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Canada tops 3,000 Class 8 truck sales in April

May 10, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Wards Auto reports that Canada recorded 3,189 Class 8 truck sales in April, with Daimler Trucks North America holding a tight grip on its leading market share with 1,177 of the sales.

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Western Star updates Model 4700

January 24, 2019 by John Smith

Western Star is enhancing its 4700 model, introducing a series of changes in the name of productivity, safety, upfitting time, and weights.

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Kenworth W990 builds on a lasting legacy

September 28, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev – Kenworth’s W900 has become a staple of the show ‘n shine circuit, its long hood and gleaming accents seem to guide drivers down the highway. The look has had a starring role in movies and been immortalized in belt buckles. Now it has been re-imagined in the form of the W990.

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Want to spot brake defects? ‘Bend at the waist’

September 7, 2018 by John Smith

Brakes are a focus of roadside enforcement officers every day of the year, but the focus will intensify later this month during Brake Safety Week. Scheduled for Sept. 16-22, the week coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) combines education initiatives and inspections alike, depending on the jurisdiction. It has traditionally allowed enforcement teams to shine a light on a variety of systems and issues.

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Mid-America shows and shines

March 24, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Mid-America Trucking Show began under a blanket of snow this week, but once the melt began, there was plenty of chrome to shine. Equipment editor Jim Park took some time to stroll the lot and admire some of the trucks on display during the annual show and shine competition.

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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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Volvo’s vision includes zero collisions

October 25, 2017 by John Smith

ORLAND, FL – Volvo invented the three-point safety belt in 1959, and with an era of active safety systems upon us, the company has unveiled another vision – zero traffic accidents.

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Burns offers vision of industry to come

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Automated vehicle technologies, vehicle electrification, and the rise of transportation as a service (think ride-share services like Uber and Lyft) are creating a “transformational change” in the transportation industry. But what does that mean for trucking?

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IN PRINT — Financial Planning: Structure a lease that’s right for you

October 4, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — What is it that you do best: fix trucks, manage toll payments and fuel taxes, change tires, sell used trucks, or move freight? If you’re even a modestly successful fleet in today’s market, you’re probably pretty good at most of the above, but you probably wish you could devote more time and resources to your core competency – moving freight. About 10 years ago, André Boisvert, vice president and co-owner of Lachine, Quebec-based Trans-West Group, concluded that he was better at transportation and logistics than he was at maintenance and fleet management.

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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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Mack unveils Anthem highway tractor

September 14, 2017 by John Smith

ALLENTOWN, PA – Mack was singing the praises of its newest offering last night, officially unveiling the Anthem highway tractor – a truck complete with its own theme song.

The truck made its debut in front of hundreds of dealers and industry media at an event that openly waved the American flag, with executives stressing that every Mack sold in the U.S. is still made there.

“We have helped build America,” proclaimed Mack president Denny Slagle, referring to the company’s 117-year heritage. “We have arrived at an important milestone. This launch should be seen as a new day, a new start, a game changer for our beloved Mack brand.”

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Volvo unveils VNL tractor

July 13, 2017 by John Smith

DUBLIN, VA – Volvo promised that its new regional VNR tractor was the “shape of trucks to come”, and it delivered on that promise on Tuesday with the reveal of its long-haul counterpart – the VNL. The new tractor comes as the VNL 300 daycab, VNL 400 flat-roof sleeper, VNL 740 mid-roof, VNL 760 high-roof, and VNL 860 with its 77-inch sleeper. The VNL 740 and VNL 760 are also available with a new 70-inch sleeper. “It’s so nice to see this truck without a cover on it,” quipped Jason Spence, product marketing manager, noting how prototypes had been moved around North America under the cover of darkness. “We’ve been hiding the truck from you for 10 months.”

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Volvo unveils VNL tractor

July 13, 2017 by John Smith

DUBLIN, VA – Volvo promised that its new regional VNR tractor was the “shape of trucks to come”, and it delivered on that promise on Tuesday with the reveal of its long-haul counterpart – the VNL. The new tractor comes as the VNL 300 daycab, VNL 400 flat-roof sleeper, VNL 740 mid-roof, VNL 760 high-roof, and VNL 860 with its 77-inch sleeper. The VNL 740 and VNL 760 are also available with a new 70-inch sleeper. “It’s so nice to see this truck without a cover on it,” quipped Jason Spence, product marketing manager, noting how prototypes had been moved around North America under the cover of darkness. “We’ve been hiding the truck from you for 10 months.”

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Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck

April 17, 2017 by Martin Smith

This is no ordinary test drive. This series of videos looks a truck developed by Cummins and Peterbilit that is more a showcase of emerging technologies.