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.

Fuso eCanter
Electric Fuso Canter coming to U.S. in 2017

HANNOVER, GERMANY. Once skeptical about the practicality of electric-powered commercial vehicles, Daimler Trucks is now planning to bring the Fuso eCanter to the U.S. market next year and to follow with production of electric light trucks from its van group by 2018.

Eaton AMT software update automates truck docking

HANNOVER, GERMANY. A transmission software update that can automate docking and remote diagnostics were among the advanced technologies showcased by Eaton’s Vehicle Group at the IAA 2016 commercial vehicle show. The company also put on display a new heavy-duty engine braking system that is integrated into the existing valve train and a waste heat recovery system now under development that it says could potentially improve diesel engine fuel efficiency by 20% while also reducing NOx.

Navistar ready for product-sharing with VW
HANNOVER, GERMANY. As soon as Volkswagen Truck and Bus' investment deal in Navistar closes, teams from both companies "will sit down to go through the product portfolios of both from A to Z," according to Troy Clark, Navistar president and CEO.
Daimler’s take on urban trucking

HANNOVER, GERMANY. Advanced truck and bus technology for urban environments have taken center stage for Daimler at IAA 2016, the world’s largest commercial vehicle show. Having introduced its autonomous long-haul truck technology at the last IAA show in 2014, this time Daimler’s truck group rolled out a concept “Urban eTruck” with a 200 km range, while it’s van division showed an always-connected light vehicle meant to integrate last-mile delivery into advanced supply chain distribution systems.

Ram's 2017 Ride and Drive (with a few surprises)

Ram Trucks showed off a variety of its 2017 model trucks and vans during an annual ride and drive event held by its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), at the OEM’s Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, MI – an event that also showcased some high-toned sports cars as well as a classic jeep from the automaker’s past. (Photos by Jim Mele and Ram Trucks)

One on one with DTNA’s Martin Daum

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.  Trucking has changed a lot in the past seven years.  When Martin Daum was named president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America in 2009, the U.S.

Freightliner debuts all-new 2018 Cascadia

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Daimler Trucks North America introduced its all-new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia by delivering 12 tractors carrying the colors and logos of its largest fleet customers during a kick-off event staged at the World Arena here.

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.

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