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Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.
Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expecations
By Denise Rondini
Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.
Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.
Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?
By Tom Berg
Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.
The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park
Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage
By Jim Park
A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.
Photo courtesy Ram Truck.
Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews
By Nick Cappa
Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.
MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation. 
Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends
By Tom Berg
Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

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Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.
Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option
XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.
Mack Trucks now offers its Mack Pinnacle with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology. Photo courtesy of Mack
Mack Offers Natural Gas Pinnacle with UltraShift Plus and Collision Tech
Mack Trucks is offering natural gas versions of its Pinnacle model with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology.
Ryder System Awards Recognize Mexican Trucking Companies
Ryder System presented its Service Excellence Awards to top-performing carriers at the company's fifth annual Mexican Carrier Celebration and Recognition Event in Mexico City.
Used Class 8 Truck Sales Fall 12% in January
Used Class 8 truck sales fell to 2,239 units in January - a 12% decline from December and a 3% decline year-over-year, according to a report from ACT Research.
Kenworth - W900L Studio Sleeper. Photo: Kenworth
Kenworth Offers Rebate to OOIDA Members on Sleepers
Kenworth is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new Kenworth sleeper trucks to members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association during 2015.
Trailer Order Backlog Near 20-Year Highs
ACT Research's latest report on trailer order numbers show a strong January, despite a drop from December.
Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers
Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty
Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.
Bendix to Build A New Headquarters
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems will construct a new headquarters in Northeast Ohio, the company announced.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
Ford Trains 8,000 on Aluminum F-150 Production
Ford is putting 8,000 of its workers through an intensive training program to ensure everyone knows how to work with the new materials, such as aluminum panels,in the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.
Donaldson Profit Falls Slightly in Most Recent Quarter
By Evan Lockridge
Donaldson released financial results for its fiscal second quarter ending at the close of January, showing a 14% drop in net earnings despite a small uptick in sales.


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The IsoTemp Refrigeration Upfit is Designed for Cargo Vans The Gruau IsoTemp is a one-piece refrigeration and insulation upfit for commercial vans featuring a lightweight and low-profile one piece module designed for efficient climate control while retaining cargo space.
Crysteel Aluminum Dump Body Saves Weight The Crysteel Manufacturing A-Tipper is an aluminum dump body designed for contractors and municipalities with improved strength, durability and efficiency.
Larger, Lighter But Stronger MTec6 Trailer Axle Coming from Meritor Meritor has developed a larger trailer axle said to be stronger but lighter than its current 5-inch-diameter tube-type product. The MTec6 experiences less bending at the wheel end and better tire wear, and cuts out 40 pounds of material.
Roadmaster’s Trailer Tire Designed for Improved Treadwear Roadmaster’s RM272 trailer tire is designed to withstand treadwear from use with a drop-deck trailer.
New Lube Filter for ISX15 Addresses Changes in Engine Design and Oils Cummins Filtration says its new Fleetguard lube filter is the first to use a patented nanotechnology based synthetic media originally developed for fuel filters.
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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