What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018

Big rigs are grabbing all the technology headlines today. But medium-duty truck and van models continue to see improved safety and productivity. Check out HDT's annual round-up of what's new in medium-duty.

Rolf Lockwood


Commentary: Let's Look More Closely at Automation in Trucking

As it currently stands, autonomous technology is impractical anywhere except on smooth and easy highways in good weather, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his October column.

Internationl demonstrates that technology and style needn't be at odds with its revamped LoneStar tractor. Photo: Christina Hamner


Quick Spin: International's Refreshed LoneStar

International has revamped its stand-out LoneStar highway tractor with a perfect blend of modern amenities and Old School style. HDT's Jack Roberts got a sneak peek, and here are his first on-the-road impressions.

New Mac aluminum end-dumps gleam in the lights of the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Many lose their luster in day-to-day work, but are still are valued for their light weight and corrosion resistance. Photo: Tom Berg


What's New in Dump Trailers?

Think you’re seeing a lot of aluminum end-dump trailers in recent years? You are. Aluminum’s in, but steel still has a place.

Many fleets dread the downtime. But according to Rush Truck Centers, front-end alignments can be done in as little as 90 minutes. Photo:  Rush Truck Centers


Alignment and Balancing: Hassle, or Worth the Hustle?

There are three strong arguments in favor of a good tire alignment and balancing program, experts say: Fuel, tread life, and drivers.

“The trailer is very much increasing in importance.” says Wabco's Jon Morrison. Photo: Deborah Lockridge


Panel: Trailers Next Frontier in Telematics

The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror. A panel at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show explored the topic.

Daimler, which has a 15% stake in and a 50/50 joint venture with the Russian truck maker Kamaz, is aiming for higher market share in Russia.


Russia’s Comtrans Show Reflects Improving Truck Market

Russia’s Comtrans, the largest truck and transportation exhibition in Europe this year, showed off nearly everything offered on the Russian market for five days earlier this month in Moscow.

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV


TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Jodie Teuton


Q&A: A Truck Dealer Talks About Industry Challenges

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana, spoke with HDT about how issues facing truck dealers are impacting fleets as well as shares her thoughts on the challenges dealers face today.


Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

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