Cat video describes how to improve fuel mileage

by Steve Brown

PEORIA, Ill. – Caterpillar has released a video aimed at helping drivers get the best fuel economy and performance out of their Cat engines with ACERT.

“Veteran drivers probably have noticed that the new Caterpillar engines with ACERT technology sound and feel different,” the company said. “Cat engines are built to not only meet tightening emissions regulations, but also to provide the best fuel economy and performance on the market. However, to achieve that goal, these engines require slightly different specifications and driving techniques than past products.”

The new video, entitled ‘Right from the Start’ outlines how drivers can maximize their fuel mileage by slightly adjusting the way they drive the truck.

“The cost of fuel isn’t going anywhere but up, so getting the best possible fuel economy and performance is critical to everyone driving an on-highway vehicle powered by Cat,” said Steve Brown, director of marketing, Caterpillar On-Highway Engines.

“Our new video will help drivers and their OEM truck dealers correctly spec’ Cat engines with ACERT Technology, as well as provide driving tips to experience the best performance and fuel economy.”

The 17-minute video features commentary from Cat driving professional Phil Hook as well as demonstration scenes with professional drivers.

It details progressive shifting and explains how downshifting later on grades will save fuel. It also includes information on spec’ing including choosing the transmission and rear-end gearing that work best with Cat’s ACERT engines.

“Today’s Cat engines deliver the best value available in overall performance and fuel economy – however, drivers must adapt their techniques to take advantage of these benefits,” Brown said. “This video will help them ensure they’re getting the most out of their engines.” The video can be ordered from local Cat dealerships and OEM dealers.

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