Peterbilt’s new Class 7 Model 335 features hybrid-electric technology that could cut fuel use by 40 percent and trim maintenance costs. It is outfitted with a fully integrated bucket lift body. The parallel hybrid system uses an electric motor to assist the mechanical diesel engine with extra torque. The system stores energy during braking to be reused for acceleration and stores energy during idling to power the PTO.
Peterbilt also is introducing a Model 320 that features hydraulic launch assist hybrid technology. The Class 8 vehicle is spec’d for refuse applications.
The enhanced ComfortPro APU now has a 60-amp alternator that provides 50 percent more power than the original. The oil service interval has been doubled to 1,000 hours, thanks to a larger reservoir and new filter. A switch to R-134a refrigerant allows for simpler service. Additional improvements include a new condenser with a fin-and-tube design, a thermostatic expansion valve rather than a capillary tube mechanism, and a low-pressure sensor that shuts down in the event of a refrigerant leak.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER MOUNTING BRACKETS
H3R Performance’s solid aluminum billet mounting accessories enable fire extinguishers to be mounted to flat surfaces or roll bars. Mounts are available for 1.625-inch or 1.75-inch roll bars.
The CP100-TK and CP150-TK, new in VXI’s RoadWarrior line of cell phone headsets for truck drivers, include a microphone that blocks road and engine noise. Both are designed for long-term comfort and a secure over-the-head fit.
CJ-4 ENGINE OIL
BP Lubricants USA’s newly formulated Castrol Hypuron semisynthetic diesel oil for heavy-duty engines complies with the new on-road industry emissions standards for 2007. Formulated to maintain its high total base number while meeting the low ash requirements of API CJ-4, the product minimizes oil consumption, reduces piston deposit formation and increases oil film strength.
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INTERNET ACCESS DEVICE
PocketSurfer is a stand-alone device with a built-in modem that provides Internet access from anywhere a cell phone has a signal. The pocket-sized unit costs $299, and Web access costs $29.99 per month.
Kenworth’s new K360 Class 7 cabover is geared toward urban pick-up and delivery companies that need a highly maneuverable truck with a body size of 22 feet to 26 feet. The 33,000-lb. K360 initially will be offered in a 4-by-2 Class 7 configuration with a 5.9-liter Paccar engine and a six-speed manual transmission. It will generate 220 hp with a maximum torque of 605 lb.-ft. Full production is scheduled for late 2007, when it will be offered with the new Paccar PX-6 engine family.
The new ComfortGuard is Cummins’ first complete auxiliary power unit for over-the-road trucks. The 375-pound APU features self-diagnostics with a built-in microprocessor and LCD readout that allow the operator to program automatic controls or check coolant temperature. Its dimensions of 21 in.
by 24.5 in. by 28 in. make it compact enough to mount behind fairings. The unit’s AC system fits beneath the sleeper berth and has a 12,000-btu capacity. It has a two-stage electric heating element with 4,000 and 8,000 btu.
MIRROR CLEANING DEVICE
Ironcore’s MIR-KLR uses an airflow system to keep side mirrors clear of precipitation and light debris. The system taps into an existing air source, such as the seat air supply line.
HOSE ASSEMBLIES RESIST CORROSION
The new MAXXDuty hose assemblies feature a new plating material that protects steel crimped fittings attached to the hose assembly. These parts are otherwise susceptible
to corrosion caused by de-icing agents.
SLOAN TRANSPORTATION PRODUCTS
Rand McNally’s 2007 road atlas features 12 new inset maps, more than 1,000 map updates and nearly 300 changes to low-clearance, weigh-station and restricted-route listings. The new edition also contains a new area code map, more than 40,000 city-to-city mileages and a list of websites and toll-free phone numbers for hotels and motels. Current users of Rand McNally’s Intelli-Route software can download the updated page and section key for the 2007 atlas online.
Steel pins allow drivers to slide tandems efficiently without the hassle of constant readjustment.
Drivers slide the pins into the desired hole and lock the trailer brake. The pins then slide forward or backward, locking into the desired location.
The 2007 Kenworth wall calendar, 26.25 in. by 28 in., features six pages of trucks. The appointment calendar, 9.75 in. by 13 in., features 12 trucks.
BATTERY FEEDER STUD
Truck batteries can now be recharged via external power sources with battery feeder studs. Solid brass with impact-resistant plastic insulation, the studs transport DC power through firewalls. They are ideal for heavy-duty systems ranging from 6 volts to 36 volts DC.
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The Michelin XZA2 Antisplash tire cuts the trajectory height of the splashes of passing or oncoming motorists by more than 50 percent compared to standard truck tires, improving visibility and safety. This feature, achieved by a shoulder rib on the tire, also provides better rear-view mirror visibility for truck drivers. With a cost 3 percent higher than the current XZA2, the all-position radial tire is optimized for splash reduction in steer axle service.
With the Electronic Virtual Assistant, drivers and small-fleet owners can send e-mails and update schedules while on the road. Voice-based data entry is available. Users can log in from anywhere to view their custom databases and reminders.