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C.R. England Opens Second-Largest Facility
C.R. England's new facility in Colton, Calif. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Colton, Calif. on June 11, C.R. England welcomed the local...
The facility features a 30,000-square-foot maintenance shop with eight service bays and a... C.R. England Opens Second-Largest Facility

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.

The engine and the drivetrain are then mated to the body.
The body is then sent through the Fori Loop which consists of 16 parts-matching carts that has...
Before the bodies make it to the paint booth, workers make sure there are not rough spots that...

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.

Ford offered its full line up of 2015 Transit vans for testing in a closed course next to Kemper...
Chris Brewer, chief engineer, commercial vehicles at Ford, explained the ins and outs of the new...
Attendees were given a quick presentation on how the course has been laid out.

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.

Scania's first truck dating from 1902. It carried 1.5 tons of cargo and was equipped with a...
Scania-Vabis Regent LS71 was built 1954-1958. It was equipped with power steering and air...
The T-series were introduced in 1980 and equipped with intercooling. It became popular in South...

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.

As driven, the tractor pulled a loaded flatbed and the rig scaled at a modest 77,780 pounds.
It was easy to drive, thanks to the self-shifting I-Shift with its convenient side-of-the-seat...
The VNX's forward mainframe sits 10 inches above the front axle’s centerline to provide good...

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 TruckingInfo.com shortly after.

Family Day at Meritor's Italian Axle Plant
Family Day at Meritor's Italian Axle Plant
Family Day at Meritor's Italian Axle Plant

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.

Bill Rethwisch's Best of Show winner, waiting in the rain on the first day at SuperRigs 2014....
Some of the first trucks lined up for judging on Day 1 of the 32nd Annual Shell Rotella...
SuperRigs organizers battled rainy weather and a glitch with the judging software on the first...

32nd Annual Shell SuperRigs Winners

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. 

This table had parts from the experimental oil, which had a high-temp/high-shear rating of 3....
A technician at Clarke Power Services in Greensboro, N.C., re-assembles one of the test engines...
This diagram illustrates how high-temp/high-shear viscosity ratings (expected in the new oil...

Shell Rotella Engine Teardown

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.)