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Ian Wright
How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains
By Steven Martinez
Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.
Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier
By Stephane Babcock
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.
Metallic black paint sets off bright-metal trim on the chunky-styled on/off-road tractor. In keeping with Volvo’s safety heritage, vehicle has roll-stability control and traction control working off the Bendix electronic ABS.  Photos: Tom Berg
Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road
By Tom Berg
Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling and extra-strong specs, but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors.
Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.
High-mpg Model Round-Up
By Tom Berg
The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword
By Jim Beach
The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.

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Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation
Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There
By Tom Berg
Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,
Andreas Renschler. Photo courtesy Scania.
Renschler Named Chairman at Scania
Andreas Renschler, the former head of commercial trucks for Daimler who went to work heading up Volkswagen's commercial truck operations earlier this year, has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of Scania.
Peterbilt's 58-inch sleeper is made for weight-sensitive applications and includes the amenities of Peterbilt's larger sleeper configurations. Photo: Peterbilt
Peterbilt’s 58-inch Sleeper Available for Order
Peterbilt’s 58-inch sleeper option for short- and regional-haul applications is now available through the company’s dealer network.
The new Kenworth 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is now available for order with the company’s Kenworth T680 and T880. Photo courtesy of Kenworth
Mid-Roof Option Available on Kenworth Trucks
Kenworth’s 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is now available as an option for the company’s T680 and T880 trucks.
John Aben, Giti Tire's new senior vice president. Photo via Giti Tire USA
Industry Vet Joins Giti Tire Leadership
Giti Tire USA has announced that tire industry veteran John Aben is joining the company as its senior vice president.
Used Class 8 Truck Sales Down, Prices Flat
Used Class 8 truck sales in May fell 11% compared with the previous month, to 2,496 units, according to the latest report from ACT Research.
Photo of Model 348 courtesy of Peterbilt.
Peterbilt Offers Truck Rebates to Loggers
Members of the American Loggers Council can obtain one of three rebates when they purchase one of six Peterbilt models, the truck manufacturer has announced.
From the left, Eileen Frack, DTNA's newly appointed general manager of human resources, David Carson, new president and CEO of FCCC, and former FCCC president and CEO Bob Harbin. Photos courtesy Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Names Freightliner Custom Chassis Head, HR Manager
David Carson is taking over as president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., following the retirement of Bob Harbin, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America has announced.
Photo courtesy of FCA US.
Ram 4500, 5500 Trucks Recalled for Speed Software
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1,771 Ram 4500 and 5500 cab chassis trucks in the 2014 and 2015 model years.
May Trailer Orders Down 14 Percent
May trailer orders continued a downward slide with 15,200 units moved in the month, decreasing 14% from April and down 29% year overyear, according to this month’s FTR report.

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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.
GT Radial Drive Tire Designed for Long Haul Use The GT Radial GDL617FS is a drive tire designed to provide improved traction, irregular wear resistance and fuel efficiency for long-haul applications.
SAF-Holland's ULX40 Trailer Suspension Uses Composite Springs Citing a trend away from air-ride and toward mechanical trailer suspensions, SAF-Holland has introduced an integrated suspension-axle-brake product it says is the first of its kind.
Opti-Cast Brake Drum Made for Light and Medium Duty The Meritor Opti-Cast 16.5-by-7 inch brake drum is designed for light- and medium-duty, on-highway applications.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
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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