EnRoute - April 3, 2013

Top Stories

This month the California Air Resources Board (CARB) plans to hold a public meeting to discuss regulatory ideas for alternative diesel fuels, including biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other diesel fuel substitutes. FULL STORY
Fleet management systems are seeing double digit growth in sales by small and medium fleets as prices have begun to decrease. FULL STORY
The Wall St. Journal recently wrote an article on the trucking industry which highlighted the changes that have affected the overall growth and increase in sales comparable to the 2006 peak.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new Tier 3 emission standards which would be phased in starting in 2017. They would cover cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.  FULL STORY

Technology Trends

Kenworth has unveiled two new truck models – the T880 vocational truck and a 52-in. mid-roof sleeper configuration for its T680 tractor. FULL STORY
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has introduced four completely new tires – three for on-highway applications and one for on-off highway. The new on-highway tires are EPA SmartWay and CARB certified and combine longer tread life with the promised fuel economy advantages. FULL STORY
An integrated in-cab exercise and flexibility system, the Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System, is a new device designed to provide drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs. FULL STORY
“CSA: Know the BASICs” is a new driving training program from J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. that reflects the changes to CSA since the initiative took effect in December 2012. FULL STORY

Ultimaxx is Hendrickson's next generation rubber suspension for the severe service market.  The product addresses the need for severe duy suspension around the 46,000-pound segment. FULL STORY 


Ryder System, Inc. has surpassed its goal to hire 1,000 military veterans by the end of 2013.  The company beat its goal by the end of February, a full 10 months ahead of schedule.  Ryder made its pledge in November 2011 as part of the company's involvement in Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. . .Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks formalized a "non-exclusive" collaboration and coordination partnership with Shell to help widen usage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. . .Bendix has launched a technical training site,  The interactive e-learning site houses brake maintenance training documents, videos and training modules with a learning check at the end. . .MHC Kenworth opened a new dealership in Topeka, KS, after on-going contruction to create a new building designed with green technology and to accomodate  the needs of its customers. . .Great Dane Trailers introduced its first mobile app, made for both Apple and Android powered devices. It allows users to locate and access their nearest Great Dane branch, dealer or authorized parts and service facility, with location-specific phone numbers, hours of operation and GPS-enabled mapping.


Matthew Stevenson has been named vice president of marketing for the commercial tire division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.


Taking $tock

A look at truck transportation-industry Fortune 500 public companies:

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 04/03 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $22.97 $0.60 -2.55%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $27.16 $1.03 -3.65%
Cummins Inc. CMI $112.54 $0.70 +0.63%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $16.61 $0.56 -3.26%
Eaton Corp. ETN $59.25 $1.68 -2.76%
General Electric GE $23.00 $0.34 -1.46%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $12.06 $0.15  -1.27%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $31.19 $1.63 -4.97%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $48.62 $1.61 -3.21%
Ryder R $57.91 $0.39 -0.67%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


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