Hino Trucks Forms Tank Program With Amthor International

NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks and Amthor International announced today that they have formed a Tank Body Program for the refined fuel, propane, fire prevention, vacuum/septic and all related tank industries.

Hino Trucks nationwide dealer network will now have the opportunity to become a one-stop location for the truck chassis, truck tank and all other necessary equipment as well as future service and parts. These Hino Trucks dealers are being trained on the sales, marketing, installation, service and maintenance of Amthor Tanks mounted on a Hino chassis.

Glenn Ellis, Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Operations for Hino Trucks commented, “As our market share continues to grow, more customers in more vocations are experiencing the low cost of ownership of the Hino truck. Our expansion into the tank market is one segment we see tremendous opportunity for growth and we are pleased to take this next step with Amthor International.”

“We are delighted and honored to be working with Hino Trucks, known worldwide as a quality manufacturer of commercial trucks,” stated Brian Amthor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amthor International. “Our affiliation will offer our mutual customers excellent products, access to the latest in technology and impeccable service. We look forward to working with Hino Trucks.”

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services Class 4-7 conventional 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 home page at www.hino.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Amthor: Amthor International, a fourth generation family-owned company, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of truck mounted tanks, which include uses for the vacuum and septic, portable restroom, propane, water, refined fuel, well drilling and construction industries. At their Gretna headquarters, the company operates an 86,000 square foot plant and employs over one-hundred people. Amthor International has been named to the Inc. 5000 of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US. For more information, please call Brian Amthor at 845-778-5576 or email him at bramthor@amthorinternational.com.


Motiv Power Systems Demos New Battery-Electric Truck At NTEA Work Truck Show In Indianapolis Next Week

Motiv Power Systems Secures $1.16 Million California Energy Commission Grant, Demos New Battery-Electric Truck at Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Motiv electric truck utilizes traditional diesel truck assembly line infrastructure to accelerate EV adoption

San Francisco, CA - February 28, 2012-- Motiv Power Systems, an innovator in electric vehicle (EV) powertrains for commercial trucks announced today the California Energy Commission (CEC) granted the company $1.16 million for an assembly line pilot run of four electric truck chassis in partnership with Detroit Chassis. The grant will further validate Motiv’s Electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), which provides a 100-mile range and whose total cost of ownership is approximately 50% less than a diesel powertrain over an 8 year period. The company’s new demonstration shuttle bus will be available for test drives at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive event at the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit, March 6-9 in Indianapolis, IN (booth #5666).

“A ‘mix and match’ design is the future of the electric truck and we are thrilled to show the commercial trucking industry how ours works,” said Jim Castelaz, Founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Our ePCS design accommodates a wide variety of off-the-shelf batteries and components, allowing EV designers and truck chassis builders the flexibility to combine various components to meet a range of specifications without designing a new powertrain from scratch.”

Rather than offer a single electric truck model with limited component selection, Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide range of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows fleets to choose their battery vendors as well as vehicle range and power. Through its intelligent software control algorithms, Motiv’s ePCS actively manages power flow between all electrical components in the vehicle. It also captures and wirelessly broadcasts data to the Motiv “cloud” for monitoring and analysis. Factors such as battery charge, vehicle status and health provide detailed real-time analytics to support fleet operators in preventive service maintenance.

“Vehicle fleet owners view electric vehicles as a way to reduce both their carbon emissions and their operating cost,” said John Formisano, Motiv Advisory Board Member and Chairman of CALSTART, a member supported organization dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry. “High capital costs are often cited as the barrier to EV adoption. But Motiv’s technology enables component flexibility and holds the potential to reduce the costs of EVs and allow electric trucks to become more mainstream.”

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial electric truck. Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis builders to assemble custom electric chassis on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer over 100 miles range and a total cost of ownership 50% less than a diesel truck over an 8 year period. Motiv’s ePCS is available for commercial trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles. www.motivps.com

Two-Piece Liftable Cargo Bed Enclosure Is Cool

Lonnie White of Harbor Truck Bodies shows off a recent job where the two-piece cargo bed enclosure has special gas shocks allowing it to open like a trunk lid exposing the entire bed area to manually get to things up against the bulkhead or other reasons. This idea makes the cargo bed enclosure so much more valuable than before because before when the cargo bed enclosure was open, it only opened half of the bed area on the two piece enclosure and two thirds on the 3-piece enclosure. This option now allows much more flexibility for customers.

See more about Harbor Truck Bodies at www.htbi.net.


Torklift International's SuperHitch Everest

Proudly made in the USA Lifetime Warranty Unmatched Safety Only system in the WORLD with: Highest weight capacity available Hydraulic Spring Bar Tension Assist Adjustable Chain Slide Collars

For more information on the SuperHitch Everest:

For information on how weight distribution systems work: http://www.torklift.com/t.php?w_page=weight


CIAS'12 - Chevrolet Silverado Duramax 6.6L V8 Engine Build at the Auto S...

One of the more popular attractions on the Chevrolet show floor at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto is the Engine Build with Licensed Technician Conrad Italiano - this years engine build features the Duramax 6.6L V8 diesel from the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks.

Chevrolet Silverado HD is the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

The Duramax is a General Motors diesel engine family for light- and medium duty trucks, designed by Isuzu. The 6.6-liter Duramax is produced by DMAX, a joint venture between GM and Isuzu in Moraine, Ohio. This engine was initially installed in 2001 model year Chevy and GMC trucks and has been an option since then in pickups, vans, and medium-duty trucks. In 2006, production at Moraine was reportedly limited to approximately 200,000 engines per year.[1] On May 9, 2007, DMAX announced the production of the 1,000,000th Duramax V-8 diesel at its Moraine facility.


