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February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles on March 9 and has set order-cutoff dates for its lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles through August.

Tags: Procurement, Order to Delivery, 2017-MY, FCA

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Truck Receives NJPA Contract

Photo: International Truck

International Truck has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance that will offer new International Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: NJPA, International Trucks, Purchasing Contract

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Reflect Rebounding Market

Class 8 truck orders hit a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, rebounding from poor 2016 numbers for the second and third quarter, according to ACT Research.

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

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Expansion Plans

The new facility, which is expected to be operational in July 2017, will house a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation.

Tags: Upfitting, Liftgates, Mickey Truck Bodies

February 14, 2017 - Product News

Workhorse Touts Efficiency of Electric Delivery Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Workhorse Group has announced that its medium-duty electric trucks are up to six times more efficient than comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models.

Tags: Workhorse, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport Makes First Appearance

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport photo courtesy of FCA North America.

Ram Truck is introducing a new color to its 1/2-ton Sport trim — Ram 1500 Copper Sport. The Copper Pearl color joins Ignition Orange as the second limited-edition offering of tints on the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, Ram 1500, Vehicle Paint, Ram 1500 Sport

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups, Chicago Auto Show

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Priced at $40,995

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will sell its 2017 Colorado ZR2 off-road performance pickup for at least $40,995 to retail buyers when it arrives at dealer lots in the spring.

Tags: Chevrolet, Pricing, Chevrolet Colorado, 2017-MY, Off-Road Vehicles, Mid-Size Pickups

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Launches Heavy Duty Night Models

Ram is bringing new, special-edition Night packages for Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickups to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. (Photo courtesy of Ram Truck)

The new Night editions further expand the Ram factory-custom truck family from the 1/2-ton Ram 1500 announced in September 2016 to the brand’s ¾-quarter and 1-ton models.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 2500, Ram 3500

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star's 50 Years of 'Legendary Awesomeness'

Western Star will celebrate a "50 Years of Legendary Awesomeness" in 2017.

Western Star will mark its 50th anniversary of manufacturing trucks with a year’s worth of special events, truck show appearances, and an enhanced website. The truckmaker has named it "Western Star’s Year of Legendary Awesomeness."

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, 50th Anniversary

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Lighter, More Powerful Ford Expedition Arrives for 2018

Photo of 2018 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2018 Expedition will enter its fourth generation with a more powerful V-6 engine, lighter-weight body and frame, and an array of technology upgrades such as onboard Wi-Fi, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more connectivity.

Tags: Ford, Chicago Auto Show, Large SUVs, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Ford to Export F-150 Raptor to China

This shipping of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor marks the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Ford has started shipping its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor – a high-performance off-road pickup truck – to customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.

Tags: China, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford, Ford F-Series, global

February 3, 2017 - Press Release

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Kenworth, Procurement, NJPA, NJPA contract, Cooperative Procurement

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Greenkraft Prepping New Medium-Duty Trucks

Greenkraft, Inc. plans to expand to a bigger factory in 2017 and introduce a new line of trucks called the G3 and G4, which are larger-sized trucks in weights of 26,000 pounds and 33,000 pounds respectively, the company announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Greenkraft, Vehicle Modifiers, Alternative Fuels, Vocational Trucks, Class 7

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Photo of NV Cargo X project vehicle courtesy of Nissan.

Built in partnership with off-road builder Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbo diesel transplanted from a Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan NV, Concept Vehicles, Full-Size Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Decline in January Across the Board

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Sales of fleet vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government buyers slipped lower in January, despite year-over-year growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to the automakers and Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Procurement, Fleet Sales, General Motors, Ford, Large Pickups

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, OBDII Device, Wi-Fi

January 26, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Upgrades Line of Advantage Series Clutches

Photo: Eaton

Eaton has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches with design enhancements to improve durability, reduce vibrations and enable smoother shifting with torque ratings of up to 2,250 lbs.-ft.

Tags: Eaton, Eaton Advantage, Clutches

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Targets 37 mpg for Pickups

Photo courtesy of Achates.

The 2.7L demonstration engine will be integrated into a drivable prototype in 2018 and development engines will also be available for automakers.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, CAFE Standards, Achates Power, Opposed-Piston Engine

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Sales Expected to Stabilize Commercial Market in 2017

The commercial vehicle market in 2016 was a tug of war between gaining medium-duty and declining heavy-duty sales, according to IHS Markit. Next year, medium-duty sales may be high enough to offset those losses.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicle Sales, IHS Automotive

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack, to Discontinue 16-liter Diesel Immediately

The 16.1-liter Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 diesel are going out of production for lack of customer demand. Image: Volvo Trucks

Volvo says a general trend toward 13-liter diesel engines is a key factor in discontinuing D16 production.

Tags: Volvo, Diesel Engines, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

January 20, 2017 - Press Release

Ford to Auction One-of-a-Kind F-150 Raptor for Charity

Ford Motor Company will auction an all-new one-of-a-kind 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for charity at the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(Photo: Ford Motor Co.)

The winning bidder of Lot No. 3004 – selling at no reserve – will become the owner of the last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor produced and get to choose from a unique one-of-one Raptor color. The all-new Raptor incorporates years of Ford performance and engineering to deliver the ultimate high-performance off-road truck.

Tags: Auction, Charity, Ford, Barrett-Jackson, Ford F-150 Raptor

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Work Truck Show to Feature 100+ Exhibitors

More than 100 exhibiting companies have already announced plans to highlight new products at The Work Truck Show 2017.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, WTS17, Industry Events

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, Trends

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