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At the core of the new VNX heavy-haul and vocational tractor is a Volvo integrated powertrain featuring a newly introduced D16 engine with 600 horsepower, 2,050 pounds-feet of torque and I-Shift automated manual transmission.

Volvo Trucks at MATS 2013

Volvo made news at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show by making its automated I-Shift transmission standard on trucks with Volvo engines and by making good on its promise to go more aggressively after the vocational market with a new heavy-haul model, among other announcements.

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Kenworth latest, the T880, is the successor to the venerable T800. It features the same 2.1-meter-wide cab as the T680, and can accommodate heavy front and rear axles as well as multi-axle set ups. It comes standard with the MX13 engine with ratings up to 500 hp and 1850 lb.

Kenworth's new T880

Kenworth unveiled the versatile T880 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. It can be configured to do almost anything, from heavy-haul to a straight truck. It's the successor-in-waiting to the venerable T800 which has been in service for more than 20 years. Kenworth has no immediate plans to phase out the T800. 

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The new Model 567 from Peterbilt is available in two BBC configurations – the 121-inch and 115-inch – in a day cab or with a selection of detachable sleeper configurations.

Peterbilt's new Model 567

Unveiled at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Peterbilt's all-new vocational Model 567 is the result of extensive product research and development. Standard is a durable, new aluminum cab that went through rigorous testing at the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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Some of this year's contestants at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship during MATS 2013. Photos by Evan Lockridge.

MATS 2013 PKY Truck Beauty Championship

The 24th annual Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrating North America's heavy-duty, working show trucks. Here's a sampling of some of this year's contestants that caught our eye. (Photos by Evan Lockridge)

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Alliance Truck Parts gets attention with their bright yellow and black color scheme and their sponsored race car at their booth.

MATS 2013: Day Three

Friday, March 22, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

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Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge with the Michelin Man at MATS.

MATS 2013: Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the 2013 Mid America Trucking Show. Lots more news and product releases today. We will be loading pictures of what we see throughout the day.

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Kenworth T680 Advantage

MATS 2013: Day One Kicks Off

Day One of Mid-America Trucking Show 2013 is filled to the brim with press events, product releases and the Fleet Forum. We are posting pictures of what we are seeing in Louisville, Ky., each day so stay tuned.

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Just one wing of the huge Kentucky Expo Center.

The Road to Mid-America 2013

For trucking editors, the Mid-America Trucking Show really starts two days earlier, with the drive to Louisville, Ky., checking in at the Expo Center, and the annual Cummins pre-show press conference on Tuesday night. 

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1920s: The 1920s saw many innovations in truck design. This early fleet illustrates the transition from solid to pneumatic tires and from open to enclosed cabs.

Kenworth Celebrates 90 Years

Kenworth Truck Company is celebrating its milestone 90th anniversary during 2013. It all began in 1923 when Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as “Kenworth."  The company name was formed from a combination of letters from the founders’ last names.
 
That first year, the small Seattle truck manufacturer produced 78 six-cylinder, gasoline-powered trucks. Since then, Kenworth has produced more than 900,000 trucks.

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Sheila Horwith, 2013 Dealer of the Year Nominee

Sheila M. Horwith, CEO and secretary of Horwith Trucks Inc. in Northampton, Pa., was a 2013 ATD/HDT Truck Dealer of the Year nominee. She sells Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

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