Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2017 Ford F-150 with All-New 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 Nets Best-in-Class, V8-Beating 470 lb.-ft. of Torque, More Horsepower

  •     All-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine in the 2017 Ford F-150 produces 375 horsepower and a segment-best 470 lb.-ft. of torque, a gain of 10 hp and 50 lb.-ft. from previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost
  •     Class-leading torque of 3.5-liter EcoBoost  and new 10-speed automatic transmission will deliver improved acceleration and performance
  •     3.5-liter EcoBoost paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker
Ford, America’s truck leader, continues its relentless pace of innovation, delivering segment-leading torque for 2017 F-150 customers with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, to a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6. Horsepower jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 is paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker.

The more capable powertrain combination will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. The 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales.

The Ford F-150 remains the first and only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo gasoline engine.

The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Muncie Power Products - We Build Trust



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Chevrolet Presents Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition to All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer

 

SAN DIEGO – The 2016 Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Eric Hosmer, chose a Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday night.

Chevrolet, America’s most awarded car company, gave Hosmer who went 2-for-3 in the contest with a home run, two runs batted in and a run scored, his choice between the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS Convertible and a Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition.

This is Hosmer’s first All-Star MVP award and the first for a Kansas City Royal since Bo Jackson in 1989. 

“Hosmer’s spectacular on-field performance tonight demonstrates to all baseball fans and especially our kids that hard work, determination and teamwork is what wins, and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.
Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball® since 2005 and through its Chevrolet Youth Baseball program has helped raise more than $28 million to aid hometown teams over the last 10 years. Nearly 5.2 million young people in communities across the country have benefitted from the program, and more than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers are involved.

Additionally, through Chevrolet Youth Baseball, more than 90,000 equipment kits have been donated to teams around the country, nearly 11,000 parks have been renovated and more than 111,000 children received complimentary instruction on baseball fundamentals.

“At Chevrolet, we appreciate the power of play and the positive effect that it has on our kids,” said Sweeney. “That positive effect on our kids and ultimately on our communities is why it is so important to us and our Chevrolet dealers to support baseball at every level.”
During the afternoon’s Red Carpet Parade, Hosmer, along with his All-Star Game teammates from both the American and National Leagues, signed a 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro hood that will be auctioned in the coming days on MLB.com. The proceeds of that auction will support the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

The Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition that Hosmer chose begins as a black Z71 Colorado Diesel and adds an all-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, badging, black 17-inch wheels and aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac® tires that add a rugged, off-road appearance.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

GMC Named Most Ideal Popular Brand For Third Straight Year

Sierra, Yukon, Acadia top segments 
in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards

 

DETROIT – GMC today was named Most Ideal Popular Brand in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards for the third consecutive year. Three GMC models led their respective segments, one of only two automakers to do so.  

The Acadia topped the Large Crossover SUV segment and the Yukon/Yukon XL ranked highest in the Large SUV segment. The brand’s top-selling vehicle, the GMC Sierra, led the Light Duty Pickup category for the second straight year.

Available now, the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia offers precisely-crafted interior features, next generation infotainment and innovative driver alert technologies for a quality, comfortable and convenient traveling experience.
  
The 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on responses from over 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles across all major manufacturers. Surveyed after 90 days of ownership, customers were asked which changes they would make to their car or truck in 15 key categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration and technology. 

“By asking vehicle owners if they would change various aspects of their vehicle if given the opportunity, we not only identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement, but we also find out which manufacturers are truly hitting the mark with owners,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

“The results demonstrate we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with a premium ownership experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC. “We are blending precision design, technology and capability throughout our lineup. When you add our luxury-focused Denali portfolio, which makes up nearly 25 percent of GMC sales, we are setting ourselves apart from our competitors.”

