Class 8

Government, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Pilot Program for Young Drivers

Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez at the 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate trucks interstate.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019

Used Class 8 Demand in March Remains Strong

Used truck lot A used truck lot. In March, demand was strong for used Class 8 trucks, but inventory was lacking. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The market for used Class 8s in March continued to butt heads with a lack of inventory amid still-strong demand. Sales slipped, and prices rose.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 26, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Extreme Temps Affect Electric Truck Batteries

A BYD battery-electric truck A BYD battery-electric truck. Replacing diesel-powered trucks will bring challenges. (California HVIP)

All major truck builders and several startups are preparing to develop, test and market either battery-electric vehicles or fuel-cell/battery models in the very near term. Replacing diesel-powered Class 8 trucks, though, will present numerous challenges to an industry accustomed to proven and reliable diesel-­engine technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

Class 8 Sales Jump 39.7% in January

Class 8 Sales New trucks on the lot at Kentuckiana's Premier Truck Center in Clarksville, Ind. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Daimler Trucks North America rode its Freightliner brand to a nearly 50% market share of U.S. Class 8 retail sales in January as volume industrywide cleared 20,000 units, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Savings of Truck Safety Technology

The rising cost of maintenance for Class 8 trucks needs to be weighed against safety and operational benefits, according to a recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019

Class 8 Orders Still Rising 12 Months After Initial Surge Began

Class 8 Orders Workers at Freightliner's Mount Holly, N.C., manufacturing plant. (Freightliner Trucks via YouTube)

North American orders of Class 8 vehicles in October reached 43,600 and extended the cycle of strong demand that began a year ago, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 5, 2018
Business, Equipment

Truck Orders Reach Peak Levels, Analysts Say

Truck Orders Kenworth trucks (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The aggressive demand for new Class 8 trucks rolled on in September, contributing to record order strength over the past three months, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

July Class 8 Sales Jump Amid Demand for Safety Tech

Freightliner dealer Freightliner and Western Star trucks for sale at a Texas Premier Truck Group dealership. Freightliner remains the market leader. (Premier Truck Group)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in July were the second-highest of the year, increasing by more than 33% as they cleared 20,000.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

North American Class 8 Orders Continue Strong Growth in May

Class 8 orders (Arne Edstrom/Volvo Trucks)

Orders for new Class 8 trucks more than doubled last month versus year-ago levels, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Sales Up 37% in April

Navistar Navistar International Corp. LT models (Jonathan Reiskin — Transport Topics)

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks in April climbed 37% to nearly 19,000 units as all truck makers posted double-digit gains, reported. One key supplier said parts are flowing in from around the globe to meet the demand — which is expected to build this year.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2018