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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

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, FCA, Ram 2500, Ram Chassis Cab, Ram 3500

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fuso Promotes Hedbany to Manager, Field Services

Gene Hedbany Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America promoted Gene Hedbany from product support manager to a new position as manager, field services.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Leadership, People

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

DTNA Breaks Ground on Logistics Center

Stefan Pies, Henning O. Bruns, Bob Riley, and Joel Demelza break ground on a new logistics center at the Cleveland, N.C. Truck Plant. (Photo courtesy of DTNA)

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) broke ground, paving the way for a modern logistics center at its Cleveland, N.C. truck manufacturing plant.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Truck Plant, Truck Manufacturing

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bollinger Releases B1 Four-Door Image

A sketch released by Bollinger Motors of the all-electric B1 sport/utility truck with four doors. (Image courtesy of Bollinger Motors)

Bollinger Motors revealed the first image of the four-door version of its B1 all-electric sport/utility truck. The sketch also shows off a new orange exterior color which will also be available at launch.

Tags: Electric Trucks, all-electric vehicle, Bollinger Motors

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Maintain Momentum

Class 8 truck orders continued to climb steadily in August, while medium-duty truck orders have stagnated a little, according to preliminary numbers from transportation analysts FTR and ACT Research.

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

September 5, 2017 - Product News

Daimler Selects Prestolite Alternators for Certain 2019, 2020 Models

Photo: Prestolite Electric

Prestolite Electric, manufacturer and supplier of starters and alternators, has been awarded standard position by Daimler Trucks North America on several new commercial vehicles launching in multiple markets between late 2019 and early 2020.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Starters, Alternators, Prestolite

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

August Commercial Fleet Sales Surge 12.6%

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 12.6% to 52,439 in August units with strong sales in the truck category, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

GM Offers Standard 5/100 Warranty on Gasoline Cabovers

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward courtesy of GM.

General Motors has begun offering a standard 5-year or 100,000-mile warranty with its gasoline-powered Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks to qualified fleet customers, which would make it the only cab-over-engine manufacturer to offer these terms without an extended warranty.

Tags: Isuzu, Warranty, General Motors, Cabovers, Gasoline Engines, Chevrolet

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Launches Agriculture Market-Specific Model

Ram supports American farmers with the first truck designed specifically for the agriculture industry. (PHOTO: FCA US)

The Ram Harvest Edition is the industry’s first agricultural market-specific truck and is visually distinguished by two new colors: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, CASE, Agricultural Fleets, New Holland

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Adds Fleet-Only Options for 2018

Photo of the 2018 Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has added fleet-only options for several of its vehicles for the 2018 model year, including the Ram 1500 pickup, ProMaster City compact van, and Jeep Compass.

Tags: Jeep Compass, Ram 1500, 2018-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Ram ProMaster City, Paratransit

August 23, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Pairs Column-Mounted Shifter with Paccar Automated Transmission

Photo: Jim Park

Peterbilt has announced that its ergonomically designed column-mounted shifter will be standard equipment on Model 579 and 567 trucks equipped with the new Paccar Automated Transmission.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Model 579, Automated Manual Transmissions, Model 567

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai to Offer U.S. Pickup Truck

Photo of Santa Cruz concept courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Motor will sell a small pickup called the Santa Cruz to U.S. buyers, after senior executives with the company approved the plan, a senior executive told Reuters.

Tags: Hyundai, Pickup Trucks, Hyundai Santa Cruz

August 18, 2017 - Press Release

Kenworth Dealerships Open in Kentucky and W.Va.

Worldwide Equipment has relocated and opened four Kenworth dealerships to enhance parts and service support for customers operating in the coal-producing region of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Refuse Trucks Headed to Los Angeles

Image courtsy of Motiv

Motiv Power Systems announced an order for two battery-electric refuse trucks by the City of Los Angeles' Sanitation Department.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Boosts 3500's Tow Rating with Fifth-Wheel Option

Photo of 2018 Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA.

Ram has increased the towing capability of its 3500 Heavy Duty pickup for the 2018 model year by offering a fifth-wheel option that would boost the maximum trailer weight rating to 30,000 pounds, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Towing, Ram 3500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Cummins, Ram Truck

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

2018 F-150 Adds Power, Payload Capability

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has boosted the power and efficiency of its F-150 engines for the 2018 model year with improvements that increase payload, towing capability, and fuel economy, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Hino Celebrates 10 Years in West Virginia

Hino Motors Manufacturing in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of manufacturing. (Photo: Hino)

Hino Motors Manufacturing facility in Williamstown, W. Va., celebrated 10 years of medium-duty truck production. This 245,000 square-foot location produces Hino’s Class 6 & 7 conventional body style trucks.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Medium-Duty Trucks, 10th Anniversary, Hino Trucks

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Adds Fleet Options for 2018-MY

Photo of Chevrolet's Low Cab Forward trucks courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet is rolling out an array of new vehicle options for its fleet customers for the 2018 model year on a trio of utility vehicles, cars, and its low cab forward trucks, the company told Automotive Fleet.com.

Tags: General Motors, Chevrolet, 2018-MY, Optional Equipment, Cabovers, Chevrolet Equinox

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Produces its First 3D-Printed Metal Part

The view into the interior of the 3D printer shows the first printed thermostat covers, which are still connected to the work platform. After removal of the platform and support structure, the aluminium/silicon metallic powder is removed by suction, sieved, cleaned and ecologically fed back into the recycling system. Photo: Daimler

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has printed its first spare part made of metal that has passed all stages of the company’s quality assurance process.

Tags: Europe, Daimler, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Bollinger Motors Unveils Electric Utility Truck

Photo of B1 courtesy of Bollinger.

Hobart, New York-based Bollinger Motors has unveiled its battery-electric B1 utility truck that the company says would be a fit for tradespeople, construction companies, and government fleets.

Tags: Bollinger Motors, Off-Road Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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