Two-Pedal Transmission

| April 07, 2005

The warranty includes radiators, electronic control modules and turbochargers on 1999 and newer trucks. The warranty covers “engine and transmission failures for the first 30 days, with no deductible,” said Lee Wallace, senior vice president of field operations. Extended wear-out warranties are also available on most trucks.

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ACERT Engines

ACERT (Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology), Caterpillar’s answer to meeting clean air standards, will be available across Cat’s product line by the end of the year.
Cat’s heavy-duty ACERT engines feature a double turbo system (which Cat has already used in some mining trucks and marine applications) and an air management system designed for maximum fuel combustion efficiency in the cylinders.

ACERT-equipped engines will achieve fuel economy comparable to the company’s 2001 engines, the company says.

Cat will build five ACERT engines: the C7, for mid-range use; the C9 and C11, for vocational operations; and the C13 and C15, for heavy-duty trucks. The C7 and C9 have already received Environmental Protection Agency approval and others will before the end of the year, the company said.

The engines will weigh between 150 pounds and 200 pounds more that the company’s present engines, and they will cost more. The exhaust system on ACERT engines features a tailored after treatment, already in use on other Cat engines, which changes particulate matter into carbon dioxide or water.


Expanded Night Vision Systems

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is expanding its XVision thermal imaging night vision system to include cameras that allow drivers to see 360 degrees around a vehicle.
The new suite of products, Bendix Vision Systems, adds side- and rear-view LED-assisted cameras and a joystick-operated pan-and-tilt infrared camera, the Raytheon 4000B ProtectIR, to help eliminate blind spots.

When drivers use their turn signals or shift to reverse, Vision Systems automatically switch the view on the panel to the camera on the appropriate side of the vehicle. The new products can be added to the existing XVision system (where they share the display panel) for a few hundred dollars above the original system price of $3,995, company officials say.


Volvo Goes Racing

Volvo Trucks North America has become the official heavy-duty truck for two of the biggest names in NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Roush Racing. The sponsorships include the placement of Volvo Trucks logos on tractors and transporter trailers, show cars and at driver appearances and public events. New Volvo VN780s will pull the teams’ transporters.

Volvo Truck North America

Battery Voltage Disconnector

Phillips Industries has rolled out Phillips LVD, a low voltage disconnect device that monitors battery voltage and shuts off devices if the next truck start is in jeopardy. The LVD continually monitors battery voltage, shedding non-critical loads as power drops.

The Phillips LVD is approximately 3 inches by 5 inches and weighs 20 ounces. It can be installed on any type of vehicle, from over-the-road Class 8 trucks to pickup trucks, police cars and ambulances. The Phillips LVD requires less than an hour to install and in some cases less than thirty minutes. Harness kits are available for selected truck models. The LVD carries a money-back guarantee from Phillips Industries.

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