyer […]

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Natural Gas Class 8 Retail Sales Start Strong in 2017

Natural Gas Class 8 Retail Sales Start Strong in 2017

| April 26, 2017

U.S. and Canadian natural gas heavy duty retail sales had a healthy start to 2017, boosted mostly from refuse fleets, transit, and school bus operators, according to ACT Research. “The best January in the past three years set up the positive year-to-date February performance,” said Steve Tam, ACT’s Vice President. He continued, “Among truckers, it […]

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Earth Day Tips for Fleets to Reduce Environmental Impact

Earth Day Tips for Fleets to Reduce Environmental Impact

| April 21, 2017

To help celebrate Earth Day, telematics fleet routing leader Omnitracs has shared some tips on how fleets owners can take proactive steps to reduce the environmental impact of their fleets.   Monitor consistently – Use a tire pressure monitoring system to keep your tires at the proper operating inflation pressure. Not only will this ensure […]

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Recent News

State of New York to Pay $44.4 Million to Truckers

State of New York to Pay $44.4 Million to Truckers

| April 27, 2017

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents professional and small-business truckers, wrapped up a class action lawsuit against New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance on April 19, 2017. The state’s Supreme Court – which is the state’s trial court – ordered that New York pay a total of $44,429,473 for an unconstitutional registration and […]

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Used Class 8 Truck Same Dealer Sales Close First Quarter of 2017 with Third Sequential Increase

Used Class 8 Truck Same Dealer Sales Close First Quarter of 2017 with Third Sequential Increase

| April 27, 2017

Class 8 same dealer used truck sales volumes continued to show strength in the closing month of the first quarter, increasing month-over-month with a third sequential double-digit rise, according to ACT Research. Total volumes also showed improvement in long-term comparisons, up year-over-year when compared to last March, and year-to-date compared to the first three months […]

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Volvo Re configures Truck Shape and Features with New VNR Regional Haul Model

Volvo Re configures Truck Shape and Features with New VNR Regional Haul Model

| April 24, 2017

Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled he new Volvo VNR model, a regional haul tractor designed and developed for the modern professional truck driver and the rapidly evolving demands of goods delivery. It features a new aerodynamic design, reimagined working environment, improved engine and transmission options, gearing and loading efficiencies, passive and active safety systems […]

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Battery-Electric Transit Buses Coming to Maryland

Battery-Electric Transit Buses Coming to Maryland

| April 21, 2017

BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, has announced that Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland (RTA), has received delivery of three 35-foot BYD K9S Battery-Electric, Zero-Emission Buses. The company reports that these are the first zero-emission electric transit buses in Maryland. To support the effort, an […]

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Allison Transmission and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Consider Partnership

Allison Transmission and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Consider Partnership

| April 20, 2017

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp. Ltd. (CNHTC) have announced an agreement to explore a strategic partnership to optimize fully automatic transmission technologies for the Chinese market. “The heavy-duty truck market in China represents a major growth opportunity for Allison and we’re pleased to jointly investigate ways […]

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WABCO Inks JV Agreement in China for Fleet Management System

WABCO Inks JV Agreement in China for Fleet Management System

| April 20, 2017

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) and Chinese logistics company G7 have inked an agreement to form a joint venture in China to develop and sell advanced fleet management systems for trucks and trailers. Privately-held G7 is an award-winning technology leader in China’s fleet logistic industry with a base of over 400,000 connected vehicles. Each company will hold […]

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Class 8 Backlog Rises for Fifth Straight Month

Class 8 Backlog Rises for Fifth Straight Month

| April 20, 2017

Thanks to the healthy order levels noted at the beginning of the month, coupled with what are still fairly restrained build levels, Class 8 backlogs increased again in March. The month-ending data from March indicates that the second quarter fill rate is running well ahead of historical norms. OEM build plans now stretch into September, […]

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XL Hybrids to Deliver Ford Transit Hybrid EV Conversions to CA Air Resources Board

XL Hybrids to Deliver Ford Transit Hybrid EV Conversions to CA Air Resources Board

| April 20, 2017

Fleet electrification leader XL Hybrids has announced the company received a California Air Resources Board Executive Order (CARB EO) allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered Ford Transit cargo vans and passenger wagons to be upgraded with the XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System. This executive order is the first-ever awarded by CARB for electrifying Ford Transit vans […]

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Sleek Fleet Appoints Executives to Top Team

Sleek Fleet Appoints Executives to Top Team

| April 19, 2017

Sleek Fleet has announced the addition of Kelly Cutler as chief marketing officer and Jim Robinson as chief commercial officer. Cutler and Robinson will focus on driver enlistment and shipper engagement delivering on Sleek Fleet’s commitment to a virtual network of owner operators. Sleek Fleet’s web and mobile-enabled application is designed to give qualified and […]

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Truck Tonnage Index Down 1% in March

Truck Tonnage Index Down 1% in March

| April 19, 2017

American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 1% in March, following a 0.1% decline during February. Compared with March 2016, the SA index rose 0.7%. In February, the index contracted 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. Year-to-date, compared with the same three months in 2016, the index is up 0.2%. […]

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