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Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping. 
Working With Your Tire Provider
By Jim Park
Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?
12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks
By Tom Berg
Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.
Western Star stations three vehicles at Eaton’s proving grounds at Marshall, Mich., for demonstrations. From left: 4700SB 10-wheel dump, 4800SB twin-steer 8x4 dump, and 4900SB tractor.  Photo: Tom Berg
Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB
By Tom Berg
The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.
Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood
The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing
By Jim Park
Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?
Chris Villavarayan. Photo courtesy Meritor.
Q&A: Meritor's Chris Villavarayan
By Deborah Lockridge
Chris Villavarayan tells HDT about his first year as president of Meritor Americas, Meritor's latest axle and tire inflation news, the global business and more.

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XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks
Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup
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.
Photo: David Cullen
Volvo Introduces Adaptive Loading 6x2 Suspension
Volvo Trucks introduced the Adaptive Loading 6x2 liftable forward axle that automatically adjusts to load weight changes and offers 4x2 operation in certain conditions.
Photo: Dave Cullen
Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem
By Tom Berg
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.
Photo: Peterbilt
Peterbilt Highlights Efficiency with 579 Epiq
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.
Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck
By 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.
Detroits complete integrated powertrain. Image via Detroit
Detroit Starts Production on Integrated Powertrain
Detroit Diesel began production of the components making up the integrated Detroit Powertrain, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth
Kenworth Makes Predictive Cruise Control Standard
The Kenworth Predictive Cruise Control is now standard on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The option was originally introduced last fall.
The Icon 900. Photo: Tom Berg
KW’s W900L Gets Icon 900 Limited Edition
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.
The Cummins four-cylinder ISF2.8 base engine was used as the base for the ATLAS program. Photo: Cummins 
Cummins Announces Results of Half-Ton Diesel Engine Program
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.
The sleeper features a liftable lower bunk and side storage towers, including hanging storage for drivers to store their clothes. Photo via Kenworth
Kenworth Launches 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper
Kenworth Truck announced a new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for its T680 and T880, with production starting in fall.

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Toyo M153 Designed for High-Scrub Applications Toyo Tire’s M153 regional and urban heavy-duty steer tire is designed for refuse operations and other high-scrub applications.
Altec Offers Fiberglass Service And Utility Bodies Altec’s fiberglass utility and service bodies are designed and engineered to be both lightweight and strong to fit a variety of customized needs.
Photo: Goodyear Goodyear Adds Retread for Fuel Max Long-Haul Tire Goodyear has introduced the precure Fuel Max LHD G505D retread, which is designed to extend the life cycle of the Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D long haul tire.
Ridewell Releases 15K Trailer Air Supension The Ridewell Suspensions RAR-260 15K is a trailer air-ride suspension designed for light- and medium-duty service.
Alliance Autogas Has Bi-Fuel Conversion for Transit Vans Alliance AutoGas has developed a bi-fuel propane-gasoline system for the Ford Transit’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
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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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