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Kary Schaefer Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

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Q&A: Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer

Find out what DTNA's new general manager of marketing and strategy, a career engineer, has to say about everything from the latest Freightliner and Detroit roll-outs to the challenges of keeping up with fast-moving technology developments inside and outside the industry.

Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

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Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Rolf Lockwood

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Commentary: VW Does More Than You Think

Now that the initial brouhaha has died down after the news broke of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus investment in Navistar last month, there is probably one big question that still needs an answer in a lot of North American minds: Like, who the heck is Volkswagen?

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Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear?

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Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

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Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

The new X12 from Cummins is based on the global ISG platform. It’s not a rebranded ISX12. Photos: Jim Park

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Quick Spin: Cummins Brings X12 to North America

A little while back, Equipment Editor Jim Park tested out Cummins' latest diesel engine, the X12. Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to think so and is hedging its bets on the question.

Meijer Logistics driver Ron Diamond points to the button that can save him considerable work and time — and prevent an injury — during a hookup.

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SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

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Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

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Understanding Trailer Tire Pressure
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