The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

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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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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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