Trailer Body Builders en Mack MP8 with Turbo Compounding Now Available for Order <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mack Trucks announced that the 2017 Mack MP8 engine with turbo compounding is now available for order, offering highway customers increased fuel efficiency.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new MP8 engine with turbo compounding is just one of the many engine upgrades Mack made to further enhance fuel efficiency for customers,&rdquo; said Roy Horton, Mack director of product strategy. &ldquo;The turbo compounding system enables an improved operating range and allows a truck to hold top gear when cresting a hill, even with the engine rpm decreasing.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:25:00 +0000 60551 at Peterbilt Introduces Allison TC10 Transmission in 567/579 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Peterbilt announced the availability of the Allison TC10 fully automatic transmission on Models 567 and 579 later this year.</p> <p>The Allison TC10 is designed for tractor applications, such as regional and line-haul, and features a twin-countershaft design optimized for engine downspeeding and fuel economy. The patented torque converter offers industry exclusive engine torque multiplication at launch, enabling lower gear ratios while still maintaining performance. The TC10 will be offered for applications requiring up to 1,850 lb-ft of torque, and up to 110,000 GCW.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:52:00 +0000 60541 at Peterbilt Expands Next Generation Chassis Routing <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Peterbilt implemented its engineered routings in all configurations of the Models 579 and 567 as well as in the iconic Model 389, further enhancing serviceability across its product lines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:49:00 +0000 60531 at EU Commercial Vehicle Market Increases 2% in February <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In February, the EU market for new commercial vehicles grew 2.7%, totaling 164,788 units, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers&#39; Association (ACEA).</p> <p>Demand was mostly driven by the light commercial vehicle and bus segments. Spain (+12.8%) and Italy (+11.4%) posted the highest increases, while registrations declined slightly in the United Kingdom (-2.6%) and Germany (-0.3%).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:45:00 +0000 60521 at Mountain Tarp Opens Installation and Repair Facility in Cincinnati <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href=";d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=zxoSRPJXmB43eoUDTIlVt0yHB0pXX2dCUBOjEWUf2PM&amp;s=-QkXubvDMUGHf2-59wFSCeIeZ5-avY7mAJuu3gZ53j8&amp;e=">Mountain Tarp</a>, a <a href=";d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=zxoSRPJXmB43eoUDTIlVt0yHB0pXX2dCUBOjEWUf2PM&amp;s=fzaGLGHsPfhROSIkysawFK_i6xfwZocmlnIn_j0fys8&amp;e=">Wastequip</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Distributors, Upfitters News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:37:00 +0000 60511 at Aerodynamic Simulator Developed in England to Assist Truck Efficiency <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A web-based system that simulates aerodynamic efficiency of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is being developed with funding support from England&rsquo;s Department for Transport (DfT), according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders&rsquo; (SMMT) &nbsp;CV News Brief.</p> <p class="rteindent1"><em>ACT will enable fleet managers to select the most efficient configuration of truck and trailer for an operation. It will assess the shape of vehicles and trailers and their combinations for aerodynamic efficiency under a range of conditions.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:33:00 +0000 60501 at Great Dane makes Microban Antimicrobial Protection Standard in Reefer Liners <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Great Dane&nbsp;and Microban International announced a new partnership that provides Microban antimicrobial product protection exclusively in Great Dane&#39;s Everest reefers. This breakthrough science will be standard in Great Dane&#39;s PunctureGuard and ThermoGuard reefer liners.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:01:00 +0000 60491 at Parkhurst Manufacturing Bought by Long-Term Employees <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Long-term employees Sam Trelow and Toby Pierce, along with James Trelow, joined together to purchase Parkhurst Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of truck bodies founded in 1946 in Sedalia, MO.</p> <p>In its 71-year history, Parkhurst Mfg. has never been offered for sale prior to this deal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have great respect for the Parkhurst family and a deep appreciation for its history and the legacy the family has established and nurtured over the past 71 years,&rdquo; says President/CEO Sam Trelow.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:59:00 +0000 60481 at WABCO Opens New Air Brake Manufacturing Plant in South Carolina <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">WABCO Holdings Inc.</a> is localizing production of its air disc brakes (ADBs) for commercial vehicles for the very first time in the U.S. at a new facility located in North Charleston, SC.</p> <p>The 145,000 sq.