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Eighty thousand people can’t be wrong. That’s the collective number of attendees at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show held in Louisville, Kentucky. For 2012, the world’s largest commercial truck tradeshow included 1,070 exhibitors, representing 47 states and 8 different countries. The three-day event allowed fleet owners, industry professionals, and truck drivers to meet, greet, and connect with both aftermarket up-fitters and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
With high fuel prices gnawing away at profits, it’s no surprise that fuel efficiency was one of the major themes this year. Many OEs revealed new, innovative plans to reduce fuel consumption, such as better aerodynamics, reduced engine speeds while cruising, lower rolling resistance, and ways to cut weight. All-around efficiency is paramount going forward, as the cost of the everyday necessities we need are directly impacted by the price of diesel.
The In-House Approach
Stemming from the need to improve efficiency, several Class 8 truck manufacturers are moving toward vertical integration, where the powertrain is designed, tested, and manufactured in-house. Why are select OEs choosing to do this? Because 100 percent integration offers complete control over the powertrain—no third-party engine, transmission, or axle suppliers. To be sure, names like Cummins and Eaton won’t become strangers to the Class 8 industry (in fact, if anything, they will strive to make their products better than ever before), but some manufacturers believe powertrain optimization can only be realized if everything is done in-house. Read on for our breaking news.
As one of several OEMs offering complete powertrain packages, Daimler AG (the parent compa
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