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Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Truck and Van News: Fleet-Only Options

Our web editor dove into the fleet-only options from Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Recognition and a recall also made the news recently.

Photo courtesy of Isuzu Trucks.

Isuzu Recalls N-Series Cabovers for Transmission Issue

The recall covers 21,000 NPR HD, NPR XD, NQR and NRR trucks in the 2015 to 2017 model years.

Rush Enterprises Names VP of Service Operations

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced it has appointed Victor Cummings as vice president of Service Operations.

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Exiting the Freeway

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to exit a freeway safely.

HDT Announces 2017 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2017 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Fiat Chrysler has set dates for when it will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles and has set order-cutoff dates for its lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles through August.

Photo via Wikimedia/Greg Gjerdingen

Missouri Motorists May Have to Move Over for Utility Trucks

Missouri motorists may be required to move over for utility trucks at work, pending new legislation.

Sterling Group Acquires Time Manufacturing Company

The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced that it acquired Time Manufacturing Company, including its Versalift brand.

NCCCO to Use Manitex 30100C for Testing and Demonstrations

A Manitex 30100C, provided by Nevada dealer, Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., will be the official test crane for all operators taking their telescopic boom — fixed cab practical exams on-site at CONEXPO/CON-AGG.

Photo: Jim Park

Commission Ends Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

The International Trade Commission upended the Chinese tire tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

The Peterbilt Store's president and CEO John Ascott accepted the North American Dealer of the year with his two sons Jeff and Greg Arscott. Photos: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Announces Annual Dealer Award Winners

Peterbilt announced the winners of its Dealer of the Year awards at its Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Photo via Flickr/marlordo59

N.Y. Offers $3M to Municipalities and Utilities for EVs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $3 million in new funding to help eligible municipalities and rural electric cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for their fleets.

Screenshot from Iron Planet Marketplace Direct website.

IronPlanet Debuts Marketplace Direct Platform

IronPlanet has debuted a new Marketplace Direct platform that offers advanced, self-listing functionality for larger-scale equipment sellers.

Steve Bryan, Vigillo CEO Photo: Evan Lockridge

SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo

SambaSafety has acquired Vigillo, enhancing the company’s driver risk management platform for U.S. Department of Transportation regulated fleets.

Photo: UPS

UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

Photo: International Truck

International Truck Receives NJPA Contract

International Truck has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance that will offer new International Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

Screencapture of Bollingermotors.com.

Bollinger Motors Launches Website, Blog and Social Media Channels

Bollinger Motors announced the redesign of its website to provide interested individuals the opportunity to interact, place vehicle orders, and learn more about the company that is creating the world’s first all-electric on- and off-road sport utility truck.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

Photo of Robert Workheiser (center) courtesy of Azuga.

Azuga Gives Safe Driver, Fleet Manager Awards

Telematics provider Azuga has named Ralph Elliot of Custom Vehicle Outfitter as its driver of the year and Kirsten Ghaster of Ghaster Painting and Coatings as its fleet manager of the year, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Fleets Increasingly Adding Video Telematics From Lytx

Lytx has increased subscriptions for its video-based telematics system by more than 25% in global markets in the past year since being acquired by private equity firm GTCR, the company announced.

Troy A. Clarke Photo: Navistar

Navistar President and CEO Named Board Chairman

Following Navistar International’s annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 14, the board of directors has elected company president and CEO Troy A. Clarke as its chairman.

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