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October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 14, 2014 - Product News

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Medium-Duty Engines Coming from Detroit

SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will offer Detroit medium-duty engines beginning in 2016, and that itss entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, ATA MC&E, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Healthy Demand Overall for Trucks in September

Demand for commercial vehicle sales in September was up 21% from a year ago according to the latest report from ACT Research.

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

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Westport Innovations

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Engine Protection System Available on Fuso Canter

Mitsubishi Fuso Canter with EPS.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has made an engine protection system standard on all 2015 Canter models and is available as a no-cost upgrade for 2012-14 Canter FE and FG Series work trucks.

Tags: Canter, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Fleets, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Tags: Ram Truck, Speed Limiter, Ram Chassis Cab, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4, Class 5, Ambulances

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Efficiency

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Second Quarter Truck Registrations Highest In 7 Years

New registrations in the U.S. for Class 3 through Class 8 vehicles for the first half of 2014 totaled 310,718, an increase of 12.3% over the first half of 2013, according to a new report from Polk / IHS.

Tags: Canada, Commercial Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive, Polk, Medium-Duty 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 15, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOE Awards $55M for EV Development

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $55 million to projects expected to advance battery-electric vehicle technology and adaption for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Chrysler, Ford, Transmissions, U.S. Department of Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Says it's First to Meet CARB Low-Emission Standards in Medium-Duty Vehicle

Cummins announced that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board, meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, California, Ram, California Air Resources Board, Engines

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 4, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Values Continuing Slide

Graphic: Black Book

Values for heavy-duty truck are falling at a slower rate while those for medium-duty models are remaining fairly consistent, according to new figures from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Eyes 40% Vocational Market Share by 2015

Richard Howard, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, left, and David Hames, DTNA general manager, marketing and strategy, gave attendees a look into the company's plans for 2014 and beyond. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America mapped out its goals in the Class 6,7, and 8 markets, as well as its goal to increase the company's market share in the vocational market at its annual press event in Northern California.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vocational, Daimler Trucks North America

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

International DuraStar, WorkStar Get 9.3-Liter SCR Diesels

Navistar has started customer shipments of its International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with the company's 9.3-liter diesels fitted with selective catalytic reduction emissions-aftertreatment equipment.

Tags: SCR, MaxxForce, Fuel Economy, N9, N10, Navistar, Vocational, Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Power Solutions Receives EPA Certification for 8.8-Liter Engine

Alternative-fueled engine maker Power Solutions International has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company's 8.8-liter propane and natural gas fueled engine can be used for on-highway applications.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Engines, Power Solutions International

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Introduces NPR-XD Diesel Truck

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America recently announced the addition of the NPR-XD to its to its N-Series diesel trucks line-up.

Tags: Diesel, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, Medium-Duty Trucks, Engines

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck, Trailer Wholesale Prices Generally Lower

Click to enlarge. Graphic: Black Book

The medium-duty truck market continues its downward trend as wholesale prices continue to decline, according to new figures released from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

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

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth's Refreshed Cabovers Now Available

Photo of K370 courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth has refreshed its K270 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover trucks with an updated exterior, dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Class 6, Class 7

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrating 30th Anniversary in U.S. Market With Restored First Truck

The first Isuzu to be sold in the U.S. was featured in the company's first issue of its magazine.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America this year is celebrating with a restoration of the very first Isuzu ever sold in this country.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Company Anniversaries, Low Cab Forward

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles Getting $42 Million Investment, Production to Resume

Following recent reports it suspended production, a producer of all-electric medium commercial vehicles, Smith Electric, has secured a $42 million investment so it can resume operations.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Updates Eligible Vehicles for Alternative Fueled Truck Voucher Program

New York has updated its list of trucks that are eligible under its Voucher Incentive Program, a $19 million “first come, first served” program that aims to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and diesel emission control devices for medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in the state.

Tags: Emissions, Hino, New York, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Emissions Reduction, Daimler Trucks North America

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