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This shipping of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor marks the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Ford to Export F-150 Raptor to China

Ford has started shipping its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor – a high-performance off-road pickup truck – to customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth Predictive Cruise Update Ups Fuel Economy

Kenworth has updated its Predictive Cruise Control functionality for T680 and T880 trucks equipped with the 2017 Paccar MX-11, MX-13, and Cummins X15 engines.

Work Truck Solutions Opens New Office

Work Truck Solutions, an online platform for commercial inventory searches by body type and chassis, for both truck buyers and industry supply chain stakeholders, announced its new office location in Troy, Mich

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

Photo courtesy of O'Rourke Petroleum.

Texas Fuel Provider Adds Beaumont Location

Texas fuel and lubricant provider O'Rourke Petroleum has expanded its operations in southeast Texas by adding a facility and seven delivery trucks in Beaumont, the company announced.

Greenkraft Prepping New Medium-Duty Trucks

Greenkraft, Inc. plans to expand to a bigger factory in 2017 and introduce a new line of trucks called the G3 and G4, which are larger-sized trucks in weights of 26,000 pounds and 33,000 pounds respectively, the company announced.

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Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

Photo of NV Cargo X project vehicle courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Built in partnership with off-road builder Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbo diesel transplanted from a Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup.

Photo of medium-roof Transit courtesy of Ford.

Cox Hoping for Exemption to Calif. City's Parking Ban

Cox Enterprises, Inc. has begun discussions with elected leaders in Santa Barbara, Calif., to determine whether a new law banning overnight parking of cargo vans on city streets would affect its drivers, a company spokesperson said.

CarriersEdge Adds Food Safety for Drivers

CarriersEdge announced Food Safety for Drivers, a training module for preparing drivers to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

1942 Freightliner Model 600 “Shovelnose photo courtesy of DTNA.

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates Milestones

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is set to celebrate a century of innovation with anniversaries of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star, and Thomas Built Bus brands.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Fleet Sales Decline in January Across the Board

Sales of fleet vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government buyers slipped lower in January, despite year-over-year growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to the automakers and Automotive Fleet data.

Photo: Bridgestone

Michelin and Bridgestone Also Increase Tire Prices

Michelin North America and Bridgestone Americas Tires have both announced price increases for their tire lines as a result of rising material costs and other market conditions.

Photo: FMCSA

Trump ‘Freeze’ Only Technically Delays Driver-Training Rule

Thanks to a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued by the White House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “temporarily delayed” the effective date of its final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements.

Auction values for one- to three-year-old vehicles fell a substantial 6.8%, or $1,146 per unit, in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Pickup Truck Auction Values Finish 2016 Strong

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book reported that average values for one- to three-year-old pickup trucks have remained strong as a result of high demand at auction, despite fuel prices peaking in December 2016.

Photo of Azuga Asset Tracker Hardware courtesy of Azuga.

Azuga's Asset Tracker Enhances Real-Time Visibility

Azuga has launched Azuga Asset Tracker, a fleet solution designed to enhance customers’ real-time visibility of assets, which will improve operations, reduce risk, and lower costs.

Photo of Commercial Vehicle Center interior courtesy of Ford.

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced.

The Yokohama 104ZR urban/regional all-position/steer tire (photo courtesy of Yokohama Tires).

Yokohama Increases All Tire Prices

Yokohama Tire Corporation will increase prices by up to 7% on all of its tires sold in the U.S., including commercial, off-the-road (OTR), and consumer. The increase will go into effect April 1.

Photo courtesy of Wrightspeed Powertrains

Calif. Waste Hauler Sells Off Operations

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ratto Group announced it will sell off its refuse operation, North Bay Corp., less than a year after a city audit concluded that the company failed to meet contract requirements.

Photo courtesy of Shellback.

Shellback's Smartphone Cases Curb Distracted Driving

Shellback has released its “Smartphone Safe,” which helps prevent driver distraction and monitors driver habits.

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Greenkraft Brings Alternative Fuel Trucks to Several Major U.S. Cities

Several major U.S. cities are now using alternative-fuel trucks produced by vehicle modifier Greenkraft, Inc. for daily operations to help reduce pollution and cost for the cities, according to the company.

Diesel Down Slightly for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down by less than a cent, marking the third straight week of decreases since the start of the year

Safety Tip: Ensuring a Safe Super Bowl Sunday

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some advice on how to make sure that Super Bowl parties don't end in tragedy. You may want to pass these tips along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo of 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 Draws Top Safety Score

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the truck model an overall safety rating of five stars — the highest possible score.

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