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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.

Dodge Expands Commercial Presence in Class 4-5 Segment

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Dodge has launched the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs, which were recently revealed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Nissan May Modify Titans for Fleet Sales

NASHVILLE, TN – Nissan Motor Co. may sell a lower-price, less powerful version of its full-size Titan pickup truck as early as next year to increase sales to small U.S. business fleets.

Toolbox and Refueling Tank Combos Available for Short- and Long-Bed Pickups

CHICO, CA – Transfer Flow, Inc., a manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM fuel tank systems, has introduced 30-gallon and 50-gallon toolbox and refueling tank combos. The 30-gallon unit will fit short- and long-bed pickups, while the 50-gallon unit will fit long-bed pickups only.

Budget Waste Inc. Updating Fleet With New Technology

CALGARY, AB – Budget Waste Inc. (BWI) in Calgary has initiated the process to update its existing fleet of approximately 125 vehicles, including tri-axle, tandem axle, single axle, and one-ton waste removal, water, hydro vac, and crane trucks.

Shell ROTELLA T With Triple Protection Meets New Caterpillar Lubricant Standards

HOUSTON, TX – Shell Lubricants has announced that Shell ROTELLA T with Triple Protection technology heavy-duty motor oil meets new Caterpillar specifications, ECF-1-a, ECF-2 for pre-2007 on- and off-highway diesel engines.

Biodiesel Conference Attracts Record Crowd

HOUSTON, TX – The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2007 opened with a record crowd, including members of Congress and celebrities.The attendees included farmers, equipment makers, and environmentalists, as well as investment bankers, risk-management consultants, and software providers.

International Showcases Tech Truck at TMC

TAMPA, FL – International was on-hand at the recent Technology and Maintenance Council meetings in Tampa to showcase its ‘Innovation 2' interactive technology truck.

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