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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.
2014 Trailer Update
Our annual roundup of the latest from trailer and reefer makers.
By Denise Rondini
A sampling of the products trailer manufacturers have newly developed and made modifications to, as well as recently announced partnerships and expanded production capabilities.

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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.
Navistar Offers Fuel-Efficient Transmission Package Navistar announced that it is offering the Allison Transmission FuelSense fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational truck models.
Canter FE130 Now Available in Lightweight Dry Van Body Mitsubishi Fuso announced that the 2015 Canter FE130 is now available with a new lightweight dry van body.
Remote Panels Enable Easy Access to Reefer Controls Carrier Transicold now has APX remote panels that can be mounted in easily accessible locations to control transport refrigeration units.

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