Month: June 2018

Will electric Subaru Forester help Japan consumers forget about the fuel data scandal?

Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura introduces the redesigned Forester crossover as a step toward rebuilding the brand’s tarnished image in Japan. Photo credit: NAOTO OKAMURA TOKYO — Subaru’s American customers may be oblivious to the scandal roiling the company’s management in Japan. But the automaker continued to address its fuel data tampering crisis in the home…



2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup costs $31,290 to start, possibilities may be endless

You won’t need to be a math major to purchase a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, but it couldn’t hurt. When it goes on sale this year, the 2019 Silverado will cost $31,290, including destination, to start for a rear-drive, regular cab, work-spec truck with a V-6 and 6-speed automatic transmission, Chevy announced Friday. A fully loaded…



what to expect from Assen this weekend

The last and only time that Lorenzo won in the premier class at Assen was 2010. Aside from that he has had two podiums from ten starts. Based on his performance at the last two races, he should be in the reckoning this weekend. His recent resurgence has made things a lot more interesting; it’s more…



Here comes the (value of the) sun

TORONTO, Ont. – The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is showing confidence in the sun as a practical power source for trucks and trailers. “Fleets should seriously consider investing in solar systems,” the council said this week in the launch of its Solar Confidence Report, the latest in a series of studies that…



Ford works with dealers to recruit students as shop techs

Ford wants to add 5,000 technicians within two years. It plans to add “placement specialists” at dealerships to engage with high schools, junior colleges and military bases. DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is working to combat a nationwide shortage of body-shop technicians through a new initiative in collaboration with its dealerships. The automaker said retirements…



ATA relaunches dues-based accounting and finance council

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has announced the revival of the National Accounting and Finance Council (NAFC). The council will be reinstated with the new, dues-based membership structure on July 1 for the first time since 2013. This is the first time the council has collected dues from members since 2009. The…



Lexus recalls 115,000 cars for potential fuel leak

Owners of certain Lexus models should be on the lookout for a recall notice in early August. This week, Toyota Motor North America announced it would recall certain Lexus models including 2006-2013 Lexus IS 350 sedans, 2010-2014 Lexus IS 350C convertibles, 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 mid-size sedans, and GS 450h vehicles. Altogether,115,000 vehicles are subject…



FMCSA needs to do better on resolving medical conflicts: OOIDA

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is criticizing the process for drivers seeking to resolve conflicts with their medical certifications. OOIDA submitted their concerns to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) through public comments regarding their proposed information collection request regarding the Medical Qualification Requirements, or the “Resolution of Medical…



FMCSA says drivers will be required to carry medical certificates for two more years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Drivers operating in the United States will have to continue carrying their medical certificates for two more years. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended compliance dates for the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule by two years until June 22, 2021. The extension through a new interim final…



GM tells Trump administration tariffs could force downsizing, less investments

WASHINGTON — General Motors on Friday said it could shrink at home, jeopardizing its ability to invest in technologies of the future such as autonomous and electric drive vehicles, if tariffs on imported autos and components are imposed. In comments to the Department of Commerce, which is investigating whether auto tariffs of up to 25…