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February 16, 2018 - Industry News

2018-MY Truck Order Cut-off Dates Approaching

Photo of 2018 GMC Sierra courtesy of General Motors.

Order cut-off dates for several 2018 model year truck models are fast approaching, according to Wheels, Inc. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have announced earlier than normal cut-off dates as they plan to move production and retool their plants in preparation for upcoming new designs and changes.

Tags: Truck Orders, Large Pickups, Order to Delivery, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford Super Duty, Wheels Inc., 2018-MY

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Sales Soar, Truck Maker Eyes Growth and Autonomous Tech

General Manager Kyle Quinn talks about Peterbilt's 2017 accomplishments. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

After reaching new market-share highs in Class 8 and vocational truck sales for 2017, Peterbilt has kicked off 2018 with an addition to its on-highway truck family and plans to continue to grow its market share as it also works on developing the next generation of advanced driver assistance systems.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Market Share, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ram Unveils 2019 1500 Lone Star Edition

The Lone Star will initially be offered with the 5.7L HEMI V-8. A powerful and fuel-efficient HEMI with the eTorque mild hybrid system is also available. (Image courtesy of FCA US)

Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition — the all-new version of the original “Texas Truck” — at the Dallas Auto Show, the heart of America’s truck country.

Tags: Special Edition, Dallas Auto Show, Ram 1500, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

February 14, 2018 - Press Release

Kenworth Achieves Milestone 400th Dealership

Rihm Kenworth opened Kenworth’s 400th dealership in Minnesota City, a suburb of Winona, Minn., which is more than 100 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth Truck Co. has achieved a significant milestone with the recent opening of its 400th dealership location.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers, Milestones, Rihm Kenworth

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers Cascadia Detroit Connect Remote Updates

Remote Updates is enabled by the Detroit Connect platform and is part of the Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, which also includes Detroit Connect Virtual Technician and Detroit Connect Analytics. (Image courtesy of Daimler Trucks North America)

Detroit Connect Remote Updates is now available exclusively for the new Freightliner Cascadia spec’ed with Detroit engines.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Detroit, Remote Updates

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Ram Shows Outdoor-Themed 2019 Ram 1500

The Ram Truck and Mopar brands teamed up today at the Chicago Auto Show to debut an outdoor-sport-themed 2019 Ram 1500 modified with a selection of the more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available for the all-new truck. (Photo: FCA US)

The Ram Truck and Mopar brands teamed up at the Chicago Auto Show to debut an outdoor-sport-themed 2019 Ram 1500 modified with a selection of the more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available for the all-new truck.

Tags: Mopar, Ram 1500, Chicago Auto Show, Custom Trucks

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Offers Lifted Titan, Titan XD

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer a factory-authorized suspension lift kit with its 2018 Titan and Titan XD trucks that include coil-over shock absorbers that provide three inches of additional ground clearance under the pickups.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, 2018-MY, Nissan Titan XD, Large Pickups, Suspensions, Off-Road

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Third-Gen 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford debuted the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon with new gasoline and diesel powertrains, a new eight-speed transmission, and a suite of safety technology as standard equipment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, 2019-MY, Compact Vans, Passenger Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Sneak Peek at Zero-Emissions Transport Truck

Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport heavy-duty truck can haul 80,000 lb at 30-50 mph a distance of 30-50 miles; an ideal setup for port drayage service. Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth's latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT), is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Equipment Editor Jim Park got to take the truck for a spin.

