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Lack of Research Keeps Lid on Federal Truck GVW Limit

An advisory panel of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has issued an interim report on the research it will recommend be completed before consideration is given to raising the federal 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks.

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

For the first time ever – Smokin' TITAN will be fully utilized and put to the test during a cooking competition among media members and Nissan executives in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 27-28. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

Nissan Smokin' Titan Begins Road Trip Adventure

For the first time ever – Smokin' TITAN will be fully utilized and put to the test during a cooking competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Autocar's ACX Xpeditor

Autocar Xpeditor Trucks Recalled for Steering Issue

Autocar, LLC (Autocar) is recalling an estimated 541 2018-2019 Autocar Xpeditor vocational trucks because the pinch bolt on the clamp for the adjustable length drag may not have been tightened properly.

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect. HDT File Image

Despite Full ELD Enforcement, Truck Capacity Increased

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect.

VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Clarifies Position on Navistar Takeover in SEC Filing

Volkswagen AG cooled expectations that it is moving to take over Navistar International in an April 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in the same statement, the Germany-based OEM left the door open for its Volkswagen Truck & Bus GMbH subsidiary to possibly acquire U.S.-based Navistar at some later date.

Mickey Truck Bodies worked with Lay's to develop their potato chip delivery truck. (Photo courtesy of Mickey Truck Bodies)

Mickey Truck Bodies Appears at PepsiCo Fleet Training

PepsiCo fleet supervisors, managers, and field personnel who attended the soft drink and snack food giant’s Technical Training Summit last month in Arlington, Texas, took time out from their class schedules to visit with all the vendors who support the Pepsi and Frito-Lay brands, including Mickey Truck Bodies.

Rainier offers a number of cab-over-engine (COE) models, including the RT2600 Class 6 model. (Photo courtest of Rainier)

Rainier Truck & Chassis Offers Online Ordering

Rainier dealers and customers can now use the company's factory website to order trucks anytime and anywhere.

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

The California Truck and Bus emissions regulation requires fleets to verify that all hired or dispatched trucks are compliant air pollution standards. Photo: Jim Park

CARB Fines Fleets for Hiring Trucks Not Meeting California Emissions Standards

The California Air Resources Board has fined Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems for failing to verify that trucks hired or dispatched were compliant with the state’s truck emissions regulations.

International ProStar tractors are "edging" closer to average used truck prices, a report by J.D. Power & Associates has found. Photo: Jack Roberts

J.D. Power: Used Truck Prices Drop in February

According to J.D. Power and Associates, higher volumes of both heavy- and medium-duty used trucks caused prices to fall off "substantially" in February.

TireHub will be a 50-50 joint venture between Goodyear and Bridgestone and will be managed by an independent management team. (Image courtesy of TireHub)

Goodyear, Bridgestone Form TireHub

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. are joining forces. The two tire manufacturers have formed TireHub LLC, one of the largest tire distribution joint ventures in the United States.

Architectural rendering of Terex Utilities' future manufacturing headquarters courtesy of Terex Utilities

Terex Utilities to Construct New Headquarters

Terex Utilities' new manufacturing headquarters, which consolidates ten facilities into one, will simplify operations, increase capacity, and improve product lead times.

The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Photo courtesy of XL

Puget Sound Energy Adds 40 XL Hybrid Transit Vans

Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

The four-post lift has impact-resistant LED lights illuminating truck undercarriages. Photo: Stertil-Koni

Study Shows Lighting Key to Maintenance Shop Safety

The stakes are high and the payoffs big when it comes to worker safety, notably in reducing accidents, minimizing eyestrain, and increasing overall efficiency and productivity. Stertil-Koni says professional lighting is one of the keys to enhancing overall shop safety and performance.

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators. From top left: Andreea Crisan, Sergio Rojas, Tom Schilli, David Myers, Joel Morrow.

Heavy Duty Trucking Announces 2018 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, five fleet executives being recognized for their forward-thinking leadership.

Wabco's new Americas headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Image: Wabco

Wabco Building New American Headquarters in Michigan

Wabco Holdings announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is currently building the facility to house it.

Photo of Ford Transit Utility exterior courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan to Reveal Ford Transit for Utility Fleets

Spartan Motors will show a Ford Transit concept van that has been tailor-made for utility fleets with a more customized cargo area and remote workstation at an upcoming fleet trade show.

American Traffic Solutions Parent Acquires Toll Management Company

The corporate parent of toll management fleet services provider American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has acquired a Miami-based toll collection company and a European traffic fee company, according to a release.

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press during the IAA Show in Germany in 2016. Photo: David Cullen

VW Truck Signals Interest in Acquiring All of Navistar

News reports out of Germany indicate that Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is open to taking over Navistar International Corp.. VW already holds a 16.9% share in the U.S. company via a “wide-ranging strategic alliance," which was announced back in 2016.

NTSB

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

LeasePlan USA's Felipe Smolka

LeasePlan Hires Innovation Strategy VP From IBM

LeasePlan USA has named Felipe Smolka its senior vice president and transformation officer as the fleet management company expands its executive leadership team.

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