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September 2012, - Feature

Highway Funding: The Journey Ahead

By Analysis Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Congress recently passed a highway program that was better than expected, and both parties took credit for it during their recent presidential nominating conventions - but it's not nearly what the country needs

Tags: Topics & Trends

September 2012, - Feature

Diligent Drivers Can Help Improve Tire Maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Compared to, say, slopping out a hog barn, checking tire pressure is a hoot. No wonder drivers take so readily to the task

Tags: Tires

September 2012, - Feature

Apps, tablets, smartphones: How the world of mobile technology is changing the industry as we know it

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Today, with the tap of your finger on a tablet or smartphone, you can pull up your Netflix queue, locate the nearest restroom and even generate potential names for your rock band

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, - Feature

SAE Book Details Trends in Hybrid Commercial Vehicles

SAE International published a 404-page book, "Advanced Hybrid Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles," detailing the latest trends and technologies in the rapidly developing hybrid commercial vehicle market

September 2012, - Feature

AMP Successfully Tests Medium-Duty Electric Step Van

AMP Electric Vehicles, an electric drive motor vehicle manufacturer, and Navistar International jointly announced the successful initial testing of an all-electric 1,000 cubic foot step van as the first fruits of their development agreement

September 2012, - Feature

Brake Safety Tips for Brake Safety Week

To prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week Sept. 9-15, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recommends making sure you're familiar with CVSA inspection requirements and procedures

Tags: Compliance

September 2012, - Feature

Karmak Introduces Flexible Business Software Solution

Karmak says its new Fusion software gives dealers and distributor a business system that is stronger, more tightly integrated and able to adapt to their individual needs

September 2012, - Feature

New European Transit Van is Close to Upcoming U.S. Version, Ford Says

Refined full-size Transit van for Europe closely resembles the North American version that will enter production in Kansas City, Mo., late next year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford of Europe today unveiled its refined Transit van and said it closely resembles the full-size product to be built in the U.S. starting late next year. A restyled Transit Connect compact van was also displayed at a press event in Amsterdam, Holland.

September 2012, - Feature

Amsoil 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil

New Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil, according to the compan

September 2012, - Feature

Decisiv Enhances Platform Capabilities for Fleets

Decisiv is expanding the functionality of its cloud-based service management solution to give fleets tools to manage their own service operations

September 2012, - Feature

Utility Adds High-Strength Steel Options to 4000D-X Trailer

4000D-X Composite dry van

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. has added two new high-strength steel options for its 4000D-X Composite dry van

September 2012, - Feature

Qualcomm's Announces New Edition of Trailer Tracks 210

TT210 platform

Qualcomm released the latest edition of Trailer Tracks 210 (TT210)

September 2012, - Feature

Panasonic Upgrades Rugged Toughbook Convertible Tablet PC

Toughbook 19 Fully-Rugged Convertible Tablet PC

The Panasonic Toughbook 19, a rugged convertible tablet PC, is getting upgrades

September 2012, - Feature

TrakLok Helps Protect Against Theft

With a device about the size of a small laptop computer that can be installed or moved between cargo in a matter of minutes, TrakLok can monitor the security of cargo and instantaneously report security breaches via cellular and satellite networks

September 2012, - Feature

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Margins and Build a Leaner Operation

By Michael Koploy, Contributor

As the economy rises out of the recession and more goods must be transported domestically, many fleet operators will be hard-pressed to meet the coming demand -- but technology can help

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, - Feature

Rochling Engineering Plastics Introduces the Safe Pass Aero

Rochling Engineering Plastics' Safe Pass Aero

Rochling Engineering Plastics has combined its spray suppression technology with with a new aerodynamic design to create a new mudflap called the Safe Pass Aero.

September 2012, - Feature

Data Dis Inc. Integrates with PeopleNet

Data Dis is integrating its maintenance management software with PeopleNet

August 2012, - Feature

Successful Field Tests of DME in Europe prompt Volvo to Consider the Alternative Fuel for U.S.

