Friday, October 24, 2014

Hino Trucks Celebrates 30 Years in the United States

NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks reached a milestone of 30 years in business in the United States. Founded in 1984 as a limited distributorship with responsibility for importing class 4 through 7 cab-over trucks, Hino has evolved into a prominent U.S. company with  a dealer network of more than 200 points, assembly and manufacturing facilities in Williamstown WV and Marion, AR, with eight locations throughout the country. 

Having garnered more than a dozen industry awards for customer satisfaction and ‘Truck of the Year” three times in the last six years alone, Hino Trucks continues to set record sales and post market share gains annually that make the 30-year-old company one of the country’s fastest growing medium duty truck brands.

“While we are proud of our many accomplishments, the legacy of Hino Trucks over its first 30 years is not defined by the numbers it has accumulated, but by the lives it has touched in its journey.” said Glenn Ellis Vice President Marketing, Product Planning and Dealer Operations.  He continued, “To some, Hino Trucks represents a reliable transportation source that enables businesses to meet the needs of their customers.  Still others look to Hino Trucks as a trusted business partner that can be counted on as a steadying presence in a volatile economic environment. As we reflect on and celebrate 30 years of Hino Trucks in the U.S., we also celebrate the people that have woven our brand into the American fabric.”

Yoshinori Noguchi, President & CEO of Hino Trucks, said, “It is a great honor for me to celebrate this anniversary as the President of Hino Motors Sales U.S.A.   While many things have changed since 1984, our goals have always remained the same – to create the most innovative, high quality
products in our industry.  To all of our employees, dealers, customers and shareholders, we thank you for your continued commitment to Hino Trucks. In looking back at 30 years in the U.S. market, we have learned how to deal with success and challenges.  We have adapted and will continue to do so to meet the needs of this demanding market.  Our 30th anniversary is a milestone and turning point for Hino to take the next step.  I am excited about this journey and believe the best is yet to come.”

About Hino:  Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 5-7 commercial trucks in the United States. In 2012, Hino introduced its Class 5 cab-over diesel-electric trucks making diesel-electric hybrids a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer service and support. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers the lowest total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market.  For more information, visit our internet home page at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CV Show 2014 Interview - Isuzu Truck (UK)

Pete Murphy took over from Nikki King as Managing Director of Isuzu Truck (UK) in August 2013. VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with him on the stand at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show to see how things were going and what was new in the Isuzu Truck line-up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Six Trucks Featuring Odyne Plug-in Hybrid Systems Delivered to Consumers Energy

Order Includes First System Powering an Under Deck Boss Compressor Truck

Waukesha, WI – October 21, 2014 – Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, announces that six new trucks featuring Odyne plug-in hybrid systems have been delivered to Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million residents in Michigan.

The vehicles delivered include three Terex Commander digger derricks, two Terex material handling bucket trucks and the first under deck compressor vehicle with a Boss hydraulic lift and compressor. The Odyne plug-in hybrid system powers the equipment on the trucks without use of the engine in most cases, saving fuel, reducing emissions and significantly reducing noise levels at the work site. Hybrid propulsion also increases vehicle efficiency during driving. The on-board Boss lift can stow, load and unload heavy air tools which will be used in Consumers Energy’s gas operations. The compressor powers a pneumatic jackhammer used to break up cement and pavement and also tests gas lines for leaks. The exportable power runs an electric pipe fusing machine. All six trucks feature IHC chassis, and DUECO, Inc. was the final-stage manufacturer.

The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology. The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines. Odyne continues to be the only plug-in hybrid system on a medium- or heavy-duty truck to deliver greater fuel efficiency both while driving and at the work site.

The six trucks were manufactured as part of a $90 million program to produce about 300 plug-in hybrid trucks. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and California Energy Commission (CEC), with cost-share contributions from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the program participants. Odyne is developing and deploying about 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America as part of the award. The trucks delivered with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems will feature advanced smart grid capabilities to charge the hybrid batteries at the most opportune time, reducing charging costs and excess demand on the utility grid.

Consumers Energy has been using a 5FC-55 bucket truck equipped with an Odyne system delivered in 2011, which crew members appreciate.

Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne systems noted, “With delivery of these six vehicles, we continue to expand the applications where an Odyne plug-in hybrid system is providing the power and advantages that only the Odyne system offers. Our hybrid system is unique in the industry in delivering unprecedented high efficiency power both during drive time and at the work site across many truck applications.”

For further information on those advantages, see Odyne’s new comparison chart at

About Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Odyne systems are modular and are integrated to powertrains during the new vehicle manufacturing process or are retrofit to existing truck chassis in various applications. The systems are sold and serviced through a worldwide distribution network including Altec, DUECO and Terex Utilities. Odyne has also authorized selected Allison Transmission distributors to service Odyne systems across North America. For further information, visit us at  and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.

About DUECO, Inc. 
DUECO is a women-owned business and the largest independent provider of Terex bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cranes for the utility market in the nation. Additionally, DUECO manufactures custom utility truck bodies; distributes mini derricks/aerial lifts, stringing equipment and trailers; and supplies tools and accessories for all truck brands. Family owned and operated since 1955, DUECO’s philosophy of teamwork, integrity, and open communication with customers and employees ensures high quality equipment at the best value. With headquarters in the Metro Milwaukee area, DUECO services customers 24/7 in 17 states. To learn more, visit or call 800-558-4004.

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Innovation Spotlight: Silver Moon Brewing

When partners James Watts and Matt Barrett purchased Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, Ore., in 2013, they had the intended to shake things up and do business a little differently. Recognizing that Central Oregon, and Bend specifically, is known for being an “outdoor town,” Watts said, the co-owners immediately looked for something they could take to outdoor festivals, fund-raisers, marathons, cycling races, and other events to represent the brand well outside of the brewery.

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CV Show 2014 Interview - Renault Trucks (UK)

VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with Nigel Butler, Commercial Director at Renault Trucks (UK), at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show to find out just how important the new revised Master range is to the company.

Monday, October 20, 2014

CV Show 2014 Interview - Rhino Products

On the Rhino Products stand at the 2014 CV Show, VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee spoke to Managing Director Steve Egerton and Clive Boult, Sales & Marketing Director. New products being launched at the show included SafeStep and TowBar and later in 2014 Rhino will be introducing the new Aluminium Bar range.

Iveco Vision Concept Van | IAA Hannover 2014

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Iveco pulled the covers off its innovative Vision concept delivery van at the IAA Hannover 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show. It's designed as a test bed for future delivery van hybrid drivetrains, the human/machine interface and load management technologies.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

IAA Hannover 2014 - Ford Interview

VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee caught up with Dave Petts, Transit Product Manager Ford of Britain, on the stand at the IAA Hannover 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hyundai H350 launched at IAA Hannover 2014 CV Show

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South Korean manufacturer Hyundai unveiled its first 3.5 tonne van range specifically designed for, and aimed directly at, the European market at the 2014 Hannover CV Show.

Taylor-Dunn's ET-3000 Flatbed Dump Truck

Taylor-Dunn's ET-3000 electric flatbed dump truck carries loads up to 1,000 pounds.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ford Trucks on the Job at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

A lot of people who enjoy being outdoors and driving off-road might consider Andrew LundBorg to have a dream job. He’s one of the park rangers at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park in Mears, Michigan, and part of his job involves driving a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor or one of the park’s two Super Duty® trucks over the dunes and other terrain that fall within the park.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Forklift sale, hire and service company Forks ‘4’ U has found an innovative way to cut down on service times: take the workshop right to the customer’s door.

A leading material handling company with branches in Townsville, Mackay, Cairns and Rockhampton, Forks ‘4’ U purchased a NQR 450 in 2013 and put in the hard yards to develop a fully equipped service vehicle to enable on-the-spot servicing to customers.

The company is now in its 15th year of operation and attributes the continued growth to hard work and a commitment to exceptional customer service. Forks ‘4’ U Director Darren Gardiner says the company’s new NQR 450 shows the industry and its customers they plan to be in operation for the long-haul.

“We’re very proud of the new truck; it really is our flagship in terms of service vehicles. We have a lot of people who are interested in just having a look at it to see how we’ve built it. It’s been good for the company as it shows we’re serious about we do and we’ve already secured additional business just from people seeing how well we’ve set it up,” Darren said.

