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SuperRigs calendar available for order
The latest edition of Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs calendar, featuring 12 working trucks, is available for order at www.Rotella.com. The 2012 calendar includes many winners from this year’s Shell Rotella SuperRigs contest that took place at the Kenly 95 Petro in Kenly, N.C.
Daimler to rebrand Detroit Diesel
Daimler Trucks North America will rebrand its Detroit Diesel brand of engines to help expand the scope of the products offered by the engine manufacturer and allow it to offer alternate fuel and unconventional powertrain technologies. Detroit Diesel will become the Detroit brand of powertrain products with the formal name change early next year.
NAFTA trade surges in August
Surface transportation trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico in August was 18.3 percent higher than a year earlier, rising to $80.4 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. This was the second time on record that U.S.-North American Free Trade Agreement trade by land exceeded $80 billion in one month.
Truck and trailer orders increase
September Class 8 net orders rose 55 percent year over year and 12 percent over August to 23,600 units, ACT Research Co. reported. Trailer net orders in September were up
22 percent year over year and almost 31 percent over the previous month, ACT said.
Missouri gets grant for truck parking
The Missouri Department of Transportation received a $1 million Federal Highway Administration grant to build new truck parking spaces on Interstate 70. The state will meet with trucking companies to decide where to locate additional truck parking. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2012.
Back on the Road nominations
Arrow Truck Sales is accepting nominations for the Back on the Road program until Dec. 4. Arrow is seeking nominations for truck drivers who are looking for a second chance after facing a loss or unfortunate circumstances beyond their control. For more information, visit www.arrowtruck.com/backontheroad.
Volvo Group leads 13-liter sales
For the first time, 13-liter engines have become the number one choice of U.S. Class 8 truck customers, according to R.L. Polk year-to-date engine registrations. The top seller of 13-liter engines in the United States is the Volvo Group, which includes Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks.
Study: Thousands of U.S. bridges are deficient
A new report shows more than 18,000 of the nation’s busiest bridges, clustered in the nation’s metropolitan areas, are rated as “structurally deficient,” according to Transportation for America.
“The Fix We’re In For: The State of Our Nation’s Busiest Bridges” ranks 102 metro areas in three population categories based on the percentage of deficient bridges.
The report found Pittsburgh had the highest percentage of deficient bridges (30.4 percent) for a metro area with a population of more than 2 million (and overall).