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March 2009

Cover Story By Cindy Brauer, Lauren Fletcher, & Sean Lyden
How to Select A Medium-Duty Truck Transmission

Determining the right transmission for work trucks is based not only on the truck application, but also the right combination of OEM product specifications, including horsepower and torque.

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Case Studies: Truck Fleets Using Telematics to Cut Costs

By Lauren Fletcher & Grace Lauron

Telematics is more than simply GPS - it's a tool to reduce vehicle idling and expenses, ensure stolen vehicles are located in a timely manner, and increase driver safety.

EPA Names Idle Reduction Systems Eligible for Federal Excise Tax Exemptions

By Mike Antich

The worst mileage is 0 miles per gallon, which occurs when idling. Reducing unnecessary idling is the easiest way for a truck fleet to reduce fuel costs. Now you can get tax exemptions when acquiring idle reduction technologies.

2009 Regulatory Changes Affect Work Trucks

By Bob Raybuck

New federal safety standards covering tire pressure monitoring systems, door locks, occupant protection and crash test requirements, and emissions regulations will impact truck body and equipment upfits.

Snohomish County Reduces Emissions Through Diesel Retrofits and Biodiesel

By Lauren Fletcher & Lisajoyce Vergara

Bolstered by Washington state funding, Snohomish County officials have enhanced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fleet vehicles. The county’s green initiatives also include increased use of biodiesel.

Taking Care of Business: How Ford Work Solutions Helps Manage Truck Fleets

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford Fleet and Bobit Business Media publications Automotive Fleet and Work Truck magazine joined forces to discuss the latest customer-driven innovation of Ford Work Solutions.

Navigating California's New Ruling on Diesel Emissions

By Sean Lyden

On Dec. 11, California adopted the most stringent emission standards in the nation for on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 lbs.

Malfunction Indicator Mandated for 2010 Emissions Standards

By Grace Lauron

Starting in 2010, OEMs will be required to install dashboard malfunction indicator lights and diagnostic trouble codes on heavy-duty trucks to warn drivers of emission problems.

Aftermarket Crew Cab Conversions Offered for Several Medium-Duty Trucks

By Grace Lauron

New manufacturer options can help increase productivity for medium-duty truck fleets.

Biodiesel: No Longer a Fringe Fuel

By Sean Lyden

The availability of biodiesel-based fuels is growing, and industry-accepted standards have begun to ensure its quality from reputable suppliers. However, fleet managers should research the alternative fuel before use in their vehicles.

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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