New Products From MATS 2007
The Mid-America Trucking
Show in Louisville, Ky., is the largest industry event of the year, hosting
more than 75,500 attendees who explored new truck innovations in more than
1 million square feet of exhibit space. Beverage
Industry distribution contributor David Kolman
reports on some of the ground-breaking products designed to improve safety,
driver comfort … and maybe even the planet.
Vehicle Systems has released its Web-based Literature on Demand function on
DVD, covering its broad range of integrated drivetrain systems, modules and
components, undercarriage products as well as specialty equipment for
trucks and trailers.
The user-friendly DVD offers numerous search and
viewing options and can quickly link to ArvinMeritor’s Web site for
more detailed product information. The company plans to release updates
Caterpillar has enhanced service coverage for purchasers
of its 2007 engines with the Cat Pure Confidence program. It includes free
Extended Service Coverage and an On-Time Promise that provides
reimbursement for a rental if any 2007 engine is down for warrantable
repair for more than 24 hours.
All of Caterpillar’s 2007 engines are equipped
with ACERT technology, which relies on four basic systems to lower
emissions — air management, precision combustion, advanced
electronics and effective aftertreatment — while preserving the
engine’s reliability and durability to keep costs low.
Cleantechnics International has introduced a bypass filter system said to substantially
extend oil drain and filter change intervals, as well as engine life.
Unlike a typical bypass filter, Cleantechnics’
unit “filters 99.5 percent effectively at the one micron
level,” the company says. A typical spin-on or full-flow filter is
designed to capture only 35 micron and higher particulate contamination.
The increased load ability allows for filter change
intervals of up to 90,000 miles and oil drain intervals of up to 360,000
miles, the company states.
Cummins has released a high-performance rating for its ISX engine
and approved the use of biodiesel fuel for its engines.
Its “most powerful ISX engine in years,”
the ISX 600 is 600-horsepower (hp) 2,050 pound-feet (lb-ft.) torque diesel
that allows drivers to maintain road speed even on steep inclines, which
reduces the number of downshifts and fuel consumption. It also can maintain
a higher average road speed with less shifting to reduce driver fatigue and
shorten trip time.
In addition to stronger pulling power, the ISX 600
includes electric actuation on the Cummins’ variable geometry
turbocharger for improved engine response across the entire power range.
The ISX 600 engine is scheduled to be available this
All 2007 Cummins ISX and ISM on-highway truck engines
are covered by its exclusive Uptime Guarantee, which covers both the engine
and the aftertreatment system. If a problem can’t be repaired within
a 24-hour period, Cummins will pay for the repairs and provide up to three
days of reimbursement for a rental vehicle.
Cummins has approved the use of biodiesel B20 blend
fuels in its 2002 and later emissions-compliant ISX, ISM, ISL, ISC and ISB
engines, including 2007 diesels.
Biodiesel is the name of a clean-burning alternative
fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel is produced in
pure form and contains no petroleum (100 percent biodiesel or B100).
However, it usually is blended with petroleum diesel fuel at low levels to
create a biodiesel blend. B20 is a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80
Delo Synthetic Gear
Lubricant SAE 75W-90 from Chevron, developed for use in rear axles and
differentials, meets a new industry specification for enhanced performance
in subzero temperatures.
The gear lube can provide improved equipment
durability, fewer churning losses and fuel economy gains —
particularly at low operating temperatures. Chevron says other benefits
include extended drain capabilities, performance in a wide range of
operating temperatures and thermal and oxidation stability.
The lube meets all OEM (original equipment
manufacturer) specifications and warranty
Ford’s 2008 F-Series Super Duty has been overhauled with an
all new interior, new design frame for enhanced safety. New to the line is
the first F-450 Super Duty pickup; the F-450 was previously only offered as
a cab and chassis.
The new Super Duty Series is offered in three cab
styles — regular cab, supercab and crew cab — and each model
is available in a variety of bed configurations. The all-new 6.4-liter
Power Stroke Clean Diesel joins a powertrain lineup that includes the
segment’s most powerful gasoline engine, the 362-hp 6.8-liter V-10
Starting in July, 10 new model sizes for the F-Series
will be introduced with additional cab-to-axle (CA) configurations.
