the last word

April 1, 2008
Presidential seal of approval Volvo Group CEO Leif Johansson escorted President George W. Bush around a display of trucks built by the OEM's subsidiaries that are capable of running on various carbon-neutral fuels at the recent Washington International Renewable Energy Conference in the nation's capital. Johansson explained that because the trucks can run on renewable fuels, they will not make any
Presidential seal of approval

Volvo Group CEO Leif Johansson escorted President George W. Bush around a display of trucks built by the OEM's subsidiaries that are capable of running on various carbon-neutral fuels at the recent Washington International Renewable Energy Conference in the nation's capital. Johansson explained that because the trucks can run on renewable fuels, they will not make any net contribution of carbon dioxide to the earth's atmosphere. Referring in particular to the hybrid Mack on display, four of which are being tested by the U.S. Air Force under a cooperative research and development agreement, Bush observed that, “Five years ago, those trucks would not have been available for people at this exhibit to look at. Today, they're on the road. Things are changing.”

“The crude market is morbidly obese.”
— Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst, Oil Price Information Service, on surging oil prices.

On the pod

Fleet Owner contributing editor Tim Brady is launching a new venture dubbed American Rig Radio, a 24/7 podcasting site offering news, business tips and entertainment features aimed at small fleet owners, owner-operators and company drivers alike. The podcasts will be accessed at www.americanrigradio.com. They will include a variety of material, such as “Awesome Trucker” interviews with Goodyear “High-way Heroes” and Gary Bricken's hair-raising tales, as well as Brady's own thoughts on the trucking business, including his signature “Something to Think About” segments.

Raring to go

Sam Hornish Jr. poses by the No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger he will pilot in six Nascar Sprint Cup races this year under the sponsorship of Penske Truck Leasing. The company noted the No. 77 car carries the same iconic branding that appears on Penske's rental trucks.

“We are very pleased to be working with Sam and to have him represent our brand's first appearance in the Cup Series,” stated Jim Feenstra, senior vp-marketing for Penske Truck Leasing.

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Reaching out again

Northbrook, IL-based fleet services company Donlen Corp. is again marshalling its resources and those of its truck auction partners for its annual fundraising endeavor in support of the One Step at a Time Program that benefits children and adolescents suffering from leukemia and other forms of cancer.

Operated by Children's Oncology Services Inc., One Step at a Time sponsors a summer camp in Wisconsin for children stricken with cancer.

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