Sean Kilcarr

Executive 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.

Scenes from Mid America 2016

All sorts of sights presented themselves at the 2016 Mid America Trucking Show, everything from high-toned custom trucks on down to fuel filters and engine parts. Here are just a few of the interesting things spotted at the industry's annual gathering in Louisville, KY. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Out front of Mid America 2016

The “out front” display area of the annual Mid America show always contains more than a few interesting items, such as an “oversized” Navistar pickup truck, trailers, and more than a few glamorous big rigs strutting their stuff under the national Association of Show Trucks banner. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Show Trucks at Mid America 2016

The sun shined for a brief day over the Kentucky Exposition Center outside Louisville, KY, and the annual Mid America Trucking Show before the rains closed in, but that provided just enough of an opening for Fleet Owner to catalog some of the show trucks being prepped for the event’s yearly big rig beauty contest. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Why driver cameras are critical: One fleet’s view 2

Jeff Wood, director of safety for Martin Transportation System – a nearly 1,000-truck, 1,400-driver fleet providing dedicated long-haul, regional, and local transportation for the “Big 3” automakers – believes inward and outward facing cameras will be absolutely vital tools for commercial drivers going forward, well outweighing concerns over privacy.

The FMTV: A military beast of burden

The “Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles” or FMTV is one of the workhorses of the U.S. armed forces, designed to haul troops, supplies, and even other vehicles in both combat and peacetime roles; efforts that include construction work as well as disaster relief. (All photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

Reshoring could spur demand for trucking

A growing movement to bring so-called “advanced manufacturing” back to the U.S. – a strategic effort dubbed “reshoring” or sometimes "nearshoring" – could significantly ramp up truck capacity demand as well, according to two experts.

Nissan unveils 2017 half-ton Titan crew cab pickup

At the 2016 New York International Auto Show this week, Nissan unveiled its new gasoline-powered half-ton 2017 Titan Crew Cab pickup, powered by an all-new new 390-hp 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine.

The half-ton 2017 Titan now joins Nissan’s “flagship” of its revamped full-size pickup line, the diesel-fired 2016 Titan XD, which is already on sale. (All photos courtesy of Nissan)

Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity? 12

Tom Kretsinger Jr, president and CEO of American Central Transport, does not mince words when it comes to the subject of installing driver-facing cameras in commercial trucks: Cameras are the only way to truly ensure a fleet’s drivers are following the proper safety protocols.

Volvo’s Nyberg: New offerings open doors of opportunity

A range of improvements to its D11 and D13 truck engines, along with vocational enhancements to its I-Shift automated manual transmission (AMT) and other new product offerings are expected to help position Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) to capture more business in the “soft” commercial vehicle sales environment ahead.

Touring Volvo's Powertrain Plant

Volvo Trucks North America is rolling out a bevy on new enhancements for the 2017 versions of its D11 and D13 engines, along with a new "crawler gear" package for its I-Shift automated manual transmission (AMT) and a new "one box" exhaust emission aftertreatment system. The OEM showed off those new offerings at its Hagerstown MD powertrain factory, highlighting how its production processes are being tweaked to incorporate those new offerings. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Volvo Trucks announces engine, powertrain enhancements 1

HAGERSTOWN, MD. Retooled engines and a variety of transmission and total powertrain enhancements are on the way from Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) later this year and on into 2017.

Charm City by land and by sea 1

Traveling in and around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland (which is also known as "Charm City") offers an object lesson in the importance of transportation to urban life, both on the land and on the water. Settled in 1661, Baltimore is named after Lord Baltimore George Calvert (1579 – 1631), though his name originally was bequeathed to the city's port, which was established in 1706. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Refrigerated carriers need to take lead in food safety compliance

New food safety rules headed towards the transportation industry at the end of the month will force refrigerated carriers to make a bevy of operational changes – and those changes may need to be made well ahead of the 2017 compliance date set for those mandates, according to Hugh Latimer, COO for Iron Apple, a food safety compliance firm.

Wabash, BASF roll out all-composite reefer trailer

Trailer maker Wabash National Corporation and BASF are officially introducing an all-composite 53-ft. refrigerated trailer that’s designed to boost thermal efficiency by 20% yet reduce weight by 15% compared to its aluminum, wood and steel predecessor.

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