For more information about AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards, visit www.autopacific.com.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

About AutoPacific
AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research, forecasting, and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific's websites: www.autopacific.com com and http://vehiclevoice.com/



Saturday, July 23, 2016

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Leaves the Rest Behind; Raises Towing, Hauling, Engine Power to Next Level

  •     Most capability: All-new F-Series Super Duty can tow heavier trailers and haul heavier cargo than ever before, with maximum gooseneck towing capacity raised to 32,500 pounds on F-450, fifth-wheel towing capacity boosted to class-leading 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to class-leading 21,000 pounds; maximum payload now rated at up to best-in-class 7,630 pounds
  •     Most power: 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel boosts horsepower to a class-leading 440 and torque to a class-leading 925 lb.-ft. for all pickup models – from F-250 to F-450; 6.2-liter V8 gas model offers best-in-class torque of 430 lb.-ft.
  •     Most confidence: Class-exclusive smart technologies help make towing easier and enable increased confidence, including BLIS® with trailer tow, adaptive cruise control that works with the heaviest trailers, and Trailer Reverse Guidance to help back trailers up
DEARBORN, Mich., July 18, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is taking heavy-duty trucks to the next level with the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty – empowering customers with the most towing and hauling capability and the most horsepower and torque of any heavy-duty pickup truck.

Super Duty’s enhanced capability starts with high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and high-strength steel that help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds. Ford reinvested that weight savings in more robust components everywhere it counts to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

Foundational improvements for every Super Duty pickup truck include an all-new, fully boxed frame that is more than 95 percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame to support increased towing and hauling. The all-new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is more dent and ding resistant than the previous steel body. 

“This is the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager. “We listened to our customers and created the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever.”

The future of towing is now
The 2017 Super Duty is the undisputed leader in towing, offering available best-in-class performance in all towing categories, plus smart technology no other competitor has to enable greater confidence when towing.

Ford F-450 Super Duty SuperCrew 4x4 now features a maximum gooseneck tow rating of 32,500 pounds – 1,290 pounds more than its nearest competitor, a regular cab two-door pickup. Maximum fifth-wheel towing is increased to 27,500 – 2,500 pounds better than the nearest competitor.

Maximum conventional towing is increased to 21,000 pounds – 1,000 pounds better than the nearest competitors’ trucks and without the need for a weight-distributing hitch. Maximum conventional towing with F-250, with the all-new trailer tow package, and F-350 single-rear wheel are increased to a class-leading 18,000 pounds.   

Maximum gross combined weight rating for truck and trailer now tops out at a class-leading 41,800 pounds. That is more than half the maximum weight of an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer combination on most federal highways.

This industry-defining capability is matched by never-before-seen towing technology. Super Duty is the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed – even with a trailer weighing 32,500 pounds.

A center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box, which is especially helpful when hooking up gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers. An Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a 360-degree bird’s-eye view surrounding Super Duty. Trailer Reverse Guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer. A first-ever factory-available trailer camera can be custom-placed on a trailer to improve visibility backing up.

Trailer towing customers benefit from a segment-first in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, accessible from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway. Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer up to 33 feet long; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver.

Payload dominance
Super Duty can haul more than any other heavy-duty pickup. Maximum payload of the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 is 7,630 pounds – more than any competitor, period. F-250 Super Duty boasts the same dominance over its peers; with maximum payload of 4,200 pounds, it can haul more than 600 pounds over its nearest competitor.

More power than ever
The Ford-designed, Ford-engineered, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel that powers Super Duty now delivers a best-in-class combination of 440 horsepower and a staggering 925 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is standard for every Super Duty diesel pickup – from F-250 to F-450 – without requiring special tuning or unique hardware.

The standard 6.2-liter V8 now offers best-in-class torque among gasoline engines of 430 lb.-ft., with standard 385 horsepower.

Both diesel and gasoline engines are backed by the TorqShift six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission for reliable and efficient cross-country towing. The F-250 pickup with 6.2-liter V8 and all-new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic delivers improved fuel economy and capability for three-quarter-ton Super Duty customers.

Ford has redefined leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market, delivering never-before-seen productivity for today’s heavy-duty truck customer. The 2017 F-Series Super Duty is a purpose-built machine for getting work done faster, smarter and more efficiently. The all-new Super Duty goes on sale this fall.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company,

Knapheide Standard Service Body Walk Around-2016 Work Truck Show



Watch Bert Perozzi, Dale Meier, and Chris Rolsen point out the industry-leading standard features found on Knapheide Standard Service Bodies.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Introducing Gruau Cargo Van Solutions



Toby O'Cheltree, General Manager, and Chris Weiss, Vice President of Engineering, review the features and benefits of Gruau refrigerated and IsoChem units.

