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Class 8 Demand Weak in March, Medium-Duty On the Rise

Class 8 truck orders are projected to fall once again in March, down as much as 12% compared to February, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Elevates Skinner to President

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., has promoted Shaun Skinner to president from his role of executive vice president and general manager, the company has announced.

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Spartan Motors to Build Isuzu's F-Series Cabover

Isuzu North America has selected Spartan Motors, producer of Isuzu’s N-Series trucks, to manufacture the company’s new line of F-Series medium-duty trucks.

Class 8 Truck Market Flat, Medium-Duty Poised for Steady Growth

Class 8 truck orders in February were down 42% year-over-year while medium–duty orders were at the highest level in over a year.

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu Adds Class 6 Truck with 4-Cylinder Diesel

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR, the company’s all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment featuring a 4-cylinder diesel engine.

Photo: International

Collision Mitigation Added to International DuraStar

International announced that the collision mitigation technology, Bendix Wingman Fusion would now be offered on its medium-duty DuraStar models. It has also added the Cummins ISL9 engine as an option for the WorkStar and DuraStar.

Photo by Chris Brown.

Cummins Powers Up Medium-Duty Engines

Cummins has updated its B and L series medium-duty engines for 2017, increasing power output options and fuel efficiency.

Vote for 2016 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award. Professional fleet managers are encouraged to vote for the best-of-the-best medium-duty work truck.

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

Photo of 2016 Ram Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA US.

Class 5 Powers 4% Medium-Duty Order Increase in 2015

Orders of medium-duty vehicles in Classes 5-7 increased 4% to 226,800 in 2015, and truck manufacturers built 237,100 units, according to ACT Research.

Photo: FCCC

Daimler Invests $22.7M in Freightliner Custom Chassis Facility

Daimler Trucks North America is investing $22.7 million in Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. to expand facilities and improve operations in South Carolina.

Photo of T270 class 6 truck courtesy of Kenworth.

Medium-Duty Orders Remained Strong in December

Orders of medium-duty vehicles in classes 5-7 surpassed the 20,000-unit level in December for the third time in the past four months with 21,600 units, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Isuzu Beats Commercial Truck Sales Record in 2015

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has beaten two long-standing sales records in 2015 – one for sales of Isuzu Commercial Trucks and the other for the highest parts sales.

(Clockwise from top left) GM's new cabover, Ford's 2016 F-650, GM's Navistar partnership, and Peterbilt's Model 567

Top Medium-Duty News and Articles of 2015

General Motors' re-entry into the medium-duty truck market earned top billing at the most popular medium-duty related news item or article of 2015, and readers were also highly engaged with articles about Ford's redesigned vocational trucks and 2017 Super Duty models.

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Medium Duty Positioned for 'Modest Growth' in 2016

Orders of medium-duty vehicles logged another healthy month in November and appear ready for "continued modest growth" in 2016, an ACT Research analyst has predicted.

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Photo courtesy of Westport

Westport to Advance Natural Gas Tech With Grant

The work will feature Westport's enhanced spark ignited (ESI) natural gas engine technology and demonstrate "High Frequency Corona Discharge Ignition" on an OEM partner's engine.

Bryan C. Allen, MFTA Marketing Manager Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New Marketing Manager

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has named Bryan C. Allen its new marketing manager, responsible for the company’s dealer and end-user marketing programs.

November Truck Order Numbers Not Looking Good

Compared with last year’s record truck order numbers, the early reports for this November show dramatically decreased demand in the Class 8 segment.

Hino 238 conventional truck Photo: Hino

Hino to Offer Custom Paint Options for Conventional Trucks

Hino Trucks will be offering custom color paint options for all of its conventional trucks beginning with the 2017 model year, the company has announced.

Peterbilt Model 567 (PHOTO: Peterbilt Motor Company)

Rollover Protection added to Peterbilt Vocational Trucks

Now in production for Peterbilt’s vocational Model 567 and on-highway Model 579 is the RollTek protection system integrated with the premium Atlas II driver seats

Harrison Truck Centers Expand Operations

Harrison Truck Centers has completed the acquisition of Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership group with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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