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January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Owners Cite Woes with Engines, Dealers; Volvo Lists Some Remedies

J.D. Marshall, dayshift shop foreman at Nacarato Volvo Trucks in LaVergne, Tenn., demonstrates how the Volvo Assist system ties together all pertinent data on a truck to aid in quick diagnosis and servicing.

By Tom Berg

CORRECTED -- Volvo Trucks executives knew full well what a group of its customers would say about experiences with modern engines, but invited them to speak to press reporters anyway. Then the Volvo people explained what they're doing to alleviate service problems that customers have also experienced

Tags: Engine Smarts, Volvo, Dealers, Engines, Diagnostics

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

EcoBoost 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 in Ford's upcoming Transit vans will do the work of much larger and heavier V-8 and V-10 engines in current E-series vans. New 3.2-liter I-5 diesel will be optional.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

Tags: Engine Smarts, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Trucks to Get Cummins SCR, But What About Big-Block Diesel?

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The idea of Cummins parts in a Caterpillar machine seems odd, but the shrinking world of industry consolidation will result in the use of Cummins-sourced selective catalytic reduction equipment on the Navistar-supplied diesels in Cat vocational trucks

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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's Experience in Dealing with Post-2007 Diesel Problems

Much of Lewis Tree Service's maintenance is done by outside vendors, “which makes it interesting,” says  the corporate fleet supervisor, Paul Wion.

By Engine Smarts Column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Several years ago, Paul Wion, corporate fleet supervisor at Lewis Tree Service in upstate New York, got up during a Shop Talk session at a TMC meeting to describe a fix for diesel particulate filters that were plugging up in the field

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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Ready for Euro 6, But Not to Buy Navistar

Tom Linebarger

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

HANOVER, Germany -- "We're ready for Euro 6," declared Tom Linebarger, the pleasant, polite and straight-talking CEO of Cummins Inc., in leading off his press conference during the IAA show in Hanover last week

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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: More Particulate Emissions From Charbroiled Burgers Than Diesel Trucks

By Engine Smarts

Just how clean is the latest clean diesel technology? Put it this way: A study by the University of California-Riverside found commercially cooked hamburgers emit more particulate matter than diesel trucks meeting EPA 2007 and EPA 2010 emissions standards. The UC-Riverside study was funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

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August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern V-6 with Efficient 8-speed Autotranny Propels Ram to mpg Lead

Pentastar V-6 and TorqueFlite 8 automatic deliver up to 25 MPG in the upcoming 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Who'd-a-thunk that mile-per-gallon numbers would be important to macho owners of pickup trucks? You can thank spiking prices of gasoline, even before Hurricane Isaac finishes making a wake in Louisiana

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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Count Navistar Out

By Engine Smarts commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Unless you've been on holiday in some remote spot without access even to carrier pigeons or smoke signals, you'll know by now that Navistar International announced on July 6 that it was giving up on "advanced EGR" as its sole engine emissions technology

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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remanufacturing Saves Money, Cuts Waste and Pollution, Detroit Reman Says

Series 60 cylinder heads are among the components remanufactured in Detroit Reman's plant at Toole, Utah.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Why buy new when you can reuse something that still has value?" That's the mantra at Detroit Reman, which has been remanufacturing engines and engine parts since 1966. And after touring its western plant at Tooele, Utah, one comes away wonderin

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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where to put all those CNG tanks?

By Engine Smarts column Truckinginfo Staff

One of the key factors limiting the use of compressed natural gas in trucks has been the question of range. A commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturer based in Germany may have a solution -- putting extra CNG tanks on the trailer

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dual-fuel conversion saves big money every day, supplier-trucker says

One trucking company had so much success with dual-fuel conversions it's now selling them to other fleets.

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A band wagon powered by natural gas seems to have begun rolling, but most of those aboard talk about brand-new heavy trucks with special gas-burning engines. Why not convert existing trucks and engines to use cheap and clean-burning gas

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Pump Prices Won't Rise Much, Clean Energy Exec Says

By EngineSmarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Prices paid at the pump for natural gas by truck operators won't rise much even if gas's basic price doubles, said an executive with Clean Energy, a company now setting up retail NG filling stations and selling the fuel

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does natural gas make sense as a truck fuel? Why not use it to make stuff that's easier to handle?

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Natural gas! Almost everything's natural gas! That was my impression while walking through the displays at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in early May at the Long Beach Convention Center. Suppliers were offering all sorts of equipment and services connected to this fuel that's so much in the news

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Renewable DME vs. U.S. Natural Gas

Volvo VNL natural-gas-powered daycab.

