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e have day, night, seasons, birth, death and in all of these, everything happens according to the laws of nature. Our world has made laws in order to make it a better place to live and be. Every country, every industry has its own laws and rules, including the trucking industry in which we are involved. Regardless of whether we like it or not, we all have to follow pre-set rules. We have to ensure that we understand and have knowledge of industry laws, regulations, and rules. If needed, it’s important to get the right information and training on these, so that we can do our jobs properly. After the training, it’s time to implement what you have learned into your day-to-day operations. Your life will become easier, hustle free, and you will undoubtedly achieve more success in your business. As Albert Einstein said, “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Yes, if you play better, you will definitely be ahead of your competition. The opposite is also true: you can cheat, but this process will only cause you to have bigger problems. If you get caught breaking rules and laws, the costs can be heavy: from getting heavily fined to shutting down your operation – both of which I’m sure you wouldn’t choose. We wish you happy and successful New Year. God bless truckers…see you in the next issue.

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e’ve all heard Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The unfortunate reality is that most people, businesses, and governments don’t practice this philosophy and in the end, there’s potentially much more damage, most of which could have been prevented. And what I find most surprising is that people are more concerned with preventative maintenance (PM) of things much less important – when was the last time you washed your clothing that was “Dry Clean Only”. I mean, there’s no way you would ever let that slide now would you? The other sad reality is that in today’s competitive transport industry, planning and preventative maintenance (PM) are sometimes put on the backburner, more-so for owner operators. Rising fuel costs, parts costs, and labour costs are a major contributor to owner operators who take that risk of delaying regular preventative maintenance. After talking to many owner operators, the common complaint is that costs are much higher for upkeep of the trucks. “I just wish that there was a way to keep my truck in top working condition but costs are too high,” said a newer trucker who didn’t want his name disclosed. “I work long hours and in the end, I know that I’m taking a risk by cutting corners, but what am I to do? 8

If I delay an oil change by even a couple of weeks, it’s more money I take home.” His story is not uncommon for many; but take heart, because there are those owner operators who realize the value of preventative maintenance. “Many other drivers say that I am wasting lots of money by making sure I follow factory guidelines,” said T. Panesar, an owner operator with over 10 years of experience. “Maybe I’ve been lucky with my truck, but I also think that if I don’t take care of my breadmaker, I’m just asking for trouble.” Panesar says he has had very little downtime, and he knows that it’s because he takes care of his truck. “Think of it this way, if you have to take regular medicine to stay healthy, would you skip a few days? Probably not. I think it’s the same thing for my truck.” Panesar’s views are shared by Raj Atwal, Branch Manager & BC Regional Operations Leader at Cummins Western Canada. “Too many times I see drivers neglect their trucks because they don’t do the basics that they’ve been taught. Just doing regular oil changes and chassis lubrication with manufacturer’s approved products will extend the life of your vehicle. Also, DON’T use recycled oils.” Atwal realizes that costs are higher today than ever and it effects owner operators the most, but his advice is clear: it’s small pennies now vs. big dollars later. If extending the life of your vehicle is the most important thing, as it should be, then plan and do regular JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016


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Planning and Preventive Maintenance maintenance, encourages Atwal. Remember, a reliable vehicle is a profitable vehicle. “I’ve seen drivers come into our service center, complaining of turbo lag and lack of power. After we check the vehicle, we realize that we have to do a diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning – it’s such a simple procedure that the owner could have taken care of before, with much reduced costs,” says Atwal. When asked whether owners should come to an OEM service center vs. one privately owned, Atwal said, “We suggest people bring their Cummins motors to us for service because we have the newest and most up-do-date software calibrations available. Thus, when the oil is being changed, we also update the software, with any necessary calibrations free of charge.” And what does this mean? Well, longer engine life, better fuel efficiency, and more power. So we know that preventative maintenance is important for the owner operator, but what about for companies that have many trucks? Or big fleet companies? Simple – take the importance of it for a single truck and then multiply it by the number of trucks in

your fleet. On top of that, fleet companies could be held to higher standards than a single owner operator, but we’ll touch on this later. For a fleet company to be effective and competitive, it needs to have a proper PM plan in place, and in my opinion, have a proactive plan vs. a reactive plan. What’s the difference? Well, rather than have a breakdown which you must now fix (reactive), which means downtime, opt for having regular preventative maintenance (proactive) to avoid this downtime and thus, loss of revenue. Yes, there is an upfront cost when you are being proactive, but as we heard Atwal say earlier, it’s better to spend small pennies now than big dollars later; and if your fleet has, let’s say, 50 trucks, that could mean big big bucks being spent unnecessarily. And for the most part, we’re happy to learn that a majority of fleet companies are doing a great job of maintaining their fleets. The fleet manager of a national company put it bluntly: “We just can’t afford to have our vehicles be in the repair shop. Not only do we need to move the goods that run this country, our 10

