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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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.
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.”
Kenworth introduces K270 and K370 medium-duty cabovers
CHICAGO — Commenting on what market analysts have been speculating for months, Navistar has confirmed that it’s seriously looking at acquiring GM’s medium-duty truck business.
The brake lineup now includes wheel cylinders, calipers, thousands of other hard parts
Ford has introduced new F-650 and F-750 trucks with a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel, but the fine print says they’ll be 2016 model-year trucks, not available until spring 2015.
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.
GM shows off new LCF trucks at Expocam
Ford has introduced the Canadian market to its totally redesigned Class 6 and 7 trucks. F-650 and F-750 trucks will be introduced in mid-2015 for the 2016 model year
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The fuel economy of 2007 medium-duty truck engines has driven up owner satisfaction compared with that of the 2006 model-year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Customer Satisfaction Study.