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Top 10 Work Truck News Items for 2010

TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 calendar-year saw all-new vehicle introductions, concern over texting and distracted driving, and increased scrutiny over truck fuel economy standards.

ARI Acquires Auto Truck Group, Merges Fleet Body Equipment Into ATG

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- Automotive Resources International (ARI), announced that it has acquired the assets of Auto Truck Group, headquartered in Bartlett, Ill.

FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program for Commercial Trucks & Buses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today took a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program.

TRALA Comments To FASB On Lease Accounting Changes

WASHINGTON - TRALA formally submitted comments today with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in response to their Exposure Draft, Proposed Accounting Standards Update Leases Topic 840.

NY Judge Blocks Costly Mandate to Retrofit Diesel Trucks

NEW YORK - A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment.


Chesebro Named Omaha Standard-Palfinger Project Engineer

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - Clayton Chesebro was named Project Engineer - Liftgates, responsible for all engineering design and project management functions pertaining to new product development and integration of the company's line of MBB Palfinger and Eagle Lift liftgates.

Snap-on Video Podcasts Now Available on iTunes

KENOSHA, WI - Snap-on video podcasts are now available for free on iTunes. Just search the iTunes store for "Snap-on TV" and subscribe to the podcasts.

JASPER Adds Reverse Servo Cover Support Plate for Ford 4R55E/5R55E Transmissions

JASPER, IN - Jasper Engines & Transmissions has made an update to the reverse servo of Ford 4R55E/5R55E transmissions produced between 1995 and 2008.

Centric Parts Announces New Fleet Vehicle Brake Systems

LOS ANGELES - Centric Parts has introduced a complete brake program for fleets that includes applications for performance fleet vehicles as well as extended-use fleet vehicles.

InterMotive red, extended length seat belts.

InterMotive Launches Sale of Red Seat Belts

AUBURN, CA - InterMotive announces that red, extended length seat belts can be ordered as a ship-thru option from Ford Motor Company (installed by Manning Equipment) for the 2011 F250-550 Crew Cab.

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

WASHINGTON - The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) now just needs President Obama's signature for the bipartisan legislation to be reauthorized for five more years as the U.S. House of Representatives approved DERA this morning by a voice vote.

Gienow Eliminates Second Shift Dedicated to Loading Straight-Trucks

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - Gienow, the Calgary, Alberta-based window and door manufacturing company, recently implemented the Demountable Truck Body System by Demountable Concepts, Inc. to accelerate its loading processes enough to eliminate a second shift for a significant reduction in operating costs.

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TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 calendar-year saw concerns over new diesel emissions standards and truck technologies and a heightened sense of concern over Department of Transportation (DOT) safety regulations and reviews

SCSPA Replacement Program to Focus on Pre-1994 Trucks

CHARLESTON, SC - Continuing its efforts to reduce port-related air emissions, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has completed the first truck survey in the Southeast and is collaborating on a regional program aimed at helping truck owners replace the oldest trucks.

EPA, DOT Publishes Formal Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards Proposal

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released for public consumption their Heavy-Duty National Program.

Isuzu & GM to End Diesel Engine Partnership

DETROIT - Isuzu Motors Ltd. and General Motors Co. will end their partnership in diesel engine development, an area where the Detroit-based automaker now plans to go it alone.

TeleSwivel 210 Standard

Williams Innovations Announces TeleSwivel 210

DURHAM, NC - TeleSwivel brand hitches, which extend out from the vehicle and move side-to-side, dramatically increase the "target zone"- up to 25 times - for connecting a truck and trailer.

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

JOHNSON CITY, NY - BAE Systems, a developer and producer of hybrid electric technologies, is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications.

Commercial Trucks Will Be Among the Fastest-Growing Markets for Hybrid Drivetrain

BOULDER, CO - In the face of rising fuel costs and stricter emissions regulations in many parts of the world, fleet operators are increasingly looking to hybrid drivetrain designs to help make their medium- and heavy-duty trucks cleaner and more fuel efficient.

JASPER Makes Valve Body Update to Ford 4R70W Transmission

JASPER, IN - Jasper Engines & Transmissions has made an update to the valve body of Ford 4R70W transmissions produced after 2001.

ARI Acquires Auto Truck Group

MT. LAUREL, NJ - ARI (Automotive Resources International) announced that it has acquired the assets of Auto Truck Group (ATG), headquartered in Bartlett, Ill. ATG, a work truck upfitter, will become Auto Truck Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARI.

TRALA Participates in Ryder-Hosted Border Security Meeting

WASHINGTON - TRALA joined industry partners and government agencies participating in the North American Border Security Meeting conference hosted by TRALA-member company Ryder System, Inc. in Novi, Mich.

Midway Specialty Vehicles Completes Project with Cleveland Metroparks

ELKHART, IN - Midway Specialty Vehicles, a provider of customized specialty vehicle conversions, recently completed a project with Cleveland Metroparks for customization of a 170-inch wheelbase extended dual rear wheel Sprinter.

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Beats Competition at Davis Dam Demonstration

DEARBORN, MI - The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost won in a powertrain performance exercise while towing a trailer against key competitors during a demonstration near Davis Dam in Arizona.

Silverado HD Named 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

PHILADELPHIA - The Chevrolet Silverado HD is the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, completing a rare same-year sweep of the prestigious car and truck awards. Chevrolet also earned the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

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