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company has to make money.” Adding to this, we’ve noticed that more and more companies are getting their first lines of defence, those being the drivers, involved. If drivers are trained properly, ¬¬they can greatly reduce breakdowns by reporting potential hazards or issues immediately to fleet management. Thus, by being proactive, management can then resolve issues before they become problems. And it’s not just about the financial cost to an owner operator or company; it could be much worse. With newer laws and regulations that dictate liability, an owner operator or fleet company could be held negligent. By definition, liability is premised upon providing an operator with a dangerous tool or equipment, such as a truck, while knowing, or having reason to know, that use of the vehicle creates unreasonable risk or harm to others. Simply put, a vehicle has to be safe to operate and if negligence causes an accident or death, then maintenance records of the vehicle can be seized and scrutinized. Ultimately, if there was improper maintenance, money would be the least of an owner’s or company’s concerns. And since fleets operate more equipment, their standards are held to a higher degree. Does planning and preventative maintenance mean absolute reliability of your truck? Does it mean that your vehicle will always be in tip-top shape and have no breakdowns? Probably not, but research has shown that by being proactive in your maintenance, the chances of your truck having downtime are greatly reduced. I mean, you wouldn’t wash your Dry Clean Only clothes, would you? Take Benjamin Franklin’s words to heart and save yourself money and potential stress in the long run. Honestly, it’s not worth it.

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ATA welcomes passing of cross-border bill

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he American Trucking Association (ATA) welcomed the passing of a cross-border bill in House of Representatives Dec. 15, one it says will improve trucking efficiency, security and safety. “Trucks move the majority of freight between the U.S. and its neighbours Mexico and Canada,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “This compromise bill will help move that commerce safely and efficiently across those borders and we urge not only its quick passage, but urge President Obama to sign it into law.” Some of the key specifications in the bill include improvements to Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, as well as the general customs process, which includes exempting residue in bulk cargo containers from full duty requirements. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016


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Maintenance Matters

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If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Our modern day trucks are a lot more than they once were so that old adage doesn’t truly hold much water anymore. “You can pay me now or pay me later.” That old advertisement line has a great deal of relevance especially as our trucks become more computers than machines. A truck used to be a fairly simple machine built to withstand heavy abusive usage and as long as you changed the oil regularly and greased those places that needed greasing regularly, changed the odd filter, then all was good for about a million miles. Today’s trucks, while built to be worked hard and long serving, have become as much computer as working machine as living quarters. The truck’s computer system monitors virtually every possible thing on the truck and pretty much self-diagnosis problems and even recommends solutions. If one chooses to ignore the warnings and doesn’t deal with situations in a timely manner, the truck simply shuts down and often when that happens it’s at the most inopportune time. The other thing that is most overlooked is the owner’s manual produced by the manufacturer. This book should be one of the most important features of any new truck and read by all concerned. The driver; the mechanic; the owner; everyone who has a purpose with this truck. Truck drivers don’t simply drive a truck to the best of their ability and ensure the truck is operated at it’s peak efficiency. N ow computers take over the efficiency part and the driver has become a systems analysis specialist monitoring the efficiency of the truck as well as conducting its progress along the road while abiding by all the various rules and regulations that impede progress. 14

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Maintenance Matters Now a truck’s systems may be monitored by smart phones and situations can be forwarded directly to maintenance supervisors who are helping monitor the systems from thousands of miles away and can recommend whether impending repairs can be left until the truck can be scheduled back at the home terminal or if there should be emergency repairs made along the way. Keeping filters changed in a timely fashion is a no brainer. Many truck operators will rely on oil samples to tell them when oil needs to be changed but they will change filters on a regular interval. The oil sample not only tells you if the oil is clean enough to remain in the engine but will also tell you the potential condition of rings, bearings and internal parts of the engine. By changing, at least the filters, on a regular timely basis and greasing all those parts that need greasing regularly, the visual inspection of those parts and pieces makes you aware of the wear factors going on. You can take a look at a part and say, there’s some wear there, I’m going to have to replace that soon, then schedule a time to replace the worn part. A few dollars worth of grease regularly applied can save thousands of dollars in prematurely worn parts. Air filters are also critically important and should be changed on a regular basis based on the types of driving you are doing; in compliance with manufacturers specifications. Tires. Maintaining proper tire pressure is critical and must be checked regularly, daily. Heading into winter, ensure the steering tires have the maximum tread possible. Drive tires should be winter grade rubber and be at the top of their traction game. Trailer tires shouldn’t be overlooked, because they do provide the stability factor on unstable roadways. Do not enter winter season with questionable tires. Hoses and connections. Make sure all hoses and electrical connections are free of cracks and are suitably waterproof. Transmission and Differentials, inspect the oil in these internal parts and change periodically. Check shifter slaves and change as necessary. Check wheel seals and hub oil for proper viscosity. There are lots of parts and pieces you can not see or even which you have access, but those parts and pieces you can see and to which you have access must be constantly monitored either during daily walk around or during maintenance inspections in order to keep you moving when on the road. Recently, in the wake of the seven-foot snowfall in two days in Buffalo NY, some newly minted truckers asked what they should carry in their truck particularly during the winter. Buffalo is one thing because help is not that far away, nor is that help going to be a long time coming, but the same cannot be said in much of Canada even on major highways. If you should get snowed in like the Buffalo case say between Hearst and Long Lac in Ontario, you could be days before any help arrives therefore you’d better be prepared to ensure you don’t succumb to the elements of nature. Some things they should carry might seem obvious while others may seem ridiculous but this is as complete a list as could be determined at the time: Clothing that you may want to carry and hope you never have to use: Balaclava; two piece long underwear; two piece snowmobile suit; leather mits – not just gloves but MITS; a good pair of warm waterproof boots like Sorels; in addition to your regular clothing you would normally carry. You should carry a food supply to last about a week. Military MREs are good to carry because they last forever and provide 16

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isr bdlxw Aqy purizAW nUM TIk smyN grIs dyxI, AMdrly ih`isAW dI jWc krdy rihx nwL ieh pqw lgdw rihMdw hY ik purzy iks qrHW dy hn Aqy ienHW nUM bdlx dI kdoN loV hY[ qusIN iksy purzy nUM vyK ky hI ies dI hwlq dw AMdwzw lw skdy ho ik ies nUM kdoN bdlxw cwhIdw hY Aqy jy bdlx dI loV hovy qW ies sbMDI mkYink nwL smW insicq kr skdy ho[ ieh g`l Xwd r`Kx dI loV hY ik grIs ‘qy Krcy ku`J fwlr, hzwrW fwlr dy mihMgy purzy bcwaux ‘c shweI ho skdy hn[ eyAr iPltr bhuq hI mh`qvpUrn hn ies leI ienHW nUM AwpxI clweI Anuswr bdldy rihxw cwhIdw hY[ ies dy nwL hI mYnUPYkcr v`loN id`qIAW hdwieqW Aqy clweI dI iksm nUM vI iDAwn ‘c r`Kxw cwhIdw hY[ ij`QoN q`k twierW dw sbMD hY ienHW dy hvw dy dbwA nUM vI hr roz cY~k krnw cwhIdw hY Aqy pUrI imkdwr ‘c r`Kxw cwhIdw hY[ jdoN hux AsIN srdIAW dy mOsm ‘c phuMc gey hW qW ies smyN twierW dw trY`f vI vDIAw hoxw cwhIdw hY[hux twier srdIAW vwLy gryf rbV vwLy hoxy cwhIdy hn[ trylr dy twierW nUM vI AxgOilAW nhIN krnw cwhIdw ikauN ik AsiQr sVkW ‘qy ienHW nwL tr`k siQr r`Kx ‘c shwieqw imldI hY[ hojW Aqy kunYkSn[ ies g`l dw iDAwn r`Ko ik swrIAW hojW Aqy ibjlI dy kunYkSn vwtr prUP hn Aqy ienHW ‘c koeI tu`t B`j qW nhIN[ tRWsimSn Aqy ifPrYNSlW dy AMdrUnI ih`isAW dI vI smyN smyN isr cY`ikMg krdy rhy ho[ iSPtr slyv vI cY`k krdy rihxw cwhIdw hY Aqy jy loV hovy qW bdlI krnI cwhIdI hY[ JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016


