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This trailer’s sitting untethered in New Mexico, but its reefer unit can monitor temperatures of the load and transmit data to home base, no matter where that is. Photos: Tom Berg

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Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

Reefer temperature sensing, remote tracking, and tire pressure management are now in use. Coming soon: monitoring more mechanical conditions.

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SAF-Holland to Shift U.S. Production, Close Michigan Plants

The change will move manufacturing closer to its truck and trailer customers, the company said. Muskegon engineering operations will expand.

Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5-6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photos: Jack Roberts

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Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

Even in an age of ‘rightsizing,’ many fleets have been reluctant to give a 4-cylinder engine a chance. Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is about to challenge that point of view.

The 16.1-liter Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 diesel are going out of production for lack of customer demand. Image: Volvo Trucks

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Volvo, Mack, to Discontinue 16-liter Diesel Immediately

Volvo says a general trend toward 13-liter diesel engines is a key factor in discontinuing D16 production.

Manufacturing under way at SAF-Holland plant in  Bessenbach Germany. Photo: SAF-Holland S.A.

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SAF-Holland to Close Michigan Plants, Consolidate Elsewhere

The change will also move production closer to its truck and trailer customer base, the company announced from its European headquarters.

Photo: Tom Berg

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Trailer Orders Finish Strong in December

The trailer industry closed 2016 on a high note, with increases in dry van and reefer orders yet was down compared to November, according to ACT Research.

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

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Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

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December Heavy Truck Orders Hit 6-Month High

North American Class 8 retail sales rose to a six-month high of 21,281 units and Classes 5-7 had another banner year, according to ACT Research.

J.D. Power publishes the NADA Used Car Guide, which includes commercial trucks.

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Report: Wholesale Truck Values Dropped More than Retail

Sleeper tractors lost about 30% of value at auction last year, say analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services.

Rolf Lockwood

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Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge

"Trucking engenders passion, and I see it in the engineers you depend on, who seem able to beat just about any challenge that comes along," writes Rolf Lockwood in January's "Locking it In" column.

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