From Our Perspective

Truck sales continue their much-needed growth. While at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY a couple of weeks ago, I was astonished at how upbeat the industry is. Based on a number of conversations I had while at MATS, a number of owners will be expanding their fleets, thereby growing unit sales beyond the replacement demand phenomenon we’ve seen for the past 27 months. That is terrific news.

Not only were the people at MATS excited about the unit sales growth, they were excited about the new models that were being showcased. There are a lot of interesting new wrinkles in commercial truck offerings in all medium- and heavy-duty classes.

A greater degree of attention is being placed on green trucks – hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles. Based on attendee interest in these vehicles at both MATS and the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in March, it’s likely that we’ll continue to see rapid growth in the production of green vehicles. And, with fuel prices continuing their incredible upward climb, green vehicles are starting to look much more attractive to fleet owners and municipalities.

We’re observing an increase in the number of green vehicles listed on Although the total green units online is still very small, it’s growing every month.

–Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at or by phone at 757-351-7289.

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