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Hino Releases World-First Hybrid Truck in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Hino has released the world's first production hybrid truck in Australia — a prelude. Hino said its new 6,500kg capacity hybrid will be best suited to urban applications and will provide up to 20 percent improved fuel economy than a similar conventional truck.

DHL Investigates the Use of Biodiesel for its UK Fleet

LONDON, UK – A UK division of the international DHL logistics group, DHL Exel Supply Chain, has started to investigate the possibility of operating its delivery vehicles using 100 percent biodiesel.

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LEER Tonneau Covers Released for 2007 Toyota Tundra

ELKHART, IN – LEER, a Truck Accessories Group Company, has released the new 700 and 800 Series tonneau covers for the 2007 Toyota Tundra. The LEER 700 Series tonneau features an easy-to-use cast metal twist handle with an integral weather cover, linked to automotive-style rotary latches, and hidden lock linkage for reliable, lockable security.

Work Truck and Trailer Industry 2008 Business and Market Planning Summit Slated for Oct. 30–31, 2007

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has changed the date of its 2008 Business and Market Planning Summit to Oct. 30–31, 2007, at Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-O'Hare Rosemont (Rosemont, IL) location.

Diesel Engine Upgrade Funds Available in California County

YREKA, CA – Carl Moyer Program funds are available to all public and private entities in Siskiyou County. The funds may be applied for directly through the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District (APCD). To request an application or to ask questions about the program, contact the APCD at 841-4030.

One-Millionth Duramax Engine Built

DETROIT, MI – Duramax has now built its one-millionth engine, having introduced its first one in 2001. Since then, GM's heavy-duty diesel pickup market share has increased nearly 10 times over the last six years.

The Reading Group Announces New Fleet Service

READING, PA – The Reading Group LLC announces the creation of Reading Fleet Services. Reading Fleet Services provides fleets with a one-stop fleet solution by providing a complete selection of truck mounted equipment and related services, focusing on high quality, exceptional value, quick delivery and exceptional customer satisfaction from a nationwide network of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Michelin Announces Truck Tire Price Hikes

GREENVILLE, SC – Michelin North America Inc. is increasing prices on two commercial tire product lines. truck tire prices will increase by up to four percent on Michelin and BFGoodrich brand tires sold in the United States, effective Jun. 1.

Bobit Business Media to Present Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training Webinar

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media's latest Webinar in its Web Seminar Series, “Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training,” sponsored by CEI, Volvo, and Driver's Alert, will be held May 24, from 2-2:45 p.m. (EST), 11-11:45 a.m. (PDT).

RoadLink Acquires Unity Distribution Group and Reserve Transportation Services

BETHLEHEM, PA – RoadLink USA, Inc., an independent intermodal logistics service provider in North America, has expanded its national service platform and strengthened its presence in the Midwest by acquiring Chicago-based Unity Distribution Group and Ohio-based Reserve Transportation Services (“Reserve”).

2005 Truck Crash Data Available Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The latest edition of “Large Truck Crash Facts,” including crash data for the 2005 calendar year, is now available on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site.

NTEA Hosts Washington, D.C. Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Truck & Equipment Association (NTEA) hosted a Leadership Conference on Apr. 18 in Washington, D.C., that consisted of a series of meetings with legislators and regulators.

Odyne's Propulsion Systems for Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicles to Be Installed Into Dueco's Aerial Lift Trucks

HAUPPAUGE, NY – Odyne Corporation, a developer of advanced plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) technology for trucks and buses, has signed an agreement with Dueco, Inc., to develop a proprietary plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle propulsion system optimized for aerial lift truck applications.

GM Reports 25 % Fuel Savings for Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrids

DETROIT – General Motors has unveiled pre-production hybrid versions of its Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon models.

Recycling Division Turns to Freightliner to Maximize Efficiency Business

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – It wasn't until last year that Todd Christensen, a recycling rate manager for Waste Management of Oklahoma City, began adding Freightliner Business Class M2 106 trucks to his fleet.

Bendix Receives 2006 Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award From Frost & Sullivan

CLEVELAND, OH – Frost & Sullivan recently named Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC as the recipient of its 2006 Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award in the North American Class 6-8 truck original equipment market.

Ryder Reports First Quarter 2007 Results — First Quarter EPS of $0.84, Increases Nine Percent

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System, Inc. has reported earnings per diluted share (EPS) were $0.84 for the three-month period ended Mar. 31, 2007, up nine percent from EPS of $0.77 in the year-earlier period.

Six Western Star Trucks Receive Honors at Mid-America Trucking Show

REDFORD, MI – Six owners of Western Star Trucks were recognized at the seventh annual Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show, held at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) Mar. 22-24.

Tuition Assistance for Trucking-Related Training Available in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe recently signed SB703 into law, which opens the door for qualified students to be reimbursed for up to $3,500 in training to prepare for selected trucking industry jobs.

New MidBox Adds Storage Capacity & Versatility to the Ford F-150

DEARBORN, MI– SVE Commercial Products is introducing the MidBox Professional Mobile Storage System for F-150 Regular and Supercab models.

National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. Publishes 2007 Standard Carrier Alpha Code Directory

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has published the 2007 Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) Directory. The publication consists of more than 72,000 unique 2- to 4-letter codes used to identify transportation companies worldwide.

Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires SelecTrans, LLC

CHICAGO, IL – Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a provider of transportation management services, has acquired SelecTrans, LLC, a freight management software provider based in Chicago, IL.

TRALA Fighting Against New Indiana “Wheel Tax”

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A new “wheel tax” of up to $60 per vehicle in several Northwest Indiana counties would be excessively burdensome.

Bigger Long-Haul Trucks Better for Environment, Study Finds

HALIFAX, CANADA – Longer trucks reduce harmful exhaust emissions and improve highway safety and the Nova Scotia government is taking a look at how longer truck configurations could operate in the province.

ATA Sees Problems with New York City Pricing Plan

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it sees problems with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal, announced Apr. 22, to charge a new fee to anyone who drives into Manhattan.





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