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Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg
Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life
By Tom Berg
Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.
Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping. 
Working With Your Tire Provider
By Jim Park
Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?
12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks
By Tom Berg
Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.
Western Star stations three vehicles at Eaton’s proving grounds at Marshall, Mich., for demonstrations. From left: 4700SB 10-wheel dump, 4800SB twin-steer 8x4 dump, and 4900SB tractor.  Photo: Tom Berg
Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB
By Tom Berg
The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.
Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood
The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing
By Jim Park
Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

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Photo courtesy of Ford.
EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van
Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.
Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth
Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880
Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.
A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.
Big-rig truck racing is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1993 with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season.
Photo of Kenworth T680 by Jim Park.
Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System
Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Daimler Trucks Predicting Another Banner Year
By Deborah Lockridge
The North American truck market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations, said Daimler Trucks North America head Martin Daum in a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show -- and demand for the DT12 automated manual has far exceeded even Daum's optimistic goals.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road
By Chris Brown
The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)
Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform
Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.
Alcoa Rolls Out Next-Gen Durabright Wheel
Building on the success of its predecessor, Alcoa is bringing to market the Dura-Bright EVO wheel, said to be highly resistant to corrosion caused by road salts and weather elements, and more resistant to cleaning chemicals.
XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks
Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup
Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.
Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand
Volvo Introduces Adaptive Loading 6x2 Suspension
Volvo Trucks introduced the Adaptive Loading 6x2 liftable forward axle that automatically adjusts to load weight changes and offers 4x2 operation in certain conditions.

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Toyo M153 Designed for High-Scrub Applications Toyo Tire’s M153 regional and urban heavy-duty steer tire is designed for refuse operations and other high-scrub applications.
Altec Offers Fiberglass Service And Utility Bodies Altec’s fiberglass utility and service bodies are designed and engineered to be both lightweight and strong to fit a variety of customized needs.
Photo: Goodyear Goodyear Adds Retread for Fuel Max Long-Haul Tire Goodyear has introduced the precure Fuel Max LHD G505D retread, which is designed to extend the life cycle of the Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D long haul tire.
Ridewell Releases 15K Trailer Air Supension The Ridewell Suspensions RAR-260 15K is a trailer air-ride suspension designed for light- and medium-duty service.
Alliance Autogas Has Bi-Fuel Conversion for Transit Vans Alliance AutoGas has developed a bi-fuel propane-gasoline system for the Ford Transit’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
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Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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