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2007 Caterpillar C13, C15 engines certified by EPA

xBy Mike Harlow, Atlantic Cat

On November 29, 2006, Caterpillar Inc. received certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its C13 and C15 (photo below) engines equipped with ACERT Technology for 2007. This technology positions Caterpillar to meet future EPA emissions regulations and provides a long-term emissions solution for the global on-highway engine market.

“These certifications demonstrate that engines with ACERT Technology for 2007 are ready to serve our customers in the North American trucking industry,” said James J. Parker, vice president, Caterpillar Power Systems Marketing Division. “ACERT Technology has set a new industry standard for clean diesel technology, meeting the clean air goals we all support while maintaining the reliability, durability and minimal owning and operating costs that Caterpillar engines traditionally have provided.”

The new C13 is available in on-highway vocational and heavy-duty line haul configurations for expanded versatility. In addition to truck, bus, recreational vehicle and fire truck ratings, the C15 provides the highest horsepower and torque rating in the industry, demonstrating unmatched performance, particularly for owner-operators and heavy haulers working in the extreme heavy-duty applications. ACERT Technology relies on Four basic systems to lower emissions - air management, precision combustion, advanced electronics and effective after treatment.

These four systems work to decrease particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbon emissions while preserving the engine’s reliability and durability, which keep owning and operating costs low.

Caterpillar has sold more than 450,000 on-highway engines with ACERT Technology to more than 46,000 customers since the technology was introduced in 2003. Customer acceptance of Cat engines is reflected in the company’s unprecedented sixth J.D. Power and Associates Award, which Caterpillar received in 2006 for “Highest Customer Satisfaction with Vocational Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines.”

No other engine manufacturer has ever won this customer feedback award, which measures customer satisfaction through J.D. Power’s annual survey of vehicle owners who operate in typically rugged vocations and use vehicles such as dump trucks or garbage trucks. The Caterpillar C7 engine features an enhanced version of ACERT Technology that allows it to comply with the 2007 EPA regulations without sacrificing reliability, durability or fuel economy.


OnStar wins award

When it was introduced years back, OnStar was a feature that epitomized safety, convenience and peace of mind for its users. Fitted to GM vehicles, the system put real-time assistance at the drivers fingertips 7 days a week, 365 days a year. OnStar is evolving with added features for the 2007 model year, and Popular Science has awarded the American carmaker its “Best of What’s New” award for its upgraded plan (see screenshot off PS website below).

The “Directions and Connections” plan, which includes turn by turn navigation service, beat out thousands of other products for the award. The new plan will be available on more than 2 million cars and trucks sold in 2007 for both Canada and the US. It’s extensive list of features includes vehicle diagnostics, navigation, hands-free calling, stolen vehicle assistance and more.

The navigation capabilities are completely off-board, with an advisor sending the voice prompts to the vehicles stereo system which are then triggered by the GPS functionality.

“Since Popular Science honoured us with the Best of What’s New Award the year we were launched in 1996, OnStar has continued to evolve by focusing on customer-driven innovation including seven generations of hardware in ten years - an achievement typically unheard of in the traditional vehicle development process,” said OnStar President, Chet Huber.

Staying on top of changing consumer demands is increasingly important, and GM’s upgraded system answers a sharp increase in demand for in-car navigation systems among new car buyers.

In fact, J.D. Power and Associates indicates that the demand for such systems has increased by some 40 percent in the past model year.


CARSTAR continues its
fight against cystic fibrosis

$201,000 presented to CCFF at gala event in Hamilton, Ontario

CARSTAR Automotive Canada celebrated another year of hard work and fundraising recently, at an annual charity gala in support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF). More than 1,000 employees, partners and friends attended the event where President and CEO Sam Mercanti presented a cheque for $201,000 to the CCFF.

The gala, themed Bon Voyage, was held Friday, November 18th at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Guests enjoyed food and entertainment inspired by cities from around the world.

For seven years, CARSTAR Collision Repair Centres across Canada have supported the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) through fundraising initiatives held throughout the year. These include local activities as well as national campaigns such as the CARSTAR ‘Soaps it Up’ for cystic fibrosis national car wash day and the sale of FrightLites glow sticks at Halloween.

Pictured from left to right are Connie Smith, CH Television, Karen Gliddon, Volunteer President, Hamilton Chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Sam Mercanti, President and CEO, CARSTAR Automotive Canada, and Julie Cookson, CeO, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To date, CARSTAR has raised close to $1.5 million to fund research and treatment in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

“We continue to be amazed by the support we receive each year,” said Sam Mercanti, President and CEO of CARSTAR.  “Our staff, our partners, the CCFF volunteers, and all of our franchisees are extremely dedicated to making a difference for the many young Canadians affected by this devastating disease.”

Several CARSTAR partners played a role in the success of the November fundraising event, which by itself raised more than $25,000.
Sponsors included: Platinum: BASF and Enterprise Car & Truck Rentals; Gold: Dupont Performance Coatings; Silver: Akzo Nobel; Bronze: Audatex, 3M Canada, Canadian Underwriter Magazine, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Mitchell International, Norton Canada, Paul’s Restorations, Pro Body Parts, Queensway Auto Parts, The Intercorp Group, Wurth; Corporate: Bank of Montreal.

CARSTAR Automotive Canada became involved in the fight against CF when Victoria, the granddaughter of one of CARSTAR’s franchise owners, was diagnosed with the disease. “We’re so proud of the way that the CARSTAR family comes together to support this cause,” said Mercanti.

“Through our seven years of fundraising we’ve met many families and youngsters living with cystic fibrosis. Their strength and determination are a great inspiration for us all.”

“CARSTAR is an extremely important partner in supporting cystic fibrosis research and care,” said Cathleen Morrison, CEO of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We’d like to thank each and every person who has helped make this year of fundraising a real success.”

About Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which affects the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common fatal, inherited disease affecting young Canadians. The CCFF is a Canada-wide health charity, with more than 50 volunteer chapters, that funds CF research and care.

About CARSTAR Automotive Canada. With over 300 locations across North America, CARSTAR is the leader in the automotive collision repair industry. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario, CARSTAR Automotive Canada has grown from eight to over 100 locations in just 10 years. CARSTAR repairs approximately 1 in 20 vehicles in Canada – 6,000 vehicles per month – with high rates of customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit CARSTAR online here.