Jim Galligan

Business, Technology, Equipment

Strong Economy Boosts Medium-Duty Sector

Medium-Duty Trucks With the growth of e-commerce, medium-duty trucks accomplish final-mile distribution better than Class 8 trucks, experts say. (Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Despite some potential clouds on the horizon from higher tariffs, optimism about the overall economy founded on strong numbers in housing, construction and growth in e-commerce are boosting sales of medium-duty trucks and pushing the sector out of decadelong doldrums.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Fleet Executives Offer Insights to Improve Truck Spec’ing Process

One fleet executive wants to see more of the component and vehicle testing that was exhibited in the Run on Less program earlier this year. (Run on Less)

Truck spec’ing will continue to evolve, but a couple of fleet executives had some suggestions for truck makers on ways to improve the process.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Business, Equipment

Today’s Truck Spec’ing

Spec'ing programs give buyers a deeper look into how various components and options interact with each other in a new truck. (Navistar)

Given the complexity of today’s trucks, it may be natural for the uninitiated to assume that spec’ing a truck well has become more difficult. But, the opposite is the case, industry executives said.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Business, Equipment

Truck Makers Introduce New Models at Work Truck Show

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

INDIANAPOLIS — Several truck manufacturers introduced new and updated commercial trucks during the 2018 edition of the Work Truck Show, produced annually by the National Truck Equipment Association.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
March 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Alternative Fuels Will Grow, but Diesel Remains Go-To, Daimler Exec. Says

Diesel TT File Photo

INDIANAPOLIS — Alternative fuels and green technologies will continue to evolve and secure their roles within the trucking sector, but diesel is still the most efficient and cost-effective fuel and will be for some time to come, Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America, told attendees at the Green Truck Summit here last week.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
March 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

Large Fleets Forecast to Buy More Trucks in 2018

Steven Latin-Kasper by National Truck Equipment Association

INDIANAPOLIS — Sales of Class 8 tractors are expected to grow as much as 20% in 2018 as big-fleet truck buyers begin spending again after having reduced their capital expenditures dramatically in 2016 and 2017, executives said at the National Truck Equipment Association’s annual Work Truck Show here.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
March 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

Hino Steps Into US Heavy-Duty Market

Hino's XL series Hino is entering the hard-to-penetrate U.S. market with these Classes 7 and 8 XL models. (Hino Trucks)

INDIANAPOLIS — Hino Trucks is expanding into the heavy-duty sector in the United States with the introduction March 7 of its new Classes 7 and 8 XL model series truck and tractor.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
March 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

More Vocational Fleets Opting for Automated Transmissions

Driver on keypad for truck's Allison automatic transmission A driver interacts with the keypad for his truck's Allison automatic transmission. (Autocar Trucks)

An aging driver population and the addition of vocational-specific features are the top reasons fleet managers and industry executives cited for growth in two-pedal transmission use among vocational truck buyers.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
February 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Truck Makers May Test Radically Different Aero Cab Designs With SuperTruck II

DOE SuperTruck Department of Energy via YouTube

Today’s tractors are more efficient due in large part to the aerodynamic concepts and ideas that truck makers were able to test under the Department of Energy’s 21st Century Truck Partnership, also known as SuperTruck.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tractor Aerodynamics Continue to Improve

FlowBelow AeroKit FlowBelow's aero equipment on display at a truck show in 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Comparatively speaking, today’s over-the-road tractors are slick machines.Improved aerodynamics enables them to slide through the air better than any earlier generation while offering the potential for double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
January 9, 2018

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