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Work Truck – Issue

January 2012

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Mitsubishi Fuso 'Reinvents' its FE/FG Cabover Series

The 2012 Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers are a completely new design; engineered to provide both performance and fuel economy. One innovation is the use of a dual clutch automated manual transmission, a first for commercial trucks.

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Features

Allowing a vehicle to idle not only contributes to harmful pollutants in the air we breathe, but is also one of the most wasteful practices of a fleet. Idle reduction is one of the most common and effective ways to cut costs. (Photo: @ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/THINKOMATIC) Best Practices in Fleet Cost Control

By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski

Fleets looking to lower operational costs should focus on strategies designed to cut back on fuel and maintenance expenses.

Propane autogas fuel pump. (Photo: @ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/DIFYDAVE) State of Propane Autogas in Light- & Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

By Sean Lyden

A homegrown fuel, propane autogas provides many environmental benefits, as well as decreased maintenance costs and increased engine longevity.

Shaun Skinner, EVP and general manager for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, presents during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Start Your Engines! Isuzu Reach Begins Production

By Lauren Fletcher

The Isuzu walk-in commercial van has started production at the Utilimaster facility in Wakarusa, Ind. Ideal for delivery applications, the vehicle features 35-percent better fuel economy than traditional commercial vans.

As materials and manufacturing methods become more sophisticated, the experts don't see one lightweight material becoming the clear-cut winner. The future of any material - plastic, fiberglass, high-strength steel, or carbon fiber - depends on two factors: high performance and low cost. For fleet managers considering a lightweight material, they should evaluate it based on drive cycle, lifecycle, and its cost-benefit. It's a Lightweight Material World

By Sean Lyden

There is no one-size-fits-all lightweight materials solution for work trucks. Experts weigh in about the pros and cons of aluminum, fiberglass composites, advanced high-strength steel, plastic composites, and carbon fiber.

A Fleet Manager's Survival Guide for Doing More with Less

By Sean Lyden

In today’s lean economy, fleet managers have fewer resources and greater demands on their time, staff, and vehicles. Surviving these tough times includes managing stress and looking for the “upside” to the down economy.

Departments

January/February 2012 Work Truck Stats Page. Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into the numbers inside the issue.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
How to Stay Productive Over the Holidays

By Lauren Fletcher
If you are like most people, staying productive around the holidays can be very difficult with more than usual on your mind. Here are a few ideas to help you remain productive during the holidays.

How to Stay Motivated

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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