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Amazon Seeks Used Long-Range Cargo Jets

Cargo is loaded into an airplane at the Amazon Air Hub in Cincinnati Cargo is loaded into an airplane at the Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (Jeff Dean for Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is shopping for used long-range Boeing Co. and Airbus SE cargo planes, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest evidence of the e-commerce giant’s ambitions to move products across borders itself.

October 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

September Medium-Duty Sales Flat at Almost 20,000

Class 7 A Kenworth Class 7 T380. (Sturgess Associates)

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicles in September revealed a largely flat market compared with a year earlier, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 13, 2021
Business, Equipment

DTNA Names T.J. Reed President of Remarketing Unit

T.J. Reed T.J. Reed by Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America announced the appointment of T.J. Reed as president of Daimler Trucks Remarketing, effective immediately.

October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales Drop 10.4% in September

Western Star A Western Star 5700XE truck on the road. Western Star is one of only two truck makers that saw an uptick in sales numbers. (Daimler Trucks North America)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales fell 10.4% to 17,131 in September, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 12, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

GM Gets LG to Cover $1.9 Billion in Bolt EV Recall Costs

Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles. GM had to recall all 143,000 Bolt and Bolt EUV models because of a manufacturing defect involving the battery that led to an increased fire risk. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. said it reached an agreement with partner LG Electronics Inc. to recover from the South Korean company $1.9 billion of the $2 billion in costs for a recall of batteries in its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Stellantis to Turn Turin Factory Into Electric Car Hub

Stellantis Maserati Ghibli luxury automobiles travel along the semi-automated production line at the Grugliasco factory in Turin, Italy. (Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg News)

Stellantis NV is seeking to retool its iconic Turin factory into an electric-vehicle hub, moving production of two Maserati luxury models to the Mirafiori plant as part of a decision that will safeguard jobs in the EV shift.

October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Owner-Operator Wins Cab Makeover From Transfix

Transfix Desiderato, second from right, stands in front of her newly renovated truck. (Transfix)

Transfix announced that the winner of its “TransFIX My Rig” sweepstakes is professional driver Debbie Desiderato.

October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Now Dominating the World’s Richest List

Musk Elon Musk derives around three-quarters of his wealth from Tesla Inc. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk is pulling away from the rest of the world when it comes to personal wealth.

Scott Carpenter | Bloomberg News
October 8, 2021
Technology, Equipment

Proper Lighting Gives Fleets Brighter Maintenance Outlook

Side light on a trailer According to CSA reports, most violations are from trailers. Experts say it is because trailers receive less maintenance. (C.R. England)

Faulty trailer lighting is one of the most common roadside violations that inspectors find.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Again Shows It Is a Resilient Industry

The entrance to the exhibit hall for TMC 2021 The entrance to the exhibit hall floor for TMC 2021 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As of September, it has been 18 months since industry members were face-to-face at a Technology & Maintenance Council meeting. This year’s Fall meeting in Cleveland showed, just as the trucking industry did last year, how resilient it is.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 8, 2021