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May 22, 2013
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ATD Dealer Attitude Survey of Manufacturers Opens Today

The 2013 Dealer Attitude Survey of Manufacturers will be available to complete online today after a delay due to technical issues. "Dealer input for the survey is crucial to help truck manufacturers identify challenges and successes," said ATD Chairman Dick Witcher. "Dealer feedback from the survey can help the manufacturers make better and more informed decisions on issues concerning dealers." The greater response rate the more weight the survey results will carry. The survey can be submitted online only. The survey process has been improved for easier input. Dealers will recieve an email and a postcard with the dealership's authorization code(s) and new website address to access the survey. The survey period ends June 14, 2013. If you have any questions, contact Kim Carey or Barbara Robinson with ATD at (800) 352-6232 or atd@nada.org.
Source: ATD

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April Truck Sales Decline 7.4%, But OEMs Project End to Slump

U.S. retail heavy-duty truck sales declined by 7.4% in April, the eighth straight month of year-over-year contraction, WardsAuto reported. Fleets and owner-operators bought 15,646 new trucks last month, down from 16,905 in April 2012. The four-month cumulative volume was 54,451 vehicles, a 14.6% drop from the 63,750 units sold in the year-ago period, Ward's said. Original equipment manufacturers remained confident the slump will dissipate soon, and growth will take root during the second half of this year. A key point for that is that April orders for new North American trucks hit their highest level in 15 months.
Source: Transport Topics

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Navistar Lands PACCAR's Kozek to Lead Truck, Parts Business

Navistar International Corporation said Monday it has appointed former PACCAR Inc. vice president and general manager of Peterbilt Motors Company Bill Kozek as president of its North America Truck and Parts business. After a 26 year career with PACCAR, Kozek succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer at Navistar last month. “Bill is a recognized and respected leader in the North America truck industry, having successfully run both the Peterbilt and Kenworth truck divisions during his career,” Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief executive officer, says. “We look forward to the new perspectives and expanded strategic thinking he will bring to our core North America truck and parts business.”
Source: Successful Dealer

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Rush Enterprises Founder W. Marvin Rush to Retire as Chairman

W. Marvin Rush has announced his retirement from the position of chairman of the board of Rush Enterprises, the company he founded. He will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors and have the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus. Rush founded the company in 1965.It now operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the U.S. The company also announced the appointment of W.M. “Rusty” Rush as the company’s chairman of the board. Rusty Rush has served as president since 1995 and CEO since 2006. He has overseen all day-to-day operations of the company since 2001, when he was named the COO. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to lead this wonderful company for the past 48 years but an even greater privilege to watch the passion of our employees as they serve our loyal customers every day and together successfully implement our vision. I could not be more proud of what we have built,” Marvin Rush said.
Source: Fleet Owner

Editor's note: Marvin Rush was the ATD/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year in 2008. He also served on the ATD board from 2009-2011 as the Peterbilt line representative.

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April Class 8 Orders Up 36% Year-Over-Year

ACT Research said Class 8 vehicle orders in April stayed above 20,000 units for a seventh consecutive month. This total is the second highest volume of orders in 16 months, ACT stated. April Class 8 net orders totaled more than 23,200 units, and medium-duty net orders totaled 16,740 units, which is the best order volume in six months and the second best in the past 26 months. Class 8 orders year-to-date headed for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico continue to trend higher than order levels from a year ago.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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Truck Tonnage Rises 4.3% in April

Truck tonnage rose 4.3% in April from the same month last year, the largest year-over-year gain since January, American Trucking Associations said. The April index had a reading of 123.2, ATA said in its monthly seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage report. ATA uses the year 2000 as a 100-reading baseline. The increase follows March's 3.8% year-over-year gain. Month-to-month April tonnage fell 0.2% after a 0.9% decrease in March.
Source: Transport Topics

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Top Stories
ATD Dealer Attitude Survey of Manufacturers Opens Today
April Truck Sales Decline 7.4%, But OEMs Project End to Slump
Navistar Lands PACCAR's Kozek to Lead Truck, Parts Business
Rush Enterprises Founder W. Marvin Rush to Retire as Chairman
April Class 8 Orders Up 36% Year-Over-Year
Truck Tonnage Rises 4.3% in April
2013 Dealership Workforce Study Extended to June 30

The deadline to participate in the 2013 Dealership Workforce Study was extended to June 30 to accommodate requests from dealer members. It's the only study that compares a dealership's compensation and benefits, retention and turnover, work schedules and hours of operation to aggregated peer data. The results will allow dealers to make data-based decisions when recruiting, hiring and motivating employees. To participate, visit www.nadaworkforcestudy.com and follow the step-by-step directions to complete the survey and upload your payroll data file. There are separate processes for single dealership enrollments and multi-dealer group enrollments. Each participating dealership will receive a complimentary individualized Basic Report comparing its data against data aggregated on a regional and national basis. Participants will also receive a complimentary, comprehensive Dealership Workforce Study Industry Report. Participants may purchase an individualized Enhanced Report, which compares dealership data against data for the franchise and state.
Source: NADA University

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