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Mack Makes a Move into the Medium Market

Mack is back in the medium-duty truck business with the launch of its all-new Mack MD series.

The MD series will include the MD6, a Class 6 model with a gross vehicle weight rating of 25,995 pounds, and the MD7, a Class 7 model with a gross vehicle weight rating of 33,000 pounds.

The new trucks can be used for applications such as dry/refrigerated vans, dump bodies, flatbeds and tankers…and should be available for sale here at TransEdge in late Spring.

Read More Here: Trucking Info

Are We In for a 2020 Reality Check?

After a wildly successful 2018, new data suggests trucking settled into more realistic conditions in 2019.

Trailer orders lagged but Class 8 sales finished solidly above replacement levels for the first 11 months of 2019.Tonnage was up slightly, with contract freight holding steady and spot market showing a decline.

2019 also marked the entry into the Class 8 market by Hino Motors. We’d be happy to introduce you to this exciting new option.

Read More Here: Transport Topics

Charging Towards a Future Filled with Electric Trucks

All eyes are on California’s proposed rules on electric truck sales.

The Advanced Clean Truck Regulation is a first in the US, and would mandate manufacturers sell a certain percentage of zero-emission trucks beginning with the 2024 model year. It’s in discussion now with a final decision expected in 2020.

Mack Trucks is following the action closely. As you likely have seen, Mack is already in development of a fully electric LR for the refuse sector, while Volvo is planning to begin commercial production on a VNR Electric next year.

Read More Here: Fleet Owner

Behind the Wheel of the New Hino XL8

As we mentioned last month we are excited about the recent release of the all-new Hino XL8. It’s a sentiment shared by many. In fact, the Editor at Heavy Duty Trucking Equipment recently got a chance to get behind the wheel for a test drive. Check out the videos here and let us know if you would like to take a test drive:

Watch Here: Hino Behind the Wheel Video

Watch Here: Hino XL8 Walkaround Video

Self Driving Trucks-Skeptic or True Believer?

Automated steering capabilities, such as lane departure protection and automatic lane centering, are already standard in most late-model passenger cars. These features will soon become broadly available as options in commercial trucks, too.

Whether you’re a true believer or skeptic, these onboard safety features aim to help drivers prevent crashes. Read more on the future of self-driving trucks here:

Read More Here: Transport Topics

The Shift to Automated Transmissions

You’ve likely heard us talk about the Volvo I Shift and the Mack Mdrive™. The Volvo I-Shift continuously monitors grade, speed, weight, and engine load, shifting when necessary or holding a gear-whichever saves more fuel. While the mDRIVE is an automated manual transmission built for Mack Pinnacle™ tractors. Both are trending! Volvo Trucks North America reports an AMT share of about 93% for all of the transmissions it now manufactures.

This shift in transmissions used in Class 8 trucks has skyrocketed over the past few years. Manual transmissions now represent a minority.

Read More Here: Transport Topics

Trucking Jobs on the Rise

New data just released by the Department of Labor appears to be good news for trucking. Employment in the for-hire trucking industry totaled 1.519 million in June — a gain of 36,800 jobs from the same month last year.

The news is also good for other sectors. The U.S. economy as a whole added 224,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate climbed just a tenth of a percent to 3.7 percent.

Read More Here: Commercial Carrier Journal

Spring Surge

After a weak February and March, tonnage saw a big surge in April. February and March were particularly weak months, as evidenced by the 3.5% dip in tonnage due to weather and other factors, so some of the gain was a catch-up effect.

Read more… Transport Topics

Rising to Meet the Demand of the Online Shopper

In a world where online shopping continues to grow, so does the need for delivery companies to get products in the hands of consumers faster and faster. That means delivery truck demand continues to grow and the work they do in the final mile becomes more and more important. It’s also why we’re seeing explosive growth in our Hino line of medium duty trucks.

Read more about how transportation companies are working with retailers to find solutions: Transport Topics

Innovations for the Future

Government emissions standards continue to evolve, so the technology in each and every truck on the road also needs to evolve./p>

Diesel engines need new components, including hybrid-electric powertrains and natural gas engines (which we are proud to be testing as part of an innovative program with Mack and our friends at Pitt Ohio).

Read more about some of the advanced technology being tested here: Commercial Carrier Journal