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International Truck’s new lightweight HV50B mixer package removes over 1,000 pounds of weight from the truck, with engineering optimizations that allow drivers to haul up to 9.75 cubic yards of concrete while staying under 66,000 pounds GVW.

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Meritor Offers Lightweight Trailer Suspension

Meritor has introduced the MTA-Tec6 trailer suspension, a lightweight option that Meritor says offers up to 23,000-pound capacity for tankers, flatbeds and other vocational applications.

Dana Launches Spicer S172 Series Single & Tandem Drive Axles

Dana introduced its new Spicer S172 series single drive axle for Class 7 and 8 vehicles during a press conference at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting in Atlanta. Acoirding to Dana, the new axles retains the robustness and strength of the existing S170 drive axle while reducing weight by more than 60 pounds.

The Quest for Lighter Trailers

Trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.