The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

July 2015

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Ford Brings 2016 F-650/F-750 In-House

Ford is bringing the vocational-oriented Ford F-650/F-750 back into the fold of Ford’s complete design and manufacturing processes.

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When evaluating toolboxes, review usage needs and vehicle specifications.(PHOTO: Adrian Steel) How to Choose the Right Toolbox

By Adrian Steel

Organization is a key to success in many trade fleets. Before picking the first toolbox you see, understand the options and types available on the market today.

ROUSH CleanTech can retrofit propane-autogas medium-duty vehicles, including the Ford F-450 (pictured). ROUSH Now Retrofitting Ford Medium-Duty Trucks

By Adam Pringle

ROUSH CleanTech has been certified to convert customers’ existing Ford medium-duty vehicles with the 6.8L V-10 engine to run on propane autogas in all 50 states.

Companywide, Bartlett’s fleet includes more than 600 International trucks, mostly DuraStar 4300s. (PHOTO: Navistar) 'Tree Doctors' Rely on DuraStar Trucks

By Rod O'Connor

Tree specialists in Pittsburgh rely on their DuraStar work truck fleet to fill their every need.

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The Ford Fusion all six-speed transmission lineup is available with I-4 and V-6 engine choices and a Hybrid model and Sport version.

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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