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International announces ProStar to offer Bendix active safety system, WorkStar now available with Cummins ISB

Navistar-International announced this week that the International ProStar will now offer Bendix active safety system, which includes electronic stability control, autonomous braking collision mitigation tech and lane departure warnings.

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Ryder expands online used truck selection

Ryder System announced an expanded selection of used trucks, tractors, trailers and vans available at www.usedtrucks.ryder.com. The website now includes more economical “As-Is” condition vehicles, cab and chassis; and high-horsepower trucks. Ryder’s selection of pre-owned cab and chassis trucks includes diesel-powered straight truck models with a full range of payload capacities; a pre-assembled cargo container, freight box or flatbed is not included. The company’s pre-owned high-horsepower truck inventory includes a variety of different body configurations. Customers can ...

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Peterbilt’s Model 320 hits milestone production numbers

Peterbilt announced that its low-cab forward Model 320 reached record production in 2014 with more than 1,600 trucks built, a 12 percent year-over-year increase. The specialty vehicle – used primarily in refuse operations and concrete pumper applications – recently was introduced with an entirely new interior, and a right-hand stand-up cab configuration was announced late last year. The Denton, Texas-based company said it would introduce a dual-steer configuration later this year. Among the 320’s new features are ...

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Volvo launches long-haul autohauler

Adding to its lineup of Volvo Autohauler models, Volvo Trucks North America has introduced the Volvo VAH 630, a premium sleeper version for long-haul operations. The VAH family, which Volvo Trucks launched in March 2011, already includes the VAH 200 day cab and the VAH 430, which features a 42-inch sleeper and full-size bunk. The VAH 630, now available for order, features a 61-inch sleeper, offering a full-sized bunk, ample storage cabinet capacity and space for ...

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Peterbilt launches set-forward front axle Model 567

Peterbilt launched a new configuration for its vocational Model 567: a set-forward front axle version suited for mixer and other weight-conscious applications. “The Model 567 SFFA lets customers maximize payloads while helping meet state and federal bridge law requirements,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “The Model 567 is a low-weight leader, and this new configuration will let customers take full advantage of that through optimized weight distribution.” Like the set-back axle ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Aero add-ons smooth airflow, boost fuel economy

While truck body designers had started experimenting with aerodynamics before the mid-1960s, Rudkin-Wiley Corp. took strategic curves for big rigs a bit further in 1965 when it introduced its bolt-on aero device. The Air-Shield retrofit was mounted on the cab roof to help guide air over the trailer and reduce drag at highway speeds. Advertisements for the device back in the day claimed fuel savings of $200 to $1,600 annually – a substantial amount in an ...

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FMCSA shuts down owner-operator following alcohol-related violations

FMCSA announced Feb. 3 it has issued a shutdown order to South Dakota-based owner-operator Lonnie Roth following the revocation of his CDL and his continuing to operate without it.

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KeepTruckin enables GPS location

With the latest update to the KeepTruckin logbook for iPhone and Android and fleet management dashboard, fleets can view drivers’ current locations on an interactive map.

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Strong voices on parking

Conversations on the situation continue in the wake of mainstream media attention to truckers' parking needs.

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Diesel’s decline slows, but price still hits lowest in over 5 years

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 3.5 cents in the week ended Feb. 2 to $2.831. That’s the lowest the U.S. average has been since the week ended Nov. 9, 2009.

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