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The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg 
Test Drive: Ford Transit Van
By Tom Berg
A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.
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New Report Explores Lightweighting
By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
Mercedes-Benz Updated 13-liter and the Next Detroit Diesel Generation
By Jim Park
For a sneak peek at the next generation of the DD13, look to the latest new engine from Mercedes-Benz in Europe.
The new mDrive HD automated manual transmission will be standard on Mack Granites. It has toughened gears and synchros, and a more effective fluid cooler. Photo: Tom Berg
QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD
By Tom Berg
What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.
The Mid-America Trucking Show featured many trailer makers. Showgoers here make use of a lowbed trailer to take a break. Photos: Tom Berg
Trailer Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul
By Tom Berg
Our annual roundup of the latest trailer products and trends.

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Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking
Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.
Scott Damon, Firestone Industrial Products newly appointed president. Photo: Firestone
Firestone Industrial Names New President
Firestone Industrial Products has named Scott Damon its new president succeeding John Vincent who has been the president since 2010.
Photo by Evan Lockridge
Mack Latest OE to Pull out of Mid-America Trucking Show
UPDATED -- Mack Trucks is joining Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar and Volvo Trucks in deciding not to exhibit at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., next March.
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Freightliner 122SD Gets Two Optional Allison Transmissions
Daimler Trucks North America has announced that the Freightliner 122SD severe-duty truck model can now be spec’d with Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) and Oil Field Series (OFS) automatic transmissions.
Kenworth GM Preston Feight talks with trucking reporters at Kenworth's headquarters. Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Kenworth Execs Talk Trucks and Trucking
By Deborah Lockridge
In a wide-ranging discussion with trucking journalists at its headquarters Tuesday, Kenworth executives shared their insights on topics ranging from autonomous trucks to the safety of the industry.
The Paccar MX-13 engine resides in a Kenworth T680 Day Cab that will serve UPS operations in the Seattle area. Photo: Kenworth
UPS Gets 50,000th Paccar MX Engine Installed in a Kenworth
By Deborah Lockridge
UPS received the milestone 50,000th Paccar MX series engine installed in a Kenworth truck at a ceremony at Kenworth headquarters Wednesday.
Monthly Used Class 8 Truck Orders Remain Flat
Gains on the retail side of the used truck market were offset by decreases in the auction and wholesale markets.
Gary Roberts, Fleet Engineers Business Development Manager Photo courtesy of Fleet Engineers
Fleet Engineers Announces New Sales Team Structure
Fleet Engineers has made new appointments to its sales team.
Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.
Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products
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.
When there's no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.
Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two
By Jim Park
Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.


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Hold Open Door Keeper Holds Roll-Up Door Open Todco’s Hold Open Door Keeper is a bottom roller holder that allows an open roll-up door to rest in the open position behind the header.
TodCold Refrigerated Roll-Up Door Todco, The Overhead Door Company, added the new TodCold refrigerated door to its line of roll-up doors.
KW Offers Maxwell Engine Start Module Kenworth says it has begun producing trucks with an available engine advanced starting and battery charging system.
Steel Partitions Made for Sprinter Vans Ranger has announced a new lineup of steel and aluminum safety partitions designed for use in Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans.
Haldex Expands Reman Water Pump Line Haldex is expanding its lineup of remanufactured water pumps to include Eastern Industries water pumps.
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.
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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