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October 12, 2010

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

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.

August 18, 2010

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

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

July 19, 2010

Pickups Update: Sales Pick Up With Economic Recovery

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

March 17, 2010

OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

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

December 18, 2009

Class 6-7 Update: Changing Faces

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

November 30, 2009

Class 3-5 Update: Model Year Mash-up

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

November 10, 2009

Pickups Update: Engine Advances Up Fuel Economy

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

October 2, 2009

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

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

October 2, 2009

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

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

October 1, 2009

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

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

June 8, 2009

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

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

June 8, 2009

Cargo Van Roundup

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

June 8, 2009

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

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

June 8, 2009

Class 1-2 Roundup

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

June 8, 2009

Class 2-5 Roundup: Industry Marking Time

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

May 26, 2009

Future is Green at NTEA

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

May 18, 2009

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

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.

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