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March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

Once trailer tire wear begins, only corrective maintenance action will alleviate the problem. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Say what you will about a tire, but it won’t lie to you. If there are problems with wheel alignment, suspensions, braking or chassis, your tires will be happy to tell you, if you just take a look.

Tags: Trailers, Tires, Retreads

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth at MATS, from 2017 Outlook to the Future of Autonomous Technologies

Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager, with the T680 Advantage "driver's truck" that's the centerpiece of the Kenworth booth at MATS. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Kenworth returned to the Mid-America Trucking Show this year, highlighting the driver, its strong vocational lineup, and a made-in-America message. We sat down after the pre-show press conference with Mike Dozier, who took the reins as general manager less than a year ago, and Patrick Dean, Kenworth’s chief engineer, for a wide-ranging discussion on the show, the health of the industry, and the road to autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Kenworth, MATS, Autonomous Vehicles

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing for Resale

How vehicles are spec’ed in the first place can positively or negatively affect their resale value. Photo: Jim Park

By Denise Rondini

The way you spec your vehicles on the front end can have an impact on their value — either positive or negative — at resale time.

Tags: Resale Value, Used Truck Sales

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chinese Truck Tire Investigation Shows ‘Pervasive Underselling at High Margins’

Photo: Jim Park

By Joy Kopcha

The International Trade Commission says there’s evidence of “significant” underselling of Chinese truck and bus tires from 2013 to 2015 – yet the ITC voted not to impose tariffs on those imported tires. What's behind their decision?

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Customers: Dealer of the Year Nominees Speak Out

By Denise Rondini

Economic conditions, used trucks, spec’ing trends and the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 regulations are shaping business for truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor

Orange EV’s T-Series terminal tractor looks and works just like a diesel, but its fully electric drive system produces no emissions and can save up to 90% over existing fuel and maintenance costs. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Terminal Tractors, Test Drive

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

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

By Tom Berg

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

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Asset Tracking, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

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

By Jack Roberts

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.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Test Drive, Detroit DD5, Medium-Duty Engines

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

"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.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, GHG, EPA

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Chassis Recycling Among Nikola Motor's Plans

Fuel bottles are in a cabinet behind the cab to allow access for required pressure-vessel inspections. Hydrogen is as safe to handle as compressed natural gas and possibly safer than gasoline, Trevor Milton asserted.

By Tom Berg

A "cab replacement program" will enable Nikola fuel cell-electric chassis to be reused "over and over again," the company's founder said, answering one of many questions answered at the launch event last month.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Will the Class 8 Market Look Like in 2017?

By Steve Graham, FTR

The economy is currently on solid footing, but the Class 8 market has fallen dramatically this year. With the economy expected to grow slightly better in 2017, can we expect this to translate into a better environment for new equipment orders for the truck OEMs and their suppliers?

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, FTR, ELDs

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers the European Way

High-cube Kögel Mega van has the usual rear doors plus curtain sides and a liftable roof tarp, allowing loading and unloading from docks and over its sides and top. Photo: Kögel

By Tom Berg

European designs are often more elegant (or complex, depending on how you look at it), but these features add functionality to products.

Tags: Trailers, IAA, Europe

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

21st Century Truck Wheels

With strict emissions and fuel-economy requirements of new GHG Phase 2 regulations just around the corner, look to aluminum and lightweight steel wheels to contribute to overall equipment compliance. Photo: Accuride

By Jack Roberts

In practice, wheels function quite well with only limited attention and maintenance. But that’s no excuse not to pay attention to them at regular intervals.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Maxion Wheel, Arconic

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International LT625

ProStar origins are evident in the long-nose LT625, which has enhanced aerodynamics and a swoopier appearance. The “6” means a setback steer axle and “25” denotes a 125-inch BBC. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Quietness and driver-inspired interior amenities are the prime virtues of International’s recently introduced LT series tractor.

Tags: International Trucks, Test Drive, Driver Comfort

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Why U.S. Xpress Uses Automated Manual Transmissions

Out of 7,000 U.S. Xpress tractors running on the road today, only 16 “legacy” units are still equipped with manual transmissions. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions rule the roost at U.S. Xpress today. Out of some 7,000 U.S. Xpress trucks running today, the fleet is down to just 16 “legacy” models still equipped with manual transmissions.

