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Class 8 Truck Sales Fall 22.1% in February

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Class 8 U.S. retail sales in February dropped 22.1% to 15,460 compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto. com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Kenworth Announces New Twin Steer Configuration

Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., announced a new factory-installed twin steer configuration for its Kenworth T880 intended for crane, mixer and other vocational applications that require 86-inch axle spacing to meet local bridge laws and enhance overall load-carrying capacity.

March 11, 2020
Business, Equipment

International Announces Lightweight Spec for HV Series

International HV International Truck

International Truck, a unit of Navistar Inc., announced a new lightweight spec for its HV50B mixer package that removes 1,000 pounds from the vehicle, and is intended to allow drivers to haul up to 9.75 cubic yards of concrete while staying under 66,000 gross vehicle weight rating.

March 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Mack Announces Active Steering for Granite Models

Mack Granite Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks announced its active steering system, Mack Command Steer, will be available for ordering in its Granite axle-back vocational models in the third quarter.

March 10, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Auto Industry’s Coronavirus Fears Shift From Supply to Demand

Cars in showroom Cars in a showroom. LMC Automotive cut its 2020 sales forecast for the U.S. by 300,000 cars to 16.5 million — the fewest since 2014. (Getty Images)

Automakers and suppliers across the globe have been scrambling to keep production going after the coronavirus shuttered parts plants across China. But now a bigger fear is emerging: Consumers may be in no mood to buy cars and trucks.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Move Toward Predictive Maintenance to Prevent Breakdowns, Reduce Expenses

Noregon technician A test engineer performs maintenance on a truck engine system. (Noregon)

Predictive maintenance is still in its early stages, and questions about warranties and other issues must be answered before a widespread shift in industry practices can occur.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

DTNA Launches Second Program With Customers to Test Electric Trucks

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Daimler Trucks North America announced six heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadias and two medium-duty eM2 106 all-electric trucks were included in the launch of its customer experience fleet initiative as part of its electric truck program.

March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

While Self-Driving Car Hype Decelerates, Automated Trucks Grab Attention at CES vehicle Self-driving truck startup showcases tractors outfitted with its technology at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Even as automated vehicle developers tamped down inflated expectations for fully self-driving passenger cars at CES 2020, several companies continued to tout the market potential for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Turn to Predictive Analytics to Prevent Crashes, Reduce Driver Turnover

SambaSafety analytics Steve Bryan, executive vice president and general manager of SambaSafety, said the company in recent years has developed an expertise in AI, machine learning and analytics. Bryan founded Vigillo, which SambaSafety acquired in 2017. (SambaSafety)

A trucking company’s success and reputation depend directly on its drivers’ safety performance, but it’s not so easy to determine which drivers are most likely to be involved in a crash or incur a safety infraction.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

How Smart Tire Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

SMAR-te Tire Pilot SAF-Holland has introduced SMAR-te Tire Pilot, which automatically adjusts tire pressure based on the trailer axle load. (SAF-Holland)

Bob Herr can’t do it alone. Neither can the 85 drivers and the 90-vehicle fleet he manages at food service distributor Feesers Inc. For Herr and other fleet managers, intelligent tires are helping to prevent those costly and time-consuming tire failures.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020