The NQR’s custom body was completed in Sydney and took four months, but Darren says the time spent getting the truck right was well worth the wait.

“It truly is a mobile workshop. We previously ran with vans, which we still do for inner city jobs, but sometimes we need to have our technician heading out west from Mackay for up to a week at time, and this new truck really gives us the ability to carry enough parts and oils to do that. In the past we’d only be able to operate for about two days’ work away,” he said.

The truck’s design was the brainchild of Forks ‘4’ U Service Manager, Tom Edgecombe, who is still pinching himself that his “mobile workshop” is out on the road and vastly improving on the field service team’s operational efficiencies and service delivery.

“This body really is one-of-a-kind. Basically I was given free rein to develop the truck I wanted as Darren knew we had to build it. So I sat down, and put all my field service dreams on paper, and it all went from there,” he said

“The new truck has two 200 litre clean oil tanks for engine oil and hydraulic oil and both have digital flow meters and pneumatic pumps. It is also fitted with a 300 litre waste oil tank connected to a pneumatic 1-inch Greco diaphragm pump. This has really cut down on our major servicing times, because we can now pump out the hydraulic tank and pump it all back in, it’s a lot quicker and a lot cleaner.

“In the past we’d have to do a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to the workshop, to drop off the empty oil containers and used parts like hydraulic filters etc. Then we’d have to restock and head back to the customer again, it cost us a lot of downtime and I’d say we’ve now cut our service times down by a third with the new truck,” Tom said.

The NQR is also fully stocked and equipped with a hydraulic hose crimper, a range of fittings and hoses, and a hose saw which enables the mobile technicians to replace hoses on the spot, saving their customers’ time and money in calling external hose doctors to complete the job.

“The truck has also been great for handling the tough road conditions out west of Mackay as there’s a lot of heavy trucks and mining vehicles getting transported along those roads. The truck handles it all fine, it’s a beautiful truck to drive, it’s like driving a car and performs really well in those conditions,” Tom said.

“It’s also got cruise control and you can do things like run your mobile phone through the stereo – all of those features make the day a lot more enjoyable. Some of the sites we service can be a seven-hour drive away, so now it’s not just what’s on the truck which is making work easier and a lot more efficient but the truck itself is making life more comfortable for the road technicians.

“With the NQR we managed to get everything we wanted on there. I’ve been doing field service for 12 years now so it was good to have an opportunity to build my dream service truck, and I couldn’t be happier with it,” he said.

Forks ‘4’ U have been so impressed with the performance and comfort of the Isuzu NQR, they have already placed an order for a smaller NPR 275 Premium which will operate from their Townsville branch, allowing for greater flexibility with the region’s servicing requirements.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


By Steve Latin-Kasper
NTEA Director of Market Data & Research

This article was published in the October 2014 edition of NTEA News

The U.S. economy continues to improve, but the Federal Reserve is probably not going to raise interest rates until the summer of 2015, at the earliest. This timeline is consistent with the statements made at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ meetings in the last year. During its September meeting, the Fed announced that it still believes rates should remain low for a “considerable time” after its bond-buying (economic stimulus) program is completed — likely by the end of this year.

The Fed also detailed its intention to end the stimulus efforts that have been in place since the 2008 credit crisis and return interest rates to more normal levels. As expected, the Fed said it will limit asset purchases to $15 billion per month — a reduction of $10 billion a month. When it meets again in October, the Fed is widely expected to announce one last reduction prior to ending the stimulus program.

An improving job market has put some pressure on the Fed to begin unwinding its stimulus efforts and consider raising rates to prevent inflation. The Fed shared it intentions to taper its expansionary monetary policy, releasing data from the district banks which forecasted a median rate of 1.375% at the end of 2015.

Serving Kids With Autism | Ford F-150 Trucks | Good Works: Episode 11

Brendon Clark travels to Virginia Beach to visit Billy Zimmerman, a father who makes time to help children with autism at Camp Gonnawannagoagain. After his own son Zachary was diagnosed with autism, Billy wanted to do more for his son and those just like him. Using his Ford F-150, Billy hauls equipment and lends a helping hand to empower autistic children and help them realize their potential. 

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