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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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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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