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Work Truck – Issue

January 2016

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
2016 Isuzu NPR Diesel Steps it Up a Class

The new low-cab forward diesel truck was built specifically for fleets looking for a Class 3 truck with Class 4 capabilities.

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Features

Ensuring Proper Trailer and Tanker Tire Pressure

By Lauren Fletcher

With fuel costs and tire expenses the top two operating costs for fleet managers, a few simple tips and reminders can save money, improve vehicle handling, and reduce driver fatigue.

Fleet application will dictate upfit specs, but other management mandates, such as corporate fuel efficiency and cost-cutting, will also influence upfit considerations. How to Become a Pro at Upfitting

By Mike Antich

As fleet needs shift, the industry’s upfit volume has grown proportionally to the increase in truck and van new-order volume. Many times, fleet managers without prior upfitting experience find themselves tasked to spec an upfit.

The subcategories NHTSA and the EPA created for the vocational vehicle segment facilitate the breakdown of proposed fuel consumption standards beginning in model-year 2021. (SOURCE: CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS) Impact of Regulatory Issues on Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

By Chris Wolski & Kat Sandoval

With the start of the New Year already behind us, truck fleets are facing the possibility of even more regulations. The new rules are designed to make truck fleet operations more efficient and safer.

When trucks are out of service due to an accident, make sure to expedite the process and get the best price by using in-network shops, approving bids in a timely manner, and making sure the vehicle is out of service for as short a time as possible. Managing an Accident's Impact on Your Truck Fleet

By Luann Dunkerley

A single fatality accident can cost a fleet as much as $7.2 million. There are concrete steps fleet managers can take to prevent crashes, minimize the costs of those that do occur, and recover some funds. The key is following best practices.



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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
History and Evolution of Fleet Replacement Vehicle Cycling Parameters

By Mike Antich
In reviewing the history of fleet management from the 1950s to present, a single question stands out among all others as the most frequently asked: “How long should I keep my vehicles in service?” Today, a growing number of fleets are shifting to more flexible vehicle replacement cycles based on prevailing market conditions, rather than predetermined mileage and/or months in service parameters. Enabling this shift is the growing sophistication of lifecycle optimization modeling.

Spec’ing Light- and Medium-Duty Trucks to Maximize Resale Values

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

By Mike Antich
The 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel to round out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD engine lineup. The Titan XD is designed to bridge the gap between half-ton pickups and heavy-duty models. Here are my driving impressions.

2016 Buick Encore AWD

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Not All Safety Systems Are Created Equal

By Sherb Brown
There are a lot of safety options available for the modern fleet’s drivers. It’s time to take a more nuanced look at the options that are available in the market today.

Impacts of Politics on Fleet Management

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

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