Knapheide is the exclusive sales and distribution channel for these products. See much more at www.gruau-usa.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ford's New EcoBoost 3.5-Liter V-6 Offers Monster Torque

 

Ford has released official horsepower and torque ratings for the standard 2017 EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine that we'll see first on the upper-trim levels of model-year 2017 F-150s and will then rollout to the entire lineup. The new EcoBoost will be paired with the new 10-speed transmission as well.

This new upgraded EcoBoost engine will produce 375 horsepower and a whopping 470 pounds-feet of torque, more torque than any other half-ton — including GM's 6.2-liter V-8 — in the segment. The new engine uses a more sophisticated twin-turbo system, a new direct-injection system and includes many other efficiency-centered technologies to increase the power and cooling capabilities. Additionally, the new engine is four pounds lighter.

As if that wasn't enough, the first-ever EcoBoost-equipped Raptor (due out later this fall) will get an even more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost (specific ratings not officially announced yet), and be partnered with one of the most sophisticated four-wheel-drive systems available to provide a huge boost in dirt, street, and rock performance and capability.

The new six-mode multi-terrain system offers Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl settings, where each mode offers unique traction and driveline parameters, so steering response, throttle tip-in, traction control, transmission shifting and much more change from mode to mode.

Ford also released another video (see below) to highlight some of the Raptor's new-found capability but if the traction system works half as well in the field as it looks like on paper, we're guessing there’s plenty more performance inside this new Raptor just waiting to be released.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams; manufacturer images

See More at:  http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/fords-new-ecoboost-35-liter-v-6-offers-monster-torque.html








Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Registration open for CNG certification program

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announced the launch of its compressed natural gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector Certification program.

Designed according to the requirements for professional certification programs prescribed by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification provides an independent assessment to ensure technicians possess the knowledge, skills and specific competencies required to conduct CNG fuel system inspections according to all federal codes and standards, as well as industry best practices.

“We are excited to offer CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification to NGV technicians,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi. “While there is no national requirement that CNG fuel system inspectors be certified, certification offers that extra layer of assurance and risk mitigation in the operation and maintenance of any CNG powered vehicles.”

The program kicks off with the first certification exam September 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The certification period is five years. Registration is now open.

CNG fuel system inspections are one of the main factors affecting NGV fleet and dealership safety. In fact, regular inspections of all CNG cylinders are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 304.

In addition, NGV industry best practices recommend inspection of the entire fuel system. These inspections must be performed by qualified CNG fuel system inspectors, and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) pamphlet C-6.4.

Qualified CNG Fuel System Inspectors must be able to thoroughly inspect all components of CNG fuel systems, correctly document their findings, assess any damage, and determine the proper steps necessary to ensure that fuel system safety is maintained. They also must be familiar with and able to effectively use a variety of inspection documents, including applicable codes, standards, regulations, specific manufacturer guidelines, as well as industry best practices.

“We are proud to say that our rigorous certification program was carefully designed and specifically developed to assess the knowledge and skills these technicians must apply during an actual inspection,” Thomason said.

“Our certification exam was created based on a detailed job study of tasks required to be performed by CNG Fuel System Inspectors.”

NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector program was developed and will be administered independently from its training programs. There is no training prerequisite for technicians who seek certification.

To ensure quality, uniformity and impartiality, the certification program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board comprised of CNG cylinder, fuel system and vehicle manufacturers, as well as end users. The Advisory Board includes representatives from Hexagon Lincoln, Worthington Industries, Agility Fuel Systems, Penske Truck Leasing, Waste Management, UPS, and Volvo.

The certification exam will be offered live at various locations throughout the country, as well as via an online, electronically-proctored exam that can be scheduled individually and taken at a time convenient to the participant.

