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  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING A LITTLE FREIGHTLINER

    August 4, 2014 9:25PM by James Menzies

    With the Freightliner business sessions behind us, it was time to hit the streets of Yountville, Calif. and surrounding highways in a variety of Freightliner trucks. I first opted for the smallest of them, an M2 106 powered by a

  • FREIGHTLINER’S VOCATIONAL FOCUS PAYING OFF

    August 4, 2014 9:22PM by James Menzies

    Four years ago, at a press event in Napa Valley, Calif., Freightliner declared it was going to get serious about the vocational truck market. The company said it wouldn’t rest until it is the “undisputed market leader” in the vocational

  • Class 8 orders surge in July

    August 4, 2014 7:31PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Class 8 orders remained strong through July, with 29,516 net orders placed in the month, according to preliminary data from FTR. This represents a 71% year-over-year increase and marks the second strongest July on record. Class 8

  • Product Equipment

    Peterbilt launches Model 579 configurator

    August 1, 2014 3:51PM by Truck News

    DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt has developed a new Model 579 configurator tool, which allows customers to design their own truck online. “The new online configurator lets users build their own Model 579 in a fun, immersive way,” said Todd Acker,

  • Chrysler places order for pneumatic landing gear

    August 1, 2014 3:34PM by Truck News

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Prime Transport Solutions has announced Chrysler has placed an order for its pneumatic trailer legs and is considering retrofitting its entire 1,295-trailer fleet. “I said it before and I will say it again and again, the PTS50 positively

  • News Equipment

    Freightliner announces new options for vocational trucks

    July 30, 2014 11:05PM by James Menzies

    NAPA VALLEY, Cali. — Freightliner, in its ongoing quest to control the vocational truck market, has added new options to its M2 and SD truck models. “We are dedicated to providing our vocational customers with a breadth of options that

  • News Equipment

    How Freightliner conquered the vocational truck market

    July 30, 2014 10:50PM by James Menzies

    Five years ago, Freightliner set out to become a vocational truck leader. Now it claims it has accomplished that goal. Here’s how they did it.

  • Freightliner looks to limit downtime to three days, max

    July 30, 2014 10:08PM by James Menzies

    NAPA VALLEY, Cali. — Freightliner has set an internal goal to limit the downtime of its vehicles to no more than three days, for even major repairs. Richard Howard, the company’s newly appointed senior vice-president of sales and marketing, revealed

  • News Equipment

    Navistar launches used truck reconditioning program

    July 28, 2014 8:38AM by Truck News

    LISLE, Ill. — Navistar today introduced a new reconditioning program for used trucks, which includes a thorough inspection and two-year warranty. The company says its new Diamond Renewed program offers the best used truck value in the industry. Trucks bought

  • Trailcon Leasing looking to grow

    July 24, 2014 2:08PM by Truck News

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — An executive hire made by Trailcon Leasing in April is paying dividends, the company announced. Transportation industry specialist Paul Merryweather was named Trailcon’s vice-president, service and operations in the spring. “Paul arrived at just the right time,”

  • Feature Equipment

    Tips on managing retreaded tires

    July 24, 2014 1:29PM by Truck News

    Shredded truck tires, or ‘road gators’ spotted along the highway are usually the result of poor maintenance and carelessness, not retreading, according to a major Latin American retreader and several tire organizations, including the US-based Tire Retread and Repair Information

  • Trailer orders strong through first half of 2014

    July 24, 2014 8:07AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — North American trailer orders were up 45% through the first half of 2014 compared to last year. Orders dropped 1% in June to 22,000 units, but were still 42% ahead of last June. Year-to-date orders are 156,000

  • Feature Equipment

    ZF WITH A TRUCK THAT CAN BE PARKED BY TABLET. AND A NEW TRANSMISSION.

    July 21, 2014 9:37PM by James Menzies

    James here. There’s one thing I can’t neglect to write about in this week’s Hooked Up, and that is ZF’s recent demonstration of technological capabilities. The company hosted about 150 truck writers at a track near Aachen Germany earlier this

  • 6x2s SHOULDN’T BE ILLEGAL. BUT SINCE THEY ARE, WE SHOULDN’T RUN THEM.

    July 21, 2014 8:58PM by Rob Penner

    And it’s a double-edged sword. Canadian regulatory policy is putting Canadian truckers at a distinct disadvantage with our American counterparts on all cross-border business and worse yet, American trucks spec’d with 6x2s and extended boat tails are operating within our

  • EXPOSING A GOVERNMENT COP-OUT

    July 21, 2014 8:57PM by Rob Penner

    Sticking with the theme of fuel economy, nothing has been more frustrating than dealing with our governments and enforcement agencies on the above matters. We have taken up these issues many times over and are always met with the same