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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.

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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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