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Work Truck – Issue

September 2012

Cover Story By Grace Suizo & Chris Wolski
OEMs Ramp Up for MY-2013

Diesel, gasoline, hybrid, propane-autogas, and CNG models are among the options that will be available to commercial fleets in MY-2013.

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Features

Navistar's Engine Plans Include Cummins

By HDT Magazine Staff

The automaker is switching its emissions-reduction strategy, moving to selective catalytic reduction starting with the 12.4L MaxxForce 13 diesel.

A small change in payload may seem insignificant, but it adds many downstream effects on  the truck capacity, performance, even resale value, which can lead to an increase in overall cost of the truck, with more downtime, more repairs, and more frustration with employees using workarounds with  the equipment. Busting Work Truck Myths

By Chris Wolski

Truck experts from GE Capital Fleet Services explore the myths and realities of spec’ing medium- and heavy-duty work trucks.

Carl Nelson (right), fleet manager for AM-Liner East accepts his third career Larry Goill award from Mario Gionet, NAFA’s VP for Canada. (PHOTO SOURCE: Kieffer Photography) Creating an Innovative Driver Log System

By Lauren Fletcher

Not one to stick with the status quo, AM-Liner East made significant changes to the way it handled driver logs, with impressive results.

Are Compact Pickups an Endangered Species?

By Sean Lyden

A fleet mainstay for more than several decades, compact pickups appear to be going the way of the dodo thanks, in part, to less expensive and more efficient full-size pickups and utility vehicles.

'Steel' Yourself for the Future of Truck Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Defined by two key measurements, yield strength and percent elongation, steel is being evaluated by a growing number of fleet managers.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Joy Global began shortcycling its vehicles during the economic downturn. The company’s vehicles are primarily International Chassis with a GVWR from 25,900 lbs. to 53,000 lbs. Joy Global Defies Conventional Wisdom

By Sean Lyden

When the recession hit in 2008, instead of increasing the lifecycle of its medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Joy Global began shortcycling.

ThyssenKrupp currently operates 47 E-150 vans in six different markets. ThyssenKrupp Elevates its Propane Autogas Fleet

By Staff

Using Fleet Manager Tom Armstrong’s “Five Cs” protocol of analyzing alternative fuels, ThyssenKrupp Elevator now has 47 ROUSH CleanTech E-Series vans and seven F-Series trucks.

Departments

WT Stats

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this month's 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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Don McCullagh was the founder and former president of McCullagh Leasing.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Growth of Crossovers & Compact SUVs in Fleet Is a Global Phenomenon

By Mike Antich
Crossover utility vehicles and compact SUVs represent the fastest growing segments in the global automotive industry in every region of the world, impacting both retail and fleet sales

Successful Fleet Managers Excel as Servant Leaders

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Check Up on Your Annual Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
As we move toward the end of the year (already!), it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect. Earlier this year, we spoke about turning your resolutions into goals, and how to apply the concept of “resolutions” into a work-related goal.

Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

By Paul Clinton
The three-row 2018 Atlas provides impressive cargo carrying capacity, along with a quality ride, responsive steering feel, and solid handling.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown
Conferences like AFLA can provide a space for new faces in the industry to meet and network with experienced peers and suppliers, without being crowded by salespeople.

Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

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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