Special Coverage of the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show
John Sommers II for TT
Check Transport Topics’ special MATS page for wrap-up coverage of last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
Daimler’s Bernhard Sees Strong U.S. Growth
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Daimler AG’s global truck and bus operations offered an extremely rosy outlook on the North American market and also urged greater cooperation between U.S. and European regulators.
FMCSA Gathers Input on New-Entrant Testing, ELDs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anne Ferro and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials listened to the public on knowledge testing for new transportation companies, but also heard from truck drivers on the new electronic logging device rule.
Love’s to Expand Heavy-Duty CNG Network
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Love’s Travel Stops plans to add 11 more compressed natural gas fueling stations to its national heavy-duty truck network, company officials said here.
FMCSA Confident Medical Examiner Corps Will Be Adequate
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration remains confident that there will be an adequate number of certified medical examiners as of May 21, when the U.S. government certification supplants individual state approaches to truck drivers’ physical exams, an agency official said.
Mack Seeks to Boost Longhaul Sleeper Sales
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mack Trucks executives want to increase sales of longhaul sleeper trucks, especially this year when they see purchases of North American Class 8 vehicles rebounding from a dip in 2013.
Volvo to Hire More to Meet Increasing Demand
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Volvo Trucks is so confident the North American Class 8 market is growing that the original equipment manufacturer is hiring 200 more employees at its Dublin, Va., assembly plant.
Alcoa Rolls out Lightweight Wheel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alcoa announced here it has rolled out the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, the Ultra ONE, which will help trucks shed pounds for improved payload and fuel efficiency.
Wal-Mart Displays Concept WAVE Truck
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck is giving attendees at the Mid-America Trucking Show a glimpse into the future.
Trucking Groups Launch Image Campaign
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trucking industry groups launched a campaign here to educate America on the importance of trucking to the nation’s economy and to help recruit a new generation of desperately needed drivers to keep freight moving.
Dana Unveils Lighter Weight Axles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dana Holding Corp. introduced several new products, including lighter weight steer axles and new tandem axles designed to match higher torque output from engines that run at slower revolutions per minute to save fuel.
Cummins Says Advancements Save $4,000 Per Truck
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cummins Inc. officials, speaking as the Mid-America Trucking Show opens here, emphasized engine-related fuel efficiency gains that can save $4,000 per truck annually and stimulate increased business in the improving 2014 trucking market.
Continental Adds New Tire Offerings as Markets Evolve
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Continental Tire is unveiling three new tires at the Mid-America Trucking Show in response to changing transportation trends, including more urban transport, increased world trade and expected infrastructure construction from government programs, the company’s top U.S. tire executive said.
VDO RoadLog Adds New Offerings
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jeff Waterstreet, sales manager for Continental’s VDO RoadLog outlined a series of new offerings for the currently available electronic logging device and multiple enhancements to be rolled out later this year.
Hankook Launches New Tire Line
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hankook Tire said it is launching a tire line in six sizes for the longhaul and regional drive trucking markets.
Wabco, SmartDrive Set Alliance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wabco Holdings announced an alliance with SmartDrive Systems to track driver performance and provide analysis of video recordings to help better train truck drivers and reduce crashes.
Bendix Expects Stability-Control Use to Grow
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said they expect sales of electronic stability control systems and other safety technologies to continue to grow before federal mandates require use of such systems in all new trucks.
Trucker Buddy, Boy Scouts Introduce Safety Program
Trucker Buddy International and the Boy Scouts of America said they are introducing a safety program at the Mid-America Trucking Show to help Scouts earn their Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety merit badges at the show.
Kinedyne Offers New ‘Retract-a-Bar’
Kinedyne said it has unveiled the “Retract-a-Bar,” a heavy-duty load restraint bar that retracts for easier shipping and storage for dry van and refrigerated trailers.
Toyo Tires to Debut Three Commercial Truck Tires
Toyo Tires said it is debuting the SmartWay-verified M177 regional-to-longhaul steer tire, the M170 regional steer tire and the M920 drive traction tire for regional and longhaul applications.