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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

September 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

OEMs Ramp Up for MY-2013

The Hino Class 5 COE model is ushering the company into the hybrid diesel-electric market. The model features a 210 hp 5.0L J05E Series engine.

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Diesel, gasoline, hybrid, propane-autogas, and CNG models are among the options that will be available to commercial fleets in MY-2013.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, International, UD Trucks, Ram Truck, 2013-MY, Ford, General Motors

September 2012, Work Truck - Department

WT Stats

By Lauren Fletcher

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

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Are Compact Pickups an Endangered Species?

By Sean Lyden

A fleet mainstay for more than several decades, compact pickups appear to be going the way of the dodo thanks, in part, to less expensive and more efficient full-size pickups and utility vehicles.

Tags: Toyota Tacoma, Donlen, ARI, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Mid-Size Pickups

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

'Steel' Yourself for the Future of Truck Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Defined by two key measurements, yield strength and percent elongation, steel is being evaluated by a growing number of fleet managers.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford, Steel, AHSS

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Joy Global Defies Conventional Wisdom

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Joy Global began shortcycling its vehicles during the economic downturn. The company’s vehicles are primarily International Chassis with a GVWR from 25,900 lbs. to 53,000 lbs.

By Sean Lyden

When the recession hit in 2008, instead of increasing the lifecycle of its medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Joy Global began shortcycling.

Tags: Joy Global

September 2012, Work Truck - Feature

ThyssenKrupp Elevates its Propane Autogas Fleet

ThyssenKrupp currently operates 47 E-150 vans in six different markets.

By Staff

Using Fleet Manager Tom Armstrong’s “Five Cs” protocol of analyzing alternative fuels, ThyssenKrupp Elevator now has 47 ROUSH CleanTech E-Series vans and seven F-Series trucks.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford E-150, Elevator Fleets

July 2012, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Truck Fleets Grapple With Managing Costs as Freight Hauling Demand Grows

By Greg Basich

IRVING, TEXAS – A recent survey by GE Capital found that transportation company chief financial officers (CFOs) across the U.S. see more business opportunities despite rising costs and regulatory challenges.

Tags: GE Capital, Medium-Duty Trucks, CSA, Heavy-Duty Trucks

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Cargo Van Market

By Sean Lyden

After decades of few models and even fewer options, the cargo van market is beginning to capture the attention and fill the needs of fleet managers.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, Ford E-Series, Ram C/V

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

5 Keys to Managing Effective Fleet Supplier Relationships

By Staff

Working with vendors is a significant part of a fleet manager’s job. Here are several tips for effectively managing those relationships.

Tags: Supplier

July 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into this month's issue.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Stat Sheet, Compact Vans

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Commercial Truck Leasing: What Fleet Managers Should Know

Total trucks leased and managed by the top 10 truck leasing companies are illustrated above, totalling more than 2.2 million trucks.

By Staff

Learn what leasing is, how it works, and what to consider before signing a lease agreement.

Tags: Leasing, Closed-End Leases, Commercial Trucks, Open-End Leases

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Outsourcing to Reduce Truck Fleet Accident Costs

A simple fender bender can be a time-consuming and costly event. The CEI Group saved the client approximately 30 percent through use of an aftermarket bumper for the repair.

By Luann Dunkerley

Reduced downtime, priority service, increased visibility of accident costs and trends, and additional benefits can be realized by outsourcing some administrative services.

Tags: DriverCare, Accident Management, Medium-Duty Trucks, CEI Group

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

ARS Technicians Get a Hoist with New Vehicle Lift

By Cheryl Knight

After making the switch to a new strap hoist vehicle lift, American Residential Services (ARS) has reduced technician injuries, increased productivity, lightened vehicle loads, and improved portability.

Tags: Ford, Ford E-350, Ford E-250, ARS, American Residential Services, Ford E-450

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Shifting Class 3-8 Resale Market

By Mike Butsch

Because of historically high resale rates, most commercial fleets no longer sell out-of-service Class 3-8 trucks to their employees.

