HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

December 2016

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
The Next Generation: HDT's Emerging Leaders

Meet HDT's inaugural Emerging Leaders, a group of young professionals who are influential, innovative and successful, who can point to outstanding accomplishments and leadership qualities, and who have a passion for the trucking industry.

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Features

What You Need to Know About Reman Engines Electronics have added complexity and driven the reman industry to invest more in technician training and special equipment. Photo: Cummins

By Denise Rondini

Engine remanufacturers talk about the impact of electronics, emissions regulations and more.

Truck Technology Is Global and Local Germany’s Daimler Trucks this year announced that it is pushing its global platform strategy beyond the existing modular drivetrain components. Photos: Daimler Trucks

By David Cullen and Deborah Lockridge

Even as innovative technologies leap borders, the engineering focus of truck builders and suppliers remains fixed on meeting the needs of local markets.

Departments

21st Century Truck Wheels With strict emissions and fuel-economy requirements of new GHG Phase 2 regulations just around the corner, look to aluminum and lightweight steel wheels to contribute to overall equipment compliance. Photo: Accuride

By Jack Roberts

In practice, wheels function quite well with only limited attention and maintenance. But that’s no excuse not to pay attention to them at regular intervals.

Why U.S. Xpress Uses Automated Manual Transmissions Out of 7,000 U.S. Xpress tractors running on the road today, only 16 “legacy” units are still equipped with manual transmissions. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions rule the roost at U.S. Xpress today. Out of some 7,000 U.S. Xpress trucks running today, the fleet is down to just 16 “legacy” models still equipped with manual transmissions.

How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Navistar's SuperTruck, the CatalIST, makes creative use of existing systems, relying less on advanced technology for its impressive gains.

Test Drives

Quick Spin: International LT625 ProStar origins are evident in the long-nose LT625, which has enhanced aerodynamics and a swoopier appearance. The “6” means a setback steer axle and “25” denotes a 125-inch BBC. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Quietness and driver-inspired interior amenities are the prime virtues of International’s recently introduced LT series tractor.

Quick Spin: Paccar’s New Powertrain The test truck was a 2017 Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch high-roof sleeper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With two of the three major components in place, Paccar touts the advantages of an integrated powertrain.

Editorials

Commentary: Bringing the Diagnostics to the Fleet Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Mobile Express Assessment lets the customer make an educated decision about vehicle repairs before sending a truck to the dealer.

Commentary: Europe is Different Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

What are the differences between trucks and trucking in North America versus Europe? Try to drive a long-nose conventional on roads that were conceived in the year 1403.

Commentary: Lessons from an Election Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates the lessons of the volatile 2016 presidential election and what the trucking industry can learn from it.

Analysis: The Uncertainty of a New President Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

By Evan Lockridge

After an uncertain first half of the year, we finally got the economic news that we had been hoping for with third-quarter GDP. But no sooner were we breathing sighs of relief, everything becomes uncertain…again.

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