ATD Commercial Truck of the Year: Behind the Scenes

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January 23, 2015

Test Drive: Daimler's Detroit Assurance Safety System
<p><strong>Detroit Assurance includes an optional Lane Departure Warning system consisting of a forward-looking camera that detects roadway lane markings. Drivers get audible alerts if they cross out of a lane without using the turn signal.</strong></p> Detroit Assurance is the name of a new safety system from Daimler Trucks North America that could save your hide in a crash while saving fuel in less dire circumstances.

ATD Commercial Truck of the Year: Behind the Scenes
<p><strong>Heavy vocational trucks were judged in this year&rsquo;s ATD Commercial Truck of the Year competition: (From left) International WorkStar 7600, Peterbilt 567 and Kenworth T880. Previous competitions included more truck types.</strong> <em>Photo by Tom Berg</em></p> American Truck Dealers will announce its annual Commercial Truck of the Year Saturday. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers a behind-the-scenes look at this week's judging process.

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show
<p><em><strong>Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.</strong></em></p> Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

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.

Mack Expands Support for Body Builders
Mack Trucks expanded its customer and body builder support by creating a body builder order manager position along with a support team.

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil
Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

Lytx Reaches 200,000 Subscriptions for Video-Based Safety Service
<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Lytx.</strong></em></p> Lytx reached a record growth of 57,000 new subscriptions in service for 2014.

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain
<p><strong>Wheel in the air is no problem because the 4x4 system, based on M-B&rsquo;s 4Matic all-wheel drive, automatically directs power to wheels with traction. </strong><em>Photo: Tom Berg</em></p> Most customers won't need a full-size van with this kind of off road capability, but for those who do, the Sprinter proves it can handle rough terrain.

Dayco’s New Serpentine Belt is Thinner
Dayco Products announced plans to release the Dayco Gold Label Asymmetrical Double Sided Belt, a new serpentine belt designed to meet demands on certain heavy-duty vehicles.

Fontaine Adds Lightweight Mounts to Fifth Wheel
Fontaine Fifth Wheel is replacing two of its adjustable plate mount fifth wheel brackets with a single, lightweight model called the PML Adjustable Plate Mount.

Aljex Debuts Capacity Hub for Proactive Truck Booking
Aljex debuted its Capacity Hub software tool that allows brokers to search online for trucks and gauge spot availability.

Eaton A-Ratio UltraShift Plus Designed for Steep Grades
Eaton has expanded its line of UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions with the new A-Ratio model designed for a wide range of extreme applications.

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