MATS 2013

My MATS Mash-up

Another Mid-America Trucking Show is in the books and things are quiet for the moment while the trucking industry catches its collective breath. There’ll be more big news coming soon – I’ll be in Germany this time next month to get an up-close look at the new Detroit automatic transmission. But in the meantime, let’s sift through the confetti and see what we learned in Louisville last week. Our industry has a hangover I’m talking about the ...

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VIDEO: MATS 2013 walk-through

Owner-operator George Parker shot the walk-through vid during his miles of exploration of the show floor in the mammoth Kentuck Expo Center with a GoPro camera mounted on his baseball cap.

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FMCSA hears testimony on entry level driver training

Driver training standards were the subject of a four-hour regulatory listening session held at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Find highlights and links to full video in this story.

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Does Anne Ferro have a driver’s license?

At MATS 2013, Wendy "got to meet her and ask her the solitary question I had for the only high-ranking government official I've ever met."

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Mack showcases new fuel-saving suspension system

In a press event that included talk of full integration of Mack products, the future of natural gas in the trucking industry and a few product announcements, Mack, most notably, unveiled a new suspension system – the Twin-Y — that it says can offer fuel savings of up to 25 percent over the current camelback offerings. Mack's Jerry Warmkessel said during the event — held at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. — that the ...

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New Kinedyne tarp ties, more at MATS

Five lucky MATS attendees visiting the Kinedyne booth will win $1,000 Kinedyne shopping sprees.

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Volvo releases tractor for heavy-haul application

Volvo Trucks today introduced to the heavy-haul market a new tractor, the VNX, at the MId-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Volvo said the truck is designed for extreme gross weight applications. It will be powered by a 600-hp Volvo D16 and will be offered as a fully integrated package featuring Volvo's I-Shift automated-manual transmission. For more on Volvo's new truck, see Overdrive sister site CCJ's coverage or watch the video below.

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Freightliner releases in-cab exercise system, Cascadia Evolution orders top 10k

Freightliner this week announced an in-cab training system designed for installation onto already existing tether points in Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado models. The announcement came at the Mid-American Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Freightliner collaborated with Rolling Strong to design and implement the system — the Freightliner In-cab Training System (FIT) — and it was made to offer drivers a place to workout "in the comfort of their own cabs," said Freightliner engineer Dave Hames. The system ...

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Webasto introduces digital bunk thermostat

The SmarTemp Control temperature management system works with Webasto's AirTop 2000 ST bunk heater and aims to provide fuel savings and lower emissions.

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Peterbilt announces new vocational model tractor

Peterbilt unveiled today a new vocational truck, the Model 567, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., where it also announced the availability of a new 80-inch sleeper for its Model 579 truck. The 579 was unveiled at the same show two years ago. In addition to an 80-inch sleeper option, the truck maker also said today a new mid-length option for the 579 will be available as an option. For more on the ...

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