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Class 8 sales continue surge

August 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Monthly North American Class 8 truck orders hit an all-time high of 52,250 units this July, surpassing the previous record of 52,194 set in March 2006, FTR says. And fleets are clearly desperate to get new trucks. […]

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‘It’s the dream job,’ says Mack’s top dog

August 21, 2018 by John Smith

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Martin Weissburg has not been the top dog at Mack Trucks for very long. He was named president June 1, succeeding Dennis Slagle who had been in the role since 2008. But Volvo Group’s senior-most executive in North America is no stranger to boardroom tables in the trucking industry.

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Canada’s truck sales remain robust

July 20, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canadian truck sales remain strong, with 13,157 Class 8 units sold as of the end of May, WardsAuto reports in its most recent statistics. That compares to 88,674 trucks sold in the U.S.

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Canadian sales surged in April: WardsAuto

June 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – North American orders for Class 8 trucks surged to 34,735 units in April – and Canada played a big role.

This was the only market to experience a month-over-month gain, and the 5,815 units booked represented the country’s largest monthly order intake since early 2006, said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst for ACT Research. “The heavier end of the medium-duty market continues to outperform the lighter end, with Class 5 orders in April improving 4$ year to date, and the Classes 6-7 April orders bringing that segment’s year-to-date rise to 37%.”

Freightliner led April’s Class 6, 7 and 8 sales with a respective 52, 170 and 931 trucks sold in Canada, according to stats provided by WardsAuto. But year to date, Freightliner still trailed International’s 514 Class 7 trucks and Hino’s 165 Class 6 units. Ford topped the month’s Class 5 sales at 429 units.

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Updated: ‘An excellent position to set records’: Peterbilt GM

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Peterbilt general manager Jason Skoog is understandably bullish about the state of North America’s truck market.

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Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” […]

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Volvo building share in hot truck market

May 18, 2018 by John Smith

NEWPORT, R.I. – Per Carlsson has been here before. The global senior vice-president of Volvo Trucks’ strategy and transformation office was president of Volvo Trucks North America from 2008-09, and now he finds himself serving as interim president to fill a role vacated by Goran Nyberg, who has taken a senior position at Volkswagen’s MAN Truck and Bus business unit.

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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, […]

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Freightliner led January sales

March 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Freightliner was the clear truck sales leader this January, moving 676 Class 8 trucks in Canada, figures supplied by WardsAuto show. The brand also held the top market share in Class 7, selling 212 units. Even in Class 6, it led the way with 80 Canadian sales. Dip down to Class 5, though, and Ford held the top spot with 156 trucks.

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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

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Truck sales projections face ‘upward pressure’: Randall

March 23, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mack Trucks continues to show confidence in North America’s truck market, identifying upward pressure on current projections for 280,000 Class 8 truck sales this year. “There’s significant upward pressure,” says senior vice-president of sales and marketing Jonathan Randall.

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Growth hopes hinge on driver availability: survey

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The economy is booming, truck capacity is tightening, and analysts are predicting a strong year for 2018. So is this the right time to expand your business? In March’s Pulse reader survey, we asked readers for their […]

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Canadian truck sales were strong in ’17

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — North America’s Class 8 truck sales closed out 2017 on a three-year high, thanks largely to tighter capacity in the freight market south of the border. Here in Canada, Freightliner dominated Class 8 sales for the year, […]

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Trucking is growing, but watch NAFTA and driver shortage

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trucking activity is surging thanks to an array of economic factors in the U.S., but there would be a steep price to pay if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on threats to pull out of NAFTA. “NAFTA trade via truck supports over 46,000 jobs in our industry, including nearly 31,000 truck driver jobs,” the ATA’s Bob Costello observed during Omnitracs’ fourth-annual Outlook conference.

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Retail sales strong in November

February 5, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — Truck sales have been gathering steam in recent months, and the year to come looks even stronger. Navistar recently reported that it returned to profitability in 2017, with a spike in fourth quarter revenue that was largely […]