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VW’s Caddy is equivalent to Ford’s Transit Connect, Ram’s ProMaster City and Nissan NV200/Chevy City Express, which are sold in the U.S. The Caddy isn’t, but might (or might not) be someday.  Photos by Sven-Erik Lindstrand
VW Updates Transporter and Caddy Vans
By Sven-Erik Lindstrand
We check out the updated Volkswagen Transporter and Caddy Vans in France and Sweden and ask the question, could these vans be U.S. bound?
Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler. 
Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor
By Tom Berg
This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.
Most vans get swing doors, which are comparatively simple and, when locked shut, help stiffen the trailer’s body structure. And rugged yet economical laminated hardwood floors go in 95% of dry-freight vans.  
Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors
By Tom Berg
Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.
Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.
Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires
By Jim Park
Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.
Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park
Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900
By Jim Park
Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

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ContiTech NAFTA unveils its new headquaters sign. Photo via ContiTech
ContiTech Unveils New Headquarters
ContiTech recently unveiled its revamped North American headquarters to bring awareness to the public about the new name and brands created by Continental’s acquisition of Veyance Technologies.
Trail King Expands Agriculture Product Offering
Trail King has released its complete line of agricultural product offerings with additional products from its recent acquisition of Dakota Trailer Manufacturing.
Photo courtesy of IIHS.
Aluminum F-150 Named IIHS Top Pick
Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab model has been named a Top Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the extended cab model was rated as good by the group.
Photo of 338 model.
Hino Trucks Expands Preventive Service Plan
Hino Trucks will begin offering its preventive service care program HinoCare on its conventional, non-cabover medium-duty models, including the 238, 258, 268, and 338.
Wabash Profit Increases, Meritor Drops
By Evan Lockridge
Trailer maker Wabash's second quarter earnings showed a big leap in profitability from a year ago, including some record numbers. Meritor, however, saw its results hampered by a strong dollar and weak overseas markets.
Alcoa Forms Transportation and Construction Solutions Segment
Alcoa is incorporating its Wheel & Transportation Products and Alcoa Building & Construction Systems units into a single new business segment called Transportation and Construction Solutions.
Navistar-made CT13 diesel will remain the standard engine in Cat Trucks, as will the cab and chassis adapted from the International PayStar. Photo: Tom Berg 
Cat Trucks to Initially Continue as Built by Navistar
By Tom Berg
UPDATED -- What's next for Caterpillar and Navistar vocational trucks, now that Caterpillar's ending its Cat Truck assembly agreement with Navistar? Spokesmen from both companies talk to Truckinginfo.com.
CT680, introduced earlier this year, is the third version in the Cat Truck series. Photo by Tom Berg
Cat to Split with Navistar, Build Own Vocational Trucks
By Tom Berg
Navistar says it will "leverage joint technology" to produce its own premium vocational trucks.
Image via Eaton
Eaton Dual-Clutch Transmission Coming to DuraStar
The Eaton Procision line of dual-clutch, automated-manual transmissions will be available on International DuraStar medium-duty trucks in late 2015.
Used Truck Sales Up 6%
The number of used Class 8 trucks sold rose by 6% to 2,643 units in June, according to a report from ACT Research.

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UniCircle Tread Offered for Mixed-Service Applications Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s G186 MSA UniCircle is an all-position retread designed for mixed-service applications.
Aluminum Body Designed for Strength and Durability The Aluminum Landscape body from Crysteel is designed for strength and durability while maintaining lighter weight with an aluminum construction.
Michelin Expands X One Tire and Retread Offering Michelin has expanded its X One Multi Energy offering by adding in new sizes to the wide-base single trailer tire and retread lines.
Bridgestone Retread Designed for Tandem Axle Tractors Bridgestone Commercial introduced the Bandag B760 FuelTech drive tire retread, designed for tandem-axle tractors in truckload and less-than-truckload applications.
Air Disc Brake Option Added To Neway Lift Axle The Bendix ADB22X Air Disc Brake will be an upcoming option on the Neway LSZ Steerable Lift Axle Suspension System
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Asset: West Air Gases Case Study
Fuel price volatility is still the top concern when considering alternatives. With the price of oil and diesel being highly unpredictable and strict emissions regulations up ahead, clearly, natural gas is the express route to a cleaner, greener fleet. Find out how WestAir Gases made the switch to natural gas with minimal cost, risk or downtime. Learn about the challenges West Air faced and how Ryder created a custom solution to overcome each and every one.
A Customized Fleet for Phenomenal Growth
Learn how Ryder’s Full Service Lease solution armed one of the nation’s top office supply companies with their “Weapons of Delivery Excellence” fleet, customized to transport an vast array of products and the reliability to travel more than 13 million miles per year.
Assessing Bumper Technology for a No-Compromise Solution
Fleets need end-to-end fuel efficient solutions — this whitepaper looks at bumper technologies and how advanced design and materials can mean a fuel efficient while also durable and easier to maintain bumper solution.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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