Tags: Transmissions, U.S. Xpress, Automated Manual Transmissions

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Paccar’s New Powertrain

The test truck was a 2017 Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch high-roof sleeper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With two of the three major components in place, Paccar touts the advantages of an integrated powertrain.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Powertrain, Kenworth T680, MX-13

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Navistar's SuperTruck, the CatalIST, makes creative use of existing systems, relying less on advanced technology for its impressive gains.

Tags: Emissions, Navistar, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, Concept Vehicles

December 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

Euro-style vans, like the Ram ProMaster City,  offer more cargo room than box-style vans and are more easily configurable for a variety of upfitting options. (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

By Jack Roberts

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Nissan NV, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

First Look at Detroit DD5 Medium-Duty Engine

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

By Jack Roberts

HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes to the streets of Chicago for a first hands-on look at Detroit's new DD5 four-cylinder, 5.1L engine.

Tags: Detroit, Quick Spin, Medium-Duty Engines, Detroit DD5, Test Drive

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Europe is Different

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

What are the differences between trucks and trucking in North America versus Europe? Try to drive a long-nose conventional on roads that were conceived in the year 1403.

Tags: Europe, Global, Cabovers

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Technology Is Global and Local

Germany’s Daimler Trucks this year announced that it is pushing its global platform strategy beyond the existing modular drivetrain components. Photos: Daimler Trucks

By David Cullen and Deborah Lockridge

Even as innovative technologies leap borders, the engineering focus of truck builders and suppliers remains fixed on meeting the needs of local markets.

Tags: Europe, Daimler Trucks North America, DAF, Navistar, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Meritor, ZF, Global

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Oak Harbor Maximizes Asset Utility With A Decking System

Loading cargo in a traditional fashion would elave trailers half empty. Cargo loaded with the Kaptive Beam adjustable decking system improves trailer utility without the risk of damaging customers’ freight. Photos: Kinedyne

By Jim Park

Oak Harbor Freight Lines avoids wasting trailer space and damaging its customer's freight by using Kinedyne's decking system to maximize its asset utility.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Management, Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Future of Refrigerated Trailers

Wabash National’s prototype composite reefer trailer uses fiberglass, carbon fiber and resin in its panels, including the floor and supporting structure. It’s said to weigh and perform about 20% better than conventional temperature-controlled trailers. Photo: Wabash National

By Tom Berg

What will the refrigerated trailer of the future be made of? Strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof composites? Very possibly. Economical, efficient aluminum sheet-and-post design, like now? Yes, for a number of years yet.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Wabash National, Refrigerated Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner’s ‘New’ Cascadia

The 2018 “new” Cascadia is worthy of the name and will, I think, be widely embraced by drivers.

By Jim Park

From the November Issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, equipment editor Jim Park test drives the new Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler loaded up this truck with some amazing technology and created an environment drivers will love.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, New Vehicles, Test Drive

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

10 Things to Consider When Spec'ing an Inverter

Sine wave is the same power as what you get at home – meaning the voltage is consistent without spikes or drops. Photo courtesy Xantrex

By Staff

Inverters, which convert DC power into AC power to power creature comforts in the truck cab, have always been a magnet for controversy. An expert at one inverter company offers his tips for what to think about when spec'ing an inverter.

Tags: Inverter, Idle Reduction

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Peace and Quiet

Driveline vibration can be felt in the cab and it can result from incorrect driveline angles, damaged U-joints or an unbalanced condition.

By Jim Park

Noise, Vibration & Harshness is something manufacturers try very hard to engineer out of their products, but it’s often like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you solve one problem, another shows up.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Vehicle Engineering

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles

Continental's heads-up display shows vital information without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

Continental recently showed off systems that will help truck makers meet safety needs down the road, whether pushed by regulations or customer demand, as well as pave the way toward autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Continental, IAA, Global, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Eaton Showcases Near- and Far-Future Technology

Eaton showed off a four-speed transmission designed for electric vehicles, with the initial target being city buses for urban areas. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You may think of Eaton as primarily a transmission company, but at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, this fall, they showed a range of future technologies both near and far, from transmissions for electric vehicles to autonomous vehicle technology to waste heat recovery.

