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Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel emissions tests

A lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in Detroit alleges that automaker General Motors cheated on government diesel emissions tests.

Volvo, Mack show off 2017 Ride to Freedom trucks

Volvo Trucks unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck that will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles to Washington for Memorial Day weekend.

The VNR model, assembled at the New River Valley plant in Dublin VA., will participate in the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally.

Daimler AG under investigation for emissions fraud

German officials from the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office searched the premises of Daimler AG at several locations in Germany on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the possible manipulation of exhaust-gas after treatment in passenger cars with diesel engines.

Truck tonnage index down 2.5% in April

American Trucking Assns.’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 2.5% in April, following a 1.1% decline during March. (March’s percentage decrease was slightly more than reported on April 18, ATA said.) In April, the index equaled 134 (2000=100), down from 137.4 in March. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.

Shell SuperRigs 2017: And the winners are …

Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, WI, captured Best of Show honors with his 2016 Peterbilt 389 at the 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held May 18-20 at Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer. Rethwisch also won for Best Interior and Best Engine.

Jim Hackett to replace Mark Fields at Ford

Ford Motor Co. is tapping Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO to replace Mark Fields, who is retiring. The move comes as the automaker struggled to adopt a new strategic vision regarding mobility and technology in the face of declining stock value.

The OEM has lost nearly 40% of its stock value over the last three years, according to analysts.

Shell SuperRigs 2017: Day 2

The trucks that gathered to compete in the 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition at Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK, showed off a lot of style and substance in equal amounts; both in terms of their exteriors and interiors alike. Here are a few looks from day two of the competition, which wrapped up this past weekend. (Photos: Shell)

Shell SuperRigs 2017: Day 1

The 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition, held at the Exchange Center within Expo Square in Tulsa, OK, showcased some of sharpest iron you’ll ever see in the trucking industry. Owner-operators from across the U.S. and Canada are competing for cash and prizes worth in excess of $25,000. At the end of three days’ worth of judging, 12 drivers and their tractor-trailers will be selected to be featured in the 2018 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. Here are a few sights from day one of this year’s competition. (Photos: Shell)

Uber Freight launches load-matching platform

Uber Freight, an app that matches trucking companies with loads to haul, officially launched this morning. The app is available on Android and iOS devices.

“We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day,” the company stated. “What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.”

Trailer orders should continue increasing in 2017

As fleets continue to “fine tune” their equipment investment plans for 2017, trailer orders are expected to stay strong, though trend comparisons with 2016 remain difficult due to changes in order timing last year, while backlogs are still extended relative to historical norms, according to Michael Baudendistel, vice president of the Stifel Transportation & Logistics Research Group.

DAT: Truckload volume dips but rates higher than expected

The DAT North American Freight Index fell 2.5% in April but volume remained above seasonal norms, signaling a solid start to the second quarter of 2017, reported DAT Solutions, which operates the industry's largest on-demand exchange for spot truckload freight. Freight volumes increased 60% compared to April 2016.

Traffic congestion costs trucking over $63.4 billion, report finds

Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $63.4 billion in operational costs to trucking in 2015, according to research released today by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

Utilizing a variety of data sources including its truck GPS database, ATRI calculated delay on the NHS totaling more than 996 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

UPS picked as logistics partner for World Expo 2020 Dubai
UPS said it will handle logistics operations for World Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. More than 180 countries are expected to participate in the Expo, with millions of visitors coming from around the world. It runs from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
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