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September Medium-Duty Sales Flat at Almost 20,000

Class 7 A Kenworth Class 7 T380. (Sturgess Associates)

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicles in September revealed a largely flat market compared with a year earlier, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics

FleetPride Unveils E-Commerce Website

FleetPride image The digital platform is seen as being complementary to FleetPride's physical branch locations for an omnichannel experience. (FleetPride)

Heavy-duty parts and service provider FleetPride has rolled out an e-commerce platform, a move the company said advances the aftermarket industry toward equal footing with others in terms of online sales.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 13, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

US Regulators Seek Answers From Tesla Over Lack of Recall

Tesla A sign marks the entrance to the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nev. (John Locher /Associated Press)

DETROIT — U.S. safety investigators want to know why Tesla didn’t file recall documents when it updated Autopilot software to better identify parked emergency vehicles, escalating a simmering clash between the automaker and regulators.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Lucid Says Air Sedan Will Be First US Car to Use Lidar

Lucid Air exterior The Lucid Air sedan exterior. It starts at $77,400 before tax credit. (Lucid Motors)

Lucid Group Inc. said its debut battery-electric vehicle will be the first production car in the U.S. to include a purpose-built laser sensor, or lidar, enabling a broad range of advanced driver-assistance features.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales Drop 10.4% in September

Western Star A Western Star 5700XE truck on the road. Western Star is one of only two truck makers that saw an uptick in sales numbers. (Daimler Trucks North America)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales fell 10.4% to 17,131 in September, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Stellantis to Turn Turin Factory Into Electric Car Hub

Stellantis Maserati Ghibli luxury automobiles travel along the semi-automated production line at the Grugliasco factory in Turin, Italy. (Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg News)

Stellantis NV is seeking to retool its iconic Turin factory into an electric-vehicle hub, moving production of two Maserati luxury models to the Mirafiori plant as part of a decision that will safeguard jobs in the EV shift.

October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics

Loadsmart Adds Executives, Opens New Headquarters

Loadsmart Loadsmart via YouTube

Loadsmart has announced changes to its executive leadership team as well as the opening of a new headquarters in Chicago.

October 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Owner-Operator Wins Cab Makeover From Transfix

Transfix Desiderato, second from right, stands in front of her newly renovated truck. (Transfix)

Transfix announced that the winner of its “TransFIX My Rig” sweepstakes is professional driver Debbie Desiderato.

October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Now Dominating the World’s Richest List

Musk Elon Musk derives around three-quarters of his wealth from Tesla Inc. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk is pulling away from the rest of the world when it comes to personal wealth.

Scott Carpenter | Bloomberg News
October 8, 2021
Technology, Equipment

Proper Lighting Gives Fleets Brighter Maintenance Outlook

Side light on a trailer According to CSA reports, most violations are from trailers. Experts say it is because trailers receive less maintenance. (C.R. England)

Faulty trailer lighting is one of the most common roadside violations that inspectors find.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021