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CV Outlook panel tackles applying technology in today’s industry

After discussions on smart wallpaper, buying goods by blinking and driverless trucks that self-diagnose and repair while on the road, the final panel at this year’s CV Outlook returned to the reality ...

Former Transport Topics editor claims trucks are ‘killing us’

Howard Abrahamson, a former executive at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and editor of Transport Topics magazine, spoke out harshly against the commercial trucking industry and U.S. Congress' approach to vehicle safety in ...

This is 40: A look inside Cummins’ Jamestown engine plant

People aren’t the only ones who can put down roots. Cummins first came to Western New York four decades ago. The Indiana-based engine manufacturer was in need of a facility to manufacture engine ...

How lifecycle impacts the sales cycle

According to information presented by MacKay & Company at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in January, the average life cycle of a heavy-duty clutch and transmission in 1982 was 171,000 and 182,000 miles, ...

How cost of ownership can help your business

Selling a premium life-cycle product also can help pull in customers focused on reducing total cost of ownership. “Total cost of ownership actually works to our benefit a lot of the time,” says ...

Odds and ends from the Phase II public hearing

I spend last Thursday at the EPA and NHTSA joint public hearing on their proposed Phase II fuel economy and emission regulations. In my opinion the biggest news out of the more than ...

Pricing concerns, glider kits addressed at Phase II public hearing

As environmentalists and manufacturers shared their thoughts on realistic fuel consumption reduction goals for medium- and heavy-duty fuel engines for next decade, it was ATD Chairman Eric Jorgensen who offered the most likely obstacle to ...

Kenworth’s Renton plant earns recycling award

Kenworth Truck Company’s assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently earned a 2015 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to ...

Summit Truck Group holds open house

Summit Truck Group and Summit Lease & Rental hosted a customer open house at its Springfield, Mo., location last week with more than 300 customers attending the event. Summit’s Springfield location opened its ...

Trucking industry speaks out in supporting new fuel economy standards

Note: Click through the gallery above to read the public responses from several heavy-duty engine, vehicle and component manufacturers, as well as multiple industry groups. Late last week the EPA and DOT released ...

Navistar adds Shaw Tracking to OnCommand Connection

Navistar has added Shaw Tracking, one of Canada's major telematics providers, to its OnCommand Connection (OCC) open architecture remote diagnostics system for its International trucks. "OnCommand Connection has had an extremely rapid rollout ...

Truck buyers address maintenance issues in recent survey

In case you were wondering, today's emission systems remain a serious conundrum for heavy-duty truck owners. According to a recent survey of owner-operators conducted by Successful Dealer sister publication Overdrive, after preventive maintenance, emission system ...

Managing phone sales inquiries

Do you know how to handle a prospective customer if one calls out of the blue? Can you quickly and efficiently evaluate their potential to buy, provide them vehicle information and move them ...

New Frost & Sullivan report supports ‘big data’ in trucking

Frost & Sullivan has released a new study titled Executive Impact Analysis of Big Data in the Trucking Industry that notes big data analytics in the trucking industry generated revenues of $93.9 million in ...
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