Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MotorWeek | Clean Cities: Washington, DC

Our success story takes us where a varied mix of alternative fuels are used throughout their government fleet.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Versalift VO-270-E 70' Aerial Lift

Here's a special chipper body with an articulated over-center 70' aerial lift for those special jobs that require up to a 46.5' reach and able to do the job at the location of choice. It was built by Versalift of Waco, Texas for CM Joslin Co of Conroe, Texas through Ed Miller at Chastang Ford in Houston, Texas. This is the third addition of this specialized unit to their fleet and another is being built to make it four. The truck is a 2015 F750 Ford Medium Duty Chassis.

To see more about this specific type of truck, see the Versalift V0-270-E.

For more information about Chastang Ford, go to  www.chastangford.com, and you can contact Ed Miller (Thanks, Ed) at 713-678-5007 or email him at emiller@chastangford.com

Sunday, September 14, 2014


IAL - Isuzu Reliability Helps Cancer Fight Expand - Small
One of the latest weapons in the battle against breast cancer is a 12-tonne Isuzu truck that has been coated in hot-pink paint.

To boost breast-screen participation in remote Australian communities, BreastScreenNT needed to deliver the service directly.

The result is the BreastScreenNT Bus, which travels some of the country’s roughest terrain to deliver a free breast-screen service.

The more-than-capable Isuzu FTS 800 is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including mammography machine and satellite dish, to enable instant transmission of digital images to Darwin.

The service is assisting to tackle a major issue within Australia, where many remote women live in isolated areas, sometimes thousands of kilometres from medical facilities offering such a service.

One of the chief advocates of the program is Karen Forster from the Department of Health and Families.

The Cancer Screen Services Manager said the department received $1.2 million in Federal Government funds to develop the bus.

Ms Forster said the bus fulfills a crucial service.

“Many of these women simply don’t participate in breast-screening because it’s impossible for them to travel such long distances,” Ms Forster said.

“Although, statistically, Indigenous women have a lower chance of developing breast cancer, there are higher instances of late diagnosis.

“Obviously, that is an issue that needs our attention.”

Ms Forster said the project had been an incredibly rewarding experience for all those involved.

“It has not been an easy process, this was a huge learning curve for us,” Ms Forster said.

“But it has been hugely satisfying, knowing how many more women now have access to breast-screening.”

Ms Forster acknowledged it had been a major logistical effort to push along the program, which started with the truck selection.

“The procurement team had experience with Isuzu and knew the truck was reliable,” Ms Forster said.

“Let’s face it, the conditions are tough going and the equipment is highly sensitive.

“Reliability was at the core of the decision, as well as its adaptability to our needs.”

Tough, state-of-the-art design
Queensland-based company Mills-Tui was set the challenge to fit out the truck with the equipment.

Design Drafter, Isaac Goodman, said Mills Tui had one key operating brief, which was to develop a product that would endure off-road use within Northern Territory’s remote communities.

To achieve this, Mr Goodman said they combined solid design with quality materials.

“The vehicle was designed using a fully framed body, constructed from galvanized steel tube,” Mr Goodman said.

“A curved roof was installed to maximise water run-off during the wet season and to help create roof voids for running air-conditioning pipes, ducts and electrical wiring.

“The air-conditioning system was sized to provide adequate cooling, which was a critical feature to protect the delicate equipment.”

Because of the humid environment, no wood products were used.

The floor, walls and ceiling of the interior were paneled with composite aluminum sheeting, normally used for cladding the exterior buildings.

Mills Tui wanted the interior cabinetry to resemble any land-based clinic.

To achieve this look, the engineers manufactured the cabinets in aluminum with a powder-coat finish.

“We then utilised a product called Thermo-lite, from Constructive Composites Australia, to make all the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

“All benchtops are stainless steel over a Thermo-lite substrate.”

Additional specifications
The final product comprises reception room and breast-screen clinic room.

The truck was fitted with a roof-mounted satellite dish, underbody storage lockers, sliding glass entry door, automatic awning, and internal and external sink.

Included in the fit-out are a 9kV Durapower generator, hot-water system, dimmable L.E.D interior lighting and automatic folding entry stairs.

There are also modern conveniences such as iPod, intercom and speaker systems, while a touchscreen can activate the levelling legs, the side awning and lighting systems.

Out in the outback
Driven and operated by radiographers Sarah Webb and Louise Croft, the truck has already made successful trips to remote communities, even managing a barge trek.

The bus has the capacity to travel to 20 remote communities on a two-year rotation, with the capability of screening up to 100 women per week.

