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General Motors Fleet / December 5, 2016
Indiana business is the first to take delivery of all-new truck
Harmony Outdoor Power Equipment (http://www.harmonyoutdoor.com/) in Auburn, Indiana, is the first small business to take delivery of the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck.
Owner Don Harter said he replaced his Isuzu NPR with a Chevrolet Low Cab Forward partly because the lack of Isuzu dealerships in the area made it difficult for him to service his old truck.
“Now that Chevrolet is in the Low Cab Forward business, I can consolidate my business with one company for sales and service,” said Harter. “It makes our entire organization more efficient.”
Video - http://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/bcportal.html
Harter chose a diesel powertrain to pull a custom-designed bed with a ramp. The business uses the truck nearly every day to deliver heavy outdoor equipment to customers, and with more than 5,000 miles on the Low Cab Forward already, the investment is paying off.
“My drivers love how this truck maneuvers like a car and they also appreciate the quiet ride in the cab,” said Harter. “We are already seeing significantly improved fuel economy with the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward, which makes it a great choice from a financial perspective.”
The Chevrolet Low Cab Forward with a diesel engine starts at $48,375 and the gasoline engine version starts at $40,900. Low Cab Forward suggested MSRPs include a destination charge but exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees.
Harter ordered his Chevrolet from Summit City Chevrolet, one of more than 250 Chevrolet dealerships across the country that sell and service Low Cab Forward trucks.
“Our dealers have gone through rigorous sales and service training to ensure they can help customers pick the right truck, the right financing and upfit for their business,” said John Schwegman, director of commercial product, General Motors Fleet. “Our sales and service support doesn’t end at the dealership. We support our customers throughout the life cycle of the vehicle with a dedicated team of 42 product specialists at our Fleet Action Center. They are consultants and problem-solvers focused exclusively on small-business owners and fleet managers.”
Harter took advantage of a new GM Financial commercial lease product called Right TRAC that can lower monthly payments with flexible residuals and no excess mileage and wear-and-tear charges.
“Any time we can save money on an investment, we’re going to do it,” said Harter. “The Right TRAC lease option went a long way in helping us make our decision to switch to Chevrolet for the Low Cab Forward.”
For more information, please visit www.chevrolet.com/lcf / http://www.gmfleet.com/chevrolet/low-cab-forward-trucks.html.
Owner/Driver / December 9, 2016
As announced in November, the ASX-listed K&S Corporation has been in negotiations with Scott’s Transport Industries (STI) to purchase the business, a deal of which has been struck.
Confirming a binding agreement today, K&S will merge STI into its business from January 30 2017, with the company to handle STI’s employees, ongoing contracts and staff entitlements.
According to K&S, the deal reached will provide it will access to a national fuel haulage arm and extra help with general and intermodal freight.
"STI operates a general freight division and a fuel cartage division and has a number of blue chip customers in the manufacturing, FMCG, and fuel sectors," an ASX statement says.
"K&S Corporation regards the proposed transaction as an excellent opportunity to further expand its K&S Energy division through the addition of significant fuel cartage operations.
"The transaction will also provide additional volume to K&S Corporation’s existing intermodal and contract logistics divisions.
"The transaction will lead to a more competitive and stronger combined business in an increasingly challenging environment."
From an STI point, the ASX statement says the transporter has agreed:
to a "nominal purchase price" for its assets;
to rent a number of vehicles to K&S at market rates for up to five years;
to, without obligation, sell rented vehicles to K&S;
to allow K&S to see STI’s business financials;
and to produce license and lease agreement by land owners who are related parties of STI for the remainder of the transport terminals currently occupied by STI.
K&S predicts there will be a rationalisation of infrastructure to reduce operational costs and will undertake a review of STI’s current operations.
K&S did not need shareholder approval for the transaction.
U.S. Xpress Commits to Nikola Truck
U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. Press Release / December 08, 2016
U.S. Xpress announced today that the company is one of the first and the largest truckload carrier to order the Nikola One™.
The company expects the innovative zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-truck will be a part of its fleet when the Nikola Motor Company starts production in 2020.
“Much like our recent collaboration with Freightliner and its Next-Generation Cascadia semi-truck, the Nikola One is another example of how U.S. Xpress continues to work closely with its manufacturers to identify opportunities where cutting-edge technologies and the latest advancements in clean fuels can be used to conserve more energy, lower gas emissions and reduce the overall carbon footprint of our fleet,” said Max Fuller, chairman and CEO of U.S. Xpress.
Fuller continued, “From our very first day on the road, U.S. Xpress has been committed to being a leader in the trucking industry, and this mission starts with putting our drivers in semi-trucks equipped with the latest in high-tech safety features and driver comforts that will help protect them and everyone on the road around them.”
“I am particularly excited about our partnership with Nikola Motor Company because it strongly positions U.S. Xpress at the forefront of the trucking industry and reinforces our commitment to having a bold sustainability program that helps preserve our valuable resources and create a better environment while still providing practical, cost-effective ways for our customers to ship their freight across the country,” said Fuller.
