Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks
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.
Pushing 10: Mack test drive shows role of tech in fuel economy
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Equipment editor Jim Park has developed a new appreciation for drivers who post consistently high fuel economy numbers, especially those who push every day to crack 10 mpg (23.5 L/100km). But the trucks also deserve a good chunk of the credit.
Proof of Pick-up: Video telematics don’t miss a thing
FONTANA, Calif. – Whether you’re a residential solid waste collector or you service businesses needing private pickup, you know it’s a call you’re going to get: the complaint that the trash was missed. More than just a minor annoyance, dealing with the problem can be a hit to the bottom line with extra runs, lost productivity, or even discounts to make customers happy. And then there’s always that lingering question – was the pickup really missed, or did the customer miss putting the trash out?
Quick Spin: Reviewing the Mack LR
TORONTO, Ont. --When I was just four years old, my mother liked to remind me, I once told a kids' TV show host that when I grew up I hoped to become either an astronaut or a garbageman. Talk about hedging your bets. I'll likely never make it onto orbit, but I did finally get a drive in a garbage truck. Mack's new LR model, actually, and it was worth the wait.
Truck World Day 1 — a video recap
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Missed Truck World 2018? Don't worry, Equipment editor Jim Park has got you covered with a video update right from the show floor. With a "smoking" Canadian economy being reflected in the trucking industry, business was booming and attendance was the highest seen on day one in a long time. We've got your updates from Mack and Volvo, a look at the Canadian paint job on the Anthem, and so much more. Check it out!
Mack VP: Will construction labor shortage harm growth?
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- With truck order intake expected to hit near-record levels in 2018, Mack's senior vice-president for North American sales, Jonathan Randall, is worried about who will drive all the trucks the company is building. Speaking on the opening day of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, Randall said the construction sector is seeing record spending, lots of job growth, and correspondingly strong order intake from the sector, but he says there are a couple of potentially dampening factors on the horizon. "There's a shortage of labor in that sector today, or more specifically, a shortage of construction workers," he said. "Who is going to drive all the trucks that we're selling?" Randall says U.S. GDP is expected to grow by 2.8% this year, and the strong economy is reflected in the strong order intake the industry is seeing this year. To says the economy is robust would probably be an understatement based on what Mack is seeing in truck orders
Truck sales projections face ‘upward pressure’: Randall
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mack Trucks continues to show confidence in North America’s truck market, identifying upward pressure on current projections for 280,000 Class 8 truck sales this year. “There’s significant upward pressure,” says senior vice-president of sales and marketing Jonathan Randall.