MATS

Round-up: MATS haps, and a cattle hauler on his long career

Recently-retired bull wagon hauler Laurin Dreher reflects on a long career, while owner-operator Jeff Clark talks while he walks and more plans for MATS solidify...

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From iPhone karaoke to viral parody hit: ‘Singing Trucker’ Brad James

Avid singer and Youtuber Brad James estimates an audience of about 1,300 people before his detention-themed parody of "Dock of the Bay" went viral. Post-“Detention,” he estimates he’s singing to around 10,000 people.

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Agency seeking New Entrant testing input at March 28, April 7 listening sessions

FMCSA will hear input from industry stakeholders and other public comment in the second and third listening sessions held March 28 and April 7 to aid the agency in its creation of the New Entrant testing rule mandated by MAP-21.

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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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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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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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Video: Quick walk around of Kenworth’s new truck

Kenworth unveiled today in Louisville its new T680 with a 52-inch sleeper option. Below is a brief video walk around of the truck sitting on the show floor at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Drop a comment above to let us know what you think of the truck. Click here to see the full story on the truck's debut.

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Kenworth adds 52-inch option for T680

Kenworth Trucks unveiled this morning a new T680 model with a 52-inch sleeper, made for regional and mid-range distance applications, said the truck maker. The announcement came this morning at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Kenworth's Chief Engineer Kevin Baney said the truck is ideal for drivers who spend 3-5 days on the road, as it still offers the amenities of the 76-inch model's sleeper and cab but weighs 700 pounds less and ...

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Navistar offers updates on switch to SCR

Navistar executives gave a bit of insight today into the company's transition from EGR-only strategy to tackle EPA emissions standards, saying that its International ProStar is on track to meet its April release with the company's MaxxForce 13-liter engine equipped with Cummins SCR exhaust aftertreatment system. CEO Troy Clarke said the company has been completing its "great turn-around story" in the last half-year and said there's much to come from them in the next 2-3 years. Navistar ...

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