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Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.

“Our investment is a tangible example of how we maximize the use of our global platforms optimized for regional markets,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for trucks and buses. Photo: David Cullen

Daimler Trucks to Bring New Detroit Medium-Duty Engine Line to U.S.

Daimler Trucks Friday announced a $375 million investment to enable production of the new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines at Detroit’s Redford, Mich., plant, and officially launched production of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.

Teaser sketch of the fuel-cell Colorado courtesy of Chevrolet.

GM, U.S. Army to Test Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Truck

General Motors and the U.S. Army will test out a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Colorado pickup to see if it can withstand the extremes of daily military use, the automaker has announced.

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Ram Trucks to Tow Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Floats

More than 25 Ram trucks will kick off the holiday season in style as they tow all the floats in the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 26, in New York City.

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UPS Earns Recognition for Carbon Disclosure

For the second consecutive year, UPS received a perfect score of 100 on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) S&P disclosure leadership index for its transparency, corporate governance regarding climate change, and the manner in which it tracks and discloses its impact on the environment.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado (such as the one above with a service body upfit) and GMC Sierra will be available with a box delete option.Photo: GM

GM Offers Box Delete Option on 1500 Trucks

General Motors is making a box delete option available to fleet and retail customers on its 1500 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive Regular Cab Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Launches FusoFirst Support Program

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has launched its FusoFirst product support program, aimed at providing full-service customer support for owners and operators of Mitsubishi Fuso medium-duty trucks.

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Truck Orders 'Unimpressive' in October

Net order activity in October for new Class 8 and Class 5-7 trucks reflects the continuing slowdown in market activity, according to ACT Research Co.

EV Connect Announces EV Charging-as-a-Service

EV Connect recently announced the EV Charging-as-a-Service, or EV CaaS, to cut up-front costs and simplify the process for purchasing and installing EV charging station infrastructure by turning the purchase decision from a capital expenditure to an operating expense.

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House T&I Committee

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 has been passed by the House.

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31% Say Self-Driving Cars Safer Than Distracted Drivers

New research indicates that one in three Americans would feel safer knowing autonomous vehicles were on the road.

Photo of 2017 Escape courtesy of Ford.

Ford Escape Gets Engine, Safety Upgrades for 2017

Ford is updating its Escape compact SUV with a pair of new engines, standard stop-start, safety options, and enhanced connectivity for the 2017 model year.

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Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall last week, but the weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut caused crude oil prices to jump.

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NTEA Names Senior Director of Technical Services

NTEA The Association for the Work Truck Industry recently appointed Susan Dehne as senior director of technical services.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Vans Bolster October Depreciation

Full-size cargo and passenger vans logged the least amount of depreciation in October and with pickups bolstered the used vehicle market, which saw a sharp increase from September, according to Black Book.

Photo of 2016 Explorer cabin courtesy of Ford.

90% of Ford Vehicles Share Front Seat Architecture

Nearly 90% of Ford vehicles sold in North America share a common front seat architecture that allows Ford to more easily implement features such as mutli-adjusting, massage, and heating/cooling that enhance vehicle comfort, according to a release.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

House Floating Another Highway Patch

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

Video Tip: Safe Winter Driving

With snow storms on the way, AAA offers valuable safety tips for driving in harsh winter weather.

Truck and Van News: Daimler Enters Medium-Duty, Chevrolet Colorado Gets 30 MPG

Recent truck and van model headlines include Daimler announcing a new medium-duty engine line, more details on the Chevrolet Colorado, such as a statement from GM and the U.S. Army about testing a hydrogen-powered version of the new truck model.

Alkane will use Foton cab-chassis from China with North American components, including a propane-fueled engine. Assembly in South Carolina is set for early 2016.

Alkane COE Trucks Get DOT Approval

A big-block V-8 engine will burn propane and deliver diesel-like performance at lower cost, the company says.

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Isuzu Recalls Older N-Series, GM W-Series Trucks

The recall covers 13,671 Isuzu NPR, Isuzu NPR-HD, Chevrolet W3500, Chevrolet W4500, GMC W3500 and GMC W4500 gasoline trucks in the 2006-2008 model years.

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Electric Trucks Struggling to Gain Acceptance in Calif.

California roads have less than 500 battery electric medium- to heavy-duty trucks, partly due to the higher expense of these vehicles, according to a report on electrification of these vehicles released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

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New Way of Packing Natural Gas Into Fuel Tanks Discovered

Scientists at the University of California Berkeley have discovered a way to store methane that could increase the adoption of natural gas-powered cars.

GreenRoad Releases Next-Gen Mobile App

GreenRoad has released the next generation of its GreenRoad Mobile solution to equip organizations with a mobile solution that addresses real-time driver behavior and coaching, vehicle tracking, vehicle maintenance, hours of service and fuel usage optimization, according to the company.

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New Accounting Rules Require All Leases on Balance Sheets

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to move forward with a new standard that would require companies and organizations to include lease obligations on their balance sheets, a move that's being greeted with cautious optimism by fleet management companies.





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