Thursday, February 21, 2013

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar recently unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavator, the Cat ® 336EH at the trade show, “The Next Generation is Here.” The new 336EH will be sold and serviced exclusively through the global Cat dealer network following the machine’s official launch in Munich, Germany. The order board opens in February of this year, with factory shipments starting in March.

Freightliner announced that it is now offering a customer demonstrator program for its all-new Freightliner Cascadia ® 113 natural gas day cab. Five customer demonstrator tractors will be available in the United States and Canada to provide customers direct experience with Freightliner’s newest alternative fuel product. “Natural gas products can result in significant fuel cost savings, making it a smart choice for increasing profitability while benefiting the environment,” says TJ Reed, Director of Product Strategy for Freightliner.

Hino Trucks deployed the Road to Recovery Assistance Program for customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy in November, 2012. Hino dealers in the New York Metro and Northeast regions were introduced to this initiative. Hino provided $1,000 in assistance for every truck being bought to replace a damaged or lost truck as a result of Hurricane Sandy and set aside inventory for immediate delivery to help customers recover as quickly as possible.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced the debut of food trucks to their line. Nine Isuzu NRR diesel cab chassis were outfitted as food trucks by Mobi Munch, Inc. and placed into service on college campuses throughout the United States. Due to the success of this launch, additional trucks will be servicing other campuses in early 2013. These trucks provide latin, Asian, and hot dogs vendor-style.

Kenworth employees donated nearly 7,500 pounds of food to Northwest Harvest in Washington state. In the spirit of the holiday season, Kenworth employees in Kirkland, WA conducted a food drive that resulted in the nearly-four-ton donation. One of the company’s Kenworth T270 medium duty trucks was loaded and driven to make the delivery. Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best ® heavy and medium duty trucks.

Mack Trucks selects JOST International to supply American-made fifth wheel coupling dvices as a standard feature on MACK ® Pinnacle TM, Titan by Mack, and MACK Granite ® model trucks. Previously a value-added option for more than a decade, this new standard is consistent with their commitment to offer customers the best total value. With only four moving partsk these fifth wheels are one of the simplest and safest coupling devices on the market. Mack trucks are still assembled in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.
Navistar Defense Canada highlighted its latest in International ® brand military vehicles recently at the Expodefensa expo in Bogota, Columbia. As part of the display, the company featured its new Special Operations Tactical Vehicle. This is the company’s vehicle entry for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program. The vehicle’s highly-mobile, mission-ready platform is engineered specifically to carry large payloads while handling the roughest mission terrain.  

Peterbilt Motors Company displayed at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas, where they had the opportunity to attend business strategy meetings and participate in educational seminars. This was a great venue for their new Model 579 and other Peterbilt models. Peterbilt combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry.

Western Star rolled out a new website dedicated to its fans. Through, Western Star owners, operators, and enthusiasts can browse news, forums, and photo galleries. Managed by Western Star owners and fans, Star Nation joins the widespread Western Star community together to exchange maintenance tips, locate hard-to-find parts for older trucks, and share experiences. Online registration is free and members can personalize their profiles with a picture and brief bio.

Volvo Trucks recently announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have awarded all model year 2014 Volvo vehicles certificates of conformance under the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for heavy trucks. According to Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales and Marketing, “Environmental care is a longstanding Volvo core value, and we will continue to work with EPA and NHTSA to deliver on the important goals of these regulations.”

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