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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

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Enter Next Generation in 2020

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

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Texas City May Outsource Utility Due to High Fleet Costs

Bringing its fleet of electric utility trucks up to the necessary safety standards would cost an estimated $700,000. The City of Gonzales (Texas) will determine whether it is more affordable to outsource all utility operations.

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 Inks Agreement to Develop Composite Materials for Class 8 Trucks

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.

Photo of 2018 F-150 pickup courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks, Expedition for Shifter Cable

Ford is recalling an estimated 350,000 2018 F-150 and 2018 Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 F-650 and F-750 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions because a clip that locks the gear shift cable may not be fully seated.

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N.J. Officials Respond to Backlash over Storm Response

At the public forum, several elected officials pointed out inefficiencies in communication. One mayor noted how frustrating it was to see utility trucks lined up in a lot because they had not yet been deployed.

Photo of the new Centered on Safety Training Center courtesy of CIS

Crane Industry Services Relocates, Announces New Staff

The Centered on Safety Training Center’s new 8,892-sq. ft. facility features multiple training rooms, an NCCER testing center, a simulation room, land for crane training, and two warehouses for hands-on training.

Photo of 2018 Expedition large SUV courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Four Vehicles for Transmission Part

Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 161 2017-18 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition, 2018 Lincoln Navigator and 2018 Ford Mustang vehicles in North America with 10R80 transmissions because the roll pin that attaches the park pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case may be missing.

It purchased the very first dispenser that Superior Energy Systems manufactured in 2007, which is still in use at an assisted living facility in Anderson, S.C. (Photo courtesy of Superior Energy Systems)

Superior Energy Installs 1,000th Dispenser

Superior Energy Systems installed its 1,000th propane autogas dispenser and now has units located in all 50 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces.

Photo of Hi Viz outrigger pads courtesy of DICA

DICA to Showcase Products at Canadian Utility Fleet Forum

DICA will show new and updated products designed to simplify utility equipment setup at the Canadian Utility Fleet Forum, to be held April 30-May 2 in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo of the Ford Transit LightningElectric courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems Electric Ford Transit: 61 MPGe in the City

Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit LightningElectric will provide a fuel economy rating of 61 MPGe in the city and 66 MPGe on the highway, according to the vehicle modifier, which will display it for fleets around the U.S. in April and May.

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

Chevrolet's Chassis Cab Trucks Use Camaro Design Cue

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.

The foundation includes event-triggered onboard cameras from SmartDrive that face inside the truck cab, and outwards to the road, along with an ongoing driver safety coaching program. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Logistics Adds Video-Based Safety Program

Penske Logistics is introducing the next generation of truck fleet safety technology through a video-based safety program in more than 2,800 of its heavy-duty trucks across the company’s North America operations.

Photo of a heavy-duty truck via Pixabay

SoCalGas Helps Calif. Fleets Acquire Natural Gas Trucks

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced efforts to help California fleets get more drivers behind the wheel of near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

Terex’s Ted Barron Named to Green Truck Association Board of Governors

As a member of the Board of Governors, Barron will work with other industry professionals to set policy and develop strategy for the organization, as well as play an active role in the development of programs and services.

Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Enterprises. Image courtesy of Fortune

Icahn Selling Federal-Mogul to Tenneco

Icahn Enterprises L.P., the parent company of Icahn Automotive Group LLC, is selling auto parts maker Federal-Mogul LLC to Tenneco Inc. for $5.4 billion. Tenneco plans to split Federal-Mogul into two entities.

PalFleet Truck Equipment Company Now Palfinger

Palfinger's wholly-owned distribution, PalFleet Truck Equipment Company, LLC, will discontinue the name PalFleet and will continue operations as Palfinger USA, LLC.

Andreas von Wallfeld, head of marketing, sales, and service for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, photo courtesy of Daimler AG.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Names Head of Marketing, Sales, Service

Andreas von Wallfeld was named as the new head of marketing, sales, and services for Mercedes-Benz Trucks as of May 1.

Photo of Heidi King, deputy administrator of NHTSA, courtesy of that agency.

Interim NHTSA Chief Nominated to Lead Agency

President Donald Trump has nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than a year after taking office. King has been serving as the interim head of the nation's top road safety agency.

Inland Truck Parts Acquires 2 New Businesses

Inland Truck Parts & Service (ITP) announced its addition of two Texas businesses to its footprint of stores. The new stores will allow the company to better meet the repair and equipment needs of truck owners in the southwest region.

ATA Launches Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference

American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council will be hosting a new event called the Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference, addressing best practices in fleet data management and cybersecurity.

Photo illustration courtesy of Fleet Complete.

Fleet Complete Developing Fleet Management Platform for GM Vehicles

Toronto-based telematics provider Fleet Complete will develop a connected fleet management software platform for OnStar-equipped General Motors vehicles under a new partnership with the manufacturer, the company has announced.

Ryder Acquisition Adds Last-Mile Delivery, E-Commerce Fulfillment Capabilities

Ryder System has acquired e-commerce fulfillment provider MXD Group, including the company's network of facilities and last mile capabilities.

Combined Truck Orders to Exceed 70,000 Units in March

Preliminary data on heavy and medium duty commercial truck orders shows that the industry has surpassed 70,000 units in March, according to ACT Research.

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

Hino, VW Ink Long-Term Strategic Partnership Deal

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.

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 Unveils All-Electric Truck for Europe

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.

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