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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.

Departments

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
Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future -- Maybe Longer

By Mike Antich
Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

Snapshot of Fleet Manager Concerns and "Pain Points"

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher
From time to time, fleet managers may receive the opportunity to attend an automaker test drive event. Should you be one of the lucky chosen, your excitement may give way to trepidation as you realize that test driving a vehicle for fleet use can be quite different that test driving a car or truck for personal use.

Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

By Paul Clinton
The 2017 Kia Niro is a gasoline-electric hybrid that seemingly appeals to buyers of subcompact SUVs, as well as those hearts and minds with a greener hue.

2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown
It’s becoming clear that there are some real changes brewing in our industry: everything from powertrains to new vehicle classes, to autonomous vehicles, and new safety technology.

Who’s Up Next?

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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