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Kenworth Receives Alternative Fuels Award

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth Truck Company received the 2007 Industry Innovation Award for alternative-fuel trucks at the Alternative Fuels & Vehicle National Conference and Expo held last week in Anaheim, Calif.,

Snuglid “SL” Tonneau Receives 2007 Frost & Sullivan Technology Award

LONG BEACH, CA – Frost & Sullivan has recognized SNUGTOP and its SnugLid “SL” series as recipient of the “2007 North American Fiberglass Tonneau Aftermarket Technology Innovation of the Year Award.”

Budgets and Costs Rank Tops Among Fleet Manager Concerns

BURLINGTON, NJ – “What do fleet maintenance managers want to know more about?” was one of the primary questions asked of the hundreds of members of the Dossier fleet maintenance software users group during a survey conducted in February 2007.

Updated U.S. Federal Lighting Guide Kit Available From NTEA

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Compliance with lighting requirements will be easier to determine with the newly updated U.S. Federal Lighting Guide Kit available from the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

All-New Engine and Refreshed Interior and Exterior for 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

NEW YORK, NY – The Jeep brand has unveiled the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that features an all-new 4.7L V-8 engine that delivers a 30-percent increase in horsepower, a 10-percent increase in torque and improved fuel economy compared with the engine it replaces.

Biodiesel Regs Near Passage in New Mexico; Similar Rules Sought Elsewhere

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A measure that would require all diesel fuel sold in New Mexico to have at least a five-percent blend of biodiesel is headed to the governor's desk. Similar efforts are being pursued in other states.

Order Logistics Announces New Contract for Private Fleet Transportation Management System

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Precision Strip, Inc. has signed a contract with Order Logistics, Inc. to use the company's Freight-Link Private Fleet System.

Trucking Firm Sees Positive Results with Biodiesel

FT.DODGE, IA – The preliminary results of a 2-million mile road test of biodiesel fuel show positive benefits for Decker Truck Line Inc. The Fort Dodge-based firm is the first major trucking company to compare a B-20 soy biodiesel blend to conventional diesel fuel.

Newmar to Offer Freightliner Custom Chassis Front-Engine Diesel in New 2008 Model

GAFFNEY, SC – To be more specific, Newmar Corp. will be offering Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation's (FCCC) FRED chassis in its 2008 Grand Star motorhome-the newest addition to the Newmar Class A lineup.

Freightliner Calls for Engine Incentives

LOUISVILLE, KY – Freightliner LLC President and CEO Chris Patterson told manufacturers gathered at the Mid-America Trucking show that U.S. and Canadian governments must help spur new, environmentally friendly technologies by providing greater incentives to fleet owners.

Yokohama Tire Corporation to Adjust Commercial Truck and Bus Tire Prices on May 1

FULLERTON, CA – Long-running increases in raw material and transportation costs have caused Yokohama Tire Corporation to adjust prices of its commercial truck and bus tires effective May 1.

Gray's New 10 Ton Capacity Portable Air End Lift Model KL-20 KwikLift

ST. JOSEPH, MO – Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc. has introduced their new 10 Ton Capacity Portable Air End Lift. With its portable design, the air end lift eliminates the need for a dedicated bay and keeps downtime to a minimum.

GE Corporate Lending Provides $130 Million Cash Flow Credit Facility to JHT Holding, Inc.

NORWALK, CT – GE Commercial Finance Corporate Lending has provided a $130 million cash flow credit facility to JHT Holding, Inc., a truck transport services company. GE Capital Markets arranged and syndicated the transaction and also provided JHT with interest rate risk management products and services.

TRALA Comments on EPA On-Board Diagnostic Proposal

ALEXANDRIA, VA – TRALA has submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its announcement of a proposal to mandate on-board diagnostic systems (OBDs) to detect potential problems in the emission control systems of 2010 heavy-duty engines.

Sprinter Included in Concept Plug-In Hybrid Program

DETROIT, MI – DaimlerChrysler is expanding its concept plug-in hybrid program to include the all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter. Up to 20 Dodge Sprinter Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) will be placed with customers in the United States between now and the first quarter of 2008 as part of a test-fleet program.

NTEA Publishes Updated Application Market Area Report

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has updated its Application Market by Metropolitan Statistical Area Report. Users can calculate potential sales of products by state and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), estimate market size for products, target growth opportunities, and make decisions for effectively assigning sales personnel.

Preliminary Analysis in on ATRI Speed Governor Survey

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the initial analysis of its industry survey on speed governor use as part of its year-long initiative to analyze the potential safety impacts of speed and speed differentials on trucking safety and operations.

Senate Bill to Provide Tax Credits to Fleets for Installing Idle Reduction Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. Senate bill (S. 894) has been introduced by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) that provides a 25 percent tax credit up to $1,000 for the installation of idle reduction technology on diesel trucks.

DaimlerChrysler Opens Sprinter Assembly Plant in Charleston, SC

CHARLESTON, SC – The DaimlerChrysler plant in Ladson, S.C., just outside Charleston, officially kicked off production of the Sprinter for the U.S. market under the Dodge and Freightliner brands on Mar. 27.

TRALA Endorses ATA Petition for 68 MPH Speed Limiter Devices

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Trucking, Renting, and Leasing Association (TRALA) urged support for a petition from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) asking the agencies to consider the new safety-oriented rule requires 68 mph speed limiters on new trucks.

Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid-electric truck.

Kenworth Unveils T270 Class 6 Hybrid Truck Targeted at Municipal & Utility Applications

LOUISVILLE, KY – Kenworth Truck Co. has released its new Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid-electric truck. While hybrid trucks are in their infancy, they show significant potential from a fuel economy and environmental perspective.

FMCSA Eyes Lane Safety Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. federal trucking regulators are interested in new lane departure warning technology as a way to mitigate the rate of off-road accidents and rollovers on North American highways.

Nobilas Launches Accident Management Platform ‘Nobilas Connect'

NORCROSS, GA – Nobilas Claims & Fleet Solutions has launched a new communication platform for the vehicle repair market. This IT platform connects all relevant parties in the vehicle accident management value chain. Through the Connect Communication Platform, Nobilas' insurance company clients benefit from instant availability of important data, enabling maximum process efficiency.

Bill to Ban Retreads in Florida Dies

TALLAHASEE, FL – Florida Sen. Victor Crist's recently proposed bill to ban the use of retreaded tires by most trucks in Florida is now a dead issue, according to Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB). A required House companion bill was not forthcoming by the March deadline and this effectively tabled the Senate bill.


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