Up-Tite Securing System

Up-Tite Securing System in Indiana provides the flexibility, strength and quality needed for today's tough cargo securing jobs. After years of field testing by several industrial end users, the Up-Tite System is now ready to market. The Up-Tite Systems rails and slides are made of structural 6061-T6 aluminum for strength, anodized for a long-lasting, corrosion-resistant finish. For extra security you can add a padlock to anchor your motorcycle, snowmobile, atv, waverunner or tool box.

See all about this great product at http://www.up-tite.com/.


TeleSwivel® Brand Hitching System

The fastest, easiest, safest way to connect a trailer. Ever!

Towing is a big part of life—at work or play. However, hooking up a trailer is hard—a lot harder than it needs to be. In fact, your trailer is probably costing you! With a TeleSwivel® brand hitching system, you are on the road faster, doing what you want to do. Whether you connect several different trailers many times a day, or just once on the weekend, reduce your Total Cost of Trailering™ with TeleSwivel® brand proximity hitches.

Check out the entire lineup of trailering solutions at http://www.teleswivel.com/



ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low-cab-forward trucks, has delivered a 2011 Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX truck to Antique Archeology, the nationally known retailer with headquarters in LeClair, Iowa, and an outpost in Nashville, Tennessee.

The NPR ECO-MAX will support Antique Archeology’s founder and owner, famed “picker” Mike Wolfe, as he scours the country looking for valuable treasures from America’s past. The vehicle will be used to store Wolfe’s finds and deliver them to Antique Archeology’s two locations.

“Mike Wolfe and his team at Antique Archeology have dedicated their lives to finding and preserving the artifacts that tell the story of our nation and our people,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “We are thrilled that the NPR ECO-MAX will provide Antique Archeology with a fuel-efficient, rugged, reliable way to transport their discoveries.”

Fans of Antique Archeology will be able to track Wolfe and the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX; Wolfe will post pictures from his travels on his Facebook pages and will tweet his current and upcoming locations via his Twitter feeds. Updates and photos will also appear on Isuzu Commercial Truck’s Facebook page.

The NPR ECO-MAX uses the newest and most modern powerplant in the Isuzu family, the 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TC dual overhead camshaft, turbocharged diesel engine. Its high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system and intercooled, variable-geometry turbocharger help the engine produce 150 horsepower and 282 lbs.-ft. of torque. The 4J can be driven up to 10,000 miles between oil changes and has a class-leading B10 durability rating of 310,000 miles—meaning that 90% of 4J engines will reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul. The engine is as clean as it is efficient, meeting demanding EPA 2010 and CARB HD-OBD emissions standards and clean-idle certified in all 50 states.

The NPR ECO-MAX delivered to Antique Archeology is outfitted with a streamlined Aero Body manufactured by Supreme Corp. Available exclusively at Isuzu Truck dealers, the Aero Body achieves up to 30% better fuel economy than the previous-generation 12,000-lb. GVWR Isuzu NPR.

“Sometimes, preserving the oldest relics requires the newest technology,” Skinner said. “That’s why the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX and Antique Archeology make the perfect team.”

About Isuzu
Isuzu Motors Limited (Isuzu) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Since building its first truck in 1918, Isuzu has sold over 26 million trucks worldwide. Among its innovations are the first air-cooled diesel engine in 1936, the first two-ton low-cab-forward truck in 1959, and the first direct-injection diesel engine.

Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit http://www.isuzucv.com/.


Knapheide's New and Absolutely Fantastic Website

Knapheide is a leader. It runs in the family since 1848. They just launched their new website a short time ago and as a website builder myself, I have to compliment everyone on Knapheide's team at building what I think is a world's best website for the truck body industry. I know there was a huge volume of work and input from hundreds to get this new website off the ground and it was worth all of the effort. Where they had a good website in the past, it was lacking in many things, but that is history. This new website just ROCKS! Now there are photos--many, many great photos of their product, great text, great layout, great graphics, great navigation. I rate this a 10 out of 10 hands down. My sincere and enthusiastic congratulations to the entire team that created this site! Well done.

See for yourself: http://www.knapheide.com/.


Adrian Steel and the Nissan NV Van

At the most recent NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Adrian Steel, premiere manufacturer of commercial shelving for vans and other products showed off some Nissan NV Vans. They had a high roof and a low or standard roof. This standard roof model shows off a full van interior package along with a body wrap, interior and exterior ladder racks.

