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April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Lack of Research Keeps Lid on Federal Truck GVW Limit

An advisory panel of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has issued an interim report on the research it will recommend be completed before consideration is given to raising the federal 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Size/Weight, National Academies of Sciences

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Large Pickups, FCA, Order to Delivery

April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Smokin' Titan Begins Road Trip Adventure

For the first time ever – Smokin' TITAN will be fully utilized and put to the test during a cooking competition among media members and Nissan executives in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 27-28. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

For the first time ever – Smokin' TITAN will be fully utilized and put to the test during a cooking competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Tags: Nissan, Titan, On the Lighter Side

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Clarifies Position on Navistar Takeover in SEC Filing

VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen AG cooled expectations that it is moving to take over Navistar International in an April 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in the same statement, the Germany-based OEM left the door open for its Volkswagen Truck & Bus GMbH subsidiary to possibly acquire U.S.-based Navistar at some later date.

Tags: Navistar, Global, Volkswagen

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Rainier Truck & Chassis Offers Online Ordering

Rainier offers a number of cab-over-engine (COE) models, including the RT2600 Class 6 model. (Photo courtest of Rainier)

Rainier dealers and customers can now use the company's factory website to order trucks anytime and anywhere.

Tags: Class 6, Truck Sales, Online Vehicle Ordering, Cabovers, Rainier Truck

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Autocar, Engines, Refuse Fleets

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

VW Truck Signals Interest in Acquiring All of Navistar

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press during the IAA Show in Germany in 2016. Photo: David Cullen

News reports out of Germany indicate that Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is open to taking over Navistar International Corp.. VW already holds a 16.9% share in the U.S. company via a “wide-ranging strategic alliance," which was announced back in 2016.

Tags: Global, Navistar International, Vocational Trucks, Volkswagen

April 12, 2018 - Global News

Volvo Unveils All-Electric Truck for Europe

Volvo’s new FL Electric Truck will have a daily range of approximately 186 miles and will enter serial production in Europe next year. Photo: Volvo

Volvo has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use in Europe, the FL Electric, designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

Tags: Volvo, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Global, Sweden

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hino, VW Ink Long-Term Strategic Partnership Deal

Hino's Yoshio Shimo and VW's Andreas Renschler announced a new strategic partnership between the to companies to develop new technologies. Photo: Joji Nishi

A new, long-term, strategic agreement reached by Hino and Volkswagen will evaluate technology cooperation between the two companies with a focus on conventional powertrains, hybrid and electric powertrains, as well as connectivity and autonomous driving systems.

Tags: Hino, Volkswagen, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Partnership, Global

April 10, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Enter Next Generation in 2020

On-road testing of the new Silverado HD prototypes will begin in the near future and production is expected to start in the third-quarter of 2019. Photo courtesy of General Motors

The next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups will debut in late 2019 as 2020 models, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2020-MY, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Large Pickups

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

4x4 Pickups Now Dominate Utility Fleets

Image courtesy of Utilimarc

Among utility fleets, four-wheel drive trucks have become the dominant light-duty pickup, according to Utilimarc.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, Utility Fleets, Four Wheel Drive, Utilimarc

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Inks Agreement to Develop Composite Materials for Class 8 Trucks

Navistar's agreement to explore composite materials for Class 8 trucks comes on the heels of the company's SuperTruck II project. Photo: Jack Roberts

Navistar has signed an agreement with TPI Composites to design and develop Class 8 trucks with lighter-weight frame rails and body panels crafted from composite materials.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, Fiberglass Composites, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Composites

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet's Chassis Cab Trucks Use Camaro Design Cue

Photo of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado chassis cab truck courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet's 2019 chassis cab trucks have taken a design cue from the Camaro sports car, by incorporating the so-called "flowtie" badge into the front grille, according to General Motors.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 4500, Chevrolet Silverado 5500, Chevrolet Silverado 6500, General Motors, Chassis Cab Trucks, 2019-MY

March 29, 2018 - Press Release

Ford Ranger Site Features Easter Eggs

Do you see the Jackalope hidden in the photo? (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Just in time for the Easter weekend, Ford has seeded the Ford Ranger website with a new batch of “Easter Eggs.”

