Business, Equipment, Breaking News

October Class 8 Sales Underscore Replacement Demand

Western Star 49X Western Star 49X Logger. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Class 8 U.S. retail sales in October remained 18.4% below year-ago levels and closed in on 19,000 to signal replacement demand is strong, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Breaking News

Daimler, Waymo Partner to Develop Autonomous Trucks

Daimler-Waymo autonomous truck illustration Daimler Trucks and Waymo are partnering to produce an autonomous Freightliner Cascadia equipped with the Waymo Driver. (Waymo)

Daimler Trucks and Waymo have announced an agreement to produce highly automated Level 4 commercial vehicles by combining Daimler’s trucks with Waymo’s technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 27, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

September Tonnage Down Year-Over-Year, but Rebounds After August Decline

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Truck tonnage in September declined a seasonally adjusted 2.7% when compared with year-ago levels, marking the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year declines, American Trucking Associations said Oct. 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 20, 2020
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

September Class 8 Sales Highest for the Year

Kenworth trucks on a lot Heavy-duty sales last month hit 19,126, down 32.3% compared with the historic September 2019 peak of 28,258 units. Kenworth Truck Co. had the second-most sales with 2,800. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in September climbed above 19,000 to the highest point of the year, but were down nearly 33% compared with year-ago levels.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 13, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Tonnage Declines 8.9% Year-Over-Year in August

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Truck tonnage in August declined a seasonally adjusted 8.9% when compared with year-ago levels, marking the fifth consecutive year-over-year decline, American Trucking Associations said.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Breaking News

Nikola Executive Chairman Trevor Milton Steps Down

Trevor Milton owns 35% of the company, according to regulatory filings. (Nikola Motor Co.)

Trevor Milton has voluntarily stepped aside as executive chairman and board member of Nikola Corp., the electric truck company he created, it was announced Sept. 21.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 21, 2020
Business, Equipment, Breaking News

August Class 8 Sales Hit Highest Mark of 2020

Class 8 trucks on lot Class 8 Freightliners on a sales lot. Freightliner tallied 7,266 sales, down 3.6% from a year earlier, but that figure still represented a leading 41.1% market share. (Freightliner)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in August hit the high point of the year, clearing 17,000 as Freightliner notched a leading 41.1% market share, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Breaking News

Omnitracs Acquires Onboard Video Firm SmartDrive

The Omnitracs booth at the 2019 MCE in San Diego The Omnitracs booth at the 2019 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Trucking technology supplier Omnitracs has agreed to acquire SmartDrive Systems, one of the transportation industry’s largest providers of onboard cameras and video-based safety systems.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Breaking News

Nikola, GM Strike Deal for Pickup Trucks, Batteries

Nikola From left: Milton, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and Barra (CNBC Television screenshot via Youtube)

General Motors Co. and Nikola Corp. on Sept. 8 announced a strategic partnership under which GM will build Nikola’s Badger pickup truck and also serve as a key supplier of fuel cell-electric technology for Nikola’s Class 7 and Class 8 trucks.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Breaking News

Southeastern Motor Freight Files RICO Lawsuit in La. Staged Accidents Case

Gavel Southeastern Motor Freight alleges in the lawsuit that it was defrauded by attorney D. Patrick Keating of Nugent Keating law firm, saying Keating conspired with Damian Labeaud and Mario Solomon in two June 2017 staged accidents. (Getty Images)

A New Orleans motor carrier has filed a federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act civil lawsuit against a New Orleans attorney and two convicted participants in a pair of staged accidents with tractor-trailers in 2017.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 1, 2020

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