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Telematics Was MATS Focus
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The growing prevalence of telematics for monitoring and refining the performance of trucks and linking drivers, fleets and manufacturers with vehicles dominated the opening of the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tonnage Growth Slows in Feb., Hampered by Weather, Economy  
Weaker economic activity and a prolonged winter combined to slow truck tonnage growth to 3% last month, but the industry remains on course to grow faster as the year unfolds, industry experts said.

Separate Oils for Newer and Older Engines Being Developed for Heavy-Duty Trucks 
The next generation of engine oil for diesel-powered trucks will offer commercial buyers increased variety, with separate blends for newer and older engines and a subcategory to reflect some fleets’ shift to lighter oils, said oil and engine manufacturers.





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FMCSA Official Defends New CSA App
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration senior official at the Mid-America Trucking Show defended a new smartphone application designed to facilitate access to certain performance data, a feature strongly opposed by the industry.

FMCSA Recruits Drivers for HOS Study at MATS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration encouraged commercial drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show to sign up for an hours-of-service study that aims to determine fatigue factors among truck operators.

DTNA Says Planned 2015 Production for DT12 Transmission Already Filled
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Daimler Trucks North America CEO Martin Daum said demand for the manufacturer’s proprietary automated manual transmission has far exceeded its original expectations and has outstripped its current ability to produce it.

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Mercedes-Benz Plans First Pickup Truck
Mercedes-Benz plans to enter the pickup segment in coming years, underscoring a push by manufacturers of upscale vehicles to invade territories traditionally dominated by mass-market competitors.

Trailer Orders Drop 30% in February
February net trailer orders fell 30% from a year ago to 20,700 units, ACT Research Co. reported.


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TT Archives: Alternative Fuels
The trucking industry’s Interest in alternative fuels has been building for a while and is expected to continue despite lower oil prices in recent months.
 

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