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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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Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


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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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Shell Rotella adds synthetic oils for gas-powered pickups

Shell Rotella engine oil for gasoline trucks and SUVs is specially formulated to meet the needs of gas-powered vehicles.

Shell Lubricants is introducing Shell Rotella Gas Truck full synthetic engine oil providing, extreme protection for towing and hauling for gasoline-powered pickup trucks and SUVs. The oil, from the makers of Shell Rotella heavy duty diesel engine oil, offers the unsurpassed protection these engines need in three viscosity grades: 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 beginning in January in the U.S. and in May in Canada. The oil will be available in 1 quart, 5 quart and Ecobox in the U.S. and 5 liter in Canada. 

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New mechanics body and propane service body available from Load King

New mechanics body and propane service body available from Load King

Load King LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck), announced the launch of its new Voyager Series, a vocational collection of high-performance mechanics bodies designed to serve an array of heavy equipment industries. Within the new Voyager Series, Load King will offer three primary models: The Voyager I mechanics body, an Under-CDL model, the Voyager II mechanics body, and the Voyager P propane service body, built specifically for propane marketers.

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Mack, Trimble sign MOU to help change how freight is moved

Mack will collaborate with Trimble Transportation Enterprise to find new efficiencies in how operators use and manage their trucks.

Mack Trucks announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Trimble Transportation Enterprise (formerly TMW Systems), an industry-leading provider of transportation software solutions that help change the way freight is moved. Mack made the announcement during the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition Oct. 29 in Austin, Texas.

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Peterbilt updates engine offerings for 2019 model year

Peterbilt updates engine offerings for 2019 model year

Peterbilt Motors Company has announced updated offerings for the 2019 PACCAR Engines. Peterbilt will offer the MX-13 with two new ratings for the 2019 model year engines; a multi-torque 455 HP with a torque rating of 1,650 - 1,850 lb.-ft. and a 405 HP with 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. Each update for model year 2019 engines was specifically designed to result in increased reliability and fuel economy.

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New colours available to adorn Kenworth cab interiors

New colour schemes and stylings are available in Kenworth cabs.

Kenworth has announced new colours and interior stylings on its flagship on-highway Kenworth T680 and vocational leader Kenworth T880 models. The new choices will also be available with the newly introduced Kenworth W990. The new colour options will be available with both Diamond VIT and Vantage interiors on trucks produced starting in the new year.

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Ruckit reveals revolutionary trucking management software

The Ruckit platform and mobile app improve the efficiency, management and scheduling of trucks, whether they are company-owned or third-party.

Ruckit, Inc. introduces the construction industry's first collaborative logistics platform designed for bulk materials producers, trucking companies, and general contractors, specifically addressing the unique needs of the trillion-dollar bulk materials transportation industry. Ruckit's platform includes a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that enables companies to efficiently dispatch, manage and track in real-time all trucks for a job, regardless of whether the truck is company-owned, leased-on or third-party. Its revolutionary bring-your-own-device platform approach requires no data plans or hardware in trucks to make them Ruckit-ready and delivers supply chain optimization to a fragmented construction industry, where 80 percent of the drivers are independent hired-haulers. 

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Twin steer configuration offered on Kenworth T880S

The Kenworth T880S with twin steer has a short 114-inch BBC allowing larger bodies to sit further forward and closer to the cab.

Kenworth is adding a factory installed twin steer configuration to its T880S vocational model. The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer features a set-forward front axle with a 61-inch axle spread to maximize payload.

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