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Chevrolet's 2019 Silverado (Fourth Gen)

Chevrolet's 2019 Silverado sheds 450 pounds for its fourth generation and adds new features across the lineup, including the Silverado Work Truck for fleets. Read the full article here. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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Top Trends: Chassis, Auxiliary Equipment, Upfitting

There are a variety of upfitting trends occurring in today’s commercial fleet market. Here are the top trends currently influencing chassis, auxiliary equipment, and upfit equipment design and specifications.

Lightweighting: Less is More

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

SR-4016 Subframe Scissor Hoist

Rugby Manufacturing’s SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is designed to be 20% lighter than comparable hoists, improving fuel efficiency and payload capacity.

13X Drive-Axle Platform

The 13X drive axle is engineered for a variety of medium-duty applications including pick-up and delivery, beverage, utility, school bus, construction, and ambulance.

The Impact of the 'Smart' Windshield on Fleet Operations

The windshield is a critical safety component of a vehicle, protecting passengers in the event of a rollover and aiding in proper airbag deployment. However, the windshield is no longer just an independent part comprised of a vinyl interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass. What is changing is that windshields are becoming more technologically integrated with the rest of the vehicle.

How to Become a Pro at Upfitting

As fleet needs shift, the industry’s upfit volume has grown proportionally to the increase in truck and van new-order volume. Many times, fleet managers without prior upfitting experience find themselves tasked to spec an upfit.

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

PowerEdge Alternator

Denso’s PowerEdge is a high amperage alternator for the medium-duty truck market designed to achieve higher efficiency in a smaller, more lightweight package.

Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.