The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

May 2008

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
DuraStar Does the Job Green

To combat volatile diesel fuel prices, Navistar offers truck fleets a greener alternative with the International DuraStar medium-duty diesel hybrid electric truck — offering up to 60 percent more fuel economy than traditional diesel engines.

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Len DeLuca (left), director of Ford Commercial Trucks, accepts the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award from Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Bob Brown at the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2008 Work Truck Show in Atlanta. F-Series Super Duty Named 2008 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

By Cindy Brauer

In online balloting, fleet professionals choose the Ford workhorse from among 20 Class 4-6 vehicles and vehicle series for the first-ever Work Truck award.

Gas many be the more economical choice for vehicles that will run 25,000 miles or less annually. Gas vs. Diesel

By Sean Lyden

Which is best for your fleet? Several factors must be considered when deciding between gas or diesel. The following information will help guide your decision.

Fleets Search for Effective Anti-Idling Solutions

By Joe Bohn

Fleets large and small investigate wireless technologies and changing driver habits to reduce the fuel costs and environmental impact caused by excessive and unnecessary truck idling.

Charles Feder, owner of Rossmoor Pastries, found his dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles at auto auctions. Bakery Goes Green to Save Green

By Joan Shim

For Rossmoor Pastries, converting from gasoline-powered delivery vans to a fleet fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas is saving the company $4,000 per month.

Slip Seating: Can it Benefit Your Fleet?

By Paul Dexler

Slip seating means rotating drivers through trucks as vehicles are available, rather than assigning a specific driver to a specific unit. In some cases, it can be a public relations as well as financial advantage.

How to Ace a DOT Safety Review

By Joe Bohn

Federal regulators are pushing stricter enforcement of complex vehicle safety regulations. Staying up-to-date with the mandates help commercial fleets avoid heavy fines or shut-downs for noncompliance.

Mobile Workspace Increases with eCoupled Technology

By Connor Izzett

Working on the go just became easier with Leggett’s eCoupled technology, a wireless system that powers devices without the hassle of messy cords.

Truck Designs Produce a Concrete Winner

By Paul Dexler

Tresca Brothers uses lively paint schemes and public service posters to brighten and attract attention to its ready-mix delivery trucks.

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First enacted by Congress in 1975, the purpose of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy)  is to reduce energy consumption by increasing the fuel economy of cars and light trucks.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher