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TRALA Fighting Colorado $6 Per Day Rental Tax Proposal

WASHINGTON – TRALA and its industry allies are opposing legislation that would impose a statewide $6 per day tax on motor vehicle rentals in Colorado.

EPA Announces Availability of Diesel Retrofit Grants

WASHINGTON – EPA has announced the availability of almost $50 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engine.

Pirelli Recalls 8,000 Light Truck Tires

ROME, GA – Pirelli Tire North America Inc. is recalling approximately 8,000 size LT235/80R17 light truck tires, which are primarily used on large pickup trucks and SUVs.

Detroit Diesel Offers Free Upgrades for EPA ’07 Series 60 Customers

REDFORD, MI – Detroit Diesel Corporation’s new software release will soon be available to customers, free of charge, which will enhance the fuel economy of EPA ’07 Series 60 engines.

Yokohama Announces OTR, Truck Tire Price Hikes

FULLERTON, CA – Yokohama Tire Corp. will raise its OTR tire prices up to five percent and medium truck tire prices up to six percent, effective next month. In-line adjustments will be determined at a later date.

Fleet Participation Page Now Up!

TORRANCE, CA – All of the current surveys, questionnaires, and more for Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, and Work Truck are available online!

TRALA Honors Association Founders

ALEXANDRIA, VA – During its recent Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) honored 13 of its members who have served the association and industry for more than a quarter of a century.

A.R.E. Offers LSX, LSII Tonneau Covers for 2008 Ford Super Duty

MASSILLON, OHIO – Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. has made available its LSX and LSII fiberglass tonneau covers for the 2008 Ford Super Duty.

Cummins Named Automotive News 2008 Pace Award Winner for Innovation of the 6.7l Turbo Diesel Engine

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins Inc. has earned a 2008 Automotive News PACE Award for innovation demonstrated by the 6.7L turbo diesel engine

Navistar Defense Wins $261 Million Contract for International MaxxPro MRAP Armor Upgrades

WARRENVILLE, IL – Armor upgrades to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles will provide U.S. troops with a tougher defense against evolving explosive threats.

TransCore Adds StarTrak’s ReeferTrak Product to Portfolio of Mobile Satellite Services

OTTAWA – For nearly a decade, StarTrak has been a TransCore GlobalWave value-added reseller, and has integrated the GlobalWave satellite modem into StarTrak’s refrigerated carrier product known as ReeferTrak.

Major West Coast Private Fleet Upgrades Dossier, Moves to Hosted Model for Multiple Locations

BURLINGTON, NJ – Franz Family Bakeries of Portland, Ore., has expanded its use of Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software from one to all four of its commercial baking plants where trucks are maintained.

Firestone Industrial Products Offers Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for Isuzu N-Series Cab Forward Trucks

INDIANAPOLIS – Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC has announced its Ride-Rite air helper springs are now available for 2005-2008 Isuzu N-Series cab forward trucks, both Regular Cab and Crew Cab.

ZAP Electric Car Has Sold More Than 700 Xebra Electric Pickups and Sedans

MIAMI, FL – Electric car interest is picking up as gas prices push toward record highs. ZAP has delivered more than 700 of its Xebra electric city-cars and trucks.

Penske Went Green to Aid NBC’s “Today Show” Lend a Hand Series

READING, PA – Penske Truck Rental partnered with International Truck and Engine Corporation and Eaton Corporation to utilize state-of-the-art hybrid commercial rental trucks as part of the annual NBC “Today Show” Lend a Hand series, which was held Apr. 14-18.

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Rostra Precision Controls Offers RearSight Back-Up Camera System for Fleet Vehicles

LAURINBURG, N.C. – Rostra Precision Controls Inc. introduces a new RearSight back-up camera system specifically designed for use in fleet vehicles.

Toyota Subsidiary Will Stop Making Hino Trucks in Calif.

TOKYO – Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors will stop making commercial trucks at one of its U.S. plants as surging oil prices and the U.S. credit crisis squelch demand

Truck Tonnage Flattened in February

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Truck tonnage was flat in February, but the American Trucking Associations (ATA) isn’t too worried. In fact, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said February’s reading was “encouraging.”

Hebe Rejoins Navistar as Senior VP, North American Sales Operations

WARRENVILLE, IL – James Hebe has rejoined the truck group of Navistar International Corporation as senior vice president, North American sales operations.

New Goodyear Regional Tires Boost Mileage & Performance

AKRON, OHIO – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has bolstered its regional truck-tire product portfolio with two new tires for two very different applications.

DuraClass Introduces New Bedrock Dump Body

TISHOMINGO, MS – DuraClass has introduced its Bedrock dump body to their line of truck bodies.

Toyo Introduces Regional Medium Truck Tire

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.’s new M154 regional highway medium truck tire will be available this spring in size 295/75R22.5, with more sizes on the way.

Transfer Flow Introduces Midship Fuel Tanks for Dodge Ram and Sterling Bullet Diesel Chassis Cabs

CHICO, CA - Transfer Flow, Inc. has introduced midship replacement diesel fuel tanks for the 2007-2008 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 chassis cabs and 2008 Sterling Bullet CONV45/55 chassis cabs.

TRALA Elects McMahon as 2008-2009 Chairman

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Southeastern Leasing and Rental President Mike McMahon of Charlotte, North Carolina, was selected by the members of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association as its 2008-2009 Chairman.

Waste Disposal Trucking Firm Selects SmartFleet GPS Vehicle Tracking

CONNECTICUT– Connecticut waste removal and demolition firm AMEC Carting has selected Safefreight’s GPS vehicle tracking system to provide them with real-time fleet management data for their trucks.





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