Wintertime is tough on trucks. For starters, cold temperatures can affect everything from batteries to tire inflation levels, while the chemicals used to keep roadways free of ice and snow increase the risk of corrosion to trucks and trailers alike.
Western Star Truck Sales announced it has added another new option for personalizing the 5700XE. The Western Star factory-installed Phantom 2 Graphics package features new, modular components for more customization options, the company said....More
One of the largest Volvo Trucks dealerships serving the Gulf Coast region has doubled in size with the recent purchase of three new locations in southern Louisiana. Mississippi-based Old River Truck Sales recently acquired three Mack truck dealer locations along the Interstate 10 corridor in southern Louisiana. With the purchase, Old River now has six locations serving customers in the region....More
FinditParts, a supplier of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts online, announced the appointment of veteran commercial vehicle parts sales executive John Hunter as its vice president of business development....More
The Chevrolet and GMC divisions of General Motors are partnering with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-capable engines starting in the first quarter of 2017....More
Mercedes-Benz Vans USA officially launched its new "Master Solutions" vocational upfit program this week; a program unveiled by the OEM back in July during a ground-breaking event for a new assembly plant it plans to build in South Carolina within four years....More
R-11 Mobility Refueler Units are one of the “bread and butter” trucks at U.S. air bases; critical to topping off the fuel tanks for all manner of military aircraft. So when the OEM sent out special repair kits to fix a sump pump defect on R-11 mode fuel trucks, Col. Kevin Eastland and Captain Jennifer, vice commander and executive officer, respectively, of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, didn’t just fob the duty off onto their troops; they rolled up their sleeves and joined them in the repair bay.
The Kenworth Certified Pre-Owned Program was introduced in conjunction with the recent Used Truck Association (UTA) Annual Convention.
Exclusive to Kenworth dealers and PACCAR Financial Used Truck Centers, the new program enables customers to purchase quality, pre-owned and certified Kenworth Class 8 trucks in the United States and Canada, according to the company. Qualifying Kenworth trucks are late model and low mileage, and will come standard with engine and after treatment warranty coverage....More
Ask any bodybuilder about upfitting a truck, and they will tell you about the maze of cables that must be navigated. Ask any mechanic about servicing a car or truck with an electrical problem, and they will tell you how sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple.
Which cable is the bad one? Where is the problem? Given that a typical truck has between 130 and 229 ft. of cabling, the Volvo Group has gone in search of a solution....More
For the first two weeks of November, two customized Kenworth T680 tractors pulled the Big Idaho Potato and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across Idaho, south to Colorado, and then eastward towards Washington, D.C.
Stemco has released the Lunar line of air disc brakes. According to the company, the air disc brake product line includes two conventional air disc brake pads.
Lunar is an aftermarket air disc pad made to fit form and function as well as or better than original equipment (OE), the company noted. Lunar HP is built for extreme heavy-duty applications that demand extra performance while delivering improved stopping power. ...More
Day two of TU-Automotive's Connected Fleets USA conference witnessed a detailed breakdown of the onboard telematics system that will be a standard feature on all Hino Truck models, starting with the 2017 model year, to discussions about whether "autonomous trucks" will truly be "driverless" or not and how technology can be deployed to reduce deadhead miles in trucking operations. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)
Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors, delivers the first of its S-180 Pumpers to Reese Fire Rescue in Reese, Mich.
Spartan said its S-180 trucks represent a new era of access and availability for fire departments struggling with aging fleets that can compromise the safety of first responder staff and negatively impact their ability to serve their community. The new truck line is appropriately named for the 180 days spanning order date to delivery. ...More
Stemco has announced the addition of ZeroTouch deployment technology for its TrailerTail product line.
ZeroTouch technology connects to the trailer’s built-in ABS ECU (anti-lock brake system electronic control unit) to automatically deploy the TrailerTail rear fairing when the vehicle reaches 35 mph. As an alternative to Stemco’s existing radar-based AutoDeploy technology, ZeroTouch uses the trailer’s existing ABS ECU to reduce installation costs and simplify fleet maintenance, Stemco said....More
Purkeys, a company focused on providing electrical solutions for the heavy-duty trucking industry, developed the 5th Wheel Light to help drivers by illuminating the king pin lock-jaw position, which, according to the company, will help greatly reduce dropped trailers....More
BYD and Wayne Engineering announced the launch of an all-new, fully-electric refuse truck for use in cities across the country.
“This truck represents a new era in waste management, one of the last remaining sectors untouched by green energy and electrification,” said Stella Li, president of BYD America. “We’re proud to be working with Wayne Engineering on a refuse truck that will protect the environment while providing for a 58% reduction in operating costs per mile.”...More
Mack GuardDog Connect, Mack’s integrated telematics solution, is now available and standard in all Mack-powered vehicles, including the Mack LR, Mack’s newest refuse model. Mack made the announcement at the Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo in Toronto.
Mack expanded the offering of GuardDog Connect to Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse models equipped with an MP engine after receiving ongoing feedback from customers....More
U.S. big-truck sales totaled 29,925 units in October, 17.2% below like-2015’s 38,910, according to WardsAuto data. In Canada, medium- and heavy-duty deliveries declined again in October, falling 17.4% from year-ago....More
Ram Truck, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), recently unveiled two new customized packages for its Ram Rebel 1500 pickup truck model - a pickup truck originally introduced back in early 2015 - along with pricing for its 2017 Ram Wagon. (All photos courtesy of Ram Trucks)
Rising demand for truck technicians in the civilian world, which includes the need for diesel engine specialists, too, is raising the profile of military veterans among motor carriers and dealers alike – a pool of potential recruits even the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) ranks very high in its