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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
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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