Mar 22 – Recent Trucking News-Natural Gas For Fuel And New Truck Orders

The switch to an all natural gas trucking fleet country wide is still a long ways off. We all will be watching as they do the road tests and put these engines under the stress of the job so we can learn more on how they will perform under heavy loads and grades.

The economy is still a bit shaky we all can see that. The purchases of class 8 rigs is still anybody’s guess on how they will show for new truck orders. We know a lot of drivers are sticking with trucks that are paid for and not wanting to take on a new truck payment, so it is up in the air on how many trucks will be ordered this year. Fleets will be doing their orders soon if they have not already, so the numbers will be fluctuating for a while to come.

Mack unleashes 505-hp 13-liter engine, adds two new suspensions and rolls out LNG-fueled on-highway tractorLOUISVILLE, KY.Here at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Mack Trucks unveiled a new high-horsepower 13-liter Econodyne diesel and two new suspensions, one for on-highway tractors and one for vocational models.

The OEM said its new Mack MP8 Econdyne+ is a “powerful and high-performing engine ideal for on-highway customers who require additional muscle to move their loads…

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Class 8 forecast remains all over the mapLOUISVILLE, KY. Will Class 8 sales stay flat this year compared to 2012? Will they decline? Or could they be poised to take a healthy jump as the U.S. economic recovery gains steadier legs? Based on interviews and statements here at the 2013 Mid America Trucking Show with truck OEMs and suppliers, any of those scenarios remain distinct possibilities for the coming year…

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