Class 8

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Class 8 Sales Tumble in January as Fleets Grow More Cautious

Peterbilt Class 8 A Peterbilt 579 Class 8 truck. (Peterbilt Motors Co.)

Class 8 U.S. retail sales in January dropped below 16,000 for the first time since January 2018, WardsAuto .com reported, as a cautious industry waited to see what changes in the freight environment.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 12, 2020
Business, Equipment, Top 100

Class 8 Orders Off 71% From Year-Ago Levels

Peterbilts on the assembly line Peterbilts on the assembly line. Class 8 preliminary orders hit 12,600 in September, according to ACT Research. (Riverside Transport Inc. via YouTube)

North American Class 8 orders in September cleared 12,000 units, ACT Research reported, citing preliminary data, but the volume remained just a faint shadow of what occurred a year earlier.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 3, 2019
Business, Equipment

Used Truck Market in July Underscores Buyers Are Leaving

Kenworth trucks A 2016 Kenworth T270 flatbed truck at a dealership in Dallas. The average Class 8’s sales price increased 2% to $46,442 compared with $45,455 a year earlier. (Shutterstock)

Sales of used Class 8 trucks under $50,000 continued to fall during July, which helped drive up the average sales price, but at the same time underscored certain buyers have exited the market, according to ACT Research.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 29, 2019
Business, Equipment

June Class 8 Sales Improve Amid Softer Freight Market

Inter-Coastal Trucking truck Some trucks from Inter-Coastal's fleet. The regional truckload carrier continues to replace older equipment with new trucks. (Inter-Coastal via Facebook)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in June improved to climb above 23,000 units, reported. They landed against the backdrop of a freight environment that is weakening this year and already is served by too many trucks, other analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 18, 2019
Business, Equipment

Rising Class 8 Sales in May Signal Demand Alive and Well

American Central Transport truck American Central Trucking initially planned to replace 95 vehicles in 2019 but may have to increase that by a few more trucks. (HaulACT via YouTube)

U.S. retail sales of heavy-duty trucks kept up momentum in May, pushing into the 20,000-plus territory for the 10th time over the past year, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 20, 2019
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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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