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March 31, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

Tags: Altech-Eco, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, CNG

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.

A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Big-rig truck racing is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1993 with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season.

Tags: Meritor, Sponsorship, ChampTruck, Racing, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System

Photo of Kenworth T680 by Jim Park.

Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Kenworth, Maxwell Technologies, Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Predicting Another Banner Year

The North American truck market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations, said Daimler Trucks North America head Martin Daum in a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show -- and demand for the DT12 automated manual has far exceeded even Daum's optimistic goals.

Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, MATS

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road

The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, CNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa Rolls Out Next-Gen Durabright Wheel

Building on the success of its predecessor, Alcoa is bringing to market the Dura-Bright EVO wheel, said to be highly resistant to corrosion caused by road salts and weather elements, and more resistant to cleaning chemicals.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup

XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Powertrains, MATS, Downspeed

March 26, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Introduces Adaptive Loading 6x2 Suspension

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Volvo Trucks introduced the Adaptive Loading 6x2 liftable forward axle that automatically adjusts to load weight changes and offers 4x2 operation in certain conditions.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Axles, MATS, 6x2

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: Dave Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Efficiency with 579 Epiq

Photo: Peterbilt

During its presentation at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, Peterbilt reported up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency reached with its Model 579 Epiq.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Epiq

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, SuperTruck, Fuel Efficiency

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Detroit Starts Production on Integrated Powertrain

Detroits complete integrated powertrain. Image via Detroit

Detroit Diesel began production of the components making up the integrated Detroit Powertrain, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, DD15, Powertrains, Detroit DT12, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

KW’s W900L Gets Icon 900 Limited Edition

The Icon 900. Photo: Tom Berg

Kenworth Truck announced a custom, limited edition version of its W900L called the Icon 900 at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The Icon model will see a limited production run and KW dealers are now accepting orders.

Tags: Kenworth, Custom Products, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Announces Results of Half-Ton Diesel Engine Program

The Cummins four-cylinder ISF2.8 base engine was used as the base for the ATLAS program. Photo: Cummins

Cummins Inc. is set to showcase the results of a four-year joint program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The ATLAS program was initiated to develop a commercially viable diesel engine for the ½-ton pickup truck market.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Nissan Titan, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper

The sleeper features a liftable lower bunk and side storage towers, including hanging storage for drivers to store their clothes. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth Truck announced a new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for its T680 and T880, with production starting in fall.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Wabco, Hendrickson to Offer Axles with Lightweight Air Disc Brakes

Wabco says it has signed a long-term supply agreement with Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems to provide advanced air disc brakes for an integrated trailer-axle product with weight-saving potential.

Tags: Trailers, Hendrickson, Wabco, Air Disc Brake, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Unveils ISX Efficiency Improvements

Jim Fier discusses the movement of EPA emissions regs from particulate matter and NOx to greenhouse gases and fuel economy. Photo by Evan Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Under the theme of "redefining efficiency," Cummins Tuesday night announced fuel-saving enhancements to the 2015 ISX15 big-bore diesel and a peek at the 2017 ISX15, which will feature a lighter and smaller aftertreatment system along with a more efficient turbocharger and reduced parasitic loss.

Tags: Cummins, Fuel Efficiency, ISX15, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Espar Rebrands Itself as Eberspaecher

Espar is changing its name to Eberspaecher to better align itself with its German parent company, according to a release. The vehicle heater supplier has been the North American subsidiary of Eberspaecher since 1973.

Tags: Air Conditioning, Espar, Heaters, Rebranding, Eberspaecher

March 20, 2015 - Product News

Warranty Extended on Gunite Automatic Slack Adjusters

Gunite Auto Slack Adjusters. Photo: Accuride

Accuride has extended the standard warranty coverage for its Gunite and Gunite 2000 range of automatic slack adjusters. The new warranties apply to Gunite ASAs manufactured on or after April 6, 2015.

Tags: Warranty, Gunite, Accuride, Automatic Slack Adjusters

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall As Large Fleets Fill Requirements

February trailer orders dropped well below January figures as backlogs for orders fell for the first time in six months, according to the latest FTR report.

Tags: Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 19, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Offers Reinforced I-Shift Transmission for Severe Duty

The Volvo VHD 200. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America released a rugged version of the I-Shift automated manual transmission for severe-duty applications. The reinforced I-Shift will be available for order in May on Volvo VHD vocational models.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Severe Duty, I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Robust Despite Hitting 5-Month Low

February truck order volume hit a five-month low but still maintained a high level, according to ACT Research. The Class 8 segment posted the ninth consecutive month of more than 28,000 units ordered.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

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