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Changing Gear: Updates from Double Coin, Goodyear-Love’s, Volvo, Howe’s, Imperial

Double Coin Tires and CMA launch a new Double Coin mobile application, while Volvo gets dressed for success and other product-related news you can use.

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Most important thing I learned this week

CARB's fleet trailer regs, EOBRs, speed limiters, GHG/mpg standards -- all are hitting at more or less the same time; it's going to be a tough economic road near future.

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Reg rage

Peeling air-bag warning label = recall of almost 19,000 cars. "Who is the real winner in this whole sorry story? I don’t think it’s the average American."

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Webasto says warm ’em up first

Winter is hard on trucks and drivers alike. That thought occurred to me today as I was reading over a study released by Webasto showing that pre-heating diesel engines in cold climates has dramatic performance benefits in terms of reduced emissions and diesel particulate performance.According to the study, Webasto contracted with an independent emissions testing Lab to see what the the effects of a Webasto coolant heater have on the emissions performance of a diesel ...

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This truck brand reigns in diecast model market

One of the back aisles staples of the Mid-America Trucking show is the vendors of model trucks. What truck brand wins the hearts of buyers? Over the years, it's Peterbilt. That's according to Larry Black, who's got a huge stock of model trucks on sale at his diecastdirect.com booth. That's not surprising. Go to any of Overdrive's Pride & Polish events and Petes make up 80 percent or more of everything out there. If there's a ...

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Putting agency heads in trucks makes good sense

It makes sense that if someone is going to regulate the trucking industry, he or she should get real-world experience by spending time riding in a tractor-trailer.

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Renowned tenor proves there’s no such thing as a typical trucker

Opera tenor Carl Tanner's story, which includes a stint as a bounty hunter while driving a truck, will appeal to many people. It’s gritty and real.

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The story behind a song

It was never a hit like “Tom Sawyer” or “Limelight,” but one of the standout tracks on Rush’s seminal 1981 album Moving Pictures is a song that should be near and dear to any motoring fan’s heart. “Red Barchetta” tells the story of a future when Orwellian safety-obsessed governments have passed “motor laws” banning most forms of recreational driving. The song’s narrator/hero, however, has an uncle who owns a sports car – presumably a two-seat Ferrari “Barchetta” ...

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Cool design dominates at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

There may be coyotes wandering the suburbs, but Detroit is still the Motor City – and as such, its annual Auto Show is the kick-off event of the year for car and truck manufacturers eager to build a buzz and show the world what they’ve been cooking up in their R&D centers around the globe. If you’re a car and truck fan, the Detroit Auto Show is a must-see for two basic reasons; the vehicles that ...

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Rocky Mountain High? Not when it comes to diesel prices

Increased production at refineries and reduced demands makes buying fuel in Rocky Mountain region easier on the wallet.

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