Trump And Trucking: Will New Economic Playing Field Be Boost or Bust For Fleets?

The main components of TEA are consumption, investment, exports, imports and government. Dieli said the composition of TEA growth will continue to change. “We expect improvements in Truckable Fixed Investment and Truckable Exports. The adjustment to structural transformation will continue; of special concern is the implementation of electronic logging device regulations.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Candidate Donald Trump made scrapping or reworking various free trade agreements the United States is party to a central theme of his presidential campaign last year.
  • Such rhetoric was highly popular with his supporters. And in his first full week in office, President Donald Trump has made reexamination of international trade agreements a top priority for his administration.
  • But the North American trucking industry has benefited greatly from various free trade agreements – notably the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the past week, President Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and angered Mexico with his insistence that NAFTA be renegotiated to give the U.S. a stronger commercial hand while creating a funding stream that would have the Mexican government pay for a wall along the southern border to check illegal immigration into the U.S.

“Last summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that cross-border trade generated by NAFTA was worth $89 billion to the trucking industry.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2017/01/trump-and-trucking-will-new-economic-playing-field-be-boost-or-bust-for-fleets?fromrss=1

Get ready for winter road conditions: Tips to choose the right brakes and stay safe

When winter arrives, it inevitably brings with it challenging driving conditions. Snow and ice litter roadways, creating obstacles and causing unpredictable vehicle response. For example, most winters in the Northeast will see snowfall one out of every four days on average. Slippery conditions are difficult to avoid and preparation for driving during this time of year is essential. You can ensure your safety with conservative driving, adequate maintenance, and the use of quality brakes that are appropriate for your vehicle and application.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone dreads driving on icy winter roads. The decreased traction between your tire and the road can dramatically increase the braking distance of your vehicle. This causes serious misjudgments and surprise slips on the road.
  • To avoid accidents when driving in slippery conditions, be sure to keep more distance between you and vehicles ahead of you to anticipate this greater stopping distance.
  • When applying the brakes in icy conditions, steering problems can also occur. It is important to drive more slowly than in normal weather to allow time for correction. Understanding how your vehicle reacts to steering while skidding can prepare you for emergency maneuvers and reduce the likelihood of skids resulting in crashes.

“Everyone dreads driving on icy winter roads.”

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Volkswagen Recalls More Than 582,000 Vehicles

The largest of the three recalls covers 342,867 2013- to 2017-model year Audi A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 vehicles, 2013-2016 Audi Allroad and Audi A4 vehicles, and 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles. Equipped with 2.01 Turbo FSI engines, these cars have an electric coolant pump that can be blocked with debris from the cooling system. This condition can lead to pump overheating that poses a fire risk, NHTSA said.

Volkswagen Recalls More Than 582,000 Vehicles

Ridewell launches air-ride single point suspension

Ridewell Suspensions has released the first model of its air-ride single point suspensions in the new RAR-254. The Ridewell Air-Ride Single Point Suspension leverages proven components of the company’s RAR-266 suspension to provide the smoothness of an air-ride suspension with the advantages of a single point, pedestal mount suspension, according to Ridewell.

Ridewell launches air-ride single point suspension

VW Sells Globally More than 480,000 Commercial Vehicles

124,000 vehicles were delivered to customers in Germany in 2016. This represents an increase of 11.6% compared to 2015. The past year was also successful in the European volume markets: Italy had a 46.1% increase, sales in Spain increased 27.7%, France had a 24.8% increase, and the UK had a 5.8% increase.

Key Takeaways:

  • This number surpasses the mark of 430,900 commercial vehicles vehicles sold in 2015. In particular, Western Europe Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles increased its delivery volume by 329,400 units, which is a 15.7% increase, according to the automaker.
  • Meanwhile, 124,000 vehicles were delivered to customers in Germany in 2016. This represents an increase of 11.6% compared to 2015. The past year was also successful in the European volume markets: Italy had a 46.1% increase, sales in Spain increased 27.7%, France had a 24.8% increase, and the UK had a 5.8% increase.
  • The brand was also successful in Eastern Europe, which is where 36,500 light commercial vehicles were delivered to customers. This represents an increase of 16.9%.

“Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold over 480,064 vehicles to customers worldwide in the 2016 financial year, an 11.4% increase over the previous year.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/global-fleet/news/story/2017/01/vw-sells-globally-more-than-480-000-commercial-vehicles.aspx

W.Va. Governor’s Office Reduces Fleet

Following an audit last year, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has just announced that he is reducing his office’s fleet of vehicles by five. His goal is to set a good fiscal example for other departments in the state. Justice said he wanted to dig deep into the books to try and find some more cost-saving measures. The Governor is deeply committed to cutting waste wherever necessary. Governor Justice is asking his cabinet to do the same.

Key Takeaways:

  • After an audit last year failed to get an accurate count of the state’s fleet, West Virginia’s new governor has vowed to examine state spending more closely.
  • To start, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he is cutting five vehicles from his office in hopes of setting an example for every department in the state government.
  • “We won’t be able to climb out of this ditch until we really dive into the books to find cuts and cost-saving measures,” Justice said in a statement. “State government owes it to every taxpayer to be as fiscally responsible as possible.

“After an audit last year failed to get an accurate count of the state’s fleet, West Virginia’s new governor has vowed to examine state spending more closely.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/operations/news/story/2017/01/w-v-governor-reduces-office-fleet.aspx

Tesla Model S 100D Rated to Travel 335 Miles on a Charge

This blog post focuses on the updated specs on a variety of Tesla models. It mostly speaks to how the Tesla models differ based on price and what they can offer. It reports all the information that my be important to those who have some knowledge of Tesla but want more concrete information.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Tesla Model S 100D is $3,000 more expensive than the 90D model yet achieves 41 more miles of range according to EPA numbers.
  • esla says both models can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, although one has a 90-kilowatt-hour battery and the other has a 100-kW-hr unit.
  • As you’d expect, the 100D is slower than the top-of-the-line P100D, which can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, according to Tesla.

“As you’d expect, the 100D is slower than the top-of-the-line P100D, which can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, according to Tesla.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-model-s-100d-rated-travel-335-miles-charge/

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