Detroit Diesel

New vid: Mike Ryan jumps stunt Freightliner

The elaborately-shot video commandeered a Long Beach port terminal to make a gymkhana-style course and stage the resulting video, with plenty spectacular stunts and precision handling.

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Freightliner continues to increase market share

The company finished 2013 with nearly 38 percent of the overall Class 6-8 market share, also increasing to 30 percent of the vocational market.

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Detroit unveils telematics system, makes DT12 available for DD13-equipped trucks

Detroit has introduced its Detroit Connect telematics tablet, which is designed to help drivers navigate, comply with hours of service regulations, perform pre- and post-trip inspections and send and receive two-way messages.

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Gale Banks / Mike Ryan Racing super-turbo rig at Pike’s Peak

"Attending the Pike's Peak hill climb needs to be on everyone's bucket list!" says reader Don Christner -- more here on Class 8 racer Mike Ryan's performance at the June 30 event.

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When trucks were trucks: Familiar faces at Fitzgerald’s

Bill Blankenship of McMinnville, Tenn., showed off a classic find of a 1953 GMC 630, powered by a 134-hp Detroit diesel, at the Pride & Polish at Fitzgerald's.

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Detroit’s automated-manual transmission coming to U.S. market

The Detroit DT12 automated-manual transmission that will be available exclusively in Freightliner Cascadia models equipped with Detroit DD15 engines starting next month.

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Vocational spec’ing: With downspeeding trend, keep close eye on torque/hp combo

In the past, heavy duty vocational trucks may have been spec'd with 550 hp and 1,950 lb.-ft. of torque to get the load rolling. Today, 470-hp engines with 1,850 lb.-ft. torque can do the job.

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Mustang’s 3-million-mile, one-truck haul nears end

Owner-operator Mike Crawford is approaching 3 million safe miles all logged in the same 1994 Freightliner -- wish him luck on the final 37,000...

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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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