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ATA Joins Suit Challenging California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

ARLINGTON, VA - The American Trucking Associations (ATA) joined petroleum refiners and other end-users in a legal challenge to California's recently enacted low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS).

Cummins Announces Multiyear Agreement with Chrysler Group LLC

COLUMBUS, IN - Cummins Inc., announced a multiyear extension of its current agreement with Chrysler Group LLC. Cummins will supply 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines for Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks while continuing to grow its partnership with Chrysler.

GE Capital Fleet Services Adds New Customer and Expands Telematics Mapping Application

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - GE Capital Fleet Services announced an expansion of its 25-year relationship with G4S Wackenhut and the launch of a new version of Mobile Resource Intelligence.

Rhino Linings Corporation Adds Additional Product to Its Bed Liner Family

SAN DIEGO, CA - Rhino Linings Corp., a global leader in protective linings, introduces its newest product, Rhino Hybrid lining, to its family of truck bed linings solutions.

Nissan Diesel Changing to ‘UD Trucks’

TOKYO - Effective February 1, Japanese truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel will change its name and brand image to "unify the company's current scattered identity under one global brand, while also increasing its visibility within its parent company, the Volvo group."

NAFA Requests a Restoration of the Federal Tax Credit for Biodiesel

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA Fleet Management Association is urging fleet management professionals to write their local Senators in support of extending the tax credit for biodiesel, which expired December 31, 2009.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose 40% Diesel Tax Increase

LANSING, MI - Michigan lawmakers have proposed a 6-cent increase in the state's diesel tax to help pay for road improvements.

Smith Electric Vehicles Awarded GSA Schedule

WASHINGTON - Smith's all-electric, fuel- and emissions-free commercial trucks are now available for purchase by U.S. government agencies and military forces.

Balloting Begins for 2010 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Online voting for the 2010 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year is now open. Professional fleet managers are encouraged cast their ballots for one of 19 nominated medium-duty work trucks.

U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

WASHINGTON - Truck and bus drivers who travel interstate roadways are now banned from using a handheld device to send text messages, U.S. officials said.

Navistar Selected As Partner in Development of DOE 'Super Truck'

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar announced it will receive more than $37 million in federal funding to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to pioneer new fuel efficiency and emissions-reducing technologies.

Detroit Diesel Corporation Family of Advanced Engines with BlueTec 2010 Certified

PORTLAND, OR - Detroit Diesel Corporation's high performance, fuel efficient family of engines, including the DD13, DD15, and DD16 with the BlueTec emissions control system, has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as meeting 2010 emissions regulations.

Xata to Help Manage Schnucks' Fleet

ST. LOUIS, MO - To better manage its fleet of trucks, St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. has hired Xata Corp., Minneapolis. Xata aims to help customers improve fleets by cutting costs and ensuring compliance with trucking regulations.

Truck Tire Shipments: Nowhere to Go But Up

WASHINGTON - Year to-year replacement truck tire shipments in the United States dropped 19.3 percent in 2009. Shipments were an estimated 12.5 million units, 3 million less than in 2008.

Michelin: 'Retread Market to Rebound Slowly'

GREENVILLE, SC - It's going to take a few years for the retread market to return to 2005-2006 levels. This past year was a challenging one for retreads, but the new truck tire market had it even worse.

2009 Was a Tough Year for Over-the-Road Tires

WASHINGTON - Over-the-Road (OTR) tire shipments in the United States fell dramatically in 2009 vs. 2008. The anti-dumping and anti-subsidiary duties imposed on OTR tire imports had something to do with it.

PALFINGER North America Group Announces New Distribution Company

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO - The PALFINGER North America Group announced the formation of Paltec Truck Equipment Company, which will began business Jan. 1.

Cole Hersee Showcases Surestart LVD Switch at Work Truck Show 2010

BOSTON - Cole Hersee will be showcasing the SureStart Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) Switch 48513, LVD Switch 48510, and Smart Battery Isolator 48525 at the Work Truck Show 2010 March 9 - 10, 2010 at America's Center in St. Louis, MO.

Steelweld Acquires the Midbox Product

ST. CLAIR, MO - With this latest addition, Steelweld expands its operations to include Shreveport, La.

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Light & Medium-Duty Tires

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced it will increase prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires by up to 7 percent, effective March 1.

In Memoriam: Frank Fraser Jr., 1924-2009

SANTA MONICA, CA - Frank Fraser Jr., a retired automotive marketing executive and a former truck editor for Automotive Fleet magazine, died Dec. 31. He was 85.

Mercedes-Benz USA Announces New Pricing for 2010 Sprinter Van

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz USA announced new pricing for the 2010 line of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial vans in the U.S. market.

Minnesota Temporarily Waives 5 Percent Biodiesel Mandate

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Department of Commerce has temporarily waived the 5-percent biodiesel mandate for No. 1 diesel fuel in the state due to cold weather.

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Cummins Receives EPA 2010 Certification for Heavy-Duty & Midrange Engines

COLUMBUS, IN - Cummins Inc. received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2010 Heavy-Duty big-bore ISX15 and MidRange ISB6.7, ISC8.3 and ISL9 engines.

U.S. DOE Awards Daimler Trucks N.A. & Detroit Diesel Corporation $40 Million for Partnership

PORTLAND, OR - Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced it received nearly $40 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 21st Century Truck Technology Partnership.

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