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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

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, FedEx, Elevator Fleets, Verizon

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, Step Vans

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

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, drive-axle ratio, Powertrains, 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: Medium-Duty Trucks, GE Capital Fleet Services, ARI, PHH Arval, Replacement Cycles, Wheels, Inc.

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, Suspensions

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, Resale, Used Vehicle Values, 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, Freightliner Custom Chassis

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

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Cash, Finance or Lease: Which Truck Acquisition Strategy Works Best?

By Sean Lyden

Determining the acquisition strategy that works best for individual company fleets is a daunting process. Industry experts pose and answer questions to help fleet managers make this important decision.

Tags: leasing, Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

The Drive (Tire) Toward Fuel Economy

<br />Sixty percent of a drive tire&#39;s fuel economy is derived from its tread<br />elements, said Donn Kramer, Goodyear Tire &amp;amp; Rubber Co. director of<br />marketing for commercial tires.

By Mike Manges

Tread design tweaks help lower resistance.

Tags: Goodyear, Fuel Economy, Tires

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches All-New 2012 Canter FE/FG Series Work Trucks

The Canter FG (left) and Canter FE Crew Cab models are ideal for vocational needs, such as dry freight, refrigerated delivery, municipal roadwork, landscaping, and more. Offering a 10- to 20-percent improvement in fuel economy, the full line of Canter FE and FG trucks include the industry&#39;s only five-year 175,000-mile powertrain warranty.

By Lauren Fletcher

Five all-new models were introduced for the Class 3-5 vocational market under the Canter name for the first time in North America.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Canter

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

PG&E Adds Hybrid-Electric Bucket Trucks

The bucket trucks are &quot;trouble trucks,&quot; the first vehicles to arrive on the scene in the event of an emergency or service interruption.

By Carly Lanning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) added about 100 hybrid-electric bucket trucks in 2010 and has ordered 125 more as part of its fleet greening efforts.

Tags: PG&E, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

May 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Are Natural Gas Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

Verizon announced its order of 501 new 2011 Ford E-250 vans to be converted to CNG in October 2010.

By Sean Lyden

A growing number of fleets have already made the switch to natural gas after weighing the benefits and challenges.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG Conversions

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

How to Spec Dump Bodies for Light- & Medium-Duty Trucks

A contractor&#39;s dump is similar to a standard flatbed with short (12- to 24-inch) solid sides that fold down to create unfettered access to load the body.

By Sean Lyden

If a fleet doesn’t properly equip a chassis or dump body to handle a load, cost savings will vanish due to premature maintenance issues and greater risks to employee safety.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Decals Help Convey Professionalism

Decals, such as those shown above on the doors of work trucks, provide a professional image. Unlike paint, decals do not noticeably fade.

By Staff

Decal manufacturers can provide customizable options for updating the look of current fleet vehicles. One benefit of decals is the ease in which they can be affixed.

Tags: decals

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

What Staples Expects from All-Electric Medium-Duty Work Trucks

Manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles, the Newton all-electric &amp;shy;medium-duty chassis &amp;shy;offers a range up to 100 miles, top speed of 50 mph, and a payload capacity up to 16,000 lb., ideal for short-range &amp;shy;urban delivery applications.

By Sean Lyden

Mike Payette, manager of fleet equipment for the office supply company, discusses his experience with all-electric trucks and factors fleet managers should consider when including such vehicles in fleet.

Tags: Green, Green Fleets, Smith Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Staples, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Sprinkles Delivers High-End Cupcakes with Mercedes Sprinter

The Sprinklesmobile has allowed Sprinkles to become a mobile &amp;shy;cupcake bakery. Employees park the Sprinter (loaded with 1,500 &amp;shy;cupcakes) at various locations in Southern California and &quot;tweet&quot; its location on Twitter

By Thi Dao

The owners of Sprinkles Cupcakes designed and upfitted their eye-catching “Sprinklesmobile” to reflect the ¬image of the gourmet cupcake chain.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Dondlinger of Auto Truck Group Discusses His Post-acquisition Strategy

Guy Chollet, engineering manager, Jim Dondlinger, president, and Pete Taskovic, process manager, work together to ensure projects go according to plan.

By Staff

Jim Dondlinger, president of the recently acquired Auto Truck Group, discusses the company’s change in ownership, integration of Fleet Body Equipment, the history of ATG, and changes in the industry over the years.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, fleet acquisition

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Use in Work Truck Fleets

The in-dash NavPlus technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory.

By Lauren Fletcher and Grace L. Suizo

Truck fleets can improve operational efficiency, boost driver safety, and reduce high-cost vehicle repairs by implementing telematics systems. Highlighted are some of the latest products available.

Tags: Telematics, Virtual Technician, Ford

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Growth of Crossovers & Compact SUVs in Fleet Is a Global Phenomenon

By Mike Antich
Crossover utility vehicles and compact SUVs represent the fastest growing segments in the global automotive industry in every region of the world, impacting both retail and fleet sales

Successful Fleet Managers Excel as Servant Leaders

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Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Check Up on Your Annual Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
As we move toward the end of the year (already!), it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect. Earlier this year, we spoke about turning your resolutions into goals, and how to apply the concept of “resolutions” into a work-related goal.

Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

By Paul Clinton
The three-row 2018 Atlas provides impressive cargo carrying capacity, along with a quality ride, responsive steering feel, and solid handling.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown
Conferences like AFLA can provide a space for new faces in the industry to meet and network with experienced peers and suppliers, without being crowded by salespeople.

Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

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