Tires, inflation levels, and roadside inspections

With the annual 72-hour Roadcheck inspection blitz overseen by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) set to kick off June 6 through 8 this year – just a scant few days away – now’s the time to make sure one last time that you’ve got all the components of your big rig in tip-top shape, […]

Mid Year Lull Occurring For Big Rig Orders

Six consecutive months of strong Class 8 order volume ended abruptly in May, according to data tracked by research firm Stifel Capital Markets. Class 8 orders in May topped 16,800 units and while that’s up 18% compared to the same month in 2016, it’s down 30% sequentially from April and below expectations, noted Michael Baudendistel, […]

Is A Regional Spec In Your Trucking Future?

With lengths of hauls declining and demand for urban deliveries rising, trucks spec’d for more close-in work might be a better bet. Chris Stadler, product marketing manager for regional haul at Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) will tell you that the reason the OEM embarked on an over two-year effort to develop a new regional […]

Navistar Sees Better Days Ahead

Though Navistar posted a loss for the second quarter this year, largely due to charges to cover losses on its “legacy” used trucks equipped with its old MaxxForce 13-liter exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) only engines, the OEM remains confident its fortunes will improve during the second half of 2017. “We are on track to deliver […]

Commercial Truck Financing Figures Show Steady Growth

According to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s August stats, new commercial equipment financed in the United States totaled $9.2-billion. That figure is up 3% from the same time frame a year ago. The Monthly Leasing and Finance Index also indicated that volume was down 2% from the previous month. In July 2019 the commercial […]