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Midsize Pickups, On the Lighter Side

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Bollinger Motors Partners With Optimal

Bollinger Motors and Optimal plan on finalizing their work on the Bollinger B1 by the end of 2018, on target for a late 2019 start of production. (Image courtesy of Bollinger Motors)

Bollinger Motors has chosen Optimal, Inc. of Plymouth, Mich., to help bring the Bollinger B1 all-electric, all-wheel-drive Sport Utility Truck (SUT) to production by the end of the year.

Tags: Partnership, Electric Trucks, Bollinger Motors, Sport Utility Truck

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Raybestos Helps Restore Classic Chevrolet Truck

After making a North American tour, the Raybestos 1953 Chevy pickup will head to Las Vegas where it will be awarded to one lucky automotive professional during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX). (Image courtesy of Raybestos)

Raybestos has partnered with top suppliers to restore and upgrade the Raybestos 1953 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Tags: Chevrolet, Classic Truck, On the Lighter Side, Raybestos

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen's Midsize Pickup Tests the Waters

Photo of the Atlas Tanoak concept pickup courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is showing a midsize pickup concept based on its Atlas midsize SUV at the New York International Auto Show that the company is using to test media and customer response before it commits to a production schedule.

Tags: Volkswagen, New York Auto Show, Midsize Pickups

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Acela Truck Launches Flood Rescue Model

With 47-inch tires, 23 inches of ground clearance, an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, waterproof alternator, and starter and proprietary fording kit, Acela’s specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording 50 inches of water. (Photo courtesy of Acela Truck)

To address growing flood challenges, Acela Truck Company introduced specialized high-water rescue and response trucks to its line of Monterra 4x4 and 6x6 high-mobility truck chassis.

Tags: Flooding, Extreme Duty Trucks, Rescue Truck

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Considering Atlas-Based Pickup

Volkswagen may offer a mid-size pickup to U.S. buyers and is expected to show a concept version of it at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, sources told Automotive News.

Tags: Volkswagen, New York Auto Show, Midsize Pickups, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

2018-MY Truck Order Cut-off Update

Photo of 2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA.

Order cut-off dates for key 2018 model-year fleet truck models, including Ram, Ford, and Chevrolet, are quickly approaching.

Tags: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 5500, Ram 1500, Ford Transit, Truck Orders, Ram 4500, Ford Super Duty, 2018-MY, Wheels Inc.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Connect Offers Suite of Fleet Productivity Tools

Mack says its Experieince Managment approach reduced the time it took to address outstanding customer service issues by as much as 50%.

Mack has updated its Mack Connect suite of productivity management tools, which it highlighted during a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show, along with introducing an Anthem truck configurator tool and discussing customer experience surveys.

Tags: Telematics, Productivity, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, MATS, Connected Vehicles

March 22, 2018 - Press Release

H.K. Truck Center Delivers 1,000th Hino Truck

The 1,000th truck is a 2018 Hino 338 outfitted with an American Roll-Off container body. (Photo courtesy of Hino)

H.K. Truck Center celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th Hino truck to J. Cipas Container Service with a ceremony held at its facility in South Plainfield, N.J.

Tags: Hino, Roll-Off Containers, Milestones

March 21, 2018 - Global News

All-New Mercedes-Benz Actros, Arocs Trucks Launch in Middle East, Africa

The Mercedes-Benz Actros (right) and Arocs courtesy of Daimler.

The newly introduced Actros and Arocs models have been configured for environments of Middle East and Africa, which can reach temperatures as hot as 122 degrees.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Global, Mercedes-Benz Actros

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