In Volvo's field trials in Sweden, DME is produced from a forestry-based biomass known as black liquor.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor

Engineers at Volvo Trucks are exploring the possibility of using dimethyl ether, or DME, as an alternative fuel in North America, following successful field tests in Europe.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Volvo

August 2012, - Feature

Modern V-6 with Efficient 8-speed Autotranny Propels Ram to mpg Lead

Pentastar V-6 and TorqueFlite 8 automatic deliver up to 25 MPG in the upcoming 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Who'd-a-thunk that mile-per-gallon numbers would be important to macho owners of pickup trucks? You can thank spiking prices of gasoline, even before Hurricane Isaac finishes making a wake in Louisiana

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2012, - Feature

Upcoming Changes for CDL Holders Already Causing Some Problems

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are changing in regard to medical cards. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it

Tags: Drivers

August 2012, - Feature

NAFA Publishes Emergency Operations Manual

The new Emergency Operations Manual by NAFA Fleet Management Association can help corporate fleet managers deal crises such as severe weather

August 2012, - Feature

TransCore DAT Teams up With ALK to Integrate PC Miler for Mileage, Routing

TransCore DAT's Load Boards, Truckload Rate Index and other services now incorporate PC Miler by ALK Technologies as the primary mileage, routing and mapping solution

August 2012, - Feature

Drivewyze PreClear Offers Weigh Station Bypass Without Transponders

Drivewyze PreClear service works through a hands-free smartphone app or in-cab equipment to deliver an automated bypass solution for all inspection sites.

Drivewyze PreClear is a new subscription bypass service offering weigh station bypass to local and intrastate motor carriers, as well as interstate carriers

August 2012, - Feature

NexTraq, FleetCor Launch Fleet Fuel Card

NexTraq has partnered with FleetCor Technologies to offer clients the NexTraq Universal Premium Fleet Card MasterCard

August 2012, - Feature

Cleveland Tank Offers Aluminum Replacement Tanks for Freightliner FL Series

Cleveland Tank's Aluminum DieCleveland Tank's Aluminum Diesel Fuel Tanks can replace rusted Freightliner Class 6 and 7 tanks.

Cleveland Tank & Supply announced new, direct replacement DOT-certified aluminum Freightliner FL series tanks that can be shipped from stock within 48 hours

August 2012, - Feature

Equinox Mailbox Lets Owner-Operators Deal with Mail on the Road

Equinox Mailbox will allow drivers to view their home mail from anywhere on the road.

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, which offers bookkeeping, tax and business services for owner-operators, now offers Equinox Mailbox, an online solution for truck drivers on the road to review and respond to mail received at home

August 2012, - Feature

Mitchell 1 Updates Programs to Include Information for 2011 Models

Mitchell 1 has updated its online programs,, and, to add diagnostic and repair information for 2011 model vehicles.

August 2012, - Feature

Mack Trucks Introduces Private-Label Coolants

Mack Bulldog Extended Life Coolant is distinguished by its red color, where as the Mack Bulldog Heavy-Duty (HD) PF Coolant has purple on the bottle.

Mack Trucks is introducing proprietary Bulldog-branded coolants

August 2012, - Feature

Kenworth Adds Options for Medium-Duty Cabovers

With Kenworth's new 22.5-inch tire and wheel package, the K270 Class 6 and K370 Class 7 cabovers match up to standard dock heights at pickup and delivery locations in several applications.

Kenworth will offer a 22.5-inch tire and wheel package and expanded wheelbase choices for the Kenworth K270 and K370 medium duty cabovers

August 2012, - Feature

Cobra Offers Hands-free, Wireless CB Mic System

Cobra Electronics' new Wireless CB Microphone System and Bluetooth Headset at the Great American Trucking Show, Model CA BTCB4

August 2012, - Feature

Rand McNally Updates Software for IntelliRoute TND 510

A new software release was announced for the IntelliRoute TND 510 truck GPS unit

Rand McNally announced a new software release for its IntelliRoute TND 510 truck GPS unit. It includes updated map data, additional trucking points of interest, and many of the new features from the new TND 720 that was released in June.

August 2012, - Feature

Webb Wheel Cast Brake Drum Designed to Run Cooler

Dynamometer testing clearly shows that the heat generated by the Vortex Unlimited during a braking event is significantly less than with a standard brake drum.

