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March Trailer Orders Hit 29,500, Triple a Year Earlier

Utility 3000R refrigerated trailer A Utlity 3000R refrigerated trailer on display at a trade show. March's 29,500 trailer orders marked a 12% increase over 26,414 in February. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

North American trailer orders for March hit 29,500, more than triple the volume compared with a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales Rise 36.7% in March, Led by Class 5

Peterbilt 535 and 536 Peterbilt's 535 and 536 models were introduced April 7. (Peterbilt)

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 trucks in March climbed 36.7% compared with a year earlier, riding the surge in demand in Class 5, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tractor-Trailer Interfaces Take Shape in Many Ways

tractor to trailer connections Tractor-to-trailer air and electrical connections.(Technology & Maintenance Council)

Efforts to ensure the needed connections for exchanging more data between a tractor and trailer continue from many directions as electronics and sensors are increasingly coming to trailers, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Business, Equipment

Hankook Debuts First Line of Trailer Tires

Hankook Hankook Tire America Corp.

Hankook Tire America Corp. debuted its first trailer tires, the company announced April 5.

April 13, 2021
Business, Equipment

Rubber Scarcity Creates New Headache for Automakers

Continental Tire distribution center Automotive tires stacked at the Continental Tire distribution center in Sumter, S.C. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Automakers struggling with pandemic-induced plant shutdowns and a global chip shortage now are confronting another supply chain headache: dwindling rubber supplies.

April 13, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Investigates Possible Air Bag Failures in GM Vehicles

Chevy Silverado Some Chevrolet Silverado model years are part of the probe. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is investigating complaints that the air bags may not inflate in a crash on thousands of General Motors vehicles.

April 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

MVTS Finds FlowBelow Technologies Bring Significant Fuel Savings

FlowBelow Tractor Aerokit Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions realized fuel savings of 3.16 gallons per 1,000 miles, or 2.13%, testing the Tractor AeroKit. (FlowBelow Aero Inc.)

Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions tested FlowBelow Aero Inc.’s tractor and trailer wheel covers for the first time as well as the Tractor AeroKit, and found that each technology provided significant fuel savings.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Plus, Iveco Sign Memo of Understanding on Autonomous Trucks

Plus Plus autonomous trucks. (Plus)

Self-driving truck technology developer Plus announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Iveco, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., to jointly develop autonomous trucks that will be deployed across China, Europe and other areas.

April 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Breaking News

March US Class 8 Sales Jump 33.7%

Class 8 A Peterbilt 579. The manufacturer recently updated the truck's design. (Peterbilt Motors Co.)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in March jumped 33.7% to 22,031 as all truck makers posted gains compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 12, 2021
Business, Equipment

Utility Makes ConMet Preset Plus Wheel End Hubs Standard Feature

Utility Trailer manufacturing facility A view of Utility Trailer's facility in Clearfield, Utah. (Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.)

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced ConMet Preset Plus wheel end hubs as the standard base specification on all Utility trailer models.

April 12, 2021

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