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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.

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Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.

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NACV Show heralded as ‘big hit’

October 4, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA — The inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) is being heralded as a success after drawing thousands of unique visitors during the four-day event in Atlanta, Georgia.

Co-organized by Hannover Fairs USA and Newcom, the September 25-28 event hosted 439 exhibitors and featured 370,000 square feet of sold-out exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“The NACV Show’s B2B concept was a real hit with our attendees who gave us high marks for launching such a global showcase,” said Larry Turner, president and Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Fairs USA.

“We are happy with the results,” added Joe Glionna, president of Newcom, which also publishes Today’s Trucking among other titles. “A lot of things worked …

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Canada truck market ‘particularly robust’: FTR

October 4, 2017 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Class 8 truck sales continued to recover in September, reaching 22,100 units overall. That’s up 7% compared to the previous month, and 62% above a year ago.

Those order volumes meet expectations, and Canadian orders were “particularly robust” as fleets benefit from a strong economy, say the analysts at FTR.

North American Class 8 orders reached 239,000 units in the past 12 months.

“The recovery in the Class 8 market is building, and we saw that with the orders through the summer. Order totals never got that low and followed cyclical trends,” said Don Ake, vice president – commercial vehicles at FTR.

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Mack bulldoggish about economy, truck market

September 26, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Mack Trucks is bullish on the state of the truck market and overall economy. Maybe bulldoggish would be a better choice of words given the trademark dogs mounted on the hood of its trucks.

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Class 8 truck sales continue surge

September 11, 2017 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – North American Class 8 truck orders this August were 50% better than a year ago, and 14% above July totals, analysts at FTR report.
“Orders were up for the third straight month, and it looks like May’s 16,500 orders will be the low point for the year. Orders are expected to increase in September, leading into robust order activity in Q4,” said Don Ake, FTR’s vice president of commercial vehicles.
The numbers are in keeping with expectations and should help to fill remaining 2017 build slots, FTR concludes. It’s the best August order performance since 2014.
In the past 12 months, North American Class 8 orders have reached 231,000 units.

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Class 8 sales continue rebound: FTR

August 3, 2017 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – North America’s Class 8 truck orders continue to improve, reaching 18,300 units in July – up 5% over the previous month and 79% above numbers seen a year ago.