Today's Trucking

Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.


Mack enhances digital offerings with SAS, Trimble

October 30, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – Mack Trucks continues to build on its digital capabilities, most recently partnering with SAS and Trimble Transportation Enterprise. A memorandum of understanding with Trimble was announced at the American Trucking Associations’ annual management conference and exhibition, while […]


Mack offers video option, explores electrification

October 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Reports of hot Class 8 truck sales tend to focus on the on-highway market, but don’t think about trashing the opportunities being realized in the refuse segment. “It’s been a very strong year for the refuse market […]


Mack taking orders for Lytx pre-wiring

October 24, 2018 by John Smith

Mack Trucks is now taking orders for the Lytx DriveCam and Lytx Video Services pre-wire option on LR, TerraPro and Granite models – making it possible to simply plug in a Lytx event recorder. The related feeds can be used […]


Fuel performance options added to Mack OTA updates

October 17, 2018 by John Smith

Mack Trucks has expanded its over-the-air software and vehicle parameter capabilities, offering more updates for those with 2017 GHG Mack engines and factory-installed hardware. Mack Over the Air was launched in February 2017 with updates for powertrain components and vehicle […]


Westcan turns to messaging, truck choices in bid for drivers

October 12, 2018 by John Smith

EDMONTON, Alta. – Westcan Bulk Transport knows it isn’t alone in the search for drivers in the midst of a booming economy. But it’s looking for ways to recognize the all-important people who turn the wheels. Formally recognizing the fleet’s […]


Pushing 10: Mack test drive shows role of tech in fuel economy

October 11, 2018 by John Smith

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Equipment editor Jim Park has developed a new appreciation for drivers who post consistently high fuel economy numbers, especially those who push every day to crack 10 mpg (23.5 L/100km). But the trucks also deserve a good chunk of the credit.


Proof of Pick-up: Video telematics don’t miss a thing

July 27, 2018 by elizabeth

FONTANA, Calif. – Whether you’re a residential solid waste collector or you service businesses needing private pickup, you know it’s a call you’re going to get: the complaint that the trash was missed.

More than just a minor annoyance, dealing with the problem can be a hit to the bottom line with extra runs, lost productivity, or even discounts to make customers happy. And then there’s always that lingering question – was the pickup really missed, or did the customer miss putting the trash out?


Quick Spin: Reviewing the Mack LR

June 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. –When I was just four years old, my mother liked to remind me, I once told a kids’ TV show host that when I grew up I hoped to become either an astronaut or a garbageman. Talk about hedging your bets. I’ll likely never make it onto orbit, but I did finally get a drive in a garbage truck. Mack’s new LR model, actually, and it was worth the wait.


Freightliner topped Class 8 sales in February

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The surging demand for highway tractors continues to push up projections for North American truck sales this year. According to Canadian retail figures from WardsAuto, Freightliner led the way in February’s Class 8 sales, with 521 units, […]


Mack pre-wiring for Lytx

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

Mack refuse vehicles will soon be pre-wired for video telematics equipment from Lytx. The option of pre-wiring the Mack LR and TerraPro models for the Lytx DriveCam safety program and Lytx Video Services enhancement will first be offered this fall. […]


Mack unveils upgrades for LR refuse trucks

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Mack has unveiled a series of new features for its LR refuse trucks during the 2018 edition of Waste Expo. The model is getting a sliding glass window on the passenger side of the vehicle, an […]


Mack, Peterbilt showcase electric plans at Waste Expo

April 24, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Mack and Peterbilt are both offering peeks into their electric ambitions during the Waste Expo show in Las Vegas, Nev. Earlier today, Mack announced plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model with an […]


Truck World Day 1 — a video recap

April 22, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Missed Truck World 2018? Don’t worry, Equipment editor Jim Park has got you covered with a video update right from the show floor.

With a “smoking” Canadian economy being reflected in the trucking industry, business was booming and attendance was the highest seen on day one in a long time.

We’ve got your updates from Mack and Volvo, a look at the Canadian paint job on the Anthem, and so much more. Check it out!


Mack VP: Will construction labor shortage harm growth?

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– With truck order intake expected to hit near-record levels in 2018, Mack’s senior vice-president for North American sales, Jonathan Randall, is worried about who will drive all the trucks the company is building.

Speaking on the opening day of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, Randall said the construction sector is seeing record spending, lots of job growth, and correspondingly strong order intake from the sector, but he says there are a couple of potentially dampening factors on the horizon.

“There’s a shortage of labor in that sector today, or more specifically, a shortage of construction workers,” he said. “Who is going to drive all the trucks that we’re selling?”
Randall says U.S. GDP is expected to grow by 2.8% this year, and the strong economy is reflected in the strong order intake the industry is seeing this year. To says the economy is robust would probably be an understatement based on what Mack is seeing in truck orders