Chevrolet Donates 50 Trucks to Red Cross for Storm Relief

DETROIT – Chevrolet today donated 50 Silverado full-size pickup trucks and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross for use in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and other storms buffeting the Eastern seaboard and nearby states.

“It is during disasters like this that we all need to pull together as a country and Chevrolet has a role in that,” said General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. “Making these vehicles available quickly where they can do the most good is something we can do right now.”

GM’s OnStar subsidiary is also supporting the initiative by providing each of the donated vehicles with 300 OnStar Hands-Free Calling minutes of hands-free cellular and three months of its Directions and Connections plan which includes turn-by-turn navigation services. Service available via Advisor or by download. The trucks are being pulled from existing inventory at dealerships closest to where they are needed.

In addition to the vehicle donation, the GM Foundation earlier donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, which enables the agency to be ready to provide immediate disaster relief anywhere in the country. The money is used to shelter, feed and meet emotional needs of disaster victims. The money also helps feed emergency workers, handle inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provide blood and blood products and help disaster victims access other available resources.

“The impact of Hurricane Sandy is being assessed up and down the East Coast and even further west, and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” said Neal Litvack, Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross. “GM’s generous donation of vehicