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March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Commercial Vans, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Daimler Vans USA, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Adds Diesel Engine to N-Series Cabovers

Isuzu NPR-XD. Photo via Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

Production has started on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's line of 2015 and 2016 N-Series diesel models, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, EPA, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Diesel Engines

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

International Upgrades Truck and Body Electronics

International's Diamond Logic electrical system. Photo: International Trucks

International Truck announced a new body control module designed to deliver six times faster processing speeds for truck and body electronics at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Technology, Work Truck Show, Vehicle Electronics, International Trucks, Diamond Logic, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Adds Class 4 Cabover to Lineup

The Hino Model 155 at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Tom Berg

Hino Trucks announced the Class 4 cabover Model 155 at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, broadening its product lineup to Class 4 through Class 7.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks, Cabovers, Class 4, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA

February 26, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty

Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers

Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

Tags: Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paccar Financial, Kenworth

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Show Continued Strength in January

Class 8 truck orders orders were booked above a 400,000-unit seasonal rate in January for the fourth month in a row, according to ACT Research.

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

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Announces Medium Duty Dealer of the Year

Kari Rihm recieving the Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award from Kenworth. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

For the third time in four years, Kenworth named Rihm Kenworth the company’s Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Adding Truck Side Guards to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists

Photo of truck side guards courtesy of New York City.

New York City will begin adding side guards to 240 of its medium-duty trucks that will prevent a pedestrian or cyclist from being caught under a vehicle during a collision, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

Tags: New York City, Pedestrian Safety, Refuse Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Details Post-Turnaround Plans

Photo of International DuraStar reefer truck courtesy of Navistar.

Top executives of Navistar detailed how the manufacturer will build on the ground it gained in the past two years and gave a five-year plan for the future at the company's analyst day, hosted at Navistar headquarters.

Tags: Navistar, EPA 2010, SCR, Equity Markets, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Lightning Hybrids' Hydraulic-Hybrid System Patented

Photo: Lightning Hybrids

Lightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, announced it has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

Tags: Hydraulic Hybrid, Brakes, Lightning Hybrids, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Strong But Fall Below December Numbers

Class 8 truck orders remained strong in January, with preliminary numbers coming in at around 35,000 units – an increase from January 2014 but falling below 40,000 units for the first time in three months.

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

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

Tags: Class 7, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, Freightliner S2G, Delivery Fleets

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

Declining fuel prices has reduced the attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrains in commercial vehicles, yet the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise for these systems.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Frost & Sullivan, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders up More Than 40 Percent Year over Year

Photo: Jim Park

Class 8 truck orders in 2014 were up 42% over 2013, with 380,200 net orders being placed last year, according to data from ACT Research. Class 5-7 truck orders also performed well, selling 223,250 units.

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

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Older Medium-Duty Diesels Face New Calif. Regs

California fleets who use medium-duty diesel trucks older than 20 years may have to replace these Class 4-6 vehicles under a set of new regulations going into effect this year.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Diesel Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Class 5-8 Orders Averaged 50,000 per Month Last Year

Demand for commercial vehicles remained healthy in December, as 65,700 total heavy- and medium-duty trucks were ordered, according to the latest projections from ACT Research.

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

January 1, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Recalls International WorkStar for Headlights

Photo of International WorkStar courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar is recalling 498 2013-2015 model-year International WorkStar trucks for faulty headlights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Tags: Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, Utility Fleets, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, International WorkStar, NHTSA

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Recalls Class 6 Trucks for Parking Brakes

Photo of the Hino 268 truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 8,140 2005-2015 model-year ND8J, NE8J and NF8J trucks because their parking brakes may not function properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Tags: Recalls, 2005-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Boom Movement

Altec is a leading provider of aerial devices. Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec’s action affects 1,857 devices that may have a faulty hydraulic pressure transducer.

Tags: Recalls, Altec Industries, Aerial Devices, NHTSA, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

November Class 5-7 Orders Fall Sharply

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.

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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Orders Remain Strong in November

Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.

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

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 6-7 Sales Slide After Mileage Spike

Photo of Coors Light beverage truck using a Freightliner M2 chassis.

An increase in average odometer mileage has pushed used classes 6-7 truck prices lower this year compared to last year to date as prices and volume have fallen from 2013 levels that marked a post-recession high-water mark.

Tags: Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Truck Sales, ACT Research

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