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The Medium-Duty Truck Trends of the Year [2015]

January 5th, 2016

Within medium-duty segments, cabover trucks, gasoline options and light-duty, customizable vans are making a big splash in the market.

“Isuzu is seeing a number of new customers moving to our low cab forward [LCF] design to better fit the different routes that customers have in tight confined areas,” said Brian Tabel, Isuzu’s executive director of marketing. “The idea of traditional trucks for all routes is moving to be something of the past as business owners recognize they can use the right truck for the right route with lowering their cost of ownership of the trucks they operate. With that in mind, distributors are moving to the Isuzu product to reduce the overall cost of ownership of the vehicles in their business.”

Visibility and maneuverability are at the top of the list for why cabovers are gaining ground. Jason Skoog, Kenworth’s assistant general manager for sales and marketing, explained that ease of serviceability is another big cabover selling point.

“We have continuously emphasized the 4 ft. of shorter overall length as it will allow truck operators to get more payload in smaller packages, thus potentially lessoning the loads needed to haul by some customers. Some major metro cities are also limiting overview length and the K270/K370 is a perfect solution,” he said...READ MORE.

Source: Fleet Equipment