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Issue No. 8, 29 March, 2012
Natural Gas Takes Center Stage at Mid-America

The nationís largest annual trucking show here last week illustrated just how much the U.S. truck market has been reinvigorated, as more-prosperous equipment manufacturers eagerly chased the business of solid, stable motor carriers. Several truck makers unveiled new vehicles and spoke of innovations to come during the first hours of the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 21 and March 22.

Continental Brings Wide-Single Drive Tire to Market

Following last year's challenge to Mid-America Trucking Show attendees to provide feedback on tire designs, Continental Tire the Americas unveiled its first wide-single drive tire at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Continental's HDL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Drive Long Haul) in size 445/50R22.5 features 27/32 of tread depth, a closed shoulder and a three-dimensional sipe in the center of each tread block that allows flexibility, but couples the groove under compression for increased strength.

Women In Trucking Celebrates Safe Driving at MATS

Women In Trucking Association held its third annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event to honor female professional drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The event celebrated the accomplishments of 211 female professional drivers with a combined total of more than 200 million safe driving miles.

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Volvo Hybrid Truck, Mean Green, to Attempt World Speed Record

Mean Green, said to be the world's fastest hybrid truck, will attempt to reach speeds in excess of 165 mph (260 km/h) April 27 at Wendover Airfield in Utah to best its own world speed records. The Volvo-built hybrid currently holds speed records in the standing 500 meter (one-third mile), standing kilometer (two-thirds mile) and flying kilometer - international speed standards. (In standing kilometer, the truck starts off from a standstill, spanning the 1,000-meter course in one direction and then the other.

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