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26 COMMERCIAL CARRIER JOURNAL | MAY 2015 t %BJNMFS5SVDLT/PSUI"NFSJDB is recalling nearly 2,400 2015 model-year trucks manufactured between last Oct. 6 and Feb. 16 with improperly seated Haldex Life Seal Brake Chamber diagrams that might cause brake drag and subsequent loss of vehicle control. Affected Freight - liners include the Cascadia, Coronado, Business Class M2, SD108 and 122SD, and affected Western Star models include the 4700 and 4900. t Customers who purchase a new 1FUFSCJMU truck and finance through 1BDDBS'JOBODJBMcan receive com - plementary extended warranty coverage: three years or 300,000 miles for Class 8 vehicles, and two years or 150,000 miles for Class 5-7 vehicles. The offer is available until March 31, 2016, on trucks in dealer inventory or truck orders prior to Dec. 31, 2015. t &TQBS rebranded itself as Eberspaecher to provide improved global support and a greater investment in research and development. The company's website now can be found at t .VSQIZ)PGGNBO$P a dealership with locations in 13 states, will receive the first 50 Kenworth Icon 900 trucks. t 8FCC8IFFM1SPEVDUT$P announced that Chattanoo - ga, Tenn.-based truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises chose its Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drums for its fleet of 8,000 over-the road tractors and 22,000 trailers. t :PLPIBNB5JSF$PSQ launched, its dedicated commercial tire website that features the company's full line of commercial tires and several business-driven tools such as a Tire Inspection Guide and calculators for fuel savings and tire inflation pressure. t #PTDI a supplier of diesel fuel injection systems, launched its website designed to help truck owners and technicians select the correct replacement injectors. t %POBMETPO$Pa manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, announced that its Donaldson Blue fuel filters are available for Cummins' 15-liter and 11.9-liter ISX engines. t ;' announced that one million of its AS Tronic automatic transmission systems have come off the production line at the company's facility in Friedrichshafen, Germany, since production got underway in 1997. t $BSSJFS5SBOTJDPME a provider of temperature-control equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, is celebrating a double anniversary this year: 75 years of Carrier road transport refrigeration and the 45th anniver - sary of Carrier Transicold. */BRIEF WANT MORE EQUIPMENT NEWS? Scan the barcode to sign up for the CCJ Equipment Weekly e-mail newsletter or go to V olvo Group last month announced the dismissal of Olof Persson as its president and chief executive. The company also announced its plans to hire Scania boss Martin Lundstedt as his replacement. "After three years of focus on product renewal, internal efficiency and restructuring, the Volvo Group is gradually entering a new phase with an intensified focus on growth and increased profitability," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of AB Volvo. "This will be achieved by further building on our leading brands, strong assets and engaged and skilled employees all over the world." Lundstedt is expected to assume his role at Volvo, the world's sec- ond-largest truck maker, in October. In the interim, Volvo Chief Financial Officer Jan Gurander, who worked under Lundstedt while serving as CFO at Scania, will head the company. "Olof Persson has with energy and determination carried out an extensive change of the Volvo Group," Svanberg said. "He has focused Volvo on commercial vehicles and sold unrelated businesses and assets to a value of over ($2 billion). He introduced a functional organization and paved the way for cost savings of ($1.1 billion). He also con- cluded the agreement with one of China's largest truck manufacturers, Dongfeng, and led the company during the largest product renewal in the Group's history. Today the Volvo Group is considerably better positioned to compete for leadership in our industry." In late March, Persson had been reappointed to Volvo's board and had spoken at the Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association's 25th annual Break- fast Briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., where he discussed the direction and strategy of the company's trucking arm. Persson said Volvo has invested $1.4 billion in North American man- ufacturing since 2002, with $250 million invested in support of its truck operations, and that Volvo had gained a slight share in North America in that timespan. – Jason Cannon 0MPG1FSTTPO 7PMWP(SPVQ QSFTJEFOUBOE DIJFGFYFDV UJWFTIPXO IFSFTQFBLJOH BU."54JO MBUF.BSDI XBTEJTNJTTFE MBTUNPOUI Volvo president dismissed consider adding new ones. Grant- ed, this costs money, and that's a big negative. On the other hand, it looks like many – if not all – of these systems will be government-mandated in the next few years. There's something to be said for gaining experience with them and getting ahead of the curve, and there are very real returns in terms of re- duced insurance costs and reduced or nonexistent lawsuit payouts. You can invest in safety, or you can write checks to lawyers. It's not fair to be targeted, but that's the world we live in. Continued from page 25

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