Tags: Eaton, IAA, Transmissions, Autonomous Vehicles, Waste Heat Recovery

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Smart Tanker Fleets Are Spec'ing

Bulkmatic Transport is retrofitting all 1,300 trailers with LED GloLight tail lamps for better visibility and reliability. Photo: Optronics

By Deborah Lockridge

Owners of tank trailers keep them a long time. All the more reason to make sure when you buy a new one, you’re getting the best possible trailer for your operations for the price.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Tankers

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer

Kary Schaefer Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

By Deborah Lockridge

Find out what DTNA's new general manager of marketing and strategy, a career engineer, has to say about everything from the latest Freightliner and Detroit roll-outs to the challenges of keeping up with fast-moving technology developments inside and outside the industry.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Q&A

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

By David Cullen

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Vehicle Sales, Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: VW Does More Than You Think

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Now that the initial brouhaha has died down after the news broke of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus investment in Navistar last month, there is probably one big question that still needs an answer in a lot of North American minds: Like, who the heck is Volkswagen?

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Europe, Scania

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

By Tom Berg

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

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

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear?

By Tom Berg

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

Tags: Kenworth, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, New Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Tags: Driver Safety, Trailers, TMC

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Cummins Brings X12 to North America

The new X12 from Cummins is based on the global ISG platform. It’s not a rebranded ISX12. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A little while back, Equipment Editor Jim Park tested out Cummins' latest diesel engine, the X12. Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to think so and is hedging its bets on the question.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Cummins X12

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

Meijer Logistics driver Ron Diamond points to the button that can save him considerable work and time — and prevent an injury — during a hookup.

By Tom Berg

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

Tags: Driver Health, Hadley Products, Landing Gear

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Tire Maintenance

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ploger Transportation Pushes 10 Mpg With a Far-From-Typical Powertrain Spec

Ploger Transportation’s diverse customer base provides a mix of light and heavy loads, many multi-stop routes and high exposure to urban environments. Photos: Ploger Transportation

By Jim Park

Ploger is a diverse carrier hauling mostly high-cube multi-drop loads to customer retail locations in urban areas predominantly east of the Mississippi.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, 6x2

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel

Engine cruised at 1,300 rpm at 60 and 65 mph in 11th-direct and 12th-overdrive gears, respectively. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

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

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New E-Reefers Smart Move for LA Grocery Delivery

Two of D&D's trucks outfitted with Volta Air electric reefers. Photo courtesy Second Generation Cooling and Volta Air.

By Deborah Lockridge

D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979. It's responding to the state's demand for lower emissions by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Solar Power, Reefer

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Next-Generation Cascadia: Driver Comfort & Safety Too

By Jim Park

The new Cascadia is loaded with improvements ranging from the layout of the gauges and switches in the driver compartment to features inside the sleeper area, including a new Driver’s Loft configuration.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Powertrain, Aero Enhancements Push Cascadia Fuel Economy

Freightliner's new Cascadia model represents fours years of work. It has tested to be 8% more efficient than the current Cascadia Evolution model. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

DTNA boss Martin Daum calls the fuel-efficiency gains with the new Cascadia mind-boggling. He said the design target was 5% over the current Cascadia Evolution model, but the design team's efforts produced a truck that bests the Evolution by a full 8%. Daum said new Cascadia in full AeroX trim is 19% more fuel efficient than the current base-model Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Learn About Freightliner's Next-Generation Cascadia

By Jim Park

We've gathered all our coverage of the new Freightliner next-generation Cascadia in one spot, and will add more as we continue our coverage.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

GHG Phase 2: Trucking Industry Reactions

Trailers for the first time are included in the fuel economy/GHG regs. Photo: Wabash

By Jack Roberts

Industry reactions to the final greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks tended to be [mostly] upbeat and positive, reflecting a determination to roll up the sleeves and deal with trucking’s latest reality.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, GHG, Fuel Economy

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 Fleets

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