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Fleet Technology Expo's Ride & Drive

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The 2015 Fleet Technology Expo, which is organized by Bobit Business Media, offered fleet managers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative powertrain vehicles such as a Hino diesel-electric hybrid cabover, Nissan LEAF, and a bi-fuel CNG pickup truck. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

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Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Events, Fleet Technology Expo

Being Evel Documentary Premiere

The restored trailer that Evel Knievel used to haul his stunt equipment.

The Evel Knievel documentary “Being Evel” premiered in Hollywood Wednesday, complete with a star-studded red carpet and an immaculately restored 1974 Mack FS show truck. Photos: Steven Martinez 

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Tags: Mack Trucks, Events, History

Ford Plant Celebrates F-650/750 Rollout

From left: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio); Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio, 9th Dist.); Tim Rowe, UAW chairman, Ohio Assembly Plant; Greg Drudi, UAW administrative assistant; Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor (R-Ohio), Gary Polakowski, plant manager; and Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.

Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of its new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches. Photos: Tom Berg

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Tags: Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750

Hirschbach's Fuel-Saving Strategies

Hirschbach upgrades its fleet of trucks no more than 4 years from purchase, to take advantage of newer fuel-efficient engines. Photo courtesy Hirschbach

Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., seeks “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers,” says President Brad Pinchuk. Read full story here.

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Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Hirschbach Motor Lines

Walcott Truckers Jamboree

During the three days of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, guests enjoyed over 150 exhibits: a truck beauty contest with 67 entries, an antique truck display with over 150 vehicles, a cookout featuring delicious Iowa pork chops, Trucker Olympics, Carnival Games and free musical concerts. Photos courtesy of Iowa 80 Truckstop

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Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop

2015 Fleet Safety Conference in Pictures

Ted Lewin, senior manager of risk management services for Wheels, Inc., discussed how to minimize hidden risks to deliver an optimal safety program.

The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference opened July 13 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel outside of Chicago, and continued July 14 with the opening keynote by Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Three executives from Wheels, Inc., discussed how to minimize hidden risks in a fleet safety program. Photos by Chris Wolski and Mark Campbell.

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Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events, Leadership, Wheels Inc., Fleet Response, Shell, Awards, Fleet Safety

Classic Style. Classic Comfort?

Not many luxuries in this 1963 Hayes COE. With a 6V-72 Detroit and a 4x3 transmission, the driver would have done better to get paid by the gear shift rather than the mile. Photo by Jim Park

While some veteran drivers might jump at the chance, you'd likely have a hard time getting one of today's 20-something drivers into an '80s-vintage or earlier truck. Check out these photos highlighting some of the cab interiors that preceded the luxury yachts we call over the road trucks today.

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Tags: Classic Truck, Cabovers, History, Driver Comfort

Meritor’s Mobile Training Van

Martin starts the training session by reviewing the various parts of the braking system.

Meritor launched its mobile training program in 2014 with two training vans designed to deliver onsite product and systems education to warehouse distributors, independent service garages, dealers and fleets in the United States and Canada. Today there are two vans in the US and one in Canada. Photos by Denise Rondini

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Tags: Meritor, Technician Training, Aftermarket, Brakes

Kalmar Ottawa Shows Off Plant, T2

Terminal tractor manufacturer Kalmar Ottawa recently gave some industry journalists a tour of the company’s Ottawa, Kan., facility, as well as some time behind the wheel of the T2. Managing Editor Stephane Babcock was there.

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Tags: Kalmar Ottawa, T2, Industry Event, Ride and Drive, Terminal Tractors

New Features of the 2016 Ford Transit

Ford has produced more than 100,000 Transit vans and wagons at Kansas City Assembly Plant during the 2015 model year.

Ford is adding a several new features and options for its 2016 model-year Transit van, including dual-sliding cargo doors, a blind spot information system, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more. All photos courtesy of Ford

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Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Ford Transit

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