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May 2009

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
Serving Double-Duty: 2nd Win for F-Series Super Duty

Class-leading payload capacity and towing capability make the Ford workhorse and truck series a clear favorite for the annual Work Truck award, voted on by fleet professionals.

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Medium-Duty Operating Costs Increase in 2008-CY

By Mike Antich

The biggest factor behind the spike in medium-duty operating costs was the increase in diesel prices, which jumped 32 percent from the then-historical high in 2007. Other factors included increased labor rates and higher taxes.

10 Common Errors: Complying with Drug and Alcohol Testing Mandates

By Kathy Close

Mistakes in complying with federal testing regulations may result in both fines and penalties issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Every year, thousands of motor carriers are cited during FMCSA audits.

Work Truck magazine participated in the Isuzu Fuel Economy Challenge at the company’s proving ground in Hokkaido. More than 10,000 drivers over the past 10 years have visited the proving ground to participate in the Fuel Economy Challenge. Isuzu SEE Technology: Safety, Econony, Environment

By Mike Antich

SEE Technology is the basis of all of Isuzu’s product development. Isuzu’s goal is to incorporate three core areas — safety, economy, and environment — in all future products. WT recently traveled to Japan to get a first-hand look.

ROUSH Introduces Propane-Powered F-250/F-350

By Lauren Fletcher

After the successful launch of the propane-powered F-150, ROUSH is introducing a liquid-propane conversion for the F-250 and F-350.

How to Comply with 'Reasonable Accommodations' Mandates

By Richard D. Alaniz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers accommodate an employee's disability or religion. Strategies and procedures can be developed to guide managers in complying with the regulations without creating "undue hardship" to the company.

Insurance Plans Offer Potential to Cut Fleet Costs

By Bill Kampf

In addition to encouraging greater cost-saving driver habits, fleet managers can examine company insurance arrangements to squeeze additional budget reductions.

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Hal Barton held sales, finance, and fleet executive positions with GMAC, Ford, and Chrysler.

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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