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Vocational Trucks at 2013 Bauma Construction Show

Exhibitors served non-stop outdoor demonstrations of equipment.

An impressive 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries converged on the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany, between April 15 and 21 for the giant construction equipment show, Bauma, where there were also plenty of vocational trucks on display. (Photos by Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor)

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HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Trent Dye

Paramount Freight Systems, headquartered in Jeffersonville, Ohio, was founded as the owner-operator arm of R+L Carriers. Dye, who is director, was there from day one.

Under Trent Dye's leadership, Paramount Freight Systems was named the Truckload Carriers Association's "Best Fleet to Drive For" for owner-operators two years in a row.

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HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Kevin Burch

Kevin Burch, president of Ohio-based Jet Express, Burch was born into the business. His dad was a regional manager with Blue Arrow, an LTL carrier between Michigan and Chicago.

Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express, was named an HDT Truck Fleet Innovator for his work in industry image and driver recruiting and retention.

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HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Joe Cowan

Cowan was running his father's company's public warehouse operation, and within that entity started a small irregular route truckload business — the kernel from which his current company, Cowan Systems, was grown.

Early on, Joe Cowan had his sights set on football. He had a chance to play for the Baltimore Colts, but could not forget another dream he'd had since he was a boy.

“When you're a kid, you're so proud of what your father created,” he says. His father, W.T. Cowan, had founded and built a less-than-truckload business that served the Mid-Atlantic out of Baltimore.

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HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Robert E. Low

Robert Low bought his first truck while in college. Prime grew so fast that he had to declare bankruptcy in the early '80s when skyrocketing interest rates caught up with him.

Prime Inc. is headquartered in Springfield, Mo., the “Show-Me State,” and President Robert E. Low says showing drivers genuine appreciation is the key to the company’s relatively low turnover rate and tremendous growth over the years.

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Tags: Prime Inc., HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Volvo Trucks at MATS 2013

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 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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Tags: Volvo, Vocational, Transmissions, Suspensions, Mid-America Trucking Show

Kenworth's new T880

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 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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Tags: Kenworth, Vocational, Mid-America Trucking Show, T880

Peterbilt's new Model 567

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.

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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Tags: Peterbilt, Vocational, Mid-America Trucking Show

MATS 2013 PKY Truck Beauty Championship

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

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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Tags: Owner-Operators, Mid-America Trucking Show

MATS 2013: Day Three

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

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

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