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.

Daimler plans DD8 engine release for 2018

INDIANAPOLIS. Detroit Diesel Corp., a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), officially took the wraps off its Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine here at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show.

The 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show: Day 2

You can spot a little bit of everything truck related at the annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show, from Class 8 dump trucks, pickups and vans on down to snowplows, automatic tire chains, and ladder racks. Here are just a few of the sights spotted at this year's vent. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

Ford Motor Co. at NTEA's Work Truck Show

Ford Motor Co. brought a bevy of its trucks and vans to the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, highlighting some new vehicle features, a new commercial dealership rebranding effort, and new partnerships focused on bringing more alternative propulsions options to its customers. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

The 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show: Day 1

The 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show started off with the annual Green Truck Summit, featuring truck engineers, state and federal government officials, plus fleet managers providing their take on the current and future direction of alternative fuels and future commercial vehicle designs. But it's not all "work" at the Work Truck Show, as the good folks from Adrian Steel Co. set out to prove. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr and Cristina Commendatore)

Cummins puts more focus on midrange engine improvements

INDIANAPOLIS. When it comes to midrange diesel engines, the focus at Cummins Inc. is how to keep bringing the “best of both worlds” together, according to Jeff Caldwell, the company’s executive director of North American truck OEMs – more fuel economy and more performance, all within the same package.

Allison unveils FuelSense 2.0 software upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS. Allison Transmission plans to introduce a new upgraded software package for its heavy-duty full-automatic gearboxes in April this year: FuelSense 2.0 featuring what it calls DynActive Shifting.

Preparing for the snow

With a major blizzard expected to hit the U.S. East Coast this week, advice is being offered to trucking companies on how to deal with the poor roadway conditions – even as state department of transportation crews head out into the wintry conditions to try and keep bridges and roadways clear from ice and snow.

Truck rodeo time for the Marines

The U.S. Marine Corps, like other branches of the American military, conducts annual “rodeo” events to ensure troopers within its motor transportation companies can use all of their vehicle- and combat-skills in “stressful situations.” These rodeo events usually pit teams of Marines against one another in timed competitions backing up trailers, hooking up trailers, securing flatbed loads, making truck repairs, and even assembling/disassembling weaponry. (All photos courtesy of the Department of Defense)

The regulatory fights trucking expects to face

To the eye of Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) trade group, there are a lot of regulatory battles ahead for the industry over the next several years, encompassing everything from developing the protocols governing autonomous vehicle operation to fighting against a mandate for speed limiters, and making  changes to

Making trucking more appealing to women

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Women in Trucking (WIT) association and

Q&A: Defining Big Data for trucking

Everywhere you go in the freight transportation world, it seems everyone is talking about “Big Data” and how it will influence if not outright change supply chain strategies, logistics operations, even

Shop Strategies for 2017: New and old alike 

When Dennis Reynolds started the tanker fleet that bears his name some 40 years ago, he believed strongly in the “do-it-yourself” ethos of truck and trailer maintenance.  And it worked  out very well for him.

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