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    TRUCK WRITERS SELECT TOP TECH ACHIEVEMENTS

    February 2, 2016 2:30PM by James Menzies

    The Truck Writers of North America Technical Achievement Award Committee, of which I’m a member, has come up with the top five tech achievements of 2015. Committee chair Jim Park will be presenting the winner at TMC in Nashville in

  • HOW DO YOU EVALUATE FUEL-SAVING DEVICES?

    February 2, 2016 2:29PM by James Menzies

    I can’t say enough good things about NACFE, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. They do a lot of good research into truck efficiency and they share it all with everyone for free via their TruckingEfficiency.org Website. It’s an

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    ACCURIDE WITH SOME WHEELY GOOD NEWS

    February 2, 2016 2:28PM by James Menzies

    Okay, please forgive the cheesy headline. I’ve been in Las Vegas for eight days and the endless ringing of the slot machines in my ears is affecting my brain. Let’s move on… Having clawed its way out of a major

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    A NEW PRODUCT ROUNDUP FROM HEAVY-DUTY AFTERMARKET WEEK

    February 2, 2016 2:24PM by James Menzies

    There was a lot of new product news at this year’s Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week, which took place in Las Vegas last week. Below is a quick synopsis of what caught my attention, along with links to the more detailed write-ups.

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    LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS…IT’S A NEW TRUCK!

    February 2, 2016 2:22PM by James Menzies

    One of the most enjoyable things to report on is the introduction of a new model, and I had the opportunity to do that this week in Las Vegas when International unveiled its new HX Series. The HX will replace

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    LOW LOONIE MEANS HIGHER BRIDGE COSTS

    January 5, 2016 12:50PM by James Menzies

    We all know what the sinking value of the Canadian loonie relative to the US dollar has done to equipment costs. Carriers looking to buy new trucks have been in for some sticker shock, as David Zavitz, sr. v.p. of

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    CHRYSLER CONVERTING TRUCK FLEET TO NATURAL GAS

    January 5, 2016 12:50PM by James Menzies

    From our man in Windsor comes word that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has converted its Detroit-based fleet of 179 trucks to natural gas. Ron Stang reports the 179 leased Peterbilt tractors are fuelled with CNG at what the company is

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    CHECK OUT HEIKO’S NEW INK

    January 5, 2016 12:48PM by James Menzies

    As I previously wrote in Hooked Up and in my online and print profiles of 2015 Owner/Operator of the Year Heiko Lichtenberger, he was looking to commemorate his achievement with some new ink. Heiko travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to

  • A GLIMPSE INTO MEXICO’S TRUCKING INDUSTRY

    December 23, 2015 3:30PM by James Menzies

    I recently travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where Daimler Trucks North America introduced truck journalists to some very interesting and sophisticated Mexican fleets. We had a lengthy chat about the challenges facing the trucking industry in Mexico and ongoing efforts

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    THE 10 MOST WELL-READ STORIES OF 2015

    December 22, 2015 6:25PM by James Menzies

    Well, it’s that time of year again, the most joyous time of year – it’s list season! And with it comes the list edition of Hooked Up. This is when I dig into the analytics reports generated by Trucknews.com to

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    THE THREE BIGGEST TRUCKING STORIES OF 2015…IMO

    December 22, 2015 6:11PM by James Menzies

    The Top 10 list of our best-read posts is fun, but it’s purely numbers-based, calculated by some algorithm, and doesn’t always tell the complete story. For instance, sometimes a particular story will get picked up elsewhere and circulated outside of

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    PROTECT YOUR CARGO FROM THEFT OVER THE HOLIDAYS

    December 22, 2015 3:28PM by James Menzies

    Most of us will hopefully enjoy some downtime over the holidays, but the same can’t be said of thieves. They step up their thievery during this time of year. CargoNet reports there were 112 cargo theft incidents reported in the

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    THREE THINGS LEARNED IN 12 HOURS IN A TRUCK

    December 9, 2015 12:04PM by James Menzies

    A couple weeks ago, I spent 12 hours in a truck making an LCV rounder from Moncton to Edmunston, N.B. Going out with a professional driver on a real-world run is something I do as often as I can, but

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    THE ARMOUR LCV SPEC’

    December 9, 2015 11:59AM by James Menzies

    The LCV gear we were running on my ridealong with Dwayne Schurman of Armour Transport was a Volvo VN670. The engine was a Cummins ISX15 with its newest 475-hp rating and 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission was Eaton’s 16-speed

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    IN NEW BRUNSWICK: MOOSE & DEER & BEARS, OH MY!

    December 9, 2015 11:41AM by James Menzies

    Visiting with Armour Transport CEO Wes Armour and riding along with their driver Dwayne Schurman, the topic of wildlife strikes came up several times. It’s a big problem in New Brunswick, even though the province has lined much of its