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October 4, 2013

Pushing the Envelope on Fuel Economy

The low-hanging fruit when it comes to fuel economy has all been picked. Now truck and engine makers are examining every part and component of the truck in exacting detail to figure out where they can cut the smallest amount of drag or the small parasitic loss of power that drag down fuel economy. Deborah Lockridge offers two examples in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

October 2, 2013

Truck Makers Talk About Green Truck Initiatives

PHOENIX -- The affordability, abundance and relatively fast return on investment for natural gas trucks has pushed interest in electric hybrids for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and other alt-fuel alternatives to the back burner, but that doesn't mean truck makers have given up on hybrid drives and researching a variety of other technologies for future "green" trucks.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: Natural Gas Freightliner Cascadia 113

Freightliner’s Cascadia 113 and the ISX12 G from Cummins Westport aren’t exactly strangers. About 100 of the trucks have been in customer hands for some months now. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes one for a spin.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive Photos: Freightliner NG Cascadia 113

The natural gas version of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 is every bit as capable as its diesel sisters. Check out Equipment Editor Jim Park's photos.

September 12, 2013

CNG: Monarch Beverage Spends $16.5 Million to Convert Fleet

Monarch Beverage Co. of Indianapolis is spending $16.5 million to convert its truck fleet to natural gas.

September 10, 2013

Ford Tops U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market Share in Q2

Experian Automotive announced that Ford Motor Co. ranked highest in market share for all commercial vehicles at nearly 21% in Q2 2013, followed closely by International (17.5%) and Freightliner (15.6%).

September 8, 2013

Central Freight Lines Upgrades Fleet with Freightliner CNG Trucks

Central Freight Lines Inc. has added 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors equipped with Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines to its fleet of more than 1,600 trucks.

August 22, 2013

Freightliner’s 122SD, Coronado’s Replacement, Enters Production

Freightliner Trucks’ 122SD severe-duty model has gone into full production at its Santiago, Mexico, plant. The truck replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as the builder’s “cornerstone” vocational vehicle, according to Mary Aufdemberg, Freightliner’s director of product marketing.

August 22, 2013

Roof Fairing Enhances Fuel Economy for the Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner Trucks announced a new factory-installed roof fairing is now available as standard on Freightliner Cascadia Evolution 72-inch mid-roof XT models and as an option on Freightliner Cascadia 72-inch mid-roof XT trucks.

August 8, 2013

Eaton Manual Transmissions Available with Cummins-Westport ISX-12 G in Cascadia

Eaton has announced that the company’s lineup of manual transmissions are now available as an option on Freightliner chassis equipped with Cummins Westport ISX-12 G heavy-duty natural gas engines.

August 6, 2013

Freightliner Cascadia 113 Compressed Natural Gas Tractor Walk-around

Heavy Duty Trucking's Equipment Editor Jim Park takes you on a walk-around tour of the new Cascadia 113 tractor equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine and a 115 DGE compressed natural gas fuel storage system.

August 6, 2013

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Depending on who you are in the medium-duty truck business, things are going great, or well, or not so good but looking up. A few builders have picked up market share in Classes 3, 4 and 5 and in Class 6-7. Others have lost some or a lot, but sales continue to climb for most midrange truck makers.

August 5, 2013

Freightliner Adds Sleepers, Aero, Long-range Tanks to NG Lineup

As interest in natural gas power broadens, Freightliner is adding options that appeal to fleets wanting greater range and fuel savings technologies. The company plans to increase the operating range of some natural-gas-fueled trucks out to 800 miles.

August 1, 2013

Freightliner Cascadia Sleeper Now Available with Factory-Installed Natural Gas Technology

Freightliner Trucks announced that its Freightliner Cascadia natural-gas-powered tractors will be available with a 48-inch sleeper cab. The natural-gas-powered Cascadia will also be available with factory-installed compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas tanks.

July 31, 2013

Cascadia Evolution, M2 Models Leading Freightliner to “Best Year Ever"

Lampert attributes Freightliner’s market-leading position with a product lineup that is address customers key concerns: fuel economy and the cost of operation.

July 31, 2013

LED Headlamps Now Standard on Cascadia Trucks

In addition to the safety enhancement provided by LED forward lighting, LED lights reduce the current draw on the vehicle’s electrical system

July 30, 2013

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

July 22, 2013

Heartland Express Reports Improved Second Quarter Profit

Iowa-based truckload carrier Heartland Express announced financial results for the second quarter of the year, showing net income increased $0.9 million to $19.1 million compared to $18.2 million in the 2012 period, a 5% increase.

July 15, 2013

Upgraded Eaton Shifters Now Offered by Freightliner

Eaton has announced that the company’s Cobra style shifter is now available on select models of Freightliner vocational trucks equipped with Eaton UltraShift Plus automated manual transmissions.

June 3, 2013

Penske Makes Truck-Lite LED Headlights Standard for Freightliner Cascadia Tractors

Penske Truck Leasing announced it will make Truck-Lite custom LED headlights its standard spec on the Freightliner Cascadia tractors it offers for full-service lease.

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