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House Bill Would Give LNG Tax Parity With Diesel
3/27/2015 3:00:00 PM
Four members of the U.S. House have introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide tax equity for carriers that use liquefied natural gas rather than diesel in their trucks.

Bestpass Introduces New Transponder to Expand Tolling Network
3/27/2015 1:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bestpass Inc. introduced a new transponder to expand its toll-management network and streamline toll payment for fleets and drivers.

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Volvo’s Persson Sees Energy, Environment Issues as Critical for Trucking
3/27/2015 12:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Energy and the environment remain issues of great importance for trucking, in terms of the types of fuels consumed and regulations and laws that arise from the concern, the CEO of Volvo Group said here.

Eaton Introduces Neutral-Gear Coasting to Transmissions
3/27/2015 12:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck transmission supplier Eaton introduced a neutral-gear coasting capability to its Fuller Advantage and UltraShift automated transmissions that can automatically disengage a truck’s driveline so that it can coast on slight downhill grades.

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Hendrickson Launches Air Disc Brake for Trailers
3/27/2015 10:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck-and-trailer suspension and axle supplier Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems launched an air disc brake system for trailers March 26 at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

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Alcoa Rolls Out Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Wheel
3/26/2015 11:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wheel manufacturer Alcoa unveiled a highly corrosion-resistant lightweight aluminum wheel, the Dura-Bright EVO, March 26 at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

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Trail King Shows New Dump Trailer
3/26/2015 10:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Specialty trailer manufacturer Trail King introduced a new product in its Materials Hauling Series at the Mid-America Trucking show here March 26. Trail King Industries’ prototype Steel End dump trailer is designed to haul sand, gravel, demolition or rip rap.

Continental Hypes General Tire’s 100th Birthday
3/26/2015 9:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Continental AG, a giant German manufacturer with more than $35 billion in annual revenue, used its time here at the Mid-America Trucking Show to boost attention for one of its smaller brands, 100-year-old General Tire.

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Clinton Blackburn Named Goodyear's Highway Hero
3/26/2015 4:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Clinton Blackburn of Morehead, Kentucky, who is credited with saving the life of a jailer who was transporting a prisoner that escaped, was named Goodyear's 32nd Highway Hero at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26.

FMCSA Updates Drivers on Diabetes Standard Proposal
3/26/2015 4:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reminded drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show of its plan to amend its medical qualification standards to allow drivers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, without seeking an exemption.

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Dana Debuts Two Drive Axles
3/26/2015 3:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Drivetrain components supplier Dana Holding Corp. introduced two new drive axles at the Mid-America Trucking show here, a concept dual-range setup that automatically shifts from a lower range to a faster ratio, enhancing engine downspeeding, and a heavy-duty, high-performance single-reduction axle.

Toyo Unveils Tire for Rugged Driving Conditions
3/26/2015 3:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Toyo Tires unveiled the M153, a tire designed for high-scrub applications, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Mack Introduces Product Options That Adjust Driveline Configuration to Boost Fuel Economy
3/26/2015 2:50:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mack Trucks introduced two new options for its Pinnacle highway model that monitor trailer weight and automatically adjust the truck’s driveline configuration to boost fuel economy.

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Volvo Trucks Expands Remote Diagnostics, Introduces 6x2 with Liftable Forward Axle
3/26/2015 11:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Volvo Trucks is expanding its Remote Diagnostics platform to monitor its proprietary I-Shift automated manual transmission.

Dometic Group Debuts 3 Cool Products to Aid Drivers
3/26/2015 10:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dometic Group announced the launch of three truck-cab comfort and convenience products at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

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Next GHG Rule Unlikely to Force Major Changes in Engine Architecture, Cummins Exec Says
3/26/2015 1:00:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Today’s heavy-duty truck engine architecture with diesel particulate filters, exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction aftertreatment will not need to change dramatically under the next round of federal greenhouse-gas standards, an executive at engine maker Cummins Inc. predicted.

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Navistar Touts Its Devotion to 'Uptime,' Offers Bendix Wingman Fusion Option
3/25/2015 10:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Navistar Inc. emphasized its commitment and expertise in using communications technology to keep trucks rolling for the benefit of fleet operators at its press event here for the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Trucking Industry Safety Coalition Achieves 2014 Fundraising Goal
3/25/2015 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After reaching its $1 million fundraising mark for 2014, an American Trucking Associations-led coalition that promotes the industry’s safety record plans to surpass that this year, a senior industry executive said at the Mid-America Trucking Show’s media day March 25.

Alliance Launches Web-Based Parts Tool
3/25/2015 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alliance Truck Parts has launched a Web-based online parts reference tool that consolidates data from manufacturers.

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Western Star About to Begin Production of 5700XE
3/25/2015 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Western Star Truck Sales is featuring two models of the new 5700XE Class 8 highway tractor at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Kalmar Ottawa’s T2 in Full Production
3/25/2015 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kalmar Ottawa recently announced its T2 terminal tractor is in full production at its manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Kansas.

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Thermo King Introduces Truck Parking App
3/25/2015 4:45:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Refrigeration and auxiliary power unit supplier Thermo King announced a new smartphone/device application that guides drivers to overnight parking in 2,250 stalls at Thermo King dealers.

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Daimler Says SuperTruck Program Shows 115% Efficiency Improvement (with video)
3/25/2015 4:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Daimler Trucks North America said its Freightliner SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight-efficiency improvement, more than doubling the Department of Energy’s goal of 50% improvement.

