Truck News

  • Daimler unveils new lease program, equipment updates

    October 28, 2019 1:28PM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Daimler Trucks North America has announced a new Dynamic Lease Program, supporting a “pay-as-you-drive” model that matches lease payments to billable miles. While it’s only available in the U.S. at first, the financing option draws on telematics

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    Western Star eyes higher vocational truck share

    August 20, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    YOUNTVILLE, Calif. – Daimler Trucks North America enjoys a significant share of the on-highway truck market, but Western Star president David Carson knows there is room for growth in the vocational business segment.

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    Daimler to establish new PDC in Canada

    August 20, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    YOUNTVILLE, Calif. – Daimler Trucks North America plans to establish a new parts distribution center in Canada as it pushes toward a goal of completing truck repairs within 24 hours.

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    Daimler team focusing on customer experience

    August 20, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is establishing a new internal group that will dedicate itself to improving the customer experience, touching everything from new truck sales to service.

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    Do you trust autonomous vehicles?

    June 6, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    MONTREAL, Que. – Engineers have proven they can create cars and trucks that move without drivers at the controls, but confidence in early autonomous vehicles has been shaken in the wake of some high-profile collisions.

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    Taking a quick spin with Daimler’s electric trucks

    February 11, 2019 12:00AM by Jim Park

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jim Park takes some of Daimler’s earliest electric vehicles out for a test drive, but it will be several years before such trucks are a widespread offering.

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    Has platooning reached a dead end?

    January 11, 2019 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Has Daimler’s Martin Daum thrown serious rain on the platooning parade? Is he right to stop investing in the technology? Will he dissuade others from doing so?

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    Paez tackles the Olympian challenge of cross-border trucking

    November 30, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Crossing an international border can seem like an Olympian task at the best of times, with challenges ranging from ever-changing regulations to the search for backhauls. But Olympic Transport has been rising to those challenges for

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    The rules of the game are changing in Mexico

    November 30, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Daimler has 8,000 Daimler employees in Mexico, and now their work will be guided by a new series of rules. But a new USMCA trade deal is only one of them.

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    Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

    November 14, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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    Daimler forecasts 440,000 Class 6-8 trucks

    October 30, 2018 12:00AM by Steve Bouchard

    AUSTIN, Texas — Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Truck North America, discussed electrification, autonomy, the state of the economy and the supply chain during a round table at the American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas.

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    Keep Cool: Engine coolants have evolved, so have maintenance needs

    October 9, 2018 12:00AM by Eric Berard

    MONTREAL, Que. — Internal combustion engines burn fuel to produce kinetic energy, and generate heat in the process. That’s why we’ve always needed coolants – although, they’ve evolved from simple well water into modern-day mixtures of glycol and water. The

  • Daimler’s Daum: Trade war would have ‘no winners’

    September 20, 2018 4:00PM by John G. Smith

    HANNOVER, Germany – The business of making trucks is booming at Daimler Truck and Bus. Sales for the company were up 13% in the first half of 2018, and orders are up 38%. “That’s why we’re equally optimistic about the

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    Euro Zone: New and future truck tech at IAA show

    September 20, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    HANNOVER, Germany — The scope and scale of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is like no other. Daimler and Traton – the recently rebranded Volkswagen Truck and Bus — stake their claims to entire buildings rather than individual exhibit halls. Some of the aisles in the halls are as wide as streets. The individual buildings are divided by actual streets. And did we mention the Ferris wheel?

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    Daimler displays safety-first philosophy in launch

    September 18, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    HANNOVER, Germany – Safety is the name of the game, and Daimler has clearly raised that game with an array of new features unveiled during the IAA truck show. The latest generation of Europe’s cabover Actros tractor includes no fewer than 60 new features, four of which have made world premiers. But in a launch event branded as “transforming transportation”, the focuses on visibility, pedestrian detection, and automated braking took center stage.