The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

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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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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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