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Work Truck – Issue

November 2011

Cover Story By Mike Antich
The 'Greening' of Kenworth

Factors stimulating fleet interest in CNG- and LNG-powered trucks include higher diesel prices, stringent environmental rules, and corporate sustainability initiatives. Currently, there are 112,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S., and the number is growing.

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Features

The 2011 Ford F-750 Super Duty, for example, offers the Cummins ISB 6.7L inline diesel engine with 10 engine hp ratings, ranging from 200 hp with 520 ft.-lb. of torque to 360 hp with 800 ft.-lb. of torque. Spec'ing Medium-Duty Powertrains for Optimum Performance

By Sean Lyden

These 13 questions will help avoid risks associated with spec’ing powertrains and achieve the right balance.

Pros and Cons of Gas Vs. Diesel in Class 3-4 Trucks

By Staff

Choosing between gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks requires striking the right balance between performance, fuel efficiency, and budget.

Holding off on replacing aging or worn-out vehicles could negatively affect a fleet's public image and driver morale. Fleet managers can expect more complaints, higher costs, and driver dissatisfaction by pushing replacement cycles. Having a solid strategy can make a delayed vehicle replacement cycle work in all of the fleet stakeholders' favor. Smart Strategies for Extending Medium-Duty Truck Replacement Cycles

By Sean Lyden

In today’s uncertain economic times, it is not unusual to push out truck replacement cycles. While an attractive short-term tactic, fleet managers need to be aware of the long-term consequences.

15-Point Checklist: How to Select the Right Pickup for the Job

By Sean Lyden

Whatever the job, there is probably a light-duty pickup truck that can be spec’d to fit the bill.

(Above) Freightliner AirLiner family of rear suspension options keeps weights lower and payloads higher. Maintenance-friendly features include double-bonded rubber bushings on moving joints. All About Medium-Duty Truck Rear Suspensions

By Staff

When developing a suspension specification, it’s important to determine what attributes are most important to the application.

Departments

The new Warm Weather Atlas DEF Dispenser does not include a heated cabinet, which is required for locations that approach the DEF freeze point. Product Highlights: DEF Management

By Staff

This month's product highlights features diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) management systems.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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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