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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

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

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

A contractor'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 ­medium-duty chassis ­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 ­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 ­cupcake bakery. Employees park the Sprinter (loaded with 1,500 ­cupcakes) at various locations in Southern California and "tweet" 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

March 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

2012 Nissan NV Raises the Roof and Function of Commercial Vans

The 2012 Nissan NV is available in two models: Standard and High Roof. The cargo area of the High Roof version enables a 6-foot 3-inch driver to stand upright.

By Lauren Fletcher

Nissan has been in the commercial vehicle market for more than seven decades and is introducing its all-new commercial van to the U.S. market.

Tags: Vans, Nissan

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Can Pickup Bed Capsules Effectively Replace Cargo Vans?

Maranda manufactures a one-piece, fully transferable workshop ­capsule that, according to the company, features a ­proprietary body anchoring system, unique water management system, and universal fit. Pictured is the Maranda V-370.

By Sean Lyden

Manufacturers that build pickup bed capsules discuss the advantages and limitations of the fiberglass-enclosed bodies and explain when fleets should consider replacing cargo vans with truck bed capsules.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Pickup Trucks

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Trucks Return from Nationwide Tour

"Whether you're a fleet manager, a small business owner, or just an interested member of the public, we wanted everyone with an interest in environmentally friendly truck design to see the state of the art in the industry and to experience the fuel economy these vehicles provide," said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

By Staff

For more than two months, the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX toured the country educating dealers and service and parts personnel.

Tags: Isuzu, Commercial Fleets, Commercial Trucks

January 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford’s All-New F-150 Power Train Lineup Delivers on Fuel Economy

3.7L Four-valve Ti-vct v-6

By Lauren Fletcher

Ford engineers put the new powertrain lineup through a litany of tests to ensure complete compatibility with truck applications and durability.

Tags: Ford F-150, EcoBoost, Powertrain

January 2011, Work Truck - Feature

UPS Trademark Brown Delivery Trucks Go Green

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has been looking for the most efficient ways to operate. In 1998, it was the first package delivery company to employ hybrid-electric vehicles. Over the years, the company has invested more than $25 million in its alternative-fuel vehicle fleet.

By Shelley Mika

With the purchase of 130 hybrid-electric vehicles, the package delivery company grows its alternative-fuel vehicle fleet and increases its dedication to a “green” fleet.

Tags: Green, UPS, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2011, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH CleanTech Drives Propane Forward

ROUSH spent the past four years studying the market and talking with fleet managers across the country. The company projects that within 24 months it will sell 10,000 units or more per year. This is a combination of all of the Ford trucks, vans, and cutaways for which it offers propane conversion systems.

By Lauren Fletcher

Created with fleet in mind, ROUSH’s CleanTech aims to help fleet managers increase the number of “greener” propane autogas-powered vehicles on the road.

Tags: Green, ROUSH, Propane Autogas

January 2011, Work Truck - Feature

9 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing Liftgates for Medium Duty Trucks

By Staff

Spec’ing the right liftgate for an application can be challenging. Here are helpful suggestions to ensure the right liftgate is spec’d for the job.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2011, Work Truck - Feature

Tiremakers Go Green with SmartWay

Yokohoma’s 703ZL tires are included on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of SmartWay-verified technologies.

By Mike Manges

EPA fuel efficiency designation is the hot thing in truck tires. While SmartWay-verified tires are mandated on heavy trucks, medium-duty fleets can also benefit from more fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: Green, CARB, SmartWay, Tires

December 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Adrian Steel Fortifies FMC Partnerships with Value to End User

By Cindy Brauer

The cargo management solutions provider partners with FMCs to bring enhanced value in product, process, and service to their mutual customers —the fleet manager and fleet driver.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Wheels Inc., Donlen, ARI, PHH, LeasePlan

November 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

Chevrolet Silverado HD & GMC Sierra HD: Strong on Heritage

By Lauren Fletcher

Fully redesigned for 2011, all-new control features, updated engine offerings, and added technology help these “mobile offices” keep crews safe and working — wherever they travel.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors

November 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How to Increase Truck Fleet Safety

By Stephen Bennett

Focusing on driver training, proper vehicle specs, and safety technology are a few ways to increase truck fleet safety.

Tags: PHH

November 2010, Work Truck - Feature

7 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing a Service Body

By Sean Lyden

Service technicians utilize a variety of tools and equipment that must be kept organized and within reach. With the multitude of available options, these seven questions will help narrow the field.

Tags: Spec'ing

November 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Selecting the Right Cargo Van for Your Fleet

By Sean Lyden

The same van specs used for the past 10 years might not match fleet requirements today. Several steps are outlined to ensure the best cargo van is selected for fleet needs.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Spec'ing

November 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Kraft Foods Pursues Sustanability with Steps 'Big & Small'

Kraft requires all carriers to shut off tractor engines while parked at its shipping locations.

By Cindy Brauer

The food company eliminated more than 50 million truck miles globally and took the equivalent of more than 50,000 truck shipments off the road between 2005 and 2009, significantly reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.

Tags: Sustainability, Kraft

October 2010, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Navistar & Mahindra Launch Joint Truck Venture

Mahindra-Navistar’s new line of trucks include conventional aero-nose trucks for sale in the North American market.

By Mike Scott

A new line of trucks manufactured by Mahindra-Navistar for commercial customers in India may impact how vehicles will be designed for similar customers elsewhere around the world.

Tags: India, Navistar, EGR

September 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu Introduces 2011 NPR ECO-MAX Truck

By Mike Antich

The 12,000-lb. GVWR truck offers a 20-percent improvement in fuel economy compared to previous NPR models. The truck is lighter, which increases payload capacity and allows use of a smaller displacement diesel engine.

Tags: Isuzu

September 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How You Can Minimize Distracted Driver Liability Exposure

By Thomas Bray

Implementing and enforcing clear policies, as well as using common sense, are some ways to minimize driver distraction.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Distracted Driving

September 2010, Work Truck - Feature

6 Cost-Effective Strategies for Purchasing Trucks from Dealer Stock

By Sean Lyden

Do some homework before making an out-of-stock purchase to avoid paying higher prices. Read on for tips to planning a dealer stock purchase.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

September 2010, Work Truck - Feature

21 Questions to Ask When Spec'ing Refrigerated Truck Bodies

When spec’ing a refrigerated truck body, knowing product dimensions, weights, and capacity is necessary.

By Sean Lyden

Critical elements in determining medium-duty refrigerator body specifications include maintaining optimal cargo area temperature and designing a cost-effective, energy-efficient vehicle.

Tags: Spec'ing, Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Truck Bodies

July 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

TerraStar Takes International Truck Lineup to New Level

By Grace Lauron

The addition of the TerraStar Class 4-5 commercial truck equips International’s product lineup to serve truck needs spanning Classes 4-8.

Tags: NTEA, International, TerraStar

July 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Is Carbon Fiber the Future of Truck Bodies?

Much of the Chevrolet’s Silverado ZR2 concept pickup body is constructed of carbon<br /><br />fiber, including the front fenders, extractor-style hood, rocker extensions, and tailgate.

By Sean Lyden

While cost remains an obstacle to widespread acceptance of carbon-body trucks, this lightweight, durable, and strong material can facilitate fleet vehicle downsizing, promote fuel-efficient engines, and help extend lifecycles.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Truck Bodies

July 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Daimler Vans USA Launches 4th Sprinter Model

By Mike Antich

Daimler Vans USA has expanded its parts distribution network to expedite parts delivery, implemented a dealer training program for Sprinter technicians, and adopted a new ordering system for faster order-to-delivery.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler

July 2010, Work Truck - Feature

What Fleet Managers Should Know About Idle Limiters

By Sean Lyden

Automatically controlling idling with engine idle limiters can help produce fuel economy savings, lower maintenance costs, and diminish a fleet’s carbon footprint.

Tags: Maintenance, Idling

July 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How to Predict & Address At-Risk Driver Behaviors

By Thomas Bray

If not corrected, certain driving behaviors greatly increase the odds the driver will be involved in a crash. Find out how to avoid on-the-job driving accidents.

Tags: Driver Behavior, J.J. Keller

July 2010, Work Truck - Feature

7 Questions: Are Extended Warranties Right for Your Trucks?

By Sean Lyden

An extended warranty has benefits, but it may not be ideal for every vehicle in a fleet operation. Consider these seven questions before purchasing an extended warranty.

Tags: Warranty

May 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

2010 F-Series Ford Super Duty Named 2010 Work Truck of the Year

By Cheryl Knight

For the third consecutive year, Ford’s 2010 F-Series Super Duty was voted Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine readers. The commercial “work horse” offers a variety of cab styles and tow/payload capacities.

Tags: F-Series, Work Trucks, cost of ownership, Medium-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Truck Bodies to Prevent Corrosion

(left) Aluminum truck body; (right) Stainless steel truck body

By Sean Lyden

Truck bodies rust in salt-laden environments, whether in coastal areas or regions that require road salts for de-icing. To lengthen truck body life — and help contain fleet costs — consider five factors in spec’ing bodies.

Tags: Corrosion

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

2011 Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel Now Biofuel-Capable

2011 Duramax Diesel 6.6L V-8 Turbo for the Chevrolet Silverado.

By Lauren Fletcher

Powering the redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups and Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, the revised engine will offer B-20 capability and meet strict ASTM standards.

Tags: Chevrolet, Biodiesel, Duramax

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How Does the 2010 EPA Standard Impact Fleet Biodiesel Use?

By Sean Lyden

The EPA’s 2010 standard calls for reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions by 83 percent from the 2007 mandate. Industry experts discuss the new standard’s impact on NOx levels, engine performance, and fuel quality.

Tags: Biodiesel

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Ford Charges Up for the Transit Connect Electric

By Ashley Willis

Drawing on the success of the Transit Connect, Ford Motor Company will release a battery-powered version of the commercial vehicle to help fleets lower operating costs.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

CNG Fills Up AT&T's Alt-Fuel Fleet

AT&amp;T plans to complete 1,850 CNG conversions during 2010.

By Grace L. Suizo

To meet a target of 15,000 alt-fuel vehicles by 2019, AT&T is replacing 8,000 of its fleet’s petroleum-powered service vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG) models. This year, 1,850 service vehicles will be converted to CNG.

Tags: AT&T, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Propane Provides Competitive Edge

Eric Hansen, founder and president of Competitive Lawn Care, takes delivery of the first propane-powered Ford F-350 from Jack Roush at the ROUSH Performance assembly plant.

By Tariq Kamal

Competitive Lawn Service may soon become the first lawn care company in the United States to run its vehicles and equipment entirely on propane.

Tags: Emissions, ROUSH, Propane Autogas

May 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Who's Looking at Your Logs?

By Mike Butsch

Noncompliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service regulations can carry stiff penalties. Reviewing company drivers’ Records of Duty Status or Logs is critical.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety

March 2010, Work Truck - Department

Product Highlights: Safety

Mohawk Medium-Duty Truck Lift

By Lauren Fletcher

Highlighted are products for the work truck industry. This issues focus: Safety.

Tags: Weather Guard, SnowEx, Saddle Box

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

EPA HD OBD Ruling Impacts Medium-Duty Fleets

By Sean Lyden

Effective Jan. 1, the heavy-duty onboard diagnostic (HD OBD) ruling requires truck manufacturers install OBD systems on trucks 14,001-lbs. GVWR or greater.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Trailer Tire Trends: Fuel Economy & Downtime Remain Big Concerns

By Mike Manges

Reducing trailer-tire rolling resistance is a goal for most fleets. These tires take more abuse and are more likely to experience en route failure than any other tire position.

Tags: Yokohama, Goodyear, SmartWay, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Bridgestone

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Risk Management: Best Practices of a Safe Fleet Operation

By Cheryl Knight

Is your fleet safe? Minimize driver risk and lower accident rates through a safety and risk management program. Whether outsourced or run in-house, a comprehensive program is critical.

Tags: Best Practices, Risk Management

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Use Grows in Work Truck Fleets

Photo: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM / Matt Jeacock

By Lauren Fletcher

From tracking preventive maintenance to reducing vehicle idling and fuel consumption, truck-based fleets are adding telematics devices to their fleet vehicles to improve operations.

Tags: Telematics, Nestle, Utah

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How to 'Right Spec' Your Trucks and Vans

By Chris Brown

Downsizing to a smaller truck or van can improve your total cost — if you can afford the downgrade in capabilities.

Tags: Vincentric, Spec'ing, Rightsizing

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH Offers Propane-Fueled Ford E-Series Vans

Ford E-Series Propane-Fueled Van

By Lauren Fletcher

Meeting super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) II emission standards, ROUSH’s line of propane-fueled Ford E-Series vans was prompted by fleet manager interest.

Tags: ROUSH, Propane Autogas, Ford E-Series

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

P&H Deploys New-Generation Crane Technology

By Chad Simon

A partnership between P&H Mining Equipment, Stellar Industries, and Equipment Upfitters allows P&H crane operators to safely lift and move heavy equipment without fear of overload.

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Freightliner M2 112 Goes All-Natural

Business Class M2 112

By Ashley Willis

Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner introduces the Business Class M2 112 NG, its first natural gas-powered truck. 2010 EPA emissions-compliant, the truck is targeted for natural gas utilities, port operations, and municipalities.

Tags: Natural Gas, Freightliner

March 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Well-Positioned to Expand Commercial Market Share

By Mike Antich

Hino expanded vocational applications for its lineup of Class 4-7 trucks. In addition, it will introduce Class 4 & Class 5 hybrid cab-over models in MY-2012. Hino increased its Class 6 market share to 15 percent, up from 5 percent in 2005.

Tags: Hino, Class 6, Class 7, Class 5, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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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