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ASTM Approves New Biodiesel Blend Specifications

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The ASTM International D02 Main Committee approved a trio of long-awaited ASTM specifications for biodiesel blends.

NTEA Holds Annual New Model Truck Product Conference, Sept. 29–Oct. 1

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Take a glimpse at the line-up of leading chassis manufacturers who will be previewing new trucks and truck product offerings at the National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) New Model Truck Product Conference (TPC).

DiamondBack Introduces the New Diamondback-X Cover With Line-X Xtra Protective Coating

PHILIPSBURG, PA – DiamondBack Truck Covers has introduced the new DiamondBack-X cover in cooperation with LINE-X Protective Coatings.

Dodge Announces Improved Fuel Economy and Best-in-Class Horsepower (390) and Torque (407 lb.-ft.) for All-new 2009 Dodge Ram

CHELSEA, MI – Powertrain choices in all-new 2009 Dodge Ram models will offer improved fuel economy plus more power, torque, and refinement than ever before.

Kenworth Environmental Programs Site Features Industry-Leading Technology Products

KIRKLAND, WA – The new Kenworth Environmental Programs Web site www.kenworth.com/environmental.asp offers customers a convenient way to learn about Kenworth’s green products and initiatives.

Navistar's Subsidiary to Offer Qualcomm Mobile Information System in Mexico

CHICAGO - Navistar has partnered with Corporacion Nacional del Radiodeterminacion to offer the OmniTRACS mobile communications system to the Mexico market via its subsidiary, Camiones y Motores Internacional de Mexico and its dealer network.

Testing of Electric Truck for Los Angeles Port Sparks Enthusiasm

LOS ANGELES – The Port of Los Angeles views a 30-ton prototype vehicle it has had in service since January as a forerunner of a fleet of electric trucks to serve terminals and rail yards.

New Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40 Motor Oil Offers Improved Protection

HOUSTON – Shell has introduced Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40 motor oil, which offers improvements in wear protection, soot control, deposit control, heat resistance, and protection in extreme climates.

International LoneStar Earns EPA SmartWay Certification for Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Reduction

WARRENVILLE, IL – LoneStar, introduced in February as the first fuel-efficient Advanced Classic big-rig truck has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a SmartWay truck.

Navistar CFO Assumes New Role as Chief Risk Officer; Treasurer Steps Up to CFO Post

WARRENVILLE, IL – With its strategic focus on global growth, Navistar International Corporation has established the role of chief risk officer to proactively manage risk and strengthen internal controls.

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.

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