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Work Truck – Issue

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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Features

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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible.

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

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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