Hammer Lane http://fleetowner.com/blog/25201/feed en Paccar-VW: The rumor that wasn’t http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Germany&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/homepage.html">Volkswagen AG </a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/03/us-volkswagen-paccar-bernhard-idUSKBN0F809C20140703">denied weeks ago that it was planning a rumored run</a> at <a href="http://www.paccar.com/">Paccar Inc.</a>, but only yesterday did the parent of <a href="http://www.kenworth.com/">Kenworth</a> and <a href="http://www.peterbilt.com/">Peterbilt</a> <a href="wsj.com/articles/paccar-ceo-no-merger-talks-with-volkswagen-1406655684">officially squash talk of such a merger</a>, a</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:00 +0000 132191 at http://fleetowner.com <p><em><strong>Paccar in Europe:</strong> Flagship of the OEM&#39;s DAF truck unit is the new <a href="http://www.daf.com/products/euro-6-range/daf-xf-euro-6">XF long-haul tractor</a>. Powered by Paccar&#39;s new Euro 6 emissions-certified 12.9L MX-13 and&nbsp; 10.8L MX-11 diesels, it boasts an all-new chassis, a new exterior design and a &#39;renewed&#39; interior</em></p> The most beautiful curve http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong><em>&quot;The most beautiful curve is a rising sales graph.&quot;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>--Raymond Loewy (1893-1986)</strong></p> <p>If everyone views trucks merely as machines highly engineered to accomplish very specific tasks, then why does anyone care what they look like?</p> <p>I think it&rsquo;s safe to say most of us would agree that commercial vehicles, from pickups to heavy haulers, are remarkably more &ldquo;good looking&rdquo;-- especially when on the go&mdash; than they were only a generation ago.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:31:00 +0000 131841 at http://fleetowner.com Big haul for a traveling show http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transitcommercial/">A 2015 Ford Transit full-size van</a> has joined the cast of <a href="http://www.history.com/">The History Channel&rsquo;s</a> <strong><a href="http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/videos?mkwid=sYnumxynT|dc_pcrid_38363890038_pkw_american%20pickers_pmt_e&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_term=american%20pickers&amp;utm_campaign=G_American+Pickers&amp;paidlink=1&amp;cmpid=PaidSearch_google_G_American+Pickers_american%20pickers&amp;gclid=CLbfneW-mr8CFcdFMgod1DQA1g"><em>American Pickers</em></a></strong> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show#comments Hammer Lane Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:44:00 +0000 129561 at http://fleetowner.com Where racing is a win-win http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Captured at rest by your intrepid reporter during a &ldquo;race-fan day&rdquo; held mid-week at <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/meritor-tech-customer-s-sake">Meritor&rsquo;s Cameri axle manufacturing and engineering facility in northern Italy</a> is a pair of high-powered European race trucks.</p> <p>These and other heavy-duty racers thrilled employees and their families throughout the sunny late-May afternoon with their fairly high-speed runs around the Cameri campus.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win#comments Hammer Lane Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 128791 at http://fleetowner.com The Cantor effect http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/11/house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-loses-virginia-gop-primary-ap-reports/">The thorough thrashing at the polls</a> (11 percentage points) that will turn out of office the second-highest ranking Republican in the House will rank as a monumental political upset in the history books.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 128091 at http://fleetowner.com Green vs. Green: Winners but no Losers http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>That trucking is greening ever faster was exceedingly evident to me while in Indy&nbsp; attending numerous news conferences and taking in a dizzying array of booth displays promoting the environmental bona fides of all sorts of truck equipment at the annual NTEA Work Truck and its accompanying Green Truck Summit.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:38:00 +0000 120011 at http://fleetowner.com Buying time http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the recent spate of good economic news, David Nitzsche, vp-- Supply Management for <strong><a href="http://www.ameriquestcorp.com/">AmeriQuest </a></strong>Business Services, cautions fleet owners that the long-term outlook is &ldquo;still hazy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Therefore, he recommends that &ldquo;the right thing for a fleet manager to do now is to maintain a &lsquo;world view&rsquo; of current economic conditions and trends.