Among many locations, the bus will provide screening services in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy, to complement services in Darwin, Alice Spring and Palmerston.

The Isuzu truck
The Isuzu FTS 800 4x4 model has a 6 speed Allison automatic transmission and is built to take on any serious driving challenge, with a GVM of 13,900kg and full-time four-wheel-drive with centre differential lock.

The powerful, yet efficient Isuzu delivers 176kW and 706Nm of torque, as well as offering advanced safety features and technologies, such as driver airbag with seatbelt pretensioner, and digital audio visual unit.

The FTS 800 comes standard with cruise control and offers the driver a comfortable ride, thanks to the ISRI 6860 seat with integrated seatbelt.


Saturday, September 13, 2014


IAL - GBI Puts Faith Solely In Isuzu - Small
GBI Distribution understands the value of high quality customer service.

According to the company, this is the main reason behind their recent decision to upgrade their fleet to consist entirely of Isuzu trucks.

The Cannington-based, WA, family-owned company has been in operation for more than 55 years and, during that time, has developed a fierce reputation for quality delivery.

Some of their major clients include appliance supplier Miele and car audio giant, Pioneer.

They deliver throughout the wide-expanses of Western Australia.

GBI presently boasts 19 delivery and service vehicles, ranging from three-tonne to 10-tonne trucks, across the N and F Series ranges, many of these are fitted with tailgate lifters to assist in loading and unloading premium white goods.

Warehousing and Logistics Manager, Gary Murray, said trust had convinced GBI to fill their fleet entirely with Isuzu trucks.

“They’re honest and reliable to deal with, it’s simple as that,” he said.

“The communication lines are always open.

“If they say something is going to be done on a Thursday, it’s done on a Thursday.”

Mr Murray said another consideration was the presentation of the truck, which reflects well on their clients.

“As a company, our point-of-difference is that we cater for top-end clients, who take pride in their brand,” he said.

“When we deliver their items, what customers notice are our beautifully painted and presented trucks.”

He said another reason to opt 100% Isuzu was the range of models and Isuzu’s adaptability.

“We do modify some of our trucks to suit the cargo,” he said.

“Among the items transported are sub-zero fridges, so we need trucks to suit, trucks with the right height and width to accommodate these goods.”

Mr Murray said Isuzu had always been up to the challenge, no matter the requirements.

“In the past, we’ve sat down with Isuzu and drawn up plans that matched our needs,” he said.

“On every occasion, they’ve delivered trucks to our needs and specifications, with no worries.”


Friday, September 12, 2014

4G LTE: Changing the Face of Tailgating

The 2015 GMC Canyon is changing the face of tailgating with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. This technology resets the bar for modern tailgating by enabling more connectivity than ever. The features of the Canyon, including a CornerStep Bumper for easy entry into the truck bed and LED lights, make it a great option for high tech tailgating.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


IAL - Isuzu Proves Smart Business Decision - Small
After recognising a need for a truck driver training service in his hometown of Gladstone, Queensland, Adam Van Vegchel stepped up to the challenge.

The result is United Driver Training, which aims to equip aspiring professional drivers with the skills they need to enter the industry safely.

Mr Van Vegchel believes the importance of well-trained drivers on our roads should not be underestimated, and he hopes his business will help the next generation of new entrants hit the highways running.

“I’ve spent my working life in transport and was looking for a change of pace from driving trucks but something still connected with the industry,” Mr Van Vegchel said.

“There were previously no trainers in the town,” Mr Van Vegchel said.

“Whenever anyone wanted to be trained, other trainers had to come in from out of town.

“I’d been thinking about starting the business for a while, but in the end I thought, ‘why not go for it’.”

But taking the leap into business is not without its risks.

To start with, he needed a reliable, cost-effective truck, which could withstand the demands from heavy rigid learner drivers.

So when it came time for Mr Van Vegchel to invest in a truck, he looked to a trusted brand and eventually decided on an Isuzu FXZ 1500. Fitted with a tray body, which is capable of transporting loads such as concrete blocks.

Mr Van Vegchel said he sought out a truck that had the right blend of safety, reliability and hardiness.

“Firstly, I needed a crash box, which is what the students need to learn in,” Mr Van Vegchel said.

“I needed something which was strong and gave the students a realistic experience of what they can expect in the work force.”

“Of course a lot of new trucks sold these days are fitted with automatic and automated manual transmissions, but there are plenty out there that are manual and not all have synchro transmissions.

“It’s like going for your car licence, being able to drive a manual provides a lot more flexibility.  In the case of trucks, if you can operate a non-synchro gearbox then you can drive any truck, no matter the transmission as long as you have the correct endorsement.”

