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Five truck trend takeaways from April

David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from April focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

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5. Kenworth launches new medium-duty truck lineup

Kenworth has introduced a new medium-duty conventional truck lineup ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8. The new models are the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), Kenworth T280 (Class 6), Kenworth T380 (Class 7) and Kenworth T480 (light Class 8). In addition, for customers needing FEPTO, full parent rails and fixed grille, Kenworth added the Kenworth T380V and Kenworth T480V with a vocational hood. For a detailed look at the new trucks, click here.

4. Peterbilt unveils new Class 5-8 medium-duty trucks, PACCAR TX-8 transmission

Peterbilt Motors Co. has unveiled the new medium-duty Model 537 and Model 548, designed for the Class 7/8 segment, as well as the medium-duty Model 535 and Model 536, designed for the Class 5/6 non-CDL lease and rental markets. Each new model is available for order with deliveries starting in July. Check out all the specs here.

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3. The three reasons you should be using VMRS

The Vehicle Maintenance Report Standards (VMRS) was established by the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations (ATA) back in 1970. It created a standardized method for recording truck service information. To learn more about VMRS and why you should be using it, watch the video here.

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2. Trimble answers today’s top video telematics questions

To find out how fleets are leveraging the latest in video telematics and get a bead on what’s coming down the line as the technology continues to evolve, we caught up with Chris Orban, Trimble’s vice president of data science. Here’s what he had to say.

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1. Three takeaways from the Daimler Trucks AG, Volvo Group cellcentric JV announcement

The trend of increasingly sustainable truck equipment technology is here to stay, with even more equipment advances coming down the line to meet an array of trucking applications. That was the tone set at a recent press conference by the leaders of two global truck manufacturers–Martin Daum, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG; and Martin Lundstedt, chief executive officer of Volvo Group.

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With these two truck manufacturing giants coming together to tackle the hydrogen fuel cell challenge, it’s a safe bet that this will have major implications for the North American market as hydrogen begins its long haul toward its market introduction. Here are the top three takeaways from the cellcentric press conference.

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