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Work Truck – Issue

November 2012

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Truck Fleets Use Common 'Cents' to Save Dollars

In today’s era of tight budgets, truck fleet managers are using innovative ways from rightsizing to decreasing maintenance costs to shortcycling to save money and boost efficiency.

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Features

How to Select the Right Tires for Medium-Duty Truck Applications

By Staff

Proper tire selection takes into account specific vehicle application and vehicle weight. Find out what other factors should be considered.

Media had a chance to watch the teardown of the two Cummins ISX diesel engines using EcoPower re-refined oil. Putting Re-Refined Oil to the Test: Engine Results After 1 Million Miles

By Mike Antich

The first-ever, official million-mile engine test of re-refined oil in actual fleet service was completed in July after a four-year run. By

7 Keys to Crafting an Effective Fleet Safety Policy

By Sean Lyden

With the potential to save lives and reduce accident management costs, a carefully crafted safety policy is a necessity.

Valecia Vanderlick is able to load a full pallet of “Mama’s Famous Barbecue Sauce” into her Nissan NV. “You would never know you’re in a commercial vehicle,” she said about the Nissan NV. Getting Into Vans: Commercial Van Market Hot & Heavy

By Chris Brown

The action in the commercial van market is getting hot and heavy. With pickup truck-like capabilities, improved fuel economy, and white space for branding, new and updated van offerings are attracting a new breed of business entrepreneurs.

Gearing Up for Upcoming Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Regulations

By Sean Lyden

Several experts offer insight to help fleets prepare for the regulations impacting medium- and heavy-duty trucks beginning in 2014.

Other vehicles, including the WorkStar (pictured), TranStar, and LoneStar. will get the MaxxForce 11.0L/13.0L with ICT+.) in staggered launches starting in May 2013. Navistar Details Product Changes & Thinking Behind Emissions Strategy

By Deborah Lockridge

With plans to gradually roll out its In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) throughout 2013, Navistar discusses how it will meet 2014 and 2017 emissions standards.

Sprinter body styles include Cargo Van, Crew Van, Passenger Van, Cab Chassis, and MiniBus. Mercedes-Benz Showcases a Smorgasbord of Sprinters

By Grace Suizo

Demonstrating its ability to fulfill the needs of a variety of businesses, at a recent media event in Chicago, the automaker invited several of its upfitters to display the many different faces of the Sprinter.

Departments

Stat Sheet

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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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