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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.

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Kenworth projects strong vocational market

July 26, 2017 by John Smith

RENTON, WA — The first half of 2017 has been good to the trucking industry, and to the vocational market in particular, and going into the second half of the year the underlying economic fundamentals look equally promising. That’s the view from Renton, Washington, where Paccar vice president and Kenworth general manager Mike Dozier addressed reporters at a press event on Friday, July 21.

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New truck show all about business

July 24, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) won’t look like other trucking events across the U.S. when the doors open from September 25-28. There will be no recruiting pavilion; no show and shine competition. Not even drivers walking the halls. But when the inaugural event opens in Atlanta, Georgia, it will feature an undeniable focus on the business of trucking.

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Truck market has bottomed out: Volvo chief

July 12, 2017 by John Smith

DUBLIN, VA – Volvo Trucks has set an ambitious target for itself – to be nothing less than “Number 1” in the world. “It doesn’t necessarily mean we want to be the biggest,” said Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson, during the launch of the company’s new VNL long-haul tractor. “We want our customers to make more money and be more successful.” That said, Volvo is clearly on a growth curve. Globally it now has 2,000 dealers and shops – 420 of which are in North America – and sells models in more than 190 countries. “Our dealers truly believe in the future,” adds Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. About US$600 million has been invested in the manufacturer’s North American dealer network since 2010, adding 65 new locations and increasing service bay activities by 51%.

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Volvo plants flag in regional market

June 1, 2017 by John Smith

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The market for Class 8 trucks continues to transform, with long haul units accounting for a shrinking share of sales, but Volvo Trucks North America is facing the shift head on with its new VNR regional tractors.

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Medium truck orders hit nine-year high: ACT

April 6, 2017 by John Smith

COLUMBUS, IN – Net orders for Class 5-8 trucks reached a 16-month high of 47,300 units in March, and represented the biggest month for medium-duty truck orders in nine years, preliminary numbers from ACT Research show.

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Mack’s bulldog bullish on economy

March 23, 2017 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY – Mack Trucks has added to the chorus of positive economic news presented during this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Suppliers predict growing truck market

March 23, 2017 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY – What a difference a few months can make. Earlier this year, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems was projecting Class 8 truck sales would drop about 5-10%. Now it’s projecting the market will grow about 5%.

“Overall, I think the economy has turned for us in the trucking industry,” chairman Joe McAleese observed, citing growing truck orders and dropping cancellations. Truck tonnage and utilization are both seen as under control.

It was a theme repeated during briefings during the Mid-America Trucking Show’s media day.

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Peterbilt targets 15% market share

March 23, 2017 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY – Peterbilt produced 36,000 trucks in 2016, marking its fourth-highest production year on record. But it wants more in 2017. Specifically, the target is more market share.