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May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Utility Service Trucks Analyzed in Benchmarking Study

Photo courtesy of Utilimarc.

Utilimarc's benchmarking report for light-duty service trucks uses data from 40 utility fleet clients and includes more than 3,600 vehicles under 20,000 GVWR with a service body without an aerial device.

Tags: Operating Costs, Benchmarking, Utility Fleets, Utilimarc, Service Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

April 28, 2015 - Press Release

ACDelco Training Help Techs Expand Skills

General Motors will launch the ACDelco Technician Training Excellence Recognition Program this summer with more than 500 hours of available training aligned to the core ASE categories.

Tags: Technician Training, ASE, Parts and Service, General Motors, Awards

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Tire Air Pressure

Here’s some tire preventive maintenance advice, provided by America’s Tire, you may want to pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Tires

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website

Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.

Tags: Yokohama, Truck Tires, New Website

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties

Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Truck Sales, Truck Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

NationaLease Names Tech Challenge Regional Winners

NationaLease, a full service truck leasing organization, has announced the nine regional winners of the fifth annual NationaLease Tech Challenge exam.

Tags: Maintenance, NationaLease, Tech Challenge

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools

The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.

Tags: Telematics, Kenworth, Technology, Vehicle Diagnostics, Navigation System, MATS, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.

Tags: General Motors, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet, Collision Repair

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.

Tags: J.D. Power, Buick, Recalls, Customer Satisfaction, Dealers

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire named one of top Ultra-High Performance Tires. Photo courtesy of Michelin

Consumer Reports has named Michelin as the Best Tire Brand by its tire-testing team. The brands that performed the best after Michelin were Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli.

Tags: Michelin, Consumer Reports, Tires, Tires and Wheels

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Opens NGV Maintenance Facility in Calif.

Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to provide vehicle maintenance for Ryder lease and rental customers, mobile maintenance, and a 20-minute rental service guarantee, along with on-site diesel fueling.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG, LNG, Maintenance Facilities

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.

Tags: Warranty, General Motors, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick

March 11, 2015 - Press Release

Southwest Products Expands to Northwest

Southwest Products announced the opening of its new sales, parts, and service center in southwest Washington, bringing its lineup of specialty vocational trucks and commercial generators to the Northwest.

Tags: Southwest Products

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes

This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.

Tags: Driver Safety, Collision Repair, Driver Safety Tips

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

Tags: Navistar, Rush Enterprises, Commercial Vehicle Dealearships

February 23, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Details Diagnostic Application

Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system.

Tags: Cummins, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

February 17, 2015 - Press Release

Motion Industries to Acquire Miller Bearings

Motion Industries, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has entered into a definitive agreement whereby Motion Industries has agreed to acquire Miller Bearings, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Fla., in the first quarter of 2015.

Tags: Truck Parts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Genuine Parts

January 29, 2015 - Press Release

Mitchell 1 Shop Management Workshop Date

Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s first Shop Management Workshop, April 30-May 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Tags: Mitchell 1, Managing the Shop

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Unveils Dayton Commercial Tire Website

Dayton's new website. via DaytonTruckTires.com

Bridgestone Commercial has designed and launched a new website for its Dayton line of commercial truck tires.

Tags: Truck Tires, Bridgestone, Tires and Wheels, Online Tool, Tires

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Replacement Truck Tire Demand Doubles

In 2014, the average price of a retreaded truck tire was $237.48. The average price of a new tire was $381.50. Graphic via MTD.

Compared with 2013, truck tire shipments in 2014 were up 1.6 million units, while the number of retreaded tires was up 800,000 units.

Tags: Truck Tires, Retreads, Tires and Wheels, Tires

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs

Photo courtesy of Goodyear.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Mid-Size SUVs, Tires and Wheels, Passenger Cars

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes

Photo courtesy of Toyo.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.

Tags: Toyo, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing Wheel Misalignment

Here are tips from Firestone to help fleet drivers recognize early symptoms of wheel misalignment.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Tires and Wheels

January 5, 2015 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni to Expand Manufacturing Facility

Photo courtesy of Stertil-Koni

Stertil-Koni announced that its U.S. production facility has purchased a 4.5-acre parcel adjacent to its current manufacturing plant in Streator, Ill. The acquisition will enable Stertil ALM to further expand production of heavy-duty vehicle lifts.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Stertil-Koni

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