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January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's New in Tire Treads?

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly. Here are examples from five of the top-selling brands.

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

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

Bendix'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’s exterior styling will be shared with a gasoline-engine XD and with regular Titans. Thanks to lower spring and shock rates than on ¾-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

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer

It doesn’t take much to meet CARB’s 2010 requirements for trailer aero, but even this can be too much for some fleets.

By Jim Park

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

Tags: CARB, Trailers, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Options For Buying Used

Paccar Financial runs several lots that sell vehicles just in from leases, mostly Kenworths and Peterbilts. Photo: Packer Financial

By Tom Berg

Low interest rates for loans and growing supplies of used equipment help buyers, and there are hundreds of places to shop.

Tags: Interest Rates, Dealers, Used Trucks, Auctions

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Special Dumps Haul Bulk and Palletized Cargo Near and Far

Photo: East Manufacturing

By Tom Berg

Long-hauling is usually done with vans, reefers and flatbeds. But a little-noticed segment of trucking uses dump trailers that carry a wide variety of commodities.

Tags: Trailers, Fleet Profile, Bulk Hauling, Dump Trailers

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Today’s Trailer Landing Gear

Rust and corrosion are not just a problem for the exterior, it can also creep into the interior parts, which is why it’s important to ensure that all components are kept greased and free of moisture and corrosive chlorides. Photo: Jost International

By Stephane Babcock

Landing gear can make a driver’s job that much easier at the beginning and end of a haul, depending on how well the components are protected and how well they work together.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Landing Gear

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: New MX-11 Engine Performs for Peterbilt

Peterbilt service engineer Chadd Christian’s fingers indicate sensors for EGR, turbocharger and humidity. His thumb points to the variable-geometry turbo’s water-cooled electronic controls. The big U-shaped device is the air cleaner box with the intake air filter inside. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Truckers who used to crave a long-nose Pete with a big-bore engine might be surprised by Paccar’s new smaller powerhouse.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Test Drive, MX-11

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Testing Out Dana's Dual Range Disconnect [Video]

By Jim Park

First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana's Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system gives users the fuel savings of a downsped 6x2 drivetrain and the traction and performance of a conventional 6x4 setup. How's that possible you ask?

Tags: Dana Spicer, Advantek40, Downspeed, 6x2, Test Drive

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Class 8 Update: Sales and New Products

By Tom Berg

After an up and down year of sales and a new one on the horizon, all of the major truck manufacturers are showcasing their visions for the future.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Orders, OEMs

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabco Americas Chief Talks About Braking, Safety Tech and More

Jon Morrison. Photo courtesy Wabco.

By Deborah Lockridge

This summer, Wabco Holdings named Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit. He has spent 30 years in the global transportation industry and most recently served as president, North America for American Axle & Manufacturing. We sat down with him to find out more about his first few months in the position.

Tags: Global, Wabco, Collision Avoidance, Q&A, AIr Disc Brakes

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Strong Trailers Take Trash to Landfills

A loaded Titan Thinwall trash-transfer trailer awaits transport outside a county facility near Delaware, Ohio. Though far from new, its aluminum welded-tube sides remain straight and unbowed. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trash-transfer trailers are highly specialized vehicles that must endure potentially destructive cargoes, yet they hold up for years of constant service.

Tags: Trailers, Waste Management, Waste Fleet

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec’ing Charging, Starting and Battery Systems

No matter what type of batteries you use, they need to be securely mounted to the truck to prevent damage from vibration.

By Jim Park

If you haven’t spec’d a truck in the past few years, you might be surprised by how much the truck’s electrical needs have changed.

Tags: Vehicle Spec'ing, Starters, Alternators, Battery

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar MX-11 Pulls Stronger Than Expected

The MX-11 looks rather ordinary, but performs like a bigger diesel. Six ratings, from 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,550 lb-ft, will be available. Both test vehicles had the top rating. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The new diesel from Kenworth and Peterbilt’s parent makes impressive power and torque, and saves 400 pounds over larger diesels.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Diesel Engines, Peterbilt, MX-11

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Class 3-6 Truck Forecast: Operating Costs Stable

Medium-Duty Trucks, such as the Ford F-650 Chassis Cab, continue to have stable operating costs. (PHOTO: FORD)

By Mike Antich

Although the largest operating cost continues to be fuel, the No. 1 challenge facing medium-duty truck fleets is cost containment. There is always pressure to reduce costs, but management is exerting even more pressure than in recent years.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Forecast

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.

Tags: Kenworth, Ultimate Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks, Test Drive

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jeff Sass on his First 4 Months at Navistar

Jeff Sass is senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing.

By Deborah Lockridge

Last summer, Navistar named longtime Paccar executive Jeff Sass as senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition last month to talk about his first few months on the job and what’s in store for the future.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Q&A

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

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

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, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Six Axles and 91,000 Pounds: Will It Fly?

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Some tractors are specially spec’ed for pulling heavy water tankers, but normal road tractors also are used. Photos: Hartt Transportation

By Tom Berg

The latest congressional proposal authorizing a 91,000-pound weight limit adds productivity, but doesn’t always make operational or economic sense.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

Photo: Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, FTR, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Spicer Dual Range Disconnect

Dana’s Test & Evaluation truck, a Kenworth T700 with a Cummins ISX15 at 450 hp and 1,650 lb-ft, and an Eaton 10-speed UltraShift Plus transmission. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It’s easier to describe the performance of Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK Dual Range Disconnect concept than to explain how it works.

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ram, Ford, General Motors, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future

By Denise Rondini

The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.

Tags: Trailers, Supplier, ACT Research, Hendrickson

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Aerodynamic Designs Help Cut Water Spray

By Tom Berg

Good vehicle aerodynamics not only increase fuel economy, but also can reduce splash and spray, a safety bonus that also mitigates wear and tear on vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Weather

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

By Jim Park

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

Tags: Paccar, Vocational, Test Drive, Paccar MX Engine

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines

International ProStar ES with Navistar’s N13-450 (left) and ProStar ES with Cummins ISX15-450. Bigger displacement seemed to perform better, and might offer extra life. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

With almost identical engine ratings, does bigger displacement really make a difference?

Tags: Cummins, International, Navistar, ProStar, Engines

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads

A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight.

By Tom Berg

Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Lightweighting

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, Downspeed

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

By Steve Bouchard

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

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, Volkswagen Transporter, Cargo Vans

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

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

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