The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option on Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks.  The radar-based collision mitigation system delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with autonomous emergency braking technology to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions.  Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of a vehicle, Bendix Wingman Advanced warns drivers with alerts and with active interventions.  The system provides following distance, impact and stationary object alerts that are on whether or not cruise control is active.  When cruise control is engaged, the system will actively intervene to help maintain a safe following distance by reducing throttle, engaging the engine retarder, or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes.  Bendix Wingman Advanced builds upon the full-stability technology of Bendix Electronic Stability Program to provide fleets and truck owners with a system that can help drivers avoid potential collisions, rollovers, and loss-of-control situations.

Great Dane has received accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence for its service technician training program.   Great Dane said that it is the first semi-trailer equipment manufacturer to receive ASE accreditation for a technician training program.  “Training is a key part of our emphasis on safety, and we are proud that our training program has received this accreditation,” said Dave Durand, Great Dane vice president of aftermarket parts and service.  “ASE accreditation assures our customers that our training processes are held to a national standard.”  The rollout of the training program is ongoing and is designed to support Great Dane’s effort to ensure safe and efficient delivery of goods.  “When you see the Great Dane Certified Technician insignia, you know the technicians working on your trailer have proven their skills through theoretical and practical tests in their specialties,” said Durand.


Posted: December 21, 2016 in Kenworth

The PACCAR 40K tandem axle is the industry’s premier line haul axle.  Innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes deliver a fuel efficient, light weight design resulting in a lower cost of ownership.  With a first-of-its-kind pinion thru-shaft design, it keeps loads moving efficiently and reliably.  Some PACCAR axle highlights are  1)spiral bevel gearing optimizes inter-axle driveline angles   2)high efficiency pinion and differential bearings reduce power losses  3)advanced laser welding eliminates internal fasteners  4)advanced manufacturing processes achieve up to 150 lbs. weight savings  5)5 years, 750,000 mile warranty.


Posted: December 15, 2016 in Kenworth

The T680 with a 52″ mid-roof sleeper, upfit with the company’s fuel-efficient Advantage Package, is now available for order.  Optimized for regional haul and less-than truckload operations, the truck features a powertrain with either the Paccar MX-13 or MX-11 engine, Eaton Fuller Advantage series 10 speed automated transmission and Paccar’s new proprietary drive axle.  The 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configuration offers new aerodynamic elements including a front air dam, flared-out fairings, lower sleeper fairing extenders, and FlowBelow wheel covers that enhance fuel economy by effectively redirecting airflow around the chassis, sleeper, and trailer.  Other notable fuel-efficiency features are Kenworth’s predictive cruise control, Neutral Coast, and Driver Performance Assistant.  The T680 Advantage Package provides customers running the 52-inch mid-roof sleeper with an up to 6 percent fuel economy benefit, Kenworth says, compared to a standard Kenworth 52 inch mid-roof sleeper running the previous generation MX-13 engine, Eaton Fuller automated transmission, and standard drive axles.

Grote has announced the addition of a 4×6 LED high and low beam headlight to its forward lighting product line.  The 4×6 headlight low beam projects  630 lumens while the high beam features 900 effective lumens.  The lights are constructed with die cast aluminum housing and include a hard-coated UV-protected lens that is resistant to cracking and yellowing.  The 4×6 LED joins the 7-inch round and 5×7 inch LED lights and is operable with 12- or 24-volt systems.  It will be available in December.

Westport has gained approval from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LPG), also known as propane gas.  Vancouver, B. C.-based Westport gained approval for the F-450/F-550, F650/F750.  Westport has been certified under Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program that allows the vehicles to retain their factory warranties after the modification.

Great Dane has added the Jost AX150 Alumilight landing gear and a sliding suspension option to its Freedom XP all-aluminum flatbed trailer.  The features were added as a result of Great Dane’s collaboration with supply partners to improve the company’s equipment.  The Jost AX150 Alumilight landing gear is an aluminum hybrid series for a maximum static load rating 0f 160,000 pounds and a rated lift capacity of 55,000 pounds.  An all-aluminum extruded upper leg and high-strength, low-alloy steel lower leg provides strength and savings.  The landing gear has silicone-sealed steel covers and a polyester-coated HSLA steel lower leg that provides protection from harsh road conditions and chemicals for added corrosion resistance and durability.  The AX150 Alumilight series includes a 10-year low maintenance warranty.  “We are continually working to enhance the features and capabilities of our products by adopting new technologies and working with suppliers to improve product features” sad Roger Roach, director, Freedom  Product Engineering.  Great Dane’s new rear axle sliding, front axle fixed suspension option is now available on the 53-foot Freedom XP flatbed.  The sliding suspension can be moved from the widespread position to close the tandem distance and be California-legal.  The distance from the king pin to the center line of the rear axle can be 480 inches in the forward position, 492 inches in the middle position or 540 inches in the rear position.  The axle separation distance can be 61 inches, 73 inches, or 121 inches.