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Urge to Move feature in an UltraShift Plus vocational gearbox allowed easy starting of this 125,000-pound GCW rig on 8 and 15 percent upgrades at Eaton's Proving Grounds.

Eaton, Cummins Show Direct Drive Powertrain, UltraShift Enhancements

The two companies collaborated on the latest version of the Smart Advantage powertrain, aimed at regional highway service.

Photo of Tonka 4Runner courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Shows Tonka-Inspired 4Runner

Toyota displayed a 4Runner set up as a Tonka-inspired mid-size SUV at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle puts "the 'Toy' in Toyota," according to the automaker.

Sketch of CX-9 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda CX-9 SUV to Enter New Generation

Mazda will unveil a redesigned CX-9 at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month so it can incorporate the latest technology and design into the mid-size SUV, the automaker has announced.

Super Duty Robotic Testing, photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Licenses Robotic Test Driving Tech

Ford is licensing robotic test driving technology to other automakers, according to a press release by the automaker. The technology saves time and helps drivers with tasks like driving over curbs and through potholes in durability testing.

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar's International Launches Top Dealer Program

International Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the best performing dealers to customers.

OnTerra Upgrades Route Planning Software

OnTerra Systems introduced the RouteSavvy Premium API, a new version of their route optimization application program interface for enterprise route planning and route optimization software systems.

Iowa Utility Adding Electric Trucks

MidAmerican Energy Company will add eight electrified trucks to the fleet by the end of the year, the company announced Oct. 30.

Photo: Ram

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Photo of refridgerated Freightliner straight truck courtesy of Ryder.

Ryder Extends Beverage Fleet Lease to 10 Years

Ryder System will begin offering 10-year full-service leases to beverage fleets to meet that industry's need for a longer lease term with trucks that accumulate less annual mileage, the company has announced.

The Paccar MX-11 engine with the Model 567. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Offers MX-11 Engine With Model 579, 567

The Paccar MX-11 engine will be available for Peterbilt’s flagship Model 579 and vocational Model 567 trucks beginning Nov. 13, the company has announced.

Republic Adds CNG Trucks to N.C. Refuse Fleet

Republic Services will add eight compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet in Raleigh, N.C., the waste hauler announced Nov. 3.

WEX Introduces Cloud-Based Fleet Analytics Platform

WEX Inc. has introduced ClearView, a cloud-based fleet analytics and benchmarking platform that combines fuel and vehicle data with proprietary analytics to create insights that save fleets time and money, according to the company.

MAN Adds Light Commercial Van to Lineup

MAN Truck & Bus is teaming up with Volkswagen to add a new light commercial van to its product lineup, making the German-based company a full-range supplier offering commercial vehicles between 3 and 44 tons.

Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations.

Fleets to Test Westport's Natural Gas Injectors in 2016

Westport Innovations Inc. has updated its roll-out schedule for its second-generation HPDI 2.0 natural gas vehicle engine injectors with plans to deliver the components to manufacturers in early 2016 and begin testing with fleet customers by the middle of the year, the company announced Nov. 2.

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Miles Driven Reaches All-Time High

Drivers traveled more miles on U.S. roads in August to push the yearly total to date past 2 trillion for a new all-time high as well as the largest year-over-year gain in monthly driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Diesel Prices Fall for Third Consecutive Week

For the third week in a row, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased, according the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

500,000 Fleets to Purchase New Vehicle in 15 Months

Vehicle market analyst IHS Automotive has identified over 500,000 businesses operating fleets of up to 250 vehicles that are expected to purchase new commercial vehicle in the next 15 months.

School was "in" for 22 employees of Mickey Truck Bodies. (PHOTO: Mickey Truck Bodies)

Mickey Truck Bodies Christens Training Center

A three-day Chassis Drop Qualification course for 22 “student employees” from all four of the company’s regional Reconditioning & Service Centers as well as its main manufacturing facility was held in High Point, N.C.

J.B. Poindexter & Co. to Acquire Reading Truck Body

J.B. Poindexter & Co., parent company of Morgan Olson, is buying Reading Truck Body, which makes service and other bodies

Photo of MV-1 courtesy of Mobility Ventures.

Mobility Ventures Hires Veteran Fleet Industry Exec

Paratransit vehicle manufacturer Mobility Ventures has hired Bill Gibson as its vice president of governmental and commercial fleet sales, the company announced Nov. 2.

Video Safety Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

AAA offers advice on what items to include in a winter driving emergency kit.

Westport Strikes Natural Gas Parts Distribution Deal

Westport Innovations aftermarket parts division, Westport Parts + Service, has formed a distribution partnership with Alliant Power with an initial focus on Class 1-5 light-duty vehicles through select Alliant Power distributors.

Photo courtesy of Motorlease.

Motorlease Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From AALA

Motorlease Corp. received a special Lifetime Membership award from the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) at the association's Sept. 29 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

A snapshot of Breezeworks' Team View feature. Photo courtesy of Breezeworks.

Management App Launches Team View Feature

Breezeworks, a field management app for independent service businesses, has added this feature to provide a map view of all worker locations and activities.

Auto Truck Group VP of Sales and Marketing Retires

Auto Truck Group, a work truck upfitter specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of equipment, today announced that Dennis Jones, vice president of sales and marketing, plans to retire at year’s end after more than 29 years with the company.

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