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Kraft and Honda Acquire New Hybrid Trucks for Pilots, EVI Unveils Electric Truck in U.S.

- Kraft Foods Inc. will put a new refrigerated diesel-electric hybrid truck on the road to transport frozen food, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. will start using a hybrid truck to haul service parts in Georgia, and Electric Vehicles International USA is introducing its fully-electric work truck to the U.S. market.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Launches Hydraulic Hybrid at NTEA Work Truck Show

CHICAGO - Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) introduced the newest addition to its robust alternative powertrain chassis development program - the pilot hydraulic hybrid walk-in van chassis.

Wheels Truck Experts Spotlighted at NTEA Work Truck Show

DES PLAINES, IL - Dave Decker, manager of Truck Engineering at Wheels, Inc., fleet-leasing company, and Erik Nelson, a Wheels truck engineer, were both spotlighted at the NTEA Work Truck Show held in Chicago March 3-6.

Daimler Trucks North America Opens Benchmark Plant in Mexico

STUTTGART, GERMANY / SALTILLO, COAHUILA, MEXICO - Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) observed the grand opening of a new $300 million manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, in northern Mexico.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation to Assemble Zero-Emission Commercial Trucks in North America

CHICAGO - Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. (SEV U.S. Corp.), announced its plan to assemble and market all-electric zero-emission commercial vehicles in North America.

PHH Arval Launches Risk and Safety Program for Trucks

SPARKS, MD – Designed to cover the whole spectrum of risk and safety needs for commercial truck fleets, PHH's program identifies high risk drivers, provides targeted driver training, and efficiently manages the risk and costs of collisions that do happen.

Free March 10 Fleet Webinar: How to Secure Stimulus Plan Grant Funding

PRINCETON, NJ - The NAFA Fleet Management Association, in conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund, will host a free webinar March 10 on securing federal grant money toward the purchase of medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.

Navistar CEO Still Interested in GM Unit

CHICAGO - The top executive of Navistar International Corp said that he remained interested in the possibility of acquiring General Motors' medium-duty truck unit - though he has no interest in the facility where those vehicles are made.

Toyo Tires Rolls Out Two New Sizes of M154 for Commercial Trucks Showcases Product Line at Work Truck Show in Chicago

CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has rolled out two new sizes of its popular Toyo M154 ultra-premium, regional highway commercial tire. The two new sizes are 265/75R22.5 and 245/75R22.5, both in load range G.

A group of local, family owned trucking companies have united under the Clean Truck Coalition (CTC) name and are making it their mission to help clean the air in Southern California by investing in hundreds of the cleanest trucks serving the San Pedro Bay ports.

Cleaning up the Environment is No. 1 Priority for a 'Clean Truck Coalition' of 10 Southern California Carriers

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - A group of local, family owned trucking companies have united under the Clean Truck Coalition (CTC) name and are making it their mission to help clean the air in Southern California by investing in hundreds of the cleanest trucks serving the San Pedro Bay ports.

XATA Corporation Shipping Enhanced Navigation Capabilities for Increased Safety and Efficiency

MINNEAPOLIS - XATA Corporation, an expert in fleet operations optimization, is now shipping a significant addition to navigation capabilities within its two main fleet operations products, XATANET and MobileMax.

Navman Wireless Simplifies Tracking of Fleet Drivers' Hours with New OnlineAVL2 Time Capture & Reporting Features

GLENVIEW, IL - Navman Wireless North America announced the addition of automated features for capturing and reporting truck drivers' hours in its OnlineAVL2 vehicle tracking and logistics system for fleet managers.

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New Ford Ranger Pick-Up Debuts in Europe

BRENTWOOD, TN - A new Ford Ranger pick-up, on sale in the U.S. in 2011, will make its first public appearance in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show March 5-15.

Physics and Chemistry Combine at 2009 Work Truck Show

ATLANTA - Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products will exhibit commercial automotive products featuring eCoupled wireless technology, and MAG Dock, the industry's first magnesium-based docking station at the 2009 Work Truck Show.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. to Assemble Zero-Emission Trucks

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp., a Delaware corporation temporarily headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., announced plans to assemble and market all-electric, zero-emission commercial vehicles in North America.

J. J. Keller Introduces Online Vehicle Maintenance Application

NEENAH, WI – Maintenance Manager Online provides a central place to schedule and record common maintenance, report on repair orders, schedule mechanics, and track inventory of vehicle parts.

Wal-Mart Settles Trucker Discrimination Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said it had settled for $17.5 million in a class action lawsuit in which plaintiffs claimed the retailer had discriminated against African Americans seeking jobs as truck drivers.

Navistar Executive to Lead Workhorse Custom Chassis

UNION CITY, IN - Navistar International Corporation has elected long-time Navistar and Ford executive David Tarrant to be CEO for Workhorse Custom Chassis in addition to his present duties as VP and general manager, Light Duty Vehicles and Joint Ventures for Navistar.

NTEA Offers Survival Strategies to Truck Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - According to the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), companies in the work truck industry are facing consolidation pressures and increased competition, and the current economic climate only makes the future more challenging.

PACCAR Parts Offers New Extended Warranties on Several Aftermarket Parts

RENTON, WA - PACCAR Parts announces extended warranties up to 24 months on several of its PACCAR branded all-makes aftermarket parts including clutches, air springs, fuel tanks, mufflers, mirrors, and fenders.

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Sales Operations

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Michael (Mike) Rumsey has been appointed to the position of vice president, sales operations for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

RFID Cube Gives Site Managers Real-Time Control Over Jobsite Activity and Costs

SHELTON, CT - OEM Data Delivery has introduced the RFID Cube, another option in its fleet management line of products.

Pulltarps Mfg. Announces New Adjustable Tarp System Housing Design for Truck Tarp Systems

El CAJON, CA - Pulltarps Manufacturing announces an all new line of Adjustable Tarp System Housings for manual and automatic arm tarping systems for dump trucks and trailers.

Valley Introduces New Electric Tongue Jack for Trailers

LODI, CA - Hooking trailers to tow vehicles just got easier thanks to the new Electric Tongue Jack for deluxe models #76057 in white and #76058 in black from Valley.

UPS Completes Deployment of 300 New 'Green' Trucks

ATLANTA – Over the past month, UPS has deployed 300 new delivery trucks powered by compressed natural gas to seven cities in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and California.

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