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Archive for October, 2014

Crazy Eights: Class 8 Truck Sales Keep on Climbing

Friday, October 31st, 2014

As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, the trucking industry as a whole has seen impressive improvements recently, showing that it is among the strongest industries to come out of the recession. And now that the final tally of sales for the month of September has been made, it’s plain to see that this trend will likely continue into the future. According to an article from Transport Topics, 2014 has seen a 32 percent jump in orders for Class 8 trucks from last September, the highest sales for that month have been in eight years.

Class 8 Sales Class 8 Truck Sales are a Pleasant September Surprise

Though the number of orders placed in September was good news for everyone in the trucking industry, it was not necessarily what was expected. September, along with July and August, is typically one of the lowest sales months for Class 8 and other truck types. The strong performance indicates not only fleet owners’ needs to expand their fleets, but also that the latest models and trucking accessories are highly sought-after. Daimler Trucks North America reported that its Freightliner order boards are full; going forward into the new year, it is expected that these kinds of successful sales will be experienced by many more of the top brands.

Are you a fleet owner looking to expand your fleet or to take advantage of the newest models available to you? As the record shows, it’s never been a better time to take part in this exciting upward trend in the trucking industry!

 Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star

If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to expand your business through trucking, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to take care of your trucking needs. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474. You can also shoot us an email with your questions or concerns at info@baltimorefreightliner.com.

Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!

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Sprinter Vans Cross Atlantic to be Produced in North America

Friday, October 24th, 2014

As the popularity of Sprinter vans has increased so markedly in North America over the past years, Daimler Trucks is taking the next logical step and bringing production of the vehicles to this side of the Atlantic. While the German-based unit will still produce Sprinter vans as before, the new North American production is expected to make these highly useful vehicles much more accessible to U.S. customers, which is good news for domestic fleet owners and drivers alike. Read on to find out more about Sprinter vans’ journey to North America!

Sprintervan New Sprinter Van Production Plan Means Better Value, Accessibility

The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the makers of Sprinter, acknowledged that the only way to adequately meet the needs of their North American customers was by adding a production plant within their own country. When Sprinter vans were being shipped over from Germany (at a staggering 23,000 just last year), there were definite downsides: longer delivery times, for one, and increased prices due to import tariffs for another. But with a home-grown Sprinter van, fleet owners will no longer have to worry about those inconveniences.

While the demand for Sprinter vans and similar Daimler vehicles continues to grow stateside, solutions like bringing production to North America will become more and more necessary. Daimler’s decision benefits everyone involved: the company will be able to produce their vans without the headache of facing taxes and extended delivery periods, and customers will have easier, more efficient access to their favorite products.

 Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star

If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to expand your business through trucking, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to take care of your trucking needs. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474. You can also shoot us an email with your questions or concerns at info@baltimorefreightliner.com.

 

Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!

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Safety First! Integrated Safety Systems Get Approval from Drivers

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

 In last week’s blog, we discussed the latest announcements from Daimler Trucks North America, specifically those concerning the new safety package, the “Detroit Assurance Package,” and how its collision and lane departure alerts are set to revolutionize the way drivers operate their vehicles. But what do the drivers themselves have to say about integrated safety systems? If the research from a University of Michigan study has anything to say about it, they fully approve!

 Cascadia EvolutionUniversity of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Shows Positive Response to Integrated Safety Systems

In the study conducted by the UMTRI, which was a comprehensive 5-year research program, the compiled data generally had positive things to say about the overall effectiveness and usefulness of integrated safety systems in trucks. They were proven to reduce the number of accidents experienced, and the drivers who participated performed at a safer level with the help of the integrated systems.

 Freightliner Integrated Safety Systems Impress on a Major Scale

Dave LeBlanc, one of the chief investigators of the UMTRI project, noted that the results of the study brought these systems to the attention of some big names. At the conclusion of the study, he notes, Con-way ordered a whopping 1,300 Freightliner Cascadias (the models including lane departure and forward-crash warnings and roll-stability control systems) to add to their fleet. If more follow in their footsteps, these safer vehicles could change commercial trucking for the better well into the future!