See more at http://www.adriansteel.com/


Masterack Van Equipment

Here's a Masterack commercial van package with options that are useful, such as the commercial locking system adding an outside lock to the rear door in addition to the factory lock. Look also at the dual fold-down ladder rack with the conduit tube in the middle. Notice also the wire rack package and drawer units.


New Fiat Ducato 2011

Now in its fifth generation and celebrating its 30th anniversary, Fiat Professional's Ducato has gone Euro 5. The engine line-up has been reworked completely and Fiat has also taken the opportunity to make detail changes to the cab's interior.

For the full story please visit http://www.vansa2z.com


PALFINGER North America introduces 7 NEW Crane Models to North American Market

For PALFINGER, “Making you more successful” is a motto which is all about innovative and attractively priced lifting, loading and handling solutions that reliably accompany the user throughout the entire product life cycle.

Seven new crane models were recently introduced to the North American market and it goes without saying that the features that customers and dealers assessed as being very important, such as more lifting power with the same weight, maintenance free boom systems can be found in these new models.

The PK 19502 is impressive due to its flexible use and high cost efficiency. With a lifting capacity of 13,440 lbs. (6100 kg), the PK 19502 can be equipped with up to 6 hydraulic extensions with a maximum hydraulic outreach of 56’ 1” (17.1 m). Its compact transport dimensions, together with a low dead weight, make the PK 19502 a sought-after helpmate in many sectors. Experienced operators appreciate its large stabilizer width and optimized design concept.

The PK 22002-EH combines functionality, comfort and safety in time-tested PALFINGER technology. Its design has function and its motion geometry expands the horizon of possible uses. Equipped with a double telescope stabilizer system and a generous stabilizer width of 24’ 3” (7.4 m), the PK 22002-EH also boasts a maximum lifting capacity of 13,440 lbs. (6100 kg).

The expenditure for servicing these two new models is considerably less due to the maintenance-free boom system. The use of sliding elements made from special synthetic materials, combined with PALFINGER’s time-tested KTL Cathodic Dip Painting means that the operator no longer needs to service the boom system.

The long awaited first models from the 30 meter tonne class of the trendsetting “High Performance” crane series have now come to North America! The new PK 30002 and PK 33002-EH High Performance cranes are marked by their perfect ratio of dead weight to lifting capacity. Thanks to the Power Link linkage system, operators can enjoy a uniform lifting capacity over their entire work area. The knuckle boom, which is capable of tilting upwards 15 degrees (Power Link Plus), enables maximum movement geometry and also tremendously broadens the type of work the crane can do.

The appeal of the PK 30002 lies in its flexible work range and high cost-effectiveness. Furnished with Power Link Plus, the crane demonstrates that it not only tackles tough tasks, but that it also overcomes difficult jobs too! The PK 30002 has a maximum lifting capacity of 22,050 lbs. (10,000 kg) and hydraulic reach up to 69’ 11” (21.3 m).

The PK 33002-EH with its well-proven E-HPLS technology, combines power, comfort and safety in exemplary fashion. With E-HPLS, the crane speed can be reduced and the lifting capacity increased at the same time. In addition, the electronic regulation of the high-end control valve allows for optimal multi-controllability. That means several crane functions can be operated simultaneously. With the maintenance-free boom system, the crane couldn’t be better prepared for a long and carefree life. The maximum lifting capacity of the PK 33002-EH is 22,050 lbs (10,000 kg) and hydraulic reach is 69’ 11” (21.3 m).

The first ‘-SH’ series crane has made its way to North America! The PK 34002-SH was first introduced to the North American market at the 2011 ConExpo show in Las Vegas in March. The ‘-SH’ crane represents a completely new crane concept – with perfect synergy between lightweight construction, power, maneuverability, ease of maintenance and controllability. The control concept is a complete and comprehensive new system that guarantees maximum safety, comfort and functionality that’s to the perfect interaction between electronics and hydraulics. PALFINGER has concentrated all its loading crane technology in the PK 34002-SH. Equipped with a continuous slewing system, maintenance-free boom system, functional design elements and Power Link Plus, this new model reaches heights of 69’ 11” (21.3 m) with a maximum lifting capacity of 22,050 lbs (10,000 kg).

