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March 2011

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
2012 Nissan NV Raises the Roof and Function of Commercial Vans

Nissan has been in the commercial vehicle market for more than seven decades and is introducing its all-new commercial van to the U.S. market.

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A contractor's dump is similar to a standard flatbed with short (12- to 24-inch) solid sides that fold down to create unfettered access to load the body. How to Spec Dump Bodies for Light- & Medium-Duty Trucks

By Sean Lyden

If a fleet doesn’t properly equip a chassis or dump body to handle a load, cost savings will vanish due to premature maintenance issues and greater risks to employee safety.

Decals, such as those shown above on the doors of work trucks, provide a professional image. Unlike paint, decals do not noticeably fade. Decals Help Convey Professionalism

By Staff

Decal manufacturers can provide customizable options for updating the look of current fleet vehicles. One benefit of decals is the ease in which they can be affixed.

Manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles, the Newton all-electric ­medium-duty chassis ­offers a range up to 100 miles, top speed of 50 mph, and a payload capacity up to 16,000 lb., ideal for short-range ­urban delivery applications. What Staples Expects from All-Electric Medium-Duty Work Trucks

By Sean Lyden

Mike Payette, manager of fleet equipment for the office supply company, discusses his experience with all-electric trucks and factors fleet managers should consider when including such vehicles in fleet.

The Sprinklesmobile has allowed Sprinkles to become a mobile ­cupcake bakery. Employees park the Sprinter (loaded with 1,500 ­cupcakes) at various locations in Southern California and "tweet" its location on Twitter Sprinkles Delivers High-End Cupcakes with Mercedes Sprinter

By Thi Dao

The owners of Sprinkles Cupcakes designed and upfitted their eye-catching “Sprinklesmobile” to reflect the ¬image of the gourmet cupcake chain.

Guy Chollet, engineering manager, Jim Dondlinger, president, and Pete Taskovic, process manager, work together to ensure projects go according to plan. Dondlinger of Auto Truck Group Discusses His Post-acquisition Strategy

By Staff

Jim Dondlinger, president of the recently acquired Auto Truck Group, discusses the company’s change in ownership, integration of Fleet Body Equipment, the history of ATG, and changes in the industry over the years.

The in-dash NavPlus technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory. Telematics Use in Work Truck Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher and Grace L. Suizo

Truck fleets can improve operational efficiency, boost driver safety, and reduce high-cost vehicle repairs by implementing telematics systems. Highlighted are some of the latest products available.

Maranda manufactures a one-piece, fully transferable workshop ­capsule that, according to the company, features a ­proprietary body anchoring system, unique water management system, and universal fit. Pictured is the Maranda V-370. Can Pickup Bed Capsules Effectively Replace Cargo Vans?

By Sean Lyden

Manufacturers that build pickup bed capsules discuss the advantages and limitations of the fiberglass-enclosed bodies and explain when fleets should consider replacing cargo vans with truck bed capsules.

"Whether you're a fleet manager, a small business owner, or just an interested member of the public, we wanted everyone with an interest in environmentally friendly truck design to see the state of the art in the industry and to experience the fuel economy these vehicles provide," said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Trucks Return from Nationwide Tour

By Staff

For more than two months, the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX toured the country educating dealers and service and parts personnel.

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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