ATLANTA – The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show), the premier biennial B2B trucking industry event focusing on the needs of fleet owners, managers and decision makers, revealed the future of the trucking industry during the four-day event. The show featured 473 exhibitors showcasing the latest electric trucks, connectivity innovations and autonomous driving technologies to 8466 verified commercial vehicle industry attendees such as manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, fleets, and dealers. More than 190 verified members of the press attended the show. NACV Show 2019 exhibit and conference space covered 393,100 net square feet across Halls A & B in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The NACV Show 2021 will be held in Atlanta from September 27-30, 2021.
NACV Show 2019 featured the biggest names in Class 8 trucks and trailers, including Daimler, Dana, Great Dane, Hino Trucks, Hyundai, Kenworth, Mack Trucks, Navistar’s International Trucks, Peterbilt, Volvo and many more. Across the show floor, exhibitors showcased innovations paving the way to zero emissions, solving professional truck drivers challenges and positively impacting fleet maintenance technicians.
Media outlets worldwide from popular truck news sites to Spiegel Magazine, the largest publication in Europe, broadcast the event’s heavy-duty trucks, trailers and commercial vehicle technology innovations. “The NACV Show is the only event in the U.S. timed specifically to align with the key OEMs new product roll-out cycle. Since the inaugural event in 2017, the commercial vehicle industry has fully embraced alternative fuels, cutting-edge driver assistance technology and IoT solutions all on display at this year’s show,” said Larry Turner, CEO of Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA) the co-organizer of the NACV Show with partner Newcom Media.
Fleet decision makers from AB InBev, FedEx, J.B. Hunt, PepsiCo, Swift Transportation, UPS, Walmart and many more attended the show to source the latest Class 8 trucks and connectivity options. “Attendees and exhibitors alike were enthusiastic about the variety of innovations powering the industry’s future and improving professional drivers’ lives on display across the show floor. We will continue to closely collaborate with our key truck and trailer OEMs to enhance the show’s format and ensure more traffic in 2021,” said Joe Glionna, president of Newcom Media.
Electrification Takes Center Stage
“The OEMs did an outstanding job of showcasing forward looking innovations this year, and electrification was an important part of the conversation across the show floor,” said Turner.
Dana, in collaboration with Lonestar Specialty Vehicles, launched a fully electrified terminal tractor, unveiling the tractor at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) Run on Less press conference the day before the opening of the show. The new Spicer® Electrified™ e-Powertrain system is designed and manufactured by Dana as a complete electric powertrain solution for use on vehicles built by Lonestar SV. Dana also announced two electric-related partnerships with OEMs at the show.
“Dana provides turnkey solutions to lower our customers’ fuel costs and provide them with zero emissions solutions,” said Ryan Laskey, vice president of engineering for commercial vehicle at Dana. “The NACV Show offers us the chance to connect one-on-one with our customers, to network with potential partners and to showcase our latest NA-based products.”
Navistar introduced its NEXT eMobility solutions that bring electric resources to commercial vehicles. In conjunction with NEXT, Navistar introduced an electrified medium duty truck and announced new investments in truck connectivity.
“Navistar is very happy with NACV Show 2019,” said Mark Johnson, vice president of strategic marketing at Navistar. “The traffic and number of quality customers coming through our space was very strong.” During the show, Navistar also held its North American dealer meeting with more than 200 principals. “The NACV Show offers us the chance to bring together all of our audiences in one place,” added Johnson.
Power management company Eaton showcased a number of new products across its eMobility business. The company launched a heavy duty 4-speed transmission for electrified commercial vehicles that is currently being tested with multiple truck OEMs and introduced a new FLEX Power Distribution Unit (PDU) that can be used on all types of electrified commercial vehicles. Also, Eaton Cummins announced expanded applications for its Endurant 12-speed automated transmission.
“Eaton is actively focused on the future,” said Tony Truelove, global marketing communications manager at Eaton. “Eaton knows the industry’s challenges, and we are here to help bring the right solutions and advanced technologies to meet customers’ needs now and into the future. We appreciate the ability to globally showcase our new products in the fourth quarter every year through our exhibits at both IAA Hannover and the NACV Show.”
Highlighting the future of the heavy-duty truck industry, Hyundai debuted its HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept, a hydrogen-powered Class 8 truck. Hyundai Translead (HT), a leading trailer manufacturer, announced the launch of its new, clean energy refrigerated concept trailer, the HT Nitro ThermoTech(R). The tractor-trailer combination provides a window into the future of transportation in the U.S. and around the world. During its standing room only press conference, Hyundai discussed how it will start exploring opportunities in the U.S. commercial vehicle market.
Kenworth showcased a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that is part of Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) — with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary during its in-booth press conference, Cummins presented a showcase of power solutions, ranging from advanced diesel engines and powertrain components to connectivity solutions and fuel cell technologies. Cummins unveiled a heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power. The zero-emissions class 8 demonstrator truck is suitable for a variety of vocational applications. “Cummins has been here for 100 years and will continue to innovate to be here for the next 100. We want our customers to be successful running our products so we offer the power of choice for them,” said Amy Boerger, vice president – sales, engine business at Cummins.
Brand New Fleet Management Technology Revealed
The NACV Show spotlighted innovative new technologies that keep fleets connected.
During the show, Kenworth introduced its TruckTech+ Over-The-Air program to enhance uptime for Kenworth Class 8 trucks with 2017 or later PACCAR MX-13 and MX-11 engines by making it convenient for customers to remotely download the latest PACCAR engine and aftertreatment software updates.
