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March 16, 2018
Volvo Blends Tech and Tough in New VNX Tractor
<p><strong>Volvo&rsquo;s new VNX heavy-haul tractor&nbsp;blends the company's&nbsp;cutting edge tech with tough equipment.</strong> <em>Photo:&nbsp;Jack Roberts</em></p> Volvo’s new VNX heavy-haul tractor is a perfect example of the trend to blend cutting edge tech with tough. It’s a truck that leverages all of Volvo’s latest technologies with a robust frame, high-horsepower engines, and 125,000 GCWR. Jack Roberts has first impressions.
Kenworth T680 Available with MX-11 and Paccar Automated Transmission
<p><strong>The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship is now available for order for the first time with the combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the Paccar Automated Transmission.&nbsp;</strong> <em>Photo: Kenworth</em></p> Kenworth has made the T680 available for order with a combination of the Paccar MX-11 engine and the new Paccar Automated Transmission, designed for linehaul and regional haul applications up to 110,000 pounds GVWR.
Focus On... Chanje's All-Electric Class 5 Van [Video]

The V8070 from Chanje is a fully-electric Class 5 van with an advertised 100-mile range well-suited for last mile delivery applications. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the van for a drive around the streets of Brooklyn  in this Focus On video.

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware
<p><strong>SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment.&nbsp;</strong><em>Photo: SmartDrive</em></p> SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.
Ford Talks Updated 2019 Transit Connect [Video]

For 2019, Ford has added a diesel engine option to the Transit Connect van and released a fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel. Executive Editor David Cullen caught up with Tim Stoehr, Ford's general fleet marketing manager, at the 2018 Work Truck Show to explain the latest changes.

Eco Flaps Tested on LTL Equipment
<p><strong>Eco Flaps Splash Guard</strong> <em>Photo: Eco Flaps</em></p> The Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards were recently evaluated for fuel savings on less than truckload equipment in multi-trailer setups.
Nissan's 2018 NV Cargo Van
<p>Nissan offers its NV Cargo in three&nbsp;models, including NV1500, NV2500HD, and NV3500HD.</p> Nissan has added a few enhancements to its NV full-size cargo van for 2018, including a 5-inch color display, hands-free Bluetooth, and a USB port in the cabin. Read more here. Photos by Vince Taroc.
Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019
<p><em>Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.</em></p> Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Mack Adds More Configurations to the Granite MHD Truck Lineup
<p><strong>Mack Trucks today announced several new enhancements to its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) model, increasing its versatility.</strong> <em>Photo: Mack Trucks</em></p> Mack Trucks has added new features to its Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) truck, aimed at increasing its versatility and enabling more cost effective choices for customers that need a durable and light work truck.
InterMotive Launches Bluetooth Idle Reduction System
InterMotive Vehicle Controls has developed a Bluetooth version of its fully automatic stop/start idle reduction system called the EcoStar II.

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