Sean Kilcarr

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.

Articles by Sean Kilcarr
Updated: OEMs and suppliers express optimism about truck sales

LOUISVILLE. Truck manufacturers and component suppliers alike believe truck sales for heavy- and medium-duty units alike should strengthen in the coming years as underlying economic fundamentals continue to strengthen and carriers win freight rate increases that should enable them to purchase new equipment.

Peterbilt Motors Co. at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show

Peterbilt brought a variety of different truck models to the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, including everything from a natural gas-powered highway tractor to a classic 1939 Model 334 straight truck that featured an interior partially made from oak wood.

Kenworth shows off revamped medium-duty models and production-ready fuel economy tractor package

LOUISVILLE. A new exterior and interior for the K270/370 cabover medium-duty models due later this summer plus a special fuel economy-focused package for the T680 highway tractor that went into production during the first week of March were the highlights of Kenworth Truck Co.’s press event here at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show.

Kenworth Truck Co. at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show

Kenworth showed off a wide array of its models at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, including an updated K270/K370 medium-duty cabover and its production-line ready T680 "Advantage" package, which went on sale in the first week of March this year.

Cummins at Mid America 2014

Ahead of the opening of the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, Cummins Inc. held a press conference to highlight some of its new ndeavors and products, as well as provide the company's perspective on trends that will affect the trucking industry.

Analyzing the impact of truck driver demographic changes

The truck driver population remains dominated by men who are trending older in age, yet on the whole seem relatively satisfied with their jobs as turnover rates continue to fall, while pay and home time remain their top concerns about the profession.

Those are but some of the findings from a recent group of truck driver-focused studies conducted largely within the TL sector by a range of companies and industry trade groups.

U.S. economy, freight volumes offer some optimistic signs

More positive than negative indicators seem to be in the mix for both the overall economy and truck-based freight tonnage as the U.S. begins to climb out of a harsher-than-normal winter experienced by many parts of the country.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that its for-hire truck tonnage index increased 2.8% in February after plunging an adjusted 4.5% January. However, year-to-date volume when compared with the same period in 2013 indicates that tonnage is up 2.3% overall, noted Bob Costello, ATA’s chief economist.

Future fuel efficiency efforts come into focus 

More integration between tractor and trailer, more focused trainer on driver skills, and increased adoption of a wide variety of aerodynamic devices will most likely be the main areas of focus as new fuel efficiency rules begin to take hold of the trucking industry by 2017 and beyond.

That’s according to a panel of government and industry executives convened at a technical session during the 2014 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting in Nashville, TN.

Preparing PC-11 testing procedures 

Lubricant makers are aiming to develop new testing procedures for proposed category 11 or “PC-11” engine oil to account for the potential benefits as well as risks posed by switching to new lower viscosity formulations.

TMC 2014: Odds & Ends

A review of the some the speakers at the 2014 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville, TN, plus a last look at some of the products on display in the exhibit hall.

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