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May 2015

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

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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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) Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

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.

PHOTO: General Motors Colorado Box Delete Offers Fleet Multiple Options

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.

CATHEY Class 4-7 Truck Resale Trends Holding Steady

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.

(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) Telematics Improves Safety for Hawaiian Utility

By Gregory Van Tighem

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

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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