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August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Is International's HX620 the Driver's Vocational Truck?

The HX620 has a setback steer axle and 120-inch BBC, and comes only with a Cummins ISX15. Shorter models use Navistar’s own N13 diesel. Note external air cleaners and many other items in chrome or bright metal. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Navistar has declared that it wants to build trucks that drivers want to drive. That includes the new HX vocational series, unveiled early this year at an extravaganza in Las Vegas.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars'

Looking like a modern rendition of an old “large car,” the 567 Heritage is adorned with much chrome and polished metal trim.

By Tom Berg

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

Tags: Peterbilt, Test Drive, Model 567

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Quick Spin: Crane LET2 Crew Cab Seats 4

The cab sits low and well forward of the steer axle. One step and the driver and his helpers are inside and ready to go after trash &amp;ndash; after a packer body&amp;rsquo;s installed, of course.<br />Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Not all trash trucks are born alike. The model LET2 CC is a rather roomy example in a world where most refuse trucks seat two, or three in a pinch. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers his hands-on impressions.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, CCC, Test Drive, Refuse Fleet

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo's I-Shift with Crawler Gears

A mixer chassis sometimes needs to creep over uneven surfaces or while pouring concrete sidewalks or curbs. Depending on axle gearing, I-Shift crawler gears allow speeds as low as 0.6 mph.

By Tom Berg

Volvo’s new Crawler Gears option for the I-Shift automated manual transmission puts one or two extra-low ratios at the driver’s fingertips – or thumb tip, actually.

Tags: Volvo I-Shift, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Highlights Newest Advanced Safety System

Bendix&#39;s new Fusion Wingman features fully-integrated safety systems that function as a single unit designed to deliver the most urgent threat alert to drivers while minimizing false alarms and multiple alerts.  Photo courtesy Kenworth.

By Jack Roberts

Trucking journalists recently got an up-close demonstration of Bendix’s new Wingman Fusion integrated vehicle safety system, which uses advanced, high-speed computers, fully integrated safety systems and image-recognition cameras to give drivers fewer false alarms and faster responses in critical situations.

Tags: Kenworth, Bendix, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Collision Mitigation

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Does the Tesla Accident Mean for Autonomous Vehicle Development?

Even when autonomous technologies handle the steering, as in Freightliner&amp;rsquo;s Inspiration Truck demonstrated last year in Nevada, drivers need to be ready to take back control. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While autonomous truck technology is different from that in “self-driving cars,” could it be tarred with the same brush?

Tags: Freightliner, Tesla, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth General Manager Talks Trucking's Future Challenges

Mike Dozier Photo: Kenworth

By Jack Roberts

Mike Dozier assumed his responsibilities as Kenworth Trucks new general manager after a three-year stint as general manager of Paccar's Australian operations. In a world of future tech, Mike Dozier wants to keep Kenworth focused on the customer.

Tags: Kenworth, Leadership, People, Q&A, Paccar

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: FCA US Fleet Business Chief Jeff Kommor

By Mike Antich, Editor, Automotive Fleet

The head of fleet and small business sales for FCA US, which sells Ram pickup trucks and ProMaster cargo vans, among many other light-duty vehicle, talks about the fleet market and how the company is working to meet fleet customer needs.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Pickup Trucks, Q&A, FCA

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Tires: Choosing the Best Strategy for Your Fleet

Trailer tires are often abused and neglected, but they still play an important role in getting freight delivered. They are worthy of more than a passing thought. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Do you need to put new tires on a trailer? As it turns out, a lot of fleets do buy new tires for trailers, and for very good reasons.

Tags: Trailers, Tires, Regional

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star&amp;rsquo;s new 6900XD, hooked to a SmithCo 70-ton side dump trailer. Photos: John G. Smith

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

Tags: Western Star, Severe Duty, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Extreme Duty Trucks

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Kenworth T680 Shows off Lightweight Specs

Kenworth says the tractor weighs about 15,000 pounds with 100 gallons of fuel. Among the lightweight components are the standard aluminum cab and optional Alcoa wheels. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Even with a roomy sleeper, this T680 scales at just 14,200 pounds, making heavy payloads possible.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, T680, Lightweighting

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 2016 Trailers Update

By Tom Berg

New features displayed at truck shows and announced separately cut weight, add ruggedness and utility.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Tankers, Dropdeck Trailers, Flatbed Trailers

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Autonomous by Retrofit

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

A $30,000 self-driving kit available as an aftermarket retrofit for existing trucks... strikes me as something pretty remarkable.

Tags: Automation, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Cummins ISX15, Still Growing and Evolving After 18 Years of Service [Video]

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As engine platforms go, Cummins' ISX has to be considered slightly remarkable. It survived the transition to EGR and then to SCR aftertreatment -- while several other engines did not -- and it's still very much alive and kicking today.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins ISX15, Engines, Test Drive

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Be Proactive With Tank Corrosion Prevention

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Del Williams

In truck, rail tankers and beyond, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics can stop corrosion, improve safety, extend equipment life and minimize maintenance and downtime.

