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UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency
<p><strong>Alternative fuels such as propane are part of UPS' green strategy.</strong> <em>Photo courtesy UPS.</em></p> By Peter Carter, Today's Trucking
You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.
Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient
<p>Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.</p> By Jim Park
The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.
Direct Drive or Overdrive?
There’s no single answer to this age-old debate
By Eaton
The long-running debate over which type of transmission — direct drive or overdrive — provides the greatest efficiency is one that’s not easily settled and not likely to go away.
Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk
The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.
<p><strong>The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work. </strong><em> Photo: Jim Park</em><strong><br /></strong></p> By Jim Park
Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.
Commentary: Lightweighting the Way
By Rolf Lockwood
Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

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Mack Adds MP8 505C+ to Engine Lineup For customers seeking a powerful high-performing 13-liter engine, Mack Trucks announced its newest powertrain offering – the Mack MP8 505C+
Western Star Offering ADZ Series Suspensions Western Star is now offering SAF-Holland Neway ADZ series heavy-duty drive axle air-suspensions as an option for its 4800, 4900 and 6900 truck models.
CMA Launches Duraturn Tire Brand China Manufacturers Alliance launched the Duraturn tire brand at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference.
Kenworth T880 Adds Option for Natural Gas Kenworth announced a natural gas option for its T880 vocational truck, a Cummins Westport ISX12 G that can run either CNG or LNG fuel systems.
Phillips Announces Liftgate Dual Pole Kit Philips Industries is now offering a liftgate dual pole installation and conversion kit to help fleets that are seeing an increasing need to have a ground return system versus a chassis ground system for the supplemental power requirements of liftgates.

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