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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Government, Business, Equipment

Obama to Decide Next Week on Chinese Tire Tariffs

Bloomberg News

The Obama administration will decide by next week whether to put a 55% import tariff on imported Chinese tires, which are gaining a growing share of the U.S. market, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Transport Topics
September 8, 2009
Business, Equipment

Daimler Sets Surcharges for 2010 Cummins Engines

Daimler Trucks North America said it will add a $9,000 surcharge to its 2010 trucks for customers who select independent manufacturer Cummins Inc.’s 2010 heavy-duty engine.

September 3, 2009
Business, Equipment

Aftermarket Revenue to Fall by 10% This Year, Industry Analysts Estimate

The heavy-duty aftermarket industry, which had passed through the previous two recessions relatively unscathed, has been hit hard this time, with one analyst saying revenue will be down 8% to 10% this year compared to 2008, which itself suffered a 4% drop from 2007.

September 1, 2009
Business, Equipment

Detroit Diesel, Other Makers Submit 2010 Engines to EPA

Detroit Diesel Corp. said it will submit its first heavy-duty 2010 engine for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification during September, joining Cummins Inc., Mack Trucks Inc. and Volvo Trucks North America, which already have submitted applications to the agency.

August 31, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

UPS Broadens Technology For Shipping eBay Sales

UPS Inc. said that all U.S.-based sellers on eBay now have a direct, free connection from within that site to the UPS WorldShip system.

Transport Topics
August 24, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Fleet Size Rises 1% in 2Q, Report Says

The number of Class 8 vehicles operating in the United States totaled 3.641 million units in the second quarter, an increase of less than 1% over the same quarter in 2008, transportation research firm R.L. Polk & Co. said.

August 24, 2009
Business, Government, Equipment, Technology, Safety

Eaton Gets $45 Million Grant to Provide Plug-in Hybrid Systems for Class 5 Trucks

Truck component maker Eaton Corp. said that it would provide the electric power systems for 378 Class 5 electric hybrid plug-in vehicles under a federal grant, which it called the “largest commercial hybrid deployment” ever.

August 24, 2009
Business, Equipment

July Truck Sales Fall 32.9%

U.S. Class 8 retail sales fell for the seventh consecutive month — this time by 32.9%, reported, and a market forecaster predicted that no substantial change is likely until the second half of next year.

August 24, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Rural Highway System Is Vital to Commerce, S.D. Trucking Executive Tells Senate Panel

Future U.S. economic vitality depends on an adequately funded rural road system that can accommodate heavier trucks, a South Dakota trucking company president told a Senate committee last week.

August 17, 2009
Business, Equipment

Accuride Reports 2Q Loss on Soft Demand

Commercial vehicle component maker Accuride Corp. said it lost $36.1 million, or $1 per share, in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $3.4 million, or 10 cents, a year ago.

Transport Topics
August 13, 2009