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Work Truck – Issue

May 2015

Cover Story
Ram Chassis Cab: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year
By Chris Wolski

For the second time in five years, the Ram Chassis Cab has been honored as Work Truck’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Ram credits the win to the truck’s reliability and capability.

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Features

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment Increased use of auxiliary power units (APUs) (above) to power auxiliary equipment, spec’ing auxiliary equipment for weight reduction, and improved packaging have helped significantly improve fuel economy and environmental sustainability. (PHOTO: Fontaine Modification)

By Mike Antich

Key trends in auxiliary equipment specifications focus on driver productivity and idle reduction using telematics, safety enhancements with crash avoidance sensors, and maximizing space using multi-function equipment.

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting As commercial fleets move to the new Euro-style cargo vans, they have many more interior options to consider. This has a downstream effect on other changes, involving other components, such as ladder racks, due to the different roof-height configurations. (PHOTO: CHRIS WOLSKI)

By Mike Antich

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

Colorado Box Delete Offers Fleet Multiple Options PHOTO: General Motors

By Chris Wolski

With the box-delete and seat-delete options, fleets will have the flexibility to customize the mid-size pickup to meet fleet needs.

Class 4-7 Truck Resale Trends Holding Steady CATHEY

By Black Book

Increased buying opportunities and a favorable economic climate are limiting price growth, and the supply of quality used trucks is expected to increase.

Telematics Improves Safety for Hawaiian Utility (L-R) Kelvin Kohatsu, Hawaii Electric Light fleet administrator; Joshua Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light apprentice service lineman; and Clyde Kunimura, Hawaii Electric Light senior service lineman stand on and next to a Kenworth T300 bucket truck. (PHOTO: Zonar)

By Gregory Van Tighem

Hawaii Electric Light Co. relies on its telematics platform to keep employees safe and help reduce operating costs.

 

 
 

Blog

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport

By Paul Clinton
The NX enters a ever-more crowded field of compact SUV offerings, especially among luxury brands, but should find its niche with its sportier driving feel and aggressive styling.

2015 Ford Edge

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Management: Part Art, Part Science

By Sherb Brown
Fleet management is part art, part science. Recent developments in the industry have made it more science and less art for sure. There are a lot of very complex decisions to go into the daily operation of a fleet.

The More Things Change, The More They Actually Change

By Sherb Brown

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Is on the Verge of a Productivity Revolution

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry is on the verge of a productivity revolution through the introduction of faster, better, and more sophisticated analytical tools.Developing in parallel with this trend are increasingly sophisticated vehicle connectivity tools that will turn predictive analytics into a true science. The first manifestation of this will be the transition of fleet maintenance from reactive to proactive practices using remote diagnostic tools.

Implementing a Driver Communication Strategy

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher
Today’s fleet managers are pressured to keep doing more with less, while saving their companies money year-over-year, and, at the same time, ensuring that drivers are safe and accomplishing their jobs. It’s a tough job, and countless individuals couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher

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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