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Truck Sales Are Rolling!

Truck Sales Are Rolling!

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks shot up 49% in February to nearly 17,000 units. While, truck makers sold 16,687 units compared with 11,200 a year earlier. Volvo Trucks North America sold 1,973 trucks, an 88.3% gain from a year earlier, and earned an 11.8% share.

VTNA on March 14 launched its updated Class 8 VNX model designed for heavy-haul applications, which the company said made up a high-profile segment of the industry. It is available for order as a day cab, flat roof or midroof sleeper. The earlier version came on the market in 2013.

Mack Trucks sold 1,194 trucks, an 8.1% gain over the year-earlier period, for a 7.2% share. TransEdge proudly carries Mack and Volvo. To set up a showing, contact me today.

Source: Transport Topics, March 15, 2018

Help Wanted

Help wanted! Trucking companies are recruiting new drivers but there’s a serious shortage of qualified applicants. With the combination of demand being up, older drivers retiring and younger people staying away from truck driving careers, a crisis is looming.

Thomas Balzer, President and CEO of the Ohio Trucking Association, says “the shortage of over-the-road truckload drivers nationwide is now hovering around the 52,000 mark, that number could more than quadruple by 2025.”

The industry needs to add almost 1 million new drivers by 2024 to keep up with demand, according to a recent ATA report.