trucks – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Mon, 10 May 2021 12:05:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.12 Oracle Lighting Launches Custom Illuminated Logo Decals https://tiresandparts.net/news/oracle-lighting-launches-custom-illuminated-logo-decals/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/oracle-lighting-launches-custom-illuminated-logo-decals/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:05:00 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34897 Oracle Lighting the market leader in high-quality and innovative LED solutions for the automotive/12Volt, power sports, motorcycle, and marine markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new custom illuminated logo decals. Easily installed/applied on cars, trucks, UTVs/ATVs, boats and other vehicles and now available for custom order at oraclelights.com/logos, customers can choose between […]

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Oracle Lighting the market leader in high-quality and innovative LED solutions for the automotive/12Volt, power sports, motorcycle, and marine markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new custom illuminated logo decals. Easily installed/applied on cars, trucks, UTVs/ATVs, boats and other vehicles and now available for custom order at oraclelights.com/logos, customers can choose between 31 custom colors and create their own text or utilize their own graphics.

“We first created these decals for race team vehicles that we support so that they would really stand out during nighttime events, and they quickly opened a door to a part of our business that we didn’t even realize was there,” explained Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “Before we knew it, fans at these races began calling us asking how they could order them for themselves and their businesses. Now, whether you are a race team, marketing professional, or just an enthusiast who wants to stand out from the crowd, Oracle’s glowing logo panels are an easy way to add that custom attention-grabbing appearance to your vehicle.”

These less than 1mm thick semi-rigid panels can be made in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes suited to anyone’s precise details. Expected lifetime is 2,500 hours of use under normal operating conditions. They are designed to stand up to most abuse but if used in motorsports or other extreme applications the overall lifespan may be reduced. Custom-made to order, these panels are constructed from an electroluminescent material which glows softly at night. Installed with adhesive tape, each panel comes with a small inverter box which simply connects to 12V power.

“The inverter box conveniently has a switch to turn the panel on and off,” Hartenstein continued. “Installation is very simple; these have an adhesive backing like a normal decal and simply stick in place. Applications are nearly endless…we’ve even had a manufacturer contact us to make logos for an autonomous marine vessel.”

Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

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MAHLE-keeping the world moving for 100 years https://tiresandparts.net/news/mahle-keeping-the-world-moving-for-100-years/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/mahle-keeping-the-world-moving-for-100-years/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:32:26 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=33107 Since 1920, MAHLE has developed from a small workshop to one of the largest automotive suppliers with over 160 locations in more than 30 countries. December 1, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding. It was on that day that the foundation stone for today’s MAHLE Group was laid in Stuttgart. The course […]

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Since 1920, MAHLE has developed from a small workshop to one of the largest automotive suppliers with over 160 locations in more than 30 countries. December 1, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding. It was on that day that the foundation stone for today’s MAHLE Group was laid in Stuttgart. The course for this success was charted by the brothers Ernst and Hermann Mahle, whose technological pioneering spirit is something the company is still renowned for today. MAHLE is now broadly positioned in the areas of powertrain technology and thermal management with a clear focus on future topics relating to mobility. The group is maintaining its R&D investments at a high level. As part of its dual strategy, MAHLE is working both on the intelligent combustion engine for the use of hydrogen and other nonfossil fuels and on technologies that will help the fuel cell and e-mobility achieve broad acceptance in the markets. Half of all vehicles in the world now contain MAHLE components.

“The piston is part of our history. But today MAHLE is much more than that: with our competence in future technologies, we’re ideally positioned to play an active role in shaping the sustainable mobility of the future,” says Dr. Jörg Stratmann, Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board and CEO. “Over the past 100 years, MAHLE has undergone continuous development, always with the aim of providing important technological impetus and being a strong partner to its customers.”

Since 1920, MAHLE has transformed itself from a small piston forge in the Bad Cannstatt district of Stuttgart into a global technology group with a unique Portfolio. The company has steadily opened up numerous new product areas and markets through organic growth as well as acquisitions. With the Mahle brothers’ decision to transfer the company shares to the MAHLE Foundation in 1964, they set the course for successful, long-term, and sustainable development.

In the decades that followed, MAHLE consistently and continuously expanded its product portfolio and know-how, and it now has a breadth of expertise across all drive types that is unique in the industry.

The technology group offers not only engine components and filtration products but also power electronics and control units, electric motors, electric auxiliaries, software, thermal management products as well as expertise in materials, production, and 3D printing technologies. In the aftermarket sector, MAHLE is also leading the way with pioneering solutions as a competent and reliable partner for workshops worldwide. For instance, the first digital method for recalibrating driver assistance systems was developed by MAHLE.

MAHLE keeps the world moving. As a development partner and systems supplier, the technology group is shaping the mobility of the future in all major global markets—whether for passenger cars, trucks, vans, large agricultural machines, ships, e-bikes, or electric scooters. Thanks to a modern culture of innovation, which is evident in the group’s own start-ups, new topics and products are emerging for new customer groups—such as the charging infrastructure for battery electric vehicles or air conditioned children’s car seats.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MAHLE is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a variety of digital events for its employees across the world.

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Trukker set to be ‘Uber for trucks’ in the Middle East https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/trukker-set-to-be-uber-for-trucks-in-the-middle-east/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/trukker-set-to-be-uber-for-trucks-in-the-middle-east/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:47:22 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29757 A new startup called Trukker is aiming to become an “Uber for trucks” in the Middle East”. Established by Gaurav Biswas and his old school friend, Pradeep Mallavarapu, who used to work in IT, the startup was set up with the goal of minimizing the time trucks spent lying empty beside the road while haulage […]

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A new startup called Trukker is aiming to become an “Uber for trucks” in the Middle East”. Established by Gaurav Biswas and his old school friend, Pradeep Mallavarapu, who used to work in IT, the startup was set up with the goal of minimizing the time trucks spent lying empty beside the road while haulage companies struggled to get cargoes to their destinations on time. This supply-demand gap arose mainly due to the fact that about 85 percent of the trucks are owned by one-man firms. According to figures released by Saudi Arabia’s Public Transport Authority, biggest fleet owner has only 2500 trucks which h is very little in view of the fact that there are 1.3 million trucks on Saudi roads..