Grote Industries has
unveiled a new innovation in vehicle lighting products: LED WhiteLight.
This latest generation of LEDs (light emitting diodes) provides improved
light quality while using less power. It is being developed for use in
forward lighting, interior lighting and work lamps.
Basically, LEDs are tiny solid-state technology
lightbulbs that offer a number of advantages over incandescent lighting.
Among them: greater durability, longer life span and less energy
Grote’s LED WhiteLight lamps put out a genuinely
white, bright light with a good dispersion pattern, while using advanced
technology to solve the internal thermal problems that plague LEDs.
For interior lighting applications, the lamps provide
improved light color for optimum viewing comfort. For forward lighting and
work lamp applications, the new lamps present a bright, white, reliable
light with optics tailored to the particular application.
The new LED WhiteLight products will be on the market
within the next several months.
self-setting automatic brake adjuster (S-ABA) for truck applications has a
unique design, which is said to revolutionize correct fit with easy
installation, improve performance, extend service life and reduce inventory
The self-setting adjuster establishes its own
reference point with the help of the control arm. For example, the control
arm sets itself to any angle within the total range of permissible control
arm positions allowed with current adjusters, the company explains. Its
clearance-sensing design maintains a constant and uniform distance between
the brake drum.
The gradual adjustment of the S-ABA maintains this
lining-to-drum clearance, which lowers the risk of over-adjustment during
Like Haldex’s standard automatic brake adjuster,
the new S-ABA has a heat-treated housing to extended service life and
minimize internal wear; centralized clutch location for improved protection
from moisture, dirt and other contaminants; and heat-treated internal gears
made of high-strength, high-alloy steel to minimize wear and improve
International Truck and Engine now offers six big bore diesels for its Class 8 heavy-duty
truck models. The inline, six-cylinder MaxxForce 11 (11-liter) and
MaxxForce 13 (13-liter) engines come in ratings of 330 to 475 hp and 1,250
to 1,700 lb.-ft. torque.
The engines feature advanced fuel- and air-management
systems for improved combustion efficiency with peak torque achieved at
1,000 rpm (just above idle) where fuel economy is inherently best. This
allows for earlier upshifts when accelerating and fewer downshifts when
climbing hills. The engines also offer less harsh noise and vibration.
The new engines are the latest addition to the
MaxxForce lineup, which includes engines for Class 4-7 trucks.
Meanwhile, International has completed the re-branding
of its entire truck line with “Star” badges to bring a
consistent nomenclature to its vehicle line. Each name corresponds to a
previous product in the International “thousand” series.
The CityStar is a medium-duty Class 4; DuraStar,
medium-duty Class 5 and 6; PayStar and WorkStar, severe service Class 7 and
8; TranStar, heavy-duty Class 7 and 8; ProStar, heavy-duty Class 8.
Kenworth’s W900S and
T800 vocational models now are available with Cummins’ ISM 425 hp
diesel engine. More than 500 pounds can be saved by spec’ing the
11-liter ISM 425, compared to 13-liter engines.
Kenworth offers the ISM 425 with a torque rating of
1,550 lb.-ft. at 1,200 rpm. Manual and automatic transmissions are both
All of Cummins’ 2007 ISM and ISX heavy-duty
truck engines come with its Uptime Guarantee, which covers the engine and
aftertreatment system. If a repair can’t be completed within 24
hours, Cummins will not only pay for the repair, but also provide up to
three days of reimbursement for a rental vehicle.
medium-duty truck is its T370 Class 7 conventional, which is available as a
tractor or a straight truck with single or tandem axles. It is equipped
with a 325-hp 750 lb.-ft. torque Paccar PX-6 diesel engine, front axle
ratings are from 10,000 to 14,600 pounds; rear axles from 17,000 to 40,000
The models are available in a choice of manual or
automatic transmissions, air or hydraulic
brakes and wheelbases.
