HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

March 2006

Cover Story By Deborah Whistler, Editor
HDT Honors Trucking All-Stars

Eight outstanding trucking executives are recognized with Heavy Duty Trucking's first Truck Fleet Innovators awards.

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Tractor-Trailer Aerodynamics

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Streamlined power units are a given, and research on trailer aero improvers should make them common, too.

Surviving an audit

By Patricia Smith, Senior Editor

Tips for making compliance reviews 'positive and peaceful' events.

Trucking Visionary

By Don Schneider Chairman Schneider National Inc.

Schneider is a high-tech company that happens to own a few thousand trucks.

One Truck To 21,000

By Jerry Moyes Chairman/CEO Swift Transportation Inc.

From owner-operator to mega fleet, swift has grown through strategic acquisitions.

Opening New Doors: Harry Muhlschlegel, New Century Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

This former owner-operator, a 2006 HDT Truck Fleet Innovator, is constantly re-inventing typical trucking practices.

The Leading Edge

By Max Fuller, Patrick Quinn U.S. Xpress Enterprises

As an early adopter of new technologies, U.S. Xpress has avoided the bleeding edge.

The Driver is Key

By Duane Acklie Chairman Crete Carrier Corp.

Low driver turnover comes with hiring right and treating them right.

Won't Give It Away

By Russ Gerdin Chairman & CEO Heartland Express Inc.

Heartland is operated with an eye toward long-term profits instead of short-term cash flow.

Se Habla Espanol?

By Glenn Brown, CEO Contract Freighters Inc.

CFI's Mexican business can be traced back to deregulation.

Test Drives

Stable Environment

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The bendix anti-rollover system keeps mack mixer on its wheels.

Ram 3500 Gets Heavier

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge Trucks has added 1,000 pounds to the gross vehicle weight rating of its Ram 3500 Chassis Cab model.

International Announces Two More Big XT Pickups

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The on/off-road MXT's styling is vaguely reminiscent of a Jeep Commando from the 1960s or '70s.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Next generation kicks it up a notch.


A Look At 2007 Diesel Emissions

By Jim Winsor, Executive Editor

Here's a preview of exhaust hardware you'll be seeing on '07 diesel engines.

Idle Conversation

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Best way to conserve fuel? Shut those engines down.

Will You Be Ready For Seven-Dollar Diesel?

By Doug Condra, President

Over the next five years, trucking needs to go all-out for fuel economy.


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