EnRoute- October 22, 2020

Navistar International Corporation is on the verge of becoming a subsidiary of German truck maker Traton SE, which step analysts say is a positive development for both companies. FULL STORY


U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recently introduced legislation that would waive states' funding contributions in the next two fiscal years for highway projects that normally are subject to cost sharing with the federal government. FULL STORY
Trucking is an essential industry with a lot at stake heading into the November 3 presidential election. FULL STORY
Canada's trailer manufacturers are facing increasing competitive pressure from suppliers in the U.S., Mexico and China – but it's still unknown whether they'll face unique emissions rules as well.



Cummins recently revealed its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2021 emissions-compliant on-highway engines which include the latest versions of the X12 and X15 powerplants, combining new fuel- and cost-saving features with the proven architecture of the X-series platform. FULL STORY
Kenworth Trucks recently announced that the T680E, which is the company's first Class 8 battery-electric model, will go into production in 2021. FULL STORY
Allison Transmission has launched eGen Power, the global manufacturer's new series of fully integrated zero emission electric axles. FULL STORY
Zonar and Navistar have partnered to give fleet customers access to fault and diagnostic data from Zonar Telematics Control Units (TCUs) across an entire fleet with one portal, regardless of vehicle make or model, to streamline operations. FULL STORY
Hino Motors recently announced the development of Project Z, the company's development path to zero-emissions commercial vehicles.



Blue Max Trucking recently added the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission featuring vocational-specific calibrations to its KENWORTH T880 vehicles. . . HENDRICKSON recently announced the acquisition of the Motor Wheel brake drum & Crewson slack adjuster business segments, from STEMCO® and parent company EnPro Industries. . . VOLVO GROUP was recently named one of the 2020 World's Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. . . MCKINNEY TRAILER RENTALS has announced its initiative to fundraise and create awareness for breast cancer in conjunction with the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. . . MACK TRUCKS recently donated $25,000 in proceeds from sales of the Mack #ThankATrucker Life Is Good T-shirt to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF), a nonprofit offering financial assistance to ill or injured professional drivers and health and wellness programs. . . VOLVO TRUCKS will deploy another 70 Class 8 VNR Electric trucks in California. . . ROYAL DUTCH SHELL recently announced it added Shell E-Fluids to its specialized fluids portfolio to support battery-electric and fuel-cell electric powertrains for commercial light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. . .  J.J. KELLER is now offering a free step-by-step guide, known as the J.J. Keller DIY Log Auditing: Step-by-Step Procedures for Reducing Your Risk whitepaper, to ensure that your fleet is in compliance with the new and previous HoS regulations, as well as a new checklist. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA recently awarded Accuride Corporation with the 2019 Masters of Quality (MOQ) awards from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) for meeting its strict standards and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to quality improvement 



Mickey Truck Bodies recently promoted JOSH PHELPS to Manufacturing Manager responsible for all product lines manufactured at the company's High Point headquarters complex.



The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), which was recently issued by freight transportation consultancy FTR, highlighted a solid market environment for motor carriers. FULL STORY
While Class 8 truck sales were their highest so far this year in September, they were down by 32.3 percent compared with September 2019, according to American Truck Dealers' ATD Truck Beat. FULL STORY
FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 net orders surged in September to the highest total since October 2018, hitting 32,000 units.



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