The two co-owners of Trukker have just the right track record to make the company a success story. While Gaurav Biswas left his job as a director at a construction consultancy called Aecom to set up the company, Mallavarapu is an IT expert who developed the technology needed to run Trukker, which as a platform to connect truckers and end users. The pair started with baby steps and invested their own money to a significant extent before seeking venture capital. Trukker was initially launched in 2016 and began by offering home moving services. As the company has grown, moving services now account for less than 5 percent of its business. Trukker has progressed to moving domestic cargo across the UAE, and later into long distance transport of cargo across international borders. Currently, over 70 per cent of the company’s revenue is derived from long-haul trucking across the GCC,” he said. Road freight within the GCC market alone is worth USD 46 billion and hence the company has plenty of scope for growth. Trukker’s app averages about 1,000-1,200 transactions per day, most of which are deal with transport of cargo in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Drivers are attracted to the app due to the offer of regular jobs and guaranteed cash payments, while companies which use the app’s services value Trukker’s promises of reliable drivers and competitive rates. Hence, Trukker has been able to attract companies of all sizes, including big-name firms like Unilever and Procter & Gamble. The app currently features over 15,000 member trucks and 200 clients.
The company is based in offices at Abu Dhabi Global Market Square and currently has a presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The current plan is to expand operations to Bahrain, Jordan and Oman by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Leading venture finance companies like Saudi Technology Ventures, International Finance Corporation, Middle East Venture Partners, Riyad Taqnia Fund, the Oman Technology Fund, Iliad Partners, Shorooq Ventures and Endeavour Catalyst Fund have invested in Trukker and the company is poised to grow at a steady pace in the coming years.

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Volvo Uses Car Technology to Make Trucks Safer https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volvo-uses-car-technology-make-trucks-safer/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volvo-uses-car-technology-make-trucks-safer/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:15:27 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20104 Volvo has borrowed features from its car technology to make the ride smoother for truckers. Volvo has added several features that it had developed for its range of passenger cars to its line of semi trucks, including a navigation system that will make that is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard controls. Now, instead of using […]

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Volvo has borrowed features from its car technology to make the ride smoother for truckers. Volvo has added several features that it had developed for its range of passenger cars to its line of semi trucks, including a navigation system that will make that is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard controls.

Now, instead of using separate units for entertainment, navigation and fleet management, truckers need to use only one system that integrates all these functions. The system is easily controlled through a combination of touchscreen, voice controls and steering-wheel buttons.

The new system facilitates inputs using addresses, coordinates and through touching a specific point on the map. The system can also be used for fleet management as it can provide drivers with access to internal messages, coaching and deadline info. Information regarding their driving patterns and fuel economy can be shared through the system.

When it comes to entertainment, the system integrates streaming services like TuneIn, Deezer and Spotify as well as DAB+ digital radio. All inputs can be controlled using the push-to-talk button on the steering wheel, in order to minimize driver distraction.

Speaking about the new system, Anders Edenholm, Chief Project Manager at Volvo Trucks. “Overall this helps create an enhanced and said that drivers can now easily personalize their workspace and make the driving experience safer by using the new system.

This is not Volvo’s first effort to make its trucks more user friendly for long-haul drivers. The company has been offering a dual-clutch gearbox that offers better fuel economy and smoother shifts as an optional feature from 2014.

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US Auto Factories Switch from Sedans to Trucks https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/us-auto-factories-switch-from-sedans-to-trucks/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/us-auto-factories-switch-from-sedans-to-trucks/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:13:42 +0000 http://tiresandparts.net/?p=17792 The impact of low oil prices is causing many vehicle factories in the United States to switch from sedans to trucks as demand slows for sedan models like the Mustang and dealers struggle to clear inventories. There is growing demand, however for SUVs and pickup trucks. Leading manufacturers like Ford and General Motors are idling […]

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The impact of low oil prices is causing many vehicle factories in the United States to switch from sedans to trucks as demand slows for sedan models like the Mustang and dealers struggle to clear inventories. There is growing demand, however for SUVs and pickup trucks. Leading manufacturers like Ford and General Motors are idling production at plants where sedans are produced while ramping up production at plants specializing in bigger models that need more fuel.

For example, General Motors has said that it will be recruiting 650 hourly workers for its factory in Springhill, Tennessee that makes the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia and the Cadillac XT5, both of which are midsize SUVs. Meanwhile, Ford suspended production at a factory to prevent inventories at dealer lots from piling up. Mustang sales plunged by 32% in September.

The effect of the shift in focus among manufacturers has percolated down to auto-parts suppliers also. For example, Faurecia SA said that it will be permanently closing two factories in the suburbs of Detroit which used to make seats and other components for the Chrysler 200 sedan, which FCA phasing out due to poor sales. Faurecia will be laying off 348 people at three factories which make car parts.

Due to the emphasis on fuel efficiency and high oil prices consumers were increasingly opting for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles like sedans and hybrids. Now, due to the slump in oil prices, demand has swung in the in the opposite direction with sales of light trucks, which include SUVs and pickups, now accounting for about 60% of total vehicle sales in the U.S. market.

 

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