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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Monday, October 13, 2014

HTS Systems HTS CC Cone Cradle video demo

The new HTS-CC Cone Cradle is a rugged-compact, all-weather and quick-access traffic safety cone deployment system! 

The new three cone policy, placing a safety cone at the rear creates a safer work cushion when working off the back with ramps or lift-gates; particularly in the dark. 

A second cone, mid-way on the driver-side alerts motorist that a delivery worker may suddenly appear. 

The third front cone prevents trucks from becoming boxed in and reduces loading dock collisions from other rigs backing into warehouses and stores. 

All three fluorescent reflective traffic safety cones create awareness; warn speeding motorists and slow traffic.The three cone safety policy is extremely effective, because it works! Prevent accidents, save lives and money!

The Cone Cradle has been met with an incredible amount of excitement and enthusiasm by fleet professionals, truck body manufactures and route delivery drivers. The HTS-CC is a safer, easier and faster method, requiring less physical effort, zero climbing, reduced liability and reduced bacterial cross-contamination. The key to achieving total driver safety compliance means utilizing a safer, easier and faster ground access system.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


It’s quite possible Malcom Tyquin’s new company vehicle is one of the best-looking liquid waste trucks on Victorian roads, and according to Malcom his Isuzu FVD 1000 doesn’t shortchange him on driver comfort and reliability either.

“The cab is independently sprung and with the air bag suspension you don’t feel as tired at the end of the day,” Malcom said.

“The doors also open to right angles so it’s a lot easier to get in and out of – it’s just much more user friendly than other trucks and far better-looking I think!”

Malcolm took over Rose’s Liquid Waste six years ago from an established operator who’d built a respected reputation for delivering dependable liquid waste solutions service to clients in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges region.

The company came with a 1997 Isuzu FVD 950 and Malcom was immediately impressed by the truck’s steadfast performance on the road.

“It still is a great truck. It’s done 775,000 kilometres and the engine hasn’t ever been touched, it doesn’t burn a drop of oil and it’s just so reliable – you hit the key and away you go, every day,” he said.

Based in Kyneton some 85 kilometres north of Melbourne, Malcom travels an average of 1200 km a week servicing septic and waste water treatment plants on private properties in the Macedon region, as well as looking after commercial grease traps and car washes.

When it was time to upgrade the company truck, Malcom approached Bendigo Isuzu Dealership, Poyser Trucks, for a model that would deliver everything the FVD 950 offered but with more “bells and whistles.”

“I did have a look at a couple of other brands, but I ended up going straight back to Isuzu for the FVD 1000. I need reliability in a truck so I don’t let my customers down and Isuzu offers that. They’re just much better finished off and a much better truck,” Malcom said.

To give the truck more manoeuverability on domestic jobs, the truck was shortened by 650 mm in the wheelbase.  Fitted with alloy wheels, and standard climate control, electric mirrors, and driver and passenger air bags, Malcom says he now has a truck that is safe, extremely comfortable and a pleasure to drive.

“We also had an Isuzu bull bar with tow hitch added. We’re out in the country all the time and sometimes in Winter you can get yourself stuck, this way we know we can get pulled out safely and back on the road to our customers with less time wasted,” he said.

Malcom says his gleaming new truck has clocked up 2500 kilometres on the road and is already turning heads, with livery now as memorable as the company’s name.

“Presentation is a big thing these days and we’ve already had so many comments on the new truck. Everyone has said how professional and smart it looks, which is going to help our business no end. The truck is like a mobile billboard and when we drive through town, people notice,” Malcom said.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Upfits Designed with Ergonomics in Mind

Lower back pain, hernia, sprained shoulder — these are just a few examples of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that can occur when a truck or van is not suitable to the worker and the job.
The longer a worker must maintain a fixed or awkward posture, exert force, repeat the same movements, experience vibration, or handle heavy items, the greater the chance that an MSD will occur.
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) estimates that work-related MSDs in the U.S. account for more than 600,000 injuries and illnesses, about 34 percent of all lost workdays reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). MSDs are especially prevalent in the transportation and material moving sector, with the third-highest incident rate among all industries in 2011, according to the BLS.
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Upfits Designed with Ergonomics in Mind

Knapheide KUV Product Training Video

A complete overview of standard features and benefits found on a KUV from The Knapheide Manufacturing Company. See more at

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Utility Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist

Before investing in utility vehicles, know what to look for. A little preparation before purchase ensures your utility vehicles will get the work done.

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The Utility Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist