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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update: Business thriving, though some casualties

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Like most commercial truck sectors, sales of full-size cargo vans and walk-in vans are thriving and even booming - but there are casualties. The electric truck business, while still viable, is taking a hit, with two suppliers in financial straits

Tags: Light & Medium, Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, General Motors, Nissan, Nissan NV, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit Connect, Freightliner, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Walk-in Van

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Engine and Fuel Problems Decrease, Unscheduled Downtime Increases

Hino engines rank highest in customer satisfaction for a fifth consecutive year.

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Tags: Light & Medium

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Strong Sales, Many Models

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If the health of the economy is tied directly to commercial medium-duty truck sales, as is the historical case, then the sky has clouded a little. It isn't falling, though, because sales are still trending up. All builders we talked with reported decent and sometimes robust percentage increases over last year, which in turn was up over 2010

Tags: Light & Medium

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

The Tradesman features a Hemi V-8 with 390 horses, which can haul heavy loads, make the truck scoot, or both. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Sales Up as Buyers Replace Old Trucks Amid Improving Economy, New Products Enter the Market

For years, Ford’s F-450 and F-550 SuperDuty trucks have led the Class 4 to 5 segment.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's a story we've heard before, but a pretty good one: Sales are up, products are improving, and buyers have many choices of trucks to do their hauling job

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update

The Nissan Van (NV) is now in its first year of production. Fleets are beginning to evaluate the 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ton trucks.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year, which in turn was up 14% over 2009, builder sources say

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update

Sales of SuperDuty pickups for commercial use are up a small 2%, but chassis-cab versions have climbed 48% since last year, signaling a resurgence among commercial buyers, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Almost left idle by the high cost of fuel in 2008 and the recession, sales of pickup trucks are now recovering

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Body Wiring: Thou Shalt Not Cut

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If there were an 11th Commandment, it would read: "Thou shalt not cut into thine wiring." Cutting and splicing and probing with pointed circuit testers can and do cause electrical grief

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Bodies: Any Way You Like It

Materials choices and design flexibility allow fleets and contractors to get more utility body for less.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter utility body anymore.

Tags: Light & Medium

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Midrange Engine Trends

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

More power from smaller packages. That sums up what's been happening in medium-duty engines in the previous decade, where diesels of modest displacement are making more horsepower and torque than was possible before the advent of electronic controls and advanced combustion methods

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Low Cabovers in a Conventional-Cab Market?

The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter is one of several low-COE trucks coming to North America. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Why do the Japan-based importers continue trying to sell low cab-over-engine trucks when North America is conventional-cab territory? The short answer is that LCOEs are what they have to sell

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A With a Medium-Duty Giant: Rush Enterprises

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Rush Enterprises is probably best known as North America's largest Peterbilt dealer. But realizing they could only go so far with their franchises from the Paccar manufacturer, leaders saw midrange trucks as a way to grow and to diversify in products and operations

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 - 7 Roundup: Trucks & Trends in Mediums

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Retail sales of medium-duty trucks are generally climbing as the economy improves, and the time is right for a sales war, at least in the view of the market leader, Navistar International

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Heavy Pickups and Chassis-Cab Trucks See Sometimes-Healthy Revival

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The economy's slowly improving, and so are the Class 3 to 5 segment's truck sales, up modestly to substantially since the 2009 trough, depending on who's citing the numbers.

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: Alternatives Spark Interest, But Diesel's Not Dead

European Sprinters are now sold by a growing network of Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The recovering economy is resuscitating the business of building cargo vans, along with every other kind of commercial vehicle. Conversations with the major players in this business reveal trends in buyers' engine choices and in weight categories

Tags: Light & Medium

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update: Sales Pick Up With Economic Recovery

These hybrids are expected to get up to 21 mpg in the city.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The economy's coming back and so are sales of pickup trucks, as consumers, tradesmen and fleets resume ordering as their incomes and needs increase. Sales this spring are up sharply compared to last yea

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

(Photo by Tom Berg)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Contenders for the title of best medium-duty and heavy-duty truck gathered at the St. Louis Regional Airport last week to strut their stuff to the panel of judges made up of eight magazine editor

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6-7 Update: Changing Faces

Ford's F-750 conventional, shown here, continues as a product of the Ford-Navistar Blue Diamond joint venture that builds the trucks in Escabedo, Mexico, basically using Ford cabs on International chassis.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Some manufacturers have enough existing trucks to last well into the new year, so are delaying the start of their 2011 model years, while others will begin them as soon as January

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Model Year Mash-up

2010 engines push debut of some 2011 trucks well into the new year. Shown is Hino's model 145.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Look for altered model years from many builders after Jan. 1 as they prepare to begin installing EPA 2010-legal diesels in their commercial trucks at various points next year

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update: Engine Advances Up Fuel Economy

The all-American vehicle gets engine advances as the Great Recession begins to end. Pictured is the new Dodge Ram 2500.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Advances in gasoline and diesel engines for pickup trucks are just in time to catch the beginning of the end of the recession, the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Ford's Transit Connect is Bigger Than it Looks

Tall roof and near-6-foot-long cargo bed allow Transit Connect to carry a lot. Upfitters can add shelves, cabinets, racks and other equipment for carrying cargo and tools. It has a sporty feel but is a commercial truck from the ground up, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A Transit Connect is roughly 2 feet shorter and weighs about 1,500 pounds less than an E-150 van. The TC's high roof makes it roomier than it might look in a photograp

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: More Products, Costlier Diesels on the Way

Workhorse offers its MetroStar, with contemporary International-like nose styling and aluminum bodies.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The gasoline share will only increase, because Ford Motor Co., the market leader, is dropping the Navistar-built PowerStroke diesel following lawsuits over warranty claims and competitive issues, leaving its E-series vans with gasoline-only power in the new yea

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles.

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

This Kenworth T170 is an example. Its chassis and powertrain are engineered for Class 5 hauling jobs, but its big-rig-style cab makes you feel like you got more than you expected

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Shockingly high fuel prices, along with the mortgage crisis and deflation of the housing-price bubble, have sapped Americans' ability to buy, buy, buy, and the adjustment has affected all the industries that purchase and use trucks, especially construction

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's a transition time for Class 6 and 7 trucks as American and imported commercial vehicles move into model-year 2009-10 with only minor changes from the previous two years

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The mighty have finally fallen. Full-size pickup trucks, for many years the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., have tumbled in popularity since the steep run-up in gasoline prices

Tags: Light & Medium

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 2-5 Roundup: Industry Marking Time

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Our lists of commercial truck models in their various weight classes continue to shrink as corporations restructure and contract. This has been a fixture of business in general and the automotive worl

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Future is Green at NTEA

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Some of the earliest freight-hauling trucks were electric-powered, but they disappeared in the 1920s when internal combustion engines proved less costly and operationally more flexible

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar V-8s Gone from Ford Vans, Pickups by January '10

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The once-popular Navistar-built Power Stroke V-8 diesel will be gone as an option from Ford SuperDuty pickups and E-series vans by the end of this year, as part of the settlement of a two-year-old legal dispute between the two builders.

Tags: Light & Medium

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