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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.

Caterpillar C9 with ACERT Technology for 2007 Certified by EPA

PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. has received 2007 on-highway certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the C9 engine equipped with ACERT Technology. This technology positions Caterpillar to meet future EPA emissions regulations and provides a long-term emissions solution for the global on-highway engine market.

New High-Performance 600-HP Rating for Cummins ISX

LOUISVILLE, KY – Cummins Inc. has released its most powerful ISX in years, with 600 horsepower and 2050 lb-ft of torque. This new rating is designed for heavy-haul customers, fleets, and owner/operators who specialize in expedited freight.

Iteris Names 12 Commercial Truck Fleets that Adopt Lane Departure Warning Technology as Standard Feature

ANAHEIM, CA – Iteris, Inc.'s Lane Departure Warning (LDW) technology has been adopted as a standard feature by 12 commercial truck fleets across the country, several of which began installing the systems last year. The 12 fleets are located throughout the U.S. and Canada and range from LTLs to flat-bed carriers to regional short haul transportation companies.

Cummins Announces Approval of B-20 Biodiesel Blends

LOUISVILLE, KY – Cummins's biodiesel B-20 blends have been approved for use in its 2002 and later emissions-compliant ISX, ISM, ISL, ISC, and ISB engines. This includes the recently released 2007 products.

DiamondBack HD Truck Cover Nominated for 2007 Ron Webster Award

ATLANTA – The DiamondBack HD Truck Cover is a 2007 Ron Webster Award nominee, according to DiamondBack Truck Covers. The patented DiamondBack HD is a sturdy, three-panel cover constructed from aluminum alloy. The load-bearing surface is capable of sustaining up to 1,600 lbs.

Sunset Becomes Atlas Van Lines Agent

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – Sunset Moving & Storage Inc. has become an agent for Atlas Van Lines Inc., joining more than 500 Atlas agents across North America. In addition to its Deerfield Beach headquarters, Sunset has Florida locations in Key West, the Gold Coast, and Tampa.

Detroit Diesel G2 Training Program Wins Training Magazine's Top 125 Award

DETROIT – Detroit Diesel's G2 Program has been selected to Training Magazine's Top 125, a ranking among Fortune 500 companies for their training and learning development programs. The G2 Program is a training, certification, continuous improvement, and rewards program for Detroit Diesel's service network.

Dodge Wins New Product Innovation at Work Truck Show

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Dodge is the winner of the Editors' Choice Award for New Product Innovation. Ballots of editors who attended the recent 43rd Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention and The Work Truck Show 2007 determined the winner.

Caterpillar Prepared to Service New 2007 Engines

PEORIA, IL – Cat 2007 engines with ACERT Technology now are available for purchase and the Cat service and support team — including both Cat dealers and OEM truck dealers — are prepared to provide all service and support.

Ford Selects Coach-Net to Support 2008 Commercial Trucks

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ – In its 20th year of providing customer service for Ford Motor Company's RV chassis products, Coach-Net has advanced its relationship with Ford to deliver roadside assistance for 2008 commercial trucks.

Panther Expedited Services Acquires Integres Global Logistics

SEVILLE, OHIO – Panther Expedited Services, Inc., an independent provider of critical shipment delivery services, ha acquired Integres Global Logistics, a technology-based freight forwarding and logistics company.

California Trucking Association Names Hutchings & Wilson Jr. 2006 Drivers of the Year

SANTA ANA, CA – The California Trucking Association named Edward Hutchings and Willie Wilson Jr., both drivers from TLC Logistics Management as the 2006 Truck Drivers of the Year. Wilson received the award for Southern California and Hutchings for Northern California.

Hino Announces Features, Options for 2008 Chassis-Cab Lineup

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Hino Trucks announced new standard features and optional equipment available on its Class 4–7 2008-model-year chassis-cab lineup.

National Trucking Company's Biodiesel Study Shows Positive Results

LOUISVILLE, KY – Comparing a soy biodiesel B-20 blend to regular diesel in an over-the-road test covering 2 million miles, Decker Truck Line, Inc.'s “Two Million Mile Haul” has covered 350,000 miles. The company released interim results at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show.

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