Tags: Resale Value, Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2012, Work Truck - Feature

The Juggler: Big Apple Circus Takes the Show on the Road

The big Apple Circus’ Tom Larson manages a fleet that includes 10 Ford F-350 pickups.

By Tariq Kamal

Transporting the Big Apple Circus requires a big top’s worth of planning. Learn how Tom Larson and his crew take the show on the road.

Tags: Jeep, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Ford F-350, Ford, Ford E-Series

July 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Unique Vocational Applications & Upfits

The all new 2013 Canter comes standard with dual batteries, and also includes a factory-installed PTO wiring harness designed to receive an optional, matched control switch and to make connection to optional PTOs easy.

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Due to the unique needs of individual fleets, OEMs offer a range of specialized vocational upfits.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, International, TerraStar, Canter, Vocational Truck, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Deli Express, E.A. Sween, Isuzu N-Series

May 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu Reach Named 2012 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The Isuzu Reach is powered by a 4JJ1-TC 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine, delivers 150 hp, and is mated to an Aisin medium-duty 6-speed transmission.

By Lauren Fletcher

First revealed at the 2011 Work Truck Show, the Isuzu Reach captured the prestigious Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award just one year later.

Tags: Isuzu, Utilimaster, Medium-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award

May 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into the numbers inside the issue.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Stat Sheet, Box Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Medium-Duty Box Trucks

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America also offers a box truck version of its popular NPR series.

By Sean Lyden

To achieve balance between required cargo space and weight, experts share ways fleet managers can reduce the risk of error when spec’ing and ordering.

Tags: ARI, Box Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Transmissions Drive Medium-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency

The latest technology offered in automatic transmissions gives a fuel-efficiency edge over manual transmissions.

By Sean Lyden

A decade ago, a manual transmission always beat out an automatic, primarily because it was more efficient — but, times are changing.

Tags: Ford, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Finding the Right Fuel-Efficient Fit

The VIA e-REV has the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle, and eliminates range anxiety by including a conventional gasoline engine.

By Chris Wolski & Grace Suizo

The growing number of fuel-efficient and alt-fuel offerings from OEMs and aftermarket upfitters for truck fleets give fleet managers more options than ever to manage fuel spend.

Tags: Freightliner, Chevrolet Silverado, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, GMC Sierra, XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, General Motors, VIA Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Work Truck Show 2012: Recap

By Lauren Fletcher

“Green” was a strong theme at the 2012 conference, with several manufacturers launching alternative-fuel vehicles.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Truck Accident Costs in 2011 Increase 1-8% on Average

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By Lauren Fletcher

Increased labor rates, additional in-vehicle technology, and environmental regulations are increasing truck accident costs.

Tags: Emkay, Accident Management, Merchants Leasing, Fleet Response, CEI Group, Donlen, PHH Arval, Automotive Resources International, LeasePlan, Safety

March 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this issue.

Tags: Stat Sheet

March 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Air Brakes or Hydraulic Brakes: That is the Question

Being able to stop safely and effectively is critical for fleet drivers operating medium-duty trucks. The choice of hydraulic or air brakes requires looking at a number of complex operational factors.

By Sean Lyden

Choosing the right brakes for a medium-duty truck can make spec’ing complex; however, there are clear-cut reasons to use both, depending on payload and work environment.

Tags: Freightliner, Air Brakes

March 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Ford Ranger Rides into the Sunset

Rollins Inc. is looking into possible replacements for the 5,000 Ford Rangers that comprise its Orkin pest control fleet.

By Sean Lyden

Several fleet management companies look ahead as Ford’s stalwart small pickup ceases production. There are options, but they depend on a number of factors.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Rollins Inc., Mid-Size Pickups, Orkin

March 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Vehicle Graphics: Think Before You Wrap

Quality Laser Services utilized an image of a technician working on a printer to show its area of expertise.

By Lauren Fletcher

Thinking about installing vehicle graphics or refreshing an old design? Here’s some advice from the pros: Keep it simple, work with marketing, and plan ahead.

