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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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    ‘Sectoral recessions’ likely in 2019: ACT Research

    January 22, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The commercial vehicle market remains strong, but the U.S. economy is expected to decelerate, according to a report from ACT Research. ACT’s Transportation Digest noted Class 8 truck orders enter 2019 with positive momentum from a record-setting

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    SAF-Holland buys PressureGuard

    January 21, 2019 by Truck News

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – SAF-Holland has acquired a majority stake in trailer tire pressure management specialist, PressureGuard. The company says the acquisition adds a key element to its line, in advanced digital smart products for trailer applications. SAF-Holland now owns 51%

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    OTA holds safety talks with Transport Minister, insurance reps

    January 21, 2019 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says it has recently had productive meetings to address truck safety in the province. OTA chairman David Carruth and vice-chairman Wendell Erb recently joined OTA president Stephen Laskowski in meeting with the

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    Trailer orders smashed previous records in 2018

    January 16, 2019 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It’s official: 2018 was by far the best year ever for trailer orders. FTR reported data showing the year ended with 28,000 units ordered in December, a 38% drop from November, but enough to bring the year’s

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    Volvo invests in wireless EV charging

    January 16, 2019 by Truck News

    PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Volvo Group Venture Capital, a subsidiary of Volvo Group, has invested in a firm developing high power wireless charging of electric vehicles. Momentum Dynamics, based in Pennsylvania, is developing and commercializing high power inductive charging for the

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    Canadian spot market load volumes set record in 2018

    January 16, 2019 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – It was a record year for Canadian spot market load volumes in 2018, but the capacity crunch appears to be easing. TransCore Link Logistics reported the fourth quarter ended with the lowest load volumes on the year,

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    Andy Transport launches power-only fleet

    January 15, 2019 by Truck News

    MONTREAL, Que. – Andy Transport has announced a new start-up that will provide trucks and drivers to customers with fluctuating transportation needs. Tristan Cartage is a power-only fleet that will be marketed to for-hire carriers, private fleets, third-party logistics companies,

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    OOIDA suing over Indiana toll fees

    January 14, 2019 by Truck News

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is launching a class action lawsuit over “excessive and discriminatory” Indiana tolls. Its lawsuit targets the Indiana Finance Authority, the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC), the Commissioner of the

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    ACT Research: Yellow lights are flashing

    January 14, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT Research has reported yellow lights are flashing for the U.S. economy, and by extension, for the North American commercial vehicle industry. “Over the course of Q4 2018, the list of indicators flashing yellow became longer and

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    Trucking conditions bounce back in November

    January 11, 2019 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Deteriorating trucking conditions bounced back in November, thanks to a slightly firmer rate environment and lower diesel prices, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index. The index rebounded 2.5 points from October, to 5.84. The reading

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    Freight market returning to ‘normal’: FTR

    January 10, 2019 by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The fundamentals driving 2019 freight demand remain “relatively healthy” and should result in a growing, but not explosive, transport sector. That was the assessment of Avery Vise, vice-president of trucking for FTR, who addressed the topic during

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    Freightliner shows first electric trucks

    January 9, 2019 by James Menzies

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – To build an electric Class 8 truck requires the same battery power as 32 electric Smart cars, but Daimler Trucks North America is forging ahead with an all-electric eCascadia, as well as an electric eM2 medium-duty

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    New Cascadia loaded up with new options

    January 7, 2019 by James Menzies

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The new Cascadia, introduced by Freightliner in 2017, has already received some updates that will improve its fuel efficiency by up to 5%. “The day after we launched it, we were already looking at how to

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    Daimler abandons platooning to focus on automation

    January 7, 2019 by James Menzies

    Will be first to market with Level 2 autonomous truck

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    Daimler closes record year, expects strong market to continue

    January 7, 2019 by James Menzies

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Daimler Trucks is coming off a record-setting year, having sold more than half a million trucks globally in 2018. Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks and Buses, provided a keynote address at a Daimler event at

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