Western Star rounds out X Series with 111-in. bbc cab model

Sources: Western Star Trucks, Portland, Ore.; CP staff Western Star has unveiled the 47X, a companion to the larger 49X model introduced in fall 2020—both evolving from the established 4700 and 4900 workhorses. The 47X is about 200 lbs. lighter than the 49X in like-for-like spec and available in 111.6-in. or 110.8-in. bumper to back of cab configurations, the latter…

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Peterbilt unveils all-new medium-duty companions to 567 workhorse series

Sources: Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas; CP staff Peterbilt Motors has added Models 537 and 548 to its Class 7/8 segment offering, crediting the trucks’ versatility to robust multiplex electrical architecture and engineering that delivers “seamless body builder integration allowing customers complete customization.”

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PCA: Pavements belong in feds’ vehicle fuel economy, lower emissions equation

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Responding to the White House’s just-announced second phase of fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, targeted for 2015-16 rulemaking and implementation, PCA CEO Gregory Scott notes, “We should expand the debate beyond making more efficient [vehicles] to making more efficient infrastructure.”

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Penny’s Concrete effects Universal recycled motor oil switch

Source: Universal Lubricants, Wichita, Kan.

Shawnee Mission, Kan., ready mixed producer Penny’s Concrete has adopted American Petroleum Insitute-licensed and Society of Automotive Engineers-grade Eco Ultra recycled oils and coolants across its 150-truck fleet. Universal Lubricants bills itself as the only domestic producer of recycled motor oils, maintaining a closed-loop by collecting, re-refinining, blending, packaging and re-distributing its own truck lubricants. “The average 60-quart recycled motor oil change translates to a savings of 24 new barrels of oil,” notes CEO John Wesley.

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Cat Vocational Trucks offers charter model in social media-style contest

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Owners or operators of heavy-duty trucks—including mixer, dump and boom- or knuckle-crane bearing models—can enter the “Win a Cat Truck” contest, August 1–September 30, by submitting a video, essay or audio recording to www.DriveCat.com. Entries are to convey how participants in concrete and aggregate hauling, plus other vocations, use trucks and how a new Cat CT660 will make them more successful.

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