Link-LB20 Aluminum Ramp

The video shows the Link MFG Aluminum LB20 Series ramp with the optional wheel kit. It's a flat mounted bi fold ramp available in a variety of lenghts and widths. Perfect for loading and unloading heavier product and equipment. Call us at 800 377 5652 with any questions! www.inlad.com


Hino's Hybrid Truck Introduced In U.S.Market

At the 2011 HTUF show, Hino Motors (a division of Toyota) displayed its new Model 195h cabover hybrid medium-duty truck ...


TV programme leads to new customer for Isuzu Truck

The appearance of Isuzu Truck’s managing director Nikki King on the Channel 4 ‘Undercover Boss’ programme coincided with Somerset company Walton Civil Engineering reviewing its new vehicle acquisition policy. In recent years, the company has hired its 7.5 tonne trucks but, at the time the programme went ‘on air’, the management was considering the option of outright purchase. This opportunistic timing subsequently led to Isuzu being chosen for the first time as the preferred 7.5 tonne chassis/cab supplier and the first new Isuzu is now in service within the 140-strong commercial vehicle fleet operation at the Shepton Mallet based utility reinstatement company.

Following the TV programme and before making their final decision, Walton Civil Engineering took a close look at all the available vehicles at 7.5 tonnes. Ultimately it discovered that the Isuzu N75.190 was the only vehicle that could meet its minimum payload criteria of 2 tonnes of material, as well as carrying the necessary plant, tools and site equipment.

As John Binding, Logistics Director at Walton Civil Engineering said; “I saw Nikki on the television and entirely related to her ethos of customer care. Immediately, we added Isuzu to our potential supplier list. During the tender process, we also visited and spoke to other Isuzu operators who each confirmed the Isuzu reputation for impressive payload. However, we also discovered additional benefits with the Isuzu 7.5 tonner. Its low chassis and ride height successfully addresses various health and safety issues. As well as facilitating the loading and offloading of manual handling equipment, it also makes it far easier for our reinstatement teams to operate on site.”

The Isuzu Forward N75.190 4x2 rigid was specified with Isuzu’s popular Easyshift transmission and a bespoke body system manufactured by Thompsons of Blackburn. The tipper body was constructed into sections, and featured an electric winch, insulated cover, and a compartmentalised toolbox system for tool storage. Although designed primarily for carrying loose bulk material, the vehicle also has the flexibility to transport various petrol driven construction tools used on site for compaction, cutting and rolling.

“The decision to switch to Isuzu for the first time represents a whole new direction for us and the end result is that we now have an impressive all-purpose vehicle that addresses the various operational issues on site. We have worked closely with Isuzu and bodybuilder Thompsons to design an overall vehicle specification that successfully meets both our operational and financial objectives. We are currently running a further evaluation exercise with the Isuzu, moving it around our depots in the South of England to gauge further staff reactions, so far the initial responses have been excellent, without exception.”

Local Isuzu truck dealer in the southwest T Harvey & Sons supplied the Isuzu N75.190 and Walton Civil Engineering is expecting the vehicle to have a five-year operational life, working predominantly in the south and south west of England from Cornwall to West Sussex.

Walton’s’ John Binding was quick to praise the service they received from the Isuzu Truck dealer, commenting; “Harvey’s really are a very good ambassador for the Isuzu marque. The service and follow-up we have received so far is exactly in line with everything that Nikki King said customers could expect on the Undercover Boss programme. They have truly impressed us at every stage of this vehicle acquisition programme.”

Full details of the current Isuzu Truck range can be viewed and downloaded from the company’s website on www.isuzutruck.co.uk


SureFit Uni-Line Rack Models Tour

Gary Kank, Sales Manager of SureFit Truck Racks gives us a tour of three different models of Uni-Line racks available nationwide. These include the standard model, camper shell or truck cap model and forklift loadable model.

To see more about SureFit Truck Racks, see www.SureFitRacks.com or call 866-478-7348.


Build the Ultimate Green Fleet with Venchurs' Premium Quality CNG Conversion System

Venchurs Vehicle Systems has rolled out its new CNG conversion program with a stunning CNG powered Search & Rescue Ford F250 concept truck, built for use in the national parks which will be showcased at the Work Truck Show.

Adrian, MI (February, 2012) – Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS) is showcasing its class-leading new CNG and Bi-Fuel conversions for Ford F-250/350 trucks during the Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center on March 6-8, 2012. As one of the first CNG QVMs (Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) for Ford Motor Co., VVS is dedicated to promoting green philosophies and practices for a sustainable future by providing cutting-edge CNG conversions and installations.

The 38 year old Michigan-based firm believes that the inherent cleanliness, safety and a domestic supply of natural gas, combined with current tax credits and grants available to green fleet operators, will make CNG a viable option for fleet operators big and small in the coming years.

“The Venchurs team welcomes the opportunity to bring our OE industry expertise and resources to this very important emerging market,” says Venchurs’ CEO Jeff Wyatt. “Our technology is extremely impressive—we understand that fleets need performance from their trucks and we’re prepared to offer that.”

To illustrate its CNG capabilities, VVS has built a CNG Search & Rescue (SAR) Ford F250 concept truck proposed for pilot program demonstrations by national park rangers. The truck has a Bi-Fuel system and is also upgraded to handle the outdoor's extreme environments and conditions. The EQUIP SAR upfit includes Michelin off-road tires, a roof-mounted light-bar with strobe lights, an on-board air compressor, Fab Fours heavy duty front bumper, IPF driving lights, AMP Research BedSteps and a Warn winch. The VVS system is rugged enough to handle nearly any environment and will allow rangers to access remote wilderness areas and support back country operations while running on clean-burning CNG.

