IRVINE, Calif. – Kia Motors America (KMA) recently partnered with B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro Active Driving Course to provide more than 150 teenagers ranging in ages 15 1/2 to 19 with advanced training to respond to real-world driving scenarios. B.R.A.K.E.S., with KMA’s support — which included a fleet of 2013 Kia Rios — provided the instruction at no cost in an effort to prevent injuries and save lives by educating teens and their parents about the importance of responsible driving habits.
“Kia’s partnership with B.R.A.K.E.S. is a reflection of the company’s commitment to give back to the communities in which we do business,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “Reinforcing the importance of responsible driving in the first few months of licensure is essential to reducing the number of teen motor vehicle crashes and making the roads safer for everyone.”
B.R.A.K.E.S., a 501 c3 charity based in Charlotte,N.C., has provided safe driving instruction courses for more than 8,000 students in theU.S. andCanada. The school offers nearly four hours of hands-on training and a very low student-instructor ratio to ensure personal attention. The curriculum includes an array of defensive driving techniques and raises awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Parents participate in the courses alongside their teens to ensure safe driving techniques are reinforced following the session.
“The certification of the ISX15 demonstrates Cummins commitment to deliver products that exceed both environmental and customer requirements. We are confident that we’ll receive certification for our other on-highway engines well before the end of the year,” Jones continued.
Navistar’s First International ProStar+ With Cummins ISX15 (SCR) Rolls Off Production Line
First SCR-Based Clean Engine Technology Milestone Reached as Company Prepares for Customer Deliveries in December, Full Production in January
ESCOBEDO, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO — Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) announced that the first International® ProStar®+ Class 8 on-highway tractor equipped with the Cummins ISX15 and SCR-based Cummins Emission Solutions aftertreatment system rolled off the production line this week at the company’s Escobedo, Mexico plant.
“This is a great accomplishment for Navistar and an important milestone as we bring our first SCR-based Class 8 trucks to the marketplace,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and COO. “The entire launch team and hundreds of others working behind the scenes are committed to a high-quality launch and this achievement is another proof point in our progress.”
Engineering teams from both Cummins and Navistar have been working in close collaboration, fully integrated and co-located in a dedicated section of Navistar’s headquarters in Lisle, Ill. Together, the teams have been laser-focused on a flawless execution of the launch plan, with a high attention to detail while defining and upholding stringent quality metrics.
HDA Truck Pride Expands Product Management Team
HDA Truck Pride expands their Product Management Team as Jeff Sandt rejoins the team. Sandt will serve as Vice President of Product Development, reporting to Bill Burns. Working in conjunction with the Product Committee, he will drive HDA Truck Pride’s strategic initiative for category management and program rationalization.
“One of our key product team initiatives is category management, including new technology advancements. Jeff’s vast product knowledge, industry experience and prior involvement with our membership and vendor base are a tremendous advantage to drive immediate results. We’re proud to have Jeff rejoin the team,” states Burns, COO.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented 11 new improvements to its Safety Measurement System (SMS). The changes, developed over several months with feedback from the public and stakeholders throughout the industry, will enhance the agency’s ability to identify and take action against trucks and buses with safety and compliance concerns.
The SMS uses all available inspection and crash data to prioritize carriers for interventions. SMS quantifies on-road safety performance of carriers to identify the specific safety problems the carrier exhibits and to monitor whether performance is improving or worsening. SMS helps FMCSA more efficiently apply its resources and bring carriers and drivers into compliance with Federal safety regulations in order to prevent crashes and save lives.
"Safety is our number one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These improvements will enable us to more accurately identify unsafe truck and bus companies and intervene before tragedies occur.”