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Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler. 
Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor
By Tom Berg
This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.
Most vans get swing doors, which are comparatively simple and, when locked shut, help stiffen the trailer’s body structure. And rugged yet economical laminated hardwood floors go in 95% of dry-freight vans.  
Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors
By Tom Berg
Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.
Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.
Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires
By Jim Park
Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.
Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park
Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900
By Jim Park
Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.
It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.
How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction
By Jim Park
Whatever the reason for their discontent, the driver turnover rate for 2014 wound up at over 95%. Perhaps a newer, better mattress would help them sleep better at night or an on-board satellite TV system or a more comfortable seat?

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Wabash Profit Increases, Meritor Drops
By Evan Lockridge
Trailer maker Wabash's second quarter earnings showed a big leap in profitability from a year ago, including some record numbers. Meritor, however, saw its results hampered by a strong dollar and weak overseas markets.
Alcoa Forms Transportation and Construction Solutions Segment
Alcoa is incorporating its Wheel & Transportation Products and Alcoa Building & Construction Systems units into a single new business segment called Transportation and Construction Solutions.
Navistar-made CT13 diesel will remain the standard engine in Cat Trucks, as will the cab and chassis adapted from the International PayStar. Photo: Tom Berg 
Cat Trucks to Initially Continue as Built by Navistar
By Tom Berg
UPDATED -- What's next for Caterpillar and Navistar vocational trucks, now that Caterpillar's ending its Cat Truck assembly agreement with Navistar? Spokesmen from both companies talk to
CT680, introduced earlier this year, is the third version in the Cat Truck series. Photo by Tom Berg
Cat to Split with Navistar, Build Own Vocational Trucks
By Tom Berg
Navistar says it will "leverage joint technology" to produce its own premium vocational trucks.
Image via Eaton
Eaton Dual-Clutch Transmission Coming to DuraStar
The Eaton Procision line of dual-clutch, automated-manual transmissions will be available on International DuraStar medium-duty trucks in late 2015.
Used Truck Sales Up 6%
The number of used Class 8 trucks sold rose by 6% to 2,643 units in June, according to a report from ACT Research.
Accuride Increases Second Quarter Profit
By Evan Lockridge
Truck component manufacturer Accuride achieved record profitability in the second quarter of the year and a big improvement from the first quarter.
Bendix to Move Headquarters
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems signed an agreement to purchase a 60-acre site in Avon, Ohio, to build its new headquarters. It says it's outgrowing its current facility.
Kelley Platt. Photo: DTNA
Daimler Trucks North America Names Chief Diversity Officer
Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, has been assigned the additional responsibility to serve as Daimler Trucks North America's chief diversity officer.
Kenworth Plant Earns Top Workplace Award
Kenworth's assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently earned a 2015 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.


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Aluminum Body Designed for Strength and Durability The Aluminum Landscape body from Crysteel is designed for strength and durability while maintaining lighter weight with an aluminum construction.
Michelin Expands X One Tire and Retread Offering Michelin has expanded its X One Multi Energy offering by adding in new sizes to the wide-base single trailer tire and retread lines.
Bridgestone Retread Designed for Tandem Axle Tractors Bridgestone Commercial introduced the Bandag B760 FuelTech drive tire retread, designed for tandem-axle tractors in truckload and less-than-truckload applications.
Air Disc Brake Option Added To Neway Lift Axle The Bendix ADB22X Air Disc Brake will be an upcoming option on the Neway LSZ Steerable Lift Axle Suspension System
Roadmaster RM230 HH Designed for Severe Duty Cooper Tire & Rubber added a new size — 275/70R22.5 — to its Roadmaster RM230 HH tire line to meet the demands of severe-duty applications, such as logging and mining.
A Customized Fleet for Phenomenal Growth
Learn how Ryder’s Full Service Lease solution armed one of the nation’s top office supply companies with their “Weapons of Delivery Excellence” fleet, customized to transport an vast array of products and the reliability to travel more than 13 million miles per year.
Assessing Bumper Technology for a No-Compromise Solution
Fleets need end-to-end fuel efficient solutions — this whitepaper looks at bumper technologies and how advanced design and materials can mean a fuel efficient while also durable and easier to maintain bumper solution.
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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