Truck News


Publication
Hooked Up


  • Feature Equipment

    MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT PROSTAR EVER SET TO ROLL

    December 8, 2014 12:11PM by James Menzies

    Navistar International held a press conference call last week to announce the official launch of the International ProStar ES, its most fuel-efficient Class 8 highway tractor ever. ES stands for “efficiency specification.” Fuel-efficiency gains come in the form of a

  • Feature Transportation

    CLEAN UP FOR A CAUSE

    December 8, 2014 12:07PM by James Menzies

    Trucks for Change has come up with a creative way to support Canadian charities. Its Clean House for a Cause campaign was launched this month and will run through December. It is asking trucking companies to identify and then donate

  • Feature Health & Safety

    WHAT’S INSIDE GREG DECKER’S WINTER SURVIVAL KIT?

    December 8, 2014 12:03PM by James Menzies

    Last time out in Hooked Up, on the heels of the massive Buffalo “snow-pocalypse” that left some Canadian drivers stuck for days in their trucks, I asked readers to send me a list of what can be found in their

  • WHY TRAILERS MAY BE ON MANY CHRISTMAS WISH LISTS THIS YEAR

    December 8, 2014 12:00PM by James Menzies

    Unprecedented demand for new trailers – mostly from the US – has pushed out build times to anywhere from four to eight months, causing many fleets to consider other options to meet their immediate trailer needs. As a result, dealer

  • HOW LONG WILL FUEL PRICES STAY LOW?

    December 8, 2014 11:58AM by James Menzies

    While working on our 2015 Business Outlook piece for the January issue, I contacted Roger McKnight, Canada’s top authority on fuel pricing, to find out where he sees prices going in 2015. Roger is chief petroleum analyst with En-Pro International

  • DETROIT ASSURANCE: ITS CAPABILITIES ARE NOT NEW, BUT IS IT BETTER?

    November 24, 2014 9:13PM by James Menzies

    From Daimler Trucks North America comes Detroit Assurance, a suite of active safety systems that are Daimler-designed and fully integrated into Freightliner trucks with Detroit engines. This system was demonstrated in Miami in mid-November and I was there to see

  • Feature Health & Safety

    WINTER SURVIVAL KITS: WHAT’S IN YOURS? TELL US AND WIN

    November 24, 2014 8:49PM by James Menzies

    From assistant editor Sonia Straface comes this interesting first-hand account of a J.G. Drapeau Transport driver who found himself stranded in upstate New York this week after a record snowfall hit the region. Sonia tells the story of Brian Foster,

  • Feature Equipment

    MACK MP8 505C+: ALL TORQUE, ALL THE TIME

    November 24, 2014 8:32PM by James Menzies

    Last week I drove a Mack Pinnacle with the company’s newest engine rating, the MP8 505C+, which delivers 1,860 lb.-ft. of torque in every gear. You could call it the little engine that could. This 13-litre performs like a 15-litre

  • WATCH OUT FOR THIS SCAM

    November 24, 2014 8:14PM by James Menzies

    There’s a scam going around that could catch unsuspecting carriers off-guard. It goes like this: The carrier gets a call from an individual seeking T-Chek authorization codes over the phone during evenings, weekends and in the early hours, when staff

  • Feature Health & Safety

    TRAILER WIZARDS WANTS TO MAKE HUNGER DISAPPEAR

    November 24, 2014 8:06PM by James Menzies

    If you live or work near a Trailer Wizards branch, you can help the company drive out hunger through its Haul Away Hunger food drive. The organization will be collecting donated food items until Friday, Nov. 28. This is the

  • Feature Equipment

    CAT SHOWS OFF CT681 VOCATIONAL TRUCK

    November 11, 2014 10:40AM by James Menzies

    There’s a new Cat truck and this one has a face only a mother could love. But that was by design, Cat officials said at a ride-and-drive attended by Fleet Executive editor Carolyn Gruske. She filed this report and indicated

  • AERO, POWERTRAIN ENHANCEMENTS TO BENEFIT ALL VOLVO CUSTOMERS

    November 11, 2014 10:34AM by James Menzies

    While adaptive gearing may not be a fit for many Canadian customers due to its requirement for high road speeds and its GVWR limitations, most of the enhancements built into 2016 model year Volvo VNs will benefit Canadian customers. Some

  • Feature Uncategorized

    WOULD VOLVO’S ADAPTIVE GEARING WORK IN YOUR FLEET?

    November 11, 2014 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Shortly after returning from Charleston, it was back down to the southern states – if Virginia is considered a southern state. I visited Volvo’s New River Valley truck plant in Dublin, Va., where all Volvo trucks for the North American

  • Feature Equipment

    HOW SPRINTER’S CROSSWIND ASSIST CAN KEEP YOU ON COURSE

    November 11, 2014 10:27AM by James Menzies

    Sprinter vans, by their very nature, have a way of catching crosswinds and acting as a giant sail in windy conditions. This can cause an unsettling driving experience, especially when transporting a top-heavy load or no load at all. Mercedes-Benz

  • FIVE TIPS ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL OWNER/OPERATOR

    November 11, 2014 10:16AM by James Menzies

    It’s not easy, being an owner/operator. Costs have been rising rapidly in recent years: fuel, insurance, tires, repairs – not to mention your most important asset, the truck. Meanwhile, pay rates haven’t kept pace. Even though many fleets have been