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INDUSTRY NEWS: AUGUST 2018

August 2018 industry news

ISUZU ASSEMBLES 50,000TH N-SERIES GASOLINE TRUCK IN AMERICA

Isuzu’s 50,000th gasoline-powered N-Series truck rolled off the assembly line on August 1 in Charlotte, Michigan. The N-Series truck was the first gasoline-powered low cab forward truck available in North America, and the assembly of 50,000 of these trucks proves Isuzu was correct in anticipating such a demand for the truck.

The N-Series gasoline-powered trucks feature a Vortec 6-L small-block V8 engine, producing 297 hp at 4,300 rpm and generating 372 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm—the most torque of any gasoline-powered LCF truck in North America.

Isuzu offers a full range of gasoline-powered models including the NPR with a GVWR of 12,000 lbs and the NPR-HD with a GVWR of 14,500 lbs. For more, visit www.isuzucv.com.

KENWORTH T880 AND T880S AVAILABLE WITH CUMMINS WESTPORT L9N NEAR ZERO NATURAL GAS ENGINE

Kenworth vocational trucks, T880 and T880s, are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N near zero NOx emissions natural gas engine. The L9N engine is certified to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) optional low NOx standard. The L9N offers a 90 percent emissions reduction from engines operating at the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limit. The L9N is also compatible with renewable natural gas (RNG), which can provide even further reductions in emissions. Find more, visit www.cumminswestport.com or www.kenworth.com.

TRANSFER FLOW RELEASES TRIO OF IN-BED AUXILIARY FUEL TANKS

Sleek and compact, Transfer Flow’s new trio of in-bed auxiliary tanks fit 1999 to 2018 Ford and Ram and 2001 to 2018 GM short and long bed diesel trucks. The fuel tanks are available in 50-, 75-, and 100-gallon capacities and feature clean lines, more subtle and attractive branding, and a more durable profile.

The new trio of fuel tanks are computer-controlled by Transfer Flow’s TRAX 3 operating system with AutoTrans technology. TRAX 3 systems include an in-cab LCD, displaying fuel levels in the main and the auxiliary tanks that show remaining fuel in percentages or gallons, which was suggested by customers. This computer-controlled automatic fuel transfer means worry-free operation and more reliable and much safer operations than gravity-fed systems. The TRAX 3 system transfers fuel at predetermined levels while the vehicle is in operation.

A patented recessed cover box protects the sending unit, rollover valve, and fuel filter as a more elegant and efficient solution for protecting critical components from weather conditions and any potential damage. The tank also includes internal baffles for reduced fuel slosh. For more, visit www.transferflow.com.

ONSITE FUEL DELIVERY SERVICE COMES TO BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

An app-based onsite fuel-delivery service is coming to Birmingham, bringing safer, cleaner, and a more efficient way to refuel both personal vehicles and commercial fleets. Users register for FuelFox services through the FuelFox app and easily schedule fill-ups, setting the time and the location of the fill-up. FuelFox drivers also clean front windshields, check tire pressure and notify the member of any potential issues with their vehicle.

FuelFox offers fuel delivery to commercial fleets during the day, evening, or weekend hours to reduce expenses and increase productivity. For more, visit www.fuelfox.net.

MICHELIN RECOGNIZED BY PACCAR AS 2017 SUPPLIER QUALITY AWARD WINNER

One of the largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, PACCAR, recognizes Michelin North America, Inc as a recipient of the 2017 “10 PPM Supplier Quality” award for outstanding commitment to quality. Michelin supplies PACCAR with a range of commercial-truck tires for Peterbilt and Kenworth brands.

The 10 PPM Supplier Quality award is presented to suppliers who meet or exceed PACCAR’s “10 PPM” quality standard. To be recognized, a supplier must operate near perfection, having 10 or fewer defective parts for every million parts shipped to PACCAR. Performance criteria must also be met for on-time delivery and support of PACCAR’s operating divisions and its customers. For more, visit www.michelintruck.com.

LINK MANUFACTURING, LTD AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN SALES TEAM UP

Link and Rocky Mountain Sales (RMS) announce a sales agreement that assists Link with sales and product promotions in the western part of the US. The agreement allows for seven new sales representatives to cover the 12-state region.

RMS’ sales territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

NAVISTAR CHOOSES DANA SPICER SINGLE REAR AXLE AS STANDARD FOR MEDIUM-DUTY TRUCKS

Dana announces that Spicer single drive axles are standard equipment on International MV Series medium-duty trucks, effective immediately. The standard-product position includes Dana Spicer S110, S130, S140, S170, and S190 models, as well as the 060 Series.

Spicer single drive axles offer design features that reduce installation and life cycle costs, including a lighter weight, high-capacity gearing and bearing system, GenTech extra-quiet gearing, and a wide ratio range to cover a variety of straight truck applications. For more, visit www.dana.com.

PETERBILT GRADUATES 50TH TECHNICIAN CLASS

The Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) graduated its 50th class on August 10. Five hundred students have graduated from the program since PTI opened its doors in November 2013. More than 95 percent of PTI graduates work in a Peterbilt service location or directly with a Peterbilt customer, and PTI graduates have a 90 percent retention rate once placed with a service location or customer. For more, visit www.peterbilt.com.

FLEETIO RELEASES FLEETIO GO 2.0 TO FURTHER OPTIMIZE MOBILE-BASED FLEET MANAGEMENT

Fleet maintenance software company, Fleetio, releases version 2.0 of its fleet management mobile app Fleetio Go. The new version boasts improved speed, performance, and reliability. Fleetio Go Version 2.0 includes new functionality, such as adding individual parts and labor line items and costs to Service Entries, allowing users to better report on the cost of specific service tasks for vehicles.

Fleetio Go Version 2.0 also allows users to create new vendors, labels, and service tasks directly from the app (which was previously only allowed on web) and validate all meter entries. Mobile work order management is coming soon to Fleetio Go. For more, visit www.fleetio.com/go.

SURVEY FINDS STRONG OPTIMISM IN US ECONOMY REGARDING LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION

Results from a survey conducted in July by TCompanies, Inc finds more than 70 percent are optimistic about the US economy over the next few months. The survey also found those surveyed as optimistic in their own hiring, revenues, and profitability.

Of those surveyed, only 38 percent predict a wage increase for their workers, 57 percent predict an increase in the prices of their goods and services, and 43 percent foresee a workforce shortage as a bigger obstacle for growth than trade tariffs, which were a concern for growth among 17 percent surveyed.


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