Sean Kilcarr

Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

Ford proffers new V8 alt fuel prep package for F-150 pickup

Ford Motor Co. plans to offer a compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane-ready gaseous prep package for its 5.0-liter V8 engine slated for the 2016 model F-150 pickup truck this summer.

Mack readies mDrive HD AMT for full production

Mack Trucks is preparing to begin full production of its vocationally-focused mDrive HD automated manual transmission (AMT) late this month and expects it will experience a take-rate among vocational customers similar to what the OEM is experiencing with the mDrive in its highway segment.

Mack mDrive HD ride and drive

Mack Trucks held a ride and drive event for journalists at its customer center in Allentown, PA, to demonstrate the capabilities of the vocational version of its mDrive automated manual transmission (AMT) dubbed the "mDrive HD." Journalists were provided the opportunity to test three different Mack Granite models equipped with the mDrive HD - two spec'd out as dump trucks one a concrete mixer - on the center's durability course, circular track, and an incline sporting a 15% grade.



TL sector may be at peak earnings point

Recent analyst reports suggest that the TL segment may be reaching the peak earnings point of the current freight cycle, meaning both rates and margins may begin trending downwards as capacity is expected to become more “balanced” in the months ahead.

ELD mandate, highway trust fund fix top ATA priorities

The American Trucking Associations (ATA), which bills itself as the industry’s largest trade group, plans to make passage of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and fixing the highway trust fund (HTF) its top near-term priorities for its lobbying team.

GM's all-electric FNR autonomous concept car

Unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2015 trade show, the Chevrolet-FNR is an autonomous electric concept vehicle developed in China by GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture. It's the centerpiece of a 3,550-square-meter display of 12 GM models at the event this week. FNR, by the way, is the acronym for GM's new marketing mantra "Find New Roads." All photos courtesy of GM.

Touting toughness and history with Ford

The recent announcement that Ford Motor Co.'s new 2015 model F-150 SuperCrew pickup configuration earned a five-star overall vehicle score in the from the new car assessment program within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sparked a trip down memory lane with some classic Ford models. All photos courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Deteriorating landside connections hindering seaport efficiency

Crumbling “landside” infrastructure coupled with greater traffic congestion are inhibiting the efficient flow of freight through U.S. seaports and the American economy, according to survey conducted by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

New logistics needs will drive more global M&A activity

The need to offer more niche-focused freight services to support specific types of cargo, e-commerce activity, and more varied geographies is going to drive more diversification, merger, and acquisition activity in the global logistics industry.

Ram Trucks on parade

On April 18 this year, Ram Trucks set a Guinness Book of World Records mark for the largest parade of pickup trucks ever; 451 to be exact, topping the previous record of 438. And since a parade really isn't a true "parade" without a few "classics" thrown in, several models drawn from Ram's long and storied heritage in the light truck segment are included in this gallery as well. All photos courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Internet of Things poised to transform global logistics

A new trend report compiled by Cisco Consulting Services and DHL claims that the “Internet of Things” will completely transform global supply chain structures and logistics practices – especially when it comes to “last mile” delivery practices.

A look back at some GM classics

There is a long and storied heritage for vans, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUV) down through U.S. history, both for businesses and consumers alike. Here are just a few of them from the vast General Motors archives. All photos courtesy of GM.

Fleets looking to capitalize on low fuel prices face uncertainties

With global oil prices – and thus the cost of diesel fuel – expected to stay at relatively low levels for the foreseeable future, should that encourage trucking companies to change their strategies regarding alternative fuel investments and collaboration with railroad?

Those are but two questions several analysts are contemplating in regards to how the global transportation sector may be affected by sustained low oil prices.

Still rolling with natural gas

Despite still-falling diesel fuel prices, investments continue apace in natural gas-powered commercial vehicles and refueling infrastructure across the U.S.  

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