July 8, 2014
Truck engine maker Cummins announced two key leadership changes on Tuesday. Rich Freeland will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, reporting to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.
July 7, 2014
By the time the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck made its public debut in February boasting 10.7 mpg, some contemporary trucks were achieving better than 8 mpg, and some super-fuel-conscious fleets boast even higher. While that may make the SuperTruck accomplishment seem slightly diminished, that 10.7-mpg milestone is only a small part of the story.
The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck project achieved almost-unheard-of gains of 68% in freight efficiency over a 24-hour duty-cycle, a 50% improvement in freight efficiency on an 11-hour drive-cycle and a 20% improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine. How did they do it, and what does that mean?
This series of photos reveals most of the secrets behind the effectiveness of the SuperTruck, particularly its aerodynamic enhancements. No stone was left unturned by engineers who were looking for every possible aero advantage. Some of what you see here will soon make its way onto production vehicles, while other enhancement may still be a few years off. (Photos: Jim Park)
June 23, 2014
Truck engine manufacturer Cummins announced on Monday that Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer, engine business, plans to retire from the company July 1
May 14, 2014
Every year for the last two or three centuries (or so it seems), March has meant a trip to Louisville, Ky., and the Mid-America Trucking Show. And every year the show produces a dominant theme, albeit unwritten, in the collection of new products introduced there.
May 8, 2014
The engine manufacturer Cummins announced on Thursday that Jeff Jones, vice president of its North American engine business and marketing communications, will retire from the company on June 30.
April 30, 2014
Trailer maker Wabash National had net income for the first quarter of 2014 of $7.3 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income of $5.7 million, or 8 cents per diluted share.
Freightliner Trucks announced that the Allison Transmissions output retarder is now available as an option for M2 112 Natural Gas refuse trucks spec’d with Allison 3000 and 4000 series RDS transmissions.
Mack Trucks previewed the new Mack LR series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks designed with the driver, customer and demands of the rigorous job in mind. Initially available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015.
April 28, 2014
Cummins Inc. promoted Dana Vogt to vice president - manufacturing - heavy duty, mid-range, and light duty diesel. In this new role, Vogt will also be an officer of the company.
April 21, 2014
Two more truck makers have announced how many of their vehicles are affected by a recall announced in early March involving Cummins Westport powered natural gas engines.
April 18, 2014
The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’
April 14, 2014
Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..
April 11, 2014
If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.
April 9, 2014
The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany.
April 7, 2014
Where in the same exhibit hall could you see a stagecoach, a 1964 White Freightliner cabover, an '85 Dodge Ram and a sleek Jetsons-like tractor-trailer with a carbon fiber trailer? Deborah Lockridge explains in her "All That's Trucking" blog.
March 28, 2014
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Volvo Trucks will offer the Eaton SmartAdvantage Powertrain in all VNL Series models. In addition to lighter weight and increasing the driver pool with smooth, automated shifting, this powertrain is designed to enhance the time spent in a diesel engine’s most efficient RPM zone helping to reduce fuel consumption.
March 27, 2014
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Eaton announced that an optimized version of its Fuller Advantage Series Automated 10-speed transmissions will be available on select Paccar trucks with the MX-13 engine in order to maximize fuel efficiency in linehaul applications.
March 26, 2014
MATS, LOUISVILLE – A 25th Anniversary package is commemorating the first offering of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine in Ram pickup trucks in 1989, the engine maker says.
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