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

By Sean Lyden

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

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. 2015-MY Colorado Will Have Work Truck Option

By Chris Wolski

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

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

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.

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

By Lauren Fletcher

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

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. 2014 Ram 1500 Features New 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel

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 automatic enhances fuel economy and range.

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

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.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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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