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Freightliner Trucks Is Recognized as a Finalist by the Truck Writers of North America for its Rack and Pinion Steering System

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner Trucks was recognized by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) in its annual competition for its state-of-the-art rack and pinion steering system. Freightliner Trucks is the world's first heavy-duty truck manufacturer to offer rack and pinion steering, which provides more accurate and responsive steering.

Florida Considers Banning Retreads on Trucks

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) has responded to a bill introduced by Florida State Senator Victor Crist that would prohibit the use of retreaded tires on most commercial vehicles on Florida highways.

ARI Adds ARITruckDirect to Remarketing Program

MT. LAUREL, NJ – Automotive Resources International (ARI) has added ARITruckDirect to its comprehensive remarketing program. The company created the ARITruckDirect site to increase exposure of ARI's medium- and heavy-duty trucks and equipment by attracting specialized dealers and end users nationally and internationally with an easy, comprehensive search engine.

Production Begins on 2008 F-Series Super Duty

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky Truck Plant has begun production of the new 2008 F-Series Super Duty; the truck will begin arriving in dealerships early in 2007.

Ryder System, Inc. Elects Luis Nieto, Jr., to its Board of Directors

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System, Inc. has elected Luis Nieto, Jr., president of the Refrigerated Foods Group for ConAgra Foods, Inc., to its Board of Directors. Nieto was appointed to serve on the Company's Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Purchasing Drives Success for Con-way

SAN MATEO, CA – It's been one year since Con-way, the freight transportation and logistics services company, named Mitch Plaat as its first chief procurement officer. Since then, Plaat and his team have found significant savings by strategically sourcing certain.

WSE Transportation Recognizes Drivers of the Year and Trainer of the Year

ELM SPRINGS, AR – WSE Transportation, LLC, recently recognized its company driver, owner operator, team drivers, and trainer of the year for 2006.

Magna and Chrysler Group Partner to Deliver Innovative Seating Configuration for New Minivans

AURORA, ONTARIO – Intier Automotive Seating, an operating unit of Magna International Inc., in conjunction with Chrysler Group, has co-engineered and manufactured new seating features for Chrysler Group's 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.

Dana to Display Telematics Offerings at Wireless Conference

KALAMAZOO, MI – Dana Corp.'s Commercial Vehicle Systems group will showcase SmartWave TPMS tire pressure monitoring system at the Wireless Fleet 2007 conference in Miami, Feb. 20-21.

Trucking Firm Turns to RFID to Track Containers

CHARLOTTE, NC – Horizon Lines Inc. has turned to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track containers seamlessly from a Seattle distribution center over the sea and land to their final destination in Alaska.

PacLease Offers Free Guide to Improving Fuel Economy

BELLEVUE, WA – To help fleets find ways to reduce fuel costs, PacLease, a full-service, North America leasing company, has released an informational fuel economy guide.

Streicher Mobile Fueling Completes Reincorporation and Name Change to SMF Energy Corporation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Streicher Mobile Fueling, Inc. has completed its reincorporation in the state of Delaware by merging with and into its wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary.

Goodyear Highway Hero Finalists Named for Arizona & Minneapolis Heroics

AKRON, OH – As finalists for Goodyear's 24th annual North America Highway Hero Award, three professional truck drivers battled flames to pull victims from their burning vehicles in as many Arizona accidents, and one driver came to the rescue of a Minneapolis Metro Transit police officer who was attacked by a suspect in a drug deal.

New Diesel Retrofit Online Forum Provides Updated News, Information on Cleaning Diesel Emissions

ISELIN, NJ – BASF Catalysts, a provider of diesel emissions control technology, has launched — a new, Web site featuring updates on diesel retrofit technology, programs, regulations, and funding, as well as online discussions about cleaning emissions from existing diesel trucks and buses.

Alabama Trucking Association to Honor Safest Fleets

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Alabama Trucking Association is accepting nominations for its annual SMMC Fleet Safety Awards Banquet, set for March 26 in Birmingham. Categories include Safest Fleet, Most Improved Fleet, Driver of the Year, Maintenance Professional of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year, and a new category: Fleet Manager of the Year.

A.R.E. Announces New Z Series Cap for 2007 Ford Sport Trac

MASSILLON, OH – A.R.E. is now offering its Z Series fiberglass cap for the 2007 Ford Sport Trac sport utility truck (SUT). The Z Series caps, custom-designed and manufactured for the Sport Trac XLT and Limited models, feature an ergonomically designed door handle with original equipment-quality locks and a double-sided key for easy use.

UPS Explores Using Biodiesel for its Kentucky Vehicle Fleet

LOUISVILLE, KY – United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), which already operates the largest private alternative-fuel-powered fleet in the United States, is expected to announce soon that it will begin operating at least part of its vehicle fleet in Kentucky using biodiesel.

Dodge Announces Pricing for All-New 2007 Sprinter

TORONTO, CANADA – Dodge has released pricing for the all-new 2007 Sprinter. Base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter models are now available.

New York State Senator Seeks to Criminalize Drowsy Driving

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky has introduced a bill that would make drowsy driving illegal. A recent poll of American drivers showed that 37 percent admit they've nodded off while driving.

Analysts Say Class 8 Downturn Likely to Continue

NEW YORK, NY –Bear Stearns says heavy truck orders during 2006 were “astonishing” considering weakening truck fundamentals and falling freight tonnage in North America.

Dodge Introduces All-New 2007 Sprinter

TORONTO, CANADA – Dodge continues to build on its presence in the commercial vehicle market with the all-new, super-sized Sprinter. Compared to the previous model, the all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter features increased width (two inches), interior height (11 inches), exterior height (13 inches), cargo area length (19 inches), vehicle length (30 inches), cargo volume (127 cu. ft.), and towing capacity (2,500 lbs.).

Idaho Legislature Passes Permanent Trailer Plate Legislation

BOISE, ID – State legislation supported by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) that would provide for permanent registration for trailers and semi-trailers has been approved by the Idaho Legislature.

GM to Build Silverado and Sierra Hybrid Trucks in Oshawa

OSHAWA, TORONTO – General Motors will build hybrid versions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks at the Oshawa truck assembly plant east of Toronto.

Eaton Corp. Takes VORAD Safety Technology to Higher Level

KALAMAZOO, MI – Eaton Corp. has introduced its next generation VORAD safety system, VORAD VS-400. The product will be available on a limited basis beginning in April, with full production to ramp up in June.

Kelderman Suspension Systems Introduces the Bed Lift for Ford 650/750 and Other Medium Duty Trucks

OSKALOOSA, IA - It is no small feat to engineer an efficient bed lift for a massive medium duty truck chassis. Kelderman Suspension Systems, an established manufacturer of quality air ride suspensions for light and medium duty trucks, has engineered a hydraulic bed lift with a 5,000 lb. load capacity for popular Ford 650/750, International CXT and Freightliner trucks.

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