“Another great advantage of our certification program is its accessibility,” said Thomason. “The live-proctored paper exam will be offered in at least six separate locations throughout the country during the fourth quarter of 2016, in addition to monthly offerings at our headquarters.

“To make the certification experience even more convenient we have added an online, independently-proctored option, allowing participants to take the exam from their own computers.”
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/registration-open-for-cng-certification-program/#sthash.nfVpTWey.dpuf
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announced the launch of its compressed natural gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector Certification program.



Designed according to the requirements for professional certification programs prescribed by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification provides an independent assessment to ensure technicians possess the knowledge, skills and specific competencies required to conduct CNG fuel system inspections according to all federal codes and standards, as well as industry best practices.
“We are excited to offer CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification to NGV technicians,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi. “While there is no national requirement that CNG fuel system inspectors be certified, certification offers that extra layer of assurance and risk mitigation in the operation and maintenance of any CNG powered vehicles.”
The program kicks off with the first certification exam September 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The certification period is five years. Registration is now open.
CNG fuel system inspections are one of the main factors affecting NGV fleet and dealership safety. In fact, regular inspections of all CNG cylinders are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 304.
In addition, NGV industry best practices recommend inspection of the entire fuel system. These inspections must be performed by qualified CNG fuel system inspectors, and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) pamphlet C-6.4.
Qualified CNG Fuel System Inspectors must be able to thoroughly inspect all components of CNG fuel systems, correctly document their findings, assess any damage, and determine the proper steps necessary to ensure that fuel system safety is maintained. They also must be familiar with and able to effectively use a variety of inspection documents, including applicable codes, standards, regulations, specific manufacturer guidelines, as well as industry best practices.
“We are proud to say that our rigorous certification program was carefully designed and specifically developed to assess the knowledge and skills these technicians must apply during an actual inspection,” Thomason said.
“Our certification exam was created based on a detailed job study of tasks required to be performed by CNG Fuel System Inspectors.”
NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector program was developed and will be administered independently from its training programs. There is no training prerequisite for technicians who seek certification.
To ensure quality, uniformity and impartiality, the certification program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board comprised of CNG cylinder, fuel system and vehicle manufacturers, as well as end users. The Advisory Board includes representatives from Hexagon Lincoln, Worthington Industries, Agility Fuel Systems, Penske Truck Leasing, Waste Management, UPS, and Volvo.
The certification exam will be offered live at various locations throughout the country, as well as via an online, electronically-proctored exam that can be scheduled individually and taken at a time convenient to the participant.
“Another great advantage of our certification program is its accessibility,” said Thomason. “The live-proctored paper exam will be offered in at least six separate locations throughout the country during the fourth quarter of 2016, in addition to monthly offerings at our headquarters.
“To make the certification experience even more convenient we have added an online, independently-proctored option, allowing participants to take the exam from their own computers.”
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/registration-open-for-cng-certification-program/#sthash.nfVpTWey.dpuf

Mule Tipper Inserts transform pick-ups

 

The Mule Tipper Insert is a simple solution for anyone wanting to turn their pick-up into a tipper, without any bodywork changes or going to the expense of a chassis cab-based conversion. It’s the brainchild of three friends with specialist backgrounds in Formula One, metal structural construction and hydraulics who decided to create Mule Tipper Inserts after seeing a similar design in the USA for full-size pick-ups. They designed a version that fits the traditional one tonne Japanese pick-up found throughout Europe.

Designed to make unloading for operators in the building, agricultural, forestry and local council sectors the Inserts can easily be re-fitted onto a new vehicle when the time comes and prices start at £2,695 (excl VAT). Installation requires removing the tailgate and then the Mule is simply dropped into the load area. It’s secured through to the chassis and the power cable is wired directly to the vehicles main battery. A master cut-off switch is positioned inside the cab and operation of the tipper is via a wireless controller.

The whole kit and caboodle weighs in at 128kg, which leaves a more than respectable payload of in excess of 850kg. The basic Mule can be customised thanks to a selection of optional extras which include headboards, ladder racks and greedy boards to extend the height of the side walls.

