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Business, Equipment

Total Class 8 Fleet Dips in Third Quarter

The heavy-duty U.S. truck fleet contracted slightly in the third quarter, shrinking back to its size in the first quarter of 2009, but used-truck sales volumes strengthened in the quarter, according to a Nov. 17 report by R.L. Polk.

November 30, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Technology, Equipment

Navistar Says It Is Losing Sales, Blames EPA’s Stance on SCR

Navistar Inc., which said it has spent $600 million to develop its 2010 exhaust gas recirculation engine, said the company is losing sales of next year’s model because federal regulators “helped create the false impression” among customers that only urea-based after-treatment systems would meet 2010 federal emissions standards.

November 30, 2009
Business, Equipment

Chrysler Says Ram May Add Heavy Truck to Portfolio as Part of Branding Strategy

A Chrysler LLC executive said the company is establishing the Ram name as a separate brand apart from Dodge and may add a Class 8 truck to its portfolio.

November 23, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Equipment

Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Decline for 10th Consecutive Month

U.S. Class 8 truck sales in October were 29.6% lower than year-ago levels, marking the 10th straight month this year that sales have trailed 2008’s results, according to data from

November 23, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Equipment

October Truck Orders Spike

North American Class 8 truck orders shot up sharply in October to about 22,000 vehicles, double the previous month’s total and more than twice the year-ago total, according to data from two research firms.

November 16, 2009
Business, Equipment

ArvinMeritor’s 4Q Loss Narrows

Truck components maker ArvinMeritor Inc. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter loss narrowed and the company announced several executive appointments.

November 10, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Opinion: CSA 2010: A Good First Step, But . . .

For more than a decade, the trucking industry has called for an overhaul of the Department of Transportation’s safety fitness measurement and rating systems. Fortunately, DOT heard these calls and soon will implement its new system — Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010. CSA 2010’s measurement component will be rolled out in July 2010; the rating component will be implemented after a future rulemaking process is completed.

November 5, 2009
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Wabash to Close Illinois Plant

Trailer maker Wabash National Corp. said Tuesday that it will sell its Anna, Ill., plant and consolidate operations into its Cadiz, Ky., plant.

November 3, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Navistar Acquires Engine Parts Business

Navistar Inc. said that it has acquired certain assets of Continental Diesel Systems US.

November 3, 2009
Business, Equipment

Cummins’ Third-Quarter Profit Drops

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. said Friday its third-quarter profit fell 59% due to sharply lower demand for its engines and other products.

October 30, 2009