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August 13, 2014
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ATD Convention Adds New Hotels to Meet High Demand

Register by Oct. 6 to receive the discounted early-bird rate—a $150 savings

Commercial truck dealers and their managers planning to attend the 2015 ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco are encouraged to register as soon as possible to take advantage of early-bird registration rates and to reserve the hotel rooms of their choice. Hotel rooms are selling out like never before. To meet demand, ATD has expanded its room block at many existing properties. In addition, two new hotels – Harbor Court and Hotel Vitale – have been added. Attendees planning to stay at the Marriott Marquis -- the ATD headquarters hotel -- must register and make their room selections by the Oct. 6th deadline.

The ATD convention will be held from Thursday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 25. ATD Chairman Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises Inc. in Hartland, Wis., will deliver keynote remarks during the general session on Friday, Jan. 23. New for 2015 is a networking general session on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Truck dealers will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their manufacturer executives at 11 make meetings and shop the expo floor in the ATD Zone. The ATD convention runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo at the Moscone Center. ATD members are encouraged to attend any of the NADA workshops and general/speaker sessions.

Attendees who register by Oct. 6 will receive the early bird registration rate, which is a $150 discount off the onsite rate. For more information or to register, visit www.atdconvention.org.
Source: ATD-NADA Public Affairs

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Minnesota Truck Dealer Hosts Congressman Tim Walz


Bob Nuss, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), David Olson, president of Avalon Express, and Brad Nuss (L-R) take a tour of Nuss Truck & Equipment in Rochester, Minn.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) visited Bob Nuss, dealer principal of Nuss Truck & Equipment last week in Rochester, Minn., to discuss current legislation affecting truck dealers and the trucking industry, including the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty trucks. Rep. Walz is the lead Democrat sponsor of H.Con.Res 52, which is supported by ATD, and puts Congress on record opposing an increase in the current 12 percent FET. During the visit, Rep. Walz held a media event and also discussed energy policy, the federal highway bill extension recently signed into law and the U.S. Highway 14 progress through southern Minnesota.

Nuss also showed Congressman Walz one of the newest truck advancements, the Mack Pinnacle 6 x 2, that features the Hendrickson Optimaxx pusher axle. Rep. Walz also had an opportunity to view the underside of a new Mack Pinnacle sleeper truck along with the diesel particulate filter and selective catalyst reduction component technologies in detail.

If you are interested in hosting a member of Congress at your dealership, contact NADA-ATD Director of Grassroots Advocacy, Patrick Calpin, at pcalpin@nada.org or (202) 547-5500.
Source: ATD-NADA Legislative Affairs


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Truck Orders Hit Record During Normally Slow July

Class 8 truck orders surged 70% year-over-year to 29,900, the highest July on record, ACT Research reported. July is traditionally a weak period, according to analysts, but the accelerated market strength comes as fleet owners are more confident about the economy and therefore opting to replace aging vehicles for ones that offer greater fuel efficiency. ACT Vice President Steve Tam said the month's preliminary net orders total was the highest July since the firm began tracking in 1982, narrowly eclipsing the July 1998 total of 29,697. “July is usually when everybody is going fishing, not ordering trucks,” Tam told Transport Topics. He said that while July is historically the weakest month for truck orders, it was the highest total since the 34,558 figure in January.
Source: Transport Topics

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Truck Makers Chip Away at Cummins' Engine Lead

Cummins Inc. maintained leading market share among engine makers in North America during the first half of 2014, but continued to lose ground to truck manufacturers' proprietary engines, WardsAuto said. The report, which found total industry shipments climbed 16.6% to 138,866 from the same period a year earlier, sparked debate how fast fleets are moving to smaller engine sizes. Cummins supplied 39% of the diesel engines installed at North American factories, down from 41.1% in the same timeframe last year, Ward's reported. Daimler Trucks North America increased its share to 26.8% from 25.7%; and Paccar Inc.'s first-half engine share rose to 9.3% from 7.3%. But Volvo Trucks posted the largest market share increase, capturing 10.9% of the market compared with 8.4% a year earlier. Meanwhile, Mack Trucks and Navistar International Corp. each saw its market share slip.
Source: Transport Topics

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DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

The U.S. Transportation Department's Freight Transportation Services Index declined 0.9% in June from May, falling after four consecutive monthly increases, according to numbers released [last] Wednesday. The June 2014 index level of 119.1 is still 25.9% above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession and very close to the all-time high reached this past May, which was revised downward to 120 from an earlier reported 120.2. The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments by transportation mode in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index, based on output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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Top Stories
ATD Convention Adds New Hotels to Meet High Demand
Minnesota Truck Dealer Hosts Congressman Tim Walz
Truck Orders Hit Record During Normally Slow July
Truck Makers Chip Away at Cummins' Engine Lead
DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

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