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Articles by Jason Cannon

Jason Cannon is the Equipment Editor for Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.

Truck sales close 2016 just under 250,000 units

The North American Class 8 retail sales forecast was widely revised as many as three times last year, down from 260,000 units to 250,000 to 240,000. Ultimately, orders fell short, met ...

Used truck values dropped more than 20% last year

Used truck prices fell in 2016, with sleeper tractors losing about 30 percent of their value at auction from January to December, compared to 23 percent through retail channels, according ...

Waitin’ for a Superman

"Sometimes, life's not fair." – everybody's grandfather, probably. I think a sense of justice is important to most of us. It's not that we like to see people punished, but I ...

ATA’s Spear to serve on autonomous vehicle steering committee

American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear will sit on a newly established U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) committee aimed at the guiding the emergence and deployment of autonomous ...

Trailer efficiency benefits mandated by Phase 2 can be compounded

Commercial trucks are no strangers to Environmental Protection Agency regulation but with Phase 2 heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards going into effect next year, trailers for the first ...

December truck orders bode well for early 2017

Preliminary Class 8 truck net orders for December hit 21,200 units, up 10 percent month-over-month, according to FTR. ACT Research President and Senior Analyst Kenny Vieth notes December was the only month ...

Managing uptime: Selecting an aftermarket partner

The key to uptime is parts availability. A fully staffed service bay is of no benefit if it takes days or weeks to find needed parts. A distributor’s extensive inventory ...

Report: Sales of electrified powertrain trucks set to balloon over the next decade

Annual electrified powertrain medium and heavy duty truck sales are expected to skyrocket more than 1000 percent over the next 10 years. A new report from Navigant Research forecasts sales of ...

Eaton making FLEX reman transmissions available in Canada

Eaton is making its lineup of FLEX Reman transmissions available in Canada as of Jan. 1, allowing Canadian OEM dealers to offer two tiers of Eaton Factory Reman products – ...

Managing uptime: Letting a vendor manage your parts inventory

Downtime can be frustrating enough alone, but the lack of the right part at the right time only adds to the agony. However, balancing a parts inventory can be tricky as ...

Price isn’t the only difference between recycled, reconditioned and reman parts

A brand new part isn’t necessary in every case, and in some cases it’s not practical or even possible. Used parts are available for many components but there are varying degrees ...

Uncertainty, predictions for 2017 center on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Every year the University of Alabama (yes, THAT university in Alabama) – the one where Forrest Gump went to college; the one whose fans greet one another in airports around ...

Wheel care key to safety, extended life

Aluminum and steel wheels are practically bullet proof and a daily glimpse for cracks and rust is probably sufficient as long as you take the steps necessary to maintain them. “If ...

East offering Hendrickson air disc brake option

East Manufacturing will offer Hendrickson MAXX22T Trailer air disc brakes with Dura-Light Hub as the preferred air disc brake package option on all of its trailers, but additional brands are available. The MAXX22T ...