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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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“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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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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