New kids on the block

At the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show, this is the kind of image the reintroduction of the International brand will be trying to create, plenty of bling and loud rock music, with a Lonestar. However, this is not the image or the truck which will make or break the brand in Australia. That job will fall to another truck, the ProStar, to do the heavy lifting and get truck sales on the board.   With the ProStar, we are talking about a...

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Dual clutch transmission from Eaton

Transmission specialist Eaton has introduced Procision, a medium duty dual clutch transmission, which is claimed to deliver 8 to 10 per cent better fuel economy than a similarly equipped vehicle with a torque converter automatic.   The new gearbox is expected to appear in the US market in 2015 with no specific date for a global launch specified. The 7-speed transmissions uses a dual clutch design and electronic shifting to...

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Cutting costs with Kenworth

In the USA, all the truck buyers are talking about is fuel economy. At the same time, the Obama Government has laid out regulations ensuring truck manufacturers reach specified fuel economy targets by a series of set dates. It’s all about fuel economy, and truck and trailer makers are going all out to offer genuine fuel consumption changes in their current product, with more fuel saving technologies to come.   Among the...

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Looking for the Super Truck

Diesel News is visiting the US this week and on meeting a refrigerated trucking operator with a fleet of International ProStars in Illinois, discovered just how important fuel saving has become for the American trucking operator. These guys are looking for even the tiniest saving all over the vehicle to save a penny here and there.   This kind of interest, plus carbon emission concerns, has lead to the US Government’s...

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Chinese gas powered gliders

Now here’s an interesting concept! This company is going to import engineless Chinese trucks made by Foton, partner to Daimler in China, into the US before fitting them with a Cummins ISX12 G, powered by liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas engines, as well as Eaton Ultrashift AMTs.     The Alkane Truck Company is an all new start up company based in South Carolina who seem to be making a massive call on the...

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