Tags: ServiceMaster, DirecTV, Vehicle Graphics

March 2012, Work Truck - Feature

The Pros and Cons of Fiberglass vs. Steel Service Bodies

The choice between steel and fiber-composite service bodies boils down to matching the material to the application.

By Staff

When confronted with the choice between a fiberglass and steel service body, fleet managers have a tough choice. Here are eight factors to consider.

Tags: Steel, Service Bodies, NTEA

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Best Practices in Fleet Cost Control

Allowing a vehicle to idle not only contributes to harmful pollutants in the air we breathe, but is also one of the most wasteful practices of a fleet. Idle reduction is one of the most common and effective ways to cut costs. (Photo: @ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/THINKOMATIC)

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Fleets looking to lower operational costs should focus on strategies designed to cut back on fuel and maintenance expenses.

Tags: UPS, Safelite AutoGlass, State Farm, Idaho, LKQ Corporation, Joy Global, Verizon Networkfleet, FedEx, Elevator Fleets

January 2012, Work Truck - Cover Story

Mitsubishi Fuso 'Reinvents' its FE/FG Cabover Series

2012 Mitsubishi Fuso Canter

By Mike Antich

The 2012 Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers are a completely new design; engineered to provide both performance and fuel economy. One innovation is the use of a dual clutch automated manual transmission, a first for commercial trucks.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, BlueTEC, Canter, LCOE

January 2012, Work Truck - Department

Stat Sheet

January/February 2012 Work Truck Stats Page.

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into the numbers inside the issue.

Tags: Stat Sheet

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

State of Propane Autogas in Light- & Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

Propane autogas fuel pump. (Photo: @ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/DIFYDAVE)

By Sean Lyden

A homegrown fuel, propane autogas provides many environmental benefits, as well as decreased maintenance costs and increased engine longevity.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Austin Gutter King, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

Start Your Engines! Isuzu Reach Begins Production

Shaun Skinner, EVP and general manager for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, presents during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By Lauren Fletcher

The Isuzu walk-in commercial van has started production at the Utilimaster facility in Wakarusa, Ind. Ideal for delivery applications, the vehicle features 35-percent better fuel economy than traditional commercial vans.

Tags: Isuzu, Utilimaster, Reach Commercial Van

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

It's a Lightweight Material World

As materials and manufacturing methods become more sophisticated, the experts don't see one lightweight material becoming the clear-cut winner. The future of any material - plastic, fiberglass, high-strength steel, or carbon fiber - depends on two factors: high performance and low cost. For fleet managers considering a lightweight material, they should evaluate it based on drive cycle, lifecycle, and its cost-benefit.

By Sean Lyden

There is no one-size-fits-all lightweight materials solution for work trucks. Experts weigh in about the pros and cons of aluminum, fiberglass composites, advanced high-strength steel, plastic composites, and carbon fiber.

Tags: NTEA, Department of Energy, Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, Fiberglass Composites, High-Strength Steel

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

A Fleet Manager's Survival Guide for Doing More with Less

By Sean Lyden

In today’s lean economy, fleet managers have fewer resources and greater demands on their time, staff, and vehicles. Surviving these tough times includes managing stress and looking for the “upside” to the down economy.

Tags: Sprint, Comcast Corp., P&H Mining, Rightsizing

November 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

The 'Greening' of Kenworth

With annual sales of $42 million, Veritable Vegetable, an organic food distributor, uses the T270 Hybrid in urban applications. Its straight trucks average 50,000 miles per year. It estimates it saves $8,000 a year in fuel using a T270 Hybrid.

By Mike Antich

Factors stimulating fleet interest in CNG- and LNG-powered trucks include higher diesel prices, stringent environmental rules, and corporate sustainability initiatives. Currently, there are 112,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S., and the number is growing.

Tags: Ferrara Bros, Veritable Vegetable, Alagasco, Cummins Westport ISL G, T470 FEPTO, T440, T800 HD LNG, W900S, PX-6, Kenworth, Paccar, T270, T370

November 2011, Work Truck - Department

Product Highlights: DEF Management

The new Warm Weather Atlas DEF Dispenser does not include a heated cabinet, which is required for locations that approach the DEF freeze point.

