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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 […]

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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.