Hendrickson launched its HAULMAAX® EX, the next generation in heavy-duty rubber suspensions and its next generation tire pressure control system, TIREMAAX® PRO-LB. Hendrickson also introduced the WATCHMAN™ advanced wheel-end sensor technology for trailers that includes trailer tire pressure monitoring, wheel-end temperature and wheel-end vibration data that will be communicated to the fleet through the tractor telematics system pulling the trailer.
“As with our exhibit at the inaugural show, Hendrickson looks forward to meeting with all fleets and OEMs that use our products and to engage with them on future orders during the event. We will be at IAA Hannover 2020 and plan to exhibit at the next NACV Show in 2021,” said Gary Gerstenslager, president and chief executive officer of Hendrickson.
Daimler launched its new Dynamic Lease platform, a telematics-based financing solution that enables commercial vehicle customers to match their lease payments to the actual use of their truck. The company also introduced Excelerator, its new e-commerce platform, coming in 2020. Excelerator links Daimler Trucks North America’s Dealer Management Systems, parts distribution centers and Alliance Parts stores to streamline parts ordering and accelerate order fulfillment times.
During the show, Great Dane introduced FleetPulse, a fully integrated smart trailer system designed to improve the health, efficiency and safety of a fleet by connecting directly to the trailer’s components. This telematics system helps fleets identify issues faster and increase uptime by leveraging each trailer’s usage and health data with access to Great Dane’s parts list. “FleetPulse is laying the foundation for technologies beyond telematics,” said Mike Molitor, Great Dane’s director of business development.
Hino announced its new ‘M Series’ Class 4/5 COE’s and new ‘L Series’ Class 6/7 Conventional trucks, which combined with Hino’s recently launched ‘XL Series’ Class 7/8 vehicles, creates a cohesive family of commercial trucks. Each truck contains larger cab configurations, and a full suite of features adding safety, fresh designs, durability, flexibility and connectivity options.
The show’s new Connectivity Zone offered attendees the opportunity to demonstrate, analyze and compare electronic logging devices and a host of telematics systems during the show.
Autonomous Driving Showcased
Daimler showcased its new Freightliner Cascadia, the first truck for the North American market to offer SAE Level 2 automated systems when equipped with the company’s new Detroit Assurance 5.0 safety suite. With the help of virtual reality, NACV Show visitors experienced Detroit Assurance 5.0’s state-of-the-art capabilities, including: full braking for moving pedestrians, adaptive cruise control to zero miles per hour, lane keep assist and sideguard assist with full trailer sweep.
“The North American Commercial Vehicle Show is the ideal venue for Daimler to demonstrate our innovation leadership and customer-focused solutions of today as well as for the future,” said Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were introduced and showcased across the show floor from company’s like Bendix, Bosch, WABCO, ZF Friedrichshafen and many more.
ZF Friedrichshafen (ZF) announced major investments, including approximately $14 billion on autonomous driving and e-mobility for commercial vehicles at the NACV Show. The company also discussed its development of a new 8-speed automatic transmission for commercial vehicles. During ZF’s press conference, Dan Williams, ZF’s director of ADAS & autonomy, noted the benefits of autonomous driving are fuel efficiency, improved safety and driver retention.
Industry Tackles Fuel Efficiency, Greenhouse-Gas Emissions and Driver Recruitment
NACFE’s Run on Less freight efficiency demonstration announced that Run on Less hit an impressive average 8.3 miles per gallon (28 L/100km) for the three-week event, a significant improvement over the national average of 6.0 MPG.
During the show, Mack introduced its Limited Edition Mack Black Anthem, a special run of 500 all black truck models. The company also revealed the progress of its #Mackonomics, a social media campaign that follows two drivers sharing their double-digit fuel saving efforts while operating Mack Anthems with integrated Mack HE (high efficiency) powertrains and liftable 6×2 axles.
“NACV provided an opportunity for Mack to spotlight the industry-leading total cost of ownership proposition we offer customers today,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing. “We also debuted our new Limited Edition Mack Black Anthem and announced that we’re auctioning the Zac Brown Band custom Mack Anthem to benefit Zac’s nonprofit, Camp Southern Ground.”
Volvo Trucks North America launched its new Volvo VNR 660 truck model, expanding its offerings for regional-haul applications with specs related to length, weight and driver comfort. The VNR 660 combines a high-roof configuration with a 61-inch sleeper that comfortably accommodates an extra person for an overnight stop, making it ideal for local and regional routes that utilize team drivers. Volvo Trucks also introduced its FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit, which includes a system of wheel covers and fairings designed for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Eaton announced its cylinder-deactivation (CDA) technology that has been proven to help OEMs meet or exceed 2024 and 2027 U.S. emissions regulations. Eaton’s CDA is the only single technology that can simultaneously reduce both carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) showcased its Hero Truck workforce development program, featuring a Mack Anthem® 70-inch Stand Up Sleeper in camo and a 2020 VS2DX Utility trailer emblazoned in veterans’ recruitment and workforce development images that tour the country to generate interest in trucking from military veterans and others.
The show’s four new Solutions Theaters delivered free on-floor education to registered attendees. Industry leaders discussed fuel efficiency, advanced technology, truck automation and more.
About The North American Commercial Vehicle Show
The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) www.nacvshow.com is a B2B exhibition focused on fleet decision makers and key influencers in the commercial vehicle industry. The NACV Show has been designated a Gold 100 Awards honoree by Trade Show Executive, a top (trade show) industry publication honoring the largest and most accomplished trade shows of the year. Leading truck & trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts & components suppliers demonstrated their latest product offerings during the NACV Show 2019, which took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 28-31. NACV Show 2021 will be held in Atlanta from September 27-30, 2021.