-ft. facility will employ 230 and represents a $20 million investment, according to the company. WABCO said it is &ldquo;relocating&rdquo; current production to this new factory, which represents an increase of its manufacturing footprint by more than 60%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:56:00 +0000 60471 at Nielsen Chosen to Replace Daum at DTNA <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Roger Nielsen will taking the reins at <a href="">Daimler Trucks North America</a> (DTNA) as president and CEO effective April 1 this year, <a href="">replacing Martin Daum</a> who moved up to become a member of the board of management and head of Daimler Trucks and Buses at DTNA&rsquo;s parent company,&nbsp;Germany&rsquo;s Daimler AG, back on March 1.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:54:00 +0000 60461 at ATA Truck Tonnage Index Drops 0.1% in February <div class="node-body article-body"><p>American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.1% in February, following a 2.9% increase during January.</p> <p>In February, the index equaled 138.7 (2000=100), down from 138.9 in January. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.</p> <p>Compared with February 2016, the SA index decreased 2.8%. In January, the index rose 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. Year-to-date, compared with the same two months in 2016, the index is off 0.1%. For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:42:00 +0000 60451 at Final Net Trailer Orders Up 20% in February: FTR <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR reports final February net trailer orders at 25,800 units, down 21% m/m but up 20% versus a year ago.</p> <p>Even with the drop off from January, trailer orders have maintained some of the momentum of the previous three months.&nbsp; The 2017 February orders were the highest for the month since 2014.&nbsp; Refrigerated van orders stayed at historically high levels and dry van orders were steady this month.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:32:00 +0000 60441 at Keane Takes Over as 53rd NTEA President <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Adam Keane, executive vice-president of Allied Body Works Inc. (Seattle, Washington), was installed as 53rd president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:26:00 +0000 60431 at Ram Commercial Launches Programs to Improve Upfitted Truck-to-Customer Efficiency <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ram Commercial announced two new programs to assist commercial upfitters, dealers and customers in viewing, certifying and installing a wide array of truck-mounted products&mdash;Ram Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:54:00 +0000 60421 at Fuso Debuts New Gasoline-Powered Cabovers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. announced the development of a new gasoline powertrain for its FE Series medium-duty cabover trucks.</p> <p>The company also showed a prototype of the new truck at its press conference at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This addition to the FUSO line reflects a significant expansion of the firm&rsquo;s commercial truck product line.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:52:00 +0000 60411 at Fuso Launches All-Electric eCanter <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. will bring limited-production-line, fully electric trucks to market in the U.S., Japan and Europe before the end of 2017.</p> <p>The company has dubbed this new, all-electric, battery-powered medium-duty work truck the eCanter. It will be the first 100% plug-in electric work truck designed and produced by a major truck manufacturer, and the first production models are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this year.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:51:00 +0000 60401 at Preliminary Trailer Orders Up 24% in February: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ACT has made a preliminary estimate of 26,400 net trailer orders for February, a 24% increase over the same month a year ago and 20% decline from January.</p> <p>Final February volumes will be available later this month.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:25:00 +0000 60391 at Photos: TTMA conventions, late 2000s <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In celebration of TTMA&rsquo;s 75</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;anniversary, Trailer/Body Builders is having a &ldquo;reminiscing&rdquo; photo gallery. New &ldquo;old&rdquo; pictures of past&nbsp;</span>TTMA<span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;conventions will be posted. Join us down memory lane as new pictures will be added in future weeks.</span></p> </div> Trailers Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:14:00 +0000 59961 at Wabash National’s Cadiz Operation Achieves ISO 9001:2015 <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="margin-left:3.75pt;"><a href="">Wabash National Corporation</a>&nbsp;(NYSE: WNC) has received certification renewal from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 at its Cadiz, Kentucky, operation, which manufactures <a href="">Transcraft</a> and <a href="">Benson</a> brand flatbed and drop deck trailers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:04:00 +0000 60371 at Isuzu to Begin Production of All-New Class 6 Truck in May <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. announced that production of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment&mdash;the 2018 Isuzu FTR&mdash;will begin in May.</p> <p>The F-Series truck, which will be assembled at a new 85,000-square-foot Spartan Motors facility in Charlotte, Michigan, will have a starting manufacturer&rsquo;s suggested retail price of $82,180.</p> <p>Orders for the truck will be accepted at the beginning of April.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:02:00 +0000 60361 at Chevrolet's All-New Medium-Duty Truck to Feature Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission <div class="node-body article-body"><p>General Motors announced that Chevrolet&rsquo;s all-new Class 4/5 commercial truck will be powered by a Duramax engine and Allison transmission&mdash;a combination that has powered close to two million trucks.