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Diesel/Electric Trucks Drawing Attention

KNOXVILLE, TN – MHC Kenworth-Knoxville held an open house last Tuesday to show off a type of diesel/electric medium-duty truck it plans to stock, drawing a crowd of about 20-30 people representing several businesses and some local governments.

Seat Belt Usage Among Commercial Vehicle Drivers Low

SAN DIEGO --- DriveCam Inc., a driver risk management company, announced that seat belt usage statistics remain low despite tougher seat belt laws and stringent corporate policies.

Jotto-Cargo Slide Provides Easy Access

ROGERS, AR - The Jotto-Cargo Slide provides easy access to cargo in a pickup truck on the job site.

MBB Interlift Announces Launch of Level Ride ILT Liftgate

CERRITOS, CA – MBB INTERLIFT announced that the new ILT Twin Fold liftgate is available and was introduced at the 2008 Work Truck Show.

Major Retailer Orders 300 Freightliner Cascadia Trucks

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America announced that a major retailer has purchased 300 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD15 engines

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Jones Is Installed as National Truck Equipment Association’s 44th President

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Dennis Jones, vice president of sales & marketing for Auto Truck Group, was installed as the 44th president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

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The A.R.E. Tundra Workforce Visits Toyota

MASSILLON, OHIO – A.R.E. and the 2007 Tundra WorkForce made a stop at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in San Antonio during the 2008 A.R.E. National Dealer Meeting.

2009 GMC Sierra Enhances its Fuel Economy

DETROIT - For 2009, the GMC Sierra lineup enhances its segment-best fuel economy with a new six-speed automatic that is paired with V-8 engines (except the 4.8L).

GM Suspends Work on Future Trucks to Focus on Cars

DETROIT – General Motors delayed plans to replace its fleet of profitable large pickups and SUVs and will focus on developing cars that promise improved fuel economy.

Damar Truck Deck Introduces Workman Series

PARKER, CO – The new DAMAR Truck Deck Workman Series features up to six lockable storage compartments, depending on bed length, and is constructed of durable aluminum diamond plate in varying thicknesses from light-duty .080” to super-duty .1875.”

ASTM Fuels Subcommittee Votes to Approve Biodiesel Blend Specifications

VANCOUVER, B.C. – In a landmark vote, the fuel experts of ASTM Subcommittee E voted overwhelmingly to recommend the passage of finished specifications for biodiesel blends.

Truck Idling Program Offers Funds to Help Reduce Fuel Costs

MARSHFIELD, WI - Common, contract, and private motor carriers in Wisconsin interested in the installation of idling reduction equipment can receive grants from the Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program at the Department of Commerce.

Magna Cuts 400 Jobs as Truck Downturn Bites

AURORA, ONTARIO, CANADA - Magna International Inc. recently announced it will lay off about 400 workers at its Formet Industries factory in St.Thomas, Ont. as the drop in sales of big trucks and sport utility vehicles works its way through from automakers to suppliers.

The Work Truck Show 2009 and 45th Annual NTEA Convention to Appear in Chicago

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) announces that The Work Truck Show will be held in Chicago for the first time in 2009, and will return to St. Louis, in 2010.

Transfer Flow Introduces 50-Gallon, Mid-Ship Fuel Tank for ’99-’08 Ford F350, F450, and F550 Chassis Cab Models

CHICO, CA - Transfer Flow, a manufacturer of aftermarket fuel tank systems, has introduced a 50-gallon, mid-ship, diesel fuel tank system for 1999-2008 Ford F350, F450, and F550 chassis cabs with 84², 108², and 120² cab-axle lengths, as well as some 60² cab-axle models.

Sterling Trucks CompleteLease Web Site Now Available

REDFORD, MI – Sterling Truck Corporation has launched a new Web site: www.SterlingTrucks.com/CompleteLease, designed for customers researching full-service leasing opportunities.

Daimler Trucks North America Expands Engine Offerings

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America will offer a full line of its own Detroit Diesel engines, as well as Cummins heavy- and medium-duty engines, across its Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses vehicle range.

Caterpillar and Navistar to Pursue Strategic Alliance

WARRENVILLE, IL – Caterpillar Inc. and Navistar International Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue global on-highway truck business opportunities and cooperate on a variety of engine platforms.

NVLA Launches New Lifeline E-Newsletter

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Vehicle Leasing Association has launched an updated version of Lifeline, the association’s electronic newsletter.

Kenworth To Show T370 Hybrid Utility Truck at Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference June 15-18

KIRKLAND, WA - Kenworth Truck Company will display a medium duty diesel-electric hybrid utility truck and participate in a drive-through demonstration at the 55th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Renews Transportation Contract With Ryder

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has renewed a three-year Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) transportation contract with Ryder.

J. J. Keller Introduces New Waste Manifest and Label Maker Software

NEENAH, WI – J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recently introduced Keller-Soft Waste Manifest and Label Maker software, a tool that automates completion of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form.

Goodyear Receives Hino Motors’ Quality Excellence Award

AKRON, OHIO – Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. recently presented The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with its Quality Excellence Award for commercial tires on Hino medium-duty trucks.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC Recognizes 43 Masters of Quality

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America LLC has recognized 43 North American manufacturers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico as recipients of Daimler Trucks North America’s Masters of Quality supplier quality award for 2007.

Kenworth T800 Adds Automatic Transmission Offerings

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth has introduced new automatic transmission offerings for customers in construction and short-haul applications with high horsepower requirements.

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