Unveiled to the public for the first time last week, the Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. The electric semi-truck can generate additional energy on-the-go by its hydrogen fuel cell, which will give the Nikola One a total range of between 800 and 1,200 miles with the battery fully charged and the hydrogen storage tank filled. In addition, the peak output from the electric drive system will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to accelerate the Nikola One from 0-60 mph in 30 seconds or about twice as quick as a conventional diesel semi-truck found on the road today.
“U.S. Xpress drivers are going to have one of the most environmentally sound trucks on the road that they are going to love to drive,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola Motor Company. “Each state-of-the-art cab comes complete with full-sized beds, large closet, full size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, television, Internet and electronic climate control."
About U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.:
Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. is the nation’s second largest privately owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner. U.S. Xpress affiliates include Total Transportation of Mississippi and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit http://www.usxpress.com.
Engineering News / December 9, 2016
Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson.
Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1,000 trucks a year.
Volvo Group Southern Africa is responsible for 16 markets south of, and including, Ethiopia and Angola.
Christensson says used truck sales should reach around 1,000 units in South Africa this year, of which 150 will find their way to Southern African markets outside South Africa.
Africa should not be viewed as a marketplace for used vehicles, or for Indian or Chinese products only, he adds. There is a distinct appetite for premium trucks.
“South African transporters are moving into Africa, for example, and they demand reliable trucks.”
The Volvo truck on sale in the rest of Africa may differ from the one in Sweden, however, as it is likely to be a Euro 3 truck with drum brakes – in other words, more suitably specced for demanding African conditions, says Christensson.
“We believe in Africa,” notes Volvo Trucks International senior VP Helene Mellquist. “It is a question of when, not if the market will grow, even if there are some fluctuations now.”
“We see signs that the commodity cycle is turning up,” adds Christensson. “We think we have seen the worst of the downturn.”
A low oil price and slumping commodities market have caused economic hardship in a number of African countries, particularly the oil-exporting States.
While Mellquist refused to talk specific investment numbers into Africa, she says Volvo is busy rolling out its network – through importers – in Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Volvo trucks are sold separately from UD Trucks’ stock in Africa. Volvo owns the Japanese-based UD Trucks.
In South Africa, Volvo Trucks has invested in a new Alrode workshop, with Durban’s truck centre the next focus point.
Volvo Trucks in South Africa has expanded from 13 service points in 2013 to 19 service points in 2016.
South Africa is “a very important market” for Volvo Trucks, says Mellquist. (Mack brand trucks ???)
The group has learned to adapt to the demands of the market, including black economic empowerment, which “is a natural thing for South Africa”.
Christensson believes a more stable political situation could lead to a more stable currency.
Volvo Group Southern Africa should see 2016 Volvo truck sales in South Africa improve on last year.
Volvo trucks are sold in 192 countries worldwide (The Mack brand is only sold in 19 overseas countries).
South Africa is ranked third in terms of sales in Mellquist’s area of responsibility, which includes Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
French Defense Minister Seeks to Reassure RTD Employees of Job Security
Defense News / December 8, 2016
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has told Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) employees that there is little to be concerned about following the announced sale of the military vehicle builder, which is seen as a strategic industrial capability.
Le Drian also announced RTD deals with Kuwait and the French Army worth a reported total of €770 million (US $826 million).
“I have to tell you that I will be extremely vigilant that … this strategic asset remains under our control, as this is a key element in our sovereignty,” he said Thursday in prepared remarks during a visit to an RTD plant at Fourchambault, central France.
“I can reassure you, with all my vigilance on the process underway, that I am not worried about your future,” he added.
France, meanwhile, has selected RTD to supply 3,700 light vehicles to the Army, he said. That deal was worth more than €500 million, Agence France-Presse reported. The Direction Générale de l’Armemment procurement office declined to comment, as a contract has yet to be signed.
Kuwait is due to order 300 Sherpa light vehicles in a deal worth close to €270 million, Le Drian said. The French minister backed the RTD offer when he visited Kuwait in August, and his Kuwaiti counterpart called him two days ago to tell him of the selection.
“All you have to do now is sign the contract,” he said.
The RTD plant at Saint Nazaire, western France, will assemble the 3,700 vehicles over four years, while Fourchambault will provide service support.
RTD will convert a station wagon-type civilian vehicle by strengthening the chassis and suspension and fitting military equipment, the company said in a statement. The first delivery is expected for 2017. The vehicle will have a 150-horsepower engine, weigh 3.5 tons and carry 900 kilograms.
Volvo said in November that RTD, the largest unit of its military vehicles business, would be sold off. RTD accounts for some 1.5 percent of total sales of the Swedish truck maker.
Renault Trucks Defense Group (Volvo Group Governmental Sales) - http://www.renault-trucks-defense-group.eu/
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Hi! We have a CTP 713 B with mp 7. Truck quits running three miles from shop, once a week. The dealer diagnosed and replaced the oil sensor level. The truck went three miles and quit again. The turbo codes have tripped as well. Any ideas, help, thoughts greatly appreciated! Truck has 300,000 miles on it and runs great when it is running. Thank you.
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