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    CAT SHOWS OFF CT681 VOCATIONAL TRUCK

    November 11, 2014 10:40AM by James Menzies

    There’s a new Cat truck and this one has a face only a mother could love. But that was by design, Cat officials said at a ride-and-drive attended by Fleet Executive editor Carolyn Gruske. She filed this report and indicated

  • AERO, POWERTRAIN ENHANCEMENTS TO BENEFIT ALL VOLVO CUSTOMERS

    November 11, 2014 10:34AM by James Menzies

    While adaptive gearing may not be a fit for many Canadian customers due to its requirement for high road speeds and its GVWR limitations, most of the enhancements built into 2016 model year Volvo VNs will benefit Canadian customers. Some

  • Feature Uncategorized

    WOULD VOLVO’S ADAPTIVE GEARING WORK IN YOUR FLEET?

    November 11, 2014 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Shortly after returning from Charleston, it was back down to the southern states – if Virginia is considered a southern state. I visited Volvo’s New River Valley truck plant in Dublin, Va., where all Volvo trucks for the North American

  • Feature Equipment

    HOW SPRINTER’S CROSSWIND ASSIST CAN KEEP YOU ON COURSE

    November 11, 2014 10:27AM by James Menzies

    Sprinter vans, by their very nature, have a way of catching crosswinds and acting as a giant sail in windy conditions. This can cause an unsettling driving experience, especially when transporting a top-heavy load or no load at all. Mercedes-Benz

  • FIVE TIPS ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL OWNER/OPERATOR

    November 11, 2014 10:16AM by James Menzies

    It’s not easy, being an owner/operator. Costs have been rising rapidly in recent years: fuel, insurance, tires, repairs – not to mention your most important asset, the truck. Meanwhile, pay rates haven’t kept pace. Even though many fleets have been

  • Feature Transportation

    WREATHS ACROSS CANADA HONOURS VETERANS

    November 11, 2014 10:09AM by James Menzies

    Well, it’s Remembrance Day, and like all of you, I’ll be spending time today thinking about the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces, past and present. It also seems like a good time to remind you all of

  • RHYNO’S REPORT ON THE SEVEN ELEPHANTS

    October 27, 2014 9:41PM by James Menzies

    From Jason Rhyno comes an interesting report on a gusty panel discussion hosted by Delta Nu Alpha. The group put together a panel to discuss the seven elephants in the driver shortage room. They include: Is driver shortage friend or

  • PRESENTING THE 2014 TRUCK NEWS OWNER/OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

    October 27, 2014 8:38PM by James Menzies

    Being an owner/operator can be a thankless job. That’s why one of my favourite things to do each year is to call up the winner of our annual O/O of the Year award and let him or her know they’ve

  • Feature Equipment

    THE DANGERS OF DOWNSPEEDING

    October 27, 2014 8:36PM by James Menzies

    While in San Diego for the American Trucking Associations conference I had an interesting chat with Mike Schwanzl, senior manager, field sales with Dana. He’s concerned about the increased torque loads the industry-wide trend towards downspeeding is placing on the

  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING ERB’S NEW PROSTAR WITH ALLISON TC10

    October 27, 2014 8:32PM by James Menzies

    Allison has come out with its first automatic transmission aimed at the Class 8 tractor market and Erb Group is one of the first Canadian fleets to take delivery of it. They deployed five International ProStar tractors with MaxxForce engines

  • WHY LEASING MAKES SENSE FOR NATURAL GAS

    October 27, 2014 8:21PM by James Menzies

    Getting back to the C.A.T. announcement that it will be deploying 100 natural gas trucks out of Montreal, it’s interesting to note this will be a full-service lease arrangement with Ryder. I had the chance to catch up with Scott

  • HAS NATURAL GAS LOST ITS LUSTRE?

    October 27, 2014 8:17PM by James Menzies

    Last week I attended the Natural Gas Vehicles Canada Conference at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto. It was a well put together event with a strong list of speakers. The list of fleet attendees seemed shorter than last year’s

  • HAS GROWING ORGANICALLY BECOME IMPOSSIBLE?

    October 27, 2014 8:12PM by James Menzies

    While discussions at the Summit from motor carrier executives indicated it is vital to add scale, they also seemed to acknowledge that growing organically has become nearly impossible. Kriska’s Mark Seymour said his company has been trying for the last

  • WILL ‘SCALE’ BE THE THEME OF 2015?

    October 27, 2014 8:04PM by James Menzies

    This year’s Surface Transportation Summit, held Oct. 15 in Toronto, was a huge success. It sold out, bringing together nearly 400 fleet managers and shippers under one roof to discuss common issues. Shipper-carrier collaboration was once again a hot topic,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    CANADA’S CONVOYS INSPIRE

    October 14, 2014 8:57AM by James Menzies

    It’s Fall in Canada and as sure as the leaves are changing colour, Canada’s truck drivers are taking to the road to support important causes. Convoys have been held in recent weeks right across this country, with professional drivers raising