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Mack expands natural gas lineup to long-haul trucks

Mack Trucks recently announced a 2013 expansion of natural gas-powered products in the latest versions of its Pinnacle and Granite models. Both models will use the Cummins Westport ISX12, and customer testing is scheduled to begin this year. The expansion adds to a list of natural-gas powered models already offered in the Mack TerraPro Low Entry and Mack TerraPro cabover refuse models. The new models will feature maintenance-free after-treatment and provide up to a 30 ...

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Bendix stability systems now standard on Peterbilt models

The Bendix Electronic Stability Program full-stability system with automatic traction control is now standard on the majority of Peterbilt’s Class 8 trucks and tractors, including the new 579, Bendix has announced. Bendix Wingman Advanced, a collision mitigation technology is also now available as an option on Models 579, 587, 386, 384, 382, 389, 367 and 365. The system includes automatic traction control and enhances vehicle stability by reducing engine throttle and applying vehicle braking. In contrast ...

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EPA-compliant reefer generator

Carrier Transicold announced a new line of what it says are ultra-efficient transport refrigeration unit and generator set, dubbed EcoForward, for compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's diesel emissions standards, which are set to change in 2013. Efficiency improvements boast engine power being reduced by 18 to 20 percent and fuel consumption reduced by 5 to 20 percent, the company says. The technology is being applied to Carrier Transicold’s trailer refrigeration platforms, both in belt-driven ...

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USA Truck names April Driver of the Month

USA Truck has named Dwyte B. Putman as its April 2012 Driver of the Month. Putman has been with USA Truck since July 2010. He was nominated for Driver of the Month by his fleet manager, Keith Coatney. "He is accident-free and is one of my top drivers,” Coatney says. “His on-time service is one of the best in the company." Putman will receive $250 cash, $100 in USA's company store credit, a ...

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Colorado truck stops offering streaming videos of highways

Colorado is installing HDTV monitors at truck stops to offer streaming video on roadway, weather and traffic conditions on major highways.

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Diesel drops 6.5 cents, lowest in 8 months

The national average retail diesel price fell 6.5 cents to $3.781 a gallon during the week ended June 11. The average price is 17.3 cents below the same week last year.

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House defeats transportation bill spending cap motion

The House has defeated a motion to instruct conferees on the transportation reauthoriziation bill that would have limited spending for 2013.

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DOT orders WTSA US Express to shut down

FMCSA has ordered WTSA US Express to cease all transportation services following extensive review of its operations.

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Utility receives safety award

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has received the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association Annual Safety Award for its Marion, Va., manufacturing plant. Utility’s Marion plant manufactures 3000R refrigerated trailers. The plant has been honored with the “Category A” award for large trailer manufacturing plants, which have attained over 750,000 hours worked in a year without a lost-time incident. In fact, Utility’s Marion plant worked over 1.89 million hours in 2011 without an incident resulting in days away from ...

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DHL’s Standard Forwarding named Carrier of the Year

Standard Forwarding, a subsidiary of DHL Freight, was named Great Lakes/Midwest LTL Carrier of the Year for the fourth time in a row in Mastio & Company’s annual Value and Loyalty Benchmarking Study. The study surveys 2,000 shippers and identifies and quantifies the needs of LTL freight customers while comparing national, regional and local carriers. Standard Forwarding was selected as the winner based upon scores in 24 service attributes. ...

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