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November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Demand in U.S., Canada Continues to Strengthen

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Demand for commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada continues to strengthen, though used commercial vehicle registrations still outnumber new registrations.

Tags: Leasing, Class 6, Class 7, Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Class 5, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive, Class 4

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Near Record Month for Class 8 Orders

Photo: International.

October was the second best month on record for orders of Class 8 trucks, increasing 87% over September to nearly 46,000 units, according to FTR.

Tags: OEM, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Axle-Forward Cat CT681 Vocational Truck in Full Production

Cat's CT681, right, features more “industrial” styling than the current CT660. Photo by Tom Berg

Caterpillar has begun serving more vocational segments with its CT681, a Class 8 set-forward-axle model with “industrial” styling based on customer preferences, representatives said Thursday at a press briefing at Cat’s demonstration facility west of Peoria, Ill.

Tags: Class 8, Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on North American Truck Market

Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO

SAN DIEGO – Daimler Trucks North America expects steady growth in truck sales over the next couple of years, projecting this year will end up with 374,000 Class 6-8 units sold in North America and 411,000 for 2015 – and it's getting ready to ramp up its production to accommodate.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Last month, Tremec launched its redesigned 10-speed twin countershaft transmission for heavy-duty commercial trucks. Photo: Tremec

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, International Trucks, Transmissions, ProStar, Lightweighting, Bulk Hauling

September 11, 2014 - Product News

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star's 5700XE as the wind sees it. Photo by Jim Park.

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Up 2% in July

Sales of used Class 8 trucks sold in July were 2% better than the month before, as selling prices remained high.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

July Orders Strong For Heavy- And Medium-Duty Trucks

Orders for heavy and medium duty trucks were on the rise for the second month in a row in July, according to ACT Research's latest State of The Industry report.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit Second-Best July Ever

Near-record-setting Class 8 truck orders of nearly 30,000 in July mean the industry is on track to potentially reach 325,000 Class 8 trucks this year, according to preliminary figures from two industry research groups.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Chinese Gliders Are Platforms for New American Class 7-8 Trucks

This Alkane prototype heavy tractor has a Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton UltraShift transmission. Its LNG system might be changed to easier-to-handle CNG. Photo: Alkane

Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Customers Can Customize Trucks Online

Peterbilt's online configurator allows customers to see what model they create. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.

Tags: Peterbilt, Custom Products, Class 8

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders for April Tempered from Hot Pace of Previous Four Months

FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year over year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

January Heavy-Duty Used Truck Average Price Sets Record

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks set a record in January at just over $44,000, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Net Orders Up 51%

Class 8 net orders started 2014 with a high-side surprise, up 9% month-over-month and 51% year-over-year. Classes 5-7 also got off to a good start with orders up 14% month-over-month and 33% year-over-year.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Preliminary Orders Up Y/Y

January NA Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,000 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 34,700 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Heavy-Duty Trucks, FTR

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Heavy Duty Orders Up 17%, Medium Duty Up 10%

December was the second biggest Class 8 order month since March 2006, with orders up roughly 50% month-over-month and year-over-year. Meanwhile, medium-duty December net orders fell month-over-month; but year-over-year orders were mixed, with Classes 6 to 7 rising 20% and Class 5 orders falling 16% against tough comparisons.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Orders Top 20K for Second Straight Month

Photo by Jim Park

November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders Modest, Class 5-7 Orders Up 18%

September is typically the second weakest order month of the year for Class 8, so modest activity was expected, reports ACT Research. Class 8 net orders were 19,018 units, and there also was a spike in cancellations.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, ACT Research

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

“2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve." Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner’s 122SD, Coronado’s Replacement, Enters Production

The 122SD replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as Freightliner’s “cornerstone” severe-service model.

Freightliner Trucks’ 122SD severe-duty model has gone into full production at its Santiago, Mexico, plant. The truck replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as the builder’s “cornerstone” vocational vehicle, according to Mary Aufdemberg, Freightliner’s director of product marketing.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Severe Duty, Vocational

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

April Class 8 Orders Up 36% Year-Over-Year

ACT Research said Class 8 vehicle orders in April stayed above 20,000 units for a seventh consecutive month. This total is the second highest volume of orders in 16 months, ACT stated.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Sales

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

March Class 8 Orders Not as Weak as First Glance May Appear

Preliminary numbers for March show Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly from February, but analysts are not concerned by when they see as a temporary dip.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Orders for New Trucks Pick Up Steam in February

Two separate reports show orders for new commercial trucks in North America were good through the first two months of the year.

Tags: Class 8, FTR Associates, ACT Research, Truck Sales

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