The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

May 2013

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Isuzu N-Series Named 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The N-Series from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) was named Work Truck magazine’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year at the 2012 NTEA The Work Truck Show, held March 6-8 in Indianapolis.

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Of fleets that utilize medium-duty trucks, the percentage of commercial tires purchased varies, with 21.1 percent of fleet managers purchasing such tires for 21-30 percent of their fleet. Source: Work Truck Research Dept. The State of the Commercial Tire Market

By By Lauren Fletcher and Chris Wolski

The market may be down, prices may be up, but fleets are finding ways to maximize their tire budgets.

(L-R) Outgoing NTEA President Frank Livas, president of Brake & Clutch, Inc. passes the gavel to newly-installed NTEA President Shawn Jacobs, president & CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment. The 2013 Work Truck Show

By Lauren Fletcher

Cold and snow didn’t stop more than 10,000 people from attending NTEA’s annual conference.

One upfitting error is a liftgate that has a platform too small to safely handle the load it was intended to carry. What to Do When Upfits Go Wrong

By Sean Lyden

Experts share their advice on how fleet managers can most effectively manage an upfit “crisis” and get things back on track.

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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