PALFINGER is also excited to introduce the new PK 37002 and PK 46002 High Performance cranes. These new Top-Seat controlled cranes are the non-radio remote versions of the presently offered PK 40002-EH and PK 50002-EH cranes. The PK 37002 and PK 46002 High Performance cranes offer approximately 12% increase in lifting capacity over the predecessor models with many new features that include LED warning lights on the stabilizer cylinders, tiltable stabilizer plates that adjust for optimal ground contact and maintenance free boom systems.

For more information, go to http://www.palfinger-northamerica.com/


GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept Takes Heavy-Duty Capability To New Ground

DETROIT – The GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility. It is highlighted by a bold exterior design, enhanced all-terrain suspension and premium details expected of a GMC – all designed to enable greater access to off-road destinations.

The new 2011 Sierra HD underpins the All Terrain HD concept, with a modified, production-based 4WD chassis and the Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed powertrain. The enhanced suspension and unique body dimensions, including increased ground clearance and wider track, as well as greater approach/departure angles, deliver off-road capability while maintaining HD levels of payload and trailering capacity.

“The Sierra All Terrain HD concept takes GMC’s outstanding new HD platform to the next level, marries it to the legendary Duramax diesel/Allison transmission, and provides a heavy-duty expression of GMC’s premium All Terrain package,” said Sandor Piszar, GMC product marketing director. “It delivers the exceptional capabilities of the Sierra HD – hauling, towing and performance – and applies them to the toughest driving environments. It’s the ultimate professional-grade tool for construction crews, ranchers and adventurers whose activities aren’t limited by where the pavement ends.”

The Sierra All Terrain HD concept features a unique five-foot, eight-inch Crew Cab/short box body configuration that supports a wheels-at-the-corners proportion. Shorter in overall length than production Sierra HD models, the concept’s dimensions contribute to greater approach/departure angles. Additional off-road elements include:

■Wider, 73-inch (1,853 mm) track for greater stability

■Approximately 3 inches (76 mm) greater ground clearance

■Custom front upper and lower control arms

■Specially constructed Fox off-road shocks with remote fluid reservoirs (integrated in the wheel house liners)

■Front and rear jounce shocks

■Electronic front stabilizer bar disconnection

■35-inch-tall BF Goodrich KM2 “mud terrain” tires mounted on 20-inch machined aluminum wheels

■Full composite underbody protection.

“The capability-enhancing attributes of the Sierra All Terrain HD concept build on the already outstanding capabilities offered in the all-new production Sierra HD trucks,” said Piszar. “Although it is strictly a concept, it is a pretty realistic one, in terms of its features and capabilities.”

Purposeful design
From every angle, the All Terrain HD concept looks the part of a dedicated off-road performer, with bold, accentuated features complemented by a wide stance and tall profile.

Streamlined bumpers are designed to enhance approach/departure angles and incorporate frame-mounted recovery hooks – with integrated skid plates. A large, airflow-optimized grille maximizes cooling in tough conditions, while a forced-induction hood delivers more air to the Duramax diesel engine.

“The design of the All Terrain HD concept is an expression of its capabilities – strong, functional and absolutely professional grade,” said Carl Zipfel, design manager. “We’re excited about the design elements and exploring how they could apply to future GMCs.”

Large fender flares stretch away from the body to cover the 35-inch-tall BF Goodrich tires. At the rear, the cargo box features lockable, lighted storage compartments, along with a number of tie-down cleats, including a pair in the bed floor and two on each side of the bed. A non-slip rubber pad is used on the tailgate, while two special compartments inside the cargo box provide access to a 110-volt power outlet and air compressor. A composite bed liner with a unique “circuit board” pattern provides a protective cover for the bed.

Motorized, deployable assist steps for the cab and cargo bed make it easier to enter and exit the All Terrain HD, while maximizing ground clearance during off-road driving. It also incorporates a number of industrial-grade lighting elements to provide greater visibility for safer driving where stars may be the only other source of illumination. The lighting details include:

■High-intensity LED headlamp, taillamp and fog lamp lighting mounted in impact-resistant composite housings and featuring edge-lit illumination

■High-intensity LED park and turn signal lamps

■Smooth-appearance front marker lamps integrated behind the top edge of the windshield glass

■Integrated center high-mounted stop lamp and rear marker lights mounted at the top edge of the rear window glass

■LED floodlights for the cargo bed and assist steps.

