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August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mercedes-Benz Updated 13-liter and the Next Detroit Diesel Generation

By Jim Park

For a sneak peek at the next generation of the DD13, look to the latest new engine from Mercedes-Benz in Europe.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Diesel Engines, Europe, Engines, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

The new mDrive HD automated manual transmission will be standard on Mack Granites. It has toughened gears and synchros, and a more effective fluid cooler. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Test Drive

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul

The Mid-America Trucking Show featured many trailer makers. Showgoers here make use of a lowbed trailer to take a break. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Our annual roundup of the latest trailer products and trends.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbed, Dropdeck Trailers, MATS

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jecka Glasman on Mitsubishi Fuso's Future in America

Jecka Glasman

By Deborah Lockridge

We talk to Jecka Glasman, the new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, on what's next for the medium-duty brand in this country.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VW Updates Transporter and Caddy Vans

VW’s Caddy is equivalent to Ford’s Transit Connect, Ram’s ProMaster City and Nissan NV200/Chevy City Express, which are sold in the U.S. The Caddy isn’t, but might (or might not) be someday.  Photos by Sven-Erik Lindstrand

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

We check out the updated Volkswagen Transporter and Caddy Vans in France and Sweden and ask the question, could these vans be U.S. bound?

Tags: Volkswagen, Europe, Cargo Vans, Volkswagen Transporter

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler.

By Tom Berg

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors

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.

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.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Van

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.

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.

Tags: Wide-Base Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tires

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, Icon 900

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction

It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.

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?

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Comfort

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage?

Being able to do other things while in autonomous mode could make the job more productive and attractive to drivers. Photo: Freightliner

By Deborah Lockridge

One thing the developers of autonomous technologies have emphasized is that they are not a “driverless truck.” So how can they help with the driver shortage? Part 7 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Productivity, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

Tags: Volvo, Technology, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Michigan, Infrastructure Funding, Oversize Loads

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Off-roading with Mercedes Trucks

The star of the demonstration run was the ordinary white two-axle tractor (center) with HAD on the front wheels. The silver truck to the left is an 8x8 and the yellow one in the background a 6x4. (Photo: Daimler Trucks)

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

At a large driving demonstration with some 20 Mercedes Arocs construction trucks in various configurations, Daimler recently showed off its new hydraulically operated front-wheel drive, named HAD, plus a new Turbo Retarder Clutch from Voith.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global

July 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Box truck versions of the F-650/F-750 are among the vocational upfits available for fleets. Photo: Ford Motor Company

By Chris Wolski

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Dump Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains

Ian Wright

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.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fleet Technology Expo, Wrightspeed, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

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.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road

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

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.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Off-Road

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-mpg Model Round-Up

Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.

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.

Tags: Kenworth, International, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock

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.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, E-commerce, Autonomous Vehicles

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Peterbilt 567 SFFA

The Model 567 SFFA’s set-forward steer axle sits 17 inches closer to the bumper than the 567’s setback axle. High-mounted headlight pods should avoid most job-site collision damage. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Peterbilt 567 SFFA's set-forward front axle adds payload in bridge-formula states, but doesn’t seem to come with the usual penalty in maneuverability.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 567, Quick Spin

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain

Wrightspeed’s Fulcrum turbine-powered generator charges batteries that power electric motors at the truck’s rear axles. The motors act as generators during braking, further charging batteries. The turbine will burn a variety of fuels.

By Tom Berg

California trash fleet hopes ‘out of the box’ heavy-duty series hybrid will save big money in fuel.

Tags: California, Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities. Photos: Stephane Babcock

By Stephane Babcock

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

Tags: Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Freight Efficiency, Powertrain Integration

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

By Tom Berg

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

Tags: Navistar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Forward Collision Warning

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kelley Platt on Taking the Reins at Western Star

Kelley Platt speaks to the trucking press at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By Deborah Lockridge

Western Star's new chief talks about how Western Star and school bus customers are alike, getting her CDL, the reaction to the 5700EX and more.

Tags: Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Q&A

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?

Shippers of perishable foods are supposed to tell carriers what they expect in cleanliness as new FDA rules phase in beginning this summer.

