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March 14, 2017

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

January 3, 2017

Lightweight, Advanced Tech Demo Trucks at WTS17

Two vehicles — a Ford F-350 Aluminum cab chassis and an Isuzu NPR with 13,000 pounds GVWR — will be upfitted with the selected components/technology as part of the Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display at the 2017 Work Truck Show.

July 26, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

July 18, 2016

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

June 3, 2016

Top Trends: Chassis, Auxiliary Equipment, Upfitting

There are a variety of upfitting trends occurring in today’s commercial fleet market. Here are the top trends currently influencing chassis, auxiliary equipment, and upfit equipment design and specifications.

May 25, 2016

Ford Super Duty Aluminum Supplier Expands Operations

Novelis has expanded its Oswego, N.Y., operations to add a $120-million finishing line to supply high-strength aluminum alloy for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty lineup, the supplier announced.

May 16, 2016

Lightweighting: Less is More

The process of lightweighting a fleet of vehicles involves more than simply moving down a vehicle class or removing weight from an overloaded vehicle.

April 15, 2016

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

March 22, 2016

SR-4016 Subframe Scissor Hoist

Rugby Manufacturing’s SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is designed to be 20% lighter than comparable hoists, improving fuel efficiency and payload capacity.

March 1, 2016

13X Drive-Axle Platform

The 13X drive axle is engineered for a variety of medium-duty applications including pick-up and delivery, beverage, utility, school bus, construction, and ambulance.

February 16, 2016

The Impact of the 'Smart' Windshield on Fleet Operations

The windshield is a critical safety component of a vehicle, protecting passengers in the event of a rollover and aiding in proper airbag deployment. However, the windshield is no longer just an independent part comprised of a vinyl interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass. What is changing is that windshields are becoming more technologically integrated with the rest of the vehicle.

January 25, 2016

How to Become a Pro at Upfitting

As fleet needs shift, the industry’s upfit volume has grown proportionally to the increase in truck and van new-order volume. Many times, fleet managers without prior upfitting experience find themselves tasked to spec an upfit.

May 26, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

May 5, 2015

PowerEdge Alternator

Denso’s PowerEdge is a high amperage alternator for the medium-duty truck market designed to achieve higher efficiency in a smaller, more lightweight package.

April 6, 2015

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

March 16, 2015

Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

January 14, 2015

Ford's 2017 Aluminum Raptor Sheds 500 Pounds

Ford's redesigned F-150-based Raptor truck will incorporate an aluminum-alloy body to reduce its weight by more than 500 pounds when it debuts for the 2017 model year.

November 18, 2014

Class 5 Youngest, Fastest Growing Truck Segment

The average age of commercial truck fleets is shifting, and Class 5 trucks now make up the youngest commercial trucks on the road in a segment that's one of the fastest growing, sources told Work Truck magazine.

July 24, 2014

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

March 12, 2014

Looking Toward the Future of Truck Bodies

Innovative, new technologies and advances in engineering are creating lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient truck bodies than ever before.

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