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Peterbilt Announces Truck Upgrades, Customer-Convenience Options
3/25/2015 3:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Peterbilt Motors Co. unveiled a series of truck improvements and customer-convenience options in the middle of what executives said could be the second- or third-best sales year ever.

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Magellan Unveils RoadMate GPS Device
3/25/2015 1:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Magellan is unveiling an Android truck GPS device at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the company said.

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Kenworth Launches New Tech Offerings, Icon 900 Truck
3/25/2015 12:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth Truck Co. unveiled two new technology offerings, as well as a customized, limited-edition truck known as the Icon 900.

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Phase 2 Greenhouse-Gas Standards Being Developed with Market Transition in Mind, EPA Official Says
3/25/2015 11:30:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Federal regulators are aiming for a smooth market transition with their upcoming proposal for the next round of tighter greenhouse-gas emissions standards for commercial vehicles, an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

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Wabco Unveils OnGuardACTIVE Collision-Mitigation System
3/25/2015 11:15:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck-controls vendor Wabco introduced an enhanced collision-mitigation system that uses a 77 GHz radar that the company said maintains performance in all weather situations and provides longer-range detection than competing systems that use 24 GHz radar.

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Bendix Introduces Wingman Fusion Warning-Control System
3/25/2015 11:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced Wingman Fusion, an integrated warning and truck control system that combines several capabilities into one safety alert-control package.

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Espar Products to Formally Become Eberspaecher
3/25/2015 10:40:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Espar Products Inc. will formally announce during the Mid-America Trucking Show that it is changing its name to Eberspaecher.

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Bendix Exec Sees More Safety Regs Coming
3/25/2015 9:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More safety regulations for heavy-duty trucks are coming before the end of the decade, said Fred Andersky, director of government relations for Bendix Commercial Vehicles.

Cummins Plans New Product Rollout for 2017
3/25/2015 8:45:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. will roll out new products in 2017 — including a model of its best-selling ISX15 — when the federal government next tightens greenhouse-gas emissions ceilings.

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Truck Integration Trend Will Continue, Mack Execs Say
3/25/2015 8:30:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Mack Trucks expects the industry’s trend toward vertical integration to continue and anticipates a “near-record” Class 8 market this year, company executives said.

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ACT Plans Study on How Trucking Will Change In Next Decade
3/25/2015 8:15:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — ACT Research is planning a long-term study on how regulatory and business changes and technological advances will reshape trucking and transportation during the next decade.

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Class 8 Market to Peak in 2015, Driven by Trucker Profitability, ACT Forecasts
3/24/2015 6:40:00 PM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — ACT Research projected that the Class 8 market will peak in 2015, driven by a favorable freight market and improved trucker profitability.

ACT Economist Says Outlook ‘Very Positive’ Despite Recent Slowdown
3/24/2015 11:50:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind.  — ACT Research predicted that the U.S. economy will continue to accelerate in 2015 despite a decline in retail sales and manufacturing activity in recent months.

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BorgWarner Unveils DuroSpeed Fan Drive
3/23/2015 5:30:00 PM
Truck components manufacturer BorgWarner Inc. announced a new two-speed cooling fan drive for severe service and vocational applications.

Detroit Radiator Introduces Powercool
3/23/2015 5:00:00 PM
Detroit Radiator Corp. will introduce its Powercool radiator this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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MATS 2015 Stands 'Good Chance' of Setting Attendance Record
3/23/2015 12:35:00 PM
Truck sales and orders suggest this could be the second-strongest year for North American heavy-duty vehicles on record, so the organizers of the Mid-America Trucking Show are paring the width of pedestrian aisles and chopping square footage for the food court to create more space for exhibitors.

Belmor to Host 'Shipping Wars' Star at Booth
3/23/2015 12:02:00 PM
Belmor, a company that makes heavy-duty truck accessories, said a star of the television show “Shipping Wars” will be signing autographs at its booth.

ENow to Show Solar Technology on Wal-Mart Truck
3/23/2015 12:01:00 PM
ENow will display its latest solar-battery charging technology on a Wal-Mart truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Prime Inc. to Conduct Driver Health Seminar
3/23/2015 12:00:00 PM
Advice on exercising and choosing smarter meal options on the road will be the focus of a special seminar being conducted by refrigerated truckload carrier Prime Inc. on March 28 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

MAC Trailer Assists Foundation in New Wellness Effort
3/22/2015 4:30:00 PM
MAC Trailer announced it is helping promote a new health-and-wellness program during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Cummins to Introduce New Class 8 SCR Unit
3/22/2015 4:00:00 PM
The emission solutions division of Cummins Inc. is rolling out a new aftertreatment system designed to help truck makers comply with the tighter greenhouse-gas standards coming in 2017.

Double Coin Sponsors Appearance by Ice Road Trucker
3/22/2015 3:30:00 PM
Double Coin Tires will introduce a new mixed-service, all-position truck tire and sponsor an appearance by Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski.

Yokohama to Display 10 Tire Models at MATS
3/22/2015 3:00:00 PM
Yokohama Tire Corp. will display 10 tire models at its Mid-America Trucking Show display booth in Louisville, Kentucky. All of the tires meet the standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program.

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2015 Mid-America Trucking Show Photo Galleries
3/18/2015 5:00:00 PM
Couldn't make it to the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville? Or maybe you were there but just couldn't see it all? Let our photographers give you a guided tour.

2015 Mid-America Trucking Show Live Blog
3/12/2015 4:00:00 PM
The 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show is being held March 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Expo Center. Coverage begins March 25 with a series of press conferences and continues through March 28 with seminars, events and news from the exhibition hall. Follow our live blog to keep up with what's happening throughout the show.


 

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