MATS 2014

Photo gallery: Western Star Optimus Prime at Mid-America

On display this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show is the Western Star 4900X that stars as Optimus Prime in the next iteration of the Transformers movie series. Above is a gallery of the truck on the show floor. (Photos by Jason Cannon)

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Peterbilt releases ‘Epiq’ fuel economy package, special edition anniversary truck

Peterbilt turned 75 years old back in January. And the truck manufacturer is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with a special edition Model 579 tractor that will be the star of a nationwide tour starting in April.  But not content to rest on its laurels, Peterbilt continues to work on enhanced fuel economy features for its customers, including a new APEX optimized drivetrain package for the Model 579, that brings even greater levels of fuel economy. Click here ...

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Continental unveils three new truck tires, new ELD options

Offering a glimpse into the next decade of transportation in North America, Continental’s Paul Williams, unveiled three new truck tires designed to fit applications that are expected to grow in prominence through 2025

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Heil returns to stainless steel tanker market

After a 15 year absence, trailer manufacturer Heil is again manufacturing and selling stainless steel tanker trailers for general chemical hauling applications. The new line of tankers consists of four different application-based models including a round/double conical model, a dry bulk model, a stainless steel round/double conical design and a carbon steel round cryogenic trailer. Heil says the new trailers are highly adaptable for a variety of applications including an easy-to-clean 1611 trailer model. Other features Heil has ...

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Cummins announces new technology focus and vehicle telematics system

If you hold press credentials for the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, KY, then the traditional kickoff event for the show is always a dinner hosted by Cummins the evening before press days begin. This year, Cummins used the opportunity to showcase several new products targeting fuel economy and fleet efficiency enhancements. According to Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President of Cummins' heavy-duty, mid-range engine businesses, for the past several years, Cummins has been focused on meeting sequenced Federal ...

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VIDEO: Kenworth T680 Advantage updates at MATS booth

See part of the Kenworth MATS booth as Kenworth Chief Engineer Kevin Baney walks through further updates to Kenworth's "Advantage" package, showcasing the T680's continued development for fuel economy savings.

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Meritor WABCO to release ProView performance management system in May 2014

Meritor WABCO is working with SmartDrive Systems to develop what the company bills as the commercial vehicle industry’s most comprehensive and efficient performance management system. Designed to help fleets improve safety and operational efficiency, ProView Powered by SmartDrive will be available starting in May 2014. “By offering video and data analytics and delivering critical event video content fast, fleets can identify and significantly reduce potentially dangerous situations,” says Jon Morrison, president and general manager for ...

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Driverless trucks, driver scorecards: Bendix highlights collision mitigation tech

Bendix covered a variety of topics at its annual breakfast press event in Louisville at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 26, ranging from autonomous trucks, collision mitigation technology, the economy and its SafetyDirect driver/truck monitoring system. Below is the live Twitter coverage of Bendix's speakers talks on SafetyDirect and driverless vehicles. Click here to see coverage of Bendix Electronic Stability Program system and its growth in the market. Below the Twitter coverage are some screenshots from ...

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Bendix breaks 300,000 trucks using collision stability system

At last year's Mid-America Trucking Show, Bendix made a bold prediction; that the company would have 300,000 trucks on the road using the company's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) collision and stability system. At the company's breakfast briefing held at this year's show in Louisville, Ky. Wednesday, Fred Andersky, Bendix's director of government affairs, delivered an update. "It took six full years to get to 100,000," he says of the benchmark of EPS systems in the marketplace, "but ...

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