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News & Notes From The Mid-America Truck Show

Posted on March 27, 2014

Mike Brezonick and Jack Burke are reporting from this week’s Mid-American Truck (MATS) Show in Louisville.  A few of their news and notes from the show.

• Volvo predicts Class 8 truck sales of 250,000 in 2014 and plans to ramp up capacity at its New River Valley plant.

• Navistar said it expects overall Class 8 truck sales for 2014 to be between 220,000 and 240,000.

• Peterbilt says truck sales in 2014 could hit 240,000 units, which would be among the best years on record.

• Daimler Trucks said it has sold more than 17,000 trucks with DD12 automated transmissions in less than a year.

• Peterbilt to offer natural gas Model 579 and vocational 567 trucks, both powered by the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G engine.

• A new factory Kenworth idle management system is available on the T680 sleeper. The battery system provides 12 hours of cooling.

• Kenworth said 2013 was a record sales year for its 12.9 L MX-13 engine. The company said more than 51,000 are in Class 8 trucks.

• Cummins announced a new heavy haul rating for its ISX15 diesel. The 560 hp rating has peak torque of 1850 lb.ft.

• Cummins and Eaton expand SmartAdvantage engine-transmission system to cover ISX12 and larger ISX15 applications.