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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big 3 Going for CNG-Gasoline Bi-Fuel Systems in Pickups

General Motors, Ram Trucks and Ford all announced bi-fuel CNG-gasoline systems for heavy pickups. Photo courtesy of GM

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Detroit's Big Three light-truck builders are embracing compressed natural gas, if not as the dominant fuel of the future then as a major alternative to gasoline and diesel

Tags: Engine Smarts

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Some Cleaner Diesels Unreliable, Expensive, Say Fleet Execs in TMC 'Report Card'

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Some clean diesels of the 2000s have been disruptively unreliable and most are discouragingly expensive, but performance has improved as manufacturers try hard to fix them, said fleet executives at last week's annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council

Tags: Engine Smarts

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On/Off Highway Tires: One Size Won't Fit All

Tires such as Bridgestone's M843 provide a balance of good traction, good fuel economy and good tread life when used as an all-position tire.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

A racehorse would do about as well dragging a plow through a muddy field as a plow horse would do plodding down the back stretch at Churchill Downs.

Tags: Tires

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Light & Medium

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded "traction" tires are available.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Unique to North America, this all-wheel-drive cabover is strong, maneuverable and fun to drive. Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Test Drive

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

This great-looking load shoul dbe placed out-of-service for violations. How many can you spot? (See the answer at the bottom of the story.)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see - including DOT roadside inspector

Tags: Trailers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vertical Integration Yields More Profits, Navistar Executives Tell Stock Analysts

By Engine Smarts commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Does it make sense for a truck builder to limit customers' engine choices to just one line of products? It does if the engines are its own, because it makes more money. That is among the assertions made by Navistar International Corp.'s top executives to stock market researchers during the company's annual Analysts Day Feb. 1 at its shining and sprawling new headquarters in Lisle, Ill., west of Chicago.

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Talk about 2010 Engines

By Engine Smarts Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

So far, the new engines built to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 emissions mandate are performing far better than their EPA-2007 predecessors. That was the consensus of this year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Tall' gearing and a big engine deliver 12 mpg in a Class 7 truck, expedited-freight hauler claims

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Tall" gearing and a large engine are giving an expedited freight hauler the high fuel economy he sought, even if most factory engineers won't approve his spec'ing requests

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Severe underride was the result of this 35-mph, 50%-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Overlap is what happens when a car hits a trailer with only part of its front instead of head-on.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

Tags: Trailers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

The Tradesman features a Hemi V-8 with 390 horses, which can haul heavy loads, make the truck scoot, or both. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Will the Engine of the Future Resemble Today's Powerplants?

Achates Power in San Diego says its opposed-piston engine, now in dyno testing, has achieved fuel efficiency that's 21% better thatn a benchmark V-8, the latest 6.7-liter PowerStroke from Ford, and meets 2010 emissions limits.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably similar to the one in your current truck. It's an internal combustion engine with pistons, valves, crankshaft and other familiar parts, an inline 4 or 6, or a V-6 or V-8

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

Sharp-edged styling of fancier Ram pickups is used on teh simple Tradesman 1500. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4, built just a few years afte

Tags: Test Drive

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Engines Today: How Are the EPA-Spec Engines From the Past Decade Performing?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A lot of truck owners aren't particularly happy with some of their EPA-emissions-spec engines from the past decade, and that could spell aftermarket opportunities as those engines come out of warranty.

