Mid-America Trucking Show

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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

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.

March 31, 2014

SmartTruck Says UnderTray System Provides SmartWay Elite Level Savings

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck’s UT6Plus aerodynamic device provides the fuel saving performance required by EPA SmartWay to deliver at least 9% improvement in fuel economy, qualifying for SmartWay's new Elite level.

March 31, 2014

Hallco Announces the Accelerator for Live Floor Conveyor System

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Hallco Industries unveiled a new product called the Accelerator that can unload trailers up to 30% faster. The Accelerator enables truck operators to quickly unload their cargo, thereby saving time especially for operators with frequent load turns.

March 31, 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Takes Aftermarket Alternator to 200 Amps (updated)

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Mitsubishi's new A200 alternator offers high efficiency in a lightweight package with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty.

March 31, 2014

Freightliner Shows How Drivers Can Get 'FIT' at MATS 2014

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, visitors got a chance to view demonstrations of how drivers can prevent injuries and stay fit with the Freightliner FIT System - all inside the cab.

March 31, 2014

Mack Brand Tattoos at MATS 2014

This year in the Mack booth, Ami James and Chris Garver gave 12 devoted Mack fans a chance to get a Mack brand tattoo.

March 31, 2014

Freightliner Cascadia Evolution Challenge at MATS 2014

Did you take the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution Challenge at MATS 2014? Attendees had a chance to steer a 1/14th scale Freightliner Cascadia Evolution at the show. Watch and learn more about this cool little truck!

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