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Volvo expands on OTA engine programming

March 25, 2019 by John Smith

Volvo Trucks‘ new Parameter Plus subscription package expands on the company’s over-the-air (OTA) programming capabilities, allowing up to 50 parameter updates per year. Software updates for engines and transmissions can be completed in less than 20 minutes, and the parameter […]

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Big Power: The largest truck engines are sometimes a necessity

December 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Truck drivers always appreciate big truck engines. But is the bigger power and torque a necessity? Sometimes the answer is yes.

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Peterbilt expands Paccar engine offerings

October 31, 2018 by John Smith

Peterbilt will offer two new ratings of Paccar’s MX-13 engines in the 2019 model year. A multi-torque 455-hp with a torque rating of 1,650 – 1,850 lb.-ft. is joined by a 405-hp model with 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. When packaged […]

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Kenworth goes with gas

August 10, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth T680, T880 and T880S trucks are now available with Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engines. The engines can generate “near zero” levels of NOx, emitting just 0.02 g/bhp-hr ‒ 90% less than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NOx limit […]

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Autocar to get first Cummins X12 engines

April 17, 2018 by John Smith

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Autocar Trucks will be the first North American truck manufacturer to offer the new Cummins X12 engine. The 11.8-liter X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October, when Cummins starts full production of the X12 at its Jamestown, N.Y. facility. Autocar will begin accepting orders for X12-powered trucks in June.

According to Autocar, the X12 will net customers an additional 733 pounds of payload compared to the previous engine, the ISX12. The weight saving is achieved through an innovative sculpted block design, as well as weight reduction in the after-treatment system, power take-off, and other components. The X12 also offers improved low-speed torque, even with similar horsepower ratings. At 2,050 pounds dry weight, the X12 is the lightest engine in the market compared to existing 11-, 13-, and 15-liter engines.

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Mack unleashes the bulldog

March 6, 2018 by John Smith

Mack Trucks has officially begun over-the-air engine updates, just a year after unveiling the underlying technology. So far it has performed 1,300 updates on 3,500 vehicles, supporting 20 customers, and saving 500-plus days of downtime overall. About 5,000 vehicles should […]

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Detroit’s DD8 is ready to go

February 6, 2018 by Rolf Lockwood

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Yesterday, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it was installed in a […]

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Little engines that can: Big power from small displacements

February 2, 2018 by Jim Park

TORONTO, ON — Canada has always been big-bore territory: big trucks, big loads, big hills, big engines. Right? If you’re one of those with feet firmly planted in the big bore camp, it might be time to re-think that position. Some of today’s smaller engines are surprisingly capable. They are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and deliver performance that’s nearly equal to their larger brothers.

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Cummins’ New Little Brother: X12

January 3, 2018 by Dan Robinson

With ratings up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 lb-ft of torque, the X12 will be running with the big boys. The X12 is also nearly 1,000 lb lighter than the X15, so weight sensitive fleets will be looking very closely at this engine.

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Top 10 of 17 — Over the Air engine programming

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

My first choice for the year comes in the form of technology that supports streaming data – specifically in the way engine software can now be updated without physically connecting a service tool or laptop.

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Natural gas for Mack refuse vehicles

October 27, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Mack LR and TerraPro refuse vehicles are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine, offering an option for those looking to generate near-zero levels of NOx.

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Paccar Launches MX-11 Engine

April 17, 2017 by Jim Park

BELLEVUE, Wash. — There’s a new engine in Paccar’s MX lineup, but with several years of experience in Europe, the MX-11 is the engine Kenworth and Peterbilt customers have been waiting for.

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Paccar Launches MX-11 Engine

April 17, 2017 by Dan Robinson

BELLEVUE, Wash. — There’s a new engine in Paccar’s MX lineup, but with several years of experience in Europe, the MX-11 is the engine Kenworth and Peterbilt customers have been waiting for.

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Paccar Launches MX-11 Engine

April 17, 2017 by Dan Robinson

BELLEVUE, Wash. — There’s a new engine in Paccar’s MX lineup, but with several years of experience in Europe, the MX-11 is the engine Kenworth and Peterbilt customers have been waiting for.

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Cummins X15 Pt 3: Performance Series

April 17, 2017 by Jim Park

When Cummins first began hinting about changes to its 2017 engine line up, the company said it would deliver engines to suit every segment of the market, from the fuel-conscious over-the-road fleets to performance-sensitive heavy-haulers and vocational fleets. With the […]