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Eaton's Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton Expands AMT Line for Vocational Use

Eaton has expanded coverage of its Fuller Advantage series of automated overdrive transmissions to include use in vocational applications, offering features that improve vehicle control and other capabilities.

The acqurisition will add 37 public-access CNG locations to Love's network. Image: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops Acquires CNG Provider Trillium

Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase compressed natural gas provider Trillium CNG in a deal that will add 37 public-access CNG locations to the truck stop company’s network.

Orlando Branch Factory representatives (left to right) Darin Damron, R.B. Burkhardt, Shelby Damron, and Dante Donati.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions Award-Winning Branch

For the second consecutive year, the Orlando, Florida, branch of Jasper Engines & Transmissions took home the President’s Award for 2015 at the company’s annual sales banquet January 26.

Diesel Prices Slide Further While Oil Production Remains High

The average price of diesel fuel continued to fall last week amidst reports that global crude oil production would not be cut to meet lower demand.

Omnitracs Unveils All-in-One Device for Telematics, Mobile Apps

Omnitracs has introduced the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, a single, robust mobile device that it says will offer commercial fleets a unified platform for the efficient use of mobile apps and telematics.

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AmeriGas Names Manager of Fleet Operations

Dwayne Bolden Sr. was named manager of fleet operations for AmeriGas DBA PTI in Houston. He assumed this position in September.

Photo via Firestone

Bridgestone Recalls Firestone FS561 Tires

The voluntary safety recall is limited to FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 and only those tires that are installed in the trailer application.

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Element Names Pair of Remarketing VPs

Element Financial Corporation has appointed Bill Cieslak and Paul Seger as vice presidents for its remarketing unit.

Photo: International Trucks

International's HX Vocational Trucks Replacing PayStar Models

International's new Class 8 line is replacing the PayStar and includes four models, with long and medium hoods and two diesels.

Video Safety Tip: Preventing Pothole Damage

Here's some advice from the Michigan Department of Transportation on how to deal with potholes.

Cummins Filtration Opens New Corporate Headquarters in Nashville

Cummins Filtration Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters to the One Century Place building in Nashville, effective Jan. 25, 2016.

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

A new IIHS study examines the effectiveness of forward collision warning systems -- with and without automatic emergency braking. Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Automatic Braking Cutting Rear-End Crashes

A new IIHS study finds that forward collision warning systems that include automatic emergency braking cut rear-end crash rates by 39%.

IronPlanet Donates Auction Proceeds to Charity

GovPlanet, IronPlanet's online marketplace for used government surplus, is auctioning three High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), or Humvees, and donating the proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Installs First Lightweight MX-11 Engine

Peterbilt’s first lightweight Paccar MX-11 engine was installed recently in the company’s newest vocational truck, the Model 567, in a set-forward front axle configuration.

Presentation slide courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Planning Hybrid Trucks, SUVs

FCA US plans to introduce a mild hybrid Ram 1500 and its next generation Jeep Wrangler with several alternative powertrains to meet increasing stringent tailpipe emissions standards and fuel economy regulations.

Photo of 2016 Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Ending Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart to Focus on Trucks, SUVs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will eventually discontinue the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, increase Jeep SUV and Ram truck production, and roll out additional hybrids as part of its business plan leading toward 2018.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford E-Series Recall Tied to Trailer Braking

The recall affects 83 2016 model-year cutaway and chassis cab vehicles in North America, including 75 in the U.S.

Infographic courtesy of Bosch.

Bosch's Smart Gas Pedal Lowers Fuel Consumption

Bosch has developed the active gas pedal, which notifies the driver when to lighten pressure on the pedal, promotes lowered fuel consumption, and issues warnings to drivers when they are speeding.

Photo of 2016 F-750 truck courtesy of Ford.

Fontaine Opens F-650/F-750 Upfitting Center in Ohio

Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has opened a modification center in Avon Lake, Ohio, to provide modifications for Ford's 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, including an exclusive tractor package for beverage fleets, the truck upfitter has announced.

Photo of 2014 GMC Savana 3500 LT passenger van with XL3 powertrain courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Named to Global Cleantech 100 List

XL Hybrids, Inc. has been named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list that's produced by Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporations to sustainable innovation through its i3 Connect platform and global events.

Photo of 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT courtesy of GM.

GMC Sierra 1500 Named Texas Truck Towing Champ

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has been named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion during a head-to-head test conducted by editors from Cars.com, PickupTrucks.com, and MrTruck.com.

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Source: EIA

Cheap Oil Drives Down Diesel Price Again

Diesel fuel prices at the pump fell again last week as the consistently low price of oil on the stock market lowered energy costs.

Screen shot courtesy of NHTSA via YouTube.

Record 51M Vehicles Recalled in 2015

Nearly 900 vehicle recalls were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015, a new record involving more than 51 million vehicles — another record, the federal agency reported.

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