Source: J.D. Power European diesel truck and engine brands placed highest in recent J.D. Power studies. Related Links: Ford Offers Gas When Diesel Is Too Much Navistar Makes U-Turn, Arrives at Cummins The biggest diesel trucks on the road have taken a "precipitous drop" in reliability as vehicle manufacturers have incorporated new emissions controls required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says one expert at J.D. Power and Associates.In two separate studies this summer, J.D. Power surveyed fleet managers in the heavy-freight and vocational, or work truck, vehicle categories. The studies cover Class 8 trucks and engines for the 2011
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.