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INDUSTRY NEWS: NOVEMBER 2018

KINEDYNE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, Kinedyne, celebrates 50 years of service to the commercial vehicle industry. Part of the company’s celebration included the release of a new commemorative logo and video along with a new website that unveils in 2019. The video examines the company’s history throughout the decades, highlighting important milestones along the way.

“As Kinedyne North America reaches this momentous 50-year milestone in our corporate history, we pause and reflect on our five decades of accomplishments and service to the commercial vehicle industry and government,” Dan Schlotterbeck, president of Kinedyne LLC, says. “As our remarkable history demonstrates, Kinedyne always has been and remains committed and uniquely qualified to provide innovative solutions to the industry that meet whatever challenges we will face together in the next 50 years.” For more, visit www.kinedyne.com.

LOAD KING ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES OF MECHANICS BODIES
Wholly owned subsidiary of Custom Truck One Source, Load King, announces the launch of its new Voyager Series, a vocational collection of mechanics bodies designed to serve a variety of heavy equipment industries. Load King offers three primary models in the series: the Voyager I, an Under-CDL model; the Voyager II; and the Voyager P propane service body built specifically for propane marketers. All models in the series are expected to surpass the competition in quality and payload capacity, while also maintaining a competitive price point. For more, visit www.loadkingtrailers.com.

MICHELIN INCREASES PRICES FOR COMMERCIAL BRANDS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES
US national account prices of Michelin products, brands, and services increases up to 8 percent, effective December 1, 2018. The increases are part of ongoing investments to better serve customers, increased operating costs, and other market factors. For more, visit www.michelin.com.

WORK TRUCK SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW PACKAGES FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SALES
Work Truck Solutions, the company that provides software as a service for commercial vehicle dealerships, announces a major release of new solutions. Three packages are now offered—Essentials, VIP, and VIP+Boost—each tailored to goals voiced by dealer partners. Each package offers different levels of inventory management, sales tools, marketing services, SEO support, and analytics.

Essentials provides dealers with comprehensive commercial vehicle management, sales and prospecting tools, a nationwide trade and locator network, and basic SEO and analytics. The VIP package adds specialized call management, custom exports, used commercial, historical purchase information, and advanced data and analytics. VIP+Boost includes everything from the Essentials and VIP packages as well as highly targeted commercial email marketing and social media ad campaigns. For more, visit www.worktrucksolutions.com/pricing.

FLEETIO LAUNCHES MAINTENANCE SHOP INTEGRATION WITH NATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT SHOPS
Fleetio built a quickly growing network of more than 60,000 shops around the country, including national providers such as Pep Boys, Bridgestone, FCA, Monro, and more, as well as 20,000 independent shops. Through this network, Fleetio users are relieved of manual data entry of service records, and all repair order data automatically goes into Fleetio’s system from the shop’s point of sale system. Users can set rules to automatically approve repair orders based on price, service type, and vendor or receive instant notifications to be approved/disapproved with one click. Fleets also receive a monthly consolidated bill including all service and vendors. For more, visit www.fleetio.com.

KENWORTH ANNOUNCES EXPANDED WARRANTY OPTION WITH CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED PROGRAM
Kenworth announces a new two-year/250,000-mile factory backed Class 8 PACCAR Engines Pre-Owned Warranty option available through the Kenworth Certified Pre-Owned Program. Customers now have the opportunity to add extended coverage on top of the standard one-year/125,000-mile warranty.

To qualify for the Certified Pre-Owned Program, Kenworth trucks must be four model years in age or less, have mileage under 450,000, and pass a 150-point inspection by Kenworth certified technicians. Extended coverage options are also available for trucks five years old with 550,000 miles or less.

“The new two-year warranty option really gives peace of mind to new owners who want the ultimate in used truck protection,” Kurt Swihart, Kenworth director of marketing, says. “Kenworth trucks have a history of desirability on the secondary market. With the availability of a two-year/250,000-mile factory backed warranty, second owners can purchase with even more confidence.” For more, visit www.kenworthcertified.com.

CHEVROLET CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF COLORADO SALES WITH TWO NEW SPECIAL EDITIONS
This month marks the four-year anniversary of the return of the Colorado truck. The Colorado recorded its first full month of sales in October 2014, and US customers have bought more than 428,792 Colorados since. To celebrate the milestone, Chevrolet is expanding the Colorado range with two new special editions: the off-road Z71 Trail Runner and the street focused RST.

“The success of Colorado helped reignite the midsize truck segment, which increased 27 percent from 2015 to 2017,” Sandor Piszar, director of marketing for Chevrolet Trucks, says. “It changed what customers expected from a midsize truck, brought new customers to Chevrolet, and has inspired competitors to follow Chevy’s lead.” For more, visit www.chevrolet.com.

SONIM TECHNOLOGIES AND eBRAKE PARTNER TO REDUCE DISTRACTED DRIVING
Sonim Technologies announces a partnership with eBrake, a new distracted driving solution for smartphones and tablets, to eliminate distracted driving in fleet industries. The partnership will result in eBrake embedded on select Sonim devices. Fleets that use Sonim devices will be able to protect their drivers and reduce liability risk from distracted driving crashes, simply by arming eBrake.

eBrake locks the device and blocks incoming notifications when it detects motion, and it cannot be turned off by the driver when the vehicle is in motion. Bluetooth and voice activated systems are unaffected. eBrake can be customized to allow easy viewing of any application, such as maps or dispatch, while blocking the ability to interact with the device. For more, visit www.ebrake.ca/sonim.

MCLAREN DOORS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF INSUL-LITE SERIES ROLL-UP DOOR
McLaren Doors launches its new series: INSUL-LITE Series roll-up truck door. The INSUL-LITE door provides a patented panel design that combines the benefits of the McLaren Doors Streamline Series with the standard truck door hinge, allowing the INSUL-LITE door to drop into competitors’ tracks. The external hinge allows for faster roller maintenance and panel replacement for companies that experience frequent damage caused by forklifts.

The INSUL-LITE door is comprised of PVC and reinforced with aluminum, providing support for the hinges while protecting against door sag. INSUL-LITE doors are on average 25 percent lighter than the standard reefer door and offer a unique anti-microbial protection, giving a germ-free panel. For more, visit www.mclarendoors.com.


MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: NOVEMBER 2018 ISSUE

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