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Truck and Van News: Recalls and Discontinuations

Volvo and GM announced major production investments and Ford announced it will offer connectivity in previous model-year vehicles. This week also saw a number of recalls, including 3.1M vehicles recalled for Takata air bags.

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Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year

Robert Nuss, president of Minnesota-based Nuss Truck Group, has been named the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

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Vanner Hires Business Development Manager for Engine Power Tech

Commercial vehicle power product supplier Vanner has hired Carl Postiglione as business development manager for its Revolution technology.

Auto Care Association Releases Heavy Duty Product Study

The three-phase HDDA study, conducted by Pricedex Software Inc., investigated current industry data exchange practices, reviewed reference data tables used in each sector, and determined industry practices for product attributes and product category hierarchies

Summit Truck Group Becomes Master Distributor of Purkeys Electrical Solutions

Summit Truck Group has announced they are now a Master Distributor of Purkeys electrical products in all 28 of the markets in which Summit Truck Group currently operates.

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GPS-Tracked Workers Give Feedback

Company employees familiar with GPS tracking maintain a more positive attitude about the telematics technology than those who use it for the first time, according to the findings of a new survey from TSheets.

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

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Trucking Activity Looks Strong to Start 2017

Truckable Economic Activity, the parts of Gross Domestic Product that spends time in trucks, looks to be getting off to a strong start in 2017.

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Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks for Instrument Display

The recall covers nearly 6,800 2017 pickup trucks in the U.S.

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Eaton Upgrades Line of Advantage Series Clutches

Eaton has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches with design enhancements to improve durability, reduce vibrations and enable smoother shifting with torque ratings of up to 2,250 lbs.-ft.

Photo of Ford Tundra courtesy of Ford.

Toyota Tundra Trucks Recalled for Bumper Steps

The recall, set to begin in mid-February, covers approximately 73,000 pickup trucks in the 2016 and 2017 model years.

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Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Targets 37 MPG for Pickups

The 2.7L demonstration engine will be integrated into a drivable prototype in 2018 and development engines will also be available for automakers.

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Dejana Names Business Development Manager

Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company, LLC, announced the addition of Elizabeth Peck to its National Fleet Sales Team.

Medium-Duty Sales Expected to Stabilize Commercial Market in 2017

The commercial vehicle market in 2016 was a tug of war between gaining medium-duty and declining heavy-duty sales, according to IHS Markit. Next year, medium-duty sales may be high enough to offset those losses.

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Ford Offers Replacement Parts for Non-Ford Vehicles

Ford’s Customer Service Division has launched Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts that will be available to all Ford dealers.

Photo of City of Long Beach's existing CNG fueling infrastructure by Thi Dao.

New CNG Fueling Tech Cuts Infrastructure Costs

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling vendor has introduced technology it says significantly reduces the cost of installing CNG fueling infrastructure for a time-fill application.

Diesel Prices Fall for Second Week in a Row

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down for the second week in a row, taking back some of the gains from the start of the year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safe Fleet Acquires Randall Manufacturing

Safe Fleet has completed the acquisition of Randall Manufacturing LLC, marking Safe Fleet's eighth acquisition during its ownership by The Sterling Group.

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U.S. DOT Proposes 4 Opioids for Drug Testing Panel

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel

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Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

The 16.1-liter Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 diesel are going out of production for lack of customer demand. Image: Volvo Trucks

Volvo, Mack, to Discontinue 16-liter Diesel Immediately

Volvo says a general trend toward 13-liter diesel engines is a key factor in discontinuing D16 production.

Breezeworks Appoints CEO

Breezeworks announced that Adam Block, the firm’s co-founder and former CTO, has been appointed chief executive officer.

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CARB Proposes Plan Reducing Emissions to 40% Below 1990 Levels

The California Air Resources Board has released a Proposed Scoping Plan that sets new goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes Repair Chain

Pep Boys has acquired the privately-held Just Brakes chain of repair and maintenance stores in a deal that will increase the chain's network to more than 900 locations.

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Calif. Utilities Vow to Support EV Adoption

Three California utilities are renewing their commitments to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their service areas.

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