Jack RobertsClass 7-8The Next Oil: PC-11 is made for improved efficiencies in highway trucksA new engine oil category being introduced at the end of this year promises better fuel economy and longer change intervals. The new oil, designated PC-11 (Proposed Category 11) by the Diesel Engine Oil Advisory Panel, will be marketed in two subcategories as early as December. One will be for new 2017 emissions-compliant engines, the […]July 4, 2016EquipmentDaimler Trucks execs offer insight on new DD5, DD8 medium duty engines, autonomous trucksThe principle leaders of Daimler Trucks along with Roger Penske fielded questions from the media Friday following the North American launch of the company’s new medium duty diesel engines today, touching on a variety of products. The new DD5 and DD8 engines, the production of which Daimler plans to move to Detroit, now give Daimler a […]November 23, 2015EquipmentEaton, Cummins debut 2017 powertrain upgrades including Blended Pedal AMT systemEaton and Cummins announced upgrades to their jointly-developed and marketed SmartAdvantage optimized powertrain Wednesday at the Eaton Proving Grounds outside of Marshall, Michigan, as well as upgrades across all Eaton UltraShift Plus-based automated manual transmissions (AMTs). Chief among the SmartAdvantage upgrades is a new direct-drive version of the integrated powertrain, designed for fleets that typically operate […]November 5, 2015EquipmentFirst Drive: 2016 Ram 3500’s big Cummins power, improved cab impress in test track runIt wasn’t too long ago that if you needed to tow a 30,000-pound payload, you needed a Class 5 or 6 truck to get the job done. Today, all you need is a Ram 3500 pickup truck. The truck maker invited Equipment World out to its test track in Chelsea, Michigan, to give its 2016 trucks a […]October 21, 2015EquipmentI learned how to operate Freightliner’s autonomous truck. It’s a strange, yet comforting, experienceIn May, when Freightliner pulled the curtain back on its new Inspiration autonomous truck model, the company promised CDL-holding journalists the opportunity to get a Nevada autonomous truck endorsement in the fall. This week, I found myself once again at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway—just north of Sin City—where I was able to climb behind Inspiration’s wheel […]September 22, 2015EquipmentIntegrated drivetrains speak a language all their own, giving fuel-conscious work truck owners even more reason to love AMTsOne surprising trend over the past few years has been the unprecedented market share growth of automated manual transmissions. Many OEMs now are reporting AMT take rates that would have seemed improbable when the first units appeared on North American shores. Volvo, Daimler Trucks North America and Paccar all report AMT specifications in more than […]September 2, 2015EquipmentMaking sense of the split: Don’t worry about Navistar, but where will Caterpillar find its 15-liter truck engine?The big news story last week was, of course, Cat and Navistar breaking up. At first brush, given Navistar’s fresh troubles with a brand-new EPA lawsuit, you’d be forgiven for thinking Cat’s move was a sign of more trouble in Lisle, IL. I don’t think that’s the case. Though I focus more on the trucking industry […]August 3, 2015BusinessCaterpillar will continue using Navistar engines in vocational truck line despite production splitCaterpillar has decided to amicably end its on-highway truck production partnership with Navistar and venture out on its own, moving production of the Cat CT-Series trucks, which The Wall Street Journal estimates to be about 1,000 units a year, to a shared production facility in Victoria, Texas. The plant currently produces Caterpillar hydraulic excavators and will add about 200 additional […]July 29, 2015Better RoadsSamsung’s “see-through” semi truck is neat, but its existence hints at a much more exciting future for transportationKorean tech giant Samsung has revealed what it calls the “Safety Truck,” aimed at helping those attempting to pass big rigs see oncoming traffic better. The system uses a wireless camera mounted on the truck’s front and transmits the video feed to four monitors built into the trailer doors. The model seen here and in […]July 6, 2015EquipmentTEST DRIVE: Freightliner’s 108SD, 114SD work trucks blend power, serious comfort on long haul through Texas hill countryWhat do you do if you’re Freightliner and your OTR market share numbers are in the stratosphere? You turn your attention to the vocational truck market, of course. Freightliner has always had a vocational presence. But about four years ago, the company decided it was time to update its work truck lineup to take advantage […]June 15, 2015Page 1 of 21Next PageTop StoriesTechnologyWho, What, When, Where and How Long? 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