For the Record

Truckers News Staff | September 01, 2010

Navistar contended that independent tests show new commercial vehicles that must contain liquid urea to meet federal NOx emissions standards continue to operate effectively when urea is not present. Navistar said the vehicles throw off levels of NOx as much as 10 times higher or more than when urea is present.

The research cited by Navistar was conducted by EnSight, an independent environmental consulting firm, using two long-haul vehicles and one heavy-duty pickup, all of which used SCR. According to Navistar, EnSight’s research showed that when liquid urea was not present, there was little or no effect on the vehicles’ operations; this included long periods of time when the vehicles’ urea tanks were empty or were refilled with water instead of urea.


Fuller Gets 50,000th Freightliner

By Avery Vise


Few trucking executives buy 50,000 trucks over the course of their careers, but Max Fuller has accomplished something even more unusual. On Aug. 5, the co-chairman and chief executive officer of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based U.S. Xpress took delivery of his 50,000th truck of a single make – Freightliner.

Top Freightliner executives were on hand as U.S. Express CEO Max Fuller received his 50,000th Freightliner in a ceremony on Aug. 5. Pictured (left to right) are Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America; Fuller; and Mark Lampert, senior vice president sales & marketing for Daimler Trucks North America.

In a ceremony at U.S. Xpress’ headquarters, Fuller officially took possession of the 2010 Freightliner Cascadia 72-inch sleeper with Detroit Diesel DD15 engine. Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, also presented Fuller with a memento of the occasion – a Freightliner etched into a block of crystal. “It might be the only Freightliner you ever get for free,” Daum quipped as he handed the trophy to Fuller. Closing out the ceremony, Fuller handed the keys to the 2010 Cascadia to its driver, James Waldo, who has worked for U.S. Xpress and Southwest Motor Freight for 38 years.

In 1974, Fuller took over purchasing responsibilities for his father Clyde, owner of Southwest Motor Freight, representing the beginning of his relationship with Freightliner. Fuller recalls that Freightliner’s marketing materials then – just after the big OPEC oil embargo – touted the trucks’ fuel efficiency and light weight. Fuller’s first order was about 150 trucks, which was almost half the Southwest Motor Freight fleet.

Fuller continued to buy Freightliners when he and Patrick Quinn struck out on their own in 1985 to launch U.S. Xpress. As the company grew quickly, U.S. Xpress bought 3,000 or 4,000 trucks a year in some years. Fuller also emphasized the relationship with Freightliner by signing a 12-year exclusive agreement that began in the late 1980s.


EVENTS

Sept. 17-19 Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show. St. Ignace, Mich. For information, call (906) 643-8087 or visit www.nostalgia-prod.com.

Sept. 24-25 20th Annual Music City Chapter ATHS Antique and Working Truck Show, sponsored by American Truck Historical Society. Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion, Cookeville, Tenn. For information, call (931) 200-3203 or visit www.aths.org

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