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time#comments Fleet Management Hammer Lane News Hammer Lane Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:34:00 +0000 117431 at http://fleetowner.com The One in Indiana http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> While in Columbus, IN, last month for the rollout of <a href="http://www.cummins.com/cmi/">Cummins Inc.&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp; <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/updated-cummins-aims-put-diesel-more-market-segments">ISV5.0 5L V8 diesel,</a> I was once again struck by the architectural wonderland that is the engine maker&rsquo;s hometown.</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve been to that tidy little city, located roughly midway between Indianapolis and Louisville, quite a few times over my career.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00:00 +0000 109921 at http://fleetowner.com Detroit shudders as Washington dithers http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> A brief post on the investment-research site <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/">SeekingAlpha.com</a> contends <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/1330582?source=email_rt_mc_readmore">that automakers are &ldquo;nervously&rdquo; watching the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill</a> given the growing possibility that the United States will go into default if Republicans and Democrats don&rsquo;t quickly strike a deal over the government shutdown and the federal debt-ceiling limit.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 105622 at http://fleetowner.com Dare to dream— and to share the vision http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> In his imaginative keynoter at <a href="http://www.tmwsystems.com/"><u>TMW Systems&rsquo;</u></a>recent user group conference, company president David Wangler argued convincingly that success is driven not only by mastering digits and data, but also by envisioning&mdash;and, above all, acting on-- that which cannot yet be seen.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:55:00 +0000 102202 at http://fleetowner.com Prescription for private-fleet success http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <em>Presented below is a white paper authored by two executives with</em><em><a href="http://argoconsulting.com/">Argo, Inc.</a>, a performance-improvement consulting firm.</em></p> <p> <em>Authors James Mourafetis, vice president of Argo and Uday Kamat, director of Argo</em><em>detail how, in their view, private fleets can contribute to the top-line growth of their parent firms by acting to ensure both fleet reliability (a combination of availability and asset quality) and fleet utilization&hellip;</em></p> <p> <strong>Is Your Fleet Contributing to Top Line Growth?</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:38:00 +0000 92762 at http://fleetowner.com Tick tock... http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> The <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/congress-gets-earful-hos">new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules</a> kicked in over two weeks ago. But don&rsquo;t let your guard down. The battle over HOS reform is far from over.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock#comments Hammer Lane Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:19:00 +0000 88922 at http://fleetowner.com Highway Trust Fund seen on very bumpy road http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> The latest take on the state of the federal Highway Trust Fund issued by the <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/">Congressional Budget Office (CBO)</a> is brightly lit by a yellow caution light.</p> <p> To avert a massive shortfall come 2015, CBO contends that Congress will have to sharply cut highway spending, transfer $14 billion from the Treasury&rsquo;s general fund, pump up the federal fuel tax by some 10 cents a gallon, or deploy some combination of the three measures.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:28:00 +0000 73482 at http://fleetowner.com M&A File 1: A good year to sell http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> At first blush, a fleet owner might not think of selling off their business in the current business climate. But investment banker <a href="mailto:mdyer@allcapcorp.com">Mark Dyer</a> (pictured), managing director of the Transportation Practice for Dallas-based <a href="http://www.allcapcorp.com/">Allegiance Capital Corp</a>., tells me there are actually several reasons why 2013 is a good year to make that move.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:31:00 +0000 71381 at http://fleetowner.com ZF shows off "A transmission of contradictions" http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> I never know what I&rsquo;ll come across in the blur of the busy-as-a-carnival-midway floor of the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/mid-america-trucking-show-1">Mid-America Trucking Show</a>, which concluded its annual run last weekend in Louisville, KY.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:27:00 +0000 70001 at http://fleetowner.com