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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, 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, 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, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan, Navistar, Freightliner, Chrysler, Ford, 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

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 Networkfleet, Ram C/V, CNG, Kenworth, DISH, Chevrolet Express, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford E-Series, Palfinger, Mobi Munch, Isuzu N-Series, 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’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'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, Deli Express, Verizon Networkfleet, Mobi Munch, Isuzu N-Series, 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 N-Series, 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 & Clutch, Inc. passes the gavel to newly-installed NTEA President Shawn Jacobs, president & CEO of STS Trailer & 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’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: Ford SYNC, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ford, General Motors, Chevrolet, Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks

January 2013, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging Deeper into the Numbers

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Changing Your Company's Safety Culture

By Jennifer Stroschein, J.J. Keller & Associates

While obstacles to tackle when creating a safety culture abound, fleet managers must address issues such as recognizing the need for change and making it a top company priority.

Tags: J.J. Keller

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Planning to Green your Fleet? Look Before You Leap

A drive cycle typically measures factors such as vehicle speed, starts and stops over a given time period, idle time (incidental and extended), and engine off time. SOURCE: NTEA

By Bob Johnson, NTEA

The decision to go green requires fleets to first establish the means and objectives to be attained. Challenges include financial considerations, government mandates, and infrastructure concerns, which must be planned for in advance.

Tags: NTEA, duty cycle

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

A Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient Future for Truck and Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Use of aluminum in light vehicles is anticipated to increase 60 percent by 2025, reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety.

Tags: TBEI, Leggett & Platt, Utilimaster, Auto Truck Group, Masterack, Aluminum bodies, Aluminum, Morgan Olson

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

EOBR 101: What it Means for Your Fleet

By Jason Rudinoff, ARI

By 2014, the FMCSA must issue a final rule to mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders in commercial vehicles. Will your fleet be ready?

Tags: ARI, EOBR

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

How Will the Hours-of-Service Revisions Affect Your Fleet?

The chart above summarizes changes to the 2011 hours-of-service rule provisions. Full details are available online at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/index.htm.

By Sean Lyden

Industry experts believe the FMCSA provisions will fundamentally change the way many fleets do business. Main points of the revised ruling are highlighted.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Joy Global, HOS

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

What You Need to Know About APUs

By Sean Lyden

Evaluating auxiliary power units (APUs) before making any usage decisions can help save time and money for fleets in need of additional power.

Tags: Energy Xtreme, Fontaine Modification, APU, Thermo King

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu 'Reaches' for Angels Radio

The new fan favorite at Angels Stadium is the KLAA 830 AM Isuzu Reach. The vehicle with its eye-catching graphics supports station events.

By Lauren Fletcher

Used for promotional purposes, remote broadcasts, and mobile advertising, Angels Radio utilizes the Isuzu Reach for more than just its good looks and cargo space.

Tags: Isuzu, ICTA

January 2013, Work Truck - Feature

Transforming a Mobile Workforce with GPS Solutions

By implementing telematics into a fleet, companies large and small can assess the effectiveness of the work they do. Through utilizing field service management systems, Lane Valente has improved driver safety and increased workflow and customer satisfaction.

By Cheryl Knight

One North American service fleet implements a field service management GPS solution to maximize cost effectiveness, improve driver safety, and better meet client expectations.

Tags: GPS

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 Truck, Vocational, Ram C/V

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

How to Select the Right Tires for Medium-Duty Truck Applications

By Staff

Proper tire selection takes into account specific vehicle application and vehicle weight. Find out what other factors should be considered.

Tags: ARI, Tires

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Putting Re-Refined Oil to the Test: Engine Results After 1 Million Miles

Media had a chance to watch the teardown of the two Cummins ISX diesel engines using EcoPower re-refined oil.

