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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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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.


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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A system in a vehicle that implements the process of exhaust gas recirculation.

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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