Out on der Autobahn

I just got back from a Daimler Trucks press tip trip to Gaggenau, Germany to see the North American unveiling of the new DT12 automated manual truck transmission. It was the first of two Daimler trips this month: The second comes along in two weeks, when I’ll fly to Dusseldorf to see the latest incarnation of the company’s successful Sprinter van, with a revamped look and an all-new powertrain. My trip this week was a fine ...

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Work Truck Show wrap-up

Rounding up commercial van market, hybrid truck, solar panel, natural gas powertrain and other news from the NTEA show in Indianapolis, which ended March 8.

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Blacked out for the night?

How long before Class 8 trucks come equipped with SmartGlass technology? Lately making inroads in concept cars at auto shows around the world, the SPD-Smart window-tint technology by Research Frontiers enables a vehicle's operator to, with the push of a button, apply varying degrees of tint to one or more windows to keep the outside out. I can't help but see potential applications for night haulers looking for some shut-eye in the heat of a ...

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