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Penske Launches App with Free eLogs for Rental Vehicles

Penske Launches App with Free eLogs for Rental Vehicles

| November 20, 2017

Penske Truck Leasing has launched the Penske Driver app – what it bills as “the truck rental and leasing industry’s first fully integrated, custom app that provides truck drivers with easy Hours of Service (HOS) functionality to meet the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate,” and other productivity tools. It is free of charge and Penske continues […]

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Volvo Tests Self-driving Truck Moving from Hub to Hub

Volvo Tests Self-driving Truck Moving from Hub to Hub

| November 17, 2017

The self-driving truck, driving autonomously from one hub to another, is part of a development project exploring how automation can contribute to increased productivity, enhanced safety and lower environmental impact. Volvo has advanced the concept recently, demonstrating to a broader audience in conjunction with the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing. This pioneering truck, based […]

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Werner Logistics Introduces Transflo Telematics to Fleets

Werner Logistics Introduces Transflo Telematics to Fleets

| November 17, 2017

Transflo, a leader in enterprise mobility, telematics, and business process automation for the transportation industry, is introducing its next-generation telematics and electronic logging device (ELD) solution to fleets and owner-operators affiliated with Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), one of the five largest truckload carriers in the United States. Werner executives are implementing a program that makes […]

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People

Automotive Lift Institute Re-elects Stet Schanze as Chairman

Automotive Lift Institute Re-elects Stet Schanze as Chairman

| November 14, 2017

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) members elected the 2018 board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting Oct. 29 in Las Vegas and Stet Schanze of Gray Manufacturing Company (St. Joseph, Missouri) was elected to a third term as chairman of the board . The ALI is a trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety […]

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Steve Lambert Named President and CEO of Alliance Inspection Management

Steve Lambert Named President and CEO of Alliance Inspection Management

| November 14, 2017

Steve Lambert, an automotive remarketing and information technology leader, has been named president and CEO at Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), a leading national independent automotive inspection company. Lambert will take office in Long Beach, California on December 4. Lambert, 56, comes to AiM with a mandate to strengthen the company’s core inspection and dealer floor […]

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Scot Harden Named National Sales and Marketing Director at Tropos Technologies

Scot Harden Named National Sales and Marketing Director at Tropos Technologies

| November 9, 2017

Electric vehicle (EV) industry veteran Scot Harden has been named National Sales and Marketing Director for Tropos Technologies and its Cenntro Metro compact low-speed vehicle (LSV) utility truck line. By way of background, Tropos Technologies was named the U.S. distributor by Hangzhou, China based Cenntro Automotive Corporation back in July with U.S. headquarters in Morgan […]

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Fleet Maintenance

Ryder Acquires Dallas Service Center, Expanding Fleet Maintenance Network

Ryder Acquires Dallas Service Center, Expanding Fleet Maintenance Network

| October 12, 2017

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, transportation, and supply chain solutions, has completed the acquisition of all outstanding equity of Dallas Service Center, Inc. (DSC), an independent truck repair facility located in Dallas, Texas. Ryder intends to operate the business under the name Ryder Dallas Service Center, maintaining its current service offering […]

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New Pro Truck 2D Wheel Balancer for Trucks, Buses and Passenger Vehicles

New Pro Truck 2D Wheel Balancer for Trucks, Buses and Passenger Vehicles

| October 2, 2017

Wheel balancers have gone high tech. The new R544 Pro Truck 2D wheel balancer from Rotary,  features a microprocessor with self-calibration and self-diagnostic features. It also has specific balancing programs for static, dynamic and light alloy/aluminum wheels. According to the company “one single spin with low rotation speed provides all the necessary values.” The R544 […]

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Transervice Selected for Fleet Maintenance Service in Massachusetts

Transervice Selected for Fleet Maintenance Service in Massachusetts

| September 26, 2017

Transervice Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of customized transportation solutions, has been selected by Dennison Lubricants, Inc. to provide maintenance services to a fleet of approximately 61 vehicles, including straight trucks, tractors, trailers and material handling equipment delivering lubricants, greases and oils to the New England marketplace. Jim Lavery, Transervice’s Director of Business Development for New […]

