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January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in December

Class 8 truck orders rebounded while Class 5-7 orders remained strong in December, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Medium Duty Positioned for 'Modest Growth' in 2016

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Orders of medium-duty vehicles logged another healthy month in November and appear ready for "continued modest growth" in 2016, an ACT Research analyst has predicted.

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

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, IHS Automotive, Class 3, Used Truck Sales

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Westport to Advance Natural Gas Tech With Grant

Photo courtesy of Westport

The work will feature Westport's enhanced spark ignited (ESI) natural gas engine technology and demonstrate "High Frequency Corona Discharge Ignition" on an OEM partner's engine.

Tags: CNG, Westport, Southern California Gas Co., California Energy Commission, Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, State Grants

December 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New Marketing Manager

Bryan C. Allen, MFTA Marketing Manager Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has named Bryan C. Allen its new marketing manager, responsible for the company’s dealer and end-user marketing programs.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Medium-Duty Trucks, People, Marketing

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

November Truck Order Numbers Not Looking Good

Compared with last year’s record truck order numbers, the early reports for this November show dramatically decreased demand in the Class 8 segment.

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

November 30, 2015 - Product News

Hino to Offer Custom Paint Options for Conventional Trucks

Hino 238 conventional truck Photo: Hino

Hino Trucks will be offering custom color paint options for all of its conventional trucks beginning with the 2017 model year, the company has announced.

Tags: Hino, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paint

November 30, 2015 - Press Release

Harrison Truck Centers Expand Operations

Harrison Truck Centers has completed the acquisition of Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership group with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tags: Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heav-Duty Trucks

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Shows 2017 Super Duty Trucks in L.A.

Photo of 2017 Ford Super Duty F-450 Platinum by Thi Dao.

Ford gave an early glimpse of its redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, by showing a white F-450 Platinum dual-rear-wheel pickup and F-350 King Ranch.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Large Pickups

November 20, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Bring New Detroit Medium-Duty Engine Line to U.S.

“Our investment is a tangible example of how we maximize the use of our global platforms optimized for regional markets,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for trucks and buses. Photo: David Cullen

Daimler Trucks Friday announced a $375 million investment to enable production of the new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines at Detroit’s Redford, Mich., plant, and officially launched production of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.

Tags: Transmissions, Engines, Detroit, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Detroit DD5, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 19, 2015 - Product News

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches FusoFirst Support Program

FusoFirst Mobile App homescreen, as seen on a typical mobile phone.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has launched its FusoFirst product support program, aimed at providing full-service customer support for owners and operators of Mitsubishi Fuso medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Dealers, Mobile Apps

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders 'Unimpressive' in October

Photo: Yokohama Tire

Net order activity in October for new Class 8 and Class 5-7 trucks reflects the continuing slowdown in market activity, according to ACT Research Co.

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

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Iveco Eurocargo Named International Truck of the Year

Iveco's new medium-duty Eurocargo has been chosen by European commercial vehicle journalists as International Truck of the Year 2016.

Tags: Iveco, Medium-Duty Trucks, International Truck of the Year, Awards, Global

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Alkane COE Trucks Get DOT Approval

Alkane will use Foton cab-chassis from China with North American components, including a propane-fueled engine. Assembly in South Carolina is set for early 2016.

A big-block V-8 engine will burn propane and deliver diesel-like performance at lower cost, the company says.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, COE, Alkane Truck Company, Cabovers, Class 7, Alternative Fuels

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Trucks Struggling to Gain Acceptance in Calif.

Photo courtesy of ARB.

California roads have less than 500 battery electric medium- to heavy-duty trucks, partly due to the higher expense of these vehicles, according to a report on electrification of these vehicles released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

Tags: CARB, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Class 6 Trucks Oldest on Road

Photo of Hino's 258ALP Class 6 (25,500 GVW) model courtesy of Hino.

Class 6 GVW trucks now operating in commercial fleets now have an average 21.2-year lifespan due to their reliability, durability, and use in a variety of applications, IHS Automotive's commercial vehicle director told WorkTruckOnline.com.

Tags: Class 6, Truck Rental, Box Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, IHS Automotive

November 8, 2015 - Product News

Navistar Readying New Truck Lineup for 2016

As Navistar continues to make progress putting the “dark days” of its failed EPA 2010 emissions strategy behind it, it will re-brand its product lineup as it rolls out new models starting next year.

Tags: ATA MC&E, Navistar, 2016-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Photo: Ram

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

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

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Nextran Building NGV Truck Repair Shop in Atlanta

Photo of Jon Pritchett at the ground-breaking ceremony courtesy of Nextran.

Nextran Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new regional facility in Atlanta that's set to open in the middle of 2016 with a service area for repairs to natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Repairs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Repair Shops

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Offering Standard Telematics in 2017

Hino Trucks vocational truck lineup. (Photo: Hino Trucks)

Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Telogis, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Telematics

October 26, 2015 - Product News

Wabash Launches Line of Dry and Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Photo: Wabash National

Wabash is launching its first line of dry- and refrigerated-truck bodies for Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis, addressing re-urbanization and e-commerce trends.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Truck Bodies, Wabash National, Dry Van Body

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Move Toward More Sustainable Pace

There were 19,400 Class 8 truck orders booked in September, slightly down from August but coming closer to a “more sustainable pace," according to ACT Research.

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

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

EDI Offers CNG-PHEV Class 4 Truck

Courtesy of Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. has developed a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric medium-duty truck that can achieve 40 miles of all-electric range or 27 mpg gasoline equivalent when in hybrid mode.

Tags: PHEV, CALSTART, Medium-Duty Trucks, California Energy Commission, Greenkraft, CNG, Class 4, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

September 30, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Details Medium-Duty Deal with GM

The jointly engineered Class 4/5 trucks will be built in Navistar's Springfield, OH, assembly plant, starting in 2018. Photo: Dept. of Labor

The Class 4/5 trucks that will be jointly developed by Navistar and General Motors will provide opportunities for both OEMs “to gain share in markets that we have not participated in for a number of years,” said Navistar's Bill Kozek.

Tags: Chevrolet, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5, General Motors, Class 4

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