David Cullen

David
Cullen
Executive Editor

David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners.

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Motiv Power raises $7.3 million to fuel growth of its all-electric powertrain control system
Motiv Power Systems, a leading supplier of powertrain-control systems to builders of all-electric commercial vehicles, announced this morning that it has raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Denver-based Magness Investment Group LLC
UPDATED GE Capital Survey: Fleets aim to add vehicles; interest in alt-fuels rising

A new biannual GE Capital survey of 413 executives with responsibility for company fleets at middle-market firms (sales from $10 million to less than $1 billion) reveals that nearly one-third (27%) expect to increase the size of their fleets in the next 12 months.

The willingness to now start growing fleets is perhaps explained by other findings of the “Fleet Market Economic Outlook” survey.

Exclusive: DTNA details what so successfully drove its SuperTruck ahead
FleetOwner queried Derek Rotz, the principal investigator for SuperTruck at Daimler Trucks North America ) on the technological advancements that led to hitting the targets set for its SuperTruck project a year early...
DTNA hits SuperTruck targets a year early

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has reported that it has not only achieved the objectives of the SuperTruck project it fielded along with various partners, but it has done so a year ahead of schedule.

UPDATED: Meritor and Eaton report settlement of long-running antitrust suit
Meritor and Eaton report settlement of long-running antitrust suit over business practices in heavy-duty truck transmission market
Daimler sharpens focus on U.S. van market

Reflecting the growing importance of the commercial-van market here, Daimler AG recently split its Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) marketing/distribution arm into two operations— one devoted to passenger cars and light trucks and the other strictly to commercial vans.

FTR: Regs have risen to be trucking’s key cost-driver

Historically, economic factors primarily drove up cost pressures on motor carriers. But now-- and going forward for at least the next several years if not beyond-- that key driver will be governmental regulations.

Class 8 truck sales tick up in May 

Class 8 truck sales managed to rack up another month in the positive column. Total U.S. retail figures for May, as compiled by WardsAuto, show 17,990 heavy-duty units were sold--  214 more than in April-- to notch a 1.2% gain over the month before.

Total retail sales for Class 3 to 8 trucks in May were off by less than one percent, with 344 fewer units sold than in April.

Will Walmart trucker's crash thwart HOS reform drive? 

Not even a week ago, trucking advocates were upbeat about traction gained in the U.S. Senate to suspend changes to the restart provisions within the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that were implemented almost a year ago.

Treasure-hauler 

A 2015 Ford Transit has joined the cast of The History Channel’s American Pickers show as the wheels that will enable series stars Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby Cushman (pictured) and Frank Fritz to travel the U.S. to uncover antiques worthy of restoration and resale.

Managing drivers: Schooling for life 

Fleets that train and engage their truck drivers with a view to the long haul can empower these essential professionals with the knowledge and insights they need to succeed, day after day and mile after mile.

Navistar sees narrower quarterly loss

Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) announced this morning that it incurred  a second-quarter net loss of $297 million, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to a Q2 2013 net loss of $374 million, or $4.65 per diluted share. Its Q2 revenues reached $2.7 billion, up from $2.5 billion in Q2 2013.

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