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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 […]

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Peterbilt builds 1 millionth truck

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

DENTON, TX – Peterbilt has now built 1 million trucks, with a Model 567 Heritage model rolling off the assembly line at its manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas. “The production of one million trucks is a proud moment,” said Kyle […]

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Class 8 truck orders remain strong

January 5, 2018 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – North America’s Class 8 truck orders pushed passed 30,000 units for the third month in a row this December – reaching 37,200 units – and totalling about 290,000 truck orders for the year, FTR says.

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Mullen sets $40 million capital budget

December 14, 2017 by John Smith

OKTOKS, AB – Mullen Group has established a $40 million capital budget for 2018, setting aside $30 million of that to replace trucks, trailers, and specialized equipment in the trucking and logistics segment.

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Tight equipment supply at Edmonton auction

December 13, 2017 by John Smith

EDMONTON, AB – Ritchie Bros.’ Edmonton auction house sold $553 million in equipment this year, dropping the hammer last week on the sixth and final sale of 2017.
“Online and onsite bidders were eager to snatch up equipment for winter work, resulting in strong pricing both days of the auction last week,” said Trent Vandenberghe, sales director. “We continue to see relatively tight equipment supply as many companies are hanging on to surplus equipment in anticipation of upcoming projects. This continues to result in higher demand at our auctions and an uptick in pricing across many equipment categories.”
More than 4,500 pieces of equipment and trucks were sold for $66 million at the most recent auction, which attracted more than 7,850 bidders. About 5,850 of the bidders were online, and secured 71% of the available equipment.

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Mack Anthem debuts in Mexico

November 16, 2017 by John Smith

GUADALAJARA, MX – Mexico had its first taste of Mack’s Anthem highway tractor on Tuesday, completing the truck’s North American rollout with an unveiling at the Expo Transporte trade show.
Buyers in the country will also have access to more places to find the trucks and service alike. The Trasca dealership group has officially added 18 new locations to Mack’s network. And in the first quarter of 2018, the Original Equipment Manufacturer will begin sending trucks into markets further to the south, including Central America, the Caribbean, Columbia, and Argentina.
“Mack is in Mexico and is here to stay,” said Eduardo Herrera, vice president – Latin America, when revealing the truck he referred to as the best Mack has ever launched in the on-road marketplace. The model replaces the axle-back version of the Pinnacle tractor.
Mexico’s Anthems will include one significant difference when compared to their counterparts in Canada and the U.S., however. Because of different emissions rules in the jurisdiction, the standard power offering will be a Euro 4-rated Mack MP engine. The fuel-saving GHG17 MP8 engine will be an option, but approved only where Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and Diesel Exhaust Fluid are available.
“Built with Mack’s legendary durability and our latest innovations to improve fuel efficiency and productivity, the Mack Anthem is designed to meet the needs of our Mexican customers,” said Mack president Dennis Slagle in a related release. “We’re confident that these features, along with the new standard of driver comfort delivered by the Mack Anthem, will help boost Mack’s presence in the important Mexican market.”

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Volvo expands in Mexico, predicts growing Nam market

November 16, 2017 by John Smith

GUADALAJARA, MX – Volvo’s “shape of trucks to come” has come to Mexico, with the official unveiling of the VNL long-haul tractor, VNR regional hauler, and an expanded VAH auto hauler lineup.
It’s a significant expansion of Volvo offerings available in the country, which had previously been limited to the VNL long-haul trucks.
“Mexico is a very important market for us globally,” said Magnus Koeck, vice president – marketing and brand management, comparing the market’s size to that of Canada, with 25,000 to 27,000 in annual sales placing Mexico among the largest truck markets in the world.
Volvo now has a presence in 140 countries overall, with manufacturing capabilities on every continent. The North American models will be built in Dublin, Virginia.
There will be more trucks to manufacture, too. Volvo now projects North America’s Class 8 market to reach 260,000 units next year, compared to 235,000 in 2017. That could even be a conservative number, Koeck added, noting that some analysts are predicting as many as 309,000 units. “We will see if that will hold.”
Buyers around Mexico City will also have easier access to the trucks, through Grupo Alden’s addition to the dealership network following a US $6 million investment. Volvo now has 43 dealer locations in Mexico overall.

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Navistar increasing market share, prices

October 24, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Citing rising commodity prices, Navistar has announced that it will raise truck prices by up to 2% in the coming year.

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Mack eyes growing linehaul market

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Mack secured a spot in the market for linehaul trucks through the recent release of its Anthem tractor, and the company believes the overall market for such trucks is also on the rise.