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New work trucks and equipment rolling out at The Work Truck Show 2019

Powerful performance: an in-depth report on vocational trucks

Versatile, rugged and powerful, vocational trucks are a key piece of equipment for roadbuilding, excavation, municipal work, concrete delivery, heavy hauling, crane work and other applications. These trucks have become more capable and powerful over time, and every manufacturer offers a variety of approaches to fitting them out that match up with virtually any customer requirement. Recent trends in vocational trucks have focused on getting more power to the ground with innovative transmissions, a drive to improve the driver experience to ensure companies can keep talented drivers longer, and assurances for body builders that upfitting can be done faster and easier.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty provides benchmark for performance and capability

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment, according to the manufacturer, with a towing capacity of 15,921 kg (35,100 lbs.) and a payload capacity of 3,484 kg (7,680 lb.). Driving it all is a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins 6.7-litre High Output Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation, and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. 

Portable vehicle scales​ help heavy-haul carriers stay compliant

Heavy-haul carriers transport oversized objects using public roadways. While these loads may weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds, operators must still comply with permitted limits, while also completing their job safely. Intercomp has a variety of options to fill this unique application for a range of applications including construction, oil & gas, waste and recycling, heavy-haul transportation and electrical utility.

Michelin adds to decades-long innovation partnership with Daimler Trucks

Michelin North America, Inc. is partnering with Daimler Trucks North America on a key feature of the recently announced Freightliner Cascadia Class 8 heavy-duty truck. Three years in development, the MICHELIN X Line Energy D+ tire will be the featured long-haul drive-tire solution, contributing to the new Cascadia's 5 percent fuel-efficiency improvement over the 2017 model. With about 35 percent of vehicle fuel consumption attributed to overcoming tire rolling resistance, the MICHELIN X Line Energy D+ sets new standards for ultra-low rolling resistance in a dual drive tire (1) as one of DTNA's key fuel-efficiency building blocks in the new Cascadia. 

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Daimler Trucks North America introduces first SAE level 2 automated truck in North America with the Freightliner new Cascadia

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) introduced the first SAE Level 2 automated truck in series production in North America with the latest enhancements to the Freightliner new Cascadia. Level 2 automation means the truck is capable of both lateral (steering) and longitudinal (acceleration/deceleration) control, and is part of the revolutionary truck technologies featured by DTNA at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

​Galbreath's new Work Truck Series Cable Hoists to address light-duty applications

Galbreath recently launched its new WT-1216/X and WT-2018/X work truck series cable hoists. Combining all the toughness and durability Galbreath hoists are known for in a more compact and lighter-weight package, the new models were designed to offer a lighter-duty option to Galbreath's original 8-inch main frame single axle cable hoist, making them perfect for landscapers, general contractors and private waste haulers who need less power and easier maneuverability.

2019 Pickup Trucks

In the popular North American pickup truck market, 2019's model year has brought a variety of updates to the lighter end of the spectrum while work goes on to update and relaunch heavier-duty trucks in coming years. Both full-sized and midsized pickups have received plenty of improvements, however, with a little bit of everything coming to the table.

Daimler Trucks North America delivers its first battery-electric commercial truck

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has delivered the first vehicle in its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet - a Freightliner eM2 - to Penske Truck Leasing, fulfilling its promise to put an electric commercial truck in customer hands in 2018. This delivery marks a key milestone in the real-world application of battery-electric commercial vehicles, as well as an important step towards emissions-free mobility.

North American Construction Group announces ultra-class fleet acquisition

North American Construction Group Ltd. announced the acquisition of thirty-one used ultra-class haul trucks under a long-term purchase arrangement with an existing oil sands client.  This is the initial offering made under a recent contract amendment that provides NACG with the right of first refusal to purchase assets the client retires.  The transaction includes the purchase of sixteen 380-ton capacity haul trucks, a first for NACG and a size for which the new Acheson maintenance facility was purposefully designed.

Tech school receives “Gold Rush” haul truck from Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has donated an articulated haul truck to train future equipment operators at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. The Volvo A35D hauler had been used on Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush" television series and will now serve as a training tool for high school students enrolled in the institute's Heavy Equipment Operations and Preventive Maintenance program.

Detroit Connect Analytics unlocks the power of fuel and safety data

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced  that Detroit Connect Analytics has extended its services to additional truck models and can also be added to vehicles in the aftermarket. Analytics is now available to order as a new truck option or in the aftermarket on the new Freightliner Cascadia, original Cascadia and Western Star 5700 truck models spec'd with Detroit engines. Detroit Connect Analytics automatically translates critical fuel consumption and safety data into interactive and easy-to-understand reports that provide actionable insights for increased vehicle and fleet performance.

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

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.

Versatile Talbert trailer offers multiple configurations

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.

Jeep introduces 2020 Gladiator with rugged utility, functionality and versatility

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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Cat autonomous trucks haul one billion tonnes

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.

Toyota Tacoma adds style and capability for 2019

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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