Tags: Corrosion, Tankers, Preventative Maintenance

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Ways Aerodynamics Save Fuel

The National Research Council of Canada studied 30% scale models in its 29-foot wind tunnel. Photo: National Research Council of Canada

By Jim Park

Everyone knows reducing aerodynamic drag saves fuel, but figuring out which aero devices make sense is a challenge. A multi-year Canadian study offers insight into which types of devices and combinations provide the greatest benefits.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas

XD&#39;s maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Test Drive

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

This &amp;ldquo;aerodynamically optimized road train&amp;rdquo; concept truck from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe, was showcased at the 2012 IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany. The builders said it could save 25% in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Future Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Concept Truck Boasts 30% Lower Fuel Use

By Rolf Lockwood

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Global, Volvo Group, Concept Vehicles

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Talks About Piston Technology in Latest Engines

By Deborah Lockridge

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines in the U.S. are more fuel efficient thanks in part to a new piston design, which has "waves" on the piston crown that improve oxygen utilization.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Engines, Volvo Group

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Isuzu’s Shaun Skinner

Isuzu&#39;s Shaun Skinner Photo: Chris Wolski

By Mike Antich, Editor, Automotive Fleet

Shaun Skinner was recently appointed president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. He succeeds Hisao Sasaki, who has returned to Japan. Mike Antich, Editor of HDT sister publication Work Truck, interviewed Skinner at the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the &amp;ldquo;wheel man&amp;rdquo; at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Heavy-Haul Trailers Get Lighter

Low deck heights, as on XL Specialized&amp;rsquo;s XL 80, allow carrying of extra-high loads. The hydraulic mechanism on this trailer&amp;rsquo;s removable gooseneck is powered by 13-hp Honda engine. In other systems, a tractor&amp;rsquo;s PTO runs a pump to supply hydraulic pressure. Photo:  XL Specialized

By Tom Berg

You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.

Tags: Trailers, Heavy Haul, Lightweighting, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

By Tom Berg

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

Tags: Trailers, Tandem axle, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

The front-end styling is fresh, but Supe rDuty steel cabs, including this five-man crew type, carry over from previous model. The tight front-wheel cut makes the truck highly maneuverable. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Test Drive

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design

New technologies are poised to revolutionize vocational trucking in ways that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.

By Jack Roberts

An explosion of new technology has added an unprecedented range of choices that are changing the way vocational fleets spec and work their trucks.

Tags: Trends, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.

Tags: Volvo, Transmissions, Liquid Tank Trailers, Volvo XE-Adaptive Gearing

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ex-Military Trucks Find Duties with Civilian Operators

Workers at The Pumpkin Patch in Oregon load the orange orbs aboard a M923  5-ton truck. All-wheel drive works well in mud. Photos: Bob Eggar

By Tom Berg

Bob Eggar, who runs The Pumpkin Patch, a produce farm on an island in the Columbia River, operates three 6x6s to get through mud.

Tags: Used Trucks, IronPlanet, Military Surplus, Military Vehicles, Military Trucks

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Reefer Technology's Becoming More Important

Carrier&amp;rsquo;s next refrigerant will be carbon dioxide, which is very safe as a cooling compound even if environmental authorities blame CO2 for helping cause Climate Change. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Tom Berg

Maintenance and monitoring of temps, real-time tracking of trailers and loads, and clean-burning diesels are already here. More new refrigerants are next.

Tags: Thermo King, Reefers, Carrier Transicold

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Titan XD Gas: Another Choice in Nissan's New Category

XD&#39;s maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Like the diesel version shown off last December, the gasoline truck's capabilities lie between traditional half- and three-quarter-tonners. Senior Editor Tom Berg has first driving impressions.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups, Gasoline Engines, Test Drive

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for 6x2s

Putting all the engine torque through the tires on a single drive axle stresses the tires and can cause rapid tire wear. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

6x2 axle configurations offer undisputable weight and fuel savings, but they take their toll on tires. Does it have to be that way?

Tags: Fuel Savings, Tires, 6x2

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

We drove all the trucks except the Volvo. The ProStar had the Fuel Efficient version of the new X15, and the Peterbilt had the Performance version. The Kenworth has a current engine for comparison. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Cummins ISX, Test Drive, Engines

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Trend to Self Shifting Continues

Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren&amp;rsquo;t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

By Tom Berg

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Automatic Transmissions

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

By Rolf Lockwood

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fleet Maintenance, Tires

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

Though a midrange model in Kenworth&amp;rsquo;s lineup, this T370 has many heavy-duty components but costs less than a comparable T800 or T880. Sloped hood and large windows make for excellent outward visibility. Photos: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

Tags: Kenworth, T370, Test Drive

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Lift Axle, 6x2

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Video: Driving Isuzu's Low Cab Forward NPRs

Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently drove a pair of NPRs on streets and freeways in the Los Angeles Basin for this edition of our Focus On video series. He found them highly capable and fun to drive, as well.

Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, Cabovers

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it&#39;s not needed. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Video Series, Ultimate Test Drive, Lift Axle

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits

Upfitters will assemble exactly what&amp;rsquo;s spec&amp;rsquo;d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who&amp;rsquo;ll use it? Are the chassis&amp;rsquo; wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

By Mike Antich

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Bodies, Upfitters

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

By Chris Wolski

Today's trucks feature almost as much capability in the cab as they do under the hood. Some OEMs are leveraging mobile technology to make fleets more efficient.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Productivity, Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Isuzu

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, &amp;ldquo;This engine&amp;rsquo;s been acting up.&amp;rdquo; Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Tags: Transmissions, Vocational Trucks, UltraShift Plus, Eaton, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driving Into the Future

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Tires Have Evolved

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

The tread designs of medium- and heavy-duty truck tires have become more sophisticated and tailor-made for specific applications and wheel positions.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Yokohama, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

Bendix&#39;s Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system. Image: Bendix

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away any time soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman.

Tags: Telematics, Downsizing, Aftermarket Parts, Aerodynamics, Truck Platooning, Hybrid Trucks, Collision Mitigation, HDAW, Information Technology, Future Trucks

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward

The 2016 XD&amp;rsquo;s exterior styling will be shared with a gasoline-engine XD and with regular Titans. Thanks to lower spring and shock rates than on &amp;frac34;-ton pickups, an XD rides better over pavement and rough terrain. Photo: Nissan NA

By Tom Berg

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Test Drive, Nissan Titan XD

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