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October 3, 2014

"Aluminum" F-150: Lightweight and Lots of Fun (Video)

This is a driver's view of the 2015 aluminum F-150 with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 blasting away from the start line, then rapidly snaking through the slalom course. The inset shows the driver -- HDT Senior Editor, Tom Berg -- at the wheel, havin' fun.

September 29, 2014

Dana Unveils Global Single-reduction Drive Axle

The new global axle concept from Dana allows common components to be used across many different markets, but regional needs and specific applications can still be accommodated.

September 25, 2014

New TRW Torsion Rod Design 30% Lighter

TRW’s new lightweight radius torsion rod for trucks is up to 30% lighter and has been optimized for vehicle manufacturers.

September 23, 2014

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

August 22, 2014

UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.

August 7, 2014

Peterbilt Offers Alcoa Aluminum Wheels As Option

Peterbilt is offering new, lightweight Alcoa Ultra aluminum wheels as a factory-installed option for all Peterbilt heavy-duty trucks.

July 29, 2014

Aluminum Parts Save 707 Pounds in F-150 Weigh-In

A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.

July 29, 2014

Webb Ductile Iron Hub Sheds 3.5 Pounds

Webb Wheel OEM has redesigned its ductile-iron TN-model trailer hub to make it lighter and to simplify brake drum installation. The hub now weighs 35 pounds, which Webb claims is the lightest ductile iron hub available for 25,000-pound-rated TN trailer axles.

July 24, 2014

Commentary: Lightweighting the Way

Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

July 1, 2014

Supreme FiberPanel HC Walls Use Honeycomb Structure

A lightweight honeycomb sidewall design on straight truck bodies allows increased payload and promises long life and low maintenance, Supreme Industries says.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Equipment

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

June 9, 2014

Kenworth Offers Lightweight T680 Sleeper

Specs include the 12.9-liter MX-13 diesel mated to an Eaton Advantage transmission, a 6x2 tandem, wide-base single wheels and tires, and an aluminum fifth wheel.

April 17, 2014

SAF-Holland Introduces Integrated Yoke Mount Air Suspension Axle System

SAF-Holland introduced what it says is the industry's first integrated yoke mount air suspension axle system, the CBXy Series, designed for lowboy and dropdeck trailers.

April 11, 2014

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

March 28, 2014

Trail King Debuts All Aluminum Step Deck Trailer

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Making its debut this week at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show is Trail King Industries’ prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer.

March 27, 2014

East Makes Alcoa Wheels, Jost Landing Gear Standard on Certain Trailers

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The new aluminum wheels and landing gear together can save 90 pounds per trailer while maintaining high strength.

March 27, 2014

Alcoa Says New Wheel is Lightest in Trucking

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Alcoa has rolled out what it says is the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, with the help of a new alloy.

March 27, 2014

Dana Rolls Out Two Lightweight Steer Axles

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Truck owners seeking to help offset the pounds added with today's emissions systems can choose Dana's new E-Series or D-Series steer axles.

March 14, 2014

Ox Bodies Introduces New Stampede Ultralight

Ox Bodies introduces its new Stampede Ultralight series dump body. The Ultralight is well suited for a range of applications from sand-to-small aggregates and asphalt.

March 12, 2014

Innovation In The Details

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

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