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Business

U.S. Postal Service Tests Autonomous Big Rig Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a two-week pilot program today to test self-driving trucks that will travel between its distribution centers in Arizona and Texas. 

Propulsion

Report: GM Mulls Massive V-8 for Class 7 Truck

General Motors Co. may use a V-8 engine that displaces “well over” 8.0 liters for a Class 7 heavy-duty truck the carmaker is said to be developing with Navistar International Corp.

Business

New Name for VW’s Truck and Bus Business: Traton Group

Volkswagen AG will implement a new name—Traton Group—for its commercial truck and bus operations within the next three months.

Business

Report: VW Near Decision on IPO for Truck & Bus Business

Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board could approve plans by May 2 to launch an initial public offering for its Truck & Bus unit next year, sources tell Reuters.

Business

VW Ponders More Independence for Heavy Truck Unit

Volkswagen AG is studying options that could lead to an initial public offering for its heavy commercial truck operations, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Business

UPS Touts Cost Parity of New Electric Trucks

United Parcel Services of America Inc. is adding 50 electric vehicles to its delivery truck fleet that the company says are priced about the same as similar piston-powered trucks.

Propulsion

Volvo Trucks to Launch Electric Model Next Year

AB Volvo plans to begin selling electric trucks next year in Europe, targeting urban distribution applications.

Hybrid

Startup Targets 2019 Launch for Retrofit Electric Big Rig

Los Angeles-based Thor Trucks Inc. aims to launch its ET-One semi-tractor in 2019—the same timeframe Tesla Inc. is targeting for its new electric Semi.

Propulsion

VW Launches €1.4 Billion Electric Truck, Bus Program

Volkswagen AG’s truck and bus unit will spend €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) over the next two years to broaden its array of “green” powertrains and other technologies for commercial trucks and buses.

Propulsion

Navistar, VW Plan Medium-Duty Electric Truck

Navistar International Corp. and Volkswagen AG’s Truck & Bus unit are collaborating to introduce an all-electric medium-duty commercial truck for the North American market by about the end of 2019.

Diesel

GM-Isuzu JV Builds 2 Millionth Duramax Diesel

Dmax Ltd., General Motors Co.’s joint venture plant with Isuzu Motors Co. in Moraine, Ohio, built the two millionth Duramax diesel engine today.

Business

Navistar Trims Its Losses

Commercial truckmaker Navistar International Corp. narrowed it loss in the fiscal fourth quarter ended Oct. to $34 million from $50 million in the same period last year.

VW Ponders U.S. Market Debut for Crafter Commercial Van

Volkswagen AG’s Commercial Vehicles unit is studying a plan to introduce its next-generation Crafter commercial van to the U.S. market.

Business

UPDATE: VW Acquires 17% of Navistar

Volkswagen Group intends to become an equity partner in Navistar International Corp. by spending roughly $200 million to acquire about 18% of the Lisle, Ill.-based commercial truckmaker, according to media reports.

Production

GM Hires Navistar to Help Make Commercial Vans

Navistar International Inc. says it has been hired by General Motors Co. to make cutaway versions of GM’s Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans in the U.S.

Propulsion

$7.5 Million Fine Settles Navistar Engine Emission Dispute

Navistar International Corp. has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle complaints that it misled investors about the ability of a failed diesel emission control system for its diesel trucks.

Business

GM, Navistar Partner on Medium-Duty Commercial Trucks

General Motors Co. and Navistar International Corp. have formed a non-equity partnership to develop and produce medium-duty commercial vehicles to be sold under the Navistar and Chevrolet brands.

Production

Ford Launches U.S. Production of Medium-Duty Trucks

Ford Motor Co., which previously sourced its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks from Mexico, has begun making them for the first time in the U.S.

Hybrid

Are Two Strokes Better than Four?

A typical internal combustion engine at work in any car or truck today is a four-stroke: intake, compression, combustion, exhaust.

Business

VW: No Interest in Buying U.S. Truckmaker PACCAR

Volkswagen AG has dismissed as "complete rubbish" reports that it may try to acquire American commercial truckmaker PACCAR Inc.

Labor

UAW Elects Williams as New President

The United Auto Workers union has confirmed Dennis Williams as its new president.

Propulsion

Navistar Scrambles As Ford Prepares to Go It Alone

Navistar International Corp. is trying to drum up new buyers for its medium-duty trucks as Ford Motor Co. bows out as a major customer, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Production

Navistar Will Close Diesel Engine Plant in Consolidation Move

Navistar International Corp. says it will trim its diesel engine capacity by closing a factory in Huntsville, Ala., this summer and moving the facility's work to a plant in Melrose Park, Ill.

GM Asset Management Names New Investment Head

General Motors Co.'s asset management unit has promoted Dhivya Suryadevara to chief investment officer, effective Aug. 1.