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.

Ram Trucks at the 2015 Washington Auto Show

Ram Trucks highlighted several of its pickup and van models at the 2015 Washington Auto Show, held annually in the nation's capital, as well as hosting an appearance by the new Jeep Renegade sport uility vehicle. Both Ram Trucks and Jeep are divisions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is as of now the seventh largest automaker in the world.

GM at the 2015 Washington Auto Show

General Motors displayed a host of its Chevrolet and GMC pickup models at the 2015 Washington Auto Show, held annually in the nation's capital. Other models -- such as its new 2016 Volt sedan -- also took a turn in the spotlight, as well as several classics from the automaker's past brought to the event by independent collectors and even a federal government agency.

The "Spirt of NRV" rolls on

Built four years ago to provide a unique "customer experience" ride for visitors to Volvo Trucks' New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., the so-called "Spirit of NRV" continues its marketing work on behalf of the OEM -- primarily by offering visitors who lack a commercial driver's licnse (CDL) the chance to get a "big truck experience" on the facility's new 1.1-mile test track.

EIA: Oil price crash confounding forecasts

The growing uncertainty surrounding oil prices presents a major challenge to all price forecasts, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), with the agency’s most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projecting that Brent crude oil prices will average between $58 per barrel (bbl) in 2015 and $75/bbl in 2016, with annual average West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices expected to be $3/bbl to $4/bbl below the Brent price mark.

Saving thru lean manufacturing

Volvo Trucks taps a variety of lean manufacturing tactics to help keep its truck production costs in check. Team Facilitator Keith Ousely at Volvo's New River Valley (NRV) plant provided visiting journalists with an overview of how new procedures crafted and instituted by his 14 member dashboard assembly group ended up accruing savings for the OEM - and eventually for customers - over time.

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