Heavy Duty Trucks News
Western Star unveils the 57X on-highway truck

Western Star introduced the latest addition to its X-Series–the all-new Western Star 57X. During a pre-release press event, the Western Star team noted that the 57X is the most fuel-efficient truck Western Star has ever built–5.8% more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the 5700XE. Detroit power options, Detroit technology and tough-as-nails Western Star styling were also

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ACT Research Class 8 tractor dashboard still downbeat

ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard was unchanged in May, the third month of moderately downbeat readings. “Our interpretation of the recent Tractor Dashboard reading is a gradual erosion of Class 8 market demand into the second half of 2022, but no ‘spiral down’ and certainly not

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ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: More capacity and less volume 

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, showed volume and pricing down, with capacity still on the high side, resulting in a lower Supply-Demand Balance in June. “The reading shows volumes continuing to contract, as sustained inflation and high fuel prices erode consumer confidence,” said Carter Vieth, research associate, ACT Research. “Substitution effects are

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in June

American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in June after rising 0.3% in May. In June, the index equaled 120.1 (2015=100) versus 116.9 in May. “June’s jump tells me a couple of things. First, the transition in the freight market from spot back to contract continues. ATA’s tonnage

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WattEV to accelerate heavy-duty EV Truck-as-a-Service fleet deployment

Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) fleet operator and charging infrastructure developer WattEV announced the award of grants totaling some $3 million from two Southern California government agencies. WattEV will use funding from the “Last-Mile Freight Program” of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) towards the purchase of 20 of its initial fleet of 50 Volvo VNR Electric

How Daimler Truck N.A. maps out a product strategy during a time of trucking transitions

The buzz of electrification in trucking continues to build as electric trucks roll into applications. While EV headlines continue to dominate (guilty as charged), diesel is still king of the road for the foreseeable future. Diesel development continues as the industry faces down another round of GHG emissions regulations in 2024, and diesel will play

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Fontaine Heavy-Haul changes company name to Fontaine Specialized 

The trailer business previously known as Fontaine Heavy-Haul is now Fontaine Specialized. “In order to meet the evolving and ever challenging needs of our customer base, our product line will continue to expand beyond traditional heavy-haul trailers,” explained Todd Anderson, President of Fontaine Specialized. “Over the last several years we have expanded our Xcalibur extendable

ACT Research: U.S. used truck prices softening

Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) rose 6% month-over-month, but were 39% lower compared to June of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included month-over-month comparisons for June 2022,

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Mild recession now base case in forecasting of NA CV markets

According to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, ACT lowered their GDP forecast, but continues to believe there is enough pent-up demand, and built-up purchasing power among consumers, albeit mitigated by inflation, to support growth in 2022. ACT’s analysts also believe tighter monetary policy will lead to GDP contraction in the first half

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation forecasts 5.9% expansion in annualized equipment, software investment growth

After a strong rebound in Q1, overall equipment and software investment growth is expected to slow significantly over the remainder of the year, though demand in some end-use markets should remain healthy. The Q3 update to the 2022 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, forecasts equipment and software

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Carrier Transicold’s Lynx Fleet platform rolls out enhanced monitoring of refrigerated fleets

Carrier Transicold has rolled out new capabilities for its digital platform, now rebranded as Lynx Fleet, giving North American refrigerated trucking operations more comprehensive monitoring capabilities for their refrigerated trucks and trailers. The new Lynx Fleet offering enhances the prior web-based application with an at-a-glance view of refrigerated truck and trailer performance parameters, the manufacturer noted in

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ATRI outlines best practices for recruiting, training, and retaining younger adults

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a new report that investigates how to best integrate younger adults aged 18 to 25 into trucking careers. This research, a top priority of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee in 2021, synthesizes a variety of data and analyses including younger driver surveys, carrier interviews, and the latest workforce statistics. The research

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