Navistar introduces new LoadStar work-truck

Navistar unveiled the International LoadStar, a severe service low cab forward work truck. The LoadStar was built to serve customer needs in the waste, concrete pumping and airplane refueling markets among others.

LoadStar is equipped with numerous customer-friendly features, including variable depth frame rails for maximum durability, lighter weight, lower frame rail heights and better ride characteristics, Diamond Logic electrical system to provide seamless body integration, and integrated powertrain.

Western Star reports improved fuel efficiency

Western Star Truck Sales today announced that the new Western Star 4900 set-back (SB) with Fuel Efficiency (FE) package, combined with the fuel efficient and proven Detroit DD15 featuring BlueTec SCR technology, is showing the most improved fuel economy results of any Western Star truck model.

Mack Trucks touts integrated powertrain

A new integrated powertrain, the new Mack Super Econodyne, is designed with all-Mack proprietary components — including the MP8-445SE engine, mDRIVE automated manual transmission, C125 drive axles and Mack's custom software. It is available on all Mack Pinnacle models.

All powertrain components communicate with each other via Mack software. The engine seamlessly communicates with the transmission, which seamlessly communicates with the vehicle, resulting in instantaneous decisions.

The Mack mDRIVE transmission has no clutch pedal. The gearshift is operated by an intelligent shift pad module and managed by sophisticated electronics.

Volvo announces natural gas-powered daycab

Volvo Trucks unveiled a natural gas-powered Volvo VNL daycab.

The natural gas-powered VNL model will be equipped with a 12-liter, 400 horsepower, 1,450 lb-ft. torque Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine that uses cost-effective, clean-burning compressed or liquefied natural gas and requires only a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards.

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