Tags: Kenworth, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Drayage, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Detroit's New DD8 Diesel Engine Completes Medium-Duty Power Offerings

The dual-stage turbocharger-equipped version of Detroit’s new DD8 Diesel engine is ideal for trucks like this Freightliner SD plow/dump, which need more owner for tough vocational work. Photo: Jack Roberts

The newest Detroit diesel engine from Daimler Trucks North America gives medium-duty fleets a higher-horsepower option for tough vocational applications.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Vocational Trucks, DD8, Test Drive, Engines

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

Photo of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Telematics, Global

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hit Highest Level Since 2006

Class 8 truck orders soared in January to their highest level since 2006, according to early reports from transportation analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Names 2018 Service Council

The Kenworth T370 is just one of many vocationa trucks Kenworth offers fleets. (Image courtesy of Kenworth)

Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2018 Kenworth Service Council, which includes leading Kenworth service managers in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Service Council, Kenworth PremierCare

February 2, 2018 - Press Release

Isuzu Truck and Part Sales Reach Record Level

Image of Isuzu family of trucks courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu dealers retailed 22,633 Isuzu trucks to customers in 2017 — a record for Isuzu-branded trucks in the United States. In addition, Isuzu dealers purchased more parts with a sales increase of 3.9% versus 2016, setting another record.

Tags: Isuzu, Truck Sales, Parts Sales, Isuzu FTR

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Paccar Doubles Quarterly, Annual Income

Truck and engine maker Paccar Inc. on Tuesday reported big gains in both profits and revenue for the final quarter of 2017 as well as for all of last year.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Quarterly Earnings

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

International Increases Warranty Protection for Vocational Trucks

Image of HX Series construction truck courtesy of International trucks.

International Truck announced three plans to deliver on its uptime pledge to vocational truck customers: the extension of the International A26 Customer Uptime Assurance Program for vocational models, a new, Vocational Confidence Warranty Package, and the International A26 Barrel Protection Plan.

Tags: International Trucks, Warranty, International HX, Vocational Trucks, International A26

January 25, 2018 - Press Release

West Carolina Freightliner Opens North Carolina Location

West Carolina Freightliner opened a new, state-of-the-art dealership on 4 acres in Canton, North Carolina.

Tags: Freightliner, Truck Dealers

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

TuSimple's All-New Autonomous Truck

Image courtesy of NVIDIA

TuSimple, a startup focusing on the research and development of autonomous trucking technology, showcased their Level 4 autonomous truck at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. This was the company's U.S. debut of its latest L4 trucks, which are slated to hit the roads for testing in Arizona this year.

Tags: CES, Startups, Autonomous Vehicles, TuSimple

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Fuso Begins Truck Platooning Tests in Japan

Daimler Trucks is testing Fuso Super Great heavy trucks in platooning runs with other truck brands on public roads outside Tokyo. Photo: Fuso

Daimler's Fuso subsidiary has begun platooning test operations outside of Tokyo as part of the Japanese government's plans to boost technology investment and deployment in the near future.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Japan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Daimler, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Technology, Global

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Freightliner Shows Detroit DD8 Engine in a Heavy Vocational Truck

The midrange-size engine is an alternative to the Cummins L9 and will be offered in the 108SD, such as the one at the show, as well as the 106SD and 114SD. Photo: Freightliner

Freightliner Trucks is displaying the new Detroit DD8 diesel in a vocational model at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas this week.

Tags: Cummins, Freightliner, World of Concrete, Vocational Trucks, Truck Engines, DD8

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

International Truck Unveils HV Series Mid-Range Diesel Trucks

The HV Series is available in a variety of specifications: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab. Photo: International Trucks

International Truck rolled out its new International HV Series Mid-Range Diesel HV507 and HV607 truck models at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.

Tags: International Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, HV Series, Dump Trucks, Vocational Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 19, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Continues Government Sales Program

Image of T880S Dump Truck courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth Truck Company is offering a program with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) that expands sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6-8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members throughout the United States and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, NJPA, Kenworth T880, Dump Trucks, Government Contracts

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Expedition, Lincoln Navigator SUVs for Windows

Photo of Ford Expedition courtesy of Ford.

The safety compliance recall covers 361 2018-model year vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Lincoln, Recalls, Ford, Windows, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, Safety

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Regional Haul

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Mich. Plant Will Build 2019 Silverado's Diesel Engine

Photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors will produce the 2019 Silverado's all-new Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel engine at its Flint Engine Operations facility.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Silverado, 2019-MY

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