Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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www.truckinginfo.com OCTOBER 2014 • HDT 51 6-Speed TorqShift SelectShift automatic transmission, which features double-overdrive ratios and low-end 3.97 to 1 first gear. Ford is offering for the first time an option- al 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline engine with the 6R140 transmis- sion, as well as the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel engine, which is rated at 270 hp and 675 lb-ft. of torque, and offers B20 biodiesel capability. Ford also added several new interior features, including a 110-volt power outlet, available Sync and Crew Chief factory- installed fleet management telematics, and a rapid-heat sup- plemental cab heater. A new steering wheel offers advanced controls. Buyers have a choice of hydraulic or air brakes. Freightliner: Lowering the real cost of ownership Freightliner Truck sees a change in how its clients are making truck-buying decisions. "Similar to what we've seen in the on-highway seg- ment, medium-duty customers increasingly recognize the importance of purchasing a truck based on the cost of ownership over the lifetime of the vehicle," says Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing. "Custom- ers recognize the lifetime savings when they consider the bottom-line impact of a proven powertrain, durable chas- sis, industry-leading visibility, customizable easy-to-upfit spec, and strong dealer support." The 2015 Freightliner M2 106 can be fitted with either a Cummins ISB or Cummins ISL engine and Eaton Fuller 5-, 6-, 8 ALL, 9 ALL, 9- or 10-speed manuals, as well as Eaton UltraShift 5-or 6-speed automated manuals and Allison automatics. Several new option packages in- clude Efficiency, which combines Allison's new FuelSense transmission programming with a Freightliner-exclusive Cummins ISB6.7 rating of 220 hp and 600 lb-ft. of torque. "This pairing will deliver better fuel economy and reliability than any engine in its class," Aufdemberg says. "We've packaged this powertrain combination with additional fuel economy-enhancing options to further increase mpg." Because each medium-duty application can be very different, Freightliner offers a variety of customizable options. Hino: Looking to hybrids While fuel economy with its diesel engine has been ma- jor point of emphasis for Hino over its 30-year span in the U.S. market, Adrian Ratza, its marketing manager, sees the 195h-DC low-cab-forward diesel-electric hybrid as "revo- lutionizing the industry in terms of viable and sustainable alternative fuel vehicle options. Our 195h customers have seen up to 30% fuel economy improvement over diesel- only since we launched this model in 2012," he says. The 195h hybrid uses a 5E-UG diesel rated 210 hp at 2,500 rpm and 440 lb-ft. at 1,500 rpm. The 2015-model 195 diesel LCF combines the J05E engine, selective cata- lytic reduction and an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmis- sion with cab aerodynamics. To help customers reach peak fuel economy, Hino and its telematics partner Telogis now offer Insight 2.0, a fleet telematics management tool that features an idle time fuel savings opportunity calculator, plus various gauges, such as hard stopping and hard acceleration, to provide driver feedback. Route optimization is also available to ensure the most efficient route for the day's work. "An OEM that is very limited on options runs the risk of losing customer loyalty as the customer is forced to look at other product options to fit their application needs," adds Ratza. Isuzu: Building a practical truck Fleet managers are often challenged with building a practical truck application with a sensible solution, accord- ing to Brian Tabel, director of marketing at Isuzu Com- mercial Truck. "A truck purchase decision requires a vehicle with Freightliner's M2 106 can be fitted with either Cummins ISB or Cummins ISL die- sels and Eaton Fuller 5-, 6-, 8 ALL, 9 ALL, 9-, or 10-speed manu- als, Eaton UltraShift 5- or 6-speed auto- mated, and Allison automatics.

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