Mr Van Vegchel opted for the Eaton RTO 11908LL, which hasn’t let him down.

According to Mr Van Vegchel, safety and river comfort and convenience were also important considerations.

The Isuzu comes equipped with ABS and airbags, as well as an ultra-comfortable ride thanks to the ISRI 6860 drivers seat.

As standard in Isuzu trucks, there is good instrumentation and comfortable access to driver controls, with the high cabin providing excellent outward facing visibility.

He said the Isuzu had given him confidence during the start-up phase.

“Everything that I wanted in a truck came stock-standard, such as the digital audio system and cruise control,” Mr Van Vegchel said.

“Things are going pretty well, we’ve got plans to add another truck.”

With the safety and reliability of an Isuzu truck behind him, Mr Van Vechel is confident his business will bring a much-needed service to the Gladstone region.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: Three-Quarter-Ton Video

We knew testing these three-quarter-ton trucks in head-to-head competition would be difficult and interesting, but we didn't know that with our 3,000-plus total points that less than 125 points would separate the winner from third place.

To call this comparison test extremely tight and, in some cases, a real blowout would both be true. Find out exactly how each truck performed and where we thought Chevrolet, Ford and Ram offered their greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses in our video below.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: One-Ton Video

We knew putting together a one-ton comparison test wasn't going to be easy, but we knew it was time to get the big boys of the pickup truck world back together to see who sits at the top of the heap.

We spent two weeks on the road, testing every day, putting three one-ton crew-cab 4x4 turbo-diesel HD pickups through a series of 19 different head-to-head competitions. In the end, the final point totals were amazingly close. Think of this video as a followup to our 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge full story; it contains some great footage and information about each competitor's strengths and weaknesses.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Harbor's WorkMaster Is Beautiful In Black

Here's a very nice looking work truck! Its a Ford Dually with a 12 foot Harbor Workmaster Body, very sharp looking!
The Harbor WorkMaster is a Service Body with a roof and additional useful features. It is available in a 10' (10' 4") for the single rear wheel cutaway chassis and comes with straight sides. In the dual rear wheel models, it is available in a 10', 12' and 14' models and can be mounted on cutaway chassis or on conventional chassis cabs. The Harbor WorkMaster is a perfect plumbers or HVAC truck, but is also useful in any number of different professions such as remodeling, mobile mechanic, locksmith, and other service industry uses to name a few. If you could use a truck that has storage for tools and parts and want a space that you can stand up in that is enclosed to do work in or keep larger items out of the weather and public view, the WorkMaster is your truck.
Here are some standard features on the Harbor WorkMaster:

1) Walk-in Full Height Enclosure with 74" Interior Clear Height
2)  Full-length Interior shelves on both sides giving you two shelves on both sides to store items
3)  Interior Ladder Rack keeps it out of sight. Rear Grab Handles. Interior Dome Lamp (Florescent upgrade package available)
4)  Rear Access Panel that is flush with the first shelf to handle occasional longer cargo
5)  Master Lock System is standard
6) 49" Floor on Single Rear and 58" Floor on Dually models
7) 12" wide Step Bumper
8)  Full height Rear Barn Doors
9)  45º Aerodynamic Front Roof Edge and Tapered Sides on Dual Rear Bodies

Visit our website at www.htbi.net or call Harbor at 800-433-9452.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy

EPA estimated 26 mpg highway for V-6 2wd models

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy for V-6 midsize pickups, based on EPA fuel economy estimates released today.
For V-6 pickups with automatic transmissions, which make up the majority of midsize truck sales, Colorado and Canyon offer highway fuel economy 3 to 5 mpg better than competitors.
“Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Colorado proves you don’t have to buy a lot of expensive technology to save money at the pump.”
“The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

Colorado and Canyon fuel economy



EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
305-hp 3.6L V-6 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing
6-speed automatic


For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.
Colorado and Canyon will be available in dealerships nationwide in the fall of 2014. EPA fuel economy estimates for four-cylinder Colorado and Canyon will be finalized in the near future.
With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is 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.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Caravan Salon Düsseldorf | Highlights 2014

A floating caravan, a heavy-metal dream on wheels and a truck as a luxury RV: The Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2014 sets new standards. We're showing you the highlights of the expo.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

StableLoad by Torklift

The StableLoad is the lowest cost most effective suspension upgrade available. Find out more informaton at www.torklift.com/stableload

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MotorWeek | Clean Cities: St. Louis, Missouri

Our success story takes us to St. Louis, Missouri, the home of fleet operations for AT&T.