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Ryder Honored by General Motors as a 2006 Supplier of the Year

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System, Inc. was recently presented the General Motors 2006 Supplier of the Year award for its overall business performance in providing GM with world-class parts and services. The 15th annual award — themed the “Best of the Best” — was given during ceremonies Sat., March 31, in Orlando, Fla.

FLD, Sheinson See Vision Behind Veretech, LLC Realized With Sale

DELRAY BEACH, FL – In 2000, FLD, Inc., Fleet Lease Disposal, funded and staffed Veretech, LLC, with its then 10-member in-house technology department. FLD Chief Executive Officer, Michael Sheinson, was the visionary for the basic software utilized by Veretech, LLC, which operates one an online vehicle trade-in and sales lead generation application.

Behr Introduces No-Idle Air-Conditioners for Heavy-Duty Trucks

TROY, MI – Behr America, a leading automotive air conditioning and cooling systems suppliers, is working with a major U.S. truck manufacturer to launch its No-Idle Air-Conditioning (NIA/C) System in North America in 2007.

Trucker Logs 1 Million Miles Without a Wreck

TUSCALOOSA, AL – Fifty-nine-year-old truck driver Willie Barnes has traveled more than 1 million miles without a recordable accident.

German Truck Driver Burnt in Sausage Sizzle Inside His Truck

NIEDERWUERSCHNITZ, GERMANY – German truck driver Walter Reckling, 46, was running late for a delivery. He was also hungry, so instead of stopping to cook himself some sausages, he decided to cook while he was driving.

Hybrid Diesel Electric Trailer Refrigeration Units Cut Air Pollution

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a state-of-the-art pollution-slashing hybrid diesel electric trailer refrigeration unit that allows refrigerated trucks and trailers to remain icy cold while switching from diesel power to electric power during loading and unloading, reducing diesel emissions to zero.

Goodyear's ‘Wingfoot Express' Celebrates 90th Anniversary

AKRON, OH – Goodyear's interstate Wingfoot Express truck line celebrated its 90th birthday. In 1917, a five-ton Packard with a 10-foot-high, specially-built body established the first interstate trucking route with regular nonstop runs from the Akron tire factory to the company's tire fabric mill in Connecticut.

Fittipaldi Carriers Selects SkyBitz GLS Asset Tracking Technology

BOCA RATON, FL – Commodity Express Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fittipaldi Carriers, Inc. (Fittipaldi Logistics, Inc.'s trucking arm), has selected the Global Locating System (GLS) asset tracking technology from SkyBitz for the trailers in its domestic trucking fleet.

Urea Tank May Soon Be Required for Diesel-Powered Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting in 2010, owners of diesel-powered cars and trucks may have to fill a supplementary tank with urea, an organic compound that fights nitrogen oxide emissions when it's injected into a vehicle's exhaust system, The Washington Post reports.

Ryder Names 2006 “Drivers of the Year”

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System, Inc. has presented its annual “Driver of the Year” awards to three professionals who, combined, have driven nearly 10 million injury-free miles and have more than 106 years of professional driving experience.

Commercial Truck & Utility Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring System Released by Mobile Awareness

CLEVELAND, OH – Mobile Awareness has released a new generation of TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) products geared toward Commercial Trucks, Utility Vehicles, RVs, and Trailers. The MA-TPMS series automatically and continuously monitors tire status, alerting the driver to abnormal conditions with an audible alert and LCD display indicator.

Freightliner Models Selected for EPA's SmartWay Program

PORTLAND, OR – Two of Freightliner Trucks' 2008 models — the Columbia and the Century Class S/T — have been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as fuel-saving vehicles worthy of its new SmartWay designation.

A.R.E. Added to Toyota's Web Site for 2007 Tundra Work Truck Applications

MASSILLON, OH – A.R.E.'s Deluxe Commercial Units (DCU) are now featured on Toyota's Web site as one of four name-brand work truck aftermarket accessories for the all-new Tundra.

Sales Tax Exemption on Parts and Labor Pushed in Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is supporting the passage of legislation in Connecticut that would exempt maintenance and repair costs on trucks over 26,000 pounds from sales tax.

Roush Introduces Dedicated Propane-Powered F-150 Pickup Truck

LIVONIA, MI – Roush has introduced the first dedicated propane-powered F-150 pickup truck using an advanced liquid propane injection (LPI) system. The Roush F-150 LPI is designed and manufactured to operate solely on propane while providing the same horsepower, torque, and drivability of an F-150 equipped with a gasoline-powered 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 engine.

Hino Trucks Post Record Sales

DETROIT, MI – Hino Trucks has announced that it has ended the 2006 Fiscal Year with its best results ever. The company retailed a record 6,595 trucks in its fiscal year that ended on Mar. 31, 2007 — a 39 percent increase from the prior fiscal year.

DaimlerChrysler Truck Financial Announces Regionalization Initiative

LISLE, IL – DaimlerChrysler Truck Financial recently announced a comprehensive regionalization initiative that will improve service to Freightliner, Sterling, and Western Star dealers and all industry segments across the Eastern, Central, Southern, and Western sections of the country.

FedEx Adds Electric Hybrids to Denver Fleet

DENVER, CO – FedEx Corp. is adding four hybrid electric medium-duty trucks into service in Denver. The company now operates a total 93 hybrid vehicles in cities such as New York, Tampa, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C.

Sound Off!! What Do You Think About the New 2008 Diesel Trucks?

TORRANCE, CA - That's right. We want your opinions and thoughts about the 2008 diesel engines. How are you integrating this new engine into your truck fleet? How do they compare to the old engines? Are the new engines worth all the hype or a big waste of money?

Goodyear Announces Commercial Tire Price Hikes

AKRON, OH – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will raise its commercial tire prices up to five percent on May 1.

Fittipaldi Logistics, Inc. Signs OEM Agreement With WebTech Wireless, Inc.

BOCA RATON, FL – Fittipaldi Logistics, Inc., a software developer focusing on the freight transportation industry, has signed a two-year agreement with WebTech Wireless, Inc., a provider of location-based fleet telematics services.

NTEA Adds 20 New Member Companies to Member Verification Program

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has approved an additional 20 new member companies for the Member Verification Program (MVP). As of Apr. 1, the growing list of distributor and manufacturer member companies that have reached MVP status totals 307.

Reading Group Names New Executive VP of Sales and Marketing

READING, PA – Jim Kraschinsky will assume the position of executive vice president of sales and marketing at The Reading Group. Kraschinsky will be providing strategic oversight and direction for the sales and marketing activities for Reading Equipment Distribution LLC and Reading Truck Body LLC.

IMI Offers Truck Tire Balancing Options

CHAMBERSBURG, PA – Tire balancing options for the trucking industry have expanded with two new offerings from International Marketing, Inc. (IMI). The company is putting a self-adjusting, dynamic balancing concept to use outside the tire with the launch of XACTBalance 180s and XACTBalance Truck.

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.,


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