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.

Hauling shop 

Managers: Daniel & Phyllis Snow
Title: Owners
Fleet: Snow Trucking, Harrison, AR
Operation: Long-haul, dry van truckload


Extended downtime for repairs is anathema for any trucking operation, large or small, but it’s particularly tough for owner-operators as their vehicle literally doubles as their second home when on the road.

Body makeover 

Light trucks and vans are undergoing a lot of change these days in an effort to improve fuel efficiency as demanded by the bevy of carbon emissions regulations being issued by both federal and state governments.

KCAP: Where the Transit gets built

Ford Motor Co.'s Kansas City Assembly Plant -- known as "KCAP" -- is a 5.5 million square foot-plus facility sitting on 1,269 acres that builds both the new full-size Transit van as well as the F-150 pickup. Ford invested over $1.1 billion in recent years into KCAP to make it a major van and truck manufacturing site for the North American market. Today KCAP, staffed by some 4,878 workers, is one of Ford's largest plants worldwide.

Transit Ride & Drive in Kansas City

Ford Motor Co. recently put on a "ride and drive" event for journalists in Kansas City, MO, to show off its new 2015 full-size Transit van, which went into full production in April 2014. Ford plans to conduct a series of similar "ride and drive" events at dealerships across the U.S. this year; an effort the OEM is calling the "Truth About Transit" tour.

Ford expects strong growth in global commercial-vehicle market

The global Class 1-7 commercial vehicle market is expected to grow by 13% between 2013 and 2017, according to Ford Motor Co. executives, with demand for more pickup, van, and medium-duty options driving development of more “custom-capable” vehicle platforms.

Ford touts Transit’s EPA fuel economy numbers

KANSAS CITY. Ford Motor Co. announced this week that the two gasoline engine equipped versions of its new 2015 Transit full-size van will deliver in some cases nearly 50% better fuel economy versus comparable Econoline E-Series van models the Transit line is replacing, according to official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) test data.

Calculating the cost of crashes

A new study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calculates that vehicle crashes generate nearly $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm every year – a price tag that some safety advocates claim acts almost as a “hidden tax.”

Data suggests freight still on the upswing

A variety of metrics indicate freight volumes continue to increase, with such increases generating more opportunities for trucking rate increases, according to experts.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) noted that the trade group’s for-hire truck tonnage Index increased 1.5% in April after rising 0.6% in March. On top of that, the index is up 4.8% this April over the same month in 2013 – the largest year-over-year gain of 2014 – with year-to-date tonnage up 2.9% versus last year.

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