By Tom Berg

Under FDA dictates, shippers must specify in writing the sanitary requirements for vehicles carrying perishable foods.

Tags: Trailers, Food Trucks, FDA, Reefers

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering

ReAx reduces the steering effort dramatically, making it possible to one-finger the wheel. Try that with regular power steering.

By Jim Park

TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Steering System, Test Drive

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.

By Jim Park

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

Tags: SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Test Drive, Aerodynamics

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers'

A slinger places stone and other materials exactly where a customer wants it. The driver operates the conveyor from inside the cab or outside, with a remote control box.

By Tom Berg

Dump trucks can do a lot of hauling and delivery work, but there’s a limit to how precisely certain loads can be placed. One alternative is the “slinger,” which adds a high-capacity conveyor-belt mechanism to a hopper body.

Tags: T800, Trailers, Dump Trucks

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Automated Revolution is Real

Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.

By Jim Park

After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving on Kilowatts

The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.

By Tom Berg

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

Tags: California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth Truck Co. GM Preston Feight

Photo: Kenworth

By David Cullen

On the Floor of MATS, HDT had a few minutes to talk trucking with Preston Feight, who in January was named the General Manager of Kenworth Truck Co. and a Paccar Vice President.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, GHG

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Freightliner Inspiration Event

The Inspiration Truck held its first demonstration on the Hoover Dam. Photo: Daimler

By HDT Staff

Daimler unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck to much fanfare and HDT was there to cover it all in the Nevada desert.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Regulations Inspired Daimler's Autonomous Truck

Regulations can inspire, or they can be a roadblock in the case of requirements for side view mirrors. Photo: Daimler Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge

As it showcased its Freightliner Inspiration Truck automated truck, Daimler Trucks North America talked about sources for its inspiration -- primarily customers, but also other factors, including regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Self-Driving Vehicles, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Figuring Out Wide-Base Single Tires

OEMs rely heavily on tires to meet their CAFE requirements under GHG reduction rules. Once fuel-efficient tires are installed, you can’t legally take them off.

By Jim Park

Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Lightweighting

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe

Joe Bryant, a flatbedder from Ohio, checks the strapping on his tarped load of steel coils while fueling near Wilmington along I-71. He prefers manual tarps because it’s hands-on.

By Tom Berg

Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.

Tags: Trailers, Tarping

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Corrosion Causes Electrical Problems

Corrosion wreaks havoc on big robust connectors like this. What do you think happens in systems that need to detect changes of mere millivolts?

By Jim Park

Almost every electrical or electronic problem with trucks today can be traced back to one single source: corrosion-induced voltage irregularities.

Tags: Corrosion, Electrical System, Wiring

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Tags: Green Fleets, Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck

The F-650 offers the same cab choices as other Super Duty trucks. This one’s long crew cab required a lengthy wheelbase, but the steering gear’s tight wheel cut allowed great maneuverability.

By Tom Berg

Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas.

Tags: Ford F-650, CNG, Ford, Dump Trucks

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Self-Driving Vehicles, Future Trucks, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Shop the Perfect Upfit

Interior of a Ford Transit van upfitted with Adrian Steel products. Photo: Adrian Steel

By Todd Goldmeyer, Adrian Steel Co.

With so many different products on the market, made with different materials, it can take a lot of time and effort to find the perfect upfit for vans and trucks.

Tags: Upfitting, Cargo Management, Upfitters, Upfitting Vans

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life

Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.

Tags: ATA, Trailers, TMC

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Working With Your Tire Provider

Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping.

By Jim Park

Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Retreads, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Engines, Lightweighting

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

Western Star stations three vehicles at Eaton’s proving grounds at Marshall, Mich., for demonstrations. From left: 4700SB 10-wheel dump, 4800SB twin-steer 8x4 dump, and 4900SB tractor.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

Tags: Western Star, Test Drive, Heavy Haul, Dump Trucks

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood

By Jim Park

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Test Drive, SmartWay

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Meritor's Chris Villavarayan

Chris Villavarayan. Photo courtesy Meritor.

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Villavarayan tells HDT about his first year as president of Meritor Americas, Meritor's latest axle and tire inflation news, the global business and more.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Global, Technology & Maintenance Council, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Dealer of the Year, Truck Dealers

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