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Volvo head talks fuel efficiency of ‘14 engines, remote diagnostics

Volvo President Goran Nyberg said the company’s 2014 engines are getting higher fuel economy than the company originally expected, besting their 2013 counterparts by 3 percent, rather than the 2 percent Volvo predicted.

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Photo gallery: Western Star Optimus Prime at Mid-America

On display this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show is the Western Star 4900X that stars as Optimus Prime in the next iteration of the Transformers movie series. Above is a gallery of the truck on the show floor. (Photos by Jason Cannon)

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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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