Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: What We Hate


If you've read the stories from our 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge (three-quarter-ton gas engines and one-ton dualie turbo-diesels), you know that we spent quite a bit of time with each of the pickup trucks in our head-to-head comparison. In that time we drove each vehicle on many different surfaces, in many different conditions through five different states, so we were able pick out many of the things we liked and many things we didn't like.

2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: What We Like


Here's Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman discussing what we liked and appreciated during our five-state and two-week tour with these HD pickups during our 2014 Challenge.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HOW FORD ENGINEERS MADE THE ALL-NEW F-150 THE TOUGHEST-LOOKING, MOST AERODYNAMICALLY EFFICIENT F-150 EVER


  • Distinctive Built Ford Tough style of the all-new F-150 pushes boundaries of bold design while increasing aerodynamic efficiency over the previous model
  • F-150 evolves hallmark design cues from first F-Series trucks
  • Restyled badge echoes design elements throughout

Designers of the 2015 Ford F-150 had a challenging goal to meet when they set out to reimagine the world’s best-selling pickup: Create an aerodynamic, efficient design that did not compromise the tough, bold looks that define Ford trucks.

The team succeeded.


The new F-150’s structured look features squared-off edges, shapes and surfaces that convey confidence, capability and work readiness. Yet these elements also work together to allow F-150 to slip through the air more efficiently.

“The truck’s sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency – getting the most out of the shape,” said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager. “We made F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance.”

Aerodynamic testing ensures a happy medium
Richards and team accomplished the feat of balancing strength and efficiency by incorporating sharp edges into the overall design. The strategically designed edges convey toughness, but also enable airflow to hug the surfaces at the front portion of the truck. Rear corners are designed to allow the air to cleanly detach from the vehicle to reduce turbulence and swirling air that can cause drag and reduce efficiency. The improved aerodynamics help increase efficiency by reducing the work performed by the engine to overcome aerodynamic drag.

The grille is vertical, yet its outer portions are angled back and lead to the headlamps and bumper corners that are also swept back to smoothly direct airflow down the sides, reducing drag. The beveled leading edge of the hood helps promote smooth airflow to the windshield and roof.

As the design of the all-new F-150 evolved with clay models, wind tunnel testing enabled designers to see where they could gain greater aerodynamic efficiencies:


  • Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
  • Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
  • Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • The duct under the headlamp channels air through to the wheel housing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.

“Testing in the wind tunnel helped us fine-tune a happy medium between styling, aerodynamics, engineering and cost,” said Richards. “We learned where we could push shape and design to reduce drag, and where to stop when we weren’t gaining anything.”

Toughness is in the details
“The shapes, lines, angles and motifs are much stronger on the all-new F-150, and the chiseled edges convey toughness,” said Richards. “The hallmark beltline along the outside mirrors is the strongest piece of Built Ford Tough DNA. That’s inspired by heavy equipment such as cranes and bulldozers. It looks good, but it also improves driver visibility.”

The dropped beltline styling element can be seen in the outline of the headlamps and taillamps, while bevels, angles and notches are incorporated into the hood, windshield and tailgate, as well as throughout the interior, including the sew patterns on the seats.

F-150 also retains heritage design cues, such as the familiar headlamp shape that evokes the grille surround of the 1948 Ford F-1 and wraparound steel front bumper.

New badge signifies efficiency, leadership
Design details of the truck carry over to the new badge design, in which the characters are shaped with bevels to mimic those found in the body design.

The signature “F” has been opened up to signify a lighter, more efficient truck, yet it’s also larger to emphasize F-Series truck leadership.

The new badge design, using a font called Bold Leadership, will eventually find its way onto all F-Series trucks – right on through to the medium-duty Ford F-750.

“F-Series is all about bold and tough,” said Marco Querciagrossa, who leads badge design for Ford vehicles. “We created a badge that confidently conveys that.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ram Truck Brand Launches the 2015 Model Year Lineup


Mike Cairns, Director of Ram Truck Brand Engineering, talks about the Ram Truck lineup for 2015, which includes the most fuel efficient pickup truck ever at 28 mpg and best-in-class one-ton towing capability of 30,000 pounds, along with owning many prestigious third-party industry endorsements.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gitomer VT Sales Power Lesson - What Are You Really "Negotiating...


