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Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” […]

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Daimler rolls out electric trucks for North America

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled electric Class 8 and medium-duty trucks today, with plans to have a 30-truck “innovation fleet” working in selected applications before the end of the year.

“It is our target at Daimler to have the broadest – the absolute broadest – e-truck fleet in North America by 2021,” said president and CEO Roger Nielsen, as an electrified version of the Class 8 Cascadia rolled by.

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Daimler continues to build connections

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America will expand on its portfolio of connected vehicle offerings this year, giving fleets greater access to vehicle data and new Bluetooth-enabled connections for the cab. A subscription-based service known as Detroit Connect Direct, […]

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Daimler to open automated truck research center

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks will create an Automated Truck Research and Development Center at its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore. – focusing on automated driving technology and its effect on society and customers alike.

The new center builds on the company’s established research and development presence, and will be at Swan Island, where a full-scale truck wind tunnel can already be found.

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EconicSD enters the waste race

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freightliner has unveiled the EconicSD waste collection truck to North America in a bid to secure a share of the 2,400 to 2,600 trucks sold in its category per year. Available in 6×4, high-cab and low-cab, and rear- and side-loader configurations, the low-entry COE features panoramic windows and an optional pneumatic bi-fold door on the passenger’s side. The vehicle will even kneel like a transit bus to ease access in and out of the cab.

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Will the future include one SIM to rule them all?

April 18, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The future of connected trucks lies in integration and reducing the number of entry points into a truck, according to industry experts.

Speaking on a morning panel about data and “the internet of trucks” at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit, Ric Bedard of Cetaris said some of his projects involved more than 400 connection and integration points because each technology manufacturer has its own proprietary system.

That disjointed technology leads to problems ranging from a flood of data that is almost unusable, to introducing more access points for potential cybersecurity attacks.

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Mitsubishi Fuso goes with gasoline

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Allowing that diesel still owns something like 60% of the medium-duty market, Mitsubishi Fuso thinks that there’s a sizeable group of users who simply want the simplicity of gas engines. Just ‘turn it on and go’ is what they want, having no wish to fool with DEF tanks and the like.

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DD8 engine ready to roll

February 21, 2018 by Rolf Lockwood

The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Now, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it has been installed in a production truck for the first time.

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Detroit’s DD8 is ready to go

February 6, 2018 by Rolf Lockwood

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Yesterday, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it was installed in a […]

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Little engines that can: Big power from small displacements

February 2, 2018 by Jim Park

TORONTO, ON — Canada has always been big-bore territory: big trucks, big loads, big hills, big engines. Right? If you’re one of those with feet firmly planted in the big bore camp, it might be time to re-think that position. Some of today’s smaller engines are surprisingly capable. They are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and deliver performance that’s nearly equal to their larger brothers.

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Keynote named for Green Truck Summit

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Freightliner and Detroit, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Green Truck Summit. Schaefer will address technologies and developments in clean diesel, natural gas, and electrification […]

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Daimler names Fleetboard GM

December 22, 2017 by John Smith

PORTLAND, OR — Daimler has named Volker Hansen as the new general manager for Fleetboard GmbH where he will act as the head of digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles.

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Trucking a dominant force in Mexico

November 30, 2017 by John Smith

PUERTO VALLARTA, MX – In Mexico, there is an undeniable link between trucking and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The nation is now the eighth-largest producer of trucks in the world; the fourth-largest exporter of the vehicles. And related exports now represent 6.3% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, says Flavio Rivera, president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks Mexico.
The nation’s manufacturing facilities produced 191,000 heavy duty vehicles in 2015 alone, with 151,000 built in 2016. Daimler itself has plants in Santiago Tianguistenco, State of Mexico, and Santillo, Coahuila.

Manufacturing in general has been bolstered by free trade agreements with 46 countries, and 80% of available freight now moves by truck as well. Indeed, gone are the days when oil exports dominated the domestic economy.

“The presence of the trucking industry in Mexico has been gaining ground,” Rivera said, during a broad-ranging discussion with industry media in Puerto Vallarta. “All those [manufactured] goods are absolutely moving by trucks.”
Still, Daimler is offering no official comment about ongoing negotiations around the all-important trade deal. The public focus is on business as usual. “We are continuing producing trucks. We are continuing operating efficient factories,” said Rivera. “The manufacturing plants today are in very good shape. Very modern.”

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Detroit Connect app

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

Freightliner and Western Star customers with an active Detroit Connect subscription now have access to a related mobile app that offers information about vehicle performance.

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Cascadia keyless entry, CPAP power

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

Freightliner has unveiled keyless entry and a power supply for medical devices as the latest upgrades to its new Cascadia models.