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…Read More
Sources: Autocar LLC, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff Autocar has added a third construction model in its Class 8 severe-duty truck series. The DC-64D Dump, assembled in Alabama and dubbed “Badass,” joins the DC-64M and DC-64P for concrete mixer and pump packages.Read More
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.”Read More
Heavy-duty truck manufacturers and component suppliers see record or near-record shipments in 2015, thanks to strong on-highway market activity, coupled with vocational segment recovery, to which growing concrete mixer and dump truck demand are contributing.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Source: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.
Cat Vocational Trucks will open orders for its flagship CT660 model in April, with contract production commencing the following month at the Navistar severe service truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas. Company officials note the truck will be premium priced, and they will focus on cost of ownership.Read More