Maintenance Matters nourishment with little preparation. Also make sure you carry water. You dehydrate in the summer, but during winter you can easily dehydrate before you even realize it. Things you will need in your truck to keep your truck running: Tire Chains (check various provincial regulations); Two ten foot lengths of chain – you just never know when they will come in handy for a variety of uses; replacement fuel filters; methyl hydrate and or methyl alcohol – caveat, check with your maintenance supervisor to ensure use of these products will not void warranties – or suitable substitute products; small propane torch; your tool box with a variety of tools, open and box end wrenches, variety of screwdrivers, ballpeen hammer, short

handled sledge hammer; long handled sledgehammer. WD 40, Duct tape, Grease and grease gun. A siphon hose. A few rolls of toilet paper and a can that fits a roll of toilet paper. These can be soaked in diesel fuel and set on fire and will burn for hours in an emergency. Learn how to eliminate ice and ice crystals from fuel, from brake systems and learn how to free up frozen parts and pieces. Landing gear will seize with ice, brakes will become impossible to free up because of ice. Carry an air hose about fifty feet long. In inclement conditions you may have a need to reduce the air pressure in the tires for traction but immediately upon getting underway with little danger of losing traction, you need to be able to air up. When you are going to stop for the night or drop a trailer in the yard, make sure you heat the brakes up to ensure they are dried out, especially trailer brakes. Simply apply a bit of spike as your pulling into the yard to get rid of moisture in the brake linings. Northern winters can be trying on both man and machine. Maintenance of the machine however is of utmost importance. Maintenance prevents those situations where you break down. Breaking down in a cold Canadian winter can be life threatening. Remember the Jake Brake has an off switch and should never be used in slippery conditions. Also the cruise control. Do not ever use cruise when there’s a chance of slippery conditions. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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Other’s Misfortune Can Be Our Advantage

OTHER’S MISFORTUNE CAN BE OUR ADVANTAGE dUijAW dI bdiksmqI keI vwr iksy dw Pwiedw kr jWdI hY

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ith trucking being slow for several months now, a few situations have arisen that can actually financially aid some, while others continue to struggle. Opportunities are available for stronger more established people and companies to purchase struggling companies, and their equipment to free them of an industry they cannot cope in. Trucking is cyclical, just like the economy. When the economy slows during a recession, the demand for goods declines, and hence the demand for trucking also declines. When the economy gains momentum, so does trucking. Having interviewed a few people with over 40 years of experience in the trucking industry, they each explained the same cycle to me. When a slow down occurs, it begins in the East by New York and Toronto, and about 9 months to a year later, reaches the West coast. When I attended a truck show in Toronto almost 2 years ago, at that time Toronto’s trucking industry was much slower than the West. It was a year ago that I noticed the slow down on the West coast. The trucking slowdowns in the past have traditionally lasted about a year and a half to 2 years, again picking up with more work in the East, and heading again towards the West Coast. Based on this pattern from the past, the trucking industry could possibly be on the mend within the next 6-12 months. With the slowdown in trucking, there also came a low Canadian dollar. This drove the price of equipment to very high levels in Canada because the majority of equipment is made in the United States or brought up from Mexico. With the exchange rate being sluggish for Canadian’s and adding a slow trucking industry, it became much higher riskier to purchase new equipment. Payments on new equipment is much higher due to the higher price of equipment. With far less loads and less money being earned, it makes it harder to make the now higher payments. Not being able to make higher payments has become a problem - Pash Brar B.A. Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA.

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Other’s Misfortune Can Be Our Advantage and now we are seeing increases in repossession rates. Those who could not cope, lost their equipment, but others who have been able to adapt, have been able to purchase repossessed equipment at a good price and continue to thrive. It’s unfortunate for those who lost their equipment, but I always caution my clients when looking at equipment that was repossessed. There is often work that needs to be done mechanically. Those who cannot afford the payment, also cannot afford the maintenance. So always proceed with caution and make an extra allowance for maintenance that will need to be done. At one point, new equipment was in such high demand, that there were months of backups and wait lists. This is still the case with certain equipment, but some who had ordered the equipment months ago, and since experienced a slowdown in work, may no longer want the equipment they ordered. Keeping in touch with local dealerships on those who may not pick up ordered items, is a great opportunity to get yourself off the wait list. I know a few dealerships are offering incentives as well to potential buyers to get the custom ordered equipment off their lot, such as sale prices and vacation packages. When trucking was booming, a lot of new trucking company’s formed. This is common with any industry. Where money is being made, newcomers will follow looking for opportunity and wealth. Those same new company’s now do not have the staying power in a slower economy and cannot sustain themselves. Long established companies are now able to purchase these small companies at good prices, and pick up their extra equipment and drivers. Being bought by a larger firm may give the existing driver’s a more stable future, the firm acquires equipment the company may have been struggling to make payments on, and pick up any existing load contracts while expanding. All industry, whether it’s going slow or fast, always has opportunity to do business. The buy low and sell high motto is what business is all about. There are many company’s and drivers right now trying to sell equipment and get out of trucking fast. These are chances for others to buy low and gain from their misfortune. I know from talking to driver’s and company owners daily there is a lot of stress and worry. If you enjoy trucking and have been in it long term, you will most likely stay in it and weather the storm as you have probably seen slowdowns before. Long term people will seek opportunities for their financial gain. If you are too stressed about money and want out, then act before it’s too late and before you have run out of money. Timing is everything. Seek guidance and financial advice and know all the options that are open to you. 20

