Utility vehicles: A record crowd of 13,570 industry professionals turned out for The Work Truck Show 2018, drawn by an unprecedented six vehicle launches from North America’s leading commercial truck manufacturers, more than 175 other new product introductions and an expanded educational conference that included the all-new Fleet Technical Congress. It was the largest event in the history of NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
Chassis manufacturers introduced new commercial vehicles in almost every weight class, from Ford Commercial Vehicles’ Class 1 Transit Connect Cargo Van all the way up to Hino Trucks’ new XL Series Class 7 and 8 trucks. Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles revealed its first Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cabs and International Truck unveiled its Class 6/7 MV Series. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. launched its gasoline-powered Class 4 and 5 FE Series cabover work trucks. And Ram Commercial said there was no more appropriate place than The Work Truck Show to debut its Ram 1500 Tradesman model.
Also creating buzz at the Show were Mack Trucks’ enhancements to its Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) truck and Nissan’s “Smokin’ TITAN1” concept TITAN XD Gas King Cab truck with an integrated in-truck-bed smoker and mobile kitchen. Many companies used the event to launch a variety of truck and van bodies, including Knapheide, Morgan Corporation, Morgan Olson, Omaha Standard Palfinger and Reading Truck Body. Others showcased new truck components, equipment and upfits, including drivetrain conversions to improve fuel utilization.
“The Work Truck Show was once again the venue for showcasing the best, newest and most innovative commercial vehicles, equipment and solutions the industry has to offer, across all weight classes and applications,” says Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “Our exhibitors were happy with the Show traffic, and attendees were happy to have so many new products to discover. The educational sessions and networking events were also all well-attended as fleet managers, distributors and upfitters took advantage of the multiple opportunities to learn from each other and industry experts. And now we turn our attention to making The Work Truck Show 2019 even better.”
Work Truck Show 2018 by the numbers:
• 6 OEM reveals: Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD; Ford Commercial Vehicles Transit Connect Cargo Van; Hino Trucks XL Series, International Truck MV Series; Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America FE Series; Ram Commercial 1500 Tradesman
• 60+ Educational and workforce development opportunities, including the sold-out Fleet Technical Congress and popular Green Truck Summit
• 13,570 Attendees from 21 countries and all 50 states plus Puerto Rico
• 500 exhibitors
• 500,000+ square feet of exhibit space
• 11 Ride-and-Drive opportunities
The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, returns to Indianapolis March 5–8, 2019. Sessions begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6–8. Sign up to receive email updates about the event, including when registration opens in the fall, at worktruckshow.com/wts19signup.
Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents approximately 2,000 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario.