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December 19, 2014

Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody’s Buying
Builders report order upswings of 20% and more, along with gains for proprietary diesels and automated transmissions.

Saving Amps & Money
Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.


UltraShift Plus Transmissions Now Allow for 2-Speed Axle Compatibility
Eaton recently increased the functionality of its UltraShift Plus automated transmissions to allow for compatibility with two-speed axles.

The Right Coolant & The Right Maintenance: A Winning Combination
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Like oil, coolant is an essential fluid for the efficient operation of a commercial vehicle. Commercial vehicle engines have evolved over the years, and coolant has had to change to meet the demands of these newer engines. Today’s emissions compliant engines are giving off more heat, which makes the cooling system even more important.



Bakery Company Unveils Propane Autogas Vehicles
<p><em><strong>Photo: H&amp;S Bakery</strong></em></p> H&S Bakery, a provider of hearth-baked goods, has unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says
A trend report published by DHL outlines the potential of autonomous technologies in transportation and logistics, and that the industry is well suited to take advantage of such technologies.


Hendrickson Completes MBHA Deal
Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. to InvestZiur.

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S Powertrains
<p>ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.</p> Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.


Truck-Lite Expands LED Product Line
Truck-Lite Co., released 18 new LED products to the company’s Signal-Stat line of truck lights. The expansion to the Signal-Stat line up brings two additional lines of products, integral flange and low diode.

ConMet Releases Lightweight Brake Drum
Consolidated Metco released the TruCast brake drum which the company calls competitively priced and designed for optimum braking performance. ConMet has also updated its line of hub rebuild kits.

Satellite TV Package Designed For Truckers
EpicVue says it's the first to offer a premium in-vehicle satellite TV system packaged exclusively for fleets, marketing it as a driver recruiting and retention tool.

Eco-flaps Splash Guards Expanded to 18-Inch Widths
Andersen Flaps will now offer its Eco-flaps splash guard line in 18-inch widths that can be paired with wide-based tires.

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