</p> <p>Chevrolet made the announcement at The Work Truck Show 2017, and confirmed the truck is on track to launch in 2018. It is being jointly developed by Chevrolet and Navistar.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:01:00 +0000 60351 at VIPAR Heavy Duty Adds Missouri Great Dane <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=4jcTA44NFYP9YmOS0jastoSrBb5jLfdcp_e6aocqkD4&amp;s=FaJ27D5CV-Spyt4COkuiaxsjoY0r-o0MPBatdZjbu-Y&amp;e=" target="_blank">Missouri Great Dane</a> is the newest company to join the <a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:48:00 +0000 60341 at Chevrolet Expands LCF Range with New Class 6 Truck <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Chevrolet is expanding its range of Low Cab Forward trucks with a new dock-height Class 6 model &ndash; the 6500XD. The vehicles are expected to be available by the end of the year.</p> <p>The 2018 Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD, like its Class 3, 4 and 5 stablemates, is a highly flexible platform designed for driver comfort, superior visibility and serviceability, and ease of upfit.</p> <p>The 6500XD adds significant extra capability:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:32:00 +0000 60331 at Isuzu 4HK1-TC Engine’s B10 Durability Rating Increased to 375,000 Miles <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that the B10 durability rating of its 4HK1-TC diesel engine has been increased to 375,000 miles.</p> <p>A &ldquo;B10-life&rdquo; rating is an industry-standard gauge provided by engine makers to help consumers determine the long-term durability of an engine. The number following the &ldquo;B&rdquo; indicates the percentage of an engine&rsquo;s population that will require an overhaul before the indicated mileage.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:28:00 +0000 60321 at Twin 33s Improve Highway Safety, Efficiency: Study <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) coalition released a new <a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=6z1d4D1hsdD7qlbXMJ0ygNvR0J0rx65nKEZyNkaDwZU&amp;s=tdLdXPbFwF1U16H_8uM3niDgcWhyQfW0CQG_J-inXM0&amp;e=" target="_blank">study</a> that found that widespread adoption of Twin 33 foot trailers boosts safety and efficiency for American drivers, consumers, and businesses.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:27:00 +0000 60311 at Truck Sales Graphs February 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Review truck sales figures from the month of February 2017 for trucks with GVWR over 10,000 lb. These graphs were compiled using data supplied by Wards Communications.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:57:00 +0000 60301 at Reading Truck Group Finalizes Acquisition of Three PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Reading Truck Group announced that it completed the acquisition of three upfitting facilities from PalFleet Truck Equipment Company effective March 9, pursuant to a previously executed purchase agreement. The three facilities acquired are Nashville, TN, Council Bluffs, IA, and Indianapolis, IN.</p> <p>With these additions, the number of Reading distribution and upfitting facilities has increased to 13 facilities in 11 states.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:04:00 +0000 60291 at Medium and Heavy Truck Sales Down 2% in February <div class="field-byline"> By Rick Weber </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Medium and heavy truck sales were down 2% in February over the same period a year ago and up 10% from the previous month, according to figures compiled by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Wards Communications</strong></a>.</p> <p>Dealers sold 51,834 trucks with GVW ratings above 10,000 pounds during the month, down from February 2016 (52,834) and up from January 2017 (47,189).</p> <p>Compared with February 2016, Class 8 trucks were down 29% (11,200, compared to 15,876). Class 7 sales were 4,090, down 3% from 4,201.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:40:00 +0000 60281 at Schneider Receives Its Seventh EPA SmartWay Excellence Award <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Schneider has been awarded the EPA SmartWay Excellence Award for the seventh time.</p> <p>Presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the award recognizes Schneider for outstanding leadership in freight supply chain energy and environmental performance. The award is the EPA&rsquo;s highest recognition for organizations that significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the freight sector and is reserved for the top 2 percent of SmartWay&rsquo;s 3,000 members.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:46:00 +0000 60271 at Vonic Fleet Services Selected as Partner in Meritor Service Point Program <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) announced that Vonic Fleet Services of Anaheim, California, is an approved service partner of the Meritor Service Point program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Vonic Fleet Services is well-established in the southern California area and is well-known for providing reliable, quality service,&rdquo; said Terry Livingston, senior director, Strategic Sales, Aftermarket for Meritor. &ldquo;These are the exact attributes we are looking for in our Meritor Service Point partners, and we&rsquo;re pleased to have Vonic join the program.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts News Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:44:00 +0000 60261 at