By Staff

This month's product highlights features diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) management systems.

Tags: DEF, Products, DEF Dispenser, Surface Heater

November 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Medium-Duty Powertrains for Optimum Performance

The 2011 Ford F-750 Super Duty, for example, offers the Cummins ISB 6.7L inline diesel engine with 10 engine hp ratings, ranging from 200 hp with 520 ft.-lb. of torque to 360 hp with 800 ft.-lb. of torque.

By Sean Lyden

These 13 questions will help avoid risks associated with spec’ing powertrains and achieve the right balance.

Tags: Engine, Transmission, Powertrain, drive-axle ratio, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Pros and Cons of Gas Vs. Diesel in Class 3-4 Trucks

By Staff

Choosing between gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks requires striking the right balance between performance, fuel efficiency, and budget.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Isuzu, Donlen, ARI, Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA)

November 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Smart Strategies for Extending Medium-Duty Truck Replacement Cycles

Holding off on replacing aging or worn-out vehicles could negatively affect a fleet's public image and driver morale. Fleet managers can expect more complaints, higher costs, and driver dissatisfaction by pushing replacement cycles. Having a solid strategy can make a delayed vehicle replacement cycle work in all of the fleet stakeholders' favor.

By Sean Lyden

In today’s uncertain economic times, it is not unusual to push out truck replacement cycles. While an attractive short-term tactic, fleet managers need to be aware of the long-term consequences.

Tags: Wheels Inc., Medium-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, ARI, PHH Arval, Replacement Cycles

November 2011, Work Truck - Feature

15-Point Checklist: How to Select the Right Pickup for the Job

By Sean Lyden

Whatever the job, there is probably a light-duty pickup truck that can be spec’d to fit the bill.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Transmission, truck class

November 2011, Work Truck - Feature

All About Medium-Duty Truck Rear Suspensions

(Above) Freightliner AirLiner family of rear suspension options keeps weights lower and payloads higher. Maintenance-friendly features include double-bonded rubber bushings on moving joints.

By Staff

When developing a suspension specification, it’s important to determine what attributes are most important to the application.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Suspension

September 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu Gases Up N-Series & Launches All-New REACH Commercial Van

The gasoline-powered N-Series truck is powered by a Vortec 6.0L small block V-8 engine mated to a new, 6-speed transmission.

By Lauren Fletcher

Isuzu is in full production with its gas-powered N-Series and ready for fleets to hit the road in the all-new Reach commercial van.

Tags: Vans, Isuzu, N-Series, Reach

September 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Cab-Forward vs. Cutaway Van: Which Vehicle is Better for Delivery Fleets?

By Staff

The choice of one truck type over the other depends on a fleet’s needs. Answering some key questions can make the decision easier.

Tags: cutaway, vehicle comparison, Cabovers

September 2011, Work Truck - Feature

What Fleet Managers Should Know About Synthetic Oils

By Sean Lyden

Brought to U.S. market in 1972, synthetic motor oil is produced by most major oil manufacturers. Differences between synthetic and conventional oils, including cost, are examined.

Tags: American Petroleum Institute, Synthetic Oil, Mobil Oil, ConocoPhilips Lubricants, Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA)

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future

By Mike Antich
Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

Snapshot of Fleet Manager Concerns

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher
From time to time, fleet managers may receive the opportunity to attend an automaker test drive event. Should you be one of the lucky chosen, your excitement may give way to trepidation as you realize that test driving a vehicle for fleet use can be quite different that test driving a car or truck for personal use.

Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

By Paul Clinton
The 2017 Kia Niro is a gasoline-electric hybrid that seemingly appeals to buyers of subcompact SUVs, as well as those hearts and minds with a greener hue.

2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown
It’s becoming clear that there are some real changes brewing in our industry: everything from powertrains to new vehicle classes, to autonomous vehicles, and new safety technology.

Who’s Up Next?

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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