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What Is Happening In 2018 With Medium-Duty Trucks?

National Truck & Equipment Sales (NTE), located approximately twenty minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio, is just one of the Robertson Truck Group solutions offering vans, medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty truck, trailers, truck bodies, and equipment. It's always exciting to see what's new in the world of trucking, and there has been a lot of interesting new, medium-duty trucks from great truck makers.

Found on HDT Truckinginfo"What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018" by Roberts, J. (2017, October 18) recaps what debuted this year. 

  • Medium-duty trucks are seeing an increasing demand due to urbanized deliveries with people ordering some of the staples more online in place of going to the grocery stores.
  • The market is leaning towards "all-electric van and trucks" to achieve the greatest efficiencies for delivering within the urban communities, but light-bodied vehicles may top this ideology.
  • Safety measures are a definite concentration and these features are being integrated into the medium-duty trucks, especially those that are used in heavy traffic areas.
  • Chevrolet and GM gave some exciting news about re-entering the medium-duty market.
    • As found on TRUCKS.com"GM's Return to Medium-Duty Creates Three-Way Sales Race" by ZumMallen, R. (2018, April 5) reveals how GM hopes to join in the competition against Ford and Ram in the medium-duty market when they revealed their 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500-5500 HD. Their biggest worry is getting them out fast enough.
  • Ford performed some major upgrades in 2016 on its F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks, and additional improvements were part of the 2018 changes. Ford is offering a wide GVWR range in these medium-duty trucks.
  • Freightliner medium-duty trucks are getting improvements "under the hood with the introduction of the DD8 diesel engine."
  • Hino concentrates on medium-duty trucks that optimize reduction of emissions to meet those areas with strict emission laws. They continue with their hybrids with the 6th generation of trucks that are strong, well-built trucks that also offer fuel efficiency while reducing exhaust emissions and operating expenses.
  • International is in the news for their work to build medium-duty trucks for Chevrolet and GMC. Most of International's 2018 concentration is involving technological improvements for our medium-duty trucks. With it's the end of the "N9 and N10 medium-duty diesel engines", International will be integrating "Cummins 6.7- and 9-liter."
  • Isuzu has introduced a new "FTR" model that delivers better fuel efficiency, allows for a "GVWR of 25,950 lbs., offers a selection of wheelbase lengths between 152 to 248 inches, and offers truck bodies ranging from 14 to 30 feet in length." This model also gives better capabilities to maneuver in urban areas and offers "a 100-gallon fuel tank depending on the wheelbase."
  • Kenworth keeps its tradition in the "conventional and cabover" medium-duty options with its improved T270 and T370 models. Both are with improvements of forward visibility, and both allow for "single rear or tandem drive axle options." Allowing for a choice of "4x4 and 6x6" drive choices, they also can be "manual, automated, or automatic transmissions."
  • Mitsubishi Fuso introduced an "all-electric eCanter" series.
  • Peterbilt's Model 220 cabover offering" GVWR 26,000 to 33,000" offers a "low chassis weight for high-volume pickup and delivery applications along with beverage and refuse applications." This model can also be configured for "street sweeper and paint striper" applications. 
  • Ram Commercial 3500 model offers a new fifth wheel that increases "maximum trailer weight to 30,000 lbs."

As Roberts points out, the demand for these medium-trucks is being realized. Our fast-paced technology era is also making this segment of our trucking industry more exciting with upgrades to deliver safety, fuel efficiency and more.

National Truck & Equipment Sales has a great inventory of road-ready pre-owned, medium-duty trucks along with other great truck and trailers options to replace or add to your fleet. Our superior fabrication capabilities allow us to customize to your needs. If you don't see what you're looking for, give us a call at 844-683-6446. It is always our honor to work hard to deliver the best solutions for all your trucking needs. 


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