Chris Fisher is responsible for developing and managing all information products related to the global commercial vehicle industry. He received his Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska. Prior to coming to work at Power Systems Research, Chris worked at Baldwin Filters as a Market Analyst, OEM Account Representative, and as the Manager of Engineering Services. Chris has been with Power Systems Research since 2006 and has written and published many articles and is a key contributor to Transport Topics, Bloomberg, Diesel Progress and various other publications.
PSR Blogs: Chris Fisher
Apr 17, 2018
(Bloomberg)—Volkswagen's heavy-vehicle division is open to a takeover of U.S. affiliate Navistar International as the German company seeks scale to compete with global leaders Daimler and Volvo.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which is changing its structure to access capital markets in about a year, might consider boosting its existing stake of just under 17 percent of Navistar, though that could trigger a mandatory takeover offer, Chief Financial Officer Matthias Gruendler said >Read more
Apr 16, 2018
April 12, 2018 11:58 CET
TOKYO -- Volkswagen Group's Truck & Bus unit said it has agreed to form a strategic partnership with Japanese truck maker Hino Motors to better compete in the commercial vehicle industry, which is undergoing transformation due to the need for lower-emission vehicles and automated driving capabilities.
The two truck makers said they will consider cooperating in areas such as diesel and gasoline-electric hybrid engines, connectivity and self-driving technologies, adding >Read more
Apr 3, 2018
Date: April 2, 2018
A class action lawsuit alleging that FCA and Cummins used emissions defeat devices on 6.7-liter diesel-equipped 2007-2012 Ram 2500 & 3500 trucks has been dismissed by a federal judge.
Citing insufficient evidence, judge Terrence Berg for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted FCA’s motion for dismissal for a lawsuit filed in late 2016 by law firm Hagens Berman.
Berg notes that while the lawsuit refers to European diesel emissions tests, >Read more
Mar 27, 2018
Date: March 26, 2018
"Things continue to hum [and] everything is working in the economy,” noted Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks, and that’s putting what he dubbed “significant upward pressure” on Class 8 orders.
He explained during a press conference here at the Mid America Trucking Show that the U.S. economy continues to display “good momentum” in 2018 with 2.88% gross domestic product (GDP) growth expected this year compared to 2.3% in 2017. As a result, strong freight volumes, tight >Read more
Mar 8, 2018
Tesla’s new electric semi truck makes its debut delivery
By Trevor Mogg | Digital Trends
Tesla caused quite a stir with its all-electric semi truck when it unveiled the vehicle in November.
Boasting 0 to 60 mph in a zippy five seconds (sans trailer) and a range of 500 miles, as well as autonomous driving features and a design unlike any truck that’s gone before, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes the Tesla Semi will one day transform the long-haul trucking industry.
On Wednesday, Musk posted a photo showing a couple of the trucks >Read more
Feb 23, 2018
Renault Trucks to Begin Selling Electric Trucks in 2019
Renault Trucks has announced that it will launch a range of all-electric trucks designed for use in urban and peri-urban areas.
January 31, 2018
Renault Trucks has announced that it will launch a range of electric vehicles in 2019. This range capitalizes on the experience gleaned from 10 years of testing electric trucks in real-life conditions with its customer-partners. These all-electric trucks are designed for use in urban and peri-urban areas, and will be produced at the Renault Trucks >Read more
Feb 23, 2018
Peterbilt’s Quinn – HD Truck Market Poised For Further Growth In 2018
Date: February 19, 2018
Peterbilt GM Kyle Quinn says 2018 could be one of the best years for Class 8 truck sales on record.
The Class 8 truck market in the United States and Canada in 2018 is setting up to be one of the strongest sales years on record, said Kyle Quinn, general manager of Peterbilt Motors Company and Paccar senior vice president.
Citing an improving manufacturing sector, increased capital spending, strong >Read more
Feb 23, 2018
Daimler’ Daum Throws Shade at Tesla as Truck Rivalry Heats Up
Date: February 23, 2018
Daimler AG cast doubt on Tesla Inc.'s plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.
The German manufacturer, best known for its luxury cars, is also the world’s biggest truck maker, giving Daimler the most to lose should Tesla boss Elon Musk succeed in producing a semi-truck with a 500-mile range for >Read more
Feb 16, 2018
New Delhi: Truck makers are preparing to boost production, encouraged by the government's proposal to raise allocation for infrastructure by more than Rs1 trillion for the year starting 1 April, two people aware of the matter said.
India's top three truck makers—Tata Motors Ltd, Ashok Leyland Ltd and Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd—have asked their suppliers to ramp up capacity, anticipating an increase in demand for trucks and tippers which are used for road construction, transportation and mining.
Truck >Read more
Feb 7, 2018
Detroit rolls medium-duty DD8 into truck production
hwtstaff | February 6, 2018
Less than a year after the Detroit DD8 engine introduction, production of DD8-powered vehicles began this week at Daimler Truck North America’s Freightliner plant in Mount Holly, N.C. Vocational and medium-duty truck customers can now spec the DD8 on Freightliner M2 106, 108SD and 114SD truck models.
Detroit’s DD8 medium-duty engine is now available for Freightliner M2 106, 108SD and 114SD truck models.
Less than a year after the Detroit DD8 engine >Read more