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Top News 2009: Fiat to Acquire 35-percent Stake in Chrysler

TURIN, ITALY – Italy's Fiat Group has confirmed plans to acquire an initial 35 percent stake in Chrysler LLC, providing Fiat the scale it needs to survive, and allowing Chrysler to expand its product portfolio to include small, less-polluting cars.

Top News 2009: Free Ford Work Solutions Web Seminar May 14

TORRANCE, CA – The Second Free interactive seminar on the Ford Work Solutions In-Dash Computer and "Crew Chief" took place May 14.

Top News 2009: PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation (SEV U.S.), a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and Birmingham, Ala.-based Altec Industries Inc. unveiled America's first all-electric utility truck with an aerial device June 22 at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

Top News 2009: Vantage Vehicle International Launches Line of NEVs

CORONA, CA —Vantage Vehicle International, Inc., a Corona, California-based manufacturer of mini-vehicles is pleased to announce the national release of its all-electric utility truck and passenger and cargo van line through a national network of distributors.

Top News 2009: Nearly 800 Trucking Companies Out of Business Due to Recession

WASHINGTON - Few occupations feel every jolt along the nation's economic highway as deeply as trucking. Although the American Trucking Associations reported a slight rise in business in November (2008), the previous month was the worst October (2008) for hauling cargo by truck in five years.

Top News 2009: Pepsi Bottling Group Acquires Hydrogen-Injected Trucks

WYTHEVILLE, VA - The Pepsi Bottling Group's truck fleet in the New River Valley region of Virginia has added 21 hydrogen-injected trucks in an effort to boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Top News 2009: Remanufacturing Reduces Carbon Footprint

JASPER, IN - Remanufacturing is a "greener" alternative to manufacturing vehicles. Compared to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Jasper's remanufacture of a drivetrain component averaged only 1 percent of the energy consumed of manufacturing the entire vehicle

Top News 2009: 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 (CNG) to seven cities in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and California.

Top News 2009: Free Web Seminar May 19: Fleet Pooling and Cost Reduction Strategies that Work

TORRANCE, CA - Sponsored by AssetWorks and INVERS, Bobit Business Media will host a free, 60-minute live Web seminar designed to help fleet managers determine productive strategies.

Green Oil Launches Fully Synthetic 15W40 Diesel Motor Oil with Bottle Rebate Program

ANAHEIM, CA - Southern California company Green Oil introduces synthetic heavy duty 15W40 diesel motor oil available in 5 quart jugs paralleling the launch of an innovative bottle recycling program that provides strong incentives for environmentally-minded customers.

The Durashell Slip-on Truck Body Makes Debut

PHOENIX - Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has released Durashell, a new line of fiberglass composite utility bodies to accompany the Load'N'Go steel body line.

J. J. Keller Introduces 2nd Edition Roadside Inspections Training Program in Prep for CSA 2010

NEENAH, WI - FMCSA is stepping up enforcement with a new, major initiative - the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010. This program will track, measure and evaluate carriers and drivers, using 24 months of all safety-based inspection violations to rank and target carriers for new FMCSA enforcement interventions.

NBB Releases Study on Critical Importance of Biodiesel Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released a study conducted which examined the economic impact of the biodiesel industry and the negative consequences of allowing the credit to lapse. The biodiesel tax incentive is currently set to expire on December 31, 2009.

MaxxForce Big Bore Engines Exceed Expectations

WARRENVILLE, IL - With a full year in the marketplace and more than 5,200 units built, Navistar's MaxxForce 11.0L and 13.0L big bore heavy-duty diesel engines are providing customers with a new level of performance, drivability and fuel efficiency.

PALFINGER North America Announces New Sales/Product Manager for EPSILON & AMERICAN HAWK Crane Products

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO - PALFINGER North America announced the appointment of Tom Zwickle as the National Sales and Product Manager for the EPSILON Timber and Recycling cranes and AMERICAN HAWK Bulk Waste cranes.

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2011 Ford Super Duty Fire Truck Aids Families Of Fallen Los Angeles Firefighters

LOS ANGELES - For those who rely on their trucks 24/7 for emergency rescue work, the new 2011 Ford F-550 Super Duty XLT chassis cab - which can be upfitted as a fire department first-responder vehicle - was showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Hybrid Truck & Bus Voucher Fleet Training Workshop

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has funded $20.4 million for the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), aimed at accelerating California deployment of new hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

2010 Class 4-7 Trucks to Sell at Same Levels as 2009

WASHINGTON - While small points of optimism signal the economy finally may be starting to recover, that recovery is weak. Truck sales this year will be barely better than the dismal 2009 market.

KONE to Run Fleet of Transit Connect Models

COAL VALLEY, IL - Over the next three years, the global elevator and escalator company plans to fill its 700-unit fleet with the Ford Transit Connect.

Sudden Layoffs Leave Company Drivers Stranded at Gas Pumps

HOUSTON - Arrow Trucking employees were reportedly unaware they had been laid off until their gas cards no longer worked or someone showed up to tow away their trucks.

2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year Finalists Announced

DETROIT - The winners will be announced Jan. 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Bill Seeks to Increase Max Truck Weight to 97K

WASHINGTON - Over-the-highway trucks will be able to carry up to 97,000 pounds if the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2009, which is currently in House subcommittee, passes. Under present law, trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds.

Continental Adds Ultra Low Profile Truck Tires

FORT MILL, SC - Meeting the challenges of large capacity and car-carrier trucks, Continental Tire North America, Inc. announced the addition of new drive and steer tires in ultra low profile sizes to its lineup.

ATA Says 'Highway Investment will Spur Recovery'

WASHINGTON - Investment in highway construction and repair will create jobs and spur economic recovery, officials from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) told President Barack Obama at last week's National Jobs Summit.

Year Will End with 'Modest' Freight Growth

WASHINGTON - This year will end with "modest freight growth," according to FTR Associates, a group that tracks trucking industry trends. "We expect 2010 to be in the 2.8% range."


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