Wheels and deals Volvo Trucks North America has signed a letter of intent to buy an ownership interest in Arrow Truck Sales....Dana Corp. has completedthe merger of one of its subsidiaries with Echlin Inc., forming the Automotive Aftermarket Group, its seventh strategic business unit. Echlin Automotive, the fluid systems operation of Echlin, becomes part of Dana's Engine Components Group under the name Fluid System Products....Isuzu Motors America and American Isuzu Motors have formed a captive finance company, Isuzu Motors Acceptance Corp. (IMAC)....Chevron Products Co. has agreed to purchase Amoco Corp.'s Lubricants business unit....Ryder System has acquired Northern NationaLease.
Technology takes In an effort to unite the industry behind a single tractor-trailer communications standard, Truck-Lite has joined the PLC4TRUCKS Consortium.
More for your money Mack Trucks has extended oil drain intervals to 40,000 miles or 800 hours, assuming vehicles meet the following criteria: EO-M engine oil; operations must be linehaul and exceed 100,000 mi/yr.; E7 engines with V-MACII electronic control system ('97 chassis) or E TECH engines; minimum 6 mpg fuel consumption; Centri-Max oil filtration system with OEM centrifugal rotor.
Kids' convoy The industry's benefit for Feed the Children is slated to take place Sept. 9-11 in Nashville. Dubbed "18 Wheels of Hope," the event includes a convoy of vehicles bringing 500 truckloads of food to Nashville for nationwide distribution; the Nashville Truck Show; Comdata Leadership Conference; and a free concert at the Nashville Arena.
Breaking new ground Pennzoil Products, LubeZone, Speedway Truck Stops and Baldwin Filters offer quick lube service at locations in Piedmont, S.C., and Franklin, Ohio....Seven-day-a week, 24-hour-a-day on-site diesel refueling is available through the Mini-Tankers franchise network. High-tech vehicles are available to refuel equipment and vehicles anywhere, anytime.
Web sightings Bridgestone/Firestone has a new Web site for commercial truck and bus tires: www.trucktires.com. ... Sell your vehicles via the Internet by listing them with TruckFind at www.truckfind.com.