See more at: http://www.vansa2z.com/Mule-Tipper-Inserts-transform-pick-ups



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New USPS First-Class Stamps Featuring Historical Ford Trucks - Including 1948 F-1 and 1965 F-100 - Now Available



DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2016 – Ford fans can now send their first-class mail with stamps featuring the truck brand that has been the No. 1 seller in the United States for 39 consecutive years.

The U.S. Postal Service is now selling four new stamps that celebrate the history of pickup trucks, the rugged and reliable work vehicles Americans have driven for nearly a century. Two of the stamps feature Ford trucks – the 1948 Ford F-1, the first-ever F-Series truck, and the 1965 Ford F-100, which debuted breakthrough twin I-beam ride comfort technology.

USPS art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Chris Lyons.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

NYC to test dimethyl ether in Mack truck

 

New York City Department of Sanitation will be testing a Mack truck with an MP8 engine equipped to run on dimethyl ether (DME) this month.

New York City Department of Sanitation Deputy Commissioner Rocco DiRico told Hard Working Trucks that his department will be testing the truck for a few days in July.

“We have the opportunity to be first up—just to understand it, drive it, feel it, test it and see if it’s worthy of a further look,” DiRico said.

Mack’s parent company, Volvo, has been testing DME in its trucks in Europe.

“Dimethyl ether is a fuel that can be derived from a food waste and/or natural gas,” DiRico explained. “It also provides for a much, more clean tailpipe than standard diesel or biodiesel, or even renewable diesel.

“With dimethyl ether you don’t need any after-treatments on the truck, such as the DPFs or the SCR.”

Mack Trucks told Hard Working Trucks today that it will reveal more information about the truck next week at a press conference in New York City.


- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/nyc-to-test-dimethyl-ether-in-mack-truck/#sthash.85tvjmEq.dpuf


Monday, July 18, 2016

Double Door Underbody Boxes Last Forever



Highway Products has been making underbody toolboxes since 1980. These things have millions
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Florida engineer creates Prius truck

 

A retired engineer in Florida tired of waiting on Toyota to produce a hybrid pickup has made one of his own.

Ruud Hartog, 75, created what he calls his Pruck from a wrecked 2005 Prius, according to the Tampa Bay Times. After spending roughly $5,300 and plenty of time in his garage, Hartog recently emerged with a head-turning truck that averages 43 mpg.

“I like the Toyota Prius — the electronics and the tech setup,” Hartog told the Tampa Bay Times. “And I also like trucks.”

Disappointed with Toyota for not having produced a low-emissions, hybrid pickup, Hartog said he decided to make his own. Transforming the Prius into a truck was no easy task, after all the unibody hybrid was not designed for heavy hauling. Steps for reinforcement included welding the rear doors shut and welding cross members into place.

The bed of the truck is made of two layers of high-strength plywood and steel. Keeping careful track of the vehicle’s weight, Hartog told Hard Working Trucks that his Pruck weighs an additional 46 pounds over the vehicle’s original weight. That puts total passenger and cargo capacity at around 800 pounds or so. A lift kit is available, but he hasn’t taken on that project yet.

Though the tailgate is still under construction, Hartog has been getting plenty of praise.
“If they’re passing me in the left lane, they come up (then) back off to get a good look at it,” Hartog said. “Usually the iPhone is going and then they pass me and give me a thumbs-up or they honk the horn.”

Hartog, who spent 20 years in the Air Force, plans on using his Pruck to haul furniture and appliances for the nonprofit Heaven on Earth for Veterans, where he works as a volunteer.
(Photos and drawings courtesy of Ruus Hartog)

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/florida-engineer-creates-prius-truck/?utm_source=hwt&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-15-2016&utm_campaign=Hard%20Working%20Trucks&ust_id=73ef45b752004fd7c5cf260e66e4ffd4#sthash.Sfz8IKwr.dpuf

Tommy Gate Tuckunder Series dual cylinder design assures sturdy and consistent lifting action.



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TKT models address all the concerns a liftgate operator faces. With self-leveling and power down functions, the lift is easy and reliable. The large platforms it supports easily accommodate palletsized loads. And, the wide-arm, dual cylinder design assures sturdy and consistent lifting action.

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