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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, BrandFX, 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, BrandFX, 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

Forecast of Medium-Duty Resale Values for 2011-2012

By Mike Antich

There is a shortage of medium-duty trucks in the wholesale market due to the low volume of new units ordered from 2007 to 2010. This inventory shortage is forecast to persist for several years. The net result is higher resale values.

Tags: Remarketing, Wholesale Market, Resale, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Calculating Commercial Vehicle Weight Distribution & Payload Made Easy

Moments provide a way to combine a number of components or items to calculate a CG for them as a group. When you know the CG distance for all of the items combined, you can calculate the weight on each axle.

By Richard Toner

Axle capacities are limited either by the axle capacity or the legal weight limits, whichever is lower. Performing a weight distribution analysis can achieve the proper axle loadings before a truck is built.

Tags: NTEA, Payload, weight distribution

September 2011, Work Truck - Feature

The Fundamentals of Spec'ing Trucks for Towing

By Sean Lyden

Despite being similar in size, medium-duty trucks offer a wide variance in maximum towing capacities - from 5,000 lbs. to more than 11,000 lbs.

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)

July 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Targets Expanded Market Share with New Class 4-5 COEs

In January 2010, Hino completely restyled its Class 6 and 7 truck lineups (far left). For the 2012 model-year, Hino debuted an  all-new Class 4 cab-over-engine truck, the 155 diesel model (right) and a diesel-electric hybrid model, the 155h.

By Mike Antich

The 2012 Class 4 and 5 cab-over-engine (COE) models also include a diesel-electric hybrid version, which will be rolled out first in California, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and the greater New York City metro area.

Tags: Hino, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Telematics, Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2011, Work Truck - Feature

5 Trailering Mistakes to Avoid

By Tariq Kamal

GM’s resident expert outlines five common mistakes fleet operators must avoid to ensure safe and productive trailering.

Tags: Trailering, General Motors

July 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Latest Trends in Vocational Truck Fleet Applications

By Lauren Fletcher

Right-sizing and downsizing, use of alternative fuels, and the increased use of fleet management companies are a few of the current trends seen in the vocational work truck fleet segment.

Tags: Steelweld, Adrian Steel, Alternative Fuels, Vocational

July 2011, Work Truck - Feature

10 Factors to Consider when Spec’ing Drive-Axle Ratios for Medium-Duty Trucks

The gear ratio selected for the drive axle impacts the truck's available top-end speed, ability to haul or pull heavy loads, and overall fuel economy.

By Sean Lyden

There is a wide range of drive-axle ratios for medium-duty trucks. Considering drive-axle ratio impacts a truck’s top-end speed, load-pulling ability, and overall fuel economy, fleet managers must choose carefully.

Tags: Spec'ing, Medium-Duty Trucks, rear-axle

July 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Checked Your Lug Nuts Lately?

Each time a vehicle stops, a walk around should be conducted. Look for any items that may be out of place or failed equipment. The purpose of these checks is to identify issues before they become a major problem.

By Mike Butsch

Checking the lug nuts on a commercial motor vehicle should be a part of a Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). Indicators of a loose lug nut could be shiny metal or new rust. If the lug nut is less than hand-tight, the rim could come off.

Tags: DVIR, Inspections

July 2011, Work Truck - Feature

New Strategies for Managing Diesel Fleets

Idaho Youth Ranch's Gregg Crow said leasing new trucks was the best way to facilitate the nonprofit's plan to expand its distribution network.

By Chris Brown and Tariq Kamal

Soaring pump prices and new emissions controls have made running trucks and vans on diesel an expensive proposition. Learn how fleet managers and OEMs are responding to the high cost of lower emissions.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Diesel Fuel Vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles

May 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ram Chassis Cab Named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Robert Brown (second from right) presents the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award to the Ram Chassis Cab team, (left) Joe Veltri, vice president, Product Planning; Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and head of National Sales; and Scott Kunselman, senior vice president, Engineering. Shown in back is the 2011 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab.

By Lauren Fletcher

Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

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

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Strategies for Dealing with Fuel Challenges

By Grace L. Suizo & Thi Dao

Fuel costs are a top concern nationwide, and more so for fleets whose operations require the use of larger, more fuel-consuming vehicles and equipment. Truck fleet managers share their strategies for dealing with escalating fuel costs.

Tags: OPIS, Fuel Management

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Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

By Mike Antich
When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

Real-World Advice on How to Excel on a Fleet Sourcing Team

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

By Lauren Fletcher
Have you ever had a conversation with a coworker, driver, or vendor, and replied to an inquiry with “Well, it doesn’t apply to me,” and left the conversation at that? Do you have help at fleet handling specific parts of your operation, such as fuel, compliance, or leasing?

Millennials in Truck Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2017 Genesis G90

By Stephane Babcock
The Genesis G90 sets itself apart with the interior, drivetrain, and sleek exterior. It has a look and feel inside and out that will satisfy most luxury car cravings.

2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown
Fleet managers should stay current with new developments in the auto industry but stay grounded in reality to keep their fleets efficient and prepared for the future.

Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

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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