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Seatbelt Issue Spurs GM Crossover Recall

WASHINGTON - General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 207,000 crossovers because of a potential problem with the second row of seatbelts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Truck Fleet Profit Improvement Points to Continued Commercial Vehicle Rebound

COLUMBUS, IN - A strong rebound in net margins for publicly traded truckload companies in the second calendar quarter is expected to fuel continued improvement in demand for heavy-duty vehicles and trailers.

Video Replay Available of 2011 Ford F-150 Powertrain Forum

DEARBORN, MI - For 2011, the F-150 has been completely updated under the hood with an array of new engines designed to deliver class-leading technology that boosts fuel economy, performance, and capability.

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Eaton Names New Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

CLEVELAND - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced that Steve Boccadoro has been named senior vice president - Sales and Marketing, effective Aug. 15.

ZAP Delivers Fleet of Electric Trucks

SANTA ROSA, CA - Electric vehicle pioneer ZAP announced that its newest dealer, Alvarez ZAP, has opened in Riverside, Calif., and will be serving commercial and government markets throughout the entire Inland Empire.

Toyota Announces Prices for 2011 4Runner Mid-Size SUV

TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2011 4Runner mid-sized sport/utility vehicle (SUV).

A.R.E. Creates 'Tornado-Tough' Truck for TV Show

MASSILLON, OHIO - To travel through 100 mph winds and softball-size hail, tornado chaser Tim Samaras, star of the hit television show "Storm Chasers" on Discovery Channel, needed a dependable truck he could drive into the eye of the storm. He turned to A.R.E. to help.

General Truck Tires Earn New Brand Identity, Starting with Grabber OA

FORT MILL, SC - Thanks to a new look, new product names, and a new focus, General Truck Tires was relaunched this month with a stronger focus and an identity that will resonate with commercial truck drivers across the Americas.

Penske Logistics Earns New Ford Motor Company Business

READING, PA - Penske Logistics earned additional business with Ford Motor Company by being selected as a logistics provider at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich.

Navistar eStar: One Year Later

WARRENVILLE, IL - Last August, President Obama traveled to Navistar's manufacturing facility in Wakarusa, Ind. to announce a $39.2 million grant to develop and deploy electric trucks. One year later, Navistar's eStar all-electric truck is coming off the production line.

PHH Arval Launches PHH FleetSelect

SPARKS, MD - PHH Arval announced the launch of PHH FleetSelect, the company's new vehicle ordering platform, in both the United States and Canada.

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2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 Offered with 6.2L Engine

STURGIS, SD - The 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 combines two rich traditions into a package for customers who crave capability and long for the open road.

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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