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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Ford's Transit Connect is Bigger Than it Looks

Tall roof and near-6-foot-long cargo bed allow Transit Connect to carry a lot. Upfitters can add shelves, cabinets, racks and other equipment for carrying cargo and tools. It has a sporty feel but is a commercial truck from the ground up, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A Transit Connect is roughly 2 feet shorter and weighs about 1,500 pounds less than an E-150 van. The TC's high roof makes it roomier than it might look in a photograp

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: More Products, Costlier Diesels on the Way

Workhorse offers its MetroStar, with contemporary International-like nose styling and aluminum bodies.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The gasoline share will only increase, because Ford Motor Co., the market leader, is dropping the Navistar-built PowerStroke diesel following lawsuits over warranty claims and competitive issues, leaving its E-series vans with gasoline-only power in the new yea

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit Diesel's DD13 and DD15 - Driving With SCR

This 2011 Cascadia with EPA 2010 DD15 engine, above, is a customer demo unit already in revenue service. We drove it first. We liked it a lot.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Call it pre-need planning. When Detroit Diesel rolled out its DD15 engine in October 2007, the company said it was a clean-sheet design, birthed EPA-'07-compliant and 100 percent ready for EPA-201

Tags: Test Drive

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles.

Tags: Light & Medium

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Tires for regional and P&D applications face greater stress due to tight turns and constant stop-and-start cycles.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

Tags: Tires

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CA Goes Aero: CARB's New Aerodynamic Rules

SmartWay-certified trailers with side skirts and low-rolling-resistance tires should meet the upcoming CARB rules. These tires are wide-base singles, but some standard-size duals also qualify. Photo from Great Dane Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Not many owners of semitrailers have bought aerodynamic fairings and low-rolling-resistance tires to save fuel, but a lot of them will have to under new rules from California's Air Resources Board

Tags: Trailers

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T800 LNG Day Cab

Kenworth T800 LNG day cab offers capable clean power.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Opportunities to evaluate natural heavy-truck gas alternative power have been few to this point

Tags: Test Drive

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: In the Trenches

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If it weren't for what's being nicknamed "The Great Recession," news in the Class 8 truck business would be all about engines

Tags: Equipment Issues

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's I-Shift - A Smooth Operator

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testimonials are fine, but repeat business is the best endorsement for a product. Wayne Klink, founder and president of a fleet with his name, likes his 90 Volvo trucks and the latest component in three of them, the I-Shif

Tags: Test Drive

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Steering Clear of Trouble: Get Ready for Heavier Axles

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While recruiting and compliance departments grapple with the potential implications of weight-based sleep-apnea testing for drivers, operations and maintenance personnel should be aware that trucks are getting heavier, to

Tags: Tires

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The California Air Resources Board is following through on its promise to clamp down on emissions from reefer diesel

Tags: Trailers

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Heavy-Duty Mobile A/C Refrigerants

The average long-haul tractor-trailer will have its engine running for 21 hours a day, including six to seven hours at idle so the driver can heat or cool the cab during a rest period

Tags: Equipment Issues

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavier-Rig Idea Advances

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem, plus the familiar 12,000 pounds on the tractor's steer axle and 34,000 on its tandem.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A bill to allow states to authorize heavier tractor-trailers has been introduced in Congress, and the idea might also be part of highway reauthorization legislation. But chances for passage are iffy, observers sa

Tags: Trailers

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack Titan - Mack's Biggest Strongest Model

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One look at this truck tells what it is - a big hauler of large and dense loads - and what it's not - a posh over-the-road freighter

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Real Cost of Trucks

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If you think about what you bought for a tractor in 1980 and what you get when you buy a tractor today, you quickly realize they're not even the same animal. Why 1980

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something In The Air

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There have been a lot of new product launches at the spring truck shows, as you'll see in this month's cover story. Despite the faltering economy, there's been no let-up in that activity

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer of the Year: Customer Service Key

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

These days, truck dealers can't rely solely on the sale of trucks to stay in business. So the successful one

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Meet your new handy-dandy tire filler-upper. We're not talking about a knuckle-dragger named Earl, here, with eyes that gaze off in two different directions and a plug of tobacco in his cheek big enough to choke a horse

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

This Kenworth T170 is an example. Its chassis and powertrain are engineered for Class 5 hauling jobs, but its big-rig-style cab makes you feel like you got more than you expected

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Shockingly high fuel prices, along with the mortgage crisis and deflation of the housing-price bubble, have sapped Americans' ability to buy, buy, buy, and the adjustment has affected all the industries that purchase and use trucks, especially construction

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's a transition time for Class 6 and 7 trucks as American and imported commercial vehicles move into model-year 2009-10 with only minor changes from the previous two years

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Intermodal Issues

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

'Revolutionary" is an apt description for freight containers, those now ubiquitous steel boxes that carry the cargoes of commerce around the world

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel-Saving Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel fuel is getting almost too dear in price to burn, so users are looking at ways to conserve it and to avoid consuming it altogether

