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Eaton Corp. Takes VORAD Safety Technology to Higher Level

KALAMAZOO, MI – Eaton Corp. has introduced its next generation VORAD safety system, VORAD VS-400. The product will be available on a limited basis beginning in April, with full production to ramp up in June.

Kelderman Suspension Systems Introduces the Bed Lift for Ford 650/750 and Other Medium Duty Trucks

OSKALOOSA, IA - It is no small feat to engineer an efficient bed lift for a massive medium duty truck chassis. Kelderman Suspension Systems, an established manufacturer of quality air ride suspensions for light and medium duty trucks, has engineered a hydraulic bed lift with a 5,000 lb. load capacity for popular Ford 650/750, International CXT and Freightliner trucks.

Dodge Expands Commercial Presence in Class 4-5 Segment

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Dodge has launched the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs, which were recently revealed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Nissan May Modify Titans for Fleet Sales

NASHVILLE, TN – Nissan Motor Co. may sell a lower-price, less powerful version of its full-size Titan pickup truck as early as next year to increase sales to small U.S. business fleets.

Toolbox and Refueling Tank Combos Available for Short- and Long-Bed Pickups

CHICO, CA – Transfer Flow, Inc., a manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM fuel tank systems, has introduced 30-gallon and 50-gallon toolbox and refueling tank combos. The 30-gallon unit will fit short- and long-bed pickups, while the 50-gallon unit will fit long-bed pickups only.

Budget Waste Inc. Updating Fleet With New Technology

CALGARY, AB – Budget Waste Inc. (BWI) in Calgary has initiated the process to update its existing fleet of approximately 125 vehicles, including tri-axle, tandem axle, single axle, and one-ton waste removal, water, hydro vac, and crane trucks.

Shell ROTELLA T With Triple Protection Meets New Caterpillar Lubricant Standards

HOUSTON, TX – Shell Lubricants has announced that Shell ROTELLA T with Triple Protection technology heavy-duty motor oil meets new Caterpillar specifications, ECF-1-a, ECF-2 for pre-2007 on- and off-highway diesel engines.

Biodiesel Conference Attracts Record Crowd

HOUSTON, TX – The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2007 opened with a record crowd, including members of Congress and celebrities.The attendees included farmers, equipment makers, and environmentalists, as well as investment bankers, risk-management consultants, and software providers.

International Showcases Tech Truck at TMC

TAMPA, FL – International was on-hand at the recent Technology and Maintenance Council meetings in Tampa to showcase its ‘Innovation 2' interactive technology truck.

40 Percent of Biodiesel Now Quality-Certified

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Seventeen major biodiesel producers, representing 40 percent of the market, are now certified as meeting the National Biodiesel Board's BQ9000 quality standard..

GM Offers $700 Lowe's Gift Card to NAHB Members

ORLANDO, FL – General Motors (GM) and Lowe's Home Improvement Centers are offering eligible National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) members that qualify for GM's Business Choice program a $700 Lowe's gift card when they take delivery of an eligible 2006 or 2007 Chevrolet or GMC vehicle before Mar. 31. This is in addition to a current $500 offer already available to NAHB members.

Hybrids Could Turn Big U.S. Truck Fleets Green

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Garbage trucks could be the next big thing in hybrid vehicles, as fuel cost pressure, pollution problems, and promising technology is drawing many U.S. trucking industry's leading makers and fleet owners to hybrid trucks.

PacLease Newsletter Details Benefits of Telematics

BELLEVUE, WA – PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) has published a newsletter detailing telematics and its role in improving productivity for fleets. The newsletter provides information on telematics and discusses how systems such as PacLease's PacTrac system, powered by PeopleNet, can help improve productivity in all areas

2007 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Pickups Revealed at 2007 International Builders' Show

ORLANDO, FL - General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations revealed the new 2007 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Pickups at the 2007 International Builders' Show in Orlando, Florida.

Security Ring Planned for New York City

NEW YORK CITY – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to install a ring of sensors around New York City to detect nuclear or dirty bombs, Washington officials said.

ARI Expands In-House Heavy-Duty Truck Licensing Capabilities

MT. LAUREL, NJ – Automotive Resources International (ARI) has expanded its in-house heavy-duty truck licensing capabilities, expediting the process and shouldering weighty jurisdictional regulations for companies with commercial vehicles that cross U.S. state lines or province boundaries in Canada.

Cat Lift Trucks Announces New Stand-Up End Control

HOUSTON – Cat Lift Trucks now offers the ES3000–ES5500 series electric counterbalanced Stand-up End Control lift trucks, with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 5,500 lbs. The ES3000–ES5500 series features electric power steering, low step height, and knee, hip, and elbow padding to help reduce operator fatigue over long shifts.

TransCore Adds ACE Compliance to Link OpsCenter, Company's Canadian Logistics Service

TORONTO – TransCore, which operates a North American freight-matching logistics service, adds Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) integration to its Link OpsCenter product, now a part of TransCore's 3sixty Operations Management.

Cherokee Truck Equipment Named Heil Refuse Equipment Distributor for Georgia

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental has expanded the territory covered by its longtime distributor Cherokee Truck Equipment, LLC to include most of the state of Georgia. Cherokee has been a distributor of the Heil refuse collection vehicles since 1981, serving southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia.

Monroe Offers New Application-Engineered Shocks

MONROE, MI – Monroe Commercial Vehicle replacement shock absorbers now include advanced application-engineered internal valving to deliver the OEM-specified ride and handling profile to any medium- or heavy-duty vehicle. The new Monroe application-engineered shocks include Monroe Gas-Magnum, Monro-Magnum, and Severe Service products.

Cummins QSB3.3 Wins Diesel of the Year 2007 Title

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins QSB3.3 engine earned the title of “Diesel of the Year 2007” recognition from a leading European publication. The award recognizes the technology that enables the 110-hp (82 kW) rated 3.3L engine to offer equivalent performance to that of larger 4.0 to 4.5L engines, but with a 30 percent smaller and lighter installation package.

Truck Tonnage Rebounded in December, Says ATA

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.9 percent in December after falling 3.6 percent in November. The December jump was the largest month-to-month increase in tonnage since January 2005.

Ryder Reports Earnings for Dedicated Contract Carriage Business

MIAMI – In Ryder's Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC), fourth quarter 2006 revenue totaled $140.2 million, down 2 percent compared with $142.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Remy International to Sell Diesel Remanufacturing Business of Franklin Power Products, Inc. and International Fuel Systems to Caterpillar Inc.

ANDERSON, IN – Remy International, Inc. has signed an agreement for the sale of its light and medium truck diesel engine and component remanufacturing business conducted by Franklin Power Products, Inc., and International Fuel Systems to Caterpillar Inc., for a cash purchase price of $150 million.

SNUGTOP “Super Sport” Cap Available for 2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab V-Bed

LONG BEACH, CA – SNUGTOP's “Super Sport” fiberglass cap is now available for the new Dodge Dakota Quad Cab V-bed pickup. The Super Sport features aerodynamic lines, large frameless side windows, a big all-glass rear door, and an integrated LED rear brake light.

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