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Behind the Wheel of the New Hino XL8

As we mentioned last month we are excited about the recent release of the all-new Hino XL8. It’s a sentiment shared by many. In fact, the Editor at Heavy Duty Trucking Equipment recently got a chance to get behind the wheel for a test drive. Check out the videos here and let us know if you would like to take a test drive:

Watch Here: Hino Behind the Wheel Video

Watch Here: Hino XL8 Walkaround Video

Self Driving Trucks-Skeptic or True Believer?

Automated steering capabilities, such as lane departure protection and automatic lane centering, are already standard in most late-model passenger cars. These features will soon become broadly available as options in commercial trucks, too.

Whether you’re a true believer or skeptic, these onboard safety features aim to help drivers prevent crashes. Read more on the future of self-driving trucks here:

Read More Here: Transport Topics

The Shift to Automated Transmissions

You’ve likely heard us talk about the Volvo I Shift and the Mack Mdrive™. The Volvo I-Shift continuously monitors grade, speed, weight, and engine load, shifting when necessary or holding a gear-whichever saves more fuel. While the mDRIVE is an automated manual transmission built for Mack Pinnacle™ tractors. Both are trending! Volvo Trucks North America reports an AMT share of about 93% for all of the transmissions it now manufactures.

This shift in transmissions used in Class 8 trucks has skyrocketed over the past few years. Manual transmissions now represent a minority.

Read More Here: Transport Topics

Trucking Jobs on the Rise

New data just released by the Department of Labor appears to be good news for trucking. Employment in the for-hire trucking industry totaled 1.519 million in June — a gain of 36,800 jobs from the same month last year.

The news is also good for other sectors. The U.S. economy as a whole added 224,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate climbed just a tenth of a percent to 3.7 percent.

Read More Here: Commercial Carrier Journal

Spring Surge

After a weak February and March, tonnage saw a big surge in April. February and March were particularly weak months, as evidenced by the 3.5% dip in tonnage due to weather and other factors, so some of the gain was a catch-up effect.

Read more… Transport Topics

Rising to Meet the Demand of the Online Shopper

In a world where online shopping continues to grow, so does the need for delivery companies to get products in the hands of consumers faster and faster. That means delivery truck demand continues to grow and the work they do in the final mile becomes more and more important. It’s also why we’re seeing explosive growth in our Hino line of medium duty trucks.

Read more about how transportation companies are working with retailers to find solutions: Transport Topics

Innovations for the Future

Government emissions standards continue to evolve, so the technology in each and every truck on the road also needs to evolve./p>

Diesel engines need new components, including hybrid-electric powertrains and natural gas engines (which we are proud to be testing as part of an innovative program with Mack and our friends at Pitt Ohio).

Read more about some of the advanced technology being tested here: Commercial Carrier Journal

Minimizing Downtime in 2019

It’s never good news when there’s a truck in your fleet that’s down for repairs.

Due to the strong freight market and the federal electronic logging device mandate, fleets have even more incentive to make repairs quickly and get their trucks back on the road no matter the time of day. Minimizing downtime and keeping your fleet up and running is key to performance.

Some fleets have resorted to starting their own 24-hour service centers, while maintenance shops like TransEdge has focused on working for and achieving Certified Uptime Center certifications. We’ve invested in improvements designed to get you in, get your repair done in a timely way, and get you back on the road faster. You can learn more about our efforts in this video: Watch Here

Learn more about the national trends here: Transport Topics

All Eyes on Manufacturing

U.S. factory production ended 2018 stronger than expected, thanks to a surge in motor-vehicle output and gains across a range of other goods.

These results indicate manufacturing remains healthy, helped by lower taxes and a strong job market. Economists are closely following 2019 results, as many key reports have been delayed by the partial federal shutdown.

Read more: Bloomberg

All Eyes on Manufacturing

U.S. factory production ended 2018 stronger than expected, thanks to a surge in motor-vehicle output and gains across a range of other goods.

These results indicate manufacturing remains healthy, helped by lower taxes and a strong job market. Economists are closely following 2019 results, as many key reports have been delayed by the partial federal shutdown.

Read more: Bloomberg