The top five new truck news stories of 2018: No. 1

Successful Dealer

Dec 28, 2018

The time has come to announce the top new truck news story for this year as determined by Successful Dealer readers. Coming it at No. 1 is the long-hood conventional W990, Kenworth’s head-turning tribute to a truck model that has been traversing North American roadways since 1961.   The Kenworth W990, the latest addition to the iconic W900 lineup, is designed to maximize performance in line haul, pickup and delivery, regional haul and heavy haul operations, the company says.   Introduced in September, the truck is available in day cab, 40-in. flat top and 52-in. and 76-in. mid-roof sleeper configurations. It comes standard with the proprietary Paccar Powertrain consisting of the MX-13 engine rated up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque, a 12-speed Paccar automated transmission and Paccar 40K tandem rear axles. The W990 is built on the 2.1-meter cab platform used in the Kenworth T680 and T880.  
Navistar takes the second spot on the 2018 Successful Dealer list of top new truck news stories with its International Class 4/5 CV Series work trucks. The ...
  The W990 comes standard with the Kenworth TruckTech+ remote diagnostics system. Kenworth NAV+HD 7-in., color in-dash display provides access to features such as truck-specific navigation, roadside assistance, vehicle data, hands-free calling, audio controls, blind-spot camera inputs and the Internet.   The truck also includes full-size wardrobe space, multiple storage drawers and large storage space under the lower bunk. The 1800-watt inverter includes a shore power connection and four standard 120-volt sleeper outlets. Entertainment is provided by Kenworth’s premium audio package, swivel TV mount for flat screen TVs up to 28 in. and optional EpicVue pre-wire for satellite TV.   The W990 Limited Edition interior comes in midnight black with glossy Ravenwood door and dash trim accents. Other interior features include royal blue double-stitched diamond door pads, black leather wrapped steering wheel with royal blue stitching and driver and passenger seats with suede charcoal inserts and perforated leather with Royal Blue backing.   To read the original release in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.   To look back at all the top Successful Dealer new truck news stories for 2018, please check out our countdown list.
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”