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Fuel & Oil

New Synthetic Engine Oil Promises Added Protection and Diesel Fuel Economy

New Synthetic Engine Oil Promises Added Protection and Diesel Fuel Economy

| November 10, 2017

A new fully synthetic engine oil is touting added protection and fuel economy. Called TOTAL QUARTZ INEO LONG LIFE 0W-20 with ART (Age Resistance Technology), it is formulated to meet the ACEA C5 international standards and technical requirements of manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Porsche. The company claims it is “21% more efficient against sludge […]

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Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Flat Through August YTD

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Flat Through August YTD

| October 27, 2017

US and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales were flat through August year-to-date. “Despite the uncertainty of environmental change on the horizon, and continuing low oil prices, the future of alternative fuels led by NG/RNG is positive. The challenges of alternative fuel availability and distribution will be overcome; time is the biggest unknown.” […]

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Environmentalists Decry New House Legislation on Fuel Economy Standards

Environmentalists Decry New House Legislation on Fuel Economy Standards

| October 12, 2017

Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced new legislation that, according to environmentalists, would weaken federal fuel economy standards. The bill aligns with provisions outlined in legislation introduced in the Senate that would give automakers concessions that could undermine public health protections and the future competitiveness of American manufacturers, a leading group noted. […]

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Wheels & Tires

TP Commercial Partners with Dynamic Tire in Canada

TP Commercial Partners with Dynamic Tire in Canada

| November 20, 2017

TP Commercial Solutions, an entity of Pirelli’s industrial business unit that supplies commercial truck tires and fleet solutions to the global market, is partnering with Dynamic Tire to distribute its products in Canada. This new partnership is expected to help boost the Pirelli owned brand of commercial truck and fleet tires as it continues its North American […]

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New Cooper Discoverer True North Tire for Winter Weather

New Cooper Discoverer True North Tire for Winter Weather

| November 1, 2017

With winter around the corner, from snow to slush and over cold winter roads, Cooper Tire is preparing drivers for smooth highway commutes through winter weather with the launch of the all new Cooper Discoverer True North. Here’s what’s special: The Discoverer True North offers top performance and reliability and is designed to provide the […]

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BestDrive Opens New Commercial Tire Center in Denver, 22nd Nationwide

BestDrive Opens New Commercial Tire Center in Denver, 22nd Nationwide

| October 31, 2017

BestDrive, LLC, a commercial tire dealer and retreader focusing on Continental tire offerings, celebrated the grand opening of its location in Commerce City outside Denver, Colo., on October 27. Established in 2010, BestDrive now has 22 commercial tire centers across the United States, with plans to expand into eight additional states by the end of […]

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Green

Volvo Trucks Debuts New Long Haul Truck in Mexico with VNL Series

Volvo Trucks Debuts New Long Haul Truck in Mexico with VNL Series

| November 17, 2017

Volvo Trucks has debuted the new VNL long-haul series for the Mexican market recently. “Since its initial introduction in 1996 the Volvo VNL has been the premier long-haul tractor, and we’re building on that legacy with the new VNL series, the best long-haul tractor we’ve ever built,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North […]

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UCLA Gets Smarter and Greener, Orders All-Electric Shuttle Bus

UCLA Gets Smarter and Greener, Orders All-Electric Shuttle Bus

| November 13, 2017

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is getting greener after placing an order for a new 100% electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems’ All-Electric Powertrain. This zero-emission electric shuttle bus represents the first Motiv powered shuttle bus to operate on a university campus. Developed in partnership with Commercial Fleet Financing, the electric […]

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Electric Vehicle From Borgward Wins Award

Electric Vehicle From Borgward Wins Award

| November 13, 2017

A leading panel of judges from the German Design Council – the top German authority for brand and design – has once again honored a product from Borgward. The  BXi7, an all-electric concept SUV, has won the German Design Award for 2018. This award has also previously been presented to three other Borgward models: the  […]

