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Small trucks can present big maintenance challenges

May 21, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Don’t let the size of a truck fool you. Medium-duty trucks are dwarfed by their Class 8 counterparts, but such equipment can present some of the biggest challenges for a repair facility.

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Don’t discount propane in the search for alternative fuels

May 9, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Diesel and gasoline are clearly the most common fuels used by Canadian trucks, but many people might be surprised to discover that the third most widely used transportation fuel is something other than natural gas. It’s propane.

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Multi-purpose trucks deliver the energy

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Every truck consumes energy when traveling from one destination to the next. But when work trucks arrive on the job site, many of the vehicles also double as powerful tools of the trade. Even when the business […]

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Be specific when spec’ing medium-duty trucks

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Determining how to build a commercial vehicle is always a challenge, but medium-duty trucks add unique layers to the decisions. The equipment is often asked to do more than carry cargo, after all. Think of these trucks […]

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2021: The Medium-Duty Emissions Odyssey

May 8, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The next round of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations is due in 2021, but the model year of trucks affected by the rule will actually hit the road about two years from now. And while fleets that operate Class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks are already losing sleep over the rule, a significant share of the population operating medium-duty trucks doesn’t even know these rules exist.

They’re the kinds of trucks operated by businesspeople and contractors who sees vehicle as a tool for some other business. Think electricians, landscapers, bakers, and plumbers. Their passion is their business, not the truck they use.

“Back when the 2007 and 2010, soot and NOx emissions rules kicked in. We had to educate our customers on those changes, as dramatic as they were,” says Brian Tabel, executive director of marketing for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Most of them didn’t know the change was in place, but they sure noticed the price jump between 2006 and 2010 [Model Year] trucks. Customers that had bought pre-emissions 2006 trucks and were shopping for another one in 2010 were shocked. They were mostly utterly unaware of the changes that had occurred over the past 10 years.”

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LED headlamp for medium-duty

December 14, 2017 by John Smith

Truck-Lite’s Roadmax LED headlight system is now available as a factory option on new Freightliner M2 Model 106 and 112 trucks, and the Thomas Built C2 bus – and can be retrofitted on previous generations.

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North American Truck Orders Post April Decline

May 6, 2015 by sehui

COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN — Orders for new heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks in North America both hit the skids a little bit, but it’s no cause for alarm. During April, 39,700 Class 5 through Class 8 truck orders were booked, down 6% compared the April 2014, according to preliminary numbers from the commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.
Actual numbers will be published in mid-May. “While the order volume represents a fairly sharp deceleration from the 50,000 units-plus order months experienced from October to February, the pullback is a reflection of already large backlogs as well as a paucity of build slots remaining in 2015,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst. “This month’s net orders were not a surprise, considering that the calendar is moving away from peak order season.”

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Mid-range demand fading; Hino ranks highest in survey

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The number of commercial truck buyers intending to purchase or lease new medium-duty trucks within the next 12 months has reached its lowest level since 2002.

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KW MIDRANGE VAN BODIES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

One-stop medium-duty body shopping at Kenworth dealerships.

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BEARINGS, SEALS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

SKF’s new catalog for light/medium-duty applications

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US, Canada Did the Heavy Lifting For Class 8 Orders

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

COLUMBUS, IN – Class 8 truck orders doubled in December 2013 from both the month and the year before, making it the second biggest Class 8 order month since March 2006.

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MIDRANGE WINDMASTER

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Horton introduces plastic MS9 fans for medium-duty applications.

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BODY-BUILDER MANUAL

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Kenworth’s 2009 Medium Duty Body Builders Manual includes hybrids for first time

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Crash Stats Skewed Against Big Trucks

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ATLANTA, GA – The number of heavy-duty truck crashes in the U.S. decreased by a factor of about 24 percent between 2000 and 2010.

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MEDIUM-DUTY REPAIRS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Snap-on’s ‘Shopkey5 Medium Truck’ PC-based shop tool.