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Volvo says its new VNR model, to be launched later this month, is indicative of the company&#39;s design philsophy today.<br />Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks to Launch Regional VNR Model

Saying it will "change antiquated perceptions of what trucks should look like," Volvo Trucks North America will launch its new VNR Regional Haul truck at the ExpoCam show in Montreal later this month, with new streamlined experior styling and features such as a steering wheel that tilts like a car’s.

Pressure Systems International Buys Truck System Technologies

San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International has acquired Truck System Technologies, a provider of tire-pressure monitoring and mobile-asset management systems technology.

Photo: PRNewsfoto/Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Bandag Marks 60th Anniversary with Launch of Built for Better

Bandag is marking its 60th anniversary with the launch of a new global campaign called Built for Better, which will unite the Bandag brand globally and position retreads as a sustainable business solution for fleet customers of any size.

Medium-Duty Orders Reach Nine-Year High

Medium-duty orders increased 5% to 24,200 units in March from the prior month, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

Mountain Tarp Names Regional Sales Managers

Mountain Tarp, a Wastequip brand, announced John Tortorella and Robert Williams, as its new regional sales managers.

BYD joined the California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and SF Goodwill on the launch of a new project that will bring 11 clean, zero-emission battery electric trucks. Photo courtesy of SF Goodwill

BYD Trucks Partners with Goodwill

BYD has joined the California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and SF Goodwill on the launch of a new project that will bring 11 clean, zero-emission battery electric trucks to operate throughout the Bay Area communities.

The 2017 Ram 1500 Sublime models feature a Sport performance hood with Black wheels, Black Ram&amp;rsquo;s head grille badge, Black tailgate badge and Black body-side badges. (Photo: Ram Trucks)

Ram 1500 Adds Color Options

Ram Truck announced two new option packages that add to the brand’s factory-custom trend and color palette, the Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak.

The new automated manual transmission joint venture between Cummins and Eaton will include both existing and new products for global distribution. Photo: Eaton

Eaton, Cummins Announce Global Automated Manual Transmission Partnership

A new joint venture, Eaton Cummins Automated Manual Transmission Technologies, includes current Eaton AMTs as well as a new, heavy-duty AMT slated for introduction later this year, plus future AMT products designed for commercial vehicle markets worldwide.

Infographic courtesy of AAA Foundation. Source of data: CDC.

Safety Tip: Preventing Drowsy Driving

A new report from NHTSA stresses the need to better educate American drivers about the dangers of driving when sleep-deprived.

Truck and Van News: Recalls and Production Milestones

Several recalls were announced for work trucks and Ford and GM made production announcements. Also, GM announced a new factory telematics option.

LNG Suppliers Help Gas Utility Improve Operations

Gas suppliers Linde LLC and Prometheus Energy recently helped a Pennsylvania utility improve its operations through equipment upgrades.

Watts Neighborhood Council President Mac Shorty, Board of Water and Power Commissioners Vice President William Funderburk and LADWP Director of Power Engineering Marvin Moon charge up an electric vehicle at the new pole mounted EV charger in Watts. Photo courtesy of LADWP

L.A. Tests EV Charging Stations Connected to Light Poles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is testing new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that draw power from existing utility infrastructure.

Altec Announces Price Adjustments for 2017

Altec has announced an average price increase of one percent on all models, effective June 2017.

Monroe Truck Equipment Acquires Trailer and Equipment Manufacturer

Monroe will now have seven facilities throughout the Midwest, spanning more than 550,000 square feet and approximately 800 employees.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Used Vans, Cars Bolster March Depreciation

Used cars outperformed trucks in March, as full-size pickups, compact vans, compact cars, and sporty cars increased in value, while as overall used vehicles depreciated 0.6%, according to Black Book.

Infographic courtesy of PG&amp;amp;E

PG&E Emphasizes Safety for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is encouraging the public to drive phone-free during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

Photo of National American Equipment Upfitters&#39; headquarters courtesy of Utility One Source

Utility One Source Acquires North American Equipment Upfitters

The addition of North American Equipment Upfitters marks the seventh acquisition under the Utility One Source brand since its formation in February 2015.

Congestion in California. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

Geotab Opens Platform To Third-Party Telematics Devices

Geotab has launched its Third-Party Device plan, which allows customers to bring a third-party telematics device and enjoy the advanced notifications, reporting, dashboards, and data analytics offered by the MyGeotab software, according to the company.

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150&amp;rsquo;s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Image: Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Georgia DOT Plans to Reopen I-85 by June 15

Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aiming to complete rebuilding of the stretch of I-85 that collapsed last week — slicing one of the main arteries through metropolitan Atlanta — by June 15, which would be roughly 10 weeks since the collapse.

Photo: ERoad

Public Meeting to Discuss ELD Technical Specifications

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it will hold a public meeting May 9 to discuss technical specifications for electronic logging devices that are scheduled to become mandatory for trucking fleets this December.

Penske Truck Leasing Forms Onboard Tech Consulting Group

The group was created as a value-added service to help Penske’s customers address the proliferation of technology choices and questions fleet operators have about selecting, evaluating, implementing, and using onboard systems.

Hino Trucks Adds Dealer Certification Program

Hino Trucks introduced the latest group of dealers that have been selected as “Certified Ultimate," Hino’s dealer excellence program.

Photo of Ford F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-250 for Unintended Movement

The safety compliance recall covers more than 48,000 2017-model year pickup trucks in the U.S.

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