MATS 2014

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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TRUCK PHOTOS: Day 1 of 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show

As the first day of the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., gets rolling, here are some of the beautiful trucks on display. We'll be updating this gallery throughout the day, so check back for more photos.

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Dometic launches updated battery-powered auxiliary AC

The Dometic Split-System Blizzard 134a moves the split unit away from increasingly difficult-to-find R22 refrigerant into the newer 134a standard.

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Alcoa rolls out new, lighter aluminum wheel at MATS

Amid a lot of fanfare and anticipation, Alcoa rolled out a new, lighter aluminum wheel at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Thursday. The new Ultra ONE can shed upward of 1,400 pounds from an 18-wheeler fully equipped with what Tim Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, calls the lightest heavy duty wheel in the world. Alcoa’s new 40-pound wheel is 47 percent lighter than steel wheels of the same size, and five ...

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OOIDA’s Spencer: Driver treatment a key element in ‘driver image’

Driver image is a two-sided issue, OOIDA's Todd Spencer said: Part of image, he says, in addition to what the public and trucking outsiders think, is also what truck drivers think of themselves.

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Daimler brands display ‘star power’ at MATS

From show-stopping tie-ins to Optimus Prime, NASCAR and tire-smoking tractors, to more mundane matters such as fuel efficiency improvements and automated transmission sales, Daimler Trucks North America used its press preview hour at the Mid-America Trucking Show to highlight a wide range of industry-leading products from the company’s various brands – and to hint at more to come. Among the more interesting items, and a likely crowd favorite when the doors officially open Thursday, Daimler’s Western ...

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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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Peterbilt releases ‘Epiq’ fuel economy package, special edition anniversary truck

Peterbilt turned 75 years old back in January. And the truck manufacturer is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with a special edition Model 579 tractor that will be the star of a nationwide tour starting in April.  But not content to rest on its laurels, Peterbilt continues to work on enhanced fuel economy features for its customers, including a new APEX optimized drivetrain package for the Model 579, that brings even greater levels of fuel economy. Click here ...

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Continental unveils three new truck tires, new ELD options

Offering a glimpse into the next decade of transportation in North America, Continental’s Paul Williams, unveiled three new truck tires designed to fit applications that are expected to grow in prominence through 2025

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Heil returns to stainless steel tanker market

After a 15 year absence, trailer manufacturer Heil is again manufacturing and selling stainless steel tanker trailers for general chemical hauling applications. The new line of tankers consists of four different application-based models including a round/double conical model, a dry bulk model, a stainless steel round/double conical design and a carbon steel round cryogenic trailer. Heil says the new trailers are highly adaptable for a variety of applications including an easy-to-clean 1611 trailer model. Other features Heil has ...

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