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Work Truck – Issue

May 2012

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Isuzu Reach Named 2012 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

First revealed at the 2011 Work Truck Show, the Isuzu Reach captured the prestigious Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award just one year later.

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Features

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America also offers a box truck version of its popular NPR series. 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Medium-Duty Box Trucks

By Sean Lyden

To achieve balance between required cargo space and weight, experts share ways fleet managers can reduce the risk of error when spec’ing and ordering.

The latest technology offered in automatic transmissions gives a fuel-efficiency edge over manual transmissions. Transmissions Drive Medium-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency

By Sean Lyden

A decade ago, a manual transmission always beat out an automatic, primarily because it was more efficient — but, times are changing.

The VIA e-REV has the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle, and eliminates range anxiety by including a conventional gasoline engine. Finding the Right Fuel-Efficient Fit

By Chris Wolski & Grace Suizo

The growing number of fuel-efficient and alt-fuel offerings from OEMs and aftermarket upfitters for truck fleets give fleet managers more options than ever to manage fuel spend.

Work Truck Show 2012: Recap

By Lauren Fletcher

“Green” was a strong theme at the 2012 conference, with several manufacturers launching alternative-fuel vehicles.

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Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Dig deeper into the numbers inside the issue.

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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
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

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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