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MATS 2013: Day One Kicks Off

Day One of Mid-America Trucking Show 2013 is filled to the brim with press events, product releases and the Fleet Forum. We are posting pictures of what we are seeing in Louisville, Ky., each day so stay tuned.

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The vehicle has now completed inspection and is ready for final delivery to the end user.

Vehicle Upfitting: The Step-by-Step Process

Ever wonder about the process an upfitted vehicle goes through before it becomes a finished product? Work Truck takes readers on a journey through the upfitting process with the help of Auto Truck Group, an upfitter that specializes in the design, manufacture, and installation of work truck equipment.

This article takes you through the upfit process of a Ram 4500 spec’d for a light maintenance company, which took place at Auto Truck Group’s facility in Bartlett, Ill.

The upfit consists of six main components: painting the chassis, mounting the service body, installing the LED lights, welding the hitch, and installing the cab guard and ladder rack.

The 12 photos illustrate each step, from the paint booth to final inspection where it will be deemed ready for delivery to the end user.

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The 2013 Ram ProMaster features a total of 13 different configurations.

2014 Ram ProMaster Van

Chrysler unveiled its 2014-MY Ram ProMaster full-size van at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The ProMaster features a 3.0L inline four-cylinder EcoDiesel engine or a Pentastar V-6. Each can be matched with a six-speed automatic transmission or an electronically controlled six-speed automated manual transmission. The following photo gallery shows the ProMaster's exterior and interior.

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The NV200 comes in two models, S and SV. MSRP for the S is $19,990 and $20,980 for the SV. These prices exclude the $845 destination and handling charge.

Nissan's 2013 NV200 Cargo Van

Nissan showed its redesigned 2013-MY NV200 Compact Cargo Van at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and revealed more details about the vehicle, which the company originally announced at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Photos courtesy of Nissan.

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The Limited grade has an “active premium” image with leather seating surfaces matching soft-touch stitched door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims.

2014 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. 
 

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Ford's new Atlas Concept features a next-generation EcoBoost engine that uses direct injection and turbocharging.

Ford Atlas Concept Pickup Truck

Ford unveiled a new pickup truck concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit called the Atlas Concept. According to Ford, the truck shows a wide range of technologies that improve fuel efficiency and pickup truck functionality in work environments. The following gallery shows the Atlas Concept's specific features.

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The all-new Transit Connect Van offers two engine choices, a 1.6L EcoBoost engine and the standard 2.5L engine.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

Ford released new images of its redesigned 2014-MY Transit Connect Van, the cargo version of its Transit Connect. The images here show long wheelbase versions of the vehicle in different colors and from different angles. The Transit Connect is now in its second generation, which began with the 2013-MY. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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The long wheelbase, high-roof version of the Transit.

2015 Ford Transit Full-Size Van

Ford released information about body styles, roof heights, and other details for its 2015-MY Transit full-size van, which will replace its E-Series van. The following photo gallery shows the different body styles and roof heights, plus some interior photos, of Ford's all-new Transit van. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Chrysler had a display for its new Ram Commercial Truck division. The company had this Ram 5500 on display.

2012 L.A. Auto Show: Trucks, Vans and SUVs

At the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, nearly 50 vehicles debuted, including several crossover models. The following slideshow highlights vehicles in the truck, van and crossover/SUV segments that appeared at the show, including debut vehicles and other new models. Photos by Greg Basich, Lauren Fletcher and Joanne Tucker.

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Isuzu 'Reaches' for Angels Radio

There’s a new fan favorite at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and it’s not a sports team. Needing an efficient way to get around and transport promotional materials, broadcasting equipment, and more, the team over at Angels Radio was loaned a Reach Van from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) at the start during the 2012 season.

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Market Trends

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Big Data and Advanced Analytics will Further Intertwine Procurement and Fleet

By Mike Antich
Looking ahead, how will procurement and fleet evolve in the future? My prediction is there will be market forces (both internal and external), along with technological enhancements, that will facilitate a much closer collaboration between the two disciplines using a combination of in-house and outsourced expertise.

Five Technology Trends that will Disrupt Global Fleet Management

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Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible.

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

By Paul Clinton
General Motors may just have a game-changer on its hands with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, a lithium-ion-powered hatchback that's fun to drive and provides enough charge to meet most commutes.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

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

By Sherb Brown
Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

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Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

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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

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