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Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates the Opening of its Madras, Oregon High Desert Proving

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is celebrating the completion and official opening of its new High Desert Proving Grounds in Madras, Oregon.  The total High Desert Proving Grounds project required an $18.7 million investment by DTNA. Work began in June 2015 to clear the land with construction commencing in May 2016 by general contractor Kirby Nagelhout. The new proving grounds provide two distinct functions: firstly to merge real-world validation of DTNA's research and development and engineering initiatives and secondly to help bring new technologies to market faster than ever before.  

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Volvo Launches 48-Hour Parts Delivery Guarantee

When you need parts most — Volvo delivers. If a machine should go down, Volvo guarantees parts delivery within 48 hours* in Canada and Hawaii, and within 24 hours in the United States, including Alaska. volvoce.com/parts48.

*Guarantee applies to Class 1 parts orders. 24-Hour Parts Delivery Guarantee in the United States, including Alaska, and a 48-Hour Parts Delivery Guarantee in Canada and Hawaii. See website for complete details.

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Cummins launches 2018 natural gas engines

Cummins Westport Inc. announced at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California its model year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck / tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications. The new lineup comes with a change in names, following Cummins tradition of using B, L, and X series letters, followed by engine displacement. The letter "N" denotes engines that are fueled by natural gas. 

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Peterbilt model 389 Canadian 150th anniversary edition packed with exclusive features

Peterbilt announces the Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition to salute Canada’s history by combining the industry-leading quality and performance of the Model 389 with distinctive styling and exclusive Canadian features. “Canadian owner-operators and premium carriers can honor Canada with the addition of Peterbilt’s Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition,” says Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Senior Vice President. “It delivers proven productivity, dependability and uptime combined with unique styling and understated elegance.”

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Ram Debuts New 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak

Ram Truck has announced two new option packages. “The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global

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Volvo Trucks expands Uptime Services to legacy vehicles

Volvo Trucks North America is extending its comprehensive Volvo Trucks Uptime Services to legacy vehicles through the addition of telematics connectivity via partner Geotab, a leading provider of telematics technology. Owners of Volvo legacy vehicles with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines will be able to access the same suite of uptime services available for newer model Volvo trucks. 

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Heavy-haul trailer extends to handle wide range of large equipment

Talbert Manufacturing's has  introduced its 55SA-TELE heavy-haul trailer. The deck length of this innovative unit is 54-feet when open, which allows users to haul a wide range of large equipment, such as bridge beams, conveyors, generators, pressure vessels and tanks. Operators can then retract the trailer to 32 feet 6 inches. This shortens the overall trailer length to 53 feet, eliminating the need for permits which saves time and money.

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Removable, wireless battery-operated trailer camera

FLO Components Ltd. will be displaying a “revolutionary new product solution for blind spots,” according to Mike Deckert, Vice-President of FLO Components, at the upcoming National Heavy Equipment Show - the Portable TrailerCam.  Designed and engineered in the USA by Convoy Technologies, LLC, the Patent Pending Portable TrailerCam is a removable, wireless, rechargeable battery operated camera that literally can be placed (using strong, rugged magnets) on the side or rear of any truck, trailer or equipment.

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Cat articulated truck adds new cab design, advanced control features

Offering a 45.2-ton (41-tonne) rated payload capacity, the new Cat 745 articulated truck features a world-class cab design, completely re-engineered from the inside-out using global operator feedback to advance comfort and ease of operation. The new external “spinal” ROPS structure boasts bonded rear quarter glass that eliminates the structural pillar to give the operator a dramatic improvement in visibility from the cab. Upon cab entry, the new “wake up” feature initiates machine displays as soon as the door is opened, while the lighter/stronger cab door offers shut assist for improved sealing against dust infiltration. The quieter cab design lowers inside sound levels by 5 dB at the operator’s ear.

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Mack expands uptime solutions for customers with legacy vehicles

Mack Trucks is bringing its industry-leading uptime solutions to customers with Mack legacy vehicles. Working with its partner Geotab, a leading global provider of end-to-end telematics technology, Mack now offers connectivity for older Mack vehicles that are not equipped with its GuardDog® Connect telematics hardware, helping to maximize customer uptime. Mack made the announcement at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Detroit launches new DD8 medium-duty engine

Aimed at the vocational truck markets the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7L in-Line 6-Cylinder medium-duty engine. It boasts a horsepower range of 260-350HP and a torque range of 660 - 1050 lb – ft. The DD8 will expand on the Detroit medium-duty platform that was launched last year with the DD5, and will provide customers fuel efficiency leadership and best in class maintenance intervals. In addition, the DD8 will launch with both engine and transmission power-take-off options required for many vocational applications.

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