Check back with Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star for the latest updates on truck safety and other trucking news!

 Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star

If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to expand your business through trucking, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to take care of your trucking needs. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474. You can also shoot us an email with your questions or concerns at info@baltimorefreightliner.com.

Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!

Be sure to follow us on Google+ and find us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest from Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. Follow us on Twitter too: @bmorefreight.

 

Source:

http://fleetowner.com/news/trucking_safety/research-effectiveness-driver-acceptance-0317

The Latest from DTNA: New and Improved Medium-Duty Engines

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Daimler Trucks North America took the opportunity on October 6 at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition to share their latest news on trucking innovations: a new safety system package, as well as Detroit-branded medium-duty engines. As the industry continues to experience steady growth, these latest additions from DTNA just go to show the reason behind improving sales and company success: they are innovations that take into account the needs of fleet owners and truck drivers alike to make for an overall more effective experience. Read on to find out more!

The Detroit Assurance Package

The new safety system announced by DTNA has been dubbed the “Detroit Assurance Package;” it offers a number of features that are designed to improve overall driving safety. The package includes a radar system to alert the driver about possible collisions, an adaptive cruise control option, as well as a camera system to monitor lane departures. This new system allows the driver to improve their performance, and it also improves the overall performance of the vehicle itself. So far, the Detroit Assurance Package is available in both the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution model and the Cascadia, along with the new medium-duty engines.

freightliner-114sdMedium-Duty Engines for Freightliners

The new medium-duty engines, the DD5 and the DD8, will be offered starting in 2016. Not only are they designed for high-quality performance, but they are also considered to be eco-friendly engines; according to DTNA’s president, the engines will meet the regulations for greenhouse gas emissions projected to be in place for 2017.

 Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star

If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to expand your business through trucking, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to take care of your trucking needs. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474. You can also shoot us an email with your questions or concerns at info@baltimorefreightliner.com.

Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!

Be sure to follow us on Google+ and find us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest from Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. Follow us on Twitter too: @bmorefreight.

 

Source:

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplatemce2014.aspx?storyid=36221

Daimler’s Revolutionary Future Truck Debuts

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Fresh off the heels of Western Star’s new truck launch comes the debut of a Daimler truck vehicle that those in the industry are referring to as a “work of art.” The Future Truck 2025 was revealed in Germany over the summer, according to an article in the latest edition of Transport Topics, and its advanced technology and revolutionary design are garnering a lot of attention already. What features in particular have got people talking? Read on to find out!

 Taking Auto-Drive to the Next Level

The Future Truck 2025 is the first self-driving truck from Mercedes-Benz; its autonomous function utilizes cameras and specialized sensors to allow the truck to navigate safely around other vehicles and obstacles, even at highway speeds. Radar sensors are also incorporated to alert drivers about dangers in their blind spots, making for an overall safer truck.

The look of the Future Truck 2025 is downright, well, futuristic. Instead of traditional rearview mirrors, the truck features a video camera system that provides advanced, comprehensive visuals. Taking out the mirrors also yielded an improvement in fuel efficiency. Subtle differences in the design have made a remarkable difference as well, such as the placement of the headlights; the Future Truck’s are placed under the hood so that the lights shine through the paint. The “smart” lights even shine in different colors to indicate what mode the truck is in: white for manual driving and blue for autonomous.

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest in trucking news? Check back with Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to hear all of the latest!

FutureTruck Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star

If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to expand your business through trucking, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star to take care of your trucking needs. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474. You can also shoot us an email with your questions or concerns at info@baltimorefreightliner.com.

Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!

Be sure to follow us on Google+ and find us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest from Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. Follow us on Twitter too: @bmorefreight.

 

Source:

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=36126&page=1

http://fleetowner.com/equipment/mercedes-benz-puts-future-display-self-driving-truck?eid=forward

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