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May 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

International TerraStar 4x4 Named 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year was first introduced in 2010 as a 4x2 version. The 4x4 model was introduced at the 2013 Work Truck Show, winning the prestigious truck of the year award just one year later.

By Lauren Fletcher

The Class 4-5 medium-duty truck features an Allison Optimized 1000 transmission, Fabco TC-28 gear-driven transfer case, and Diamond Logic electrical system.

Tags: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, International, TerraStar 4X4

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

The 2014 Work Truck Show

Mitsubishi Fuso introduced the all-new Class 3 Canter FE130 cabover, which increases payload by 700 pounds over the outgoing FE125.

By Lauren Fletcher

More than 100 new products were announced at the 50th Annual NTEA Convention and Work Truck Show.

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Impact of New Higher Fuel Standard Proposed by the Obama Administration

The Obama Adminstration is calling for a 10- to 20-percent reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions, depending on vehicle type, beginning in model year 2014 and running through 2018. During President Barack Obama’s Jan, 28, 2014, State of the Union address transportation and energy security were themes. (PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Sean Lyden

Fleet managers will see an increase in acquisition cost, which could cause many to wait before diving into new fuel technology headfirst.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Fuel Standards

May 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Navigating the Secondary Market: Surplus Trucks

What may be an older truck for one fleet could be just the vehicle another company is looking for. Auctions may help get the most return on your investment. (PHOTO: LIQUIDITY SERVICES)

By Tom Burton

To get the most value from a used truck, fleet managers looking to auction their units should do a little research and be thoroughly prepared.

Tags: Auction, Used Trucks, Truck Resale

April 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Ferrellgas Details Winter Fleet Challenges

Ferrellgas drivers are often used to working in snow-packed areas, but this year brought extra challenges in areas not used to the frigid temperatures.

By Joanne Tucker

Coupled by a higher demand, road closures, diesel gelling, and supply issues, propane companies were faced with seemingly relentless complications this winter. Ferrellgas stepped up to meet this demand, which continues to be a challenge in certain states.

Tags: Diesel, Winter Driving, Ferrellgas, Propane Autogas, Bi-Fuel Propane, Propane Transport

March 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Emkay's Growth Plan: Simple, Better, and Different

Photo courtesy of Emkay.

By Mike Antich

Greg Tepas, CEO and president, shares his strategic vision about EMKAY's future growth and the initiatives that will be implemented to achieve this goal. Also discussed is EMKAY's expansion into Canada and future market plans.

Tags: Emkay, C-Suite, Fleet Management Companies, Canada, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Looking Toward the Future of Truck Bodies

Ford introduced the 2015 Ford F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show, noting that it will utilize an all-new, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and will weigh 700-pounds less than previous models.

By Sean Lyden

Innovative, new technologies and advances in engineering are creating lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient truck bodies than ever before.

Tags: NTEA, Ford, General Motors, Lightweighting, Daimler Corp.

March 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Understanding the Upcoming Truck CAFE Standards

As vehicle fuel economy becomes increasingly important to both consumers and fleet managers, the upcoming CAFE standards are requiring manufacturers to take a very close look at how they can impact these numbers.

By Lauren Fletcher

Following the successful adoption and implementation of the National Program for greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards for 2012-2016 model-year vehicles, the federal government is stepping up the program’s goals.

Tags: CAFE Standards

March 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

The All-New Kenworth T880 Multi-Purpose Vocational Truck

By Mike Antich

The Kenworth T880 is especially suited for a variety of vocational fleet applications, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy-haul applications. The Kenworth T880 comes standard with the 12.9L PACCAR MX-13 engine.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Paccar MX Engine, Kenworth T880

March 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Exploring Alt-Fuel Truck Options

By Chris Wolski

Today’s truck fleet managers have the option to go alternative with propane autogas and compressed natural gas. These alt fuels are a way to keep costs down and be sustainable.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Ford, Ford E-Series, F-Series, Chrysler, Ram 2500 CNG, Chevrolet Silverado, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, CleanFUEL USA, ROUSH CleanTech, Icom North America, Venchurs, Westport

February 2014, Work Truck - Cover Story

How DISH Standardizes Fleet and Keeps Customers Connected

DISH has worked closely with upfitter Leggett & Platt to create a standardized, highly functional DISH-branded cargo van. The upfitter is currently developing DISH-specific packages for the new Euro-style vans rolling out on the U.S. market.

By Chris Wolski

A combination of standardization, flexibility, partnerships, and collaboration have been the recipe for the DISH fleet’s success.

