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Work Truck – Issue

May 2007

Cover Story By Chad Simon
GM's New Heavy Duty Workhorses

Offering a host of configurations and displaying class-leading power and torque ratings, GM’s new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups thrive in tough terrain and hard work applications.

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Features

The Medium-Duty Powertrain Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces

By Sean Lyden

Many factors must be considered before purchasing a medium-duty truck, including matching the right engine and transmission options to the correct drive/rear-axle ratio. Determining the truck’s application and driver’s skill level should help ease the process.`

Anti-Idling Programs that Work

By Joe Bohn

Idling is a common concern for fleets trying to manage fuel consumption. With the help of the right anti-idling program, fleet managers can decrease fuel use and regulate fuel budgets.

What to Expect From the New Diesel Motor Oil

By Chris Brown

The new 2007 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel handles high temperatures while minimizing harmful emissions.

What's the Early Report on the New 2008 Diesel Engines?

By Joe Bohn

Questions linger regarding the reliability and serviceability of the new powertrain’s emissions systems.However, the technology isn’t all that new; with a proven history of reliability, it is designed to minimally impact drivers and serviceability.

DCX Launches Full-Service Truck Leasing

By Cindy Brauer

The new package, aimed at small business owners in the vocational segment, offers a one-stop source for acquisition, financing, fleet management, maintenance support, and vehicle disposal.

Your New Title: Environment Manager

By Daryl Lubinsky

By switching its fleet to biodiesel, Oakhurst Dairy helps opened. save the environment, and some money, as well.

Propane-Powered Ford F-150s Offer Alt-Fuel Option

By Joe Bohn

Livonia, Mich.-based Roush Industries developed a dedicated propane system for the Ford pickups.The new versions have solved the weather-related starting issues that plagued previous-generation propane models.

City & County Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Here's a chart of anti-idling regulations in various cities and counties.

State-By-State Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Several states, counties, and cities have instituted anti-idling regulations to address issues ranging from environmental concerns to economic costs associated with vehicle emissions.

FordLink In-Vehicle Computer System Goes Mobile

By Chad Simon

Designed to operate in remote environments, the FordLink in-vehicle mobile computer offers Ford truck fleet drivers the convenience of Internet, Microsoft Office, Bluetooth, software installation, and GPS capabilities right when they need it.

Not Just an Idle Problem

By Paul Dexler

A food distribution company’s trucks are burning up their engines and too much fuel from continuous idling.Here’s how the fleet manager is attacking the problem.

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Blog

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
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

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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