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Toyota Launches Tacoma Production in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Production of the Tacoma pickup truck began last month but was marked with a ceremony at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX).

Eaton Agrees to Acquire Wright Line

CLEVELAND - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced it has agreed to acquire Wright Line Holding, Inc., subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Old Dominion Director of Safety Compliance Receives Annual Statewide Safety Award

ARLINGTON, VA - The North Carolina Trucking Association (NCTA) presented Sam Faucette of Old Dominion Freight Line with its Safety Director of the Year Award July 24.

Smith Electric Vehicle Orders Enova Drive Systems

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc., an innovator of proprietary hybrid and electric drive systems, confirmed they have moved toward large scale production supply of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton, the world's largest battery-electric-powered production truck.

Navistar Adds eStar Dealer in Southern Calif.

WARRENVILLE, IL - Sante Fe Springs, Calif.-based Westrux International is the latest addition to the sales, service, and support network for Navistar's eStar truck - the first full-production, purpose-built all-electric truck.

Regulators Want Truck Drivers to Shape Up

KANSAS CITY, MO - Truckers are more likely than average Americans to be overweight, which can lead to health problems including sleep apnea. Federal regulators have announced plans to step up scrutiny of sleep apnea and other health issues affecting truckers, a move that has put them on notice to get healthy.

Teletrac & ProMiles Announce Partnership

GARDEN GROVE, CA - Teletrac Inc., a provider of intelligent driving solutions, and ProMiles, a software-as-a-service solution for automating fuel tax reporting paperwork, announced on August 2 an agreement whereby Teletrac will provide ProMiles' Fuel Tax Automation services as an integrated component of its Fleet Director GPS and vehicle tracking solution.

2011 Tacoma Pickup Offers New Performance Packages

TORRANCE, CA - The Toyota Tacoma offers two new accessory packages for 2011 based on a concept truck first shown at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show. The T|X and T|X Pro packages, available in conjunction with the Off-Road Package, add Toyota Racing Development (TRD) accessories in a unique combination at a special value price.

Continental's Commercial Tire Division Appoints New Leadership

FORT MILL, SC - Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) announced on July 28 two appointments to its Commercial Vehicle Tire Division. Thomas L. Fanning, previously director of original equipment sales, Truck the Americas, has been selected as the division's director of replacement sales, NAFTA. Succeeding Fanning as director of original equipment sales is Wes Garber.

Toyota Denies Reports of Sequoia Discontinuation

TORRANCE, CA - The automaker released a statement July 29 denying reports that the Toyota Sequoia will be discontinued.

Smith Electric Vehicles Orders Enova Drive Systems for DOE-Funded Program

TORRANCE, CA - Enova Systems, Inc. has moved toward large scale production supply of its all-electric drive system for the Smith Newton, the world's largest battery-electric-powered production truck.

More Fleets Plan to Buy Equipment in 3rd Quarter

COLUMBUS, OH - Forty-five percent of respondents surveyed plan to place orders for medium and heavy power units in the next three months, according to a report from CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Jasper Offers Chrysler 62TE Transmission

JASPER, IN - Jasper Engines & Transmissions offers a remanufactured Chrysler 62TE automatic transmission on exchange. The 62TE can be found in the 2007-2009 Chrysler Pacifica, Sebring and Town & Country, and in the 2007-2009 Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan, and Journey.

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GM & Bright Automotive Partner for Plug-In Hybrid Van

DETROIT and ANDERSON, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors Co. announced Aug. 3 they have agreed to pursue a strategic relationship. GM has provided $5 million in funding to the Indiana automaker, the first funding action by the newly formed General Motors Ventures LLC.

Schwan’s Propane Fleet Gets Makeover

MARSHALL, MN - Schwan's Home Service, a direct-to-home food delivery business with the largest propane fleet in the U.S., gave its fleet a makeover with brighter coloring and bigger logos.

CNG Process for Full-Size Van Nears Completion

DETROIT - General Motors has finalized the production process for its compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, allowing the company to deliver fleet customers complete vehicles with a fully integrated and dedicated CNG fuel system starting this fall.

ATD Leads Effort to Stimulate New Truck Sales with Letter to President

McLEAN, VA - The ATD division of NADA sent a letter to President Obama urging the creation of a federal stimulus program to boost new-truck sales and put cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks on the road.

LEER Now Offers National Fleet Programs

ELKHART, IN - In response to demand from larger regional and national fleets for cost-effective commercial caps for pickup trucks, LEER parent Truck Accessories Group, LLC recently tripled its production capacity for aluminum caps.

International ProStar+ with MaxxForce 13 Advanced EGR Independently Tested

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar, Inc. announced results from independent, third-party testing which prove the new 2010 International ProStar+ Class 8 tractor with the MaxxForce 13 Advanced EGR engine is the industry leader in fluid economy.

Yokohama Tire Corporation Launches Online Fuel Savings Calculator for Commercial Fleet Owners

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced the launch of an interactive, online-based tool on its Web site that will enable commercial fleet owners to learn how to improve the bottom line in terms of gas savings.

NETS Announces the 2010 Drive Safely Work Week Campaign

VIENNA, VA - The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of "Drive Safely Work Week 2010: Focus... Safe Driving is Serious Business," Oct. 4-8.

Elgin Industries Named Navistar Diamond Supplier

ELGIN, IL - Elgin Industries, a manufacturer of internal engine components, king pins and other precision-engineered products for the original equipment truck and automotive markets, was honored as a Navistar Diamond Supplier by Navistar International Corporation.

W.B. Mason Company to Add 106 Trucks to Fleet

MIAMI - Ryder System, Inc., a transportation and supply chain management solution company, announced a renewed and expanded full-service lease contract with W.B. Mason Company.

Wingfoot Commercial Tire Opens 33rd Wingfoot Truck Care Center

FORT SMITH, AR - Wingfoot Commercial Tire opened a new truck maintenance center in Midland, Texas, providing truck fleets with new tires, retreads, light mechanical service, preventive maintenance, and roadside assistance.

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New Snap-on Round Head Ratchet

KENOSHA, WI - The new Snap-on 3/8-inch 100-tooth round head ratchet (FHNF100) is a new ratchet for work truck maintenance professionals.

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