Each CNG conversion will be performed at the Venchurs’ state-of-the-art 135,000 square foot conversion facility in Adrian, Michigan. VVS is dedicated to quality—the converted Ford vehicles maintain their original warranty and all conversions are monitored and inspected by QC technicians. For more information on Venchurs, as well as Venchurs Vehicle Systems and this CNG conversion program, please visit www.Venchurs.com and www.VenchursVehicles.com.

Venchurs Inc., a successful minority owned business located in Adrian, Michigan, has been serving the automotive OEM and aftermarket industries for more than 30 years, specializing in kit-packaging, order management, and service based logistics. Combining employee longevity with industry experience, Venchurs provides high quality products and exceptional customer service. Their newest division, Venchurs Vehicle Systems manages, develops and markets specialty vehicle assembly and sales programs, and is now certified as an official Qualified Vehicle Modifier for Ford. For more information visit www.Venchurs.com or www.VenchursVehicles.com.

For over 19 years, Michelin has been dedicated to the research and development of energy-efficient tires and now, a complete line of fuel-efficient tires is available to fit the most immediate consumer needs. MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin's "GREEN X" symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of increased fuel-efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.


Omaha Standard PALFINGER Will Introduce FIVE New Crane Models At The 2012 NTEA Work Truck Show

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - February 15, 2012. Omaha Standard PALFINGER is pleased to announce that they will be introducing 5 new models of PALFINGER Service Cranes at the upcoming NTEA Work Truck Show in March.

The new cranes - PSC 3216, PSC 4016, PSC 4025, PSC 5025 and PSC 6025 - have model numbers corresponding to their maximum capacity. They are available in both electric and hydraulic versions and starting with the 4000lb model they will be offered with up to 25 feet of reach. The design process for these new models integrates many of the same features as the current line of PSC cranes that was released in 2010.

These new PALFINGER cranes offer superior lift-to-weight ratios and hydraulic reaches with lifting capacities ranging from 12,500ft-lbs (1.66mt) to 38,500ft-lbs (5.14mt). All PSC models will be assembled on-site at the Council Bluffs, Iowa facility.

Their new features include:

  • PALFINGER's proprietary hexagonal boom design that eliminates boom sway while adding stability during long reaches.
  • Winch integrated two block damage prevention system eliminating cords and reels to end of the boom tip.
  • Wireless remote control standard on all models with manual over-ride controls.
  • Two powered extensions with internal cylinders offered optionally.
  • Maintenance free extension system.
  • ECOAT Paint SAE hoses with JIC fittings provide easy field maintenance.
  • North American manufacturing, service and support at our Council Bluffs, Iowa facility.

Omaha Standard PALFINGER, established in 1926, is a manufacturer of service/utility bodies, platform bodies, hydraulic hoists, hydraulic liftgates, mechanics trucks and other equipment for commercial trucks and markets its products through more than 175 truck equipment distributors across the country, as well as in Mexico and Canada. In 2008 Omaha Standard was acquired by PALFINGER.

The PALFINGER North America Group was formed following PALFINGER's acquisitions of MBB Interlift, Omaha Standard Inc. and Automated Waste Equipment. These new partnerships give PALFINGER the additional product lines, multiple truck chassis pools and a distribution network that meet the demands of key industries throughout North and Latin America

The PALFINGER North America Group, features (5) five manufacturing locations, (10) wholly owned distribution locations, and a dedicated staff of more than 600 employees who service the North and Latin American market.

Please visit our website at http://www.omahastd.com for a complete listing of all authorized Omaha Standard Distributors and other information on Omaha Standard PALFINGER.


Nissan Storms the Chicago Auto Show with its 370Z and NV200 Compact Carg...

The Chicago Auto Show was first held in 1901. The latest event is staged this week at McCormick Place, a venue so large that several manufacturers' displays include indoor test tracks for show visitors. Long a favorite, mid-winter, showcase for automakers around the world, more than a dozen production and concept vehicles are making their world or North American debuts in Chicago this year, including the revised 2013 Nissan 370Z.

See more about the Nissan NV200 and other Nissan Commercial Vehicle products at http://www.nissancommercialvehicles.com/nv200-compact-cargo


The New Broom Sweeps The Cleanest

Below is a repost of a post I wanted to share with you on the CTS Blog. The post is from February 9th, 2012 on the CTS Daily Inspirations Blog. It is a snapshot of the first auto dealer I worked for beginning in 1972. Here is the post:

"The new broom sweeps the cleanest."
-- Arthur H. Kenny

The first car dealer I worked for beginning in September 1972 was Arthur H Kenny and when I became sales manager in January 1975, he first shared the above sentiment with me. I was the new broom.
He was a delightful Irish gentleman, and always had a smile and a laugh and seemed to know what he wanted and got what he wanted. Though I essentially worked for the General Manager and he was the owner, I'll never forget him coming to the first sales meeting when I was the new manager and him speaking to the organization about his confidence in me in the position. It was the only time I recall him ever coming to a staff sales meeting.

He was so proud of his son who rose to the level of Bishop in the Catholic Church and he relished going to the installation ceremony at the Vatican. He was a smart and wise businessman who had many investments, mostly in property, many with influential partners. Many of these had substantial returns and he did well.
He was a leader and a good speaker. Before becoming a Chevrolet auto dealer with a partner in Vallejo, CA, he was a zone manager for Chevrolet Motor Division. He grew up in Calistoga CA and his family owned a hotel there for many years.
I can remember that often he had his door open and he would be working or on the phone with someone, as he was at the dealership often and regular. He found a General Manager who he could trust and let him run the store for the most part, but one always knew that Art was the man in charge.

