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    A SMARTER SMARTWAY TIRE?

    January 20, 2015 9:09AM by James Menzies

    What do Bigstone, Blacklion and Jinxin have in common? Haven’t heard of’em? Okay, how about Linglong, Long March and Luckyear? Still not sure? Each of the companies named above have at least one SmartWay-verified tire available in the North American

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    HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY DOUG COPELAND

    January 6, 2015 12:32PM by James Menzies

    When producing the January issue of Truck News, I always need to be mindful to change not only the year on the cover page, but also the Volume and Issue number. The January issue, out now, is the first issue

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    INTRODUCING TRUCKER RADIO NEWS & TALK

    January 6, 2015 12:31PM by James Menzies

    We’re expanding our partnership with Alexis Broadcasting and beginning this Friday, will be producing a weekly online talk program, Trucker Radio News & Talk. This is in addition to our weekly Trucker Radio program, which is heard on more than

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    R.I.P. RON SINGER

    January 6, 2015 12:29PM by James Menzies

    Ron Singer died suddenly Dec. 22. He was the owner of Ron Singer Truck Lines, a huge industry advocate and a consummate professional. Ron cared deeply about the industry and got involved with its many associations over the years. When

  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING KRISKA’S NEW SMARTADVANTAGE PROSTAR

    December 23, 2014 8:46AM by James Menzies

    The Eaton-Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain has been well received in the US, but limited to 80,000-lb GCW as it is, it may be more of a niche specification here in Canada. But those applications that consistently haul lighter-weight payloads do exist

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    THE TOP FOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014…IMO

    December 23, 2014 8:01AM by James Menzies

    The past year has been a good one for trucking, on many levels. On the equipment side, we saw some significant advancements in terms of fuel economy and reliability through things like powertrain optimization (including downspeeding and the integration of

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    MENZIES TRAVEL INDEX BACK AT PRE-RECESSION LEVELS

    December 23, 2014 7:47AM by James Menzies

    Good news, everyone. One of the most reliable indicators of trucking industry health is back at pre-recession levels. I track my own travel on the desk calendar in my office each year and then tear off and file the final

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    HOW’S THAT ALLISON TC10 WORKING OUT FOR ERB?

    December 23, 2014 7:43AM by James Menzies

    You may recall some time ago I drove an Erb International ProStar with Allison TC10 automatic transmission. Jim Pinder, corporate fleet director with Erb Group, said he’d be closely monitoring the fuel economy of the trucks and with that in

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    THE 10 BEST-READ NEWS STORIES OF 2014

    December 23, 2014 7:40AM by James Menzies

    Well, it’s that time of year again: it’s list season! Go pour yourself an eggnog and get ready to stroll down memory lane as we recap the best-read news stories, most popular blog entries and most frequently watched videos of

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    THE 10 BEST-READ BLOG ENTRIES OF 2014

    December 23, 2014 7:36AM by James Menzies

    We continue to have the industry’s most prolific roster of bloggers on Trucknews.com. Here are the 10 blog entries that received the most attention this year: #10: Bottom Line: Middle-Man-Mania – By Mike McCarron #9: In praise of the B-Model

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    THE TOP FIVE MOST WATCHED VIDEOS OF 2014

    December 23, 2014 7:32AM by James Menzies

    Here are the five videos aired on Trucknews.com that got the most views in 2014: #5: Trucking for Wishes #4: Let’s get healthy #3: Cargo Crime Part 1 #2: Cat introduces the CT681 #1: Stop Thief  

  • 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