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Meritor Offers 13X Axle on International Trucks

Meritor has announced that its 13X single-drive axle will become standard equipment on the International DuraStar in July. The axle will also be available as an option on other International medium-duty trucks.

Western Star's newest Model 5700 paint scheme is based on colors and patterns the company used on show trucks in the 1970s. Photos: Jack Roberts

Western Star Celebrates Half Century Mark

Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.

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Toyota Recalls Tacoma Trucks for Oil Leaks

The recall covers an estimated 228,000 pickup trucks in the 2016 and 2017 model years.

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YourMechanic Launches Fleet Maintenance Services

The new maintenance program covers light-duty commercial vehicles up to Class 3 (10,000 to 14,000 pounds) and medium-duty Class 4 (up to 16,000 pounds), and aims to address many challenges facing fleet managers by offering flexible service packages, including on-demand repair delivered directly to the fleet of vehicles.

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Truck Dealership Employment Rose 5.6% in 2016

Employment at truck dealerships hit its highest point in five years, according to a report from American Truck Dealers a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, as dealers work to improve customer uptime and deal with ever-more-complex equipment.

Altorfer Cat to Sell Thunder Creek Construction Products

Altorfer Inc. and Thunder Creek Equipment have reached an agreement that will make the heavy equipment dealer an official provider of Thunder Creek’s products for the construction industry in central Illinois, eastern Iowa, and northeast Missouri.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing center will more than double the capacity of Mickey’s existing business to over 15,000 units a year. (Photo courtesy of Mickey Truck Bodies)

Mickey Truck Bodies Breaks Ground on New Plant

Mickey Truck Bodies has broken ground on a 20,000-square-foot liftgate installation facility on the 13-acre site the company purchased in 2015 from a former furniture manufacturer.

Courtesy of Telogis.

Telogis Spotlight Delivers Metrics to Workforce Managers

Launching in May, Telogis Spotlight will be a free for fleet managers, supervisors, and company executives.

Spartan Motors Partners with Ranger Design

Ranger and Spartan Motors will offer a portfolio of work-truck solutions with original equipment manufacturer Ship-Thru availability.

Verizon Telematics Delivers One-Stop Shop for ELDs

The impending electronic logging device (ELD) deadline from the Federal Carrier Safety Administration is on Dec. 18

Photo of 2018-MY Ford F-150 courtesy of Landi Renzo.

Landi Renzo Adds Warranty for 2018-MY CNG Systems

Landi Renzo USA is introducing a new warranty program on all of its CNG-fueled systems beginning with MY-2018 Ford vehicles with three-years/50,000 miles

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Teletrac Navman's ELD Solution is FMCSA Compliant

Teletrac Navman has announced its new Director ELD solution, which meets all currently published technical requirements of FMCSA's Electronic Logging Device mandate.

Productivity Gains Linked to In-House Maintenance

During a recent survey with trucking fleets, there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house.

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Ford, Nissan Top Vincentric's Fleet Value List

Ford and Nissan vehicles appeared most prominently among the vehicles chosen as having the best fleet value by Vincentric for the 2017 model year, the firm that analyzes total cost of ownership announced.

Safety Tip: Driving Near Farm Equipment

It's planting season again, so fleet drivers are encountering more farm equipment on the roads. Here's some timely advice from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to help drivers more safely share the road with farm equipment.

International RH Truck Offers SAF-Holland Fifth Wheel

The Holland FW17 Series Fifth Wheel will be standard equipment on Navistar’s new International RH Series regional-haul tractor.

Conn. Utility Fleet Tears Down Its Oldest Structures

Norwich Public Utilities crews Connecticut have begun tearing down some of the utility’s oldest structures, including transmission towers and a control room dating back to 1890.

Truck and Van News: New Models and Specs

Some new truck models were introduced from Bollinger, International, Tesla, and Volvo. Our web editor also offered tips on choosing a heavy-duty pickup.

DEKRA Insight Releases Safety Guide Based on Utility Assessments

The guide includes specific examples, including one instance where a utility company's linemen paid more attention to the company's policy on truck safety than they did to personal safety.

Mo. Utility Pickup Truck Stolen

A Missouri American Water truck was stolen last week while on a call. The employee driving the vehicle was checking meters when the pickup truck disappeared.

Going under the hammer will be a good mix of lots including heavy earth moving equipment, trucks, and dozers, to garage equipment, tools, and spares. (Photo courtesy of Yoder & Frey)

Yoder & Frey Adds Construction Equipment Auction Dates

Yoder & Frey will be holding the next auction in its 2017 program on April 27, at its independent site in Ashland, Ohio. Going under the hammer will be a good mix of lots including heavy earth moving equipment, trucks, and dozers, to garage equipment, tools, and spares.

PG&E Employee in Work Truck Among Victims in Shooting

Newly hired call center employee Zackary Randalls was on his first ride along in a PG&E truck when a man allegedly shot into the truck.

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Pilot Flying J Carrying Transflo ELDs in Stores

Pegasus TransTech announced that its Transflo ELD T7 devices will now be distributed in Pilot and Flying J travel centers in the U.S.

Natural Gas Truck Sales Facing Headwinds

The natural gas truck market had a strong start to 2017 but it faces increased competition from traditional fuels, electric, and hybrid-electric options.

Auto Truck Group Shipping Colorados with Ute Beds

Ute Ltd. and Auto Truck Group have come to an agreement to partner on the Ute Bed ship-thru program for Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Dealers should contact Ute Ltd. for details and purchase order.

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