Comments are made on the conditions that are forseen for 1995, the demand for motor truck transportation is considered, the means employed to satisfy the demand are discussed, the future of trucking is examined, and recommendations are presented for the benefit of motor vehicle manufacturers. During the next 20 years, higher food and petroleum prices, greater population density, and a shift toward higher labor intensity relative to capital will bring about the substitution of goods for people movement. People will be shopping by cable TV and telephone and goods will be delivered by truck. The demand for private trucking will grow faster than the demand for for- hire trucking because the service sectors will grow faster than the manufacturing sectors. Intermodal freight shipments will become more important. In 1995, trucks will have to haul twice the ton-miles currently handled, and will also have to demonstrate social, economic and environmental improvements. Lighter intracity trucks, streamlined intercity trucks, engines with reduced fuel consumption and emissions, diesel engines, electric trucks, and more economical operations are foreseen. Increased labor intensity with emphasis on conservation of capital, energy and environment will result. The major implications of this scenario to motor vehicle equipment manufacturers are related to the slowing of the growth of the market for motor trucks, the increase in size and decrease in number of motor truck customers, and the increasing specialization of such customers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Motor Vehicles Manufacturers Association

    320 New Center Building
    Detroit, MI  United States  48202
  • Authors:
    • Durham, L
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 71 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: LADU 7502-C6.12
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1977 12:00AM