Jim Mele

Jim
Mele
Editor-in-chief

Nationally recognized journalist, author and editor, Jim Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999.

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A happy accident 
I’m very happy that after a distinguished career revolving around trucking, my long-time friend and colleague Wendy Leavitt is moving into a new stage where she can spend more time enjoying her family and non-trucking passions. Some might call it retirement, but in Wendy’s case that term just doesn’t fit her energetic and enthusiastic engagement over nearly four decades with an industry and its people that she clearly loves.
Mexico truck market keeps growing

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO.  For the third year in a row, the Mexican Class 8 truck market will show double digit growth, beating 2015 sales by 20% if it hits the projected 26,000 units, according to Stefan Kurschner, president and CEO of Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico. Overall Class 4-8 truck sales are expected to near 33,000 units for an 18% increase over last year.

Petro-Canada releases new CK-4 and FA-4 diesel oils

TORONTO. On the first official day for the American Petroleum Institute’s two new heavy-duty diesel engine oil classifications, Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched a full product line of CK-4 and FA-4 oils. The Duron Next Generation lubes “are the culmination of three years of hard work,” according to Eric Attias, Petro-Canada’s dir. of marketing and R&D, and will completely replace the company’s CJ-4 Duron-E lineup.

US Xpress testing real-world fuel economy

Using six linehaul tractors taken out of regular service plus two pre-production new models provided by manufacturers, truckload carrier US Xpress is just concluding three days of fuel-economy testing on public roads.  The PIT Group, a Canadian-based organization created to conduct unbiased efficiency testing, the project is intended to help US Xpress and other fleets associated with PIT identify the most fuel-efficient powertrain combinations available, according to Yves Provencher, PIT group manager.

Intelligent dispatch, compliance added by Telogis

DANA POINT, CA.  Telogis announced that its mobile resource management (MRM) software platform is rolling out a number of new features that exploit deep learning, natural language processing and artificial intelligence technologies.

Verizon: IoT, security, global reach will transform MRM
DANA POINT, CA. With over 20 years of experience in vehicle telematics, Verizon sees “a dramatic transformation” coming in mobile resource management driven by new technologies, according to Andres Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics.
Navistar’s Clarke: Trucks will drive logistics

Within the next decade every truck will be “a connected truck,” and from there “it’s a short next step to integrating trucks into logistics systems,” according to Troy Clarke, president and CEO of Navistar.  “Asset utilization is a big deal,” said Clarke, who comes to that perspective from years of running manufacturing operations.  “You have to use your assets every minute possible to generate revenue in a plant, and I look at trucks the same way.”

Mack powertrain upgraded for better fuel economy, performance

LAS VEGAS. Powertrain changes for 2017 will bring increased fuel economy and power, more vocational flexibility and advanced electronics to Mack Trucks, according to company officials.

DTNA chief sees slow U.S. truck sales through mid 2017

LAS VEGAS.  Calling the current downturn in U.S. Class 8 truck sales “a bit unexpected,” Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, now expects those slow sales to continue through the first half of 2017. And while he believes sales will pick up in the second half, “they won’t be enough to offset the first half, so we’re seeing 2017 as off slightly from this year,” he said at a press conference during the American Trucking Assns.’ annual management conference.

Economists mildly optimistic over economy, freight

LAS VEGAS. While everyone has been waiting for "the big rebound" in the current economic recovery, the U.S. GDP probably won’t grow more than 1.6% this year, according to economist Diane Swonk, founder and CEO of DS Economics “This year could deliver the weakest growth since the Great Recession,” she said speaking at an economic forum during the American Trucking Assns.’ annual conference.

Fiery introduction for new International LT Series on-highway tractor
LAS VEGAS. With Las Vegas-style pyrotechnics and soundtrack, Navistar rolled out its new International LT Series Class 8 tractor for dealers and the media. The all-new tractor is being offered in day cab and four sleeper configurations and already has garnered 2,000 orders, according to the company.
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