The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

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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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.


Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this month's issue.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher