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April 19, 2017
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US Class 8 Sales Fall in March, Hit 16th Straight Y-O-Y Decline

Class 8 retail sales fell again in March for the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year decline, although there were gains among vocational trucks. WardsAuto.com reported April 12 that U.S. fleets and owner-operators bought 14,793 heavy trucks for the month, a 26.2% decrease from the 20,034 sold in March 2016. The last time there was a year-over-year sales increase for a month was November 2015. Of the seven brands, only Volvo Trucks North America had a gain for the month.
Source: Transport Topics


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Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year. FTR’s tracking of trailer orders for the month showed a 20% dip compared to February but a 50% increase year-over-year, reflecting a positive trailer order environment. The monthly decline was largely due to seasonal buying habits, which usually surge in the late summer and fall before tapering off in the spring.
Source: TruckingInfo.com


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Truck Tonnage Hurt by Late Winter Storms in March

Truck tonnage rose 0.7% last month compared with March 2016, although the American Trucking Associations’ chief economist said that late winter storms hurt the index compared with this past February. On a sequential basis, ATA’s tonnage index fell 1% in March after a 0.1% decline in February.
Source: Transport Topics


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Manufacturing Groups Ask Trump to Raise Truck Weights

ELD exemptions also requested in response to executive order.

Increasing federal truck size-and-weight limits and granting more exemptions from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate were among the recommendations manufacturing groups sent to the Trump administration. About 170 comments were posted to regulations.gov in response to an executive order signed by President Trump during his first week in office aimed at “streamlining permitting and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing.”
Source: Fleet Owner


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Spring Thaw is a Gradual One

In the April edition of Guidelines, J.D. Power Valuation Services reports March auction activity was not particularly impressive, with volume and pricing down more than expected. The retail channel was also largely flat. “We expect demand to improve moderately in upcoming months, as economic conditions continue to gradually improve,” says senior analyst Chris Visser. To download the report, click here.
Source: J.D. Power

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Tapping Into Disruption to Defend Trucking

To say that there’s a lot of disruption occurring in the trucking industry right now – with more ahead on the horizon – is like saying Godzilla is a slightly-larger-than-average lizard. Disruption in trucking’s case is poised to act like a tidal wave that could potentially sweep away many of its “traditional” elements and replace them with new ones. Many of those “replacements” are the stuff of science fiction movies, too, such as driverless trucks, drones, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data.
Source: Fleet Owner

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Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Early-adoptor platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to start truck platooning in real-world operations later this year, Peloton Technology CEO Josh Switkes said [last] week. He gave HDT an update on the pending launch of Peloton's platooning system while speaking on the news that Omnitracs is the lead investor in a $60 million round of funding for the connected and automated vehicle systems company. Peloton's two-truck driver-assisted platooning system uses a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe, allowing for fuel economy savings for both vehicles.
Source: TruckingInfo.com


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Big Rigs to Pickups Toyota Could Develop Full Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Line

Toyota Motor Co. tends to have a road map when throwing cash at projects — and once those projects become public knowledge, chances are that commercialization is part of the plan. At least that’s the likely route for the giant automaker as it uses its “Project Portal” program to test the viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology — first developed for the Mirai passenger sedan — for trucking applications. Toyota is trying to build a market case for its prototype Project Portal Class 8 electric drayage truck, slated to soon start making zero-emission trial runs from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. If the Los Angeles drayage test goes well, Toyota could expand its fuel cell ambitions from Class 8 short-haul trucks to local delivery and work trucks.
Source: Trucks.com


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Mercedes-Benz Commercial Trucks Now Have Apple CarPlay, Too

Mercedes-Benz claims to be the first manufacturer to offer Apple CarPlay in large commercial trucks.

Apple CarPlay continues to slowly proliferate across the ranks of new passenger cars, but what about big commercial trucks? Well, truckers, worry no longer: Mercedes-Benz now claims to be the first manufacturer to offer CarPlay in big rigs. The smartphone-connectivity feature is being added to the Actros, Antos, and Arocs trucks in Europe. Android users get MirrorLink, instead of the brand-specific Android Auto system usually paired with CarPlay in new vehicles. ... Mercedes does not sell the three CarPlay-equipped truck models in the U.S.
Source: The Drive

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Participate in Dealership Workforce Study by April 28 and Receive Two Complimentary Reports

To help commercial truck dealerships stay competitive in hiring and retaining employees, the ATD Dealership Workforce Study (DWS) offers a one-of-a-kind analysis of employee compensation, retention and turnover, employee benefits, work schedules and demographics.

Dealerships that complete a questionnaire and submit their payroll data will receive two complimentary reports: (1) Automotive Retail: National and Regional Trends in Compensation, Benefits and Retention, and (2) Compensation, Benefits, Retention: How Your Dealership Compares. The participation period is open now through April 28, 2017.

To participate, visit www.nadaworkforcestudy.com. If you have any questions, send an email to WorkforceStudy@nada.org or call 800.557.6232.
Source: ATD Dealership Operations


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North American Council for Freight Efficiency to Showcase Fuel Efficiency in Long-Haul Trucking

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) will host Run on Less, a first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency. Run on Less will feature several Class 8 trucks using current commercially available technologies that will haul real freight around the country. The trucks will be equipped with different efficiency technologies, and drivers will demonstrate how to achieve the best fuel economy in today’s highway tractors. The three-week experience will kick off from multiple locations across the United States and culminate at the 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle inaugural show in Atlanta from September 24 to 28. Run on Less will be led by NACFE and Carbon War Room’s Trucking Efficiency Operation, with Shell and PepsiCo as the title sponsors. During April, event organizers will be accepting fleet applications to participate. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open until June 1. For more information, contact Mike Roeth at mike.roeth@nacfe.org or visit www.runonless.com.
Source: NACFE

Editor’s note: Former ATD Chairman Kyle Treadway serves on the NACFE board.

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Top Stories
US Class 8 Sales Fall in March, Hit 16th Straight Y-O-Y Decline
Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong
Truck Tonnage Hurt by Late Winter Storms in March
Manufacturing Groups Ask Trump to Raise Truck Weights
Spring Thaw is a Gradual One
Tapping Into Disruption to Defend Trucking
Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year
Big Rigs to Pickups Toyota Could Develop Full Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Line
Mercedes-Benz Commercial Trucks Now Have Apple CarPlay, Too
Participate in Dealership Workforce Study by April 28 and Receive Two Complimentary Reports
North American Council for Freight Efficiency to Showcase Fuel Efficiency in Long-Haul Trucking


 

 



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