equipment

Bendix ESP standard on Kenworth T680, T880 tractors

Kenworth announced that the Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now standard on its new T680 and T880 tractors. The ESP system is designed to help stabilize the vehicle during loss-of-control situations on dry, wet and snow- and ice-covered highways. Customers will receive the Bendix 4S/4M configuration, which has four sensors and four modulators and includes Bendix Smart ATC Automatic Traction Control and Bendix ESP.

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Kenworth updates predictive cruise on T680

Kenworth announced Friday it has updated the Predictive Cruise Control functionality available for the Kenworth T680 and T880, coming in conjunction with the new 2017 Paccar MX-11 and MX-13 engines and Cummins X15 engines. The updates offer fuel economy boosts, the company says.

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Lightweight Meritor steer axle now standard on Class 8 Kenworths

The axle is available in standard and wide track configurations with a gross axle weight rating of 12,000 and 13,200 pounds, respectively.

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Test drive: Volvo’s $2M SuperTruck

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jason Cannon got behind the wheel of Volvo’s SuperTruck concept vehicle last month. Details here...

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Volvo nixes plans to cut workers at truck plant due to better Class 8 outlook

Volvo Trucks has cancelled plans to layoff up to 500 workers at its Virginia-based truck manufacturing plant. Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna says the company has been “encouraged” by recent trends in the Class 8 market.

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Used truck prices tumbled in 2016

Sleeper tractors lost about 30 percent of their wholesale value from January to December, compared to 23 percent through retail channels, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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New website for Peterson lights

Visually, the new site from Peterson Manufacturing presents a cleaner, more colorful look with bold graphics, updated photos, videos and informative text.

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Volvo recalling thousands of trucks for potential braking problem

In total, Volvo is recalling 6,271 trucks manufactured between April 11, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2016. Affected models include certain 2013-2017 VNL, VNM and VNX trucks.

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Used truck prices down more than 20% in 2016

Depreciation of used commercial trucks has accelerated in the second half of 2016 according to J.D. Power and Associates. Since January, 3-to 5-year-old sleepers have lost about $14,500 (21 percent) of their retail value, which J.D. Power says translates to just over 2 percent depreciation per month.

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Navistar reports loss of $97M in 2016, says feds have approved Volkswagen deal

Revenue for the fiscal year 2016 was $8.1 billion, compared to $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2015. The truck segment recorded a loss of $189 million, compared with a fiscal year 2015 loss of $141 million.

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