What are the best semi-truck brands?
We’ve put together a list of the top 7 best semi-truck brands in the USA. We have based the criteria around quality, price, and yearly sales volume. Listed from 7 to 1. Scroll down to see who ranked among the best semi-truck brands.
Navistar International Corporation formerly International Harvester Company is an American holding company that owns the manufacturer of International brand commercial trucks, IC Bus school, and commercial buses, Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans, and is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van, and SUV markets.
The company is also a provider of truck and diesel engine parts and services. Navistar holds an 11 percent market share in the commercial trucking industry in the United States. Located in Lisle, Illinois, Navistar has 16,500 employees and a 2013 annual revenue of $10.7 billion dollars.
6. Western Star
Western Star produces a range of Class 8 commercial vehicles for both highway and off-road use. Western Star specializes in trucks tailored to customer specifications. Every Western Star offers several sleeper box sizes, with chassis lengths of up to 486 inches depending on the model.
Here’s a bit of movie trivia, Starring as Optimus Prime, the leading transforming Autobot, is a new Western Star 5700XE.
Volvo Trucks is one of the leading heavy truck and engine manufacturers in the world. Today, Volvo Trucks manufactures a broad line of on-highway and vocational Class 8 vehicles. Each new or used purchase is supported by a strong dealer network and by industry-leading parts and service programs to smooth your ride on the road to success.
Volvo trucks make up about 10 percent market share in America. Volvo, a Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer, also owns the well-known trucking brand Mack Trucks. In the USA Volvo ranks fifth, but worldwide ranks second for heavy-duty truck manufacturers.
Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolleybuses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.
Mack Trucks is a subsidiary of AB Volvo which purchased Mack along with Renault Trucks in 2000.
Mack is an iconic brand that has a diehard following. Mack also manufactures great dump trucks.
For 80 years, Peterbilt has supplied the North American commercial vehicle market with the industry’s most rugged, reliable, and efficient products. Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt manufactures on the highway, vocational and medium-duty trucks that provide value to their owners and pride to their drivers.
Peterbilt is an iconic trucking brand. Their red oval design script-style lettering logo can be found on trucker clothing, truck hats, and more. Peterbilt makes up about 13 percent market share. Peterbilt is an iconic and beloved trucker brand.
Peterbilt is a subsidiary of Paccar, which also owns fellow heavy-duty truck manufacturer Kenworth.
Kenworth is an American manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty Class 8 trucks with offices based in Kirkland, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Kenworth is one of three major truck divisions and brands under the parent company PACCAR.
Founded in 1912 by the brothers George T. and Louis Gerlinger JR as a car and truck dealership known as Gerlinger Motor Car Works. In 1914, they decided to build their own truck with a more powerful inline six-cylinder engine, the first put into a commercial truck.
Kenworth has majorly grown since 1912 with annual revenue of 19.1 billion dollars. With an estimated 154,000+ trucks sold in 2015 and pushed out Peterbilt slightly. They have about a 14% market share.
Kenworth is a subsidiary of Paccar, which also owns fellow heavy-duty truck manufacturer Peterbilt.
Freightliner is the best-selling semi-truck in America today. They sell about 190K trucks per year! Freightliner dominates with 40% of the commercial truck market share.
Freightliner Trucks is an American truck manufacturer and a division of Daimler Trucks North America. The division is known mainly for the heavy-duty class 8 diesel trucks it offers, as well as class 5–7 trucks.
Freightliner manufactures several models and styles of commercial trucks from on-highway, medium-duty, severe duty, and natural gas vehicles. They are soon to roll out their new line of all-electric commercial vehicles named the Freightliner e-Mobility. There will be two models, the eCascadia and eM2 106.
The Bottom Line
Freightliner is America’s most popular truck. But every driver has their favorite brand of big rigs. We would love to hear what’s your favorite brand of semi-truck? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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