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Isuzu opens new parts center in Keystone state

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America opened what it called its first “Center of Excellence” in northeastern Pennsylvania; a 100,000 sq. ft. parts distribution center containing over $8 million worth of inventory, along with a 30,000 sq. ft. training and technical assistance facility.

“This facility represents our continued focus on providing the best possible ownership experience for all Isuzu truck customers,” said Shaun Skinner, Isuzu’s president, in a statement.

Fuel prices keep right on falling

Average retail pump prices for both diesel and gasoline continued declining across every region of the U.S. this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Meanwhile, the agency also noted that overall use of natural gas as a “primary energy source” increased significantly for much of the nation over the past year.

Teletrac Navman launches new fleet management platform

Teletrac Navman announced the release of its new software platform, Teletrac Navman Director. The new fleet management platform tracks assets and collects data to meet a range of business needs, including driver behavior and safety, equipment utilization, fuel management, Hours of Service (HOS) compliance, route tracking and workflow.

Crane collapse closes major NY bridge

Traffic is blocked in both directions on the New York State Thruway after a large crane collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Report: U.S., Canadian truck sales continue downward slump
U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks "plummeted" in June by nearly a third — 30.4% — compared with sales in June 2015, Ward's Auto reports, and sales are down for other classes as well. It's a similar story for sales in Canada.
Class 8 orders for June remain depressed

FTR releases preliminary Class 8 net orders for June at 13,000 units, 8% below May and -34% Y/Y.  June 2016 order activity was the lowest monthly total since July 2012 and the worst June since 2009.

FTR said it expects Class 8 orders to remain tepid through the summer months. All OEM’s were equally impacted by slow order intake. The annualized rate of orders continues to drop, at 162,000 now for past three months, 185,000 for the past six months and 224,000 over the past 12 months.

Diesel drops 0.3 cents this week

After steadily increasing all spring, diesel prices have been steady so far this summer—although they're holding at the highest level of the year.

The average U.S. retail pump price for diesel slipped 0.3 cents in the July 4 report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to $2.423 per gallon. The price has changed less than a penny over the past four weeks.

Regionally, only the Rocky Mountain area posted an increase, up seven-tenths of a cent to $2.436.

Combating cargo theft this holiday weekend

This coming July 4th weekend is prime time for cargo theft. According to data from Travelers Insurance, on holiday weekends, cargo theft jumps as much as 40%, as holiday weekends give thieves time to target trailers full of shipments left unattended for days.

Travelers and FreightWatch International are offering some tips to help shippers and carriers keep their cargo secure this holiday weekend.

Schneider rolls out latest “Ride of Pride” truck

Schneider Inc. officially announced its tenth Ride of Pride truck this week; a series of highway tractors designed by Freightliner Trucks since 2002 as a rolling tribute to members of the U.S. military, past and present.

EIA projects diesel savings with Phase 2 standards

According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Today in Energy report, new proposed fuel standards would reduce diesel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

The proposed Phase 2 standards, which would take effect in model year 2021 and then increase in severity through 2027, are projected to reduce diesel consumption by 0.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2040, EIA said.

EIA: Diesel flat, gasoline down for the week

National average retail pump prices for diesel stayed flat this week for the U.S., while the price for gasoline dropped, according the data tracked by the Energy Information Agency (EIA)

However, prices for both fuels fluctuated in different directions on a regional basis, the agency noted, with diesel prices increasing in five areas of the country while dropping in another five.

ACT: Trailer orders and used Class 8 sales declined in May

Net trailer orders and used Class 8 truck sales registered big declines for the month of May, according to data tracked ACT Research Co. (ACT) –indications that the trucking industry continues to become “more cautious” regarding market conditions.

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