Today's Trucking


Trucking’s Newsmakers of 2018

December 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A new year is on the horizon. Given that, we thought it was a good time to choose the trucking industry’s Top 10 Newsmakers of 2018.


Canadian Class 8 truck sales reached 3,225 units in October

December 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Class 8 truck orders fell sharply this November to 27,500 units – marking the end of five consecutive months above 40,000 units, FTR reports. It was the weakest month since September 2017. But FTR says the drop […]


Volvo enjoys record pace in truck market

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve says truck sales continue to ride a “very, very good wave”, and projects North American Class 8 sales could push marginally above 300,000 units this year. “The strength will continue […]


‘No reason to worry’ about slowing economy: Costello

October 30, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – Bob Costello, the chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, is confident that the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history will continue – despite some signs of softening in recent months. “There’s no reason to worry,” he […]


Daimler forecasts 440,000 Class 6-8 trucks

October 30, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas — Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Truck North America, discussed electrification, autonomy, the state of the economy and the supply chain during a round table at the American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas.


‘Canada has gone fantastic,’ says Volvo exec

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – As Volvo Trucks expands its market share around the world, some of the biggest gains in North America appear to have been realized in Canada. “It’s exciting times,” said Peter Voorhoeve, recently named president of Volvo Trucks North America.


Mack offers video option, explores electrification

October 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Reports of hot Class 8 truck sales tend to focus on the on-highway market, but don’t think about trashing the opportunities being realized in the refuse segment. “It’s been a very strong year for the refuse market […]


Freightliner leads Class 8 sales

October 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Truck orders continue their record-breaking pace this year, with the analysts at FTR expecting North American Class 8 truck production to reach 315,000 units in 2018. Next year the numbers are expected to reach 340,000 units. And recent truck sales figures from WardsAuto reinforce the promise of a record-setting pace.


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. […]


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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

June 8, 2018 John G. 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?” […]


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.