Daimler Trucks North America

New online portal gives Freightliner, Western Star owners more access to engine data

Subscribers can use the portal to drill down on specific fault events and access full diagnostic information and real-time fault notifications generated by Daimler's Virtual Technician and more.

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Traditional truck makers focus on short-haul for electric vehicles

Major truck and engine makers themselves have invested in the development of electric- and more conventional hybrid-electric-drive vehicles, but they see the most short-term promise in shorter-run applications.

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Daimler petitions FMCSA to allow lower windshield placement of warning system camera

Supplemental information submitted by DTNA clarified that the camera system would actually be mounted 8.5 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers – more than twice as far below the area currently allowed by regulations.

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Martin Daum tapped to lead Daimler’s global trucks business

Daum has headed DTNA since 2009, responsible for Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation.

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VIDEO: Meet the 2013 Ride of Pride memorial truck driver

Chuck Ceccaci tells part of his story thus far piloting the 2013 Freightliner Ride of Pride veterans memorial truck.

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A legacy lives on

The Western Star 4900EX embodies the style and toughness of its Canadian roots, enhanced by the engineering of a global truck maker.

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Detroit gives sneak peek of DT12 transmission

The DT12 will be available in the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution starting in May 2013.

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Court rejects EPA’s Navistar exemption, expanded Overdrive coming in August, EOBRs among hot topics for agency, OOIDA challenging Minn. out of service criteria and more industry news items are featured.

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Bug-removal tip: Scotch Brite ‘Dobie’ pads

This one comes by way of owner-operator Henry Albert's blog, where he shares an anecdote about the Scotch Brite "Dobie" cleaning pads (pictured) he uses to clean bugs from his windshield -- and how he somewhat inadvertently passed the trick off to Daimler engineers at the Uvalde, Texas, proving grounds. Give it a read here. As for getting the bugs off, he writes: 1. Spray a little window cleaner on the pad itself. 2. Rub down the entire ...

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Owner-operator on a fuel-economy test run

In May independent Albert Transport owner-operator Henry Albert participated in a test run of the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (pictured) to track and compare its fuel-efficiency against an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia. We reported about the test just last week. This week, he's been sharing results of this unique experience over on his blog as part of Freightliner's Slice of Life program -- offering windows into owner-operators' experiences with their Cascadia model updates. Albert was tapped to ...

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