The All Terrain HD concept is painted Iridium Metallic – a dark charcoal color that reveals a reddish, anodized inflection when viewed from certain angles. It complements other anodized and satin-metal finishes on the exterior, which give the truck a more precise and functional appearance.

The interior matches the exterior aesthetic, with premium appointments and increased functionality, including enhanced lighting. It conveys solidity and precision, blending accent details such as stainless steel mesh and satin chrome with an amplified expression of the All Terrain’s premium features. Two-tone dark gray leather seats, matched with embossed carbon fiber-style leather on the seating surfaces, have red contrast stitching. Additional leather-wrapped interior features include the steering wheel, instrument panel and center console.

A new navigation radio is also featured on the Sierra All Terrain HD concept and previews future radios to be offered in GMC vehicles. An integrated 80-gig hard drive contains map data for the navigation system. It eliminates the need for a map disc and provides greater storage of music from portable devices. It also features DVR-style “time lapse playback,” which allows up to 20 minutes of recording/playback from the AM/FM/XM radio stations.

All Terrain chassis and suspension
Based on the chassis of the 2011 Sierra HD trucks, the All Terrain HD features a fully boxed steel frame with exceptional strength and torsional stiffness. It incorporates the production models’ new independent front suspension and asymmetrical rear leaf-spring suspensions, but with a wider 73-inch (1,853 mm) track (front and rear) that enhances stability during off-road and highway driving. A production Sierra 2500HD has front and rear tracks of 68.8 inches (1,748 mm) and 67.3 inches (1,709 mm), respectively.

An increased ride height provides greater ground clearance of 21.1 inches (536 mm) at the rockers and 11.8 inches (300 mm) at the skid plates, while specialized Fox off-road shocks deliver exceptional damping on tough terrain. They were created for the All Terrain HD concept, with specific valving. The shocks feature visible, remote fluid reservoirs – connected to the shock bodies via custom hoses – mounted in the wheel house liners and are matched with front and rear jounce shocks. They add additional compression damping and more controlled rebound, which helps increase control, stability and handling.

The All Terrain HD concept also features electronic disconnection of the front stabilizer bar, which enables greater crawling capability on rocky terrain. The driver simply pushes a button inside the cab to disconnect it from the front suspension.

Custom upper and lower control arms for the front suspension are designed to work with the Fox off-road shocks and jounce shocks, while supporting the greater ground clearance and ride height. They contribute to the wider track, as do the aggressive 20-inch machined aluminum all-terrain wheels. The wheels are deep, with six split-spoke elements, and are constructed in a reverse drop-flange method that ensures optimal strength. They also feature a mix of satin chrome and anodized aluminum finishes, which provide durability and a premium appearance that complements the body’s Iridium Metallic color.

A full composite underbody protection system shields the All Terrain HD concept’s transmission, drivetrain, fuel tank, exhaust system and axle differentials. It starts with the front bumper, which rolls beneath the truck and leads to a composite, integral belly pan that covers a front suspension skid plate. Protective covers are also mounted beneath the driveline components, while the front and rear differentials feature direct-mounted skid plates. The rear bumper is integrated with the rear skid plate.

Powertrain details
The Sierra All Terrain HD concept is propelled by the new, production 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission powertrain combination offered in the 2011 Sierra HD trucks. The Duramax is rated at 397 horsepower (296 kW) and 765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm).

The powerful 6.6L Duramax is more fuel-efficient – with up to 11-percent greater fuel economy than previous versions – and reduces NOx emissions by up to 63 percent. The powertrain’s efficiency is assisted by the Allison 1000 transmission, which requires less engine power to funnel torque to the axles. It also incorporates a “smart” exhaust brake feature that helps save wear on the brakes on downhill grades, a feature available on production Sierra HDs.

With the same proven powertrain as production Sierra HD trucks, the All Terrain HD concept delivers comparable hauling and towing capabilities, including:

■Estimated payload capacity of 2,700 pounds (1,225 kg)

■Estimated conventional towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,896 kg)

■Estimated fifth-wheel towing capacity of 15,600 pounds (7,076 kg).

The Sierra All Terrain HD concept also features four-wheel drive, with automatic locking front and rear differentials, while the 14-inch, four-wheel disc brake system from the production Sierra HD provides the stopping power for this unique off-roader.