One time we had a huge contest to sell 50 Chevy LUV trucks in a specified period and I had ordered enough to try to get that done and it was considerably more than we would have normally stocked. One day three truck loads came all at once and were unloading all those little LUV trucks. I was watching and Art came out to get in his car and said to me, "I sure hope you know what you're doing!" Of course I did, and I also believe that from him that was a statement of encouragement because he said it with a smile. We sold 48 because we couldn't get two more from anywhere, otherwise we would have hit the number.

I loved him, though I wouldn't have said it that way back then, and I love the memory of him today. I've used that phrase that Art used above, but never liked it much. I've seen a lot of people abuse the idea of it. I think he got the phrase from an old Irish saying, "A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners." I like that one so much better.

Loving You, Art! Thanks For The Memories!

Spread Some Joy Today--Remember someone today that gives you some joy. It doesn't really matter if they are dead or alive. They are always alive in your mind.

Free Alternative Fuel Training Class in Northern CA, Feb 24 & 25, March 23 & 24th

To register, call Warren Johnson at (530) 893-5209, ext.12 or email wjohnson@transferflow.com.For more information go to http://www.transferflow.com/propane_training.html


New Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 4x4

■  Production start in February 2012

■  6.5 t permissible GVW with high payload capacity

■  35 degree angle of approach maximises usability· Efficiency and practicality

February 16, 2012, Stuttgart – The arrival of a completely revised Fuso Canter marked the launch of the new generation of the truck series in October 2011. And now, for the first time, its all-wheel-drive variant is also coming to the European market. Production at the Tramagal plant in Portugal is in the end of February 2012. The Canter 4x4 model in question is the 6C18 with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 6.5 tonnes, a 2-metre width Comfort cab and an output of 129 kW (175 hp). The all-wheel drive can be engaged and disengaged on the move and therefore offers good fuel efficiency. A rear-axle differential lock is fitted as standard.

The transmission is a 5-speed manual unit and the rear-axle ratio is 1:5.285.Customers have the choice of a comfortable single cab and crewcab (with 3 and 7 seats respectively) with wheelbases of 3415 mm and 3865 mm. The chassis load capacity ranges from 3500 kg to 3735 kg. Thanks to the geometry of the all-wheel-drive system, the angle of attack is 35 degrees, as opposed to 18 degrees for the Canter 4x2 – while the angle of departure is 24 degrees as opposed to 11 degrees. Ground clearance is increased from 219 mm to as much as 320 mm.The off-road capability of the Fuso Canter 4x4 makes it the ideal choice for all applications where operation away from surfaced roads is also required, that is to say on construction sites, in the energy supply sector or in service with the fire brigade. For municipal authorities it lends itself to use as a winter service vehicle with a snowplough and salt spreader. Its two-metre width means that it can also negotiate narrow openings easily.

The efficiency of the Canter 4x4 is demonstrated effectively in the context of a construction site, for example, as its all-wheel drive can be engaged to allow it to cope with slippery conditions. Its high payload capacity, favourable maintenance costs and optionally available start/stop function make the Canter 4x4 a cost-effective workhorse.

The traditional, practical strengths of the Canter remain unchanged: good manoeuvrability (turning circle of the Canter 4x4: 13.5 m or 15.1 m, depending on version), the space-saving cab-over-engine layout, the rugged design, the unobtrusive positioning of the shift lever in the instrument panel, the enhanced safety thanks to the strong cab design and the lower brake wear as a result of the standard engine brake.

Worldwide, the Fuso Canter is the best-selling Daimler truck model. A dense European service network ensures high service quality.

See more about Fuso Trucks at http://www.fuso-trucks.com/


Highrise Tool Boxes On Chevy Extended Cab

Here's a shot from Kimberly at Harbor Truck Bodies of a different job coming out of the shop. This 9' Flatbed is mounted on an extended cab Chevy chassis and sports a double decker arrangement of upper bed tool boxes along with an underbody box below. This makes for a lot of lockable storage. Notice the 4 tool boxes on top where the upper boxes are mounted for the doors to open upward, while the ones below open downward.

This is also a lot like a Contractor Body modification in that it has the short contractor style gates around the rear. Nice looking truck and has a lot of places to put things and keep them out of the weather. Call Harbor at 800-433-9452 and visit their website at www.htbi.net.


Mercedes-Benz Unimog receives "Off-road Vehicle of the Year 2012" award

■  Readers of the trade magazine "Off-Road" chose the Unimog as the best cross-country vehicle of the year in the category "special vehicles"

■  Unimog received first place with an outstanding 34,3 % of the readers' votes

Stuttgart/Munich – For the eighth time in succession, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog has been chosen as the best cross-country vehicle of the year by the readers of the trade magazine "Off-Road" in the category "special vehicles". The award "Off-road Vehicle of the Year 2012 – special vehicles category" was based on the votes given to the cross-country vehicles in the eight categories of the competition run by the old-established Munich magazine for off-road vehicles. The off-road obelisk was presented in a ceremonial atmosphere at a gala evening in Munich's theatre tent "Das Schloss". More than 57,000 votes were handed in by 16 January and there were 143 vehicles from 40 manufacturers to choose from. In the category for special vehicles, the Unimog took first place with an outstanding 34,3 % of the readers' votes.

The following categories were available: "off-road vehicles", "luxury off-road vehicles", "sports utility vehicles (SUV)", "luxury SUV", "classics", "pick-ups", "special vehicles" and "crossover vehicles". Among the special vehicles entered – i.e. off-road vehicles designed to transport goods and loads to remote areas, or also to be used as the basis for special bodies for fire-fighting, expedition and military vehicles – the Unimog was clearly more than one step ahead. Particular praise was given to its characteristic product features such as its outstanding off-road mobility due to portal axles and extreme torsional flexibility combined with its extreme toughness and stability.

