Autocar recently launched a new web site, www.autocartruck.com, designed to give customers and dealers more immediate access to product and service information. A searchable dealer directory provides location and Mapquest directions for full-service, service and parts, and parts-only Autocar dealerships. Users can see photos of the Xpeditor LCOE series, including detailed illustration of cab offereings.
In an effort to expand its presence in the commercial truck aftermarket in North America, as well as improve customer service, BorgWarner Cooling Systems has signed an agreement with Chicago Rawhide/SKF to allow the maker of seals and elastomeric products to distribute components for BorgWarner's Quik-Kool systems. www.bwauto.com
Rite-Hite Corp., Milwaukee, WI, was the recipient of the Innovation Award for its Global Wheel-Lok vehicle restraint at the Preventica trade show in France. The Global Wheel-Lok was recognized for its contribution to loading-dock safety. It was developed to help prevent early departure and trailer creep accidents at loading docks, and introduced in France in 1997. www.ritehite.com
The latest version of the Retread Buyer's Guide is now available from the Tire Retread Information Bureau. Listings include names, address and phone number of retreaders, as well as types of tires retreaded. For a free copy, go to www.retread.org; call 888-473-8732; or email [email protected].
Kinedyne Corp. has expanded its line of Grade 70 transportation chain and accessories. New products include the 5/16-in. and 3/8-in. chain in 16-, 20-, and 25-ft. assemblies with grab hooks on each end, plus bulk chain in barrels and clevis grab hooks. www.kinedyne.com or 310
Phillips Clear-Vu line now includes three wire-protection products. A junction box can accommodate ABS and ISO cables in a transparent hosing, so corrosion can be detected before it becomes a major problem. The Clear-Vu battery cable also has a transparent coating; while the shrink tubing is a transparent wire covering. www.phillipsind.com
Alcoa's new Dura-Bright wheels for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and trailers retain their shine without polishing. The forged-aluminum wheels are protected by a patented treatment that actually penetrates the unit, making it easy to wash off brake dust, grime and oil residue. The wheels are available in brushed and buff finishes. www.alcoawheels.com or 303
ArvinMeritor is re-structuring its joint venture with Quimmco, SACV, Monterrey, Mexico. Re-named Sistemas Automotrices de Mexico, it will be managed by both ArvinMeritor and Quimmco. The 50/50 partnership will manufacture and supply axles, air brakes and drivelines for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks and trailers in Mexico.
Roadranger Marketing recently revamped its customer service web site, www.Roadranger.com. New features include user-friendly links to all Eaton Fuller and Dana Spicer product lines; warranty info for registered products; print-on-demand feature that enables users to have service and parts documents printed at a local Kinkos with free delivery or same-day pickup.
The Caterpillar 3126E 7.2-liter midrange engine is now available on Autocar's WX series trucks. A lightweight option for vocational applications with GVWs under 60,000 lb., the engine offers 275 hp. with 800 ft.-lb. of torque. www.catengine.com or 306