Focus On : Tractor Units


Tractor units are changing fast, as heavy commercial vehicle operators demand better fuel consumption and efficiencies, while legislators focus on Euro 6 emissions.

For the truck OEMs, the emphasis is on: improved diesel engines, using EGR, SCR and DPF equipment; parallel diesel-electric hybrid drivelines with KERS braking; alternative fuels and dual-fuel engines; and improved automatic transmissions.

Beyond that, the future for artics holds: photovoltaic panels on cabs; LED lighting; aerodynamics, with automatic fifth wheel controls to minimise turbulence in the gap between tractor and semi-trailer; and advanced thermal management for heat rejection.

Then, while HGV running gear – air and steel suspension, lifting axles and 4x2, 6x2 and 6x4 configurations – see further weight reductions, we expect automatic tyre inflation monitoring for reduced rolling resistance and more mirrors, cameras and active driver assistance (ABS, ESP etc).

As for tractive unit day cabs and sleeper cabs, it’s about even more lavish interiors, with 3D sound, laptop-like instrument panels and office and home functions.


Low-entry Mercedes tractor

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MAN comes top for Topps

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Simon Gibson goes for Volvo

Simon Gibson Transport has commissioned 51 new Volvo 6x2 tractor units, ...
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Bibby commissions 17 MAN TGX

Bibby Distribution has commissioned 17 new MAN TGX 26.460 Euro 6c engined ...
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DF Services signs with Fraikin

Automotive logistics firm DF Services (Kent) has taken delivery of 10 car ...
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Downton expands fleet - 08/03/2017
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Climate of change

In the absence of SMMT year-end data for 2016, Iveco’s ‘State of the ...
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Emissions statement

There’s more to Euro 6 diesel and alternative fuel emissions than meets ...
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Braking the cycle

Although Level 1 AEBS (autonomous emergency braking system) became ...
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How good are you?

For nearly 50 years, operators have held their O licences on trust, with ...
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Alternative fuels: mainstream?

Just over six weeks until the CV Show (25–27 April 2017) opens its doors ...
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Electric revolution - 06/02/2017
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