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Volvo just told the world about its LNG engine coming in 2014 at a recent press gathering in Miami Beach and discussed the future of DME fuel - that's dimethyl ether - in North America

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrids in Yosemite

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

As we head into summer vacation season, it's worth noting that hybrids are being used in a somewhat unexpected place - California's Yosemite National Park

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Fuels Mean Energy Independence, Say ACT Expo Speakers

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Suppliers of alternative fuels and the equipment that burns them must cooperate to move America toward energy self-sufficiency and economic growth, says retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's up with biodiesel?

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Bet you didn't celebrate National Biodiesel Day, did you? March 18 if you were wondering

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April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Virtual' Vertical Integration?

Can so-called virtual vertical integration work as well as vertical integration done with components all built by the same company, like this Detroit transmission, designed to work with Detroit engines and axles?

By Engine Smarts column Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Three weeks after the Mid-America Trucking Show, while I munch on very small, very rich chocolate eggs that were left on my desk by some generous rabbit, I find myself at the keyboard pondering a few things I learned and heard in Louisville. And one in particular

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April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting Fuel Use by Recovering Waste Heat

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Very quietly, Cummins Turbo Technologies offered a glimpse of its advanced waste-heat expander prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show recently

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On the Horizon: New Engines, New Fuels

By "Engine Smarts" Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

From a seminar on sustainable transportation at the Sweden House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a glimpse over the horizon, such as a camless engine and turning waste into fuel

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More about methane

By "Engine Smarts" Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Just over a week ago I 'penned' a brief column on the European launch of Volvo's new 'MethaneDiesel' FM tractor. It needs a little expansion

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June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Launching MethaneDiesel Truck in Europe

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Volvo Trucks in Sweden is about to be the first to market a methane-powered truck for long-haul operations in Europe

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June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Another company developing fuel-efficient, opposed-piston engine

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Earlier this year, we wrote about the OPOC engine from EcoMotors. Since then, we've discovered another opposed-piston engine, from Achates Power in San Diego

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Eastern Star?

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Amidst endless chatter about electric power and even fuel cells, the good old internal combustion engine clearly isn't going away any time soon

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April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: New directions in aftertreatment

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

You may not know that Navistar owns a subsidiary company called PurePower Technologies, formed last year, which has just announced the purchase of the Eaton Corporation's aftertreatment business. And it says the solid-ammonia dosing technology developed by a small Danish compan

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April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer of the Year Nominees Talk About 2010 Engines

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The five nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year report that new engines meeting the 2010 emissions standards so far seem to be causing fewer problems than their 2002/04 and 2007 counterparts, and that support from the manufacturer is significantly improved

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Cummins Says Engine Focus Shifting to Fuel Economy

Cummins says it ISX offers 6 percent better fuel economy than its 2009 product.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Noting that fuel economy will be key to competitiveness among engine makers in the next decade, Cummins says real-world data has confirmed that its EPA-2010 spec ISX15 engine delivers 6 percent fuel economy improvement over its 2009 product. Some customers could see even better results thanks to "significant calibration improvements

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: A Game-Changer Engine?

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

You'll be hearing a lot about the 'OPOC' engine in the next little while, and maybe for a long time to come.

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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: No Answers Yet

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By way of a brief introduction to this first of several Engine Smarts columns to come, let me start by admitting to a lifelong fascination with the hardware of trucking

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Navistar's ProStar+ Cooling System Features Dimpled Radiator Vanes, Multi-Speed Fan

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

"We're experts in cooling. It's not that we wanted to become experts, but that is what it has taken," said Ramin Younessi, Navistar's vice president of powertrain and strategy. He was talking of the development of the cooling systems to support the 12.4-liter MaxxForce 1

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SCR vs. EGR - Curiouser and Curiouser

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A recent request for help with understanding different emissions technologies to reach the Tier 4 Interim and Final off-highway emissions rules reopened the cooled EGR vs. SCR debate for me

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: An Injector Discovery in Germany

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

At the recent bi-annual Hannover, Germany, trucking show -- more specifically, the 63rd IAA -- there were so many show exhibits that a dedicated journalist could spend the entire 10 days hunting for meaningful news

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: A Carbon-Free Fuel?

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

On a recent visit to Woodland Park, Colo., -based Sturman Industries, I was privileged to view the first beginnings of Eddie Sturman's crank-free internal combustion engine

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Prognostic Failure Prediction Reduces Unplanned Downtime, Cuts Maintenance Costs

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There is an upside to EPA's 2010 emissions regulations.

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SuperTurbo Project Could Increase Fuel Economy 5-7%

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

An easily-missed announcement of a joint development program between Cummins and a start-up, VanDyne SuperTurbo, points the way to a future technology that could result in as much as 7 percent fuel savings for heavy trucks

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