equipment

Kenworth offering rebate

Kenworth announced it will extend a $1,000 rebate to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members through 2013 on qualifying new sleeper truck purchases. The program, originally introduced 11 years ago, can be used with the purchase of the Kenworth T660 and T800 models, among others. The W900 with 72-inch AeroCab or 86-inch studio AeroCab sleeper, T680 with 76-inch sleeper, and T700 with 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper are also eligible. Buyers must show their OOIDA membership card to ...

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Obama applauds Detroit Diesel’s new plant

Obama visits to praise the company for its $120 million investment into a Redford, Mich.-based plant to build its DT12 automated-manual transmission.

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KW offering extended warranty

Kenworth is now offering extended protection plans for its 2013 Paccar MX-13 engine. The 12.9-liter engine is designed to meet demands of heavy-duty trucking and is available in Kenworth Class 8 models. Extended warranty coverage options range from three to seven years and from 100,000 to 700,000 miles. The extended coverage is available when ordering the engine, purchasing a new Kenworth truck or up to 18 months following a purchase. A $400 registration fee is ...

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New parts look-up system

Hendrickson has introduced PLUS — “Parts Look-Up System” — a system designed to provide serviceable parts information for Hendrickson Truck and Trailer suspension systems. The system will recognize truck suspension assembly numbers, trailer suspension model numbers, trailer suspension serial numbers and display parts or kits available for purchase through any local OEM dealer and distributor. A cross-reference tool is also available for truck suspension part numbers.    

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Owner-operators and multiple-truck ownership

Among the one-third of owner-operators who say they’ve owned more than one truck at some point, less than half owned more than two.

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Fuel, fleet managing device

Vehicle tracking software company Inilex announced this week the release of its InilexGPS Fleet device, targeted at helping small and mid-sized fleets implement better business plans and cost-cutting measures.

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Path of least resistance: Aero trailers gaining traction

With much of the tractor aero gains already carved out from years of wind-tunnel testing and refined engineering, attention now has swung to trailers.

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Suggested maintenance, inspection practices for flooded trucks

Superstorm Sandy left lots of vehicles, including Class 8 trucks, subject to flooding from contaminated waters. Meritor offers a few tips on what to do if your truck has been affected.

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Buyers beware: Trucks flooded by Sandy could pop up for sale

In Hurricane Sandy’s wake, fraud experts are warning of unscrupulous truck sellers who may attempt to hide flood damage from buyers.

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Volvo takes on emissions

Volvo has announced a plan to meet a target of reducing vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent by 2017. The company wants to achieve this goal with Bin 4 aerodynamics, low-rolling resistance tires, a reduction in vehicle weight, five-minute idle shutdown and a speed limiter, which requires vehicle speed to be limited to a maximum of 65 mph. These areas will reduce operator flexibility but may increase operating costs and impact resale value, the ...

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