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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.,

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.

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