By Mike Antich

The first-ever, official million-mile engine test of re-refined oil in actual fleet service was completed in July after a four-year run. By

Tags: Safety-Kleen, EcoPower, Cummins ISX

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

7 Keys to Crafting an Effective Fleet Safety Policy

By Sean Lyden

With the potential to save lives and reduce accident management costs, a carefully crafted safety policy is a necessity.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Republic Services, Fleet Safety Program

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Getting Into Vans: Commercial Van Market Hot & Heavy

Valecia Vanderlick is able to load a full pallet of “Mama’s Famous Barbecue Sauce” into her Nissan NV. “You would never know you’re in a commercial vehicle,” she said about the Nissan NV.

By Chris Brown

The action in the commercial van market is getting hot and heavy. With pickup truck-like capabilities, improved fuel economy, and white space for branding, new and updated van offerings are attracting a new breed of business entrepreneurs.

Tags: Nissan NV, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, GMC Savana

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Gearing Up for Upcoming Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Regulations

By Sean Lyden

Several experts offer insight to help fleets prepare for the regulations impacting medium- and heavy-duty trucks beginning in 2014.

Tags: EPA, PHH Arval, LeasePlan, NHTSA

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navistar Details Product Changes & Thinking Behind Emissions Strategy

Other vehicles, including the WorkStar (pictured), TranStar, and LoneStar. will get the MaxxForce 11.0L/13.0L with ICT+.) in staggered launches starting in May 2013.

By Deborah Lockridge

With plans to gradually roll out its In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) throughout 2013, Navistar discusses how it will meet 2014 and 2017 emissions standards.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, HDT

November 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Truck Fleets Use Common 'Cents' to Save Dollars

By Chris Wolski

In today’s era of tight budgets, truck fleet managers are using innovative ways from rightsizing to decreasing maintenance costs to shortcycling to save money and boost efficiency.

Tags: Safety-Kleen, Kenworth, ADT, Ford Transit Connect, The Scooter Store, Joy Global, International, Ford F-750, Propane Autogas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Elevator Fleets, ROUSH CleanTech, AT&T, Chevrolet Express, Coca-Cola, eStar, Scotts LawnService, Bimbo Bakeries, Valero, AAA

November 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this month's issue.

Tags: Stat Sheet

November 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Mercedes-Benz Showcases a Smorgasbord of Sprinters

Sprinter body styles include Cargo Van, Crew Van, Passenger Van, Cab Chassis, and MiniBus.

By Grace Suizo

Demonstrating its ability to fulfill the needs of a variety of businesses, at a recent media event in Chicago, the automaker invited several of its upfitters to display the many different faces of the Sprinter.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navistar's Engine Plans Include Cummins

By HDT Magazine Staff

The automaker is switching its emissions-reduction strategy, moving to selective catalytic reduction starting with the 12.4L MaxxForce 13 diesel.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, SCR, DEF, Daniel Ustian, diesel exhaust aftertreatment

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Busting Work Truck Myths

A small change in payload may seem insignificant, but it adds many downstream effects on  the truck capacity, performance, even resale value, which can lead to an increase in overall cost of the truck, with more downtime, more repairs, and more frustration with employees using workarounds with  the equipment.

By Chris Wolski

Truck experts from GE Capital Fleet Services explore the myths and realities of spec’ing medium- and heavy-duty work trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, Mythbusters, TiNik

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Creating an Innovative Driver Log System

Carl Nelson (right), fleet manager for AM-Liner East accepts his third career Larry Goill award from Mario Gionet, NAFA’s VP for Canada. (PHOTO SOURCE: Kieffer Photography)

By Lauren Fletcher

Not one to stick with the status quo, AM-Liner East made significant changes to the way it handled driver logs, with impressive results.

Tags: NAFA, Regulations

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

By Mike Antich
Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

Lessons Learned from Great Fleet Managers

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

By Lauren Fletcher
In today’s digital age, technology is developing at a break-neck pace and fleet management is often the recipient and early adopter of many of the new options available. One of the more newsworthy pieces of modern technology has been the “drone.” Their use in fleet may offer several possibilities.

‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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