Archive | June, 2012
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1963 Mack B813 Truck Restoration

Mack trucks were first used in Britain during World War I to move troops and supplies to the front lines. The trucks took on their K-9 trademark in 1917 when British soldiers, impressed with the trucks’ ruggedness, used the British mascot as inspiration, calling the pugnacious vehicles “Bulldog Macks.” Eventually becoming America’s workhorses, Mack trucks […]

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Year to date, 81,762 Class 8 trucks have been sold in the U.S. — a 42.4 percent improvement over the first five months of 2011.

May Class 8 Sales Up 36% from 2011, Best Total This Year

Heavy-duty new truck sales in May continued the year’s big gains over 2011, posting the best total of 2012 — and the second best in five years — with all nameplates improving more than 20 percent. According to figures provided to The Trucker by Ward’s Automotive, Class 8 sales were 18,012 trucks in the United […]

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Volkswagen Said to be Interested in Navistar Stake

Following recent management changes in its heavy truck group, Volkswagen may be aiming to expand its presence in the U.S. market. The easiest way to do that is to buy an existing player and according to Reuters, VW has its eye on troubled truckmaker Navistar International. Such an acquisition would give the German giant a […]

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Peterbilt Contest

Their Biggest Competition Yet Has Just Begun – RIG2

As promised, Peterbilt Motors Company is collaborating with Local Motors! The challenge is called “RIG2 – Road Icon Generation”. The global competition seeks innovative designs for a classic heavy duty truck exterior while adapting more aerodynamic and modern elements. If you win, your design elements may be integrated into Peterbilt’s next generation product line. Design […]

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Mack to Introduce Natural Gas Versions of Two Trucks in 2013

Mack Trucks has announced it will be offering natural gas-powered versions of its Pinnacle and Granite models in 2013. Both models will utilize the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. Customer testing is scheduled to begin this year. The addition of the 12-litre natural gas-powered models adds to Mack’s existing natural gas line-up, which includes the […]

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Black Liquor To Fuel Trucks?

Trucks that impose hardly any load on the environment from their emissions … Is this a dream, a future scenario, or is it possible now? It’s closer to the latter, says Volvo Trucks, which is already running successful field tests with vehicles powered by bio-DME, a fuel that can be produced from biomass both cost […]

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Global Truck Market at ‘Crossroad’: Ernst & Young

The global commercial vehicle industry is “at an important crossroad with globalization, technology development, regulations and emerging markets set to change the face of the industry in the next decade,” according to latest “mega trends” report released by Ernst & Young’s Global Automotive Center. The report points out that despite having softened under the pressure […]

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Is Your One-Ton Big Enough?

You might think a one-ton dually is a big truck and that anything with dual rear wheels could handle most towing jobs. But a dual-wheel single-rear-axle hauler truck like a Peterbilt, Freightliner or International can be a viable option if you tow 20,000-pound trailers often. Class 3 one-ton pickup trucks have regularly increased their payload […]

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Cascadia Evolution Delivers 7% Improvement in Fuel Economy Over EPA 2010 Models

Freightliner Trucks’ new Cascadia Evolution will deliver a 7% enhancement on the fuel economy of previous EPA 2010 compliant models with improvements in aerodynamics, weight reduction and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) repackaging. DD15’s BlueTec 1-Box SCR package, which requires Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), has been optimized to decrease size, weight and complexity. David Hames, general […]

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Kenworth T680

New Kenworth T680 offers creature comforts, power, aerodynamics — the whole package

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A driver remarked recently that if commercial truck seats get any more comfortable they’ll have to put tacks in them to keep awake. He was referring to the new Kenworth T680, one of several groundbreaking Kenworth models editors test drove at the Paccar Technical Center here Thursday. It was clear from […]

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Wabash National Begins Production of Carbon Steel Vacuum Tankers adding 60 jobs

As it moves forward with diversification efforts, Wabash National Corp. on Friday announced that it will increase employment through production of its first carbon steel vacuum tanker, which is designed to transport bulk non-hazardous liquids. Primarily used in the oil and gas industry, the so-called vacuum tanker built in Lafayette weighs 16,750 pounds, which is […]

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Kenworth delivers first K370 cabover to Coca-Cola

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Coca-Cola Refreshments today took deliver of the first Kenworth K370 cabover. “It’s exciting to bring the Kenworth K370 cabover into the market and there’s no better way to start than with Coca-Cola Refreshments,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice-president. “Our new cabover products open the door for us to […]

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