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Work Truck – Issue

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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Features

“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.

Departments

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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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