Its new medium-duty cabover, the K260, is a non-CDL
truck with a gross vehicle weight (GVWR) rating of 26,000 pounds. It has
63.2-inch bumper to back of cab (BBC) dimension and is available in
wheelbases of 189 and 210 inches, with either an air or mechanical
Power is supplied by a 220-hp PACCAR PX-6 5.9-liter
diesel engine backed to a ZF overdrive six-speed transmission. Axles are
rated for a total of 26,000 pounds — front 10,000 pounds; rear 21,000
pounds (4.56 ratio). It has air disc brakes all around.
The K260 joins the Class 7 K360 cabover, introduced by
Kenworth last year. Rated at 33,000 pounds GVWR, the K360 comes with the
same engine — in horsepower ratings from 220 to 280 — and the
Michelin has introduced
two new tires: XDN2 drive tire and XZA2 Antisplash tire.
The all-season XDN2 incorporates elements that
eliminate the compromises usually associated with getting more grip from
truck tires. It combines the traction of individual full-depth sipes, which
are small slots molded into a tire tread surface, with the wear rate of
solid tread blocks for longer life and excellent traction.
The 27/32-inch-tread-depth XDN2 is offered in 11R22.5,
11R24.5, 275/80R22.5, 275/80R24.5 and 12R22.5 sizes.
Michelin’s XZA2 Antisplash tire helps improve
overall visibility for oncoming and overtaking motorists.
The tire’s design reduces the splash trajectory
height by more than 50 percent compared to standard truck tires. As a
result, the water that often is kicked up into the path of other vehicles
has less opportunity to impair the visibility of other motorists.
Plus, the splash reduction provides better visibility
to truck drivers, allowing them to see overtaking vehicles more clearly in
Peterbilt has added
several new trucks to its lineup of 2008 models:
• The aerodynamically styled Model 384 and Model 387 day
cab, which join the Model 387 and Model 386 to complete the company’s
aerodynamic truck lineup.
• The traditionally styled Model 389 and Model 388.
• The vocational Model 367, Model 365 and Model 340.
• The cabover Model 220 and conventional Model 330,
which join the Model 335 to complete its medium-duty offerings.
Peterbilt offers a new Driver Information Display that
provides important vehicle performance information. The display is located
directly in front of the driving position on the dash for easy viewing. The
driver can scroll through menus and select display options through a dial
on the dash. Among the data available: fuel economy for a trip or life of
the vehicle; optimum engine speed; average speed over a measured distance;
engine operating hours; and number of idling hours.
Fault codes have been replaced with
easy-to-understand text-based readouts for improved diagnostics and
The Driver Information Display is standard in Models
389, 388, 386, 384, 367 and 365.
Shell Rotella T with Triple Protection technology is a new and
improved formulation from Shell Lubricants designed to meet the latest API
CJ-4 specifications for heavy-duty diesel engine oils. These specs were
developed specifically to be compatible with exhaust aftertreatment
Shell says its new oil “provides significantly
lower wear and exceptional deposit control and engine cleanliness for both
pre-2007 engines and the latest performance and emissions systems
technology found on new 2007 truck engines.” It provides on average
50 percent greater wear protection (ranging from 27 to 88 percent reduced
wear) than the previous formulation, the company says.
In addition, the oil is formulated with 30 percent
more active ashless chemistry for improved protection against deposits and
sludge. It also features a unique detergent system designed for greater
control of high temperature piston deposit.
Rotella T with Triple Protection was designed to
optimize the durability and performance of diesel particulate filters (DPF)
on the 2007-emissions compliant diesel engines, Shell reports. Overall, the
lower ash content in the oil will mean the DPF will potentially require
less cleaning, which can mean lower maintenance costs.
David Kolman is a veteran truck communicator, keynote
speaker and long-haul trucker. Commissioned as an Honorary Colonel on the
Kentucky governor’s staff for his work promoting traffic safety, he
actively participates in trade associations and reports news and
information about the trucking industry for broadcasting and print media.