February 3. 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will formally withdraw the Emergency Temporary Standard it used to implement its COVID 19 vaccination and testing mandate for employers with 100 or more employees. FULL STORY


With the dawn of the pandemic, the world saw a large influx in-home delivery and final-mile type businesses come into the work truck market, as well as an increase in medical product companies of all sorts increasing their fleet sizes. FULL STORY
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire have thrown another curveball into the winding efforts to get the cornerstone of President Biden's agenda passed in what could be the final months Democrats have full control of Congress.



Cummins and Isuzu Motors Limited have announced an agreement to create a prototype medium-duty, battery electric truck to demonstrate in North America, representing the first zero-emissions solution facilitated by the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership formed in May 2019. FULL STORY
Netradyne has introduced Driver•iHubX, the latest generation of its Driver•i accessory that enables fleets to add up to four external cameras to their existing installation, allowing for a complete 360 degree view around the vehicle. FULL STORY
Cargo Transporters is outfitting its fleet of nearly 500 tractors with Platform Science's Virtual Vehicle technology, aiming to make it easier to develop, deploy, and manage mobile devices and applications on commercial vehicles. FULL STORY
Daimler Truck North America is laying the foundation to form a joint venture to design, develop, install and operate a nationwide, high-performance charging network for medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the U.S.



MACK TRUCKS announced this week Mack Predictive Cruise Control with Econo-Roll is now standard on Mack Anthem and Mack Pinnacle models, which combines the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission (AMT) with GPS, monitoring driver speed, engine load and road topography, memorizing those conditions when cruise control is set. . . FORD PRO (OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY) introduced Ford Pro Intelligence, which is a cloud-based suite of fleet management services that includes telematics, tools to manage drivers, and an integration with Salesforce to improve relationships with customers. . . BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS announced it has enhanced its e-commerce platform to improve speed, accuracy and convenience and is now even better equipped to help customers and partners provide the right parts quickly and easily, keeping North America's trucks and their drivers rolling safely. . . EATON'S VEHICLE GROUP recently introduced aftermarket gears, shafts, bearings and other components needed to repair automated manual transmissions. . . DANA INCORPORATED introduced three new planetary drives with wide ratio ranges, better power density, and modular designs that expand the company's Spicer Torque-Hub support for tracked and wheeled vehicles, as well as Brevini winch applications. . . M&K TRUCK CENTERS has successfully acquired nine dealerships, an e-commerce parts sales operation and a Fire & Rescue Products company. All of the newly acquired dealerships and business operations were previously owned by Legacy Truck Centers. . . EATON CUMMINS AUTOMATED TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGIES has released specifications for its new Endurant XD series and revealed it will include Endurant XD and Endurant XD Pro models, which are esigned for on-highway applications with high gross combined weight ratings, such as double and triple trailer trucks, and severe-duty on/off highway applications like dump and logging trucks.



Wells Fargo recently appointed DEREK FLOWERS chief risk officer. . . JAMES STETZ has joined NationaLease as vice president of dedicated contract carriage. . . Wells Fargo named JESSICA LUPOVICI head of the east region for its middle market banking division. 



General Motors announced an overall $7 billion investment into various electric vehicle and battery-related production and plants across four Michigan manufacturing sites. FULL STORY
Paccar announced it achieved revenues of $23.52 billion in 2021, compared to revenues of $18.73 billion in 2020, and in fourth quarter its revenue was $6.69 billion, compared to the $5.57 billion reported in the same period in 2020. FULL STORY
Gross domestic product grew at a 6.9% pace to close out 2021, stronger than expected despite omicron spread. FULL STORY
The average retail price for a used Class 8 vehicle in December 2021 forged ahead to another monthly record as it cleared $82,000, which was 66% higher compared with a year earlier, ACT Research reported.



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