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New Volvo Powertrain Package Promises 3% Better Fuel Economy

New Volvo Powertrain Package Promises 3% Better Fuel Economy

Volvo Trucks is taking the concept of "Gear Fast: Run Slow" to new heights with a new powertrain package called XE13 -- Exceptional Efficiency. XE13 is a combination of powertrain components designed for low-rpm cruise speed, and software upgrades that increase torque output and rewrite the shift algorithms

September 21, 2011

Tire Report: Factory Settings vs. 'As-Driven'

If something is set to factory specs it must be just right, right? In the alignment world, "factory specs" really means it's close enough. Close enough, however, might not be good enough when your tires are being chewed right off the wheels

December 19, 2011

Dispense With the Grief of Managing Tires: Let a Service Partner Do It for You

What's New In Tires

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

June 8, 2009

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

June 8, 2009

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

September 15, 2009

Canadian Interest in EOBRs Remains Strong Despite Delays and Official Apathy
Putting a Price on Value

Putting a Price on Value

Twenty-eight bucks for a windshield wiper? I was driving through Maine on one of those oppressive gray days when moisture permeated the air

January 19, 2010

Tracking Tire Performance

Tracking Tire Performance

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

March 12, 2010

Tracking Tire Performance

Tracking Tire Performance

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

March 12, 2010

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

April 19, 2010

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings

May 17, 2010

The Future of Fuel Economy

The Future of Fuel Economy

Defining fuel economy for heavy trucks is like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The scope of your imagination would be the only constraint to the possibilities

June 24, 2010

Mandatory Entry-Level Driver Training: Is There a Better Way?
A Bridge Too Low

A Bridge Too Low

The Skagit River Bridge has a history of high-load strikes dating back to the 1970s. Probing reporters have found a litany of strikes, including one very similar to the impact that brought it down, have occutred as recently as last October..

June 27, 2013