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October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Shell Wants to Make Pickup Truck Official Vehicle of America

One of the mascot trucks by Tommy Pike Customs courtesy of Shell Lubricants.

To pay homage to the substantial role pickup trucks play in shaping our nation and working their way into all parts of our society, Shell is honoring the vehicle by leading a national Shell ROTELLA campaign, entitled Pickup Pride which may forever change the way Americans view the pickup truck.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Shell Lubricants, Petitions

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Organizers Pronounce Inaugural NACV Show Success, Plan for 2019

Ribbon cutting for the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. From left-right Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board Member Deutsche Messe, Elisabeth Barna, COO American Trucking Association, Larry Turner, President and CEO Hannover Fairs USA, and Jim Glionna, Chairman and Founder Newcom Business Media. Photo: NACV

Organizers of the first North American Commercial Vehicle Show held last week say they’re happy with the results of the show’s business-to-business concept and focus on global technology, and they learned how to improve the next one, to be held in 2019.

Tags: NACV Show

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado Showed Fastest Truck Order-to-Delivery for 2017

Photo of the 2017 Colorado courtesy of Chevrolet.

The Chevrolet Colorado truck logged the fastest order-to-delivery (OTD) time among trucks in the 2017 model-year, averaging 64 days, a 17-day improvement over 2016 figures.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Chevrolet Colorado, Order to Delivery, 2017-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Explores Ways to Keep Fuel Costs Under Control

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank Voyager.

Explore the many ways fuel costs can get out of control and how you can stop it.

Tags: Voyager Fuel Card, Fuel Costs, U.S. Bank, Fuel, Fuel Budgets

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 4/5 Silverados

Photo by Paul Clinton

Chevrolet will offer Class 4 and 5 versions of its Silverado for commercial users in fields such as construction, utility services, and first responders, the company announced at the Texas Auto Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, General Motors, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks, Texas Auto Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Nominates Martinez to Head FMCSA

Raymond Martinez Photo: NJ.gov

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Raymond Martinez has been nominated by the Trump Administration to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Leadership, New Jersey, People, Donald Trump

September 25, 2017 - Press Release

Enterprise Truck Rental Now in Kansas City

Enterprise Truck Rental has opened its first location in the Kansas City area. The new Enterprise Truck Rental facility in Olathe, Kansas, is situated on a 1.7-acre lot and is co-located with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office.

Tags: Truck Rental, Enterprise Truck Rental

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 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 19, 2017 - Industry News

Banfield Foundation Unveils American Humane Rescue Truck

Image of the Banfield Foundation's new 50-foot truck unveiling courtesy of PR Newsire

Banfield Foundation unveiled a new, 50-foot American Humane rescue truck dedicated to helping safeguard animals on the West Coast. The truck's launch comes at a crucial time as thousands of Americans and their pets continue to face emergency and rescue needs in the aftermath of recent disasters.

Tags: Vocational Trucks, Pet Rescue, Banfield Foundation, Rescue Truck

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Fleet Visionaries Honored at AFLA

Photo of Sonya Garrepy, the 2017 Fleet Visionary of the Year, by Eric Gandarilla.

The second class of fleet visionaries were honored at the 2017 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) annual conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 18.

Tags: AFLA, Awards, Merchants Fleet Management, Fleet Visionary Award, AFLA Conference

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names Head of North American Commercial Business

Scott Damon Photo: Bridgeston Americas

Bridgestone Americas has announced that Scott Damon has been named president, commercial group, U.S. and Canada for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, effective Oct. 1.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, People

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Miami Auto Show Canceled Due to Irma

Logo: MIAS

The Miami International Auto Show has been canceled for the first time in its nearly 50 years due to Hurricane Irma, show organizers announced on Facebook.

Tags: Auto Shows, Dealers, Hurricane Irma, Miami International Auto Show

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Seeking Emerging Industry Leaders

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor, a group of young trucking industry leaders already making a difference in his or her fields.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People, Emerging Leaders

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Selling Stake in Joint Venture to Wabco

Advanced safety systems were one offering of the Meritor Wabco joint venture. Photo: Meritor Wabco

Wabco Holdings Inc. is expanding its operations in North America by taking full ownership of the Meritor Wabco joint venture.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, Meritor Wabco, Wabco, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Parts Supplier Adopts Specialized Crane for Transit Vans

Photo courtesy of Venco Venturo.

Automotive Parts Solutions worked with a truck equipment upfitter, North Central Truck Equipment, to install a specialized crane application developed by Venco Venturo, the Venturo VC1000 Van Crane, for the Ford Transit.

Tags: Equipment, Cranes, Venco Venturo, Full-Size Vans

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Irma Could Wipe out 400,000 Vehicles

Photo of replacement rental vehicles being transported to the Houston area courtesy of Enterprise Holdings.

As many as 400,000 vehicles in Florida will need to be replaced as a result of Hurricane Irma, including as many as 11,000 fleet vehicles, according to Cox Automotive.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Hurricanes, Cox Automotive, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricanes Could Cost GDP Half a Percentage Point in Q3

Noel Perry speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Speaking about the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the FTR Transportation Conference, analysts estimated that the economic impact on the region could cost GDP 0.5% in the third quarter of 2017.

Tags: FTR, GDP, Spot Freight, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Economic Conditions

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Hurricane Irma's late shift to the west seems to have spared Florida the worst of the storm, but even with reduced impact, its effects are widespread.

Tags: Florida, Fuel Prices, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Ports, FEMA, Hurricane Irma

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Joins SuperTruck II Project

Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced that it will participate in the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, collaborating closely with the Paccar Technical Center and DAF Trucks, a subsidiary of Paccar, to develop fuel efficient technologies.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Paccar MX Engine, SuperTruck

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

President Trump Nominates FWHA Administrator

Paul Trombino Photo via McClure Engineering

President Trump has nominated Paul Trombino to be the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, replacing current acting administrator Brandye Hendrickson.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Donald Trump

September 11, 2017 - Press Release

Remy Names VP of Sales

MOEN

Darwin Moen has joined Remy Power Products as its new vice president of sales, responsible for sales strategy, program development, customer relations, category management, and establishing and managing key performance indicators.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remy, New Hire, Remy Power Products

September 11, 2017 - Press Release

NTEA Announces New Event for Work Truck Show

At Fleet Technical Congress, fleet managers can explore the latest technology solutions while gaining management insights from leaders of some of the country's biggest fleets and suppliers.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Fleet Events

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fuso Promotes Hedbany to Manager, Field Services

Gene Hedbany Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America promoted Gene Hedbany from product support manager to a new position as manager, field services.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Leadership, People

September 8, 2017 - Press Release

TBEI/Ox Bodies Names New President

BELL

Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI), a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, announced Henry Bell was promoted to General Manager/President of Ox Bodies, Inc.

Tags: TBEI, Federal Signal, Promotions, Ox Bodies

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