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engines: Pistons Still In, But Think Outside the Block

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably the one under the hood or cab of your current truck

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: NPR Gas 'N' Go vs. Eco Diesel Slow(er)

Driving the Isuzu NPR Gas is an entirely different experience compared with the diesel models.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

After several years of absence, Isuzu's gasoline-powered, medium-duty trucks are back for the 2012 model year. I had a chance to test drive the new 2012 NPR Gas truck, as well as the comparable NPR Eco-Max diesel

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parked Next Door: A Study in Engine Apps

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The other day, a remodeling contractor was working at the next-door neighbors' house and I eyeballed the two trucks that he sent his workers and supplies in

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Preventing LED Theft

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

They've pretty much taken over the vehicle lighting business, and they don't cost nearly as much as when they first appeared about 20 years ago. So LEDs - lamps made with light-emitting diodes - aren't stolen like they once were

Tags: Trailers

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T800 Dump Truck with Latest Powertrain

This T800 has a setback steer axle that allows a tight wheel cut and good maneuverability. The hood is steeply sloped for excellent forward visibility.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The "viper yellow" paint on this Kenworth T800 grabs your attention, but there was much more to this dump truck I drove last summer

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tell TMC About Your Engine Experiences

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Our Engine Smarts item and November HDT column on complaints about 2002-2010 diesels ("What's Happening with Engines?") hit a proverbial nerve, because we got a healthy amount of reader response

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo's 750-Horsepower Truck and Sweden's Longer, Heavier Trucks

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

What makes a truck and engine manufacturer want to launch a 750-horsepower engine for standard trucks? Volvo already offered its 16-liter inline six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and unit injectors, capable of 700 horsepower

Tags: Equipment Issues

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

Short demo drive of Caterpillar's first on-highway truck reveals whether it lives up to its 'premium' billing.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this yea

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Sales Up as Buyers Replace Old Trucks Amid Improving Economy, New Products Enter the Market

For years, Ford’s F-450 and F-550 SuperDuty trucks have led the Class 4 to 5 segment.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's a story we've heard before, but a pretty good one: Sales are up, products are improving, and buyers have many choices of trucks to do their hauling job

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's Torque Magic

Volvo's new XE13 and Eco-Torque powertrain packages will make a big difference to drivers in ways they will never know -- and a few they will.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What a difference a little extra torque makes. I recently had the privilege of being one of the first drivers outside of test fleets to put a new fuel economy and performance concept from Volvo through its paces

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retrofittable XL Hybrid Brings Fuel Savings to Existing Light Trucks

Motor-generator hangs next to the GM transmission, and is connected to a 4-to-1 gearbox. A Kevlar belt inside the housing transfers torque to and from the driveshaft.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid drive systems usually have to be part of a new car or truck, and usually they're expensive. But XL Hybrids of Boston is coming up with one that can be installed on new or existing vehicles at a moderate cost

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Report: Unlikely U.S. Can Meet Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some U.S. biofuel mandates can't be reached, according to a new report from the National Research Council. At least not without major technological innovations or policy changes

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Melton Truck Lines bought 200 new steel-and-aluminum flatbed trailers from Great Dane and Utility this year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update

The Nissan Van (NV) is now in its first year of production. Fleets are beginning to evaluate the 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ton trucks.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year, which in turn was up 14% over 2009, builder sources say

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's Granite MHD

Mack's new Granite MHD is a 'baby 8' designed for shorter runs and lighter-duty cycles but still offers the strength to tackle heavy chores.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One way to cut weight and cost from a new truck is to choose a relatively small engine. This is the essence of the Mack Granite MHD, announced early this year and recently put into production

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Weight vs. Cost

Plastic sheeting and aluminum extrusions and fabrications combine to cut many pounds from this trash-transfer trailer shown at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How important is saving weight? It's vital in some operations, such as hauling bulk commodities, especially if trailers are always loaded to the max and tare weight must be cut to enhance payload potential

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: A First Look at Hino's New COEs

Hino's compact 155 and 195 series trucks, including a diesel-electric hybrid, will be at home on congested city streets.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The dynamics of the U.S. transportation market are changing, opening the door to smaller, more efficient trucks

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update

Sales of SuperDuty pickups for commercial use are up a small 2%, but chassis-cab versions have climbed 48% since last year, signaling a resurgence among commercial buyers, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Almost left idle by the high cost of fuel in 2008 and the recession, sales of pickup trucks are now recovering