Webb Wheel has introduced the Vortex Unlimited, a cast brake drum now available for the most popular steer, drive and trailer axle applications

August 2012, - Feature

Mechanical, Electronic Advances Boost Ram 1500's Fuel Economy

Smoother aerodynamics are standard while projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps come with upscale Ram 1500 pickups for 2013.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Chrysler Group's 2013-model Ram 1500 pickup trucks are getting major mechanical and electronic advancements that will increase fuel economy and performance, while comfort and styling are also improved, officials said

August 2012, - Feature

Michelin Introduces X Line Energy D Tire For Highway Applications

The new Michelin X Line Energy D tire for line haul applications is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay-designated fuel economy tire

August 2012, - Feature

Kenworth to Offer Glider Kits for T660, T800, W900L

T800 with split fenders (shown), T660 and W900L gliders include new frame, hood, cab and much wiring. They are designed to take customer EPA-2004 diesels and drivetrain components.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Increasing customer interest in glider kits is prompting Kenworth to offer non-powered cab-and-chassis trucks and tractors in three models. Gliders for the T660, split-fender T800 and W900L are to be mated with customer-supplied EPA 2004 engines, matching transmissions, and rear axles and suspensions

August 2012, - Feature

Kenworth Offers New Dual LNG Tank Configuration

Kenworth T800 with LNG Dual Tanks

Kenworth is expanding its line of green products by offering factory-installed, dual liquefied natural gas fuel tank

August 2012, - Feature

Chevron Adds Delo 400 LE Synthetic 5W-30

Chevron says its new Delo low-viscosity synthetic engine oil can deliver up to 4.5% fuel economy improvement

August 2012, - Feature

Transcraft Improves Neck Design on Drop Decks

Transcraft DTL with Beaver Tail

Transcraft has made product enhancements to the Transcraft DTL steel drop deck line.

August 2012, - Feature

Mack Enhances Granite, Titan Interiors

Mack announced interior enhancements, including this bodybuilder console, to its Granite and Titan by Mack models.

Mack Trucks upgraded the interiors of its Mack Granite and Titan by Mack models.

August 2012, - Feature

Rand McNally Brings Back Large Scale Motor Carrier Atlas

Rand McNally has brought back the Large Scale Motor Carriers' Road Atlas, which was last published in 2010

August 2012, - Feature

Bee Line Says New Alignment System Redefines Laser Accuracy

Bee Line Company says its LC7500 computer alignment system redefines laser accuracy from the inside out

August 2012, - Feature

Garmin dezl 760 Truck Navigator Features 7-Inch Display, Active Lane Guidance

Garmin announced dezl 760, the company's first trucking navigator with a 7-inch display and a new Active Lane Guidance feature to help truckers navigate intersections and exits

August 2012, - Feature

Magellan, TA Introduce RoadMate Truck GPS Navigator

Magellan announced the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 9261T-LM GPS, designed for commercial truck drivers who need an extra-large GPS display, customizable truck-specific routing and hands-free communication

August 2012, - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Survey Shows Fuel Availability, Equipment Cost as Hurdles

More than half of large carriers say they are considering buying natural gas fueled trucks, but there are hurdles, according to a new study from Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, - Feature

Group Effort Needed to Deal with Crash Accountability Question

By Commentary Rose A. McMurray

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed its promised changes to its Compliance, Safety and Accountability program, and the truck and bus industries are being vocal with their frustration

Tags: Compliance

August 2012, - Feature

Esco Adds Pneumatic Truck Tire Bead Breaker

Esco Model 20425 pneumatic truck tire bead breaker can handle all truck tires/wheel sizes 19.5 inches through 24.5 inches.

Esco says its new pneumatic truck tire bead breaker breaks both tough-to-break truck tire beads at the same time

August 2012, - Feature

TRP Introduces Driveshaft Components Program

TRP's new driveshaft component program offers premium U-joints and center bearings in a variety of sizes and applications

August 2012, - Feature

Advanced Radar System Featured on Meritor Wabco OnGuard

Meritor Wabco introduced the next generation of its OnGuard collision safety system, featuring advancements in its radar-based technology

August 2012, - Feature

Meritor Wabco Next Generation Lane Departure Warning System

Meritor Wabco announced its next generation Lane Departure Warning system, including SafeTraK technology by Takata Corp., will be available for fleet installation starting in October

August 2012, - Feature

Verizon Enhances Fleet Management Tools

Verizon is enhancing its Field Force Manager and Fleet Control. The enhanced offerings combine location management, cloud services and tablet-based solutions


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