OEMs are focused on efficiency

Of course fleet owners and managers play a big role in the fuel efficiency of their operations. The way they spec a vehicle, the add-on devices they select, the way they train drivers all can increase the number of miles a truck gets out of a gallon of diesel.

But the design of the truck itself and the options offered by the truck makers also are key to just how efficient a truck can be.

Listening to OEM executives speaking at various trucking industry events this year I noticed a common theme. All of them are making significant MPG improvement claims for 2017 either by upgrading existing models or in some cases introducing entirely new models that are more fuel efficient coming off the production line.

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