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T660 Regional Hauler

The day cab aero package includes cab-side fairings and a roof-mounted air deflector. the DPF/SCR package is under the passenger access step. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The emergence of the regional transportation market is causing many fleets to rethink their equipment demands

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Good stories countered by complaints at TMC's Fleet Talk

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What's going on with the latest diesels? The answer depends on who's doing the talking

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It Might Be Time for a 6x2

By Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The scene was a frozen lake in central Sweden in the early 1980s. On the ice in the midst of powdery, freshly fallen snow sat a municipal snow-plow truck, a Volvo N10 conventional-cab dumper fitted with a V-plow up front and a wing plow on its right side

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Tires Gaining Popularity: Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

So maybe you're thinking something like this: "The market is improving, getting credit is easier, business is looking up. Maybe it's time to retire a few older rigs and get some new iron into the fleet. Maybe we should go to wide-base single tires while we're at it

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Driving the Nissan NV Light-Duty Commercial Van

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

As light-duty commercial trucks go, cargo vans are a hot seller because they're so useful. In a good year, about a quarter million are built and snatched up by tradesmen, building contractors, rental fleets and many other types of users

Tags: Test Drive

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Tires With Fuel Efficiency in Mind

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing tires is a lot like photography. It's a series of trade-offs and compromises. Let's say you're after a night shot of a city skyline. Because it's dark, you have to use a long exposure, which could make the photo blurry

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Body Wiring: Thou Shalt Not Cut

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If there were an 11th Commandment, it would read: "Thou shalt not cut into thine wiring." Cutting and splicing and probing with pointed circuit testers can and do cause electrical grief

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Forget to Factor DEF into Fuel Costs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

2010-model diesels are running well and turning in better fuel economy than their EPA-'07-spec predecessors, according to reports we've heard at industry meetings and in conversations with fleet managers

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC's Type IV fuel economy test rewritten with aftertreatment in mind

Type IV procedures are exacting, and include the need to level the truck during fueling, done here by driving a steer-axle wheel onto lumber.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How does the fuel-fed regeneration of diesel particulate filters affect overall fuel economy?

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Bodies: Any Way You Like It

Materials choices and design flexibility allow fleets and contractors to get more utility body for less.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter utility body anymore.

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MaxxForce 15 for the Big Hills

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When Navistar execs turned the key on one of the first MaxxForce 15 engines at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show, there were more than a few doubting Thomases in the audience

Tags: Test Drive

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

By Truckinginfo Staff

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Reefer Tech Unveiled at MATS Saves Money

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Big and tall rigs aren't the only things that hit low overpasses. Medium-duty trucks can hit really low bridges, or at least one of them did in Westwood, Mass

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All You Need to Know About 'B Numbers'

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

To many customers, reliability and durability are as important as pulling ability. They should look at an engine's "B" rating

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar 12.9-Liter MX -- When 13 Liters Are Enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Proof of performance is on the road. So Las Vegas Peterbilt set up a demonstration rig promoting Paccar's 12.9-liter MX

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

When a 13-Liter Diesel Engine is Right for You

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the smartest ways to cut weight and cost out of a new truck is to specify an engine that's smaller than what's always been used. But it's smart only if it works the way the operator wants. Some want million-mile life as well as good pulling power

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner SD114 SFA

Freightliner SD114 SFA

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Freightliner has long been a sales leader in on-highway tractors, and now it wants to dominate the vocational truck business. Its recently designed Severe Duty products are meant to do that, and a big marketing campaign will support them. Will they be up to the task

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadability Regulations and Drayage Truck Inspections: What to Know

Ten-character alpha-numeric code painted on ocean-container chassis can establish vehicle ownership -- and therefore who should get any ticket for equipment infractions -- if it is in a global registry.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New federal "roadability" regulations that clear up who's supposed to be responsible for intermodal equipment infractions - basically, the owner of the chassis in question - have been in effect since December 17

Tags: Trailers

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