Where the Unimog gets through, others don't even arrive

The outstandingly mobile off-road Unimog product range U 4000/U 5000 has been produced in Wörth since 2002 as a special vehicle for complicated jobs in remote areas only accessible over difficult terrain with no roads or tracks. It is mainly used by fire services – in particular for fighting forest fires – as well as for disaster control, expeditions and servicing and maintenance work in hard to reach areas – with the slogan "Where the Unimog gets through, others don't even arrive".

As a result, Unimog models U 4000 and U 5000 are the ideal supplement to vehicles in product ranges U 300 to U 500 which are off-road implement carriers mainly found working for public services, municipal contractors, the construction and energy industries as well as for in-plant transport and road-rail operations. The youngest member of the Unimog family is the compact Unimog U 20 which was launched in 2008.

"Off-Road" magazine has been giving its readers the opportunity to vote for their off-road vehicle of the year since 1982.

60 Years of Mercedes-Benz Unimog – the success of an idea

Sixty-one years ago, on 3 June 1951 to be exact, the first Mercedes-Benz Unimog rolled off the line in Gaggenau. A unique vehicle concept had been created with great off-road mobility due to its four-wheel drive and fast driving features for road use.

See more here: http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/Unimog.flash.html



Before its official establishment in 1926, the Northern Territory Fire & Rescue Service (NTFRS) was known as the 'bucket brigade'; a volunteer fire service, which protected buildings, homes and property.
Today NTFRS has over 40 Isuzu trucks. These include models from the latest ranges, an NQR 450 and FTR 900 to much earlier examples, all of which are specially fitted out as tankers, rescue vehicles and hazardous material clean-up units.

Tankers and rescue trucks carry a variety of gear onboard depending on the main purpose of the vehicle. Equipment can range from rubber and canvas hoses to knapsack sprays and hand tools, fire fighting foam, breathing apparatus, chainsaws and hydraulic rescue tools, global positioning systems, GRN and VHF radios, rescue stretchers, generators, lighting equipment, and of course pumps and water tanks.

Isuzu has worked with the NTFRS for more than two decades. This long and successful partnership has been based on Isuzu's reputation for reliability and strong performance, according to Jock McLeod, Senior Station Officer based in Darwin.

"We have a fleet of Isuzu trucks which date from 1994 to the current range; despite some models being more than 10 years old their performance is still extremely good," he said.

"There is an Isuzu truck in every major fire station in the Northern Territory and the reason for that is the fact that Isuzu trucks are reliable," Jock said.

The latest acquisition is an Isuzu FTR 900 crew cab fitted with the automated manual transmission, specified as a fire truck. Jock is always the first to drive any of the new trucks.

"I have driven every new truck in our fleet from the bodybuilder in Ballarat, Victoria to fire stations in the Northern Territory," he said.

"The latest trucks are like driving a Commodore. The seats for the drivers are excellent ... things are easy to reach and read."

He also added that the feedback from the drivers was very good. "The NTFRS only has 165 permanent staff, including support and  administrative officers," Jock said.

"Most of the front line work of keeping our territory's residents safe from bush, industrial and domestic fires is carried out by around 250 volunteer fire fighters and 54 part-time staff.

"In remote areas, volunteer fire fighters are the backbone of our organisation, as they are often called to assist professional fire fighters in rescue, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters and fires."
The responsibility of keeping 1.35 million square kilometres of country safe is huge and there is no margin for error and or an errant truck. Reliability is very important in emergency services work particularly when there is a large geographic area to be covered and a wide range of services to provide.

NTFRS' Isuzus in service must attend all types of rescues including road accidents, chemical spills, industrial accidents, structure fires, as well as grass and bush fires. These can be in diverse locations extending from the northern reaches of the Tiwi Islands to the southern deserts.

"On average a truck might only do about 3000 kilometres per year, but when we need them, we want them there, so reliability is a must, there are no second chances for a fire truck," Jock said.

See more about Isuzu Trucks of Australia at http://trucks.isuzu.com.au/


Ford Taxis Help San Francisco Meet Aggressive Guidelines Set by 2008 Law

• Event being held today in San Francisco to celebrate environmental achievements will include California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
• San Francisco taxis have reduced gas use by 2.9 million gallons per year and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons annually since 2008; Ford vehicles powered by alternative energy account for 67 percent of the city’s taxi fleet
• Ford’s transformed lineup includes Transit Connect Taxi – which can be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied propane gas (LPG) – and the all-new Fusion Hybrid

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Ford’s role in helping San Francisco become what some call the “Greenest Taxi City in America” is being celebrated today as part of an event highlighting the city’s success in reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee are among those celebrating San Francisco’s success in meeting the guidelines since the Green Taxi Law went into effect three years ago.

Among other things, the law calls for gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced 20 percent by 2012 with 1990 as the baseline year. Today, Ford vehicles account for 67 percent of San Francisco’s green fleet.

“When I announced this goal, many people didn’t think it could be done,” said Newsom. “The clean taxi program has shown that aggressive action is possible at the local level to make major reductions in carbon emissions, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate a new green economy. Now we are here today recognizing San Francisco as the ‘Greenest Taxi City in America.’”

Since 2008, San Francisco taxis have reduced gas consumption by 2.9 million gallons per year and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons annually.

“Ford is proud to be part of such a marked increase in fuel efficiency,” said Gerald Koss, Ford’s fleet marketing manager. “We expect to see more improvements as we continue to introduce more alternative-fuel vehicles and expand the power of choice to the taxi industry.”

CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis, for example, are available and soon will hit the streets of San Francisco. CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis are being used in other parts of the country as well, servicing places such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and St. Louis.

The standard Ford Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – features a 2.0-liter I-4 engine that gets 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with traditional taxis.

