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PacLease Sees 30% Growth in 2017

PacLease finished 2017 with flying colors, adding 30% percent more medium- and heavy-duty trucks into its lease/rental fleet over 2016, while adding eight new locations to better serve its customers.

Class 8 truck orders rose to 37,500 units in December 2017.

Class 8 Truck Orders Hit 3-Year High

North American Class 8 truck orders rose to a 37-month high in December, signaling a healthy market going into 2018.

Image courtesy of Rainier Truck & Chassis

Rainier Truck Sales Picking Up

Rainier is targeting this summer to ramp-up truck production for its full lineup of Class 4-7 trucks.

Truck Orders Hit 3-Month High in December

Heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are expected to total 58,800 units in December, hitting a 3-month high to end the year, according to early numbers from ACT Research.

Courtesy of Black Book

Pickups Perform Well in Resale Market

While the end of 2017 brought a record decline in weekly depreciation for cars, volume-weighted, overall truck segment (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) values declined by 0.54% the last week of 2017, according to Black Book. This is in line with the average weekly adjustment of 0.57% over the previous four weeks.

Last Chance to Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Ballots will close soon for the 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Now in its 11th year, the award is presented by Work Truck magazine. Vote today!

Kenworth T370 fuel tanker Photo: Kenworth

Dana Spicer Axles Offered on Kenworth T270 and T370

The medium-duty Kenworth T270 and T370 are now available with Dana Spicer S140 series single reduction, single-drive axles and the Bendix Wingman Fusion advanced driver assistance system.

Mitchell 1 Updates to 2017-MY Data

Mitchell 1 has completed model-year 2017 updates to its labor estimating, diagnostic trouble code procedures, and repair information for all makes of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Vote: 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

It’s time to start the vote for 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Now in its 11th year, the winning truck is decided by you, our readers.

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Medium-Duty Orders Cool in October

Orders of classes 5-7 vehicles fell 1.5% to 19,500 units in October compared to a year ago, as the medium-duty truck market has remained steady since the fourth quarter of 2015 with about 20,000 units per month, according to ACT Research.

Photo of pickup truck upfitted by LINE-X courtesy of LINE-X.

LINE-X Launches Fleet Upfitting Solution

LINE-X, a provider of protective coatings and spray-on bed-liners, has launched a new service that offers complete light- and medium-duty work truck upfitting. The service offers a quick turnaround, discounts of up to 15%, and centralized control over jobs being completed at multiple shops all across North America.

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

USPS Awards Spartan Motors $214M for Delivery Vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered 2,000 fleet vehicles from Spartan Motors on a $214 million contract for two types of delivery trucks with Utilimaster bodies, the vehicle manufacturer announced.

Photo of 1000/2000 Series transmission courtesy of Allison.

Allison Expands Fuel-Efficient Medium-Duty Transmission Tech

Allison Transmission has begun offering its xFE fuel-saving technology on two more of its medium-duty transmissions, including the 1000 Series and 2000 Series, the company has announced.

Photo of SURUS courtesy of GM.

GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

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

Freightliner Expands Severe-Duty Vocational Options

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.

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Medium-Duty Builds Slowed in August

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.

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.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Wholesale Medium-Duty Truck Values Continue to Fall

Depreciation among wholesale medium-duty trucks continued to rise through July and August, according to Black Book’s September Specialty Markets report.

The new Paccar Automated Transmission was designed from the ground up as an automated transmission. Photo: Paccar

Paccar Unveils Automated Transmission for Medium-, Heavy-Duty Models

Paccar introduced the new Paccar Automated Transmission, giving it a complete proprietary and integrated powertrain. Developed with Eaton, it's the lightest heavy-duty transmission on the market for several of its medium-duty and heavy-duty models, according to the company.

Image: Mitsubishi Fuso

New Lease, Purchase Terms Offered for Fuso Cabover with Morgan Body

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. is partnering with body builder Morgan Corp. and Daimler Truck Financial to offer special lease and purchase programs on certain 2017 Fuso FE160 Class 4 trucks.

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

Hino Celebrates 10 Years in West Virginia

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.

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Medium-Duty Truck Values Stumble This Summer

As the summer season continues, one trend is emerging for medium-duty trucks — declining auction prices, according to Black Book’s August Specialty Markets report.

Navistar's N9 Engine Photo: Navistar

Navistar to End 9/10L Engine Production by 2018

Navistar has announced that it will cease production of its medium-duty 9- and 10L engines at the company’s Melrose Park, Illinois, facility by the second quarter of 2018.

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.

Truck Orders Fall for the Quarter, Up Big from Last Year

Truck orders in the heavy- and medium-duty segments fell in the second quarter of 2017, but are still much higher than they were a year ago, according to a report from ACT Research.

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