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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.

SOURCE: BLACK BOOK

Truck Values Remain Stable

Volume-weighted, overall truck segment (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) values decreased by just 0.03% last week, better than the average decrease of 0.17% per week in the previous four weeks.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech Offers Propane Autogas Medium-Duty Engine

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a medium-duty engine powered by a propane autogas that's 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard and has been approved for use by regulators, according to the company.

Average wholesale selling prices for four to seven year old Class 4 and Class 6 trucks (Source: JD Power)

Medium-Duty Truck Resale Holding Up

Generally, medium-duty segments are holding up well, with cabovers and lighter GVW conventional trucks performing the best.

Photo of 2018 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

2018 Ford F-650, F-750 Receive Performance and Service Updates

Ford has updated its Class 6 to 7 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks with performance and service improvements for the 2018 model-year.

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS to Deploy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck in California

UPS will begin using a medium-duty delivery truck that uses gaseous hydrogen to power an electric battery and motor in Sacramento, California, with an eye toward expanding use of the alternative fuel after a successful test.

Photo: Meritor

Meritor Offers 13X Axle on International Trucks

Meritor has announced that its 13X single-drive axle will become standard equipment on the International DuraStar in July. The axle will also be available as an option on other International medium-duty trucks.

Productivity Gains Linked to In-House Maintenance

During a recent survey with trucking fleets, there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house.

BYD joined the California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and SF Goodwill on the launch of a new project that will bring 11 clean, zero-emission battery electric trucks. Photo courtesy of SF Goodwill

BYD Trucks Partners with Goodwill

BYD has joined the California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and SF Goodwill on the launch of a new project that will bring 11 clean, zero-emission battery electric trucks to operate throughout the Bay Area communities.

Wholesale Pricing and Volume Down for Medium-Duty Trucks at Start of Year

Medium-duty trucks at auction have had a shaky start to 2017, with both volume and pricing down compared to the same time last year, according to NADA Used Car Guide’s March 2017 Commercial Truck Guide Industry Update. However, with a boost in demand expected in the latter half of the year, medium-duty trucks should finish off this year in better shape than in 2016.

Mitsubishi Fuso Adds Telogis Telematics to Cabovers

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. will offer a Telogis-powered telematics system as standard equipment on all FUSO medium-duty, diesel cabover trucks, the manufacturer announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of FTR cabovers courtesy of ICTA.

Isuzu Sets Production, Ordering for Class 6 Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin production of its 2018 FTR Class 6 cabover in May and start taking orders for the medium-duty truck in April, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

NTEA Releases 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook

Two of every five vocational truck fleet managers plan to increase their vehicle count in 2017 and more than half now use telematics, according to the NTEA's 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook.

This truck was remanufactured and given away at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 trade show. Photo courtesy of Iron Direct

IronDirect Offers Remanufactured Trucks

A new remanufacturing truck service will allow fleet operators to purchase like-new remanufactured vehicles for about half the cost of similarly equipped new trucks.

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

Because of the overwhelming interest, Alkane has decided to include the option of a clean diesel fuel engine in its Dominator Class 7-8 series trucks. (Photo: Alkane Truck Company)

Alkane Explores Partnership with Cummins

Alkane Truck Company is exploring a supply agreement with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc., to offer clean diesel engine options for Alkane’s line of heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles.

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.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Declining

After the first month of the year, depreciation rates for medium-duty trucks are up and overall orders for the segment are down, according to Black Book’s Feb. 7 Market Insights Report.

Photo: Mobileye

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on FE and FG Trucks

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

Logo: Armie Bautista

Medium Duty Orders Reach 11-Month High

Orders for Classes 5 to 7 vehicles increased 32% in January compared to the same month a year ago, amid an overall increase in truck orders that rebounded from a slower 2016, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

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.

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.

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

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

Time is running out if you have yet to cast your ballot for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award! Be sure your voice is heard for this prestigious award.

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