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Jeffrey teach me about negotiation. We need to have our people be better negotiators. Stop. The first thing you have to understand is that negotiation has a first word - price. Price negotiation. In other words, how much of my profit do you want me to give away in order to get the sale? That's really what you're talking about. So I want to create a lesson that talks about what the reality of negotiation is and how you can get around that price barrier in order to be able to earn the profit that you deserve, stay in business and keep loyal customers. That's what this lesson's all about. Bring your boss in. Make everybody in the whole company watch this one. 

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Harris County Health Department Mobile Health Services Truck



Thank you to Ed Miller of Chastang Ford in Houston, Texas for these shots of a Harris County Health Department Mobile Health Services truck they recently received. This totally custom unit is mounted on a Ford F750 chassis and was designed and built by Supreme Armored Division of Supreme Corporation in Cleburne, Texas.

The vehicle will be used to travel to outlying areas to provide basic health services. It includes a wating room and three private exam rooms, along with all the medical necessities to treat people in the field. See more about Supreme at www.supremesv.com.

See more about Chastang Ford at www.ChastangFord.com.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Westport Dallas: Quality Natural Gas Solutions


Westport Dallas is proud of our commitment to delivering North America’s largest range of natural gas and bi-fuel Ford products. Learn more about our Ford-approved, OEM-experience assembly process and quality in our newly released video.

Westport Dallas has set the standard for Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVM) across North America and is the largest Ford QVM in both product line and capacity.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2015 Ford Transit. It’s the easiest part of this plumber’s day.


A plumber spends his days stuffing himself behind water heaters and under sinks. His apprentice is no help, but his all-new Ford Transit full-size van makes his job easier because it fits him like a work glove.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mobile Hotspot: OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-fi Hotspot | GM Fleet & Commercial


Now you and your fleet can stay connected with mobile hotspots offered by OnStar with 4G LTE. This 4G mobile hotspot can connect up to 7 devices within a 50 foot radius of your GM vehicle. Learn about OnStar with 4G LTE wi-fi hotspots and they can benefit your business today. http://www.gmfleet.com/

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highway Products Aluminum High Quality Flatbed


Highway Products, Inc. has been manufacturing aluminum flatbed trucks for over 30 years. We take pride in making the perfect flatbed for your truck. Aluminum flatbeds are 50% lighter than steel flatbeds and they will never rust. If you have a truck and you are looking for a flatbed then you have come to the right place. Comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

See much more at www.highwayproducts.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DiamondBack Accessories Product Spotlight on Dirt Trax TV


A product spotlight by Dirt Trax TV featuring the Cross Bin and Side Boxes - accessories to help with bed organization. Originally aired on the Outdoor Channel on August 2nd, 2014. http://diamondbackcovers.com/

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Titan’s Rear-Aft Fuel Tank Keeps Ford Trucks in Service by Taking Diesel Fuel Integrity Out of the Equation

Titan’s new 40-gallon rear-aft polyethylene tank is impervious to corrosive diesel fuels and helps fleets save on maintenance, while extending the service life of Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Titan Fuel Tanks, the leading manufacturer of high-performance, engineered, polymer aftermarket fuel tanks, announced that it has started shipping its new 40-gallon 8020011, cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank. The polymer tank is the only one on the market engineered to fit 2011-2015 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 diesel cab and chassis trucks.
 
Titan’s new tank virtually eliminates the service and maintenance issues associated with diesel fuel line contamination originating in OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks. The tank was met with widespread fleet interest during its first public display on June 8, at the Equipment Fleet Management 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
 
For years, widespread problems have been attributed to fuel-related degradation and delamination of the protective linings of steel fuel tanks. Titan’s polymer tanks aren’t susceptible to the chemical and biological reactions that diesel, bio-diesel fuels and additives are accused of causing in steel fuel tanks. Formed from military-grade, cross-linked polyethylene (XLHDPE), Titan aftermarket fuel tanks can safely be used with the wide array of bio-diesel fuels and blends on the market today.
 
“We serve many fleets and have seen a large volume of delamination-related problems in fuel pumps, filters and injectors,” said Paul Nishanian, executive vice president for Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP). “Titan’s innovation has been instrumental in providing the industry and the fleets we serve with a viable alternative to steel replacement tanks that are prone to the same failure as original equipment steel tanks.”
 
The interior surfaces of both OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks are commonly lined with a coating that can begin to degrade when exposed to the chemical and biological makeup of many of today’s diesel and bio-diesel fuels. As the coating deteriorates, particles of it are sloughed off, contaminating the fuel source, causing failures along the fuel’s path through pumps, filters and injectors.
 
