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By Staff Reports | October 01, 2009

The 2010 Cummins ISX engines will yield better fuel economy than current engines, said Jason Owens of Cummins. “Our new engines will have a larger ‘sweet spot,’ resulting in better drivability,” he said.

David Siler of Detroit Diesel said that with the company’s BlueTec technology, “The DD15 will provide fuel economy not seen since the pre-2002 engines.”

Overall attendance increased slightly at the Great American Trucking Show in August over 2008, helped in part by new features.

New events included the 2010 Engine Super Session and expanded educational opportunities offered through a redesigned educational track called TruckSmart Summit. GATS also hosted the 2009 Truckload Carriers Association’s Independent Contractor Meeting.

Great American Trucking Show visitor registrations grew from 44,669 in 2008 to 45,987, an increase of 3 percent.

“To attract so many highly qualified visitors, in such a challenging environment, is a testament to our commitment to deliver the attendees our customers are looking for,” says Mike Reilly, chairman, president and CEO of Randall-Reilly, which owns the show.

Next year’s show will be Aug. 26-28 at the Dallas Convention Center. Randall-Reilly also produces The Great West Truck Show, held annually in Las Vegas, and publishes Overdrive.

— Staff reports

New programs boost attendance at Dallas show

In addition to improved mileage claims by the engine manufacturers using SCR, David McKenna of Mack reported that there would be no change in engine hardware under the hood, making the engines “service friendly.”

Volvo’s engines will show higher horsepower and the bonus of no active regeneration with the 2010 power units, said James Fancher of Volvo.

Navistar says its 2010 MaxxForce engines offer truck owners greater simplicity because no new agent will have to be added, as with the use of DEF. “We have a turn-key strategy,” said Steve Perkins of Navistar. “We take the burden off the customers and put it on us.”

He said Navistar will likely use EPA credits to meet emissions regulations into 2012, depending on sales, as the company continues to hone its technology.

The event was sponsored by Castrol and Rand McNally. The panel was moderated by Randall-Reilly editors.

— Randy Grider

Short hauls

A PENNSYLVANIA BROKER and his two sons face counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy in connection with a $1 million fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General announced. The U.S. District Court of Harrisburg unsealed the 40-count indictment charging Rubik Avetyan and his two sons, Allen and Alfred. DOT-OIG says the three are accused of creating two shell companies to facilitate a double-brokerage scheme and transport stolen merchandise.

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