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Distracted Driving can’t multitask. Even wildlife close to the road can cause enough of a distraction to cause drivers to run off the road even if the wildlife doesn’t get into the path of the vehicle. Nature displaying a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a rainbow, can be considered a distraction under certain conditions, if it causes you to look at the natural beauty instead of paying attention to the job at hand which is driving. A recent Transportation Safety Board Investigation into the 2013 crash between an OCTranspo double decker bus and a VIA train in Ottawa offers some more insight into distractions. Inside the drivers position were three monitors which are to keep the driver aware if bus riders weren’t following the rules. The bus driver wasn’t to move if there was anyone on the stairs between the two decks and there wasn’t supposed to be anyone standing on the top deck. Apparently, the driver may have looked at the monitor briefly to check on the upstairs passengers, as he was expected to do, and 1.6 seconds later the bus struck the train. There were visual distractions leading to the scene of the wreck which have been since removed. The recommendations from the TSB included the monitors be moved to a location where the drivers don’t have to look up having their eyes almost completely removed from watching the road. In Europe, on double decker buses, there is a driver and also someone monitoring the passengers whereas in Canada, there is one driver being expected to monitor passengers while driving. The TSB also emphasized that distracted driving may have been but one of several situations that lead to the wreck and that if one of the situations had been removed the wreck may not have happened. This wreck did take the lives of six people, including the driver of the bus. There must be a myriad of studies going on at any given moment on this subject, but one recent study done at the University of Alberta, showed emotionally-themed billboard messages can increase the level of distracted driving on roadways as if there aren’t enough already. The study, published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, found that various billboards can invoke different emotions in drivers, with negative-themed messages being the most distracting. “Any kind of distraction is risky when you’re driving. But there would appear to be a larger risk when it comes to emotional stimuli,” said researcher Michelle Chan in a statement. While drivers reacted to billboards with emotionally charged words on both ends of the scale, such as negative words -- cancer, killer, or stress; or positive words -- beach, love, happy or even more neutral words, the study found the negative words were the most distracting. While drivers tended to speed up after passing billboards with positive words, their actions tended to be generally safer than when passing negative themes. Drivers tended to slow down abruptly or swerve while passing negative billboards. Researchers says the test shows drivers have natural reactions to billboard messages , which can further distract drivers from driving safely. Our goals in bringing distracted driving to the consciousness of everyone is to first of all convince them that distracted driving is a problem, then to actually define distracted driving and all it’s versions and permeations, then convincing those same people to exercise control over themselves to stop driving distracted. Obviously it isn’t easy to change people’s habits, after all, for most of the past fifty years we’ve known that smoking causes health problems that otherwise wouldn’t be health problems, 44

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Distracted Driving yet we have thousands of people still smoking but even more distressing is that young people are picking up the habit allegedly with the full knowledge of the dangers. Trying to convince a young person, who has been granted driving privileges by the government, they have to learn patience is difficult, more like impossible. When they see those people, supposed good drivers, cutting in and out of traffic, running red lights, driving in an impatient manner (aggressively) it’s very difficult to teach patience. Some of the biggest lessons we learn as truck drivers is to pace yourself; be patient; don’t let your surroundings get under your skin; even as a newly licensed truck driver you have more skill than most other drivers around you. It’s the same with distracted driving. Truckers will learn the lesson quickly, learn how to cope with those around him or her driving distracted. Truckers will find when they might be able to pick up that cup of coffee, smoking that cigarette, talk on the CB, let their attention span drift a bit, on that long lonely highway when no one else is around them. The also learn when they’re in heavy traffic, they need all their wits about them and don’t allow any distractions to take place. Unfortunately, the general driving public doesn’t learn the lessons either as quickly or as well. Sometimes one gets the feeling that writing for a trucking publication is like preaching to the choir, but if we don’t preach to the choir and the choir doesn’t respond there will never be an opportunity to preach to the congregation. Will there ever be a time when all distractions from driving are eliminated? Not until we have robots driving and even then who knows. The Google automated car has had a mishap during testing.

