Today's Trucking

Duty Calls: Bodies and equipment key to medium-duty spec’s

May 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all in the medium-duty truck domain. You can install a body of any description on just about any chassis, provided it is compatible and engineered for the purpose. Users of the equipment range from landscapers with dump boxes to mobile heavy-duty service technicians with service bodies, and tow truck operators with the flatbeds or cradle snatcher bodies, or utility companies with cranes and booms. We probably missed a few hundred applications in there, too. It’s a busy sector.


Isuzu engine durability

March 28, 2017 by John Smith

Isuzu has increased the B10 rating of its 4HK1-TC diesel engine to about 600,000 kilometers. This is the point where 10% of engines would require a major repair or rebuild. The previous B10 ratings were at 500,000 kilometers. The turbocharged, […]


Detroit DD8 engine builds on medium-duty lineup

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled the new Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine aimed at the vocational truck market, building on the medium-duty platform introduced last year with the DD5.


Bendix Wingman comes to Kenworth medium-duty

October 2, 2016 by John Smith

Kenworth will add the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation system as an option on its medium-duty Kenworth T270 and T370 trucks.


Medium-Duty Retread

July 20, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Michelin’s new MD XDN2 Pre-Mold retread delivers mileage and traction for regional, medium-duty delivery vehicles


IN PRINT: Urban Renewal — The latest in MD trucks

July 8, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — We who normally dwell in the realm of the heavy Class 8 trucks are used to long spec’ sheets, often drilling down to the type of fasteners used to attach components to the truck. The medium-duty crowd prefer to a buy an almost off-the-shelf truck and then get to work with it, satisfied that the OEM -engineers have designed it for their application.


KW Cabovers Ready to Order

April 25, 2016 by Martin Smith

The new Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers are now available for order. They feature extensive exterior and interior enhancements, like a new dash and gauge cluster


December Truck Orders Post Strong Rebound

January 6, 2016 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON and COLUMBUS, IN – Two new and separate preliminary reports show truck orders spiked in the final month of 2015 following a disappointing November.


Big Rig Orders Plummet, Medium-Duty Remains Solid

December 3, 2015 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON and COLUMBUS, IN – Two new, preliminary reports have been issued when it comes to new big-rig orders and no matter how you slice them they show huge drops while the smaller side of trucking continues at a good pace.


N.A. Big Rig Sales Cool, Still Strong; Medium Duty Jumps

October 23, 2015 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON, COLUMBUS, IN — Two new reports show orders for big rigs in North America have eased a bit as the year gets closer to the end while a separate data shows sales of natural gas powered trucks in the U.S. are down this year from 2015.


GM, Navistar Sign Medium-Duty Truck Agreement

October 1, 2015 by sehui

DETROIT and LISLE, IL — General Motors Co. (GM) and Navistar announced Wednesday they have reached a long-term agreement to develop and assemble future medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4/5 commercial vehicles. According to a news release, the alliance allows Navistar to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio. The future products will be jointly developed using Navistar’s expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities, and GM’s commercial components and engines. The vehicles are slated for production in 2018. GM offered medium-duty trucks for decades before getting out of the business in 2009 in the midst of its bankruptcy reorganization and the recession. That decision followed the death of a deal for Navistar to buy GM’s medium-duty business.


Rumors of New Truck See Navistar Share Price Jump

July 2, 2015 by Peter Carter

LISLE, IN — The share price of Navistar Trucks jumped more than two percent to $22.63 Tuesday, a jump some analysts attribute to rumors of a new partnership between General Motors and Navistar to produce a new medium-duty line of GM trucks. A spokesman for Navistar told the company won’t comment on rumors and speculation. “Navistar has made no announcements and has no information to share,” he said.General Motors also announced earlier this month an agreement with Isuzu to sell a low-cab-forward Chev for sale in the U.S. but made by Isuzu. The six new models – the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – are based on the Isuzu N-Series.

In an article in the Detroit Free Press, GM Vice President of U.S. Fleet and Commercial Services Ed Peper comments: “Bringing low cab-forward trucks back to our portfolio strengthens Chevrolet’s commitment to providing commercial customers with more choices and provides customers with a versatile lineup of trucks, vans and crossovers.”


Midrange NG Engine Unveiled

May 12, 2015 by Rolf Lockwood

The Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G model is a factory-built medium-duty engine mainly for medium-duty truck and school bus applications


2015 Medium Duty Roundup

January 26, 2015 by Allan Janssen

The next generation of running-around-town trucks will deliver a load of innovations, including fuel-saving transmissions; aerodynamic design and in at least one case, “customerization.”


Class 8 Truck Orders Hit Fifth Best Month Ever This Nov.

December 3, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

COLUMBUS, IN – North American truckers ordered 583,200 Class 5 -to-8 vehicles over the past 12 months, making the past 12-month period the strongest since December 2006, according to industry data.