About GMC
GMC is evolving to include more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers. The GMC Terrain is a smaller SUV that offers 32-mpg highway fuel economy along with the capability, engineering expertise and refinement that have defined GMC for more than a century. Complementing the Terrain are the Acadia eight-passenger crossover, Yukon and Yukon XL and Sierra pickups. Today GMC is the only manufacturer offering three full-size hybrid models. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/.


2012 Ford F-650 with 6.8-liter V-10 Gas Engine

From the 2011 NTEA Work Truck Show, PickupTrucks.com's Mike Levine takes a look at the 2012 Ford F-650 with the new 6.8-liter V-10 gas engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.


Gary Van Orden Gives Us A Quick Walkaround of the Nissan NV Van

Future Nissan of Roseville is a new Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealer and has a selection of the new Nissan NV Vans. Gary Van Orden, Nissan's Commercial Operations Manager was at the dealership in Roseville CA on April 28th, 2011 and was asked without any warning by Terry Minion of Commercial Truck Success, if he would do an impromptu walk around on the new NV van to use on Future Nissan's new website and blog. Gary was kind and enthusiastic enough to do this in one take. Thank you, Gary!

Laura O'Donnell is the commercial vehicles and fleet manager at Future Nissan in Roseville CA. Call her for any information on her large inventory of the new NV van. Call Laura at 916-677-5289. In addition, please visit their new website and blog at http://www.futurenissancommercial.com/


Isuzu N-Series Gasoline Trucks Return!

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s bestselling low-cab-forward trucks, announced today that full production of gasoline-powered Isuzu NSeries trucks has begun at the Spartan Motors, Inc., facility in Charlotte, Michigan.

Spartan began initial assembly on April 18, and resumed production today, May 3. This marks the first time in two years that gasoline-powered N-Series trucks have been offered by Isuzu. Previously, N-Series gasoline trucks had been assembled by General Motors at its plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. That facility ceased operations in 2009.

The new 2012 N-Gas models—which complement the popular diesel-powered Isuzu N-Series trucks already available—are powered by the Vortec 6.0-liter small-block V8 engine that produces 297 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and generates 372 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The powerplant is mated
to a new six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and lock-up torque converter for enhanced fuel economy and performance. Previous N-Series gasoline models offered only a fourspeed automatic.

A full range of gasoline-powered models is available:

NPR (12,000-lb. GVWR)

o Single Cab in wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches
o Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches

NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR)

o Single Cab in wheelbases on 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches
o Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches

“With the introduction of these new models, our dealers once again offer the broadest range of lowcab-forward solutions in the industry,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. Skinner added, “We are especially pleased that Spartan—one of the industry’s most respected manufacturers of high-quality specialty chassis and vehicles—is assembling our N-Series gas trucks.

Their expertise and quality workmanship will be an enormous benefit to us, to our dealers, and to the end users of our vehicles.”

The gasoline-powered trucks will be available in Isuzu dealerships nationwide beginning this month.

About Isuzu
Isuzu Motors Limited (Isuzu) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavyduty trucks. Since building its first truck in 1918, Isuzu has sold over 26 million trucks worldwide.

Among its innovations are the first air-cooled diesel engine in 1936, the first two-ton low-cabforward truck in 1959, and the first direct-injection diesel engine.Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.

About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and service and delivery markets. The Company's brand names- SpartanTM,Crimson FireTM, Crimson Fire AerialsTM, and Utilimaster®- are known for quality, value, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,600 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $481 million in 2010 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.


Seth's Blog: Selling vs. Inviting

This post from one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, I felt was particularly appropriate for republishing in the CTS Blog:

Seth's Blog: Selling vs. inviting


Unique Ford F550 with 12' Van Body and Tommy Railgate

Need a truck that hauls heavy cargo up to 9,000 lbs? Here is a bargain that does just that!

Give Paul Brown, Commercial Truck Manager at Larry Geweke Ford in Yuba City, CA a call at 530-682-7693 to get more info on this great truck bargain!


