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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 CABOVERS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Kenworth introduces K270 and K370 medium-duty cabovers

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Navistar on verge of buying GM truck unit

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

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.

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ABEX MEDIUM-DUTY LINE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The brake lineup now includes wheel cylinders, calipers, thousands of other hard parts

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Ford’s F650 and F750

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

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.

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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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THE 2008 GMC W-SERIES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

GM shows off new LCF trucks at Expocam

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Ford Redesigns Class 6/7 Trucks

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

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

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Fuel economy drives buyer satisfaction

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

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.