Mid-America Trucking Show

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September 22, 2014

Goodyear Seeking Nominations for Highway Hero

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its Highway Hero program, which honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

June 26, 2014

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin

Combine the frame from the vocational VHD with the comfort of the VN highway tractor and you have something strong for long hauls.

May 7, 2014

HDT Presents Awards to Top 20 Product Winners

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors 20 of the best new products introduced the previous year with its Top 20 awards. Each product was selected based on its level of innovation, whether it addresses significant industry issues or concerns, and its potential to improve a trucking operation’s bottom line. The winners appeared in our February 2014 issue, and awards were presented at the Technology and Maintenance Council annual meeting, the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention, and the Mid-America Trucking Show in the spring of 2014.

April 14, 2014

Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.

April 11, 2014

MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions

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 10, 2014

Trucker Buddy Boy Scout Event Big Success at MATS

Deborah Lockridge follows up on a special event at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where more than 200 Boy Scouts earned a badge about truck transportation.

April 7, 2014

Past and Future Mingle at MATS

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.

April 7, 2014

The 31st Goodyear Highway Hero

On March 27 at the Mid-America Trucking Show Ivan Vasovic was named as the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero.

Vasovic was in his truck in Los Angeles, Calif., last October when he witnessed a double tanker truck hit the concrete divider of a freeway overpass, careen off a wall and slam into a guard rail. Its tanks, which were full of diesel, ripped open and the truck came to a stop with its tractor and first tanker hanging over the side of the overpass.  The truck’s driver was trapped inside when the diesel ignited. The driver, now on fire, kicked out a window, slid down the truck and fell to the ground, breaking an arm and leg. By that point, the suspended truck was engulfed in flames with black clouds of smoke billowing from it.

Vasovic and another bystander tried to pull the injured driver to safety. However, due to the intense heat, they could only drag him a few yards at a time. Vasovic dashed back to his truck and poured water on himself, which enabled him to drag the badly injured driver 20 yards away from his original position. Moments later, the entire burning tanker truck crashed to the ground.

April 6, 2014

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

April 2, 2014

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

April 2, 2014

Photos: Mid-America Trucking Show 2014, Day 3

Saturday in Louisville, Ky., was windy, blustery and rainy -- great weather for an indoor trade show, not so good for those wanting to see the truck beauty competition outside. Inside it was warm and dry, and attendees got some valuable one-on-one face time with the hundreds of exhibitors.

April 2, 2014

Mack Showcases Rebranding at MATS 2014

John Walsh, vice president of marketing for Mack Trucks, talks about the company's rebranding and new logo. Initially introduced at ConExpo/ConAgg [link], the rebranding was featured at the Mack booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show and in its message to reporters.

April 1, 2014

Ferro Discusses Split Sleep Study, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logs at MATS Fleet Forum

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- While encouraging audience members to file their comments on recently proposed legislation for mandatory electronic logs and the agency's research into new-entrant requirements, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro last week also noted that the agency is going ahead with a pilot study of split sleep.

April 1, 2014

Wrap-up: Fuel Economy, Robust Truck Orders Highlight Mid-America Trucking Show

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Fuel economy continued to be a major theme of this year's Mid-America Trucking Show as truck makers and suppliers predicted an improved year of heavy truck sales.

April 1, 2014

By the Numbers: Mid-America Trucking Show 2014

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Official numbers show this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, held last week in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, was the biggest ever, according to show officials.

April 1, 2014

Mack Ready to Recapture On-Highway Market

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Mack says fuel-efficient Pinnacle tractors, along with improved customer support and a larger dealer network, will help push Class 8 market share over 10% in 2014.

April 1, 2014

Freightliner Cascadia 113 Natural Gas Tractor at MATS 2014

Watch as Freightliner product marketing segment manager, Greg Treinen, shows you around the Freightliner CNG truck display at Mid-America Trucking Show 2014.

April 1, 2014

Video: The Building of the Freightliner Revolution Innovation Concept Truck

Walmart's WAVE concept truck made a splash at the Great Dane booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show last week, but it wasn't the first to come up with a streamlined concept truck designed around a single driver. Two years ago it was Freightliner's Revolution generating buzz at MATS, and we ran across this video about the thought and design behind it.

March 31, 2014

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

March 31, 2014

Travel Centers of America Names Citizen Driver Award Winners

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- TravelCenters of America announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients during the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., on Friday. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who evoke respect for the truck driving profession.

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