F650 with Scelzi Steel Dump, Cummins Engine

I was on hand at Folsom Lake Ford and did a video of this great truck. Here's a real work truck and an extreme bargain at the same time. This is a unique body that has a lot of features. Here's all the details:

The chassis is a NEW 2008 Ford F650 Regular Cab. This truck is equipped with the famous Cummins 6.7 liter 200 HP/520 Lb Ft of Torque motor. It is perfectly matched to the Allison 2500 5-speed Automatic Transmission and the 4.88 axle ratio. This truck has a 26,000 GVWR, so does not require a commercial drivers license, and has an 8,500 lb front axle capacity. Other options and features of interest are stainless steel west coast mirrors, chrome front bumper, XL trim package, Air Conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio, hydraulic brakes, front tow hooks, synthetic front and rear wheel lube, EXHAUST BRAKE, backup alarm, jump start stud, 65 gallon fuel tank, AIR SUSPENSION SEAT, Hankook 11r22.5 DLO Tires, Hourmeter, transmission oil temp gauge, fender mounted front turn signals, 130amp alternator, and more. The VIN# is 8V069062.

The body is a Scelzi Paramount 10' 5-7 yard Steel Dump body designed with 10 guage Hi-tensile steel sides and ends with a 3/16" Hi-tensile steel floor with beveled side corners 8" up side walls. It has a double acting tailgate and 8"x3/16" Hi-tensile steel spreader apron, sloped running boards, along with double wall sides with center corrugation. The tailgate is a 6-panel and it also has a 1/4 cab shield, along with an LED lighting package with oval stop and turn lights in rear, corner post, recessed side clearance lights. The hoist is a Rugby class 50 using a direct mount pump with power up and power down. It is equipped with a heavy duty hitch plate, 15-ton pintle hitch and trailer plug.

If that wasn't enough, the body has these options: a ditch-gate or shovel door in the tailgate, a pulltarp to keep your loads covered , a tool box on the passenger side, and electric trailer brake.

This truck is a unique combination of great features, including the Cummins engine, Allison automatic transmission, special options including exhaust brake and of course, the great Scelzi Paramont Dump Body with a host of useful and valuable options. All of this makes an excellent value.
Call Mark Higdon, Commercial Truck Manager at Folsom Lake Ford today at 916-351-4279 for more information on this great truck. 


All New Nissan NV200 New York Taxi 2011

All New Nissan NV200 NEW YORK Taxi 2011

05.03.2011 , NEW YORK

- Nissan chosen as exclusive provider of NYC taxi fleet –

New York is “hailing” a new era of urban mobility today, as the city with the nation’s largest taxi fleet has selected Nissan to design and supply the next-generation “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The announcements were made today during a City Hall press briefing that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) selected the Nissan NV200 as the exclusive taxi of New York City beginning in late 2013. The award comes after a rigorous selection process that occurred over more than two years. The competition built upon more than a century of taxi industry heritage to drive the design and creation of a purpose-built vehicle, tuned to the city’s streets. The other two finalists included Ford Motor Co. and Karsan, a Turkish vehicle manufacturer.

“Nissan is proud to provide the next generation of taxis for the City of New York,” said Tavares. “The NV200 taxi will give Nissan the opportunity to showcase our dedication to vehicle quality and urban mobility to more than 600,000 passengers every day.”

The Nissan NV200 taxi will be produced in North America at Nissan’s facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Nissan NV200 taxi will be a modified version of the compact commercial vehicle currently available in global markets including Japan, Europe and China. Total manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the vehicle, with all planned standard features, will be around $29,000.

As part of the program, Nissan also will work with the City and taxi owners on a pilot program to study the use of zero-emission, electric vehicles as taxis. Nissan will provide up to six 100-percent electric Nissan LEAFs to taxi owners for testing in 2012 as well as the charging stations to support their use.

“The city’s Taxi of Tomorrow is the Nissan NV200 – and it’s going to be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient cab the city has ever had,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We started this process to leverage our taxi industry’s purchasing power to get the highest quality taxi, one that that can expand and redefine the legendary image of New York City taxicabs. The new taxis will be custom-designed to meet the specific demands of carrying 600,000 passengers a day in New York City traffic and the vehicle meets the top priorities identified by the public in our on-line survey.”

