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Work Truck – Issue

July 2008

Cover Story By Chad Simon
Dodge Ram Chassis Cabs: Making Inroads in the Class 4-5 Markets

With several innovative features, more power, and better fuel efficiency, Dodge has forged significant inroads into the chassis cab market and will make further improvements to its Class 4-5 trucks for 2009.

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Features

Cyclng Truck Bodies: Is It a Good or Bad Idea?

By Joe Bohn

As the cost of truck bodies increases due to rising material costs, recycling bodies on new chassis can become more attractive. However, the cost of vehicle downtime to allow for remounting needs to be taken into account.

The Armadillo's High Profile

By Chad Simon

The HCV van, aka the “Armadillo,” offers more than six feet of headroom, various powertrain options, and Ford and GM servicing infrastructure.

The Xebra trucks are fitted with a lockable cargo box for the Coca-Cola delivery service.
ZAP Xebra Electric Trucks Deliver in Urban Settings

By Paul Dexler

The ultra-compact Xebra trucks allow the Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, and UPS to get closer to customers while saving fuel and helping the environment.

How to Select & Specify Service Bodes

By Joe Bohn

Developing an optimum service body specification selection requires considerable forethought. Research available options and utilize end-user input to guide your decision.

Discover New Technologies to Green Your Truck Fleet

By Grace Lauron

Work Truck is one of three Bobit Business Media publications sponsoring the Green Fleet Conference 2008. The new event offers a forum for truck fleets to learn and discuss green technologies.

Hino Aims to Increase Market Share

By Chad Simon

Looking to broaden its vocational applications, Hino Trucks offers several new features for the 2009 model-year, including three new cab configurations, dual steering, and right-hand standup and sit-down.

Tackling Diesel Fuel Stabilization & Filtration Issues

By Joe Bohn

Fuel filtration and diesel fuel stabilization are some of the concerns fleets across the country face with infrequently used vehicles.

Industry Groups Address Expanding Biodiesel Use

By Richard Nelson

Government mandates to increase renewable fuels production have prompted a growing use of biodiesel. Industry groups are setting standards for quality and monitoring the fuel’s production, transport, and storage.

Have Traffic Violations Disqualified Your CDL Driver(s)?

By Mike Butsch

A CDL holder may be disqualified, if convicted of certain violations, while operating any vehicle. It is important to remember that violations that occur in a driver’s personal vehicle could also result in the loss of a CDL.

Alliant Switches Fleet Vehicles to Biofuels

By Steve Bennett

Fleet operations at Madison, Wis.-based Alliant Energy Corp. uses biofuels to contribute to the company’s larger overall goal of using renewable energy sources as much as possible.

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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
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

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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