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Commentary: Clean Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Are We There Yet?

How far away is truly clean hydrogen power? We're getting closer, thinks Contributing Executive Editor Rolf Lockwood.

The styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

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KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

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Improving Truck Ergonomics for Driver Safety

OSHA regs require an employer to provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. The best way to make a work truck fleet more ergonomic is to proactively identify and rectify potential issues.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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Ford Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

Trailer suspensions are oft neglected, so a robust and durable spec is mandatory. Photos: Jim Park

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Trends in Trailer Suspensions

While suspension producers are constantly upgrading and improving their products and adding new models, overall trends in suspension uptake by fleets remain fairly constant.

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

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The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

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.

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

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

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.

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

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Spec'ing for Resale

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

Photo: Jim Park

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

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?

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

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

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