BP Lubricants USA will now offer its Castrol Tection Extra, a 15W-40 diesel engine oil, through retail, truckstop and auto-parts channels. Retail locations will include AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, CSK, Pep Boys, O'Reilly, Strauss, Love's Truck Stops and Wal-Mart. Castrol Tection Extra meets CI-4 Plus specs and passed the Mack T-11 soot handling test. www.castrol.com/
Peterbilt vocational customers can now order ready-to-work trucks through an integrated chassis-body program for dump bodies and trailers the OEM has set up with J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers. Available are J&J's all-aluminum DynaHauler series. For more details, contact your local Peterbilt dealer; an online dealer directory is available at www.peterbilt.com
Clean Diesel Technologies says that tests conducted by the Southwest Research Institute on a 1995 DT 466 International show that its Platinum Plus fuel-borne catalyst can help reduce diesel emissions from older fleet vehicles, including school buses, local delivery and refuse trucks, by up to 70%.
Autocar has selected Continental tires as standard equipment for its Xpeditor trucks. The premium heavy service urban steer tire (HSU) offers a 20-ply rating and a speed rating of 65 mph. www.conti-online.com
The commercial highway hub and drum business of Hayes Lemmerz has recently been sold to Precision Partners Holding Co., where it will be renamed MotorWheel Commercial Vehicle Systems.
Information on improving fuel economy is available free of charge from Kenworth Truck Co. through its 4-page guide, “Push Less Air, Pull More Profit.” KW offers spec'ing tips for enhanced aerodynamics, such as use of full roof and chassis fairings, as well as driving and maintenance pointers to maximize fuel economy. To download a pdf version or view the guide online, go to www.kenworth.com/brochures/FuelEfficiency.pdf.