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Work Truck – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Ram Chassis Cab Named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

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Features

Strategies for Dealing with Fuel Challenges

By Grace L. Suizo & Thi Dao

Fuel costs are a top concern nationwide, and more so for fleets whose operations require the use of larger, more fuel-consuming vehicles and equipment. Truck fleet managers share their strategies for dealing with escalating fuel costs.

Cash, Finance or Lease: Which Truck Acquisition Strategy Works Best?

By Sean Lyden

Determining the acquisition strategy that works best for individual company fleets is a daunting process. Industry experts pose and answer questions to help fleet managers make this important decision.

 
Sixty percent of a drive tire's fuel economy is derived from its tread
elements, said Donn Kramer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. director of
marketing for commercial tires. The Drive (Tire) Toward Fuel Economy

By Mike Manges

Tread design tweaks help lower resistance.

The Canter FG (left) and Canter FE Crew Cab models are ideal for vocational needs, such as dry freight, refrigerated delivery, municipal roadwork, landscaping, and more. Offering a 10- to 20-percent improvement in fuel economy, the full line of Canter FE and FG trucks include the industry's only five-year 175,000-mile powertrain warranty. Mitsubishi Fuso Launches All-New 2012 Canter FE/FG Series Work Trucks

By Lauren Fletcher

Five all-new models were introduced for the Class 3-5 vocational market under the Canter name for the first time in North America.

The bucket trucks are "trouble trucks," the first vehicles to arrive on the scene in the event of an emergency or service interruption. PG&E Adds Hybrid-Electric Bucket Trucks

By Carly Lanning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) added about 100 hybrid-electric bucket trucks in 2010 and has ordered 125 more as part of its fleet greening efforts.

Verizon announced its order of 501 new 2011 Ford E-250 vans to be converted to CNG in October 2010. Are Natural Gas Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

By Sean Lyden

A growing number of fleets have already made the switch to natural gas after weighing the benefits and challenges.

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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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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