Hitting the big time

| October 01, 2006

A new addition, Mobil Delvac Elite 15W-40, will be introduced in 2007 as an advanced API CJ-4 version of its current Exxon XD-3 Elite 15W-40, a heavy-duty, synthetic-blend diesel engine oil offering extended drain capabilities beyond conventional diesel engine oils.

A newly reformulated Mobil Delvac 1 (5W-40) heavy-duty diesel engine oil is also coming in 2007.

Shell Rotella CJ-4 diesel engine oil will be made available in gallon containers Oct. 15.

It had to undergo seven new tests to be qualified. “It averaged 50 percent less wear in all areas, including rings, liners, crossheads, bore polish,” said Dan Arcy, the company’s business-to-business technical marketing manager, at GATS. The oil’s proprietary detergent system also performed well in terms of the depth and thickness of the sludge in the oil pan, Arcy said.

With a 29 percent reduction in wear metals, it also will help to extend the life of older engines that don’t use a diesel particulate filter, Arcy said.
Kristin L. Walters

News from the truck makers
Freightliner LLC introduced its new Excelerator breakdown assistance program, designed to assist owner-operators and fleets up to 25 units.

According to Freightliner, the initiative offers a 24/7 call center staffed by Freightliner personnel to assess drivers’ needs, find the best local service providers, expedite repair parts and assist with towing and other roadside services. Three packages are offered: Excelerator On Call, Excelerator Preferred and Excelerator Preferred Plus.

Chris Patterson, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner, also unveiled a proof-of-concept prototype utility truck, a Class 7 Business Class M2 106, expected to soon come to market. A full-parallel hybrid with regenerative braking that recharges the batteries, the truck launches with electric power, and the diesel engine provides additional torque as required.

Peterbilt announced at GATS that its flagship Model 379 will go out in style with a 1,000-unit special Legacy Class Edition. The Legacy Class features emblems on the grille and both sides of the cab, a custom dash plate, a polished aluminum hood centerline, premium UltraRide seats, the exterior Platinum Oval Package and the Platinum interior.

The truck can be ordered now, for delivery in the first quarter of 2007, with 2006 engines.

Peterbilt said earlier this year that it would replace the 379 with the new Model 389, which incorporates key styling elements of the 379 while introducing advanced technologies and refinements for improved aerodynamics.

During a meeting with trucking journalists at the company’s Denton, Texas, plant, the company also announced a new medium-duty cabover and new medium-duty engines.

The new cabover, Model 220, will be offered initially in Class 7 configurations and limited to 100 units. Full production of the 220 is scheduled for late 2007, at which time a Class 6 version will be offered.

The new engines, the Paccar 6.7-liter PX-6 and the 8.3-liter PX-8, will be available in 2007.

Freightliner to Stop Reconfiguring Day Cabs from Sleepers
Freightliner has announced that it is closing its day cab reconfiguring operation in Tooele, Utah. Shutdown of the plant will occur in phases through October and early November of this year.

The first of its kind, the Tooele Reconfigured Day Cab operation started in 2000 amid decreasing sleeper cab values and a shortage of used day cabs. The 80,000-square foot facility was dedicated to refurbishing and reconfiguring used heavy-duty vehicles.

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