Planned innovations, which respond to direct input from drivers, owners and passengers, include:

•2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, engineered to enhance the emission performance and fuel efficiency of the taxi fleet;
•Ample room for four passengers and their luggage, substantially improved over current taxi models;
•A low-annoyance horn with exterior lights that indicate when the vehicle is honking, helping reduce noise pollution;
•Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, providing easy entry and exit;
•Transparent roof panel (with shade) that will provide unique views of the city;
•Independently controlled rear air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter to improve cabin air quality;
•Attractive, breathable, antimicrobial, environmentally friendly and easy-to-clean seat fabric that simulates the look and feel of leather;
•Overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate belongings;
•A mobile charging station for passengers that includes a 12V electrical outlet and two USB plugs;
•A six-way adjustable driver’s seat that features both recline and lumbar adjustments, even with a partition installed;
•Standard driver’s navigation and telematics systems.
Nissan also focused on passenger safety when designing the NV200 taxi. Key safety features include:
•Front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, as well as seat-mounted airbags for the front row;
•Standard traction control and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC);
•Sliding doors to reduce the risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly;
•Lights that alert other road users that taxi doors are opening.

With more than 13,000 taxis traveling a cumulative 500 million miles per year, durability was a key factor in the “Taxi of Tomorrow” selection process. Nissan will train taxi fleet operators to conduct routine in-house service and repairs, and Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers will provide prompt service by providing the first available service bay to taxi operators needing service.

About Taxi of Tomorrow
In 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow. In December 2009, the TLC issued a "request for proposals," inviting auto manufacturers and designers to submit their best ideas for a purpose-built vehicle to serve as a New York City taxicab. At the end of the evaluation, the Nissan NV200 was selected and will be the next New York City taxicab for ten years, beginning in 2013.

About Nissan Americas
In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at http://www.nissanusa.com/.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


Very Nice Single Rear Wheel Maximum Cargo Service Body from Harbor

Here's a truck you don't see very often and it is just a twist on Harbor's standard 8' Service Body. This one has 56" high compartments with vertical compartment over the wheelwell. Other options include a 19" tall tailgate, Stainless Steel Vise Bracket, and a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure. Just think of all the things you can hide in this sweet rig!

Call Harbor at 800-433-9452 and visit the website at http://www.htbi.net/.


Propane Autogas Revs Up Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in California

  • ROUSH CleanTech to display six vehicles fueled by domestic propane autogas at premier clean transportation event.

MICHIGAN (May 3, 2011) — With gasoline prices in California among the highest in the country, ROUSH CleanTech arrives in Long Beach this week to showcase the positive economics of propane autogas powered Ford work trucks, vans, and shuttles at theAlternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, May 5 and 6 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“At a time when gas prices in California are averaging $4.21 per gallon, ROUSH CleanTech offers fuel-price relief with an alternative fuel at about half that cost,” said Todd Mouw, ROUSH CleanTech’s vice president and a featured speaker at the ACT Expo on May 5 at 11:30 a.m. “At this clean energy event, fleet managers can see first-hand the benefits of using propane autogas, both in terms of economic recovery and environmental stewardship.”

ROUSH CleanTech will feature an extensive line up of their propane autogas vehicles, all of which are certified to meet the stringent guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. ROUSH CleanTech will have two customer vehicles on display in their booth (No. 624) — a ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ford E-250 cargo van and a Marquez & Marquez Ford E-450 cutaway box truck. The ride-and-drive portion of the event will feature a wide variety of vehicles, including a Ford F-350 pickup truck; a Prime Time Shuttle Ford E-350 passenger van; and a Ford E-450 box truck. A ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Class A school bus, based on the Ford E-450 chassis and equipped with a Micro Bird G5 school bus body, will be on display near the front entrance.

“Our customers know each ROUSH CleanTech truck or van is backed with the rich heritage and engineering expertise that comes with the ROUSH name,” said Mouw. “Propane autogas is a cost-effective, domestically produced, and clean-burning fuel that is highly reliable and readily available.”

“Just a few of our current customers right here in California include Prime Time Shuttle, Marquez & Marquez, SuperShuttle, and the City of Riverside,” said Mouw. “They’re already reporting tremendous savings on maintenance and fuel costs, and uncompromising range and performance. No matter a fleet’s size, we have a propane autogas application that will leave fleet managers wondering why they waited so long to switch.”

Representatives from two widely known ROUSH CleanTech customers, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and Wright & Filippis, will be speaking on their successes with propane autogas during the Expo’s breakout sessions on May 5 at 3:30 p.m.

“We feel strongly that propane autogas is a practical and proven solution in reducing our operating costs and becoming more eco-friendly,” said Hopkins, Wright & Filippis’ distribution and fleet manager. “Large fleets outside of our industry like Schwann’s have been running propane-powered vehicles since the ‘70s. It is sustainable technology that works. Currently, there are also great government incentives and grant funding opportunities to assist with the incremental cost of conversion. I would encourage fleets to take a look at the propane autogas solutions that are out there today. I think they will find that this is a very cost-effective solution available that makes sense for their fleets as well.”

