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September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Technician Institutes Hits Graduate Milestone

To date, the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) has graduated more than 200 service technicians, grown to three campuses, and expanded its scope to include training for fleet customers’ service technicians.

Tags: Peterbilt, Technician Training

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

DOC Says 40% Tariffs Due on Truck Tires From China

Photo courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says truck and bus tire manufacturers in China are dumping tires in the U.S. at less than fair market value, and those tires should be subject to tariffs of at least 20%. The tariffs are retroactive.

Tags: China, Truck Tires, Tariffs

August 25, 2016 - Product News

Chevron Unveils New Delo 400 CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils

FA-4 oils will be designated with yellow caps and coloring on the label. Photo: Chevron

Chevron unveiled its new line of Delo 400 engine oils meeting the American Petroleum Institute’s new CK-4 and FA-4 heavy-duty diesel oil specifications, offering improvements in fuel economy and engine protection.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, PC-11, Engine Oils

August 25, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Adds 450-HP ISX12 Ratings

Photo of ISX12 engine courtesy of Cummins.

Cummins Inc. announced the availability of two new 450-hp ISX12 ratings for linehaul and regional-haul truck markets.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins ISX12, HP Ratings

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Summit Truck Group Technicians Compete in Skills Contest

[Left to right] Ryan Deleon, 1st Place Overall; Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations; Nathan Holden, 2nd Place Overall; and Jonathan Metz, 3rd Place Overall Photo: Summit Holdings

Summit Holdings recently held its 4th annual Summit Truck Group Technician Rodeo, pitting the company’s top technicians against each other in a skills competition.

Tags: Competition, Technicians, Summit Truck Group, Truck Dealers

August 16, 2016 - Press Release

Fleetio Launches Mobile Vehicle Inspections

Screenshots courtesy of Fleetio.

Fleetio has begun offering a Web-based software module that provides an alternative to paper-based vehicle inspections for fleets, the company has announced.

Tags: Fleetio, Mobile Apps, Inspections

August 16, 2016 - Press Release

ARI 's Fleet Health Tool Identifies Higher-Cost Vehicles

Screenshot courtesy of ARI.

ARI has begun offering the Fleet Health Card, an analytical tool that helps fleet managers identify problematic vehicles that have the biggest impact on cost and reliability.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, ARI, Online Tool, Big Data

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

Can Big Trucks be Hacked?

Photo by Jim Park

Recent research proves it is possible to take partial control of some truck systems via direct connection to a truck's on-board diagnostic port, or data port. Whether or not remote control is possible remains to be proven.

Tags: Vehicle Hacking

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

New Isuzu Facility Aims to Serve Dealers and Customers

Isuzu's new Center of Excellence facility. Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has opened a new complex that it is calling the Center of Excellence, comprised of a parts distribution center, training and technical assistance facility.

Tags: Isuzu, Parts, Distribution, Truck Dealers, Training

July 26, 2016 - Industry News

Reading Group Offers Online Inventory Access

Photo courtesy of The Reading Group.

Work Truck Solutions has partnered with The Reading Group to provide up-to-date bailment pool inventory online.

Tags: Bailment Pools, The Reading Group, Work Truck Solutions, Online Inventory

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tread Depth Violations Highlight Tire-Focused Roadcheck

The number of inspections with tire violations shows the increased enforcement activity during Roadcheck. Graph: Vigillo

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

Tags: Inspections, Tires, Roadcheck, Vigillo

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

FleetNet Hires VP of Vendor Relations

Doty

FleetNet America has hired Don Doty as vice president of vendor relations for the provider of maintenance and repair services for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the company announced.

Tags: New Hire, Preventive Maintenance

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Pioneering 3D Parts

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. (PHOTO: DAIMLER)

Owners of Mercedes-Benz trucks will soon be installing genuine plastic replacement parts that have been produced on a 3D printer.

Tags: 3D Printing, Parts Printing, Global

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar Reaches Settlement in EPA Emissions Lawsuit

Caterpillar touted its unique ACERT technology as the answer to EPA 2007 emissions regs. HDT file photo by STF

Caterpillar has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective ACERT EPA 2007-compliant engines, with owners of these engines eligible to receive $500 to $10,000 per engine.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Caterpillar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Litigation

June 24, 2016 - Press Release

5 Tips from Rotary Lift for Choosing a 4-Point Lift

Rotary Lift ARO14 Shockwave four-post lift. (PHOTO: ROTARY LIFT)

Four-post drive-on vehicle lifts are easy to install, use, and maintain. The only hard part about four-post lift ownership is the initial decision about which configuration to buy.

Tags: Rotary Lift, How-to Guides, Four-Post Lift

June 20, 2016 - Press Release

FleetPride Acquires Charlebois Truck Parts Locations

FleetPride, Inc., an independent distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has acquired the assets of Charlebois Truck Parts locations in the Vermont and New York markets.

Tags: FleetPride, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Insured Tailgate Theft Declines 6%

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports today that insured tailgate thefts declined 6% in 2015, reversing a consecutive five-year escalating theft trend.

Tags: Insurance, Theft, Tailgates, Tailgate Theft

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Virtual Technician’s 200,000th Installation, 5th Anniversary

Five years after its launch, Detroit has marked the 200,000th installation of its Detroit Connect Virtual Technician integrated remote diagnostic system hardware.

Tags: DD15, DD13, DD16, Detroit Virtual Technician

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Hail Damage Claims for Vehicles Spiking

Photo courtesy of HLDI.

Insurers made increasingly higher payouts for hail damage to vehicles in three of the four years ending with 2014 than in the earlier three years of a seven-year study completed by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Tags: Claims Management, HLDI, Weather, Hail Damage

June 10, 2016 - Press Release

Penske Opens Calif. Leasing and Maintenance Facility

Penske Truck Leasing has opened a full-service truck leasing and contract maintenance facility in Mira Loma, Calif.

Tags: Penske, Penske Truck Leasing, Maintenance Facilities

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Telematics Offers Real-Time Diagnostics

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Ford will begin offering the Telogis-powered Maintenance Connect this summer that will allow fleets to connect their vehicles to a Ford service center and provide real-time diagnostics and preventive maintenance information.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Preventive Maintenance

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Summer Driving

Here are some summer driving tips from State Farm you can pass along.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, NHTSA, First-Aid Kits

May 27, 2016 - Press Release

Buyers Products Names New Municipal Sales Manager

Fuchs

Fuchs will join the sales and marketing team in the role of municipal sales and product development pertaining to fluid control and anti-ice.

Tags: Buyers Products, New Hire

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Jasper Renovation Project Nearing Completion

Photo courtesy of Jasper Engines & Transmissions.

The renovation and relocation project within the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Gas Engine Division at its Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Ind., is nearing completion.

Tags: Relocation, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Rennovation

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

FCA's Mopar Adding $12.2M Parts Center

Map of Mopar parts centers in North America courtesy of FCA US.

FCA has started work on a $12.2-million Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Va., to expand parts availability for customers, including fleets, in that area.

Tags: Mopar, Parts and Service

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Bob Graham joined ARI – Automotive Resources International in 1973. He began in the new-vehicle ordering area, moved to the maintenance management department, then to vehicle remarketing where he became manager, director, and then vice president in 2010.

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