Tags: Green Fleets, Utility Fleets, DISH, Vehicle Standardization, Propane Autogas

February 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Terracon Moves to Larger GVW Trucks

Photo courtesy of Terracon.

By Cheryl Knight

The 1,400-vehicle nationwide fleet lowered its total cost of ownership, increased safety, improved load capacity, and boosted driver morale after moving from smaller trucks up to ½-ton pickups.

Tags: Case Studies, Gross Vehicle Weight, Pickup Trucks

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance

<br />New diesel emissions technologies, as well as upcoming greenhouse gas 2014 compliant engines, are anticipated to increase maintenance costs.

By Sean Lyden

How current and future challenges are affecting medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance, Tire Costs, SCR, DEF, Diesel Emissions, DPF, GHG emissions, GHG14

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

2015-MY Colorado Will Have Work Truck Option

The 2015-MY Colorado will be available in three configurations. The chassis for the North American version of the truck is 40-percent lighter than the global model.

By Chris Wolski

The all-new Colorado will feature a rear-seat delete and box-delete version specifically aimed at commercial fleets.

Tags: Chevrolet Colorado, Mid-Size Pickups

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

6 Questions to Consider When Evaluating Lightweight Materials for Truck Upfits

Using the right lightweight material for the right job can help a fleet operate more effectively and efficiently.

By Staff

While lightweight materials have many benefits, fleet managers should pause and consider if they’re the right fit before spec’ing them.

Tags: Donlen, PHH Arval, Lightweighting, The Knapheide Company

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Measuring Hours vs. Miles in Medium-Duty Truck Performance

By Lauren Fletcher

To achieve the most accurate insight into the wear-and-tear on a vehicle, fleet managers need to review all performance measurements.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, ARI, Ram Truck, PHH Arval, Ford, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

6 Ways to Save on Fuel with Medium-Duty Truck Specs

By Sean Lyden

Achieving optimum fuel economy could be as simple as refreshing the fleet’s medium-duty truck specs. A small variation in fuel consumption can make a big difference.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, ARI, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

Kenworth Offers a Complete Medium-Duty Lineup

The Class 6 K270 and Class 7 K370 are cabover trucks used for pickup and delivery, towing, refrigerated van, roll-off, and landscape applications.

By Lauren Fletcher

With seven models, three gasoline engine options, and three alternative-fuel options, Kenworth is aiming for the medium-duty market.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

2014 Ram 1500 Features New 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel

The new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel is among today&amp;rsquo;s most advanced diesel engines. Its emissions are 60-percent less than those produced by diesel powertrains 25 years ago.

By Mike Antich

The small displacement 3.0L EcoDiesel engine offers V-6 capability with lower CO2 emissions, while the 240-hp turbo-diesel mated to the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic enhances fuel economy and range.

Tags: Ram 1500, Pickup Trucks, Mid-Size Pickups, Ram Truck, Diesel Engines

January 2014, Work Truck - Feature

7 Factors to Consider When Installing a Power Inverter

The illustration depicts a Xantrex inverter/charger installed on a utility/work truck. It takes store battery power and converts it to AC power.

By Xantrex Industry Education Team

Inverters can help provide an extra measure of creature comfort for truck drivers. But, there are concerns about potential damage to a truck’s electrical system. Here are seven points to keep in mind.

Tags: Xantrex Technology, Inverter, Schneider

December 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Case Study: Water District Reduces Operating Costs with Telematics

The California Delta supplies water to EMWD customers. Photo via EMWD.

By Shelley Mika

Forced to establish mandatory water usage restrictions, Eastern Municipal Water District needed to reduce operating and labor costs to make up for shrinking revenues from lower customer consumption.

Tags: Operating Costs, Case Studies, Utility Fleets

December 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Maximum Resale

A bold color choice may make a statement or be a means to meet a corporate need, but fleets that want to maximize their resale returns will stick with white. Photo credit: Ford Motor Co.

By Staff

Fleets should consider engines, transmissions, upfits and color choices to maximize total cost of ownership.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Spec'ing, Engines, Transmissions, Alternative Fuel

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

6 Principles for Selecting Upfits with Ergonomics in Mind

Service body trucks enable field technicians to easily reach the tools they use most frequently

By Staff

Spec’ing vehicles with driver ergonomics will make a happier, safer driver who will be more enthusiastic and better prepared for work.

Tags: Ergonomics, Auto Truck Group

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

How to Avoid Running a Truck Until its Wheels 'Fall Off'

By John Dolce

Truck lifecycles can be calculated to the mile and the dollar. This can help fleets replace vehicles at the optimal moment.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Truck Lifecycle

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Cabovers Gain Popularity in Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

The Isuzu N-Series cabover truck is available in both gasoline and diesel models.

