equipment

14 suits against alleged defects of Navistar’s EGR-only engines consolidated

The suits against Navistar allege that the truck and engine maker knew that its 2008-2013 model MaxxForce engines had defects, yet the company concealed those defects form buyers and knowingly sold and marketed the products as otherwise, the suits allege.

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Utility makes Bendix trailer roll stability standard 3000R spec

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced the addition of trailer roll stability protection from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems as a standard base specification on its 3000R refrigerated trailer. The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced with Bendix Trailer Roll Stability Program (TRSP) system combines anti-lock braking with trailer sensors and is available in single-channel and optional multi-channel configurations. Utility says it is the first trailer manufacturer to include roll stability as standard on its refrigerated trailers. “Trailer roll stability systems can dramatically ...

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International unveils new ProStar ES tractor built for fuel efficiency

Navistar-International introduced Dec. 5 a truck the company says is “the best fuel efficiency package in the industry.”

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SafeConnect to power reefer units at new GSF center

Golden State Foods opened last month a distribution center that will serve about 450 McDonald’s in the Chicago area. In an initiative to make the facility more energy efficient, the facility equipped the center with SafeConnect electric standby connection systems to power the fleet’s refrigeration units. SafeConnect is a plug-in docking stations that is compatible with straight trucks and trailers. It also has a failsafe self-disconnect system that prevents drive-offs from causing contact with high-voltage electricity.

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Schneider Finance touts easier online credit application

Schneider Finance announced the creation of a one-stop online shop to help simplify business ownership for owner-operators. The revamped mobile-friendly SFITrucks.com website is designed for easy use and to offer a streamlined user experience, showcasing an easy-to-complete credit application for drivers looking to lease new or used trucks from SFI, a division of Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider.

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Detroit unveils safety system that alerts drivers, brakes autonomously

Detroit showed off last week its new Assurance safety system, an active system that uses radar to scan the highway in front of a truck to adjust cruising speed, alert drivers of fast closure rate and brake autonomously, if needed, to avoid a crash.

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Peterbilt introduces special edition ‘Pride & Class’ Model 389

Peterbilt unveiled Nov. 4 a new special edition Model 389, the Pride & Class edition, which the truck maker says has a has a “customized, show-truck-ready look."

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Driverless trucks: Public shows concern with safety in survey

Results showed two-thirds of all survey respondents "said they would feel less safe sharing the road with driverless semi-trucks," a majority showing no change in sentiment even "if it meant cheaper consumer products or reduced carbon emissions."

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Shell: There’s fuel economy to gain with thinner oil in upcoming category

The next category of engine oils will go to market sometime in 2016 or 2017, Shell said this week, but the oil maker says once it does, owner-operators and fleets should see fuel efficiency gains over current products on the market.

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Photo gallery: Peterbilt’s 579 EPIQ, new driver coaching system, a few antique Petes

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts visited Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, last week to test drive the truck maker's new 579 EPIQ. The model he drove was paired with a highly aerodynamic trailer and Peterbilt's new virtual driver coaching system. While there, Roberts also got to check out some antique Peterbilts on display. Here's a photo gallery from his test drive and his visit to Pete HQ:

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