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Articles by Jack Roberts

Eaton and Cummins expand features, hp options for SmartAdvantage powertrain offering

Eaton and Cummins announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, upgrades to their jointly-developed and marketed SmartAdvantage optimized powertrain at the Eaton Proving Grounds outside of Marshall, MI., as well as upgrades across ...

Mitchell 1 adds 2015 truck repair data to TruckSeries software suite

Mitchell 1 has completed model year 2015 updates to its TruckSeries software suite, covering repair information, labor estimating and diagnostic trouble code procedures for all makes of medium and heavy ...

NACFE Class 8 downspeeding study confirms 2 to 3 percent fuel economy boost

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released a new confidence report highlighting the benefits and disadvantages of diesel engine downspeeding technology in Class 8 applications this week. Mike Roeth, executive ...

Electric racing series fine-tunes upcoming transportation tech

Last weekend was Talladega weekend here in Alabama, where CCJ is based. Racing today is more sport and spectacle than anything else. But for a remarkably long period of time, racing was ...

GT commercial tires win SmartWay verification

Four GT Radial commercial tires, including three for regional service and one designed for city buses and urban delivery, have received SmartWay verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With ...
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Test drive: Ram showcases power with Cummins-powered 3500 Series pickup

It wasn’t too long ago that if you needed to tow a 30,000 pound payload, you needed a Class 5 or 6 truck to get the job done. Today, all you ...

Eaton adds aftermarket clutches to reman transmission warranty

Power management company Eaton continues to expand the warranty coverage options for the company’s aftermarket transmissions and clutches. Customers purchasing an Eaton factory remanufactured transmission with Roadranger-approved lubricant and an ...

Kenworth announces three new vocational truck options

Kenworth has announced three new options for its vocational lineup of trucks. Allison’s 4700 RDS 7-speed automatic transmission – with optional second “deep reverse” – can be ordered on Kenworth’s T880, ...

Medium-duty moves: GM, Chevy reenter the truck market with strategic partnerships

My Dad was always a GM guy. He drives a Hyundai now, and he loves it. But back in the day, the bigger, heavier and more powerful the General Motors car, ...

Paccar debuts new 11-liter engine option, showcases GPS-controlled cruise control system

I-405 is the main north-south freeway through the greater Seattle area and often a source of frustration, given the high volumes of traffic that is seemingly always present. But once ...

Video: Daimler’s European autonomous truck cruises down the Autobahn

Late last week, Daimler Trucks launched its autonomous vehicle control system, Highway Pilot, in Europe on a section of autobahn highway between Denkendorf and Stuttgart. Unlike the system's North American ...

FedEx Freight scores a clean sweep at TMC’s 2015 SuperTech competition

  Teamwork, unwavering support from top management and personal dedication all paid off Wednesday for FedEx Freight as the company's maintenance division swept all the top honors at the Technology and Maintenance ...

Analyst: Carrier conditions very favorable, Class 8 sales on track for record year

Kenneth Vieth, president and senior analyst for ACT Research, says that the current economic conditions in the U.S. are extremely favorable for carriers today, although he cautions that fleets should ...

Did emissions violations just kill an OEM’s North American dreams?

Volkswagen shares tumbled Monday morning on the heels of news last week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that it was initiating a class-action lawsuit against the German automobile ...