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July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Thinwall Iron Castings May Help Reduce Vehicle Weight

A metals industry group is exploring lightweight ferrous products as an alternative to more expensive materials in the quest for cutting weight from trucks and other transport vehicles, says Grede Holdings, an iron castings supplier that’s involved in the project.

Tags: lightweighting

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds 58-Inch Sleeper for Model 579

Peterbilt's 58-inch sleeper is made for weight-sensitive applications and includes the amenities of Peterbilt's larger sleeper configurations. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 579, Sleepers, lightweighting

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aluminum, lightweighting

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

Alcoa says aluminum frame rails could lighten trucks by up to 900 pounds.

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

Tags: Alcoa, MATS, lightweighting, Aluminum

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking have announced the 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward thinking.

Tags: Information Technology, Natural Gas Vehicles, Tankers, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Driver Retention, lightweighting, Vocational Trucks

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Last month, Tremec launched its redesigned 10-speed twin countershaft transmission for heavy-duty commercial trucks. Photo: Tremec

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, International Trucks, Transmissions, ProStar, lightweighting, Bulk Hauling

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Aluminum Parts Save 707 Pounds in F-150 Weigh-In

Ford executives showed two trucks on scales to demonstrate the light-weighting of the new truck when compared to the 2014 model-year version.

A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, lightweighting

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride's New Accu-Lite Wheel Lineup Sheds 4 Pounds

TMC, NASHVILLE – Accuride unveiled two new aluminum wheels for wide-single tires that are up to 4 pounds lighter than the models they replace. With the addition of the Accu-Lite Duplex line of aluminum wheels to its portfolio, Accuride claims it has the lightest-weight range of standard aluminum wheels in North America.

Tags: TMC, Accuride, Wheels, lightweighting

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