Tuesday, June 4, 2013

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar announced at the recent Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications Summit its intentions to go "all-in" on natural gas and produce even more natural gas-fueled equipment and engines. CAT will provide natural gas fuel as an option for engines across its many high horsepower lines for mining, earthmoving, and drilling operations. Its first expected liquefied natural gas -powered products will include mining trucks.

Freightliner unveiled the first-ever OEM in-cab exercise system last month. The Freightliner In-Cab Training System provides drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs. Developed in collaboration with Rolling Strong™, the FIT System provides a simple and convenient exercise solution that encourages physical activity. It features a triple-grip handle, which enables users to interchange three bands to change resistance levels. 

Hino Trucks recently displayed their new Class 5 COE model 195 Double Cab. The new double cab option will arrive at Hino dealers in June of this year and is offered in both a diesel model and diesel-electric hybrid. Designed on a 19,500lb GVW chassis to provide class-leading payload capability, the four-door, six-person double cab is redefining driver comfort with its optional magnetic suspension seat in a cab designed to accommodate drivers up to 6’6" tall.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that their N-Series truck was named 2013 Medium Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck Magazine. 12 vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which MD truck model best fit their requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, service, and lifecycle costs.

Kenworth introduces the Bendix ® eTrac Air Bag Transfer System for 6x2 suspensions on select models of Kenworth Class 8 trucks. The tandem drive axle on a 6x2 axle truck has no inter-axle driveline or rear differential. Because of that, it has fewer gears, which results in the truck being several hundred pounds lighter and experiencing improved fuel economy. This system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s airbag pressure transfer system from the non-drive axle to the drive axle when it recognizes wheel slip, providing improved fuel efficiency and on-demand traction.

Mack Trucks announced last month that is introducing the MP8 Ecodyne ®+ engine. This powerful and high-performing engine is ideal for on-highway customers who require additional muscle to move their loads. The Ecodyne+ is available in Mack’s Pinnacle models and offers 505hp with 1,860lb-ft of torque when operating in either of the top two gears. This maximizes fuel efficiency while also providing the necessary power to help drivers conquer long and steep grades.

Navistar International showcased its initial production build of the International ® ProStar ® truck equipped with MaxxForce ® 13 with SCR at the Mid-America Trucking Show. ProStar with MaxxForce 13 with SCR offers fleets and drivers the efficient power of a big bore engine with lighter weight components to maximize payload.

Peterbilt Motors Company announced PreSet Plus hub systems as standard equipment on all Peterbilt Class 8 trucks. PreSet Plus hub systems are designed to improve serviceability and reliability of vehicle wheel ends and minimize service time and requirements. PreSet Plus hub assemblies are designed for both steer and drive axles, for disc and drum brakes, and are available in iron and aluminum for weight-sensitive application.

Volvo Trucks announced late in March that it has partnered with Shell to collaborate and coordinate activities supporting the wider use of Liquefied Natural gas as a fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Volvo Trucks announced the development of its proprietary 13-liter LNG engine for North America in mid-2012. The engine’s advanced high pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains, making it a viable solution for long-haul trucking applications.

Western Star featured their "Tough By Design" lineup at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Their booth this year highlighted their customized engineering and showcased versatile on-highway vehicles and vocational models. Models included Western Star’s 4700SB Day Cab Tractor, its 4900SB with Fuel Efficient Package and new lightweight spec options, a 4900SF Heavy Haul with low roof sleeper, and their 6900XD 40-ton mining truck chassis equipped with a Detroit Series 60 ® Tier III engine.

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