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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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The vehicle is shipped from a fleet to an upfitter to add equipment. The completed vehicle is then transported back to the customer's location.

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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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