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XTRA Lease Adds QUALCOMM Trailer Tracking Solution to its Fleet

ST. LOUIS, MO – XTRA Lease, a provider of over-the-road trailer equipment rental and leasing in North America, is expanding its service offering to include a customized version of QUALCOMM's T2 Untethered TrailerTRACS asset management system for its trailers.

Tax Break for Biodiesel Could Be Extended Until 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Producers of biodiesel could continue to get tax breaks until 2017, and federal officials said that will help ensure a competitive price at the pump for renewable fuels.

Peterbilt, Eaton, and Wal-Mart Partner on Hybrid-Electric Model 386

DENTON, TX – Peterbilt Motors Co. and Eaton Corp. have collaborated to produce an aerodynamic, heavy-duty vehicle with hybrid capabilities, with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. supporting development of the technology.

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Dodge Adds Sprinter Chassis Cab to Lineup

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Dodge continues to expand its presence in the commercial truck market with its recent introduction of the 2007 Dodge Sprinter Chassis Cab at the National Truck Equipment Association trade show.

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Ford Introduces New 2008 E-Series Van

DEARBORN, MI – Ford has introduced their new 2008 E-Series commercial van. The most noticeable difference in the 2008 E-Series is the redesigned hood and grill inspired by the new F-Series Super Duty's new front-end design.

NAVTEQ TRANSPORT Selected by Trimble

LAS VEGAS, NV – NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, have been chosen by Trimble and Telogis to supply NAVTEQ TRANSPORT truck attributes.

Georgia Trucker Claims Half of $390M Jackpot

DALTON, GA – A Georgia truck driver stepped forward Mar. 7 to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. Ed Nabors, 52, of Rocky Face, Ga., said he was going to do a lot of fishing now.

Idaho Permanent Trailer Plate Law Signed by Governor

BOISE, ID – Idaho's Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed legislation HB 38 into law on Feb. 21, providing for permanent registration for trailers and semi-trailers in the state.

All-New Sterling Bullet to Feature Goodyear Unisteel Tires

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI – Goodyear Unisteel G622 RSD regional service drive tire was selected for the all-new Sterling Truck Corp.'s Sterling Bullet. Sterling selected Goodyear tires in size 225/70R19.5 for the all-new model that complements the company's light-duty commercial truck offering.

Verizon Rolls Out Hybrid-Powered Van Pilot Project

HYATTSVILLE, MD – Verizon will soon begin a pilot project using 13 specially designed service vans with environmentally friendly hybrid-engine systems. Because no domestic motor vehicle manufacturer currently makes hybrid vehicles in the “van” category, Verizon worked closely with a company that specializes in hybrid- power systems, and it retrofitted the new vehicles to Verizon's specifications.

DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas Launches CompleteLease, a New Comprehensive Transportation Package for Small Business Owners

INDIANAPOLIS – DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas has entered into the trucking industry's full-service leasing market. Its comprehensive Sterling Trucks CompleteLease and Chrysler Financial CompleteLease initiatives are aimed at small business owners in the vocational segment.

Penske Truck Leasing Holds Grand Opening of a $5 Million State-of-the-Art Facility in Winston-Salem, N.C.

READING, PA – Penske Truck Leasing held the grand opening of a new facility in Winston-Salem, N.C., located on 131 Back Forty Drive. The 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, currently employing eight associates, offers commercial and consumer truck rental services, full-service truck leasing, and contract maintenance.

LEER 100RCC Fiberglass Commercial Cap Breaks New Ground With Job Site Pros

ELKHART, IN - LEER, a member of the Truck Accessories Group, (TAG), LLC, introduced the new Model 100RCC fiberglass commercial cap.

Heil Updates 7000 Automated Arm

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental has updated the 7000 automated arm to increase the lift's durability and further extend its lifecycle. Additionally, Heil is making its enclosed oil bath gearbox, which is standard on the Python automated arm, available as an option for the 7000 arm to reduce maintenance.

NTEA Names 2007–2008 Board of Trustees

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has elected two new members to the NTEA Board of Trustees. The new Trustees will be installed to three-year terms at the 43rd Annual NTEA Convention.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Signs 25 New Dealers

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America signed 25 new dealers to its North American distribution network.

With 4 Million Accident-Free Miles, Trucker Wins Award

ALLENTOWN, PA – Clinton Eshleman, who works for Roadway Express Service Center in Pocono Township, celebrated 37 years and 4 million miles of safe driving

New '07 Diesels Prompt Need for More Tech Training

ALEXANDRIA, VA – While most attention has been focused on engine design to meet federal standards, it's now the support process that's being fast-tracked.

Kenworth Medium-Duty Body Builders Manual Available for 2008 Model T300 Applications

KIRKLAND, WA – The new Kenworth Medium-Duty Body Builders Manual offers information on 2008-model Kenworth T300 medium-duty trucks and tractors equipped with the new 2007 PACCAR PX-6 and PX-8 engines.

Rawson Named NTEA's 43rd President

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Tom Rawson, CEO of RKI Inc. (Houston, Tex.), will be installed as 43rd president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

Truck Tonnage Fell 3.6 Percent in January, Says ATA

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Truck tonnage dropped 3.6 percent in January after a 6.2 percent surge in December.

Public Safety Equipment Announces Change in Ownership

ST. LOUIS, MO – Public Safety Equipment, Inc. has been purchased from Seton House by Stirling Square Capital Partners (SSCP). SSCP manages mid-market private equity funds from its London-based operations.

PeopleNet Enhances Remote Truck Monitoring

CHASKA, MN – PeopleNet has announced two enhancements to its vehicle management system, PerformX. Fault-code monitoring, the first enhancement, means PerformX can alert maintenance managers to vehicle malfunctions and future maintenance issues wirelessly and in real time. The second extends the system's on-board diagnostics capabilities to light trucks, vans, and cars.

Celadon Group Purchases Truckload Van Assets from Warrior Xpress

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – One of Celadon Group Inc.'s wholly-owned subsidiaries purchased the truckload business and certain tractors and trailers of Warrior Services Inc. (“Warrior”) for approximately $8.3 million.

Navistar to Resume Production of Diesel Engines for Ford

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – Navistar International Corp. will resume production of Power Stroke diesel engines used by Ford Motor Company in its heavy-duty pickup truck line.

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