Heavy Duty Trucks News
Tire expectations: Fuel economy, high milage, retradability and beyond

Talking with managers from many of the larger commercial fleets at a recent TMC meeting, it was clear what fleets are looking for when it comes to their tires: Fleets want tires that generate the best possible fuel economy; highest mileage to removal; excellent retreadability; and tires that are not prone to developing uneven and

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Hendrickson launches Aero Guard fixed mount bumper for International ProStar

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim announces the release of the all makes Aero Guard resin bumper for International ProStar with a fixed mounting bracket that retrofits to all truck year models. Aero Guard bumpers are exclusive to Hendrickson and are engineered for increased impact durability and to weigh less. In addition, the Aero Guard bumper for ProStar offers nearly

Hendrickson launches Aero Guard fixed mount bumper
BFGoodrich adds drive tire to complete line of Smartway offerings

Michelin North America’s BFGoodrich brand introduced its newest SmartWay-verified commercial truck tire, the DR454 drive tire. With the addition of the DR454 drive tire, BFGoodrich now offers a total Smartway verified solution for highway applications. The BFGoodrich DR454 SmartWay-verified highway drive tire offers a rolling resistance rating of 100 and is designed to meet the

Michelin BFGoodrich side view
Navistar and Swift Transportation launch pilot program with International Prostar Tractors

Navistar Inc. and Swift Transportation announced a joint pilot program with International Prostar Tractors designed to maximize fuel economy. Navistar developed a specification for the International ProStar tractor that the company expects to deliver industry leading fuel economy results. Swift will pilot test the specification, which pairs the ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 and the

Meritor adds two new axle ratios aimed at improving fuel efficiency

Meritor Inc. is adding optimized axle ratios to its proven 14X rear-drive axle portfolio. Meritor’s 14X tandem drive axles with a 2.79 ratio will be available for production in June and a 2.85 ratio will be ready later this summer. When used in combination with the Cummins and Eaton SmartAdvantage Powertrain, the new axle ratios will

Daimler Trucks North America partners with JOST International

Daimler Trucks North America announced that the JOST International JSK36 lightweight fifth wheel is now the standard fifth wheel for all Freightliner truck models. The JSK36 is also available as a published option for the Western Star 4700 and 4900 truck models. “JOST International’s fifth wheel solutions are an ideal complement to our products. We depend

Daimler Trucks North America
Alcoa Wheels redesigns its website

Alcoa Wheels unveiled its newly-designed website. Alcoa said that its North America section renovation focuses on optimal customer experience through quicker and more functional navigation; facilitated surface treatment and technical information search and significant details on the recently launched innovation, Ultra ONE wheels. The company noted that the updated homepage also features streamlined navigation, as

Newly redesigned website homepage from Alcoa Wheels
Eaton Fuller Advantage offers added fuel savings for Kenworth T680

Truck purchasers have a new advantage when they specify the Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission with the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680. “By optimizing the Kenworth T680 with the new Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission and 2014 PACCAR MX-13 engine, Kenworth introduces a new opportunity for long-haul and regional operators to achieve fuel savings,” said

Eaton Fuller Advantage offers added fuel savings for Kenworth T680
Shell Rotella demonstrates low-viscosity oil fuel efficiency, durability with engine teardown

Dan Arcy, global OEM technical manager for Shell Global Solutions U.S. Inc., updated media at the company’s Shell Rotella engine teardown event in Greensboro, N.C. The oil category, PC-11, has been in development for two years; the category has been driven by demand to meet federal greenhouse gas emissions regulations that will go in effect

engine teardown by Shell Rotella
75 years of excellence and a bright future: Peterbilt marks milestone with new vehicle innovations

When Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president, talks about current industry trends, he notes the increasing optimism throughout the industry and that trucking will have a strong year in terms of fleet performance and manufacturer and dealer sales. Siver says, “We’re seeing fleets replacing older equipment, as well as adding capacity. Reducing

Trucking will have a strong year in terms of fleet performance
Oliver Rubber introduces drive retread for long haul, regional applications

Oliver Rubber, provider of products and services to the tire retreading industry, has launched the Oliver Performance Drive, a drive position retread for long haul and regional applications. “The Performance Drive is the newest Oliver product. It is designed with unique properties to assist fleet operations in controlling their overall tire expenditures,” said Philip Boarts,

Oliver Rubber drive retread long haul, regional
Shell Rotella SuperRigs drives into Charlotte Motor Speedway for truck beauty contest

The 32nd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition will be held May 15-17 at the zMAX Dragway, which is part of Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., from May 15-17 for the biggest SuperRigs ever. With a theme of “Go Big,” the event will host beautiful big rigs, over $25,000 in cash and prizes, access to

Shell Rotella SuperRigs Truck Parade will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway