Archive | August, 2012
Trailers Poised for Technology Upgrade

Trailers Poised for Technology Upgrade

Long an afterthought, in many respects, in the trucking world, trailers are now on the cusp of receiving a whole host of technological improvements as the industry seeks to upgrade safety, productivity, and fuel efficiency in one fell swoop, according to new research from global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. In a new report authored […]

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Stoughton Trailers Produces Milestone Trailer

Stoughton Trailers has produced its 250,000th commercial van trailer, the company announced. The company, founded in 1961 by current CEO Don Wahlin, originally built truck bodies commonly used in the beverage and dairy industries as well as for transportation of raw materials and consumer products. The first Stoughton trailer, the “City Delivery Trailer,” came off […]

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gI_114081_CAT C-16 on the shop floor

Caterpillar On-Highway Engines Now Available for Glider Kit Trucks or Repowers at Kustom Truck

A factory re-man Caterpillar engine allows customers with older trucks the option of new truck engine warranty rather than limited overhaul warranty coverage. The OEM re-man Cat is also the perfect choice for the exploding Glider Kit Truck market. With the recent surge in Glider Kit Truck sales, the option for a factory re-man Caterpillar […]

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Peterbilt Model 382

Peterbilt Adds Supsensions

Peterbilt has expanded availability of the proprietary Air Leaf, Low Air Leaf, and Air Trac drive-axle suspensions for Model 382 trucks. Peterbilt’s Air Leaf and Low Air Leaf suspensions require very low maintenance and no lubrication. They come in single or tandem rear-axle configurations and have a rated capacity of up to 40,000 lb. The […]

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Western Star Now Offers Factory Installed SPIF Unit in Canada

Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. announced that it now offers a factory-installed Safe Productive Infrastructure Friendly SPIF unit for the Ontario, Canada market. Mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, SPIF vehicles are designed to minimize heavy trucks’ damage to roads and bridges without reducing weight. In order to meet SPIF requirements, Western Star features […]

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Daimler to Add More Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Dealers in US

Daimler AG announced its plans to increase the number of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial van dealers in U.S. by 27 percent to as many as 250. The vehicle was introduced by the automobile manufacturer’s U.S. commercial van manufacturing unit two years ago. Till then the vehicle was sold by Dodge and Freightliner from 2001 to 2009. […]

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LNG Dual Tanks - Kenworth

Kenworth Offers New Dual LNG Tank Configuration

Kenworth is expanding its line of green products by offering factory-installed, dual liquefied natural gas fuel tanks on Kenworth T800s powered by the 15-liter Westport GX engine. “By equipping a Kenworth T800 with dual LNG fuel tanks, operators now have the option of running the truck up to 700 miles on a single fueling,” said […]

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Mack Trucks Upgrades Mack Granite and Titan Interiors

Mack Trucks has upgraded the interior of its Mack Granite and Titan by Mack truck models. The upgrades, according to Mack, are “designed to enhance driver comfort and productivity, [and] offer drivers a more comfortable and ergonomic environment in which to work.” The new interior enhancements include the following: An optional center storage console, located […]

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Transcraft Introduces Platform Trailer Enhancements at GATS

Transcraft, a subsidiary of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) introduced product enhancements at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas. On the Transcraft DTL steel drop deck line, enhancements include additional flashing side lights and increased strength of the trailer neck. This means less neck deflection during loading, unloading and hauling without adding any […]

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Make Old Trucks “New” with Kenworth Glider Kits

Kenworth Truck Co. has released glider kits for several models to help owners who wish to bring an older truck back to “new” status. The kits, available for the T660, T800 (split fender configuration) and W900L models, are designed to be mated to customer-supplied EPA 2004 engines and matching transmissions. All sleeper sizes are available, […]

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Transcraft Improves Neck Design on Drop Decks

Transcraft has made product enhancements to the Transcraft DTL steel drop deck line. These enhancements include additional flashing side lights and increased strength of the trailer neck. This means less neck deflection during loading, unloading and hauling without adding any additional weight to the trailer. The redesigned neck appears on all D-Eagle Series and DTL […]

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Ford Begins Production of V10-Equipped F-650s

The long-awaited addition of the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine to Ford Motor Co.’s F-650 medium-duty chassis is now reality as the automaker began building V10-equipped models Aug. 15 at its plant in Escobedo, Mexico. Ford added that production of its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will shift from Escobedo to its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, […]

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