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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. 

Business, Technology, Equipment

December Class 8 Sales Cap Fourth-Best Year All-Time

Freightliner logo Freightliner, a unit of Daimler Trucks North America, was the market leader throughout the year. (Rolling Stone2009/Flickr)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales rose 16.7% to 26,083 in December to cap the fourth-highest sales year ever as fleets replaced older trucks and expanded amid tight capacity, strong freight demand and high rates.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019
Business, Equipment

December Orders Plunge Amid High Backlog of Trailers

Trailer Orders A Strick trailer display at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. trailer orders plummeted to 27,800 units in December, off 40% compared with 45,802 a year earlier, reflecting lengthy backlogs and suddenly cautious fleets, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US

Autonomous Vehicles A Nuro vehicle. (Nuro via Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wheels Are a Component of Fleets' Lightweighting Efforts

An Accuride steel wheel manufacturing facility An Accuride steel wheel manufacturing facility. Modern steel wheels provide lighter options than in the past, experts say. (Accuride Corp.)

The cost of fuel consistently ranks among the top three expenses for trucking fleets, putting fuel economy at the top of fleet managers’ minds. Increasing fuel efficiency and consequently reducing operating expenses is a major reason fleets turn to vehicle lightweighting, especially on components such as truck wheels.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
January 16, 2019
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales in December Continue Upward Trend

Medium-Duty Sales A Freightliner medium-duty truck. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Single-digit increases defined U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks in December and for the full year compared with year-ago periods, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nikola Moves Closer to Marketing Hydrogen-Electric Trucks

Nikola's Trevor Milton Nikola's Trevor Milton spoke with TT in an exclusive interview Jan. 8 during CES. (Nikola Motor Co.)

LAS VEGAS — Nikola Motor Co. founder and CEO Trevor Milton said two key customers — private fleet Anheuser-Busch Cos. and truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises — will begin fleet tests of Nikola’s zero-emisssions hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks by the end of the year, as the first shoots of the necessary fueling infrastructure are emerging in Phoenix.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Business, Equipment

Dana Reports Higher Sales in Preliminary 2018 Results

Dana Dana axles on display at a 2017 industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Commercial vehicle supplier Dana Inc. announced preliminary 2018 financial results that included higher revenue, and higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 14: The Transportation Industry's Big 12

Graphic of TRB's Top 12 issues for policymakers 2019 Debra Devine/Transport Topics

Organizers for this year's gathering of the Transportation Research Board in Washington have come up with a list of a dozen topic areas that policymakers need to address to ensure a sustainable transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Announces Proposal Covering Drone Operations

Chao Chao (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is ready to issue a new proposed rule that will allow more freedom for people operating drones, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Business, Equipment

Greenbrier Reports Lower 1Q Net Income, Higher Revenue as Orders Soar Nearly 70%

Greenbrier A welder works on side assemblies for intermodal railcars at the Greenbrier Cos. Gunderson railcar plant in Portland, Ore. (Natalie Behring/Bloomberg News)

The Greenbrier Cos. reported lower net income and higher revenue for its fiscal 2019 first quarter amid strong orders for double-stack intermodal units, tank cars and heavy-duty flat cars.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019

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