The new Chevrolet City Express cargo van was officially rolled out on Feb. 6 at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Nissan NV200 van, the van’s design has been re-worked to bear the Chevy brand, according to General Motors. Here are exclusive photos of the compact van snapped by FleetOwner at a recent GM media event in Scottsdale, AZ.
The new Chevrolet City Express cargo van officially debuted out this morning at the Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Nissan NV200 van, the van’s design has been re-worked to bear the Chevy brand, according to General Motors (GM).
Set to go on sale this fall, the 2015 model features 122.7 cu ft (3,474 liters) of “customizable” cargo space, a turning diameter of 36.7 ft (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 lbs.
Even as winter keeps an icy grip on much of the nation, there are sure signs that trucking in the first quarter will be truly Spring-like. The signals of this include everything from lofty spot-market rates to impressive truck orders to the outlook of a cross-section of fleets as well as the latest news on Real GDP growth.
Recent reports in the general media of spikes in the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) for use as a vehicle fuel are not indicative of inherent price volatility or a long-term upward cost trend for this increasingly popular alternative power source for fleets, according to Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a Santa Monica,CA-based clean-transportation/energy consultancy.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ. For the 2015 model year, GM has thoroughly revamped the exterior and interior design and widened the availability of its bi-fuel gasoline/CNG powertrain for the HD editions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.
The heavy-duty stablemates entered production this month at GM plants in Fort Wayne and Flint.
It’s becoming apparent from analysis of data from December as well as into January that U.S. business and the trucking industry that supports it may well enjoy a strengthening uptick in economic activity as 2014 rolls forward.
For starters, forecasting firm FTR has reported that its latest Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) reading of 7.01 in November-- albeit down 20% from the month before— “reflects a positive environment for truckers.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its annual “Most Wanted List,” which details the top-ten “advocacy and awareness priorities” for the agency in 2014. Not surprisingly, ranking high on the list are both the elimination of “distraction in transportation” and “substance-impaired driving.”
Transport Capital Partners said motor carriers are now being compelled both to add capacity and hike driver pay because the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules that went into effect last year have cut down hours-per-day utilization of equipment.
Short of the commercial deregulation of trucking in 1980, arguably no single federal-regulatory action has hit motor carriers harder in one fell swoop than the reboot of the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for truck drivers that went into effect last July 1.
Six months on, aspects of the HOS rewrite by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are still stinging carriers and drivers alike as well as their customers. And, says research drawn from the real world, stinging them good and hard.
Turin, Italy-based Fiat S.p.A announced on New Year’s Day that it will complete a full merger with its U.S. partner, Chrysler Group LLC —which has already been selling both Fiat-badged and Fiat-based vehicles for several years alongside its Chrysler, Dodge. Jeep and Ram models in North America.
Navistar International Corp. (NAV) this morning announced a net loss of $154 million (or $1.91 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2013. By comparison, for Q4 2012, the holding company recorded a net loss of $2.8 billion (or $40.13 per diluted share).
As for the full 2013 fiscal year, Lisle, IL-based Navistar said its net loss was $898 million (or $11.17 per diluted share) compared to the net loss of $3 billion (or $43.56 per diluted share) recorded for fiscal year 2012.
Winter may have arrived a little early for most of the country this month, but the spot-freight market has kept right on “simmering” in December, according to DAT, whose services include trucking information analytics and a freight marketplace.
During the week ending December 14th, per DAT Trendlines, a composite of the firm’s network of load boards, spot-freight load volumes increased for dry vans, reefers and flatbeds.