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First all wheel drive Kenworth T270 and T370

First all wheel drive Kenworth T270 and T370

Kenworth Truck Company announced today that it will offer factory-installed, front drive axles for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models. The new Kenworth front drive axle was introduced this week at the 57th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) in Williamsburg, Va. “This is Kenworth’s first factory-installed, front drive axle on our medium duty product line,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth director of marketing planning and research. The new front drive axle, is available for order today in ratings ranging from 10,000 lbs. to 14,000 lbs. on Kenworth T270s and T370s equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine. This fall, Kenworth will expand front drive axle ratings to 16,000 lbs. equipped with PACCAR PX-8 engines.

Fundamentally new crane from Spierings

Fundamentally new crane from Spierings

The basic principles of this new crane concept fully differ from that which has been produced by Spierings so far. The name of the model is SK387-AT3 City Boy and the main purpose - city contructions. From this set of requirements, the most noticeable is the single crane operator's cab, that also serves as driver's cab, as crane cab and as lift to reach the top of the tower for optimal view of the crane operator in every operating situation. Additional requirements were: more hook height by adding a third tower section, a maximum truck width of 2.5 mtrs and the possibility to luff up to 45˚.

Accello on a reed fuel

Accello on a reed fuel

The Brazilian division of Mercedes Company is participating in the Challenge Bibendum competition, taking place in Rio de Janeiro from May 30 to June 3. Special for this the company has prepared a special version Accelo BlueTec EEV with a diesel engine running on a reed fuel. Such technology reduces particulate emissions 88% if compare with current standards. The concept was created to meet the standards EEV - Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles. The diesel OM 924 LA EEV engine with the BlueTec system, mounted on the vehicle, allows 90% reduction of a greenhouse gas emissions and 33% reduction of a particulate matter emissions, if compare with the Conama P7 standard, equivalent to Euro 5, which starts in Brazil in 2012.

Volvo Concept Truck 2020

Volvo Concept Truck 2020

Progress is getting ever faster. In just ten years’ time trucks are going to be a lot different to those of today. At least according to Rikard Orell, Design Director at Volvo Truck Corporation and one of the brains behind Concept Truck 2020, the Volvo Truck Corporation's bold vision for the future.

Long distance haulage for the future: long rigs, controlled by autopilot, driven non-stop in nose-to-tail convoys on green super-motorways linking the continents. This is the vision of the future that generated the ideas behind the Volvo Concept Truck 2020 design concept. But will it really look like this in just ten years? "That is the whole point," says Rikard Orell Design Director at Volvo Trucks. "Progress is getting ever faster. Because of this our vision for the future is not that far away. Much of the technology in the Volvo Concept Truck 2020 is already available, other technology needs to be developed."

As road transport expands it must also become safer and more efficient. Volvo's design concept contains ideas about how that can be achieved. One of the more startling ideas is to link vehicles together wirelessly into long trains that rush across the continents at 90 km/h. "This will be possible when the transport sector's vision of green corridors becomes reality," says Rikard Orell. "Here heavy goods vehicles are separated from other traffic, driving in their own lanes, like a railway but without rails." The design concept from Volvo Trucks contains a great many ideas about the development of the driver environment. In the Volvo Concept Truck 2020 the driver environment is spacious, airy and free of disruption. "We have replaced the traditional dashboard with a thin film panel on which information is tailored to suit the driver," says Rikard Orell. "The panel is operated like a touchpad, just like an iPhone. We have saved a lot of space that way." Another space-saving idea is the sleek driver's seat with its thin, ventilated mesh backrest, more like a modern office chair than a traditional driver's seat. Behind the driver is a futon sofa which folds out into a wide, comfortable bed in the evening. The lighting in the cab is divided into zones customised for the driver's various in-cab tasks, or for resting.

The design team also aimed for a sleek look for the exterior, reducing the perception of the vehicle's size. The LED headlamps and turn indicators are integrated into the front of the vehicle. The rear-view mirrors have been replaced by cameras that project their images onto the inside of the windscreen. The lower section of the front of the vehicle features integrated collision protection projecting forwards about half a metre. This "nose" is gentler on oncoming cars in the event of a head-on collision, and has also been shown to improve aerodynamics. Some things you just do not change. The Globetrotter sign on the roof is still there, but has been redesigned so that it harmonises with the lines of the vehicle and reduces drag. The driver can change the text on the sign from the instrument panel.

First race and first victory

First race and first victory

For their first competition outing at the Italian stage of the European Truck Racing championships, MKR Technology’s brand new Renault Trucks entrants were the real stars on the Misano course. Stars because of the driver who led them to victory: Markus Boesiger won the event, with a total of 44 points from the 4 races. As MKR Technology’s main partner, Renault Trucks supplies the Dxi13 racing engine, the series version of which equips Renault Magnum and some Renault Kerax. The manufacturer is also providing two engine engineers throughout the European championship events.

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