The estimated fuel economy of a CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxi is the same as the standard gasoline version. However, operating costs are lower because the cost of a gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG is roughly half the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline. In addition to CNG, Transit Connect Taxi is available with an engine preparation package for conversion to liquefied propane gas (LPG).

CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis aren’t the only options available to replace the outgoing Escape Hybrid. The all-new Fusion Hybrid, for example, provides an anticipated 6 more miles per gallon than the existing Fusion Hybrid.

If past performance is any indication of future results, Paul Gillespie, taxi driver and former Taxi Commission president, said he is excited.

“Cutting global carbon dioxide emissions is one of the most crucial issues of our time, and the San Francisco taxi experience has shown that taking aggressive, collaborative action at the local level can be both profitable and effective,” said Gillespie.

Lee said that the city’s fleet, led by vehicles like the Fusion Hybrid and outgoing Escape Hybrid, has set a powerful example for others to follow.

“San Francisco’s clean taxi program has exceeded all expectations,” said Lee. “San Francisco taxicabs are the cleanest in the U.S. and a model to other taxi fleets around the world.”


Hackney - Shelves & Bins

We are going to talk about the super truck shelving and bin system. The topics we'll discuss will be a walk-thru description of the super truck inventory concept, how to remove and adjust the shelves, and how to correctly assemble the plastic trays. All of these topics are aimed at helping you get the maximum benefit from the shelving and bin system in your trucks.



Knapheide KDB Dump Body at Casper's Truck Equipment

Three Knapheide KDB dump bodies at Casper's Truck Equipment. These dump bodies feature a quick-release tailgate, removeable front bulkhead/cabguard, a cross-memberless western understructure, an underbody scissor hoist, slammable fold down sides and a Daigle Hot Patch with shovel platform. These will be used by a local municipality. Feel free to contact us for more information.


Casper's Truck Equipment
700 Randolph Drive
Appleton, WI 54913



ELOQUIP has been one of Canada's premier manufacturers of custom aluminum truck bodies for over 25 years. www.eloquip.com


Advice for New Snow Contractors - Look at Used Snowplows First, Then Buy New! – by Steve Taylor

I have previously written about how to choose from the multitude of Snow Plow brands. See my CTS Blog at http://www.ctsblog.net/2011/10/how-to-choose-snow-plow-for-your-light.html

When a snow removal contractor is starting out in business, they want to choose the best equipment for their needs. They want products that are durable and reliable and will hold up to the rigors of heavy snow and ice, storm after storm and year after year.

I have recommended researching a variety of plows as well as a number of dealers and distributors. But there are other important steps and methods for making a good choice. Remember that when you make a product choice, you are deciding on a brand that should grow with you as your company grows. That would mean that you want a product that will become part of your identity that looks the same on all your future trucks. Let’s say you choose red trucks and yellow plows; that is the color scheme that will come to identify your company. While color should not influence your decisions about durability/ reliability, it just points out the importance of choosing the right brand for you.

But further than color and style, choose a manufacturer that offers a wide range of different models, straight, V-Plows, extensions and possibly extendable blade plows, etc.

Talk with other contractors. The may be may be in your present circle of contacts or maybe you will have to reach out to a geographical area where contractors will not feel uncomfortable about giving up information to the competition. After all, if you ask someone who is, or will be your competition, are they always going to give up information that will help you make a good decision?

Also read comments about specific brands on the Plowsite.com. If you see more than one complaint on the same issue, go out and talk with users of the same product model and get their feedback.

Sure, go ahead and collect product brochures, but take extra steps to investigate products and their history. The brochures are designed to sell the product and are not going to point out any possible product weaknesses or problems.

I know there are some new brands and new models out there, but if you are just starting out in business, my advice is don’t add choosing one of these new products to the list of obstacles that you may have to overcome. Choose products that have been around a while. New model products often have early failures not anticipated in the testing lab, problems that show up when they are put to use in the field.

But take it a step further; take a close look at all the used equipment. Ask other contractors their product experience; why they prefer their equipment, ask them what they have had to repair. Also ask how they were handled by the local plow distributor. Ask if it was covered under warranty. Ask to take a close look at their equipment. And understand that often there is evidence of weak product, especially when it is worked hard. Often there are cracks and or rust in the paint where the structural components have been overstressed. Consider these weak points, even though it has not broken it may fail in the future. If you see this same condition in more than one unit, consider this a chronic problem with this brand or model.

Take a close at lots of plows; look at damage or evidence of bending.

             (This photo is an extreme condition and may not reflect any normal condition in the field)

So before you buy, read the social media comments, meet face to face with other contractors and talk with your local plow distributors and truck dealers. Be an informed buyer.

Guest post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in the Truck Equipment business with over 30 years in the snowplow and truck body manufacturing business. He specializes in the design and quality/reliability field and may be reached by email at steve@truckarchitect.com. You may visit his website at http://www.truckarchitect.com/.


The Trucks of V8 Supercars

An inside look at the prime movers and trailers that transport the V8 Supercar Series around Australia, including the UD Trucks that haul the Toll Holden Racing Team and Bundaberg Racing.


Sweet Combo Body By Harbor Is Looker And Worker

Kimberly at Harbor Truck Bodies sent us some photos of a recent job building a very sweet 14' ComboMaster/Welder Body on a GM chassis. The ComboMaster is a service body where the last compartment on the rear is removed and a 36" platform extension is installed instead, creating a great work platform at part of the body and the platform is a great work height as well. This work platform section also sports optional small storage cabinets. It is also a Welder Body in that this one has a raised front streetside compartment with bottle brackets and rings.

