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XD's maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

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Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

This “aerodynamically optimized road train” concept truck from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe, was showcased at the 2012 IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany. The builders said it could save 25% in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Jim Park

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The Future of Fuel Economy

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

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Volvo Concept Truck Boasts 30% Lower Fuel Use

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

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Volvo Talks About Piston Technology in Latest Engines

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines in the U.S. are more fuel efficient thanks in part to a new piston design, which has "waves" on the piston crown that improve oxygen utilization.

Isuzu's Shaun Skinner Photo: Chris Wolski

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Q&A: Isuzu’s Shaun Skinner

Shaun Skinner was recently appointed president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. He succeeds Hisao Sasaki, who has returned to Japan. Mike Antich, Editor of HDT sister publication Work Truck, interviewed Skinner at the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Juan Klinehoffer, the “wheel man” at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

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Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Low deck heights, as on XL Specialized’s XL 80, allow carrying of extra-high loads. The hydraulic mechanism on this trailer’s removable gooseneck is powered by 13-hp Honda engine. In other systems, a tractor’s PTO runs a pump to supply hydraulic pressure. Photo:  XL Specialized

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Heavy-Haul Trailers Get Lighter

You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

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Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

The front-end styling is fresh, but Supe rDuty steel cabs, including this five-man crew type, carry over from previous model. The tight front-wheel cut makes the truck highly maneuverable. Photos: Tom Berg

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Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

New technologies are poised to revolutionize vocational trucking in ways that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.

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4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design

An explosion of new technology has added an unprecedented range of choices that are changing the way vocational fleets spec and work their trucks.

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