Fleet Owner Staff

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Strategies for staying in business

Let’s face it; fleets are NOT going to see cheaper trucks and fuel, a rush of people begging to become drivers, disappearing regulations, or a Camelot-like sweeping away of traffic congestion before dawn everyday any time soon. Instead, the job of trucking has become tougher and tougher and the results have been devastating for many carriers.

Maintenance experts “talk shop” in special webinar Thursday

Three veteran maintenance professionals are getting together on Thursday, September 4 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT in a free, live webinar to talk about how truck maintenance is changing due to altered duty cycles, new regulations, equipment changes and outside pressures.

MFTA offers new engine idling control system

Medium-duty truck maker Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. unveiled what it calls an Idle Limit System (ILS) option for controlling engine idle times that added to any of its 2012 through 2015 model-year Canter work trucks.

The OEM said its ILS programming can be set at the time of programming to shut the engine down after three, five or ten minutes of idle duration and since the system employs existing switches and sensors, no additional hardware is required.

MIT study: Slim health savings from fuel economy mandates

A study released this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) determined that the monetary health benefits gained from carbon emission reduction policies based on fuel economy mandates are very low, barely recouping a quarter of the cost of implementation.

Hegbloom takes reins at Ram Trucks 1

Robert Hegbloom is taking over as head of Chrysler’s Group Ram Truck division, replacing Reid Bigland, who will become chief of the Alfa Romeo Brand for the NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] region for Chrysler.  Bigland will also retain his role as head of U.S. Sales for Chrysler as well as president and CEO of Chrysler Canada.

Both Hegbloom and Bigland will serve on Chrysler’s NAFTA Leadership Team, with Bigland also maintaining his role on the Fiat Chrysler Group Executive Council (GEC).

Court allows $74 million EPA fine to stand against Volvo Group

Sweden’s Volvo Group recently issued a statement that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this weekend has allowed an approximately $74.14 million fine U.S. (SEK 508 million) levied against it by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand. The company added that it’s now considering whether to appeal the verdict or not.

Chevy/GMC V8 pickups to get 8-speed Hydra-Matic gearbox

General Motors plans to make a new eight-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with its new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gasoline engine.

New NPR-XD fills “gap” for Isuzu 

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America introduced a new addition to its N-Series line of medium-duty cabover trucks: the NPR-XD medium-duty which, with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 16,000-lbs., is deigned to “bridge the gap” between the OEM’s 14,500 lb. NPR-HD and 17,950-lb. GVWR NQR.

New lawsuit over Navistar engines seeks class action status 

The national law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is seeking class action status for lawsuits it filed this week against Navistar regarding the OEM’s Maxxforce Advanced EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) diesel engine models.

Does a pat on the back motivate as well as cash? 

According to a recent communication from Instructional Technologies, Inc.( ITI/ PRO-TREAD), non-cash rewards, such as recognition for good work or a goal achieved, can also motivate drivers and other fleet employees. Evidence shows a strong link between non-cash rewards and improved performance.

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