EnRoute- March 19, 2020

TRALA has announced that it has rescheduled its 2020 Annual Meeting for September 27-September 30 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. FULL STORY


During a special meeting called by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association's (TRALA) Board of Directors last week, Dan Murphy, President and CEO of Idealease, Inc. was named Chairman. FULL STORY



The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an expanded Emergency Declaration dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. FULL STORY
The U.S. economy is rapidly moving from 121 consecutive months of growth to a recession, the result of consumers and businesses hitting the brakes over mounting fears of the coronavirus. FULL STORY
As coronavirus worry spreads across the globe, the trucking industry and U.S. economy are facing uncertainty from several angles.



Zonar has launched its Fleet Health Solution Suite which includes Zonar FaultIQ. FULL STORY
Ford is offering a gaseous fuel prep package for its new 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine in current model year Super Duty F-450, F-550, and F-600 chassis cab, medium-duty, E-Series, and F-53, and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles. FULL STORY
GM announced a new engine for the Express and Low Cab Forward trucks, as well as a host of improvements for the Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD, and 6500 HD chassis cabs. FULL STORY

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America revealed two new gasoline engines for its N-Series trucks which include a 6.6L V-8 that will be available in the Class 3 NPR and Class 4 NPR-HD, and a 6.0L V-8 that will be offered in both the Class 5 17,950-pound GVWR NQR and the Class 5 19,500-pound GVWR NRR. FULL STORY
Supreme recently introduced its new Kold King truck body and Gruau refrigerated insert for cargo vans. FULL STORY

Volvo has updated their FH, FH16, FM, and FMX models, which collectively account for 70% of global sales. FULL STORY
Kenworth has launched the Kenworth TruckTech+ Over-The-Air system to provide the latest engine and aftertreatment software updates for Class 8 Kenworth trucks equipped with a 2017 or newer model year PACCAR MX-13 or PACCAR MX-11 engine. FULL STORY

Dana Incorporated has launched a new series of eight Spicer Torque-Hub drives, expanding the company's offering of drive and motion technologies for crawler cranes and other large tracked vehicles. FULL STORY




MACK TRUCKS has introduced the Mack® S852, an 85,000-lb. GAW (gross axle weight) rating of its proprietary tandem drive axles. The new rating comes as Mack celebrates 120 years of drive axle design, engineering and manufacturing this year and highlights its iconic Mack S-series axles and C-series axle carriers. . . MCKINNEY TRAILER RENTALS recently launched Mckinney Trailer Sales, a new division focusing on trailer sales. . . Aurora Parts & Accessories, a supplier of aftermarket semi-trailer parts, and WALTCO LIFT CORP are partnering to create a virtual warehouse program for WALTCO liftgate parts with Aurora Dealers in key markets across the US. . . ALLISON TRANSMISSION is developing a 60,000 sq.-ft. Vehicle Environment Test (VET) Center in Indianapolis. It's currently under construction, with the official opening scheduled for July 8, 2020. . . HENDRICKSON recently launched a new mobile application in Apple and Android stores that centralizes online a collection of Hendrickson product and training videos, the Parts Plus lookup system, technician help, and the Field Service Request system for ease of access and reference.



Mack Trucks has announced that JOHN WALSH, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing, was named to Constellation Research's 2020 AX50, an elite list of leaders from companies focused on innovation and transforming customer experiences. 



ACT Research has trimmed its forecasts for commercial vehicle and trailer demand, due to a drop in economic activity related to the novel coronavirus outbreak. FULL STORY
Orders for Class 8 trucks fell sharply in February to a total of 14,100 units, according to preliminary data from FTR. FULL STORY
According to N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, engines over 10L accounted for 87% of Class 8 production in 2019 because of the high demand for tractors in the peak-cycle year.



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