Optimus Receives First EPA Approval for Advanced Biofuel Conversion

Optimus claims its Vector Vector bi-fuel conversion system can reduce fleet fuel costs up to 25% and lifecycle emissions up to 80% without the prohibitive start-up costs of compressed natural gas (CNG).


Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


Coaching and Scoring Feature Debuts for SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced Wednesday it added a custom coaching and scoring feature to its on-board video-based safety system.

Roomy, comfortable T680 is a sales “home run” for Kenworth as it’s quickly edging out the older T660. Photo: Tom Berg


New Models Selling Well, Natural Gas ‘Happening,’ KW Reps Say

Revival in construction activity is driving healthy sales of vocational trucks, a recently launched highway tractor has become a “home run,” and interest in natural gas power should cause that segment to grow to 15-20% of heavy truck sales by 2020, Kenworth Truck Co. representatives said at a briefing for reporters Friday morning.


GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Midsize Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

Photo of K370 courtesy of Kenworth.


Kenworth's Refreshed Cabovers Now Available

Kenworth has refreshed its K270 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover trucks with an updated exterior, dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles.


Utility Trailer Opening Spokane, Wash. Dealership

The dealership will be more than 31,000 square feet, including an office, parts department, shop area and 8 service bays with overhead cranes and a service pit. There are plans to add 20 employees to handle operations at the Spokane location.


Special Snowplow Set for Raffle to Support Military Veterans Group

Western designed a one-of-a-kind Wide-Out plow commemorating the five branches of the U.S. military and their veterans. PPG Industrial Coatings donated the paint for this project, and ICAFe Inc. donated the custom paint job.

CNG-powered Peterbilt Model 579.


Peterbilt adds Ultrashift Plus, ISX12 G to Natural Gas Lineup

The Eaton UltraShift Plus is available in the 13-speed MHP and 10-speed LAS series and the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G is available up to 400 horsepower and 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque.

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.


Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.


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