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Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

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.

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