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.

Kenworth rolls out a variety of enhancements

LAS VEGAS. Mike Dozier, general manager for Kenworth Truck Co., detailed a long list of enhancements and new offerings being introduced by the OEM this year and on into 2017 at the at the annual American Trucking Associations (ATA) conference.

First up: a new 52-in. mid-roof sleeper package for Kenworth T680 models in Advantage powertrain configurations, aimed at regional haul and LTL customers, that should help deliver up to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

PACCAR preaches engines, axles and integration

LAS VEGAS. Enhancements to the MX-11 and MX-13 engines, a new proprietary tandem axle, and how integrating those components together with the trucks built by Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co. will drive efficiency improvements were the high points of a press event held here by PACCAR at the American Trucking Associations ATA) annual conference.

Driverless trucks: Where they’ll work, where they won’t 2

The mistake many make when predicting adoption rates for autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in the freight business is that trucking is not a “homogenous” industry, stressed Richard “Dick” Metzler, chief marketing officer for online delivery firm uShip Inc.

West Virginia trucks haul flood relief to Louisiana

The severe 1,000-year flooding that struck Louisiana back in August left a trail of devastation in its wake – devastation that continues to be set right, however, by shipments of donated supplies to affected areas. Earlier this month West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) soldiers loaded five of their tractor-trailers with much-needed donated goods and headed down to the Pelican state. (All photos by Sgt. Zoe Morris of the 153rd Public Affairs Detachment)

Hot streak for the van segment

Sales of Class 1-3 commercial vans are going like gangbusters at the moment, with a revised forecast by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) calling for a 10% uptick in sales this year versus 2015, with another 8% hike ahead for 2017. Will this “hot streak” for vans continue? Many experts think so – especially as many work fleets seem to be transitioning from pickups to vans to gain more covered storage and interior work space.

Rethinking trucking from drivers to leadership 1

The trucking industry needs to rethink its approach to drivers, truck technology, even leadership strategies, according to Richard Stocking, currently president and Co-CEO for

ATA: Tonnage up for August

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported a 5.7% increase in its for-hire truck tonnage index for August, making up for a 2.1% tonnage decline for July.

Compared to August 2015, the index is up 5.9%; the largest year-over-year tonnage gain since May, the ATA noted, which was also up 5.9%. Year-to-date, compared with the same 8-month stretch in 2015, tonnage is up 3.5%.

Clough: Weaker used Class 8 prices ahead

Steve Clough, president of Arrow Truck Sales, projects that prices for used Class 8 tractors will continue weakening as the supply of such units continues to grow in the market; supply that is only poised only to increase down the road.

Training military drivers for off-road work

Driving trucks on pavement is very different compared to piloting them across off-road, hard-scrabble, even sandy landscapes while under fire. That’s why the U.S. military devotes serious training time to those soldiers and sailors tasked with operating big rigs – and we do mean “big” – in often unforgiving environments all over planet. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

FTR: Mixed forecast for truck and trailer production

Class 8, medium-duty, and trailer production rates are all expected to be knocked lower this year and next, according to analysis issued by research firm FTR during its annual transportation conference in Indianapolis this week.

However, by 2018, production rates for all of them are expected to start recovering, the firm’s experts said.

Navistar’s Clarke peers into the future

Troy Clarke, president and CEO of Navistar, provided his view of trucking’s future – and that of his company, following its alliance with the truck and bus division of Germany’s Volkswagen – during a presentation at annual three-day transport

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