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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Heil Adds 5-Axle Petroleum Trailer

Heil The Heil booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Heil Trailer International Co. has announced the availability of a 5-axle, 12,000-gallon petroleum trailer intended to enable customers in the Western United States to haul more in fewer runs.

March 29, 2019
Business, Equipment, Top 100

Paccar Reaches Milestone With MX Engine

UPS T680 Paccar

Paccar Inc.’s engine plant in Columbus, Miss., reached a milestone recently by producing its 200,000th MX engine for the North American market.

March 29, 2019
Business, Equipment

New-Home Sales Rebound in February, Exceeding Estimates

Home Construction Matthew Staver/Associated Press

Sales of new U.S. homes rebounded to the best pace in almost a year and exceeded estimates in February, led by the Midwest, as lower mortgage costs helped buyers afford properties.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
March 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

BFGoodrich Unveils Two New Truck Tires at MATS

BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019 The BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ­— BFGoodrich unveiled two new trucking tires at the 48th Mid-America Trucking Show, one for the steering axle and one for the trailer axle, designed to enhance longhaul, tanker, refrigerated and dry van models.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Smart, the Tiny Daimler Car That Refuses to Die, Heads to China

Daimler Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg News

Since its introduction two decades ago, the diminutive Smart has sat awkwardly alongside the imposing, autobahn-eating cars that have made Daimler AG the king of the road.

Benedikt Kammel | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ZF Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Wabco

Wabco Wabco's OptiFlow AutoTail product. (Wabco)

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global supplier of mobility systems for commercial vehicles, passenger cars and industrial technology, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wabco Holdings Inc. for $7.1 billion, or $136.50 per share.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Cab Comfort Crucial to Retaining Drivers, TMC Panel Says

Cab Comfort Kenworth's Jamin Swazo (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Providing a comfortable and safe environment in truck cabs is critical when it comes to retaining and recruiting drivers. That was the main conclusion at a roundtable discussion called: “Spec’ing the Cab & Sleeper for Driver Comfort and Safety,” which was held at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 19.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Canadian Company Aims to Add Sobriety Tests to Steering Wheels

Sobriety Tests Biosensors installed in the steering wheel can detect if a driver has been drinking. (Sober Steering)

A Canadian company that makes alcohol-detection devices attached to steering wheels of school buses hopes to expand to North American trucking companies.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Mack Showcases Latest Hybrid Class 8

Hybrid Class 8 Mack's second-generation zero-emission capable Class 8 drayage truck. (Mack Trucks)

Mack Trucks announced it recently displayed its second-generation zero-emission capable Class 8 drayage truck at the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Transportation Heavy-Duty Showcase in Sacramento.

March 25, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Cooper Launches Pro Series Steer Tire

Cooper LHS tire Cooper Tire

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced a longhaul steer tire as part of its Pro Series product line. The tire joins the Pro Series longhaul drive tire it introduced last year.

March 25, 2019