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Diesel Trucks To Watch Out For In 2017

The popularity of trucks has never been growing so rapidly has in the current day. With the advent of the advanced high-flow compressor turbos, diesel engines are starting to lower their displacement level while increasing the low-rev torque output. The market has learned a harsh lesson from the debacle of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, but the diesel engine still remains a strong choice for truck buyers. The abilities of gasoline engines are great for sports cars as petrol engines produce high-revving engines and more horsepower for prolonged acceleration. However when it comes to raw power diesel trucks are unsurpassed for high torque measures, great for heavy load moving.

Chevrolet Colorado

Perhaps one of the most anticipated choices for truck buyers this year is the chevy Colorado. Known for making one of the most compact, strong-bloc engines for the fuel efficiency conscious customer, it comes with an inline 4-cylinder 2.8-liter engine. The turbo diesel Duramax power unit delivers 369 pound-feet of torque, capable of towing an exact figure of an astonishing 7,700lbs. The engine is designed and manufactured by the Fiat-owned Italian company called VM Motori S.p.A so that you can expect high-quality and endurance from this European design. The overall size of the Colorado is relatively compact compared with its gasoline counterparts, which makes it all the more appealing to the average truck buyer.

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Ford Super Duty

The new Super Duty come with strengthened aluminum cabs and beds. The weight saves gained by using a lighter but stronger material means the truck is more balanced than previous incarnations; as well as freeing up the customer to invest in other areas which focus on utility. The engine is the real party piece of this truck, boasting a colossal 6.7-liter Power Stroke direct injected turbo diesel V8, belching out almost a thousand pounds of torque. With the precise figure being 925 pound-feet of torque, incredibly, just at 1800 rpm. This truck is going to be for the professional who will use this for their occupation as the towing conventional towing capability sits at 21,000lbs. Such is its nature, no doubt this monster will be used for hazardous jobs so should you run into mechanical difficulties there are companies that repair modern trucks in round-about time and can issue you with a roadworthy certificate to get you on your way in efficient time. Harboring the tried and tested 6R410 TorqueShift six-speed automatic gearbox, the Super Duty can handle any peculiar change in terrain.

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Ram 3500

The Ram has been the favorite of families and professionals alike for many years. Known for durability and bang-for-buck performance, the Ram 3500 is no different. It comes with a Cummins 6.7-liter straight-six turbodiesel, exerting a substantial low-rev torque figure of 900 pound-feet at just 1700 rpm. Showcasing a towing figure of just under 18000lbs the Ram sits perfectly for those wanting a mid-range truck with ample performance. For those wanting to modify their purchase of a Ram for a more comfortable drive, an air suspension leaf-spring system made by Hotchkis can be installed to 3500 models upon request.

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What Do Self-Driving Trucks Mean For The Freight Industry?

A couple of decades ago, self-driving vehicles were the stuff of science fiction; the kind of thing that’s only seen in over-the top, action-packed films. However, today, they’re getting very close to becoming a reality. While most companies experimenting with this technology are focussing on consumer passenger vehicles, one firm, Daimler, has begun testing for the first-driving semi-truck. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what this means for the company, and the trucking industry as a whole.

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Although most of the news we see has been focussing on Google’s self-driving project, Daimler has been making considerable strides forward, and just might beat Google to their place in the market. Perfecting the technology for a self-driving freight truck is a marginally simpler affair, as long-haul trucks spend the majority of their time on long stretches of highway and freeway. As a result, Google’s struggling towards its target to release their self-driving vehicles by the year 2020, while Daimler’s Freightliner Inspiration truck has already been officially licensed to operate on public highways in Nevada, USA.

The initial reaction from many people who work in the long-haul and truck servicing industries has been one of panic. With self-driving trucks that are becoming so sophisticated so quickly, many in these sectors assume that their jobs are at risk. While it’s uncertain what this tech will mean for these kinds of jobs, it’s clear that self-driving trucks are far too valuable to turn back on themselves. In the US, heavy trucks represent around 20% of total transportation fuel, but self-driving trucks may be capable of reducing fuel bills by 4-7%. With most long-haul trucks travelling hundreds of thousands of miles through their useful life, this translates into thousands of dollars in savings for the industry every year! Regardless of what it means for workers, the money is simply too much to turn away from.

Daimler, in partnership with Peloton Technology, is leading the way in developing truck platoons that can further reduce the massive cost of fuel, and haul more freight at a time than was ever possible before. While a whole convoy of driverless trucks might sound pretty over the top, it’s technically very feasible. There would be a lead truck, with a single driver in the cab, whose job it would be to lead a convoy of twelve or so trucks along their route. Peloton’s platooning technology allows two or more trucks to connect through a cloud infrastructure, and uses safety features such as active braking, which is already something found in a range of consumer vehicles on the road. While the lead driver would have control over all the trucks in this model, drivers would still be needed to negotiate highway exits, tricky urban streets, and backing up into loading bays. While this is expected to help with the western world’s truck driver shortage, it’s still unclear if any working truckers will lose their jobs to driverless tech.

Self-driving cars still have a long way to go before they become a common sight on our roads, but self-driving trucks are speeding on towards mass production.

A Truck’s Tow Rating is Whatever You Decide It Is

A Truck's Tow Rating is Whatever You Decide It Is

Every so often, a friend of mine will solicit my opinion on heavy-duty pickup trucks, thus launching me into the type of sermon normally associated with people who wear sandwich boards and really want you to know that an alien named Xinpuu is stealing the fiber out of your breakfast cereal. Personally, I think most heavy-duty-truck buyers are needlessly flagellating themselves with a clumsy ride and barbaric fuel economy when their actual towing and hauling needs could be met by a minibike pulling a Radio Flyer. I understand that we all like to be prepared, but there haven’t been too many times a neighbor has knocked on my door and asked if I could help tow 30,000 pounds over the Continental Divide. READ MORE ››


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