A massive winter storm left many southern U.S. states coated in ice, knocking power to over 500,000 in the process, while dumping anywhere from six inches to a foot of snow up through the Northeast; scrambling highway and railroad networks across much of the East Coast.
Truck-maker Western Star -- a division of Daimler Trucks North America -- recently organized a “Serious Trucks” driver challenge at the World of Concrete (WOC) show in Las Vegas earlier this year, with more than 180 competitors with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) participating on a closed course designed to gauge their skills at the wheel of two Western Star 4700 series trucks, one equipped with an Allison 4500 RDS transmission and the other with a 10-speed automated manual transmission.
The Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) series automatic transmission is now available as an option for the Western Star 4700 model; a transmission designed for rugged off-road and vocational applications such as construction, dump and oil field operations.
Data analyzed by the Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. oil and natural gas imports will fall significantly over the next two years due to increased domestic production largely from shale formations, with U.S. liquid fuels net imports as a share of consumption forecast to decline from a high of 60% in 2005, and about 40% in 2012, to about 25% by 2016. The nation is also projected to become a net exporter of natural gas by 2018, the agency added.
After a one-year hiatus, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is being brought back into the Ram Truck division’s pickup lineup exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model. All photos courtesy of Ram Truck.
After a one-year hiatus, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is being brought back into the Ram Truck division’s pickup lineup exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model.
Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram Truck division, noted in a statement that the 2014 version of the Mossy Oak Edition is going to be offered with the RamBox Cargo Management System, in both 6-ft.-4-in. and 5-ft.-7-in. bed lengths.
A bill introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) hopes to establish a special “freight fee” to generate more revenues in order to pay transportation infrastructure needs.
Last Friday Rep. Smith re-introduced H.R. 3825, dubbed the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2014 or FIRA bill, to fund what he calls “competitive grants” through a user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the U.S.; a fee totaling 1% of the total cost of transport.
Perhaps unsurprising, given the weather of late, the recent Winter Gauge motorist survey conducted by tire maker Hankook found that 41% of all Americans polled and more than half of Northeasterners and Midwesterners expect more snow during the winter of 2013-2014 compared to the previous 2012-2013 cycle.
Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 pickup truck line reportedly getting a significant makeover for the 2015 model year, though the OEM is officially remaining mum on the specifics as it plans to make a big splash at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Jan. 18-26.
A variety of digital tools are being deployed by General Motors to “surgically dissect” competitor vehicles, said Larry Pecar, senior supervisor for GM’s competitive benchmarking team – with the team conducting such “surgery” about three dozen times a year globally with models strategically selected that are all-new or feature industry-first systems and technologies.