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Chevrolet reveals 2020 Silverado HD High Country, second of five distinct models for all-new pickup

The High Country is one of five trim levels for the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD – each offering a different level of design, features and technology to meet the individual and rigorous demands of HD owners.

Chevrolet knows no two truck customers are the same, and as such continues to expand its truck franchise with five distinct trim levels for the all-new Silverado HD: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and range-topping High Country.

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Volvo Trucks furthers its focus on freight efficiency with new “Payload Plus” package

Volvo Trucks’ new Payload Plus packages, now available for order, utilizes lightweight components to maximize freight efficiency by reducing the weight of Volvo VNR regional models by up to 540 lbs. and shaving more than 335 lbs. from Volvo VNL long-haul models.

Volvo Trucks' new "Payload Plus" packages for the Volvo VNR and VNL series provide significant weight savings, helping maximize payload and fuel efficiency in weight-sensitive tanker, bulk-haul, and specific dry van and refrigerated applications. The Payload Plus packages, now available to order, provide a simple model-based way to shave up to 540 lbs. from Volvo VNR regional-haul models and remove more than 335 lbs. from Volvo VNL long-haul models.

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GM to produce Allison 10-speed transmission for Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD trucks

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., the largest global provider of commercial duty fully automatic transmissions, announced , along with Chevrolet, the availability of a 10-speed, fully automatic transmission in the new Class 2/3, 2020 Silverado 2500/3500 HD trucks. Equipped with the Allison branded 10-speed transmission, the 2020 Silverado HD will debut in February 2019.

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Versatile Talbert trailer offers multiple configurations

The Talbert 60CC/55SA-LD is a hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailer featuring a non-ground bearing hydraulic gooseneck design, 108-inch swing radius, 26-foot deck length and 8-foot 6-inch deck width.

Talbert Manufacturing offers the 60CC/55SA-LD trailer for optimum versatility. The trailer pairs with Talbert's optional East Coast-style E1Nitro axle extension, allowing for 60-ton capacity with a close-coupled configuration or a 55-ton hauling capacity with a spread axle configuration. This innovative Talbert design gives customers flexibility to switch between configurations to meet differing hauling regulations. While maintaining a 60-ton rating at half the deck length, the 60CC/55SA-LD offers a 6-inch ground clearance with an 18-inch loaded deck height — two inches lower than competitive models.

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Jeep introduces 2020 Gladiator with rugged utility, functionality and versatility

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in several models, including the Rubicon.

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which Jeep calls the most capable mid-size truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

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Chevrolet Canada celebrates four years of Colorado sales with two new special editions

The 2019 Z71 Trail Runner begins with the Colorado Z71 off-road package and adds the underbody protection of the Colorado ZR2. Changes include stamped aluminum front and mid skid plates, functional rocker protection and Goodyear Duratrac tires.

November marked the four-year anniversary of the return of the segment-redefining Colorado midsize truck. Introduced as a 2015 model, the Colorado recorded its first full month of sales in October 2014. Since then, Canadian customers have bought 24,000 Colorados.

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Green Truck Summit 2019 highlights drive toward zero-emission work trucks

“Green Truck Summit provides the best and most comprehensive opportunity for fleet managers, truck equipment distributors, upfitters and truck dealers to discuss clean energy technologies and fuels directly with industry thought leaders and decision-makers.”

New technology and the work truck industry's continued emphasis on achieving zero emissions are the focus of the 2019 Green Truck Summit, held with Fleet Technical Congress and The Work Truck Show 2019, which run March 5-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Volvo Trucks provides autonomous transport solution to Brønnøy Kalk AS

Volvo Trucks has just signed a landmark agreement with Brønnøy Kalk AS in Norway to provide its first commercial autonomous solution transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port.

The solution for Brønnøy Kalk AS consists of limestone being transported by six autonomous Volvo FH trucks on a five kilometer stretch through tunnels between the mine itself and the crusher. Tests of this solution have been carried out successfully and will continue throughout 2018 to become fully operational by the end of 2019.

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Cat autonomous trucks haul one billion tonnes

“In the process of hauling one billion tonnes, the autonomous trucks traveled nearly 35 million kilometers,” McGinnis said.

Cat mining trucks working within MineStar Command for hauling recently reached a milestone of one billion tonnes hauled. Caterpillar deployed the first six commercial autonomous trucks in 2013, and the fleet has now grown to more than 150 with six different mining companies operating Command for hauling in iron ore, copper and oil sands.

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DTNA pledges support for EPA Cleaner Truck Initiative

Over the past 20 years, DTNA has demonstrated a strong commitment to the reduction of NOx and particulate emissions and has steadily reduced their NOx emissions by over 90% and particulate emissions by over 98%.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) attended the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of the Cleaner Truck Initiative at the agency's headquarters. The announcement was attended by leaders of major North American truck OEMs, representatives from the American Trucking Association, and government officials.

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Toyota Tacoma adds style and capability for 2019

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is updated with a variety of features and new model packages.

The Toyota Tacoma drives into 2019 with the additions of the new blacked-out SX Package and updated TRD Pro, both of which add even more variety to the diverse Tacoma lineup that now includes 32 different configurations. Offering Tacoma lovers a stylish truck that's light on the wallet, the new SX package provides an affordable, blacked-out appearance package that can be a great base for a customized vehicle but can also stand confidently on its own. The host of black accents include 16-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps, handles, grille and more. For those who live life off the pavement, the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro provides a compelling reason to start planning that next adventure. Highlighted by 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks on all four corners, the new Tacoma adds an available TRD Desert Air Intake designed to provide cleaner airflow to the engine even in the dustiest environments. TRD Pro also gets a standard moonroof and JBL Premium Audio (on automatic transmission models only).

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Kenworth offers extended overage through pre-owned warranty option

Pre-owned trucks including Kenworth T880s are eligible for an extended warranty through the new options.

Kenworth has announced a new, two-year 250,000-mile factory backed Class 8 PACCAR Engines Pre-Owned Warranty option available through the Kenworth Certified Pre-Owned Program. This gives customers the opportunity to add extended coverage on top of the standard one-year, 125,000-mile warranty.

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Volvo Trucks, Trimble collaborate on fleet management

Trimble and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on development of transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services.

Volvo Trucks North America has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trimble Transportation Enterprise (formerly TMW Systems) to develop future transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services. The proposed collaboration leverages Volvo's on-board connectivity hardware to offer solutions that help fleets run their businesses more effectively, bringing critical uptime information into the Trimble platform. Volvo made the announcement this week at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas.

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Technicians show their skills in Daimler Trucks hands-on competition

The first place winners were Travis Gannon of Lonestar Truck Group in Waco, Texas in the Vehicle Competition, and Terry Podralski of W.W. Williams Midwest LLC, in Akron, Ohio in the Engine Competition.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently hosted its inaugural Technician Skills Competition. This unique competition gives DTNA the opportunity to challenge and acknowledge outstanding technician abilities. 

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