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Volvo on Volvo: The Complete Series

“Act now.” That was the Volvo Trucks mantra at ACT Expo in the back half of 2021, when we were still (and currently are) facing uncertainty and change in nearly all aspects of life. But one thing it didn’t change, was progress. The trucking industry was moving forward with advanced diesel engine technology, electric powertrains,

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The need for speed (and fuel efficiency): Minimizing powertrain choice tradeoffs

The powertrain trade-off has always been: When do you want your fuel efficiency? Or more accurately: At what speeds? With increasing fast axle ratios enabled by downspeeding, there has always been talk of the operational “sweet spot”–that magical RPM, MPH balance that wasn’t burning too much fuel, but wasn’t underpowered. Just right. The reality is

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Volvo Trucks touts I-Shift transmission with dual power take-off

Volvo Trucks North America upgrades its I-Shift that now offers a dual power take-off (PTO). The new dual PTO allows I-Shift to incorporate two independently clutched DIN 5462 drives, or one SAE 1410 flange and one DIN 5462 drive, separated by the vehicle’s centerline. By separating the two drives, space is created to allow for the

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Navistar prepares Huntsville Plant for powertrain production  

Navistar recently announced plans to build an integrated powertrain at its recently expanded Huntsville Powertrain Manufacturing Plant in Huntsville, Ala. Navistar broke ground on a 110,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Huntsville plant in February 2020 with an initial $125 million investment. An additional $65 million has since been contributed to a total capital investment

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Truck cruise control technology that looks at the road ahead

If you’ve ever visited the Northeast region of the country, you’ve most likely encountered intimidating terrain. The winding roads. The steep hills. The intricate routes that challenge any seasoned driver, and, most recently, advanced cruise control systems that aim to improve fuel efficiency and driver comfort.   Cue Mack Predictive Cruise Control with Econo-Roll, a standard

Mack Trucks offers Allison 3000 RDS transmission as a MD Series option

Mack Trucks expanded its vocational offering to medium-duty customers by announcing that the Allison 3000 RDS transmission is now available for order for the Mack MD Series models. The decision allows additional options for applications that demand more power but are best suited for medium-duty vehicles, the manufacturer noted. Mack previously only offered the Allison

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Testing the new PACCAR TX-18 Automated Transmission in a Peterbilt truck carrying 140,000 lbs.

Hi! David here, and this week we’re on the road again, as Peterbilt invited us out to experience the all-new PACCAR TX-18 and TX-18 Pro automated transmissions at the Eaton Proving Grounds up in Marshall, Michigan. And they did this by letting me get behind the wheel of one of their heavy-duty trucks carrying a

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Peterbilt offers new automated transmission

Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced the addition of the all-new PACCAR TX-18 and TX-18 Pro automated transmissions to the family of PACCAR TX transmissions. The TX-18 Transmission is available in Peterbilt Models 567, 389 and 579 equipped with PACCAR MX engines. The TX-18 is designed to work exclusively with the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines.

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Volvo makes Allison RHS transmission available on VNL trucks

Allison Transmission has announced that the Allison 3414 Regional Haul Series (RHS) fully automatic transmission has been integrated into Volvo’s heavy-duty VNL trucks and is currently available to order. The first production orders for 3414 RHS equipped VNL trucks have been built for regional haul, food and beverage and distribution customers. The Allison 3414 Regional

Mack’s predictive cruise control now standard on highway models

Mack Trucks announced that Mack Predictive Cruise Control with Econo-Roll is now standard on Mack Anthem and Mack Pinnacle models. Mack Predictive Cruise combines the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission (AMT) with GPS, monitoring driver speed, engine load and road topography, memorizing those conditions when cruise control is set. The next time the driver travels

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Mack mDRIVE AMT available with dual Power Takeoff option

Mack Trucks announced that the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission (AMT) now features a left and right dual Power Takeoff (PTO) option for highway and vocational customers, offering increased versatility for customers and bodybuilders, the OEM noted in a press release. Available for customers with Mack Granite, Mack Anthem and Mack Pinnacle models with 12-speed,

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Powertrain maintenance tips for engines, transmissions

While a key goal for any fleet maintenance operation is to avoid unscheduled repairs, another cost-saving objective is to eliminate repeat trips to the shop for the same issue. In those instances, and especially when higher cost powertrain components are involved, unnecessary downtime and the impact on shop and technician productivity add up quickly. “Having