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November 20, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Bring New Detroit Medium-Duty Engine Line to U.S.

“Our investment is a tangible example of how we maximize the use of our global platforms optimized for regional markets,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for trucks and buses. Photo: David Cullen

Daimler Trucks Friday announced a $375 million investment to enable production of the new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines at Detroit’s Redford, Mich., plant, and officially launched production of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Transmissions, Engines, Detroit, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Detroit DD5

October 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Adds New Options to Vocational Trucks

Kenworth T880 with new box bumper option. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced three new options, all aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks-- a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille.

Tags: Kenworth, Vehicle Options, Transmissions, Bumper, Vocational Trucks

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Adds Low-Speed Enhancements to Transmissions

The UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton has added two optional features to the company’s UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Company Anniversaries, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, History, Automatic Transmissions

June 15, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands Support for Drivetrain Direct Program

Meritor is adding dedicated customer support for aftermarket differential- and transmission-component rebuilders enrolled in the Drivetrain Direct program.

Tags: Customer Service, Meritor, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Drivetrains

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Mack mDrive HD Made to Handle Most Vocational Duties

The mDrive will be available on Titan extra heavy duty models, where it is rated for up to 120,000 lbs GCW. This rig weighed about 105,000 pounds. Photo: Tom Berg

Mack’s mDrive HD automated manual transmission will handle most vocational duties with three programmable operating modes – Easy Shift, Enhanced Construction and Heavy Haul -- when it goes into full production in mid-May.

Tags: Vocational, Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

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

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Profit Moves Higher Due to North American Sales

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on Monday reported gains in both profit and revenue for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Transmissions, Allison Transmission Holdings, Earnings

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

November 16, 2014 - Industry News

Detroit Assurance: Collision Mitigation, Assisted Braking, Better MPG

Photo by Jim Park

The new Detroit Assurance from Daimler Trucks North America is an active vehicle safety system that complements fuel efficiency while adding a huge measure of driver convenience. The system was formally unveiled at a ride-and-drive event in Miami, Florida, on Friday.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, DTNA, Detroit Assurance, Adaptive Cruise Control, Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Detroit Diesel

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Automated Manuals: A Success Story

Automated manual transmissions in heavy trucks once were an anomaly. Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates Daimler's role in changing that trend in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on North American Truck Market

Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO

SAN DIEGO – Daimler Trucks North America expects steady growth in truck sales over the next couple of years, projecting this year will end up with 374,000 Class 6-8 units sold in North America and 411,000 for 2015 – and it's getting ready to ramp up its production to accommodate.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Last month, Tremec launched its redesigned 10-speed twin countershaft transmission for heavy-duty commercial trucks. Photo: Tremec

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, International Trucks, Transmissions, ProStar, Lightweighting, Bulk Hauling

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Efficiency

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton to Provide Navistar’s Heavy-Duty Remanufactured Transmissions

The majority of the deliveries, which started July 1, to Navistar’s roughly 350 North American dealers will be Eaton Flex Reman transmissions.

Tags: Eaton, Navistar, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Remanufactured Parts

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The tractor’s steering and movement are remotely controlled by a man with special app on a tablet computer. It sends the pup trailer in the proper path, and the semitrailer and tractor follow along, guided by the ZF app’s computations. Photo: ZF Freidrichshafen AG

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

Tags: Fleet Efficiency, ZF Friedrichshafen, Remote Controls, Future Trucks, Transmissions, Longer Combination Vehicles, Global

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Three-Year Warranty Coverage Now on Standard and Flex Reman Eaton Transmissions

Power management company Eaton Corporation has expanded its three-year bundled warranty program for remanufactured transmissions to now include all commercial truck vocations in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Eaton, Eaton Corp., Transmissions

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Purchases 550 New Trucks, Most Automated

Con-way Truckload has purchased 550 new Kenworth, Volvo, Freightliner and Navistar tractors, most of which will be equipped with automated transmissions and all with 6x4 axles.

Tags: Drivers, Transmissions, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ultimate Test Drive Videos Add New Dimension to Vehicle and Component Evaluations

Heavy Duty Trucking has teamed up with Today's Trucking, an award-winning Canadian magazine published by Newcom, to bring you the Ultimate Test Drive Video series. We're kicking it off with a special two-part "twin sticks" edition. Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Rolls Out I-Shift, Mack Launches Vision, for Mexican Market

Mack unveils its Vision model for the Mexican market at Expo Transporte on Tuesday. Photo: Evan Lockridge

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, Transmissions

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Adds 500 Tractors With Eaton’s UltraShift Plus

Penske Truck Rental is adding 500 new Freightliner semi-tractors to its commercial truck rental fleet featuring Eaton’s UltraShift Plus Multipurpose High Performance (MHP) Automated Transmissions.

Tags: Eaton, Freightliner, Penske Truck Leasing, Transmissions

April 29, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Launches Production of DT12 Automated Manual Transmission

Daimler Trucks officials (from left) Ehrhard Thiel, manager for Gaggenau Powertrain Production; Frank Reintjes, head of Global Powertrain, Procurement and Manufacturing Engineering; and Matthias Jurytko, Gaggenau plant manager, with the new DT12 transmission where it is being assembled in Gaggenau, Germany. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

GAGGENAU, GERMANY -- Managers at Daimler's Gaggenau, Germany, powertrain facility Monday proudly showed off how they are building the new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, which will be assembled here until it moves to Detroit brand headquarters in Redford, Mich., in 2015.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Transmissions

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Ford, GM to Jointly Develop Multi-Speed Transmissions

Ford and GM plan to jointly develop a new generation of advanced 9- and 10-speed automatics for cars, crossover and sport utility vehicles, and trucks.

Multi-speed transmissions were once reserved for heavy trucks, but 8-speed automatics are now available in automobiles and pickups, and soon there’ll be even more ratios.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Transmissions, Light & Medium



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