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Daimler Net Income, Revenue Down on Soft Total Sales

Mercedes Sprinter van A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Quarterly sales of vans jumped 7%. (Mercedes-Benz USA)

German car and truck maker Daimler AG reported second-quarter net income and revenue fell amid a slight increase in overall vehicle sales, driven by larger gains at its Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Trucks units.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 26, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Knight-Swift Sees Steady Revenue Rise as Merger Efforts Continue

Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation cabs Knight Transportation completed its acquisition of Swift Transportation last September. (TT File Photo)

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings reported greater second-quarter revenue and improved income across most of its divisions as it continued the coordination of the two firms after their merger last September.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Ford Announces Reshuffling, New Self-Driving Vehicle Unit

Ford

A day ahead of announcing second-quarter earnings, Ford Motor Co. unveiled organizational changes that it says will improve its operations and grow profits.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
July 25, 2018
Business, Equipment

Used Class 8 Sales Dip in June Amid Low Inventory

Used truck lot John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A dip in demand, shortages of vocational trucks and higher prices for the average Class 8 truck marked the used truck market in June, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Chinese Startups Floor the Pedal in Driverless Car Race

self driving car in china Baidu Inc.'s autonomous car at the company's headquarters in Beijing. Wang Jing, the executive in charge of Baidu's autonomous driving efforts, is on a mission: To push China to the forefront of the coming driverless-car era. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

A group of Chinese startups is accelerating efforts to get autonomous vehicles onto roads in the world’s biggest auto market, a country its American peers from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo to General Motors Co.’s Cruise may find tough to crack.

Bloomberg News
July 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Strong Economy Boosts Medium-Duty Sector

Medium-Duty Trucks With the growth of e-commerce, medium-duty trucks accomplish final-mile distribution better than Class 8 trucks, experts say. (Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Despite some potential clouds on the horizon from higher tariffs, optimism about the overall economy founded on strong numbers in housing, construction and growth in e-commerce are boosting sales of medium-duty trucks and pushing the sector out of decadelong doldrums.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2018
Business, Equipment

June Trailer Orders Clear 20,000

Stoughton trailers Stoughton Trailers

U.S. trailer orders in June passed 20,000 but declined for the first time in 18 months, year-over-year, held back by a fall-off in dry van orders, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2018
Business, Equipment

Paccar Hits Record 2Q Revenue; Profits Surge

Paccar Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks by John Sommers II for Transport Topics.

Truck maker Paccar Inc. in the second quarter rode strong performances from all sectors of its business to record quarterly revenue and a surge in net income.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Western Star Benefiting From Business Climate, Executives Say

David Carson Carson by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. – Booming demand for new Class 8 trucks and activity on the vocational side not seen since the late 2000s is lifting demand for Western Star trucks, company executives said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo VNL 300 Daycab Now Available With Cummins ISX12N Engine

Volvo VNL Volvo VNL by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America announced its new Volvo VNL 300 daycab now is available with the Cummins ISX12N near-zero natural gas engine, providing an alternative fuel solution for pickup and delivery and regional-haul operations.

Transport Topics
July 24, 2018

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