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March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

Tags: Thermo King, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage, Trailers

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dean Foods Rolling Out 64 CNG Trucks, Fueling

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Dean Foods, one of the nation's largest food and beverage companies, will begin adding 64 medium- and heavy-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fueling station at its Houston plant under a new agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Medium-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Launches Two-Stage Turbocharger

The MY-2016 Nissan Titan XD will be equipped with a Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel. Photo: Nissan

Cummins Turbo Technologies, a manufacturer of turbocharger technology, will officially launch its new two-stage turbocharger powering the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Cummins Turbo Diesel

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: Dave Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Efficiency with 579 Epiq

Photo: Peterbilt

During its presentation at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, Peterbilt reported up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency reached with its Model 579 Epiq.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Epiq

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel

HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, SuperTruck, Fuel Efficiency

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Detroit Starts Production on Integrated Powertrain

Detroits complete integrated powertrain. Image via Detroit

Detroit Diesel began production of the components making up the integrated Detroit Powertrain, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, DD15, Powertrains, Detroit DT12, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools

The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.

Tags: Telematics, Kenworth, Technology, Vehicle Diagnostics, Navigation System, MATS, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Appoints Engine Business Vice President

Photo of Amy Boerger by Evan Lockridge.

Cummins has appointed Amy Boerger as vice president of its North American Engine Business unit. Boerger was a finalist for the 2014 Most Influential Woman in Trucking.

Tags: Cummins, People, Women in Trucking, Promotions

March 25, 2015 - Product News

KW’s W900L Gets Icon 900 Limited Edition

The Icon 900. Photo: Tom Berg

Kenworth Truck announced a custom, limited edition version of its W900L called the Icon 900 at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The Icon model will see a limited production run and KW dealers are now accepting orders.

Tags: Kenworth, Custom Products, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Announces Results of Half-Ton Diesel Engine Program

The Cummins four-cylinder ISF2.8 base engine was used as the base for the ATLAS program. Photo: Cummins

Cummins Inc. is set to showcase the results of a four-year joint program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The ATLAS program was initiated to develop a commercially viable diesel engine for the ½-ton pickup truck market.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Nissan Titan, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper

The sleeper features a liftable lower bunk and side storage towers, including hanging storage for drivers to store their clothes. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth Truck announced a new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for its T680 and T880, with production starting in fall.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Wabco, Hendrickson to Offer Axles with Lightweight Air Disc Brakes

Wabco says it has signed a long-term supply agreement with Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems to provide advanced air disc brakes for an integrated trailer-axle product with weight-saving potential.

Tags: Trailers, Hendrickson, Wabco, Air Disc Brake, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

More Powerful Radar in Wabco’s OnGuardActive

OnGuardActive uses a longer-range radar antenna to provide advanced warning of slow-moving vehicles and other obstructions and is effective in all seasons and all weather conditions, says Wabco.

Tags: Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology, Wabco, MATS

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Bendix Launches Wingman Fusion Driver Assistance System

A display showing the various safety technologies Bendix offers. Photo: David Cullen

Bendix has launched Wingman Fusion, the company’s new flagship driver assistance system that combines several safety technologies in a single package, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Speed Limiter, Driver Assistance Systems

March 24, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Unveils ISX Efficiency Improvements

Jim Fier discusses the movement of EPA emissions regs from particulate matter and NOx to greenhouse gases and fuel economy. Photo by Evan Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Under the theme of "redefining efficiency," Cummins Tuesday night announced fuel-saving enhancements to the 2015 ISX15 big-bore diesel and a peek at the 2017 ISX15, which will feature a lighter and smaller aftertreatment system along with a more efficient turbocharger and reduced parasitic loss.

Tags: Cummins, Fuel Efficiency, ISX15, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Winter Weather Impacts Truck Tonnage

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.1% in February to 131.6, the lowest level since September of last year. Winter weather, slow retail sales, and other industries were to blame for the slow month.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economic Conditions

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network

Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, Customer Service

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Espar Rebrands Itself as Eberspaecher

Espar is changing its name to Eberspaecher to better align itself with its German parent company, according to a release. The vehicle heater supplier has been the North American subsidiary of Eberspaecher since 1973.

Tags: Air Conditioning, Espar, Heaters, Rebranding, Eberspaecher

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

Photo Wikipedia.

A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, General Motors, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet, Collision Repair

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Joins Suit Against Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

The American Trucking Associations has joined a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Oregon, Lawsuit, Clean Fuels

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Level in More Than a Month

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower for the second consecutive week, following five straight weekly hikes, while regular grade gasoline edged higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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