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Final Rule provides both procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by ELDs. Setting technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs so that manufacturers are able to produce compliant devices and systems – and purchasers are enabled to make informed decisions. Establishing new hours-of-service supporting document (shipping documents, fuel purchase receipts, etc.) requirements that will result in additional paperwork reductions. In most cases, a motor carrier would not be required to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time. The FMCSA relied on input from its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee when developing the final rule.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe There is a real AMG model available in the GLE 63 S, powered by a turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 good for 577 hp and 561 lb-ft. Mercedes didn’t bring any examples of it to the launch event in Newfoundland where we got our first taste of the GLE Coupe, but it’s no stretch to imagine it’s a potent machine. Potency is what you need in a heavy luxury crossover: the diesel model weighs 2,220 kg — the GLE 450 carries around 30 kg more — and it feels that way. All of the cars we drove had Benz’s air suspension (optional in the 350d but standard in 450 and AMG 63 versions), and it was easy to appreciate the ability to adjust ride stiffness via the Agility Select system: ride quality is good in the ‘comfort’ setting, while the ‘sport’ and ‘sport+’ options are best reserved for smooth pavement. Those latter two do improve lazy throttle and transmission responses obviously tuned for economy in ‘comfort’ mode. Aiding performance is Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic transmission. Nine speeds sounds like a lot, but with this gearbox Benz joins the ranks of Jeep, Chrysler, Land Rover, and Acura in offering this many ratios. It acquits itself well here: in diesel models, it does a good job of shifting frequently but smoothly to keep that engine in the middle of its relatively narrow torque band. Likewise, in the racier 450 AMG, the narrow gaps between ratios ensure the gas motor stays on the boil in hard acceleration. The GLE Coupe’s fuel consumption ratings are 10.4/8.2 L/100 km (city/ highway) in the 350d, and 13.6/10.2 in the 450 AMG. In our hands, after a few hours of mostly highway driving, the diesel averaged about 9.5 L/100 km, while the gas model managed around 11.0, both figures coming from the car’s trip computer. The GLE 63 AMG is the thirstiest of them all with ratings of 17.2/12.8 L/100 km (city/highway), but if you can afford a 577-hp, $116,500 SUV, we’d guess economy is not your top concern. Speaking of cost, the more attainable GLE Coupe models start at $72,300 for the 350d ($9,100 more than the equivalent GLE SUV), and $77,600 for the 450 AMG. Those figures, of course, don’t include options, of which there are many. Several of the boxes to be ticked on the order sheet are for safety features, like an Intelligent Drive package that includes active cruise control with steering assist, blind spot warning, and an active lane-keeping system that helps an inattentive driver stay in their lane. This last feature’s interventions are anything but subtle (we suppose that’s the point), which is disconcerting if, say, you crowd the left side of your lane to make room for a car stopped on a highway shoulder. In GLE 450 AMG trim, an Active Curve Assist option adds electronic sway bars that limit body roll in corners, and then can disconnect from the wheels to make the suspension more compliant on rough roads. A lower roofline relative to the regular GLE means less headroom, but that only affects rear seat passengers in any significant way; all five of the Coupe’s seats are usable by adults, if not particularly tall ones. Likewise, the cargo area is a lot shallower under that rakish tailgate, but the space is long; the Coupe’s high rear bumper has a greater effect on everyday practicality, as you have to lift stuff up and over it to get it inside. Stylistically, the GLE Coupe isn’t for everyone; this is a ‘lifestyle’ vehicle with a limited appeal that Mercedes-Benz hopes will expand its reach beyond buyers of traditional luxury sedans and SUVs. Success won’t be determined by sales numbers, but rather on the effect it has on its maker’s reputation. Performance-wise, there’s no question that effect will be positive (aside from the hohum diesel engine); the real question is how many shoppers out there will warm to the way this car’s controversial appearance stands out from the luxury-car crowd. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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