Fuel tank delamination is considered a fuel-related issue and is not covered under warranty. Repair costs can mount rapidly and in many cases a new steel tank with the same susceptibility to failure is installed. The recurring problem has become an issue for consumers and public and private fleets alike.
 
“The past repairs stemming from steel fuel tank contamination have been so pervasive, we had to consider a range of options including complete vehicle population replacement,” said Matt Long, heavy equipment instructor for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Highways Division and formerly their highway equipment supervisor. “After a field study with Titan’s cross-linked polyethylene tanks, we decided to keep our Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 but to replace all their steel fuel tanks. We have realized substantial savings in repairs and new vehicle replacement costs, while renewing the utility of our existing fleet assets.”
 
Titan’s new 40-gallon tank, product number 8020011, is designed to replace 2011-2015 Ford original equipment part numbers CC3Z9B210B and CC3Z9002B. The polyethylene tanks are much lighter than their steel counterparts, 200 times less thermal conductive and their insulating properties eliminate condensation. Titan’s polymer replacement fuel tanks will never corrode and have a rollover vent valve with a vent hose and drain plug.
 
The new tanks are easy to install, come in kit form and are available now in the United States, Canada and Australia. The vehicle’s stock fuel sending unit can be reused and replacement skid plates, straps and ancillary components ordered from any Ford dealership. All Titan replacement fuel tanks are backed by the company’s exclusive five-year limited warranty.
 
Titan specializes in designing and manufacturing innovative aftermarket fuel tank solutions and has a dedicated engineering staff with expertise in working with advanced polymer tank construction. Titan’s employs finite element analysis (FEA), to simulate dynamic stresses on components and their tank systems as a whole. Simulations include virtual crash testing, off-road strain and accelerated aging. The company produces fuel tanks for fleets and other end-users of Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Dodge brands.
 
Titan Fuel Tanks are sold in the United States, Canada and Australia, and a dealer locator is available at: https://titanfueltanks.com/dealers
 
To access high-resolution images of Titan’s new cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank, please visit: https://titanfueltanks.com/after-axle-8020011-images
 
 

About Titan Fuel Tanks
Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Titan Fuel Tanks engineers and manufactures ultra-durable, extra-capacity aftermarket fuel tanks made from advanced, military-grade, cross-linked polyethylene. Titan offers a broad selection of replacement fuel tanks, designed to seamlessly integrate with and extend the fuel capacity and driving reach of a broad range of truck models, including Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Dodge vehicles. Titan serves the aftermarket fuel tank needs of the United States, Canada and Australia, and is recognized as an innovator in aftermarket fuel tank design. Titan’s engineering staff employs the latest technology in its design process, including finite element analysis (FEA) testing. To learn more about Titan Fuel Tanks, please visit: http://www.titanfueltanks.com
 

Pro-Tech Sno Pusher - Low Profile Angle Model


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The Low Profile Angle Sno Pusher is a specialized model that allows customers to clear snow underneath parked trailers and other hard-to-reach areas. The ability to windrow with the Low Profile Angle Sno Pusher can also be useful in situations where dispersing snow to the side is required.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vauxhall Interview 2014 - Steve Bryant


VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with Steve Bryant, Vauxhall brand manager, at the UK launch of the all-new, second generation Vivaro. Fittingly, the event was held at the UK-based Luton production plant. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2015 Chevrolet City Express Gets 24 mpg in the City

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today the fuel economy for the 2015 City Express cargo van. The company’s first entry into the small van segment will offer an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, resulting in 25 mpg combined.
The vehicle’s 2.0L dual-overhead cam inline-four-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable transmission allows the vehicle to achieve greater efficiency on the road, especially when driving in the city.
“The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is designed for our customers who are looking for a small, easy-to-maneuver, fuel-efficient, cargo-carrying vehicle,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial. “The fuel economy of the City Express will help stretch their dollar at the pump and give them the flexibility to invest the savings back into their business.”
All types of businesses – from florists to food delivery – will benefit from Chevrolet’s service and support, including two-year/24,000-mile (whichever comes first) standard maintenance that helps businesses keep their vehicles in shape and on the job.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LS starts at $22,950, MSRP excluding tax, title, license, optional equipment and dealer fees. Standard features on the LS model include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors with available tinted-glass windows, center console storage with a standard file folder bin, fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, 20 interior cargo-mounting points, six floor-mounted D-rings, six exterior roof rack mounting points, vinyl flooring, a 150-amp alternator and a 12-volt power outlet.
The new addition to Chevrolet’s stable of fleet vehicles will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter, offering 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.
About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.