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Work Truck – Issue

March 2007

Cover Story By Chad Simon
2008 E-Series Follows Ford's Tough-Truck Tradition

Upgraded for 2008, Ford’s E-Series Wagon and Van feature a revitalized front end, improved suspension and shocks for enhanced ride, new braking system for better functionality, and added safety features.

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Features

OEMs Improve Truck Brake Safety and Control

By Joe Bohn

Nearly all this year’s Class 3-6 commercial vehicles provide upgraded braking systems and/or new brake-related features and options.

Preventive Maintenance at the Touch of a Button

By Christine Erice

OnStar Business Vehicle Manager simplifies preventive maintenance for truck fleets of all sizes.

Guidelines for Biodiesel Use in Fleets

By Joe Bohn

Use of biodiesel is set to dramatically expand as production and availability rise. However, fleets are advised to stay within manufacturer recommendations when fueling new-model vehicles with the alternative fuel.

How to Maximize Commercial Truck Tire Life

By Joe Bohn

While tires are depreciating equipment, fleet managers can control how fast tire value drops. The best way is to write, communicate, and enforce a tire management and maintenance program.

What Fleet Managers Need to Know About Diesel Engine Fluids

By Sean Lyden

Diesel engine fluids, including engine oils, coolants, and fuel additives, are essential components in a consistent preventive maintenance program that sustains equipment uptime, minimizes repair costs, and increases longevity.

2007 Dodge Sprinter All New Dodge Sprinter

By Lauren Colin

The 2007 Dodge Sprinter offers expanded versatility, innovative new standard features, and safety.

The Future of the Light Truck as Chevrolet Sees It

By Paul Dexler

As the light-truck market evolves, manufacturers are evolving with it. Here is a look at some of what Chevrolet is doing to keep up with and ahead of the market.

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

By Mike Antich

The high cost of fuel was the key reason for increased operating expenses. The spike in fuel prices also contributed to the higher cost of replacement tires and, indirectly, to higher maintenance expenses.

Eight Questions to Consider when Selecting Medium-Duty Transmissions

By Sean Lyden

With more than 25 different transmissions and more than 15 different engine options available, how can you select the right combination for your medium-duty trucks? Here are some guidelines to help.

2008 Dodge Ram 4500 All New Dodge Class 4-5 Trucks

By Lauren Colin

Dodge expands its commercial presence with the launch of the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs.The new cabs are targeted at small business and trade fleet customers, and traditional chassis cab users.

Truck tires courtesy of BFGoodrich How to Increase Truck Fuel Mileage

By Harvey Brodsky

One simple and immediate way for truck fleets to save money at the pump is to keep their tires properly inflated. By maintaining the proper inflation pressure for a given tire size and load, tires also last longer and are safer.

Editorials

Upfit Specs Can Reduce Workers Comp Claims

By Mike Antich

Workers’ comp claims resulting from use of upfitted equipment is on the rise. Poor upfitting decisions often result in expensive litigation to defend against alleged negligence.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible.

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

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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