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What's sleek and stylish and savings-conscious? If you answered the new Western Star 5700 XE, you are absolutely right. On the other hand, if you'se like most people, you're more likely to associate words like "rugged" and "powerful" with Western Star trucks. In the 5700XE, you get it all - a long tradition of top-of-the-line toughness for off-road applications plus impressive fuel economy and aerodynamic styling that take on-highway driving to a new level.
Industry expert opinions vary considerably when it comes to predicting medium- and heavy-duty truck sales for 2016. Some expect the tremendous increase in sales we've seen since late 2014 to flatten out, or even dip a bit. Others see a continuing upward trend.
A new agreement between Freightliner and Agility Fuel Systems is the latest development in Daimler AG's global "Shaping Future Transportation" initiative. As a part of the Daimler family, Freightliner is working to incorporate green technologies into its truck design and manufacturing processes. This new agreement expands the company's 13-year partnership with Agility Fuel Systems, making them Freightliner's sole provider of natural gas fuel systems.
Over-the-road fleets come in all shapes and sizes. You may be operating just a few vehicles, dozens or more than a hundred. They may be automobiles, medium-duty trucks or Class 8 long-haul rigs. They all have one thing in common: your fleet's gas purchases represent one of your most significant ongoing expenses - on average about 30%. Even the smallest improvement can add up smartly by the end of the year.
Industry reports issued shortly after the first of the year indicated medium duty truck sales rose 10% in January compared to January 2014, although sales were considerably lower than December 2014 levels. A total of 13,316 Class 4-7 trucks were sold in the US in January, whereas the December total was 18,731.
Fuel efficiency in large trucks isn't something that concerns only truck manufacturers and owners. Consumers also pay for fuel indirectly, through higher prices for goods. No wonder three-quarters of Americans say they want manufacturers to find ways to increase fuel efficiency in large trucks.
When it comes to reducing fuel costs, there's nothing sweeter than your engine's sweet spot. Watching your tachometer more closely can help you drive in that sweet spot -- the RPM where your engine runs most efficiently.
In February, President Obama set in motion plans to further increase federal standards for big rig fuel economy and allowable greenhouse gas emissions produced by the trucking industry. The President says the additional restrictions will also help reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, in turn driving down fuel costs.
Anyone who gets behind the wheel knows that our nation's roads are in disrepair and getting worse. As annoying as that is for motorists, it's an even greater financial strain for professional truckers who have to navigate the system in a timely and cost-effective manner. But as bad as the highways are, federal policymakers seem unable to find the money to improve matters.
For construction equipment managers, understanding your true total cost of ownership (TCO) is critical. You need the information to price jobs, so you can bid intelligently and actually make money. You need the information to accurately compare new equipment you'se considering purchasing. And you need the information to make cost-effective daily operations decisions such as determining which machines are the best choice for each job.