LOUISVILLE, KY – Air disc brakes appear to be gaining ground on their drum-based counterparts, and their stopping power has a role to play in emerging automation options like platooning trucks, according to Bendix officials.
WASHINGTON, DC – Propane autogas vehicle sales were up about 8% last year, even as diesel prices remained relatively stable.
COLUMBUS, IN – Orders for Class 8 trucks reached a 13-month high as this year opened, thanks largely to higher demand for vocational equipment, ACT Research reports.
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week can be a decidedly patriotic affair. Sessions during the related Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event open with color guards and music videos featuring the Star Spangled Banner. But it was a promise of “America first” that was weighing on the minds of many participants.
LYSLE, Ill–Navistar, the publicly traded American corporation that produces International trucks and engines, will be happy to see the back of 2016 and is anticipating its new partnership with Volkswagen to gel as early as March, 2017. The German automaker spent more than $256 million for a 16% share of Navistar and the two companies will begin working on joint projects after March. Navistar officials hope the partnership will allow Navistar to shore up its position in the North American truck market, in particular by providing access to European technology that will serve up a saving of $500 million in cost savings.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MX – In a year when dealers in Canada and the U.S. face a dramatic downturn in truck sales, Mexico is a world apart. As of November the market for Class 4-8 vehicles was up 18.5%, and Daimler Trucks North America accounted for 36% of it — up 7.8% over last year. But Stefan Kurschner, president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Vehiculos Comerciales Mexico, says there’s room for more.
COLUMBUS, IN – A mere 13,900 Class 8 vehicle orders were booked in North America this September, according to ACT Research.
KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth has unveiled several new and coming product enhancements, particularly to its lineup of day cabs, but has also announced that it will officially end production of the venerable T660.
The company has sold 60,000 of that aerodynamic tractor since it was first introduced in 2007, essentially replacing the T600. A final 500 of the T660 cabs will be built this year until the last model rolls off the assembly line.
Ongoing investments at Kenworth have included a new climactic wind tunnel.About 80% of the trucks that the company builds today are the T680 or its vocational sibling, the T880. The T680 itself accounts for about 60% of sales, with the T880 at just under 30%.
SHIPPENSBURG, PA – Volvo Trucks North America expects long haulers to account for a shrinking portion of the truck market in coming years, as the industry responds to pressures including a driver shortage and recent upgrades to the Panama Canal.
LISLE, IL – Navistar International reported a $4-million net income in the second quarter of 2016, in sharp contrast to a $64-million net loss in the second quarter of 2015. Cost controls, higher parts-related profits, and demand for HX vocational trucks have all been credited for making a difference despite a soft sales market.
SOUTHFIELD, MI — U.S. Transactions of used commercial vehicles in the gross vehicle weight (GVW) 3-8 categories remained near record levels for the 12-months ending March 31, according to new figures from the vehicle industry analysis provider IHS Automotive.
TORONTO – Are the double-digit gains going to continue? DesRosiers says no.
COLUMBUS, IN. – Both medium-duty and heavy-duty truck net orders are still strong in October, rising to their “highest level” since the start of the cycle, said ACT Research.
LOS ANGELES — According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, truck sales are booming in California.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Net orders for heavy-duty class 8 commercial vehicles increased 91 percent in April 2010 compared to the same month last year, outpacing orders for medium-duty trucks.