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Photos: Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

As driven, the tractor pulled a loaded flatbed and the rig scaled at a modest 77,780 pounds.

Introduced last year, Volvo’s VNX heavy haul tractor combines the frame and high stance of the vocational VHD with the highway comfort of the VNL. The cab is outfitted like a VN, so drivers are well housed for runs longer than what the VHD might be dispatched on.

The VNX is rated at up to 200,000 pounds GCW, but the one recently driven by Senior Editor Tom Berg was capped at 125,000 because of its transmission, the I-Shift automated mechanical, with which application engineers are being careful in approving.

The full road test article will appear in the June issue of Heavy Duty Trucking and will be posted on TruckingInfo.com shortly after.

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Tags: Volvo, Volvo VNX, Test Drive

Photos: Family Day at Meritor's Italian Axle Plant

Meritor is original equipment supplier to many of the biggest truck makers and sponsors of the FIA European Truck Racing series. Many of the race trucks over the last few seasons have featured the Meritor 145 race axle, which is made at the plant here in Cameri, Italy. Because the first FIA race of the season takes place at the Misano World Circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, just a short drive from Cameri, Meritor held a family day at the plant for the workers and their families to come out and see the race trucks and meet the drivers.

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Tags: Meritor, FIA Truck Racing, Global

Photos: 32nd Annual Shell SuperRigs Winners

Bill Rethwisch's Best of Show winner, waiting in the rain on the first day at SuperRigs 2014. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis. captured Best of Show honors with his green and white 2013 Peterbilt 389 at the 32nd Annual Shell SuperRig competition held May 15-17 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. See pictures of his truck and other winners, along with photos of the truck parade and nighttime truck light show. 

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Tags: Shell SuperRigs, Shell Rotella

Photos: Shell Rotella Engine Teardown

This table had parts from the experimental oil, which had a high-temp/high-shear rating of 3. Lubricant engineers believe the new category will call for a range of 2.9 to 3.2.

A North Carolina fleet has been running a group of trucks on three different Shell Rotella oils -- a 15w-40, a 10w-30, and a 10w-30 that's been altered to provide a lower high-temp/high-shear number than is currently approved. A teardown of one of each after more than half a million miles shows virtually no difference in wear among the three engines. Learn more here. (By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief.)

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Tags: Fuel Economy, Shell Rotella, Engines, Engine Oils

HDT Presents Awards to Top 20 Product Winners

Heavy Duty Trucking Publisher David Moniz presents Top 20 award to J.J. Keller President Marne Keller-Krikava.

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors 20 of the best new products introduced the previous year with its Top 20 awards. Each product was selected based on its level of innovation, whether it addresses significant industry issues or concerns, and its potential to improve a trucking operation’s bottom line. The winners appeared in our February 2014 issue, and awards were presented at the Technology and Maintenance Council annual meeting, the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention, and the Mid-America Trucking Show in the spring of 2014.

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Tags: HDT, Top 20 Products, Truckload Carriers Association, Mid-America Trucking Show, TMC, Awards

Photos: Inside Meritor's Parts Distribution Center

Meritor offers a wide variety of undercarriage and drivetrain components.

Ever wonder exactly how the parts you order get to you when you need them where you need them? Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini recently visited Meritor's Florence, Ky., Parts Distribution Center. It handles 27 different product lines comprising 161,000 parts numbers. Each day 30 to 40 truckloads of parts and components arrive at the facility. An equal number of trucks leave the PDC each day carrying parts to dealers and independent parts distributors.

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Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor

Utility Trailer Celebrates 100 Years of Business

Utility Trailer Manufacturing, a manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, recently commemorated its 100th anniversary in La Quinta, California. This photo gallery features many pictures from Utility's long history.

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Tags: Trailers, Anniversary, Utility Trailer Manufacturing

Test Drive Photos: Optimized Lightweight VNL

The Bulk-hauling Optimized series also includes shorter VNM tractors that, like VNL versions, come as a daycab and several sleeper types.

HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

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Tags: Volvo, Test Drive

Truck Fleet Innovators: NFI's Bill Bliem

Founded in 1932 as National Hauling, NFI has evolved from a trucking company in a regulated environment into one of the largest privately held supply chain companies in North America.

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control. Then he moved on to fuel efficiency and has made great strides. Read more here.

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Tags: NFI, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators: PepsiCo's Shelby Green

PepsiCo is moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that are preloaded at the warehouse.

PepsiCo North America Beverages is revamping the way it delivers its products, moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that were pre-loaded at the warehouse. It saves work for drivers, saves fuel, and speeds deliveries to customers. One of the leaders of this effort and others is Shelby Green, senior fleet director. Read more here.

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Tags: PepsiCo, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Private Fleets

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