Sean Kilcarr

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.

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Shrinking engines while expanding performance

Mirroring a trend occurring in the Class 8 heavy truck segment, smaller displacement engines are being developed for the light truck market as OEMs try to boost fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

The most recent example is Ford Motor Co.’s new gasoline-fired 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost engine shown off at the OEM’s recent roundup event in Texas to highlight its new 2015 model F-150 pickups.

Texas 2015 model F-150 roundup event

A demonstration event held by Ford Motor Co. at the Six Flags fairgrounds outside San Antonio, TX -- dubbed the "Built Ford Tough" or "BFT" roundup for short -- encompassed performance drives on a closed course, dynamometer testing, engine and body walkarounds, plus a whole lot more as part of Ford's effort to highlight the capabilites and fuel savings of its new 2015 model F-150 pickup. This event will also go on the road starting this month as part of a 26 U.S. city tour designed educate 10,000 Ford deal sales personnel about all the new 2015 model F-150.

Fuel prices: diesel dips while gasoline gains

Average retail pump prices declined for diesel this week in the U.S., according to information tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), while gasoline inched up nationwide after big prices spikes in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions.

For the U.S. overall, the average retail pump price for diesel dropped 2.3 cents this week to $3.756 per gallon, which is 16.4 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2013, the agency reported.

Aluminum key to fuel savings for Ford F-150

SAN ANTONIO, TX. Though Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel mileage certification tests won’t be completed until November this year, Ford Motor Co.

September 26, 2014: Fire destroys trucking company; rotting chicken; multimodal freight bill gains traction

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September 25, 2014: Wage race is on; Volkswagen unveils pickup concept; truck firm faces fraud charges

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Driving GM's new midsize models

Starting from the tony town of Del Mar, CA, through Torrey Pines state park and up the Los Penasquitos Canyon, then back down highways I-15 and I-5, Fleet Owner got the opportunity to put several versions of GM's new 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups through their paces -- models equipped with the OEM's 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine as well as its small block 2.5 liter I-4 gasoline-fired unit.

Fine-tuning exteriors for fuel economy

At a ride and drive event held in Del Mar, CA, to show off its new 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado mid size pickups, Jeff Perkins, director of truck exteriors for GM, talked to Fleet Owner about the "fine-tuning" done to the outsides of both models in order to boost fuel economy.

GM sees efficiency as key to midsize pickup market 2

DEL MAR, CA. General Motors is touting the overall “efficiency” of its new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks in terms of fuel economy and work capability as the new vehicles begin being shipped to U.S. dealers.

GM mid size pickup ride and drive

General Motors brought its new 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado mid size pickup models to Del Mar, California, to let journalists test drive them through its crowded city streets as well as the narrow mountainous roads surrounding this bucolic community nestled against the gleaming Pacific Ocean.

September 19, 2014: DOT sued; ABC promises expose on truckers; FedEx Freight profits soaring

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Data reveals huge truck driver hiring gap

Job posting data collected and analyzed by CareerBuilder indicates a strong and steady gap between the availability of truck driver positions and actual hires to fill them has developed over the last year and should continue for the foreseeable future.

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