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After a year of product engineering and collaboration, Iowa-based Link Manufacturing Ltd. announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show a multi-year manufacturing agreement for Volvo Trucks’ new 6x2 program. It centers on a lift axle configuration featuring Link’s robust 20K DuraMax axle with a modified 9-in. drop center. Other features include patented adjustable mounting brackets; compact frame mounting; unique air bag locations to ensure rapid axle deployment; and, open designed lift spring, greatly reducing road debris entrapment.

Extended Life Coolant–Nitrite Free (ELC NF) joins the Shell Rotella coolant portfolio as the companion to Ultra ELC. Both are targeted to a growing segment of commercial vehicles that are moving to nitrite free engine antifreeze/coolants to better protect aluminum components.

Two new technology products are set to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity. TruckTech+ will be available for new Kenworth Class 8 trucks specified with the Paccar MX-13 engine starting this summer. Customers will benefit from real-time vehicle health monitoring by telematics provider PeopleNet, whose system allows the MX-13 engine to “talk” with the fleet manager, Kenworth call center and dealer to optimize truck productivity.