About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Plymouth Township, Mich., ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium- duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250, F-350 pickup truck series; the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab truck series; the E-150, E-250, and E-350 van and wagon series; and the E-350 and E-450 cutaway van series. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year / 60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at www.ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800-59-ROUSH.


Hino Trucks Model 338 Named ATD Medium Duty Commercial Truck of the Year

Novi, Michigan – Hino Trucks 338 model took home the 2011 Medium Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award. The 2011 award marks the second year in a row that the American Truck Dealers (ATD) division of the NADA has bestowed this honor on Hino after its 268 model received the same accolade in 2010.

The trucks were judged on innovation, design, fuel economy, driver and owner satisfaction, ease of maintenance and safety. “We congratulate Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. and all of the nominees for participating in this year’s ATD Commercial Truck of the Year competition,” said Dick Witcher, ATD convention chairman. “The award competition, which honors the top medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in the United States, continues to grow. We look forward to hosting the competition next year during the convention in Las Vegas.” The judging panel consists of journalists from leading truck publications in North America.

“We are honored and thrilled to have won the ATD Medium Duty truck of the Year Award for the second consecutive year,” said Sumio Fukaya, President and CEO of Hino Trucks. “We strive to make the world a better place to live by helping people and goods get where they need to go - safely, economically and with environmental responsibility - while focusing on sustainable development. It brings us great satisfaction to see that our efforts are meeting the expectation of the industry."

The 33,000 lb. GVW, 2012MY Hino 338 model features Hino’s signature J08E series 8-liter diesel engine producing 260 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque that has become the premier choice for many vocations such as beverage delivery, municipalities, construction, utilities, petroleum/gas delivery and waste/recycling. In addition to a 13% improvement in engine torque, Hino’s 338 model provides class 7 vocational fleets the advantages of an industry-leading 5-year/250,000 mile warranty and the only conventional medium duty EPA10 engine certified at the mandated level.

The standard equipment list on the Hino 338 sets the benchmark for the industry and speaks heavily to the quality, operating experience, and anticipated premium resale value of this truck. Standard features such as powder coated frame rails and Allison automatic transmission add to the truck’s durability; the spacious straight-forward cab design, superior visibility and unmatched maneuverability contribute to a more safe operating environment; the standard exhaust brake feature, air-suspension driver’s seat with armrest, cruise control, air-conditioning, and CD player add to the performance and operating comfort of the Hino 338.

Hino has expanded the optional equipment list for the 2012MY 338 to accommodate the needs of more vocations than ever before. The option combination of a clean cab-to-axle (CA) and an Allison 2500 transmission with Shift Energy Management (SEM) is perfect for straight truck beverage delivery, while municipalities running snow plows and utility service companies with aerial lifts have options for 14,000 lb front axle, front frame extension, and 120,000psi frame. One of the most valuable options available from Hino on the 338 model is Hino INSIGHT powered by Webtech Wireless, which is the most advanced, tailored, comprehensive telematics solution in the industry. INSIGHT is an enabler for fleets of all sizes to achieve sustainable competitiveness by driving fleet operational efficiencies, safety, security, customer satisfaction, and green initiatives.

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services Class 4-7 conventional and cab over engine commercial trucks in the United States. The headquarters is located in Novi, Michigan and boasts a network of over 160 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, industry-leading environmental friendliness, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market. For more information, visit our internet site at http://www.hino.com/ or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ATD: Founded in 1970, the ATD division of the National Automobile Dealers Association is a national trade organization representing more than 2,000 dealers selling new medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information, visit http://www.atd.org/.


Tuf-Tug Spare Tire Stowage System

Tuf-Tug Products
Spare Tire Stowage System

Lifts, Retains and Secures Valuable Spare Tires

  • Lockable anti-theft design
  • Lifts & lowers spares up to 250 lbs
  • Geared web-strap winch
  • No manual lifting required
  • Secured to carrier by bolts
  • Improves aerodynamic efficiency
  • Eaily lifts and lowers spare tires--no more back strain!
  • Retrofit design--allows installation on older rigs
  • You can carry a better spare because it's lockable
  • You know the quality of your spare tire
  • Made in the USA