By Staff

When deciding between a cabover engine truck or a conventional truck, fleets are seeing some advantage to the cabover, but still lean toward the conventional truck.

Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

New Ways to Look at Downtime

By Shelley Mika

The age-old problem of downtime will always be a reality, but with new strategies at hand, fleets have more ways to keep trucks on the road longer.

Tags: Vehicle Selection, Pioneer Natural Resources

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Selecting the Right Ladder Rack for the Job

By Sean Lyden

While choosing the right ladder rack for a fleet vehicle involves consideration of a number of factors, including storage, van roof height, and need for accessibility, there is a rack available for every fleet need.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Upfitting, Ladder Rack

November 2013, Work Truck - Feature

All-New 2014 Toyota Tundra

By Mike Antich

The all-new Tundra was styled, engineered, and assembled in the U.S. It features a new chiseled exterior styling and all-new interior design. New for 2014 is a standard backup camera and Bluetooth on all grades of the Tundra.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Tundra, 2014-MY, Light-Duty Trucks

November 2013, Work Truck - Cover Story

Double Cab Now Available for Hino 195 Diesel & 195h Hybrid

The Hino 195 diesel and 195h diesel-electric hybrid are now available as a standard two-door cab, or as an optional four-door double cab.

By Mike Antich

Hino’s 195h diesel-electric hybrid also won the American Truck Dealers Association’s (ATD) 2013 Medium-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award based on criteria such as driver visibility, maneuverability, and fuel economy.

Tags: Hino, Hino 195, Hino 195h, Cabovers

September 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Maximum Resale

Because fewer drivers can operate a manual transmission, the best choice with an eye to resale is an automatic transmission (above). (PHOTO: General Motors)

By Staff

Fleets can leverage the total cost of ownership through maximizing their medium-duty trucks’ value by spec’ing for resale.

Tags: Donlen, ARI, PTO, The Hertz Corporation, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2013, Work Truck - Feature

All-New Class 1-6 Trucks Deliver Something for Every Fleet

By Chris Wolski

Engine variants range from a 3.0L diesel to a 6.7L turbodiesel. Fleets will also have choices among gasoline and alt-fuel powertrain options. By chris wolski

Tags: Toyota, Hino, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan, Navistar, Freightliner, Chrysler, Ford, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, General Motors

September 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Avoid Getting a 'Bad Wrap'

Take vehicle sizes and types into consideration; a graphic design for a truck will not fit the same on a small sedan. (PHOTO: Signature Graphics)

By Sean Lyden

Making a mistake in the design, material selection, and maintenance of vehicle graphics can project the wrong impression and be costly in the long run.

Tags: 3M, Vehicle Graphics

September 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Taking a Long-Term Approach to Designing an Emergency Response Vehicle

The American Red Cross is testing upfit Sprinter Vans (above left) for its new ERV. The upfit vans feature ergonomic seating and storage so volunteers can easily distribute supplies and food.

By Greg Basich

The American Red Cross collaborated with volunteers, students, and a range of industry experts to design a new vehicle for its Disaster Response fleet.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, PHH Arval, American Red Cross, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

September 2013, Work Truck - Feature

FleetAdvance: Improving Fuel Purchasing Decisions

By Staff

Using real-time transaction data, Comdata’s new program can help fleet managers make smarter purchasing decisions, better manage fuel costs, and improve driver behavior.

Tags: Comdata, FleetAdvance

July 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Vocational Truck Fleets Use Innovation to Get the Job Done

One of the vehicles Mobi Munch operatesis the Mobi Cube, utilizing the Isuzu NQRHDDiesel chassis upfitted with a kitchen.The cab-over chassis measures 7.5 feethigh, 6.75 feet wide, and 22.25 feet long,with a detached air-conditioned cab.

By Lauren Fletcher

When envisioning a vocational truck, images of dump trucks, mixers, and garbage trucks come to mind — but, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some fleets share how they took vocational trucks to the next level.

Tags: Verizon, Ram C/V, CNG, Kenworth, DISH, Chevrolet Express, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford E-Series, Palfinger, Mobi Munch, Isuzu NPR, Deli Express

July 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Put Your Swing Door Problems on a Roll

By Ken Czyzewski

Find out how roll-up doors can help improve your operations.

July 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Need a Lift? Remember to Spec the Right Liftgate

When spec&amp;rsquo;ing liftgates, ensure there is a large enough platform surface to work from. Check the size of materials or pallets that will be loaded.

