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We visited a Chinese truck park on a rainy day.

Visit to a Chinese Truckstop

As part of an international media event showcasing Shell's new lubricants technology center in Shanghai, journalists got to visit a "truck park" in an industrial area outside the city where the Shell roadshow was being held.

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A complete shot of the Cummins Peterbilt SuperTruck at a rest area on the test route near Bowie, Texas.

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck Revealed

This series of photos reveals most of the secrets behind the effectiveness of the SuperTruck, particularly its aerodynamic enhancements. No stone was left unturned by engineers who were looking for every possible aero advantage. Some of what you see here will soon make its way onto production vehicles, while other enhancement may still be a few years off. (Photos: Jim Park)

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Celebrating Ed's birthday at the office.

Ed Bobit: A Man of Outsized Pleasures

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet,as well as many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86. Bobit was a man of outsized pleasures, but none more than his work and family, which were usually one and the same.  We hope you enjoy these photos of Ed enjoying the very full life he led. Read the full story here.

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The ninth floor is a customer education area, esplaining lubrication basics. (Photo courtesy Shell)

Shell's New Shanghai Tech Center

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well. (Read full story here.)

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Kenworth's Class 6 Kenworth K270 cabover and Class 7 Kenworth K370 cabover (pictured) are getting exterior and interior enhancements.

Kenworth K370 Cabover

Kenworth has updated its K370 Class 7 cabover truck with several new features including a fresh exterior, new dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles. Read the full story here.

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C.R. England Opens Second-Largest Facility

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Colton, Calif., of its new 34-acre terminal, C.R. England welcomed the local community, providing tours of what is now the second largest facility in the company's network. C.R. England also announced the addition of 10 liquified natural gas trucks, which will operate out of the Colton terminal.

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The engine and the drivetrain are then mated to the body.

Ford Transit Kansas City Assembly Plant Tour

After spending some time behind the wheel of the MY-2015 Transit, media representatives were given a tour of the revamped assembly line at the Ford plant in Kansas City. Read the full story here.

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Ford offered its full line up of 2015 Transit vans for testing in a closed course next to Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

Ford Transit Ride and Drive

Ford hosted a one-day event a stone's throw from its Kansas City facility to give media representatives a little time behind the wheel of the MY-2015 Transit. Read the full story here.

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Scania's first truck dating from 1902. It carried 1.5 tons of cargo and was equipped with a 2-cylinder, 12-horsepower engine placed under the driver's seat. Top speed was 12 km/h.

Scania, VW Key to Commercial Truck Growth

Last month, Volkswagen, which already controlled more than 89% of the voting rights in the Swedish truck maker Scania, made a 6.7 billion euro ($9.2 billion) takeover bid. VW's goal is to combine Scania with its Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles business and the German truck maker MAN. VW gained full control of MAN last year after taking a majority stake in 2011. This is a big step in the German automaker's plan to create a massive trucks alliance to compete in global markets against rivals Volvo and Daimler – both of which have U.S. truck operations as well. Read more about Scania here.

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

Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

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 shortly after.

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