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November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Screen shot from Tesla's live feed unveiling its electric semi.

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 15, 2017 - Global News

Daimler Introduces Pair of Mexico-Specific Cabover Trucks

A jungle-cat motif 2528. Photo: David Cullen

The rollout of two new market-specific cabover trucks in Mexico exemplifies Daimler Trucks overarching strategy of acting globally but thinking locally.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, Class 8, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Global

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Anthem Makes Mexican Debut

Photo: Jim Park<br />

Mack’s newest on-highway model, the Anthem, was introduced to Mexican truckers and journalists at the 2107 Expo Transporte show here in Guadalajara.

Tags: Mexico, Class 8, Mack Trucks, New Vehicles, Anthem, Global

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Surged in October

Class 8 truck orders in October surged significantly from the previous month as the Fall ordering push began, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Strong Production Reduces Class 8 Backlogs

Strong Class 8 production in the Month of September has impacted the backlog and build rate, according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Hino to Move Into North American Heavy-Duty Market

Davey Jung, Executive Vice President, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. answers questions for the media at a press conference in West Virginia. Photo: Hino Trucks

Hino announced that it plans to produce a new line of Class 7 and 8 trucks at a new truck assembly plant in West Virginia, starting in 2019.

Tags: Class 8, New Facility, Vehicle Manufacturing, Hino Trucks

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

International Announces LoneStar Upgrades Ahead of NACV Show

The newly upgraded International LoneStar is now available with the Cummins X15 engine as an option. Photo: International

International said it has upgraded its flagship LoneStar Class 8 tractors to improve driver comfort and safety while boosting fuel economy.

Tags: International Trucks, LoneStar, Class 8, NACV Show, Navistar

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Maintain Momentum

Class 8 truck orders continued to climb steadily in August, while medium-duty truck orders have stagnated a little, according to preliminary numbers from transportation analysts FTR and ACT Research.

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

August 20, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Production Increased in July

Photo: Mack

North American Class 8 and medium-duty vehicle production increased in the month of July, boosted by strong order numbers, according to a report from ACT Research.

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

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Hold Firm in July

According to J.D. Powers, the average sleeper tractor retailed last month was 74 months old, had 443,714 miles and sold for $47,728. Photo: Evan Lockridge

J.D. Powers analysts found prices for used trucks remain high as volume levels dropped, while retail prices continue to hold steady as well.

Tags: J.D. Power, Class 8, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Vehicle Values

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

July 11, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Unveils Next-Generation VNL Highway Tractor

Volvo says it relied on feedback from nearly 2,000 driver interviews in designing the new VNL. Photo: Jack Roberts.

Volvo Trucks North America Tuesday revealed its new Volvo VNL series highway tractor, available in several configurations, including an all-new, 70-inch sleeper. And for the first time, Volvo’s top-of-the-line Globetrotter trim levels will be available in North America. Jack Roberts was there for the unveiling and has this report.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Volvo VNL

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Fall for the Quarter, Up Big from Last Year

Truck orders in the heavy- and medium-duty segments fell in the second quarter of 2017, but are still much higher than they were a year ago, according to a report from ACT Research.

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

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit 7-Month Low

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are projected at 38,100 units combined in May, dropping 11% from the previous month, according to ACT Research.

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

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Demo Begins of BYD Electric Yard Truck

Photo courtesy of BYD Trucks.

BYD, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the vast regional transportation infrastructure in the New York City area, will demo a battery-electric BYD Class 8 yard truck for the next several weeks.

Tags: Class 8, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Port of New York and New Jersey, Electric Trucks, BYD Company Limited, Yard Trucks

March 27, 2017 - Industry News

Optimism Spurs Increased Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Predictions

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

There was a sense of optimism in the air at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. As truck makers and suppliers made their presentations to the trucking press, many said thanks to solid economic indicators, truck orders are higher than they would have predicted just three to six months ago.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Sales, MATS

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Reflect Rebounding Market

Class 8 truck orders hit a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, rebounding from poor 2016 numbers for the second and third quarter, according to ACT Research.

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

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Hit 13-Month High in January

With the preliminary numbers rolling in from ACT Research and FTR, it is looking like January was a banner month for both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders.

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

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Puts New Cascadia into Production

Photo: Freightliner

Freightliner Trucks has begun production of its new Cascadia tractor, starting with 126-inch BBC Day Cab and 72-inch Raised Roof Sleeper Cab models.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Sales Expected to Stabilize Commercial Market in 2017

The commercial vehicle market in 2016 was a tug of war between gaining medium-duty and declining heavy-duty sales, according to IHS Markit. Next year, medium-duty sales may be high enough to offset those losses.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicle Sales, IHS Automotive

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

December Heavy Truck Orders Hit 6-Month High

North American Class 8 retail sales rose to a six-month high of 21,281 units and Classes 5-7 had another banner year, according to ACT Research.

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

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Adds Standard Tech, Safety System to Rental Fleet

Penske has ordered more than 2,000 commercial semi-trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, and Navistar with the new spec. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.

Tags: Class 8, Penske, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Rental, Collision Avoidance Technology

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