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.

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.  

Smart driving 

Manager: Anthony “Tony” Eiermann

Title: Manager of asset and value management

Company: Coca-Cola Refreshments

Operation: Deliver products via a global ground fleet of over 200,000 vehicles


OEMs collaborating on new global pickup truck platform

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Germany’s Daimler AG are collaborating on a new Mercedes-Benz-badged midsize pickup platform to be built in Europe and South America for the global market – a light truck that won’t be coming to the U.S., at least not in the near term.

Trucking should stay strong despite near-term headwinds

Despite uneven economic data of late, especially a weaker-than-expected job repot for March and a falloff in manufacturing activity, the trucking industry should remain strong as freight levels are predicted to stay elevated in the near term.

Breaking the 10 MPG barrier  2

For as long as can be remembered, getting a tractor-trailer to attain 10 mpg represented the Holy Grail of efficiency for the trucking industry. It was a magic number targeted by everyone from government scientists and private sector engineers to drivers and fleets alike.

Interesting sights at MATS 2015

Drag racers, stock cars, and even Sasquatch joined all sorts of creative product displays at the 2015 Mid America Trucking Show. Here's a compilation of just some of the more interesting sights from this year's event.

No end in sight for worsening driver shortage 1

Trucking fleets hoping that a reprieve from the driver shortage is around the corner will be disappointed in the latest research from employment screening firm HireRight. The company concluded that the truck driver shortage is set to worsen as freight demand rises and the workforce ages.

Cummins at MATS 2015

Cummins showed off a variety of new products at this year's Mid America Trucking Show (MATS), including its 2017 model new ISX15 engine, all-in-one aftertreament device, and prototype 2.8 liter diesel developed under the auspices of the Department of Energy's ATLAS program - all topped off with a classic diesel-fired race car.

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