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New In Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The mighty have finally fallen. Full-size pickup trucks, for many years the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., have tumbled in popularity since the steep run-up in gasoline prices

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailers: Lock 'Em Up

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Perhaps you've heard of "MS-13," labeled "the most dangerous gang in America" by Newsweek magazine and chronicled in recent months by newspapers and broadcast media

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 2-5 Roundup: Industry Marking Time

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Our lists of commercial truck models in their various weight classes continue to shrink as corporations restructure and contract. This has been a fixture of business in general and the automotive worl

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Leasing Lessons

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

CARB is a four-letter word to most truckers, who cringe every time the people who run California's Air Resources Board dictate another set of rules

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving The '09 Ram 1500s

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Almost since pickup trucks began outselling automobiles in the 1980s, the domestic Big Three auto makers - who still dominate light-truck sales with their full-size models - have been leapfrogging over each other with redesigned and refined products

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Sterling LNG Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire investor and big-time oilman, is hawking his "Pickens Plan" in TV commercials, personal appearances and a web site (www.pickensplan.com)

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive -- International Lonestar: Style and Substance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A much-anticipated first drive of International's new LoneStar confirms it's more than just a pretty face

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Ups Aero Stakes

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Big changes to Peterbilt's aero 386 make it more wind-cheating and enhance overall fuel economy

Tags: Test Drive

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Playing by the Numbers: Spec'ing Tires For Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Deadlines, Deadlines

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Navistar International is pressing for a delay in the implementation of the 2010 emissions mandate, pushing it back from the Jan. 1 deadline

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Fuel-Saving Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel fuel is getting almost too dear in price to burn, so users are looking at ways to conserve it and to avoid consuming it altogether

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Running Lean: Lightweight specs no longer just for payload

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Weight, and what we're willing to pay to shed pounds, is relative. Tare isn't quite as critical to a typical truckload carrier as it is to a bulk or beverage hauler

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Plot Thickens

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Navistar's January analysts call - where companies strut their stuff to Wall Street - tucked a small bombshell in among the predictions: International will have a 15-liter engine in its MaxxForce lineup for 2010

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Future is Green at NTEA

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Some of the earliest freight-hauling trucks were electric-powered, but they disappeared in the 1920s when internal combustion engines proved less costly and operationally more flexible

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Technology That's Working

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rollovers are one of the most serious types of accidents, because drivers and other truck occupants are usually tossed around and badly injured or killed. In the process, tractors are badly damaged or totaled

Tags: Trailers

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making the Connection -- Beyond the Fifth Wheel

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Doubles and triples combinations are the primary over-the-road equipment for less-than-truckload fleets, truck-trailer rigs are common among specialty haulers in many western states

Tags: Trailers

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Evaluation: Are you getting all the information you need before spec'ing your tires?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Perhaps only computers remain a more confusing purchasing decision than tires. The thought of comparing RAMS and ROMS and Gigs and HDs and DVDs and processors strikes fear into the hearts of all but the hardened geek

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: KW's T370 Hybrid Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Until recently, hybrid-drive commercial trucks have been, almost by definition, straight trucks. These are often the ones used in urban stop-and-go operations, where hybrids offer the greatest fuel savings achieve

Tags: Test Drive

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

FLD-SD: Aging But Rugged

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Severe Duty version of Freightliner's FLD proves a joy to drive, but get one while you can, because production stops in late 2009.

Tags: Test Drive

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Severe Service Tires: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

It's a long way between a downtown back alley and an oil field, but as a tire sees the world, there are more similarities than differences. On-highway tires live the life of Riley compared to the severe-service tires

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar V-8s Gone from Ford Vans, Pickups by January '10

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The once-popular Navistar-built Power Stroke V-8 diesel will be gone as an option from Ford SuperDuty pickups and E-series vans by the end of this year, as part of the settlement of a two-year-old legal dispute between the two builders.

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

It's A New Tire Bonanza

By Evan Lockridge

The number of truck tire announcements this spring was the most in recent memory. Most of these tires boast features such as improved fuel efficiency, longer life, better durability and retreadability.

Tags: Yokohama, Goodyear, Toyo Tires, Bridgestone, Double Coin, Tires, China Manufacturers Alliance

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Tales From The Road

By Tom Berg

If ever there were a piece of equipment that made sense, it's a scale plumbed into a tractor and trailer's suspensions.

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ford Redesigns Its popular F-150 For ' 09

By Tom Berg

Ford's F-150, America's perennial best-selling vehicle and part of a truck line that has claimed sales leadership for 31 years, may well keep that distinction, thanks to an extensive redesign for the 2009 model year.

Tags: Ford F-150, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International TranStar

By Sean Lyden

The test truck was the International TranStar in the new nomenclature - 8600 in the past. But the other new badges, high on the side of the hood, told the story: MaxxForce. This tractor was one of the International validation units for the new big-bore engines, destined for a high-mileage fleet to get fast results before the engine becomes commercially available around mid-year.

Tags: MaxxForce, Test Drive, International TranStar

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