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International goes with FlowBelow aerodynamics

March 25, 2019 by John Smith

FlowBelow’s Tractor AeroKit system will be a factory-installed option on the International LT Series MPG Fuel Efficiency Package, available this spring. It also becomes a factory-installed option on any of the OEM’s new LT or RH Series trucks. International’s MPG […]

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Focus On International’s LT Cab And Sleeper

November 5, 2018 by Jim Park
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Keep Cool: Engine coolants have evolved, so have maintenance needs

October 9, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Internal combustion engines burn fuel to produce kinetic energy, and generate heat in the process. That’s why we’ve always needed coolants – although, they’ve evolved from simple well water into modern-day mixtures of glycol and water. The […]

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Be specific when spec’ing medium-duty trucks

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Determining how to build a commercial vehicle is always a challenge, but medium-duty trucks add unique layers to the decisions. The equipment is often asked to do more than carry cargo, after all. Think of these trucks […]

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Axis TMS integrated into OnCommand Connection

July 30, 2018 by John Smith

OOC Technologies is partnering with Axis TMS to integrate its transportation management software with OnCommand Connection telematics. The integration will provide customers of both systems an enhanced ability to manage operations, dispatch and fleet movements. Axis will also serve as […]

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All Internationals come with OnCommand

June 15, 2018 by John Smith

All new International trucks with International or Cummins engines will now be equipped with an OnCommand Connection telematics device and two years of free service. The system integrates a cellular-enabled hardware platform with telematics and the OnCommand Connection Advanced Remote […]

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LT, LoneStar now available with X15 and Endurant

May 8, 2018 by John Smith

Buyers of International LoneStar and LT Series trucks can now order a Cummins X15 engine paired with an Endurant transmission – the product of an Eaton-Cummins joint venture. The X15 features an 80,000-km oil drain interval that can be extended […]

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VW filing stresses Navistar takeover not a done deal

April 23, 2018 by John Smith

MUNICH, Germany – Days after comments suggested Volkswagen Truck and Bus is eyeing a potential takeover of Navistar International, the German manufacturer has issued a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying that is hardly a done deal. “VW […]

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VW shows interest in majority Navistar stake

April 16, 2018 by John Smith

MUNICH, Germany – Volkswagen is showing interest in acquiring a majority of Navistar “at some point,” building on a minority stake that has already been secured.
Volkswagen Truck and Bus acquired 16.6% of Navistar in 2016, and has already committed to developing a joint big bore powertrain for the North American market, as well as a medium-duty electric powertrain. Now Volkswagen’s commercial arm is also preparing for a potential stock listing as it looks to take on other global manufacturers including Daimler and Volvo.

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Here Comes the Sun: Does solar have a role as an alternative fuel?

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — In some corners of North America, the idea of adding solar power to a truck or trailer is a no-brainer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that none of those corners are in Canada. That’s mostly true, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that solar has no place here. Just that you must be careful in assessing manufacturer claims about what their solar gizmo can actually do.

Almost all of Canada gets an average of 4.2 hours of solar sunlight a day. Two areas — a small stretch of the southern prairies and a little ribbon of central B.C. — crank that number up to 4.5 hours. Compare that to as many six hours in Arizona, New Mexico, and a patch of southeast California. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but it’s a big deal. A 300-watt solar setup that can help to run a tractor’s electric APU in that part of the U.S. would probably have to be a 600- or 800-watt setup for a rig running, say, a Toronto-Montreal-Halifax route.

It also means that manufacturer claims can be rather idealistic if calculations were based on experience in warm and sunny parts of our world. There’s no subterfuge involved here, but “your mileage may vary,” as they say.

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International goes to work with MV

March 8, 2018 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — International Truck has unveiled the MV Series vocational truck, with the promise of a model that will “work harder all day, every day.”

Features include new cab doors with lower bottom glass edges and removed vent windows for better visibility, reshaped doors and side glass, a new premium gauge cluster with digital driver display, and up to 15 customizable digital gauges.

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TMT integrating Navistar orders

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Ordering parts through Navistar dealers will be more seamless than ever, using a new integration module for TMT Fleet Maintenance software from TMW.

Traditionally, the orders would be sent by fax or email, but now there’s an e-commerce solution. The new module sends electronic purchase orders that are fulfilled by Navistar dealers.

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TMW, Navistar integrating parts orders

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

Ordering parts through Navistar dealers will be more seamless than ever, using a new integration module for TMT Fleet Maintenance software from TMW. Traditionally, the orders would be sent by fax or email, but now there’s an e-commerce solution. The […]

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Driver-Centric: The International LT

February 23, 2018 by John Smith

NEW CARLISLE, IN — Looks can be deceiving. International’s new LT highway tractor may look much like the 11-year-old ProStar it replaces, but the resemblance is barely skin deep. The LT retains the signature International grille — though it’s shaped […]