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Ford Plans Conversion for Michigan SUV Plant

WAYNE, MI – Ford Motor Co. will invest at least $75 million to begin converting a Michigan SUV plant to small-car production as part of its strategic shift to sell more of the fuel-efficient vehicles in North America starting in 2010.

Southeast Toyota Distributors Opens Premier Truck Maintenance Facility

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (Southeast Toyota) has completed construction of an $8.5 million, 21,500-square-foot truck maintenance facility for its subsidiary Southeast Transportation Systems (STS).

Alcoa Launches Three New Wheel Lines for Full-Size Trucks

CLEVELAND – Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a Cleveland, Ohio-based business has expanded their aftermarket catalog to include three new wheel lines for full-size trucks.

Ford Plans Conversion for Michigan SUV Plant

WAYNE, MI – Ford Motor Co. will invest at least $75 million to begin converting a Michigan SUV plant to small-car production as part of its strategic shift to sell more of the fuel-efficient vehicles in North America starting in 2010.

Con Edison of New York Orders Hybrid Electric Trucks from Azure Dynamics

OAK PARK, MI – Azure Dynamics Corporation, a developer of hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, has received an initial order for three units from Con Edison of New York for its Balance Hybrid Electric system integrated on Ford’s E-450 chassis.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Adds Two New District Managers

REDFORD, MI – Brad Munchrath and Larry Smith have joined Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO) as district managers.

Gas Company Converting Vehicles

DALLAS – Pioneer Natural Resources, a Dallas-based coal bed methane producer and one of the top employers in Las Animas County, plans to convert a fleet of company trucks from running on leaded gasoline to compressed natural gas.

Toyo Tire North America Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

WHITE, GA – Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. (TNA) has received ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System Standards certification by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) of Houston.

Navistar Defense Continues to Increase Truck Sales to U.S. Military

WARRENVILLE, IL – Two new contracts of nearly $92 million highlight the increased sales of Medium Tactical Vehicles to the U.S. military from Navistar Defense, LLC.

Firestone Industrial Products’ Level-Rite Suspension Available for 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 4x4s

INDIANAPOLIS – Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC offers heavy-duty Level-Rite air spring over damper suspension for 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4x4s.

Master Lock Trailer Receiver Lock & Key Safe Now Available

MILWAUKEE, WI – The Master Lock Trailer Receiver Lock & Key Safe features a unique design that provides a secure location for valuables right at a trailer hitch, without interfering with the ability to tow.

Commercial Caps Offer Several Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs

ELKHART, IN – LEER, a North American manufacturer of truck caps and tonneaus for light- and medium-duty pickup trucks, reports growing interest in its signature aluminum commercial cap, the DCC, in “wedge” and “hi-rise” configurations

UPS Driver Surpasses 1 Million Miles in His Truck

ROCKETT, TEXAS – UPS driver Brett Boyd has hit his 22nd anniversary with the company, as well as 1,000,000 miles driven.

International DuraStar Hybrid Customers Will Save up to $16,000 Helping to Offset High Price of Diesel Fuel

DALLAS – Navistar is extending its hybrid leadership among commercial truck manufacturers with innovative new programs designed to further cut the cost of ownership for its hybrid trucks at a time of extraordinarily high diesel prices.

SNUGTOP Selects GE Money’s Credit Program

KETTERING, OHIO – GE Money and SNUGTOP, a designer-manufacturer of fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers, announced a multi-year agreement to provide consumer financing through the GE Money Automotive card, managed by GE Money’s Sales Finance unit.

Penske Truck Leasing and City Harvest Team Up for First-Ever “Green” Refrigerated Truck Fleet

NEW YORK – Penske Truck Leasing and City Harvest have launched an environmentally friendly, refrigerated truck fleet.

GM Adjusts Pickup, SUV Designs to Improve Fuel Mileage Up to 7%

DETROIT – General Motors Corp. is boosting fuel economy for full-size pickups and SUVs by as much as seven percent by making them lighter and more streamlined.

PACCAR Announces Executive Promotions

BELLEVUE, WA – The PACCAR Board of Directors elected Dan Sobic to the position of executive vice president, effective Oct. 1.

Dodge Continues to Build Momentum in Commercial Vehicle Market

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Dodge now offers a full line of Class 2-5 commercial vehicles. Led by the Dodge Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs the brand’s commercial program is anchored by the Dodge Sprinter and the Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van.

The LEER Earth-Friendly Ethanol-Powered 2009 Ford F-150

ELKHART, IN – LEER is planning to use its Earth-Friendly Ethanol-Powered 2009 Ford F-150 (Super Crew 4WD Short Bed) as the platform for the launch of three new cap models and a new tonneau, custom-fit to the new Ford.

Kenworth Makes New Synthetic Axle Lube Standard on All Models, Provides Up to Estimated 1% Fuel Savings

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth customers will receive up to an estimated one-percent fuel economy advantage when PACCAR becomes the first company to make a new, full synthetic axle lube standard on its Class 5-8 models in the United States and Canada starting this summer.

National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Set for Feb. 1–4, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Biodiesel Conference has been set for Feb. 1–4, 2009, at the San Francisco Marriott Moscone.

Comdata Launches Electronic Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Filing Solution

BRENTWOOD, TN – Comdata Corporation has introduced its electronic filing solution for the IRS’ Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return Form 2290.

PACCAR Wins Six Sigma & Business Improvement CEO of the Year Award

ORLANDO, FL – The Global Six Sigma & Business Improvement Awards, organized by WCBF, recognized Mark Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer of PACCAR, as a prestigious Six Sigma & Business Improvement CEO of the Year.

Daimler Launches Europe’s Largest Fleet Test of Hybrid Trucks in London

STUTTGART – Daimler AG has launched Europe’s largest fleet test of hybrid trucks by presenting 10 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids to eight customers in London.


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