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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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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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