At the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, French transportation technology developer Adgero will unveil a regenerative braking system with power boost that utilizes ultracapacitors on a curtainsider semi-trailer. The kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is designed to provide a 25 percent cut in fuel usage and carbon emissions.Read More
Volkswagen has updated its Amarok, but rather than focusing on what makes it rugged and tough, the changes are all about refinement. With a more powerful V6 diesel engine, more precise steering and shiny exterior highlights, the updated truck should offer a more car-like drive.
Having launched police versions of its Taurus and Explorer, Ford has taken America's best selling truck and given it the police treatment, too. The F-150 Special Service Vehicle takes a regular Ford truck and strips it out to handle all the crime fighting America's police officers can throw at it.Read More
As electric cars careen towards the mainstream, the world's truck manufacturers are also working to make the most of battery power to cut local CO2 emissions and running costs. Daimler is attempting to demonstrate the benefits of moving to electric trucks by running four Fuso E-Cell trucks in Stuttgart, where they'll deal with everything from road construction to furniture delivery.Read More
Dual-clutch gearboxes are fitted to everything from family wagons to world-crushing Bugattis in cars, but haven't had quite the same impact in the trucking world. Having launched its I-Shift dual-clutch gearbox in 2014, Volvo has now added crawler gears to the system in an attempt to broaden its appeal. Unsatisfied with a traditional launch, the company has shown off the transmission by pulling a 750-tonne load from standstill.Read More
Daimler has let three of its autonomous trucks loose on public roads, setting them the task of driving from Stuttgart to Rotterdam as a fully connected platoon. As well as demonstrating the scope of Daimler's own autonomous tech, the road trip is a part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge that aims to hasten the appearance of automated platoons on Europe's roads.Read More
During the Nissan Titan's unveiling at the New York show, all eyes were on the expected Titan gasoline models, the slightly smaller and more standard fare full-sized pickup promised for the new-generation Titan. A surprise was the unveiling of a Titan XD gasoline as well, in all its imposing glory.Read More
Most of the automotive world's attention is currently focused on New York, but there's also another international auto show going on right now. The Bangkok Motor Show is the host of the new Chevy Colorado Xtreme, a tough, off-road-ready Colorado show truck in the vein of the ZR2. This dirt-starved pickup features hardened looks and performance inside and out, and while Chevy won't be selling it, the concept does preview the design of the upcoming global-market Colorado update.
Having a truck powerful enough to haul trailers doesn't necessarily make maneuvering with trailers any easier. Ford's new 2017 Super Duty pickup, however, has up to seven cameras that feed into Trailer Reverse Guidance and 360-degree view systems to give drivers help when backing up.Read More
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