The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

May 2014

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
International TerraStar 4x4 Named 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The Class 4-5 medium-duty truck features an Allison Optimized 1000 transmission, Fabco TC-28 gear-driven transfer case, and Diamond Logic electrical system.

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Among the improvements that Ford made to the MY-2016 F-650/F-750 is a clean cab-to-axle to better position the gasoline and DEF tanks. (PHOTO: FORD MOTOR CO.) Showcase of Vocational & Auxiliary Vehicles

By Chris Wolski & Stephane Babcock

Truck OEMs across the board are offering fleet managers a solution for nearly every vocational need whether they’re in Atlanta or the Arctic Circle.

Mitsubishi Fuso introduced the all-new Class 3 Canter FE130 cabover, which increases payload by 700 pounds over the outgoing FE125. The 2014 Work Truck Show

By Lauren Fletcher

More than 100 new products were announced at the 50th Annual NTEA Convention and Work Truck Show.

The Obama Adminstration is calling for a 10- to 20-percent reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions, depending on vehicle type, beginning in model year 2014 and running through 2018. During President Barack Obama’s Jan, 28, 2014, State of the Union address transportation and energy security were themes. (PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Impact of New Higher Fuel Standard Proposed by the Obama Administration

By Sean Lyden

Fleet managers will see an increase in acquisition cost, which could cause many to wait before diving into new fuel technology headfirst.

What may be an older truck for one fleet could be just the vehicle another company is looking for. Auctions may help get the most return on your investment. (PHOTO: LIQUIDITY SERVICES) Navigating the Secondary Market: Surplus Trucks

By Tom Burton

To get the most value from a used truck, fleet managers looking to auction their units should do a little research and be thoroughly prepared.

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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