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February 5, 2014

FET Exemption for Glider-Kitted Trucks Might End, IRS Indicates

Exemption from the 12% FET is a major benefit of buying gliders instead of new trucks, but new IRS thinking would take away that break.

October 20, 2013

Scenes from 2013 ATA Management Conf. & Exhibition

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference and Exhibition began on Sunday in sunny (but very humid) Orlando, Fla. Here is a just a sampling of what’s been going on. For the latest news from the show go to www.truckinginfo.com/list/tag/ata2013.aspx and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hdtruckingPhotos by Evan Lockridge.

October 3, 2013

Cummins Announces ISV5.0 V-8 Diesel for Light and Midrange Trucks

Cummins is going after more of the light- and medium-duty market with its new ISV5.0, a 5-liter (302-cubic-inch) V-8 diesel that promises high performance and low total cost of ownership.

September 13, 2013

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

September 3, 2013

Backup Warning Devices Soon Required for Delaware-Based Trucks

Trucks based in the one of the nation’s smallest states are going to have to comply with a law requiring them to make a big noise.

August 14, 2013

Achieve Maximum Productivity by Spec’ing the Right Truck

When looking to maximize the productivity of their fleets, executives should take advantage of the variety of resources available to them, both before and during the truck specification process. Industry experts can help them weigh and evaluate the hundreds of decisions awaiting them.

June 20, 2013

How to Navigate the Great Credit Search

You know that it’s time to upgrade a certain portion of your fleet. But you assume that, in the current economic environment, getting credit can be difficult. So how do you get the equipment you need, when you need it?

January 9, 2013

Are you tougher than a Mack Truck?

Are you stronger than a Mack truck? Competitors for the World's Strongest Man competition recently took on the challenge

January 6, 2013

Eight Truckstops Join Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals

Shorepower Technologies has announced eight more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations. Connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers are also being installed at four of the eight truckstops

January 6, 2013

Test Drive: Daimler's DT12 Automated Transmission

The arrival of Detroit's DT12 automated manual transmission wasn't unexpected. Daimler AG, the parent company of Daimler Trucks North America and Detroit Inc., has been using such transmissions in Europe for many years in the Mercedes Actros line and earlier products

January 6, 2013

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

January 6, 2013

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 579

The urge to compare is great, but I will resist. Both Peterbilt's Model 579 and Kenworth's T68O were introduced with much fanfare at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year

October 16, 2012

Mack Bulldog Hood Ornament Turns 80

The iconic Mack Bulldog hood ornament recently celebrated its 80th birthday -- that's about 560 in dog years

July 3, 2012

Tires: Traction 
vs.
 Fuel Economy

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

May 2, 2012

Automated Mechanical Transmissions Gaining Steadily in Class 8 Trucks

Talk about transmissions in commercial trucks, and you'll talk a lot about Eaton. The Michigan-based manufacturer continues to dominate the business in Class 8 and remains strong in Classes 6 and 7. However, there are other names in the busines

December 13, 2011

Some states are backing away from 'killer chemical' de-icers

Here's some welcome news: Some states are looking for alternatives to de-ice their roads, instead of the extremely corrosive magnesium chloride and calcium chloride de-icers that have vexed the trucking industry for the past decade

August 15, 2011

Navistar Puts a New Spin on EGR Valves

You can't help but notice the positive vibe coming out of Melrose, Ill. about the MaxxForce 15 engine.

May 10, 2011

Closing the gap

When you see drawings or mockups of futuristic trucks, one of the things you'll notice is there's virtually no gap between the tractor and trailer

April 15, 2011

Ole Number One finds a new home in Iowa

The first truck to go into service for Con-way Central Express, a 1983 Ford CL9000 cabover, has a new home at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa

April 8, 2011

Got a Million-Mile Engine?

How much is a million? A children's book says it would take 23 days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale. For truckers, a million miles is about 10 years

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