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March 21, 2012



Cummins unveils 2013 engine lineup and more

By David Cullen, executive editor

LOUISVILLE, KY. Cummins Inc. revealed its medium- and heavy-duty engine lineup for next year—which it said will meet the federal 2014 GHG/MPG rules in January 2013 and deliver up to a 2% fuel-economy improvement over today’s engines—at a wide-ranging news conference held here last evening ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The engine maker noted that the improvement in fuel economy will come by using the “same proven high-pressure common rail fuel systems, VGT turbocharger and fully integrated electronics” as its existing engines, but base engine improvements will increase mpg by reducing the parasitic loads on engines through high-efficiency water, fuel and lube pump systems.

“Customers can count on Cummins,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins vice president and president - Engine Business. “We met the EPA 2010 standard on time, and our engines have earned their industry-leading reputation for great reliability and fuel economy. Our product development teams are delivering even better products where it counts – to our customers – and our engines are meeting the 2014 fuel-efficiency and GHG standards a full year early.”


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CB radios with wireless technology introduced

LOUISVILLE, KY. To help meet distracted driving laws calling for hands-free calling, Cobra Electronics has released two new citizen’s band (CB) radios this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The Cobra 29 LX BT features Bluetooth technology that allows drivers to connect it to their mobile phone for hands-free mobile calling. Among the features of the device are one-touch operation for initiating or terminating calls; caller ID with voice to audibly announce callers, caller ID display; text-to-speech conversion to listen to incoming email messages and responding to emails by talking; and jacks for external push-to-talk and external microphone.


Repair and maintenance parts program for medium-duty trucks

A new repair and maintenance program designed especially for medium-duty commercial trucks has been launched. The new Diamond Value Parts program from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) will supply authorized dealers and service points with a parts line that provides quality at affordable pricing, the company said.

All parts that are part of the program are intended for use after expiration of the Fuso warranty.


Advanced trailer tester

Innovative Products of America has updated its Super Mutt trailer tester to provide remote controlled operation when testing lights and air brakes.

Dubbed the Super Mutt Deluxe, the new tester guides a technician through 91 inspection points while placing a load on the trailer’s electrical circuits to identify wiring problems that can oftentimes be missed during a routine inspection.


New products, improvements made to truck wrench line

Ken-Tool has added three new products and updated three others within its double-ended truck wrench product line.

The new wrenches, made from forged carbon steel, are designed for use on a variety of equipment, both on-highway and off. All the wrenches are approximately 16 in. in length, the company said, and use the Ken-Tool TR5 and TR5A hexagonal wrench handle.


New storage system for pickups

A new storage system designed for pickups provides easy access to equipment while maximizing storage space inside beds and improving security.

The Pickup Pack, from Highway Products, includes a gull wing saddle box, two lockable low side boxes, a flat or dome center hatch, a headache rack, and a removable ladder rack. When closed, the hatch locks the tailgate, making the bed area secure and weather resistant, the company said.


Online tire inflation pressure calculator

LOUISVILLE, KY. Yokohama Tire Corp. is showing a new online inflation pressure calculator this week here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.


Welding reel designed to optimize space limitations

Hannay Reels has released the N400 Series gas welding reel for welding operations where space is a concern.

The reel handles 1/4 in. or 3/8 in. oxygen/gas dual hose in lengths of up to 100 ft., and features two swivel joint inlets and two outlet risers to handle twin gas welding hose.



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