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Recent News

DHL Increases Rates by 4.9% in 2018

DHL Increases Rates by 4.9% in 2018

| November 20, 2017

Prices seem to be going up as the economy starts to fire on all cylinders. Consider DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, which has just announced a 4.9% general average price increase for U.S. account holders, effective January 1, 2018. The company says it “adjusts its prices annually, taking into account inflation, […]

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Truck Lobby Group Praises House Bill, Overlooks Increase to Federal Deficit

Truck Lobby Group Praises House Bill, Overlooks Increase to Federal Deficit

| November 20, 2017

Truck lobbying force, The American Trucking Associations (ATA) commended the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. At the same time, the ATA did not address how the decrease in federal revenues from proposed tax cuts would benefit the working middle class or how it would improve the federal deficit.  […]

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MCI Opens Bay Area Sales and Service Center

MCI Opens Bay Area Sales and Service Center

| November 20, 2017

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, has opened its new San Francisco Bay Area Sales and Service Center. With more than 1,200 motor coaches in operation by public and private operators, the MCI name is […]

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Andrews Logistics Expands Presence in Southern California

Andrews Logistics Expands Presence in Southern California

| November 17, 2017

Andrews Logistics, a nationwide transporter of bulk liquids and hazardous materials, has purchased a new 11,200 square-foot office and maintenance facility to replace its previous base in Los Angeles. J. Darron Eschle, CEO of Andrews Logistics, said the new facility will provide the Los Angeles location with additional room to protect and care for equipment; […]

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Garmin Expands Fleet Management Capabilities

Garmin Expands Fleet Management Capabilities

| November 17, 2017

Garmin International has announced the Garmin fleet 700 tablet series for fleet management solutions and telematics. The new series combines Garmin navigation with the flexibility of a scalable tablet, and allows mobile workforces to customize every tablet in the series with their own Android-based business application. The new fleet series features three models: the fleet […]

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New Approach to Connect Self Storage Customers with Moving Trucks

New Approach to Connect Self Storage Customers with Moving Trucks

| November 17, 2017

In an effort to help the 60 percent of self storage customers that are moving, SpareFoot has launched an improved experience connecting consumers with local self-storage facilities that offer truck rentals. The offering is also an opportunity for the many self-storage facilities to market the service directly to consumers. Many facilities provide access to a […]

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For-Hire Trucking Volume and Prices Hit Record Highs

For-Hire Trucking Volume and Prices Hit Record Highs

| November 16, 2017

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that October’s volume reading surged to the highest level since March 2011 at 75. “Seasonally adjusted, the volume index was 75 but this was a record level for our survey,” noted Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst. Twenty-nine percent of respondents reported having […]

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Why Auto Insurance May Become Behavior-Based Soon

Why Auto Insurance May Become Behavior-Based Soon

| November 16, 2017

Price transparency is becoming the new norm as auto insurers attempt to shift to meet fleet and consumer expectations that policy rates should be based on driving behavior. Those are the results of Cambridge Mobile Telematics’ (CMT) new survey of more than 700 drivers, which revealed reliance on traditional methodologies for risk pricing is straining […]

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers in U.S.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers in U.S.

| November 16, 2017

With higher volumes of vehicles on the roads during the holiday season, one company has presented what it calls the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers. According to Zonar,  a  leader in smart fleet management technology, on average during the holiday season, there are approximately 36 percent more vehicles on […]

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SCI Names Peter Fidopiastis President and Chief Operating Officer

SCI Names Peter Fidopiastis President and Chief Operating Officer

| November 16, 2017

SCI LLC, a leader in Third Party Administration for the logistics industry, has  announced the appointment of Peter Fidopiastis as President and Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his new role, he will also continue as SCI’s General Counsel. Fidopiastis was a litigator in an employment defense firm in California dealing largely with management-side issues. […]

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