Jim Mele


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.

Kenworth sees 2017 U.S. truck market continuing at 2016 levels

KIRKLAND, WA.  Characterizing the 2016 economic climate as “a good year overall though off slightly from last year,” Kenworth Truck general manager Mike Dozier nevertheless sees U.S. and Canada retail Class 8 sales falling off from an initial forecast set a range of 260,000 to 280,00. Given softer than expected sales in the first half, that forecast is now down in the range of 220,000 to 240,000, he said during a press conference at company headquarters.

Trucking by the Numbers 2016

In 2013, we undertook a one-off project to capture the size, diversity and economic importance of the trucking industry by presenting a broad collection of relevant data from as wide a variety of sources as we could identify.  That first “Trucking by the Numbers” was a project that took months of research, analysis and simple hard work, but it proved so popular that we quickly decided to make it an annual event.  “Trucking By the Numbers 2016” — our fourth installment—is our longest report yet, filling 17 pages with statistically based informati

Numbers vs. data 

We live in an age when data is king.  On an individual basis, it measures how we work, what we buy, where we live, what we earn, and how we spend our leisure time. In business it’s used to measure productivity, progress, profitability, and every other imaginable yardstick of activity with some bearing on success.

Video: DTNA's Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine

Kary Schaefer, from Daimler Trucks North America, talks about the new Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine that will be available in the Freightliner M2.

DTNA introduces its first medium-duty diesel

YOUNTVILLE, CA.  Daimler Trucks North American has officially entered the medium-duty truck engine business with the launch of the Detroit DD5, a 4-cylinder diesel based on a new engine platform first introduced in Europe in 2013. 

New York's Strongest

New York City's police are "The Finest," it's firemen "The Bravest," but it's sanitation workers are known as "The Stongest."  And they maintain a fleet of 2,500 refuse trucks and 4,500 other heavy and medium-duty trucks as well as cars and pickups as they earn that title collecting some 9,000 tons of trash and recyclables every day.

NYC Sanitation trucks do much more than collect refuse

NEW YORK. It collects some 9,000 tons of refuse and recyclables a day, but that’s just one of the jobs carried out by the New York City Dept. of Sanitation (DSNY) fleet of 2,500 heavy-duty collection trucks.  They serve as protection for presidents and popes, carry people to safety during floods and hurricanes, lead recovery efforts after disasters and, perhaps most importantly, marshal their full strength within an hour to clean the city streets of snow even when it hits record levels like the 30-inch snow storm last winter.

Mack expects industry truck sales to rebound in 2017

NEW YORK.  Although Mack Trucks is revising its 2016 forecast for North American retail Class 8 truck sales downward to 240,000 units, signs “look much brighter” for a return to higher levels in the first half of 2017, according to company president Dennis Slagle.

Strong sales levels in the first part of 2015 led to some overproduction and higher dealer inventories that created “a small bubble that needed to be corrected,” he said at a press conference.  “The bottom line was that there were just too many trucks in the pipeline.”

California awards $23.6 million for clean drayage trucks

LONG BEACH, CA.  Four truck manufacturers will share $23.6 million dollars for technology development work on zero-emissions drayage trucks under a grant from the state of California. 

Call for cleaner trucks

LONG BEACH, CA.  Once described as brown on the outside and green on the inside, UPS delivery vans and the rest of company’s 100,000 vehicles have made great progress in moving to cleaner alternative fuels over the last decade. “But for all that progress, we still have unfinished business to attend to and we have to move even faster than we have in the past,” according to Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS.

Daimler Trucks On-highway Platooning Demonstration
Watch as Daimler Trucks' semi-autonomous platooning systems links three trucks on an active highway and they navigate midday truck and car traffic.
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