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New video from Caterpillar helps drivers maximize performance and fuel economy

PEORIA, Ill. The new video for drivers called Right From the Start, explains the different specifications and dri...

PEORIA, Ill. The new video for drivers called Right From the Start, explains the different specifications and driving techniques that are required for Caterpillar’s new generation engines.

Cat engines are built to not only meet tightening emissions regulations, but also to provide good fuel economy and performance on the market.

"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, which features commentary from Cat driving professional Phil Hook and demonstration scenes with professional drivers, provides details about progressive shifting–a technique in which one shifts up as soon as they have enough rpm to be able to grab the next higher gear. The video also explains how downshifting later on grades will save on fuel. It contains a wealth of information about spec’ing, including the kind of transmission and rear-end gearing that work best for Cat engines equipped with ACERT Technology.

Right From The Start is available in VHS or digital DVD formats and can be ordered from local Caterpillar and OEM truck dealers.

"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."

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