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Articles by James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.

Volvo eyes trucking’s future with 2017 product updates

In a year that’s seen the company roll out two updated tractors and a futuristic concept tractor-trailer, Volvo Trucks North America said Monday it's readying ...

Shell Rotella nears completion of Starship concept rig aimed at hyper efficiency

Shell’s futuristic concept tractor-trailer, dubbed the Starship Initiative, is on track to be completed within the coming months and could perform a cross-country efficiency test ...

New engine oils, now recommended by all OEMs, show extended drain intervals, better fuel economy

The trucking industry’s transition to a new generation of engine oils, which began last December, has gone smoothly, say top engineers for Shell Rotella. All ...

Indicators: Driver turnover rate swelled in second quarter

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets jumped 16 percentage points to 90 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the American ...
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Shifting consumer demands could reshape trucking industry, cut into freight movement

The U.S. economy is in the midst of major shifts in the way consumers buy and receive goods, and some of the largest segments of ...

Class 8 truck market to jump, stabilize in coming years

Despite their recent 18-month slump, Class 8 truck orders are forecasted by research firm FTR to jump to 247,000 this year and upwards of 300,000 ...

Changing economy will strip truck freight in the coming decades, says trucking forecaster

Long-term freight challenges loom for the trucking industry as the economy and the supply chain become more efficient, more digitized and, thus, less reliant on ...

Final report on high-profile Tesla crash with tractor-trailer blames autonomous mode, driver errors

Though the driver of a Tesla sedan, which was speeding and operating (against Tesla’s advice) in a fledgling version of an autonomous mode, was mostly ...

Time to sell: Used truck prices have stabilized, but 2014/2015 used models could send prices spiraling downward

Though prices stabilized in the first half of 2017 – holding near $60,000 through June – that modest rebound might be only a calm before ...

After House approval, Senate examining self-driving truck tech as part of autonomous legislation package

It’s the first move by lawmakers to address a fast-growing segment in the automotive industry, highlighted by provisions to prevent states from enacting bans on ...

Flatbed rates surged in August while van, reefer stumble before Harvey effects

The effects have Hurricane Harvey have pressed van and reefer rates higher to start September, but the two segments both saw declines overall in August ...