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Work Truck – Issue

September 2008

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher, Grace Lauron, Lisajoyce Vergara
What's New in Medium-Duty Trucks for 2009-MY

Medium-duty trucks are the heart of many fleet operations. Several manufacturers share what’s new for the 2009 model-year, with lists of vocational opportunities.

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Features

Can Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Work for Your Fleet?

By Mike Guardabascio & Chris Brown

With environmental benefits, low operating costs, and application flexibility, NEVs may offer a viable alternative for your fleet. Yet there is much to consider before taking the leap to fully battery-powered vehicles.

FedEx Implements Green Fleet Initiative

By Joe Bohn

FedEx’s diverse environmental efforts range throughout its operation, with commercial hybrids dominating the company’s attention.

20-Point Checklist for Proper Truck Selection

By Sean Lyden

The challenge in selecting the right truck is to balance sufficient capability with a price point that fits within an ever-tightening budget. Here are 20 suggestions that can be used in proper truck selection.

Chrysler & Dodge 'Green' the SUV

By Lauren Fletcher

SUVs are going green, improving city fuel economy by 25 percent. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid vehicles have the amenities of a luxury SUV and still mean business.

Avoiding the Pitfalls in Spec'ing Powertrains & Transmissions

By Joe Bohn

Fuel prices, engine advances, and more powertrain-related choices have altered the landscape of powertrain spec’ing, complicating the effort to optimize engine, transmission, and axle ratio combinations for given applications.

Medium-Duty Chassis & Suspension Fundamentals

By Sean Lyden

WIth the myriad options available when spec'ing medium-duty truck chassis and suspensions, stakes are high, leaving fleet managers little room for error.

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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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