In addition, this body has a substantial amount of HD drawers in two compartments, work lights attached on the HD forklift loadable rack with multiple cross members. Other unique features are the combination of closed top compartments and open top compartments with the standard Stainless Steel lids. This allows for compressors, or other machines and items to be mounted on top of the compartments toward the rear to further work on the job site. This job also includes a full spray on coating in the bed area. Also notice the unique design of the HD rack at the rear so that there are no posts coming down to interrupt the work area, yet allows for a full length rack for material. Not only is it functional, it is great looking too. Last, we have short contractor style fold-down gates around the work platform and a class IV receiver and trailer plug.

See more from Harbor Truck Bodies at www.htbi.net, or call Kimberly at 800-433-9452


F3 Farrier Trailer - Purdybilt's Farrier Options

Join Dr. Esco Buff, member of the Horseshoeing Hall of fame, inside PurdyBilt's F3 Farrier trailer as he discusses many of the options available for farriers who choose a PurdyBilt unit!

See more about PurdyBilt at http://purdybilt.com/home.php


Iveco no Rally Dakar 2012. Única parada: a Vitória

The MTE Vegetation Body by Monroe Truck Equipment Inc

Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. (MTE), headquartered in Monroe, Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the manufacturer of the MTE Vegetation System, for dual rear wheel chassis/cabs. The body is 100% powder coated for durability.

This unit is used on right-of-way areas to help reduce or eliminate invasive weed areas, brushy under growth and minimize mowing duties. The unit features a 25 foot multi-zone spray swath with ability to spray multiple chemicals in one pass. An optional ground speed programmable control with GPS record keeping features is available.

This unit lends itself to D.O.T. departments, municipalities and private weed control companies, to name a few.

For more information, contact Monroe Truck Equipment, 800-356-8134 or visit them online at www.monroetruck.com.

Monroe Truck Equipment
1051 W. 7th Street
Monroe, WI 53566


Mercedes Tasty Delivery Van: Citan

■  New van series to boost sales

■  Citan – a new name that combines the words “city” and “titan”

■  Vehicle developed strictly in line with customer requirements

■  Mercedes-Benz quality standards were fulfilled in all areas

■  Public debut planned for the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show next September

Stuttgart/Sindelfingen – Mercedes-Benz’ new urban delivery van is called Citan. The name was revealed today during a symposium on brand competence and city logistics, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Sindelfingen. The name Citan combines the words “city” and “titan,” thus making it clear that the vehicle is a first-rate specialist for city logistics — one that was specifically developed to meet the tough challenges faced in day-to-day operations.

New van series to boost sales

With the introduction of the new urban delivery vehicle, Mercedes-Benz is adding another production series to its family of vans. The Citan is supplementing the Vario (6.0 to 8.2 tons), Sprinter (3.0 to 5.0 tons), and Vito (2.77 to 3.2 tons) to broaden the range of products in the lower weight classes of the van market, where it will significantly boost sales.

Whereas the small vans segment was still a niche market in the mid-1990s, it has now grown to around 700,000 units in Europe. Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to gain a market share of four to five percent in this segment. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, is convinced that the Citan will be a big success. “We will take advantage of the trend toward city vans, which our brand will be able to exploit thanks to its attractively priced vehicles and the high quality of our products and services,” says Mornhinweg. “Our typical Mercedes-Benz reliability, 24/7 service, and, last but not least, our great brand image are key selling points as far as our commercial customers are concerned.”

Due to its large number of variants, the new urban delivery van with the star is suited for a broad range of commercial applications. Not only will the Citan be offered as a panel van, a crewbus, and a mixed-use vehicle; it will also be available in a variety of lengths and weights.

The Citan will be launched on the market in fall 2012. The vehicle will be unveiled to the general public for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September.

The Citan — the ideal partner in city traffic

The Citan was developed and tested in line with Mercedes-Benz’ demanding quality standards. The vehicle is correspondingly durable and robust. At the same time, it meets the requirements of customers from the service, sales, and trade sectors, offering them a large cargo space despite the vehicle’s compact dimensions. In addition, the van boasts attributes typical of the brand, such as great quality, economy, safety, excellent handling, as well as high fuel efficiency and correspondingly low CO2 emissions. The drive concept encompasses a broad range of low-emission, fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines and includes a BlueEFFICIENCY package. An electric drive version is also being planned.

The Citan’s operation, interior, materials, and workmanship are of the same high quality as in other Mercedes-Benz vans. The new urban delivery van can therefore be justly called the “little brother” of the Sprinter and Vito, to which it is in no way inferior. As is the case with every Mercedes-Benz vehicle, safety plays a big role in the new van, all variants of which come with ESP as standard.

New markets for Mercedes-Benz vans

Mercedes-Benz has greatly expanded its vans business in recent years. In line with the slogan of “Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global,” the brand is not only manufacturing vans in Düsseldorf (Sprinters), Ludwigsfelde (Sprinters and Varios), and Vitoria, Spain (Vitos), but also in the U.S., Argentina, and China.

It is also planning to strengthen its presence in the Russian market through a partnership with GAZ, the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia. Over the medium-term, the GAZ factory near Nizhny Novgorod will produce 25,000 Sprinters each year, and do so strictly according to Mercedes-Benz’ quality standards.

Mercedes-Benz already is the undisputed market leader for mid-size and large vans in Western Europe.

See more about this product here: http://citan.mercedes-benz.com/


The Goose That Lays the Golden Egg - An Excerpt

"I borrowed this phrase from one of my favorite mentors, Jim Rohn. He says that you just have to take care of and protect the goose that lays the golden egg. If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, the game is over.

Throughout this book, everything I talk about when it comes to the operation of the Commercial Truck Department is intended to protect and enhance the dealer. I call the dealer the goose that lays the golden egg because it is the dealer that offers the real opportunity in the physical premises, funding, and leadership. All of my strategies and systems are meant to assist the dealer in understanding and accounting for their commercial operation, in addition to helping them be as profitable as possible.

Every decision I have made in the Commercial Truck Departments where I have been involved, whether as a manager or as a consultant, has been made with the dealer’s best interests in mind. Protecting and enhancing the dealer is of paramount importance to me. I feel you have to watch out for the goose that lays the golden egg.

Let me state that this mindset about protecting and enhancing the dealer can lead some to be conservative and focus more on the protect part and less on the enhance part. That reminds me of Parable of the Talents from the Bible, with the one who went and buried the talent so it would be there when the owner returned. My idea is to focus more on the enhanced part because the dealer is already a risk taker by virtue of being in business and it is my job to be the person who doubled the talents, or acted aggressively. If I am to err, I will always err on the aggressive side rather than avoiding opportunity. I recommend this strategy for those who want to do well."

An excerpt from Commercial Truck Success, Building or Rebuilding an Effective, Successful, and Profitable Commercial Truck Operation within a Retail Auto Dealership by Terry Minion

Available on Amazon.com.

Scaffolding Trade Relies on the Unimog

■  Versatile U 400 with additional customised implements wins over the trade

■  For over 30 years scaffolding experts Schneider Ltd. have been relying on the Unimog and the top after-sales service provided by its general distributor (GD)

Stuttgart/Sonthofen – Using the Unimog in various trades has a long history as its adaptability is a great advantage in this extremely diversified sector. Among those companies who really appreciate the Unimog is the scaffolding company Schneider Ltd. and its working relationship with this competent all-rounder goes back for about 30 years. Scaffolding erected by this Sonthofen company on churches, hospitals, schools, industrial buildings and mountain railway stations can be anything up to 50 metres high. One of the scaffolding company's key operations is renting out over 40 self-propelling aerial working platforms. This is where the Unimog U 400 comes into its own as it is able to do a really good job with its additional customised implements. The U 400 delivers all the equipment directly to the construction sites, taking even challenging mountain passes in its stride.

Top marks for Unimog after-sales service

Three generations of scaffold-builders at Schneider Ltd have been impressed by the after-sales service provided by Wohlgschaft in Wangen, the Unimog general distributor for the region. In particular the scaffolding company appreciates the Unimog GD's pick-up and delivery service, as well as its servicing of both equipment and vehicles. And Schneider passes on Wohlgschafft's reliability to its own customers by being able to stick to agreed-on dates. This is vital for renting out aerial working platforms and supplying the equipment on the agreed date has to be guaranteed.

The experts at the UGD in Wangen also do the configuration for the high performance U 400 fleet. Two trailer couplings – ball type and jaw type – for various types of trailer, compressed air connections for tricky manoeuvring, winches on the flatbed and implements for winter services ensure that the Unimog is kept busy year-round doing various kinds of work.

As usual, the U 400 product range also cuts a good figure in the scaffolding business with its off-road capabilities, manoeuvrability, handling and comfort, as well as with its narrow outer width of 2.20 metres. The Sonthofen scaffold- builders emphasise that the Unimog is unrivalled in the way it deals with the mountainous terrain and inaccessible construction sites found especially in the Allgäu area. And here the U 400 ensures that scaffold-builder Schneider's principles –punctuality and quality – are here to stay.

For more information: Unimog


AT&T Orders 1,200 CNG-powered Chevrolet Express Vans

DETROIT – AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans to be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors.

AT&T, which has announced its intention to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over a 10-year period through 2018, will use the vans to provide and maintain communications, high-speed Internet and television services for AT&T customers. Last week, the company announced the milestone deployment of its 5,000th alternative-fuel vehicle, a Chevrolet Express van, as part of the commitment.

“CNG technology is important to AT&T because it helps us reduce our fleet-based carbon emissions,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president of Fleet Operations. “It is also cost-effective and readily available in our country right now.”

According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, CNG-powered vans can produce approximately 25 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than similar gasoline and diesel-powered vans, which supports AT&T’s corporate commitment to minimize its impact on the environment.

“There are millions of fleet vehicles on the road today and we want to be a critical part of this sustainable revolution, helping make these conversions as easy as possible,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations.

Chevrolet Express CNG vans are powered by a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine equipped with hardened exhaust valves, and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with gaseous fuel systems. The vans are factory ordered and delivered to customers with their factory-engineered and fully integrated gaseous fuel system in place, completely ready for work.

The CNG option is available for order on Chevrolet Express 2500 and 3500 Cargo vans. Each van is covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and meets all Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.

The GM Fleet and Commercial Customer Service LinkedIn group offers a discussion forum for Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac fleet vehicle owners.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com


Power Reversing Under Body Scraper

Dixon, Illinois, USA – No snowplow is quite complete with the assistance of Bonnell Industries’ Power Reversing Under Body Scraper. The unit is available in 10’, 11’ or 12’ lengths and is power reversible up to 45 degrees left or right. The scraper has a 1” thick.40/.50 carbon steel moldboard with a 20” tall smooth-formed inside radius, offset to accommodate the cutting edge.

The scraper is equipped with 4” twin power reverse cylinders and a ¾” thick A656 Grade 80 reversing table and side mount plates, providing a heavy duty, yet light weight design. Twin down pressure cylinders with spring cushion provide positive down pressure on the road surface. The unit is painted black with conspicuity tape provided for safety.

“Clearing both primary and secondary roads from hard-packed snow and ice is a snap with this solidly designed under body scraper,” Joe Bonnell, President of Bonnell Industries, states directly. “This unit helps ensure that each pass your snowplow makes is completely maximized for overall plowing effectiveness.”

For more information, Bonnell Industries Inc. can be reached at: 1385 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon, IL 61021 815-284-3819 (Office) 815-284-8815 (Fax) joe@bonnell.com (email) www.bonnell.com