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CARB Proposes to Mandate Equipment to Make Trucks More Fuel-Efficient by 2010

The California Air Resources Board, in a September staff report, proposed to require Class 8 trucks to be outfitted with fuel-efficiency technologies such as cab fairings, skirts, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems by 2010.

October 9, 2007
Business, Equipment

ArvinMeritor Trims Earnings Estimate

Heavy-duty component maker ArvinMeritor said fiscal fourth-quarter earnings may be less than previously forecast by as much as 40 cents a share because of a sluggish economy and charges related to suppliers, Bloomberg reported.

October 4, 2007
Business, Equipment

Cummins to Form Engine Venture in Vietnam

Cummins Inc. said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam Motors Industry Corp. to create a 50-50 joint venture to produce on-highway diesel engines in Vietnam.

October 1, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Works With Fleets on Electronic Driver Checks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working with fleets to develop an employee notification system that would allow a fleet to download an applicant’s complete driving record before hiring, an FMCSA researcher said last week.

Frederick Kiel | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Technology, Equipment

Cummins Taps EGR for 2010 Engines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cummins Inc. said it will not use selective catalytic reduction for its 2010 heavy-duty engines, making it the first manufacturer to reject the urea-based system widely used in Europe to cut emissions.

October 1, 2007
Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Melton to Make Iteris’ System Standard

Iteris Inc., which makes safety systems for trucks, said Wednesday that flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines will make Iteris’ lane departure warning systems standard equipment on about 1,000 new trucks over the next three years.

September 26, 2007
Business, Fuel, Equipment

Cummins to Use EGR in 2010 Heavy-Duty Engines

Bloomberg News

Engine maker Cummins Inc. said its heavy-duty 2010 on-highway engines will use exhaust gas recirculation technology, and will not use selective catalytic reduction or nitrogen oxide aftertreatment.

September 24, 2007
Government, Business, Equipment

E&MU: Eaton, Truck Makers Ready Medium Hybrid for 2008

Hybrid drivetrains, combining diesel and electric power and developed by Eaton Corp., will be available in 2008 on medium-duty truck chassis made by Freightliner Corp., International Truck and Engine Corp. and Paccar’s DAF, Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co., according to several announcements by the manufacturers involved.

September 24, 2007
Business, Equipment

Truck Sales Plunge 58.9% in August

U.S. retail Class 8 truck sales continued their 2007 free fall in August, plunging 58.9% from last year, the fourth straight month sales have dropped more than 50%, Ward’s Communications said.

September 24, 2007
Equipment, Business

Freightliner Considers Moving Some Jobs East

Truck maker Freightliner LLC is studying relocating some of the operations in its aftermarket division from Oregon to the East Coast, the Oregonian newspaper reported Friday.

September 21, 2007