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May 2016

Cover Story By Mike Antich
International Re-Enters Concrete & Construction Markets

The HX Series is the first all-new vehicle introduced by International Truck since 2010. Four models will be offered, with both set-forward and set-back front axle models in either short or long hood, depending on the application.

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“With advances in technologies, new government regulations, and the complexities of vehicles, Isuzu will need to move closer to our dealers and, by virtue of that, closer to our customers. ICTA will become more market driven. The closer we get to our dealers and customers, the better feedback we can give to our parent company on the product needed for this market,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. (PHOTO: Chris Wolski) First Interview: New President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

By Mike Antich

A 29-year veteran, Shaun Skinner was promoted to president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America from his role of executive vice president and general manager. He succeeds Hisao Sasaki, who returned to Japan.

Cox Enterprises fleet vehicles are mainly used for cable installation, service, and sales, with each unit traveling approximately 18,000 miles annually. (PHOTO: COX ENTERPRISES) Vocational Spotlight: Cable and Telecom

By Lauren Fletcher

Cable and telecom fleets provide services vital to just about every other industry and vocation — they keep businesses able to communicate. Downtime is not an option, and upfitting needs are unique.

The lightweight, Reading aluminum CSV comes equipped with such features as Dual-Pro door seals, stainless steel SMART Latch rotary paddle locks, and patented hidden hinges. (PHOTO: Reading) Lightweighting: Less is More

By Greg Thompson

The process of lightweighting a fleet of vehicles involves more than simply moving down a vehicle class or removing weight from an overloaded vehicle.


Roadcheck Should be Business as Usual

By Kathy Close

During Roadcheck, enforcement will use the same driver and vehicle criteria as any other day of the year. Only the number of inspections performed will be heightened.

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A take-home vehicle refers to a vehicle assigned to a public-sector employee that the employee is allowed to use when commuting to and from work and in job-related tasks.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich
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. In recent years, the huge influxes of vehicles needing upfitting have left some upfitters, at times, overwhelmed.

Six Technology Trends that will Change the Trajectory of Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

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