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Schwan's Food Service truck by Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

2012 NTEA The Work Truck Show

The Work Truck Show 2012 by NTEA was held March 6-8 in Indianapolis. Hundreds of exhibitors launched new products, shared details on current product lines, and participated in educational sessions. Here are a few highlights from the show.

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E-Z Pack CNG-Powered Front Loader

E-Z Pack Manufacturing, a refuse truck body manufcaturer, announced that Waste Pro USA’s first-ever compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection truck has rolled off E-Z Pack’s assembly line and into the Atlanta market.

The vehicle, an E-Z Pack Hercules Front Loader body built on a 2012 Mack chassis, arrived in the Atlanta area on Feb. 3rd and is anticipated to be in operation later this month. CNG tanks are uniquely integrated in the upper rear of the vehicle body for optimized vehicle weight distribution and lower overall height. The body features greater ground clearance and, at 75 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs), more fuel capacity than other CNG waste truck body options in the industry.

 

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GMC U.S. Marketing Vice President Tony DiSalle unveils the 2013 GMC Acadia at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Tyler Mallory for GMC)

GM's 2013 GMC Acadia

General Motors unveiled its refreshed 2013-MY GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali at the Chicago Auto Show. The Acadia features a redesigned exterior, GM's first front-center airbag, and a number of infotainment features. The Acadia was introduced for the 2009 model year. Photos courtesy of GM.

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Nissan said it modified the U.S. version of the vehicle to make it somewhat larger, increasing its length by 7.9 inches over the NV200 models offered globally.

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van

At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan unveiled its new NV200 Compact Cargo Van, which the automaker said is designed for customers who want a smaller van for business use. The photos in this gallery show the van's exterior and interior, along with some of the features Nissan is offering for the two van models (S and SV).

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2012 Ram Cargo Van

Chrysler brought its 2012 Ram Cargo Van to one of its dealerships in Los Angeles to give media the chance to check out the new vehicle and drive it. Following are images of the new van. Photos by Greg Basich.

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This was a neat, old toy truck at one of the vendors, who was kind enough to let me snap a photo.

Mooneyes Hotrod Xmas Party 2011

The annual Mooneyes Xmas Party, hot rod show, and drag races took place at the Toyota Motor Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. Work Truck magazine's Managing Editor Lauren Fletcher attended the show and took some photos of some great trucks for all of our truck lovers out there!

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Chesapeake's Natural Gas-Fueled Vehicles

Cheseapeake Energy Corp. has a goal of converting its entire fleet of 4,500 light-duty vehicles (which the company expects to grow to 5,000 vehicles in the future) to run on natural gas. The following gallery shows a selection of vehicles from the company's fleet.

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2011 NTEA Work Truck Show

Work Truck magazine attended the 2011 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Freightliner Ride & Drive Event, Las Vegas

Work Truck magazine's Managing Editor Lauren Fletcher attended Freightliner's ride and drive event in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 19.

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In 1963, Ed (center) accepts a plaque from Howard Pyle, president of the National Safety Council. The award is given to a publication for outstanding coverage in the field of safety.  Looking on is Roy Wiley, AF's executive editor.

The Many Faces of Ed Bobit

Founder of Bobit Business Media (originally called Bobit Publishing) and Automotive Fleet Magazine, Ed Bobit has been a leader in fleet for 50 years, since the company's humble beginnings in Illinois in 1961. Through the years, Ed has always maintained a personal presence in the fleet industry and in the pages of Automotive Fleet. Here are some photos and quips from the master himself.

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Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

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Market Trends

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Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future -- Maybe Longer

By Mike Antich
Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

Snapshot of Fleet Manager Concerns and "Pain Points"

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The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher
From time to time, fleet managers may receive the opportunity to attend an automaker test drive event. Should you be one of the lucky chosen, your excitement may give way to trepidation as you realize that test driving a vehicle for fleet use can be quite different that test driving a car or truck for personal use.

Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

By Paul Clinton
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2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

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The House of Electric Vehicles

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Who’s Up Next?

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We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

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