By Sean Lyden

The primary reasons to buy a liftgate include reducing the risk of injury and the ability to increase efficiency and productivity. However, there are several points to remember when considering available options.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Waltco Lift Corp., MAXON Lift Corp.

July 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Extended Warranties Available for Kenworth Medium-Duty Trucks

The K270 and K370 are both powered by a 6.7 PACCAR PX-7 engine with a standard 220-hp rating and 520 lb.-ft. of maximum torque.

By Staff

Through Dec. 31, 2013, Kenworth medium-duty trucks financed through PACCAR Financial can receive an additional year of coverage.

Tags: T270, T370, T470, K370, K270, T440, Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2013, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Vocational Truck Fleets Use Innovation to Get the Job Done

Jimmy Bekis, transportation superintendent for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) is shown with the company&#39;s durable and reliable 1996 Kenworth T800 at the NTUA Mobile Substation.

By Lauren Fletcher

When envisioning a vocational truck, images of dump trucks, mixers, and garbage trucks come to mind — but, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some fleets share how they took vocational trucks to the next level.

Tags: Vocational Truck, Chevrolet Express, Ford E-Series, ROUSH CleanTech, DISH, Verizon, Deli Express, Mobi Munch, Isuzu NPR, Ram C/V, Kenworth

May 2013, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu N-Series Named 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The NPR ECO-MAX offers a highly fuel-efficient diesel engine in a 12,000-lb. GVW truck.

By Lauren Fletcher

The N-Series from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) was named Work Truck magazine’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year at the 2012 NTEA The Work Truck Show, held March 6-8 in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu NPR, Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu, Awards

May 2013, Work Truck - Feature

The State of the Commercial Tire Market

Of fleets that utilize medium-duty trucks, the percentage of commercial tires purchased varies, with 21.1 percent of fleet managers purchasing such tires for 21-30 percent of their fleet. Source: Work Truck Research Dept.

By By Lauren Fletcher and Chris Wolski

The market may be down, prices may be up, but fleets are finding ways to maximize their tire budgets.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, fleet tire costs

May 2013, Work Truck - Feature

The 2013 Work Truck Show

(L-R) Outgoing NTEA President Frank Livas, president of Brake &amp;amp; Clutch, Inc. passes the gavel to newly-installed NTEA President Shawn Jacobs, president &amp;amp; CEO of STS Trailer &amp;amp; Truck Equipment.

By Lauren Fletcher

Cold and snow didn’t stop more than 10,000 people from attending NTEA’s annual conference.

Tags: Work Truck Show, NTEA, Industry Event

May 2013, Work Truck - Feature

What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

One upfitting error is a liftgate that has a platform too small to safely handle the load it was intended to carry.

By Sean Lyden

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

Tags: Upfitting, Best Practices

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Working with the Hand You're Dealt: 7 Ways to Seize Control of Fuel Costs

By Lauren Fletcher

With the current volatility of fuel prices, fleet managers may feel the deck has been stacked against them. Taking charge with smarter purchasing and consumption can guarantee a winning hand.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Diesel Fuel

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Spec'ing Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Among the biggest mistakes to make while spec&amp;rsquo;ing is underestimating the impact of insulation on interior dimensions and selecting the wrong type of rear door access for the application.

By Sean Lyden

Incorrectly spec’ing a refrigerated truck can be costly to both a fleet and a company’s clients. Knowing what mistakes to avoid when spec’ing can go a long way to impacting the bottom line and increasing company business.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Vehicle Spec'ing

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

How Will the 'Cliff' Aversion Drive Truck Value?

By Ricky Beggs, Black Book USA

A look back over the past decade may shed some light on what to expect from the recent fiscal crisis. Overall, Black Book anticipates a positive impact on values.

Tags: Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Vehicle Upfitting: The Step-by-Step Process

The vehicle has now completed inspection and is ready for final delivery to the end user.

By Staff

An in-depth look at the upfitting process from start to finish is shared. Each significant step of the way is captured and described.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, How-to Guides

January 2013, Work Truck - Cover Story

Reporting for Light-Duty

By Chris Wolski

Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram all updated their signature light-duty trucks for MY-2013.

Tags: Chevrolet, Ford F-150, SYNC, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Ram, Ram 1500, Ford, General Motors, Light-Duty Trucks

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Ram Cargo Van Meets Vocational Fleet Applications

The all-new Ram cargo van.

By Greg Basich

Ram’s fleet-ready CV offers 1,800 lbs. of payload capacity and plenty of options.

Tags: Ram, Vocational, Ram C/V



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