The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

September 2015

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Mercedes-Benz Launches 2016 Metris Mid-Size Van

Available as a cargo or passenger van, the new 2016-MY mid-size van will be focused on vocational and fleet markets. It will be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 7-speed automatic transmission.

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2016-MY Class 1-7 Work Trucks Go High Tech

By Chris Wolski

In addition to advanced materials and components, OEMs are making the next generation of trucks more connected than ever before.

Carefully review specification quotes. Advise your engineer and upfit supplier of required items during the initial request to ensure they’re included. 14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

By Mike Antich

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford. 18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

By Mike Antich

A “dream team” of 18 fleet truck experts was assembled to discuss ways to optimize the upfitting process. In part 1 of our two-part series, these subject-matter experts reveal how to avoid common upfitting mistakes. It all starts with proper planning.

PHOTO: Ford Motor Co. Ford’s 2016-MY Medium-Duty Immersion Program a Success

By Staff

Ford Motor Co. held a ride-and-drive event to give fleet managers, dealers, and upfitters a total immersion into the all-new F-650/F-750 trucks.




Market Trends

Mike Antich
Increased Demand and Rail Delays Create Upfitter Logjam in MY-2015

By Mike Antich
One challenge for both the 2015- and 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity constraints. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand.

High-Roof Vans Causing OTD Delays

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.0L FWD

By Paul Clinton
Lincoln offers the MKC in several configurations. We tested the model powered by the 2.0-liter inline-four EcoBoost engine that delivers its 240 hp via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The Fleet Manager Is Still Here to Stay

By Sherb Brown
Fleet management will always be a critical role in any business or public entity that relies on vehicles regardless of the title of the person making the decisions.

Merger Mania Hits Fleet Market, Again

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
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