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October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Express Van Adds Fleet-Oriented Options for 2018

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will offer four new option packages with its 2018 Express full-size van based on feedback from fleet and other commercial purchasers, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cargo Vans, Chevrolet Express, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

October 3, 2017 - Global News

Ford to Focus on Trucks, EVs, Connectivity

Photo of CEO Jim Hackett courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co.'s new leader wants to shift investment into trucks and electrified vehicles and reduce costs and investment in sedans and internal combustion engines, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said Tuesday.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, C-Suite, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Increase in Healthy, Growing Market

Early numbers indicate a positive month for September’s North American Class 8 truck orders as the market continues to gain momentum heading into the fall order season, according to preliminary reports from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Possible Photo of Tesla’s Electric Truck Leaks on Reddit

Photo via Reddit

A post on the Tesla "subreddit" of Reddit.com shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan's 2018 Frontier Starts at $19,965

Photo of 2018 Frontier Midnight Edition courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has added a backup camera and an upgraded base Frontier, along with a $600 price increase for the 2018 model year, Nissan announced.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan Frontier, 2018-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Sets Up Electrification Team

Ford has begun coordinating the development of its electrified vehicle initiative by setting up an internal team known as "Team Edison" as it begins rolling out 13 electrified vehicles in the next five years, according to a company spokesperson.

Tags: Ford, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Research and Development

October 2, 2017 - Press Release

Bollinger Hits Reservation Milestone

Image of B1 courtesy of Bollinger Motors

Bollinger Motors announced that it has surpassed 10,000 reservations for its B1 all-electric sport/utility truck.

Tags: SUV, Truck Orders, Electric Vehicles, Bollinger Motors

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Launch 20 EVs by 2023

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors will add two battery-electric vehicles to its lineup in the next 18 months as part of its plan to roll out 20 such vehicles by 2023, the company has announced.

Tags: General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Flagship Trim to Super Duty

Photo of the F-450 Limited trim courtesy of Ford.

Ford will now offer a Limited trim to the Super Duty truck lineup, available this winter, which is tailored for high-end heavy-duty truck customers.

Tags: Ford F-450, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, Ford Super Duty, Texas Auto Show

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 4/5 Silverados

Photo by Paul Clinton

Chevrolet will offer Class 4 and 5 versions of its Silverado for commercial users in fields such as construction, utility services, and first responders, the company announced at the Texas Auto Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, General Motors, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks, Texas Auto Show

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Hino to Move Into North American Heavy-Duty Market

Davey Jung, Executive Vice President, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. answers questions for the media at a press conference in West Virginia. Photo: Hino Trucks

Hino announced that it plans to produce a new line of Class 7 and 8 trucks at a new truck assembly plant in West Virginia, starting in 2019.

Tags: Class 8, New Facility, Vehicle Manufacturing, Hino Trucks

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Celebrates Truck Centennial with Special Editions

Photo of the 2018 Silverado 1500 Centennial Edition courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is celebrating 100 years of producing pickup trucks by offering special editions of its Silverado and Colorado pickups that have been inspired by earlier trucks in its history, including the 1918 One-Ton.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Colorado, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Texas Auto Show, Special Edition

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Introduces Two New Pickup Models

Photo of Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork.

Fiat Chrysler's Ram Truck brand introduced a pair of new 2018 pickup models ahead of the Texas State Fair.

Tags: Ram Truck, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Texas Auto Show, Ram 1500, Ram 2500

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Gives Glimpse of Next Sprinter Van

Sketch of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Vans showed an early look at its next-generation Sprinter full-size van that it will launch in Europe by July 1 and roll out to the U.S. and other markets later in 2018.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Severe-Duty Vocational Options

Freightliner launched its severe-duty product line in 2011, and has since expanded the line with product enhancements and additional options. Photo: Daimler

New product options include the Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) automatic transmission, LifeGuard RollTek seats, improved routing and clipping, LED headlights in the M2 106 and M2 112, Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring, and the 122SD auto hauler package.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler, Vocational Trucks, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, LED Lighting, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 25, 2017 - Product News

International HV Series Debuts for Severe Service Market at NACV

The hood and grille may be the same, but the HV was redesigned from the inside out. Photo: Evan Lockridge

International Truck Monday increased its offerings for the vocational market, launching the International HV Series and announcing enhancements to its HX Series, at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: International Trucks, Vocational Trucks, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Shows New Gasoline Cabover

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

All three Fuso models, the FE140, FE160 and FE180, will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6.0L V-8, coupled to a best-in-class Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission — making these the only gasoline trucks in their class to offer PTO capability.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, NACV Show, Cabovers

September 25, 2017 - Press Release

Enterprise Truck Rental Now in Kansas City

Enterprise Truck Rental has opened its first location in the Kansas City area. The new Enterprise Truck Rental facility in Olathe, Kansas, is situated on a 1.7-acre lot and is co-located with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office.

Tags: Truck Rental, Enterprise Truck Rental

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Announces Public Highway Platooning Tests

Roger Nielsen said at the NACV Show that Detroit Assurance Safety Systems are the enabling platform for the company’s current platooning tests in Oregon and Nevada. Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

DTNA president Roger Nielsen revealed at the NACV Show in Atlanta that the company is conducting platooning tests on public highways in Oregon and Nevada.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Industry Events, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Product News

Thermo King Says New Electric APU Runs Longer

Thermo King is unveiling its new all-electric TriPac Envidia auxiliary power unit, which it claims has the longest run-time in the industry, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta this week.

Tags: Emissions, Idle Reduction, Thermo King, APUs, NACV Show

September 22, 2017 - Press Release

Covercraft Exhibits Air Radial Powered Truck

Image of P.A.R.T. courtesy of Colorado Auto Parts.

Not all hybrids are fuel-efficient. One, in fact, is designed to burn gas - AV Gas. Introducing P.A.R.T. - the world’s only Plymouth Air Radial Truck. It’s a plane. It’s a truck. It’s a mash-up of a 1939 Plymouth Pick-up and a 757 seven-cylinder radial engine from a 1950’s Cessna airplane. And it runs.

Tags: SEMA, Plymouth, On the Lighter Side, Concept Vehicles

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Businesses Can Expense Up to $500K in Truck Purchases

Businesses can expense up to $500,000 in tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks such the FUSO FE/FG Series. (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America)

The U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 179 (commonly referred to as IRC-179) allows businesses to expense up to $500,000 in the tax year 2017 for certain capital expenditures, including commercial work trucks.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Vehicle Purchasing

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Builds Slowed in August

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Manufacturers of medium-duty trucks lowered production levels in August amid a projected slow down heading toward the end of the year, according to an update from ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Acela Truck to Introduce Extreme-Duty Truck Chassis

Image of 4x4 chassis courtesy of Acela Trucks

Acela Truck Company, a new extreme-duty commercial truck chassis manufacturer, will showcase its line of 4x4 and 6x6 chassis, utility, crane, and service trucks for the utility and construction markets at the ICUEE.

Tags: Extreme Duty Trucks, Acela Truck Company

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