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Work Truck – Issue

Features

The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance  
New diesel emissions technologies, as well as upcoming greenhouse gas 2014 compliant engines, are anticipated to increase maintenance costs.

By Sean Lyden

How current and future challenges are affecting medium-duty fleets.

2015-MY Colorado Will Have Work Truck Option The 2015-MY Colorado will be available in three configurations. The chassis for the North American version of the truck is 40-percent lighter than the global model.

By Chris Wolski

The all-new Colorado will feature a rear-seat delete and box-delete version specifically aimed at commercial fleets.

6 Questions to Consider When Evaluating Lightweight Materials for Truck Upfits Using the right lightweight material for the right job can help a fleet operate more effectively and efficiently.

By Staff

While lightweight materials have many benefits, fleet managers should pause and consider if they’re the right fit before spec’ing them.

Measuring Hours vs. Miles in Medium-Duty Truck Performance

By Lauren Fletcher

To achieve the most accurate insight into the wear-and-tear on a vehicle, fleet managers need to review all performance measurements.

6 Ways to Save on Fuel with Medium-Duty Truck Specs

By Sean Lyden

Achieving optimum fuel economy could be as simple as refreshing the fleet’s medium-duty truck specs. A small variation in fuel consumption can make a big difference.

Kenworth Offers a Complete Medium-Duty Lineup The Class 6 K270 and Class 7 K370 are cabover trucks used for pickup and delivery, towing, refrigerated van, roll-off, and landscape applications.

By Lauren Fletcher

With seven models, three gasoline engine options, and three alternative-fuel options, Kenworth is aiming for the medium-duty market.

2014 Ram 1500 Features New 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel The new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel is among today’s most advanced diesel engines. Its emissions are 60-percent less than those produced by diesel powertrains 25 years ago.

By Mike Antich

The small displacement 3.0L EcoDiesel engine offers V-6 capability with lower CO2 emissions, while the 240-hp turbo-diesel mated to the 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 automatic enhances fuel economy and range.

7 Factors to Consider When Installing a Power Inverter The illustration depicts a Xantrex inverter/charger installed on a utility/work truck. It takes store battery power and converts it to AC power.

By Xantrex Industry Education Team

Inverters can help provide an extra measure of creature comfort for truck drivers. But, there are concerns about potential damage to a truck’s electrical system. Here are seven points to keep in mind.

Blog

Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

By Stephane Babcock
The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

By Chris Wolski

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Can Accidents Be Eliminated Through Modern Vehicle Technology?

By Lauren Fletcher
In the ultimate goal of the elimination of all accidents or crashes, where should the focus lie: the driver, the vehicle, or both?

Technology in Trucks: A Necessity or Simply Distracting?

By Lauren Fletcher

Market Trends

Mike Antich
OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

By Mike Antich
The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

By Mike Antich

Small Fleets – Big Challenges

Gary Lykins
Encouraging Ownership Among Employees

By Gary Lykins
Typically, a small fleet will have fewer people performing more duties, and that requires a staff that understands the magnitude of their responsibilities.

"Making" it Green

By Gary Lykins

Anonymous Public Fleet Manager

Anonymous  Author
Micromanaging Fleet Operations

By Anonymous Author
In the past few weeks, several veteran fleet managers have vented to me, voicing frustration with their directors’ micromanaging fleet operations. Some of these requests and orders run contrary to best fleet practices and may even be politically motivated.

The True Cost of Rework

By Anonymous Author

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Work Truck - November/ December 2013

In This Issue:
Here are the Highlights

  • Double Cab Now Available for Hino 195 Diesel &195h Hybrid
  • 6 Principles for Selecting Upfits with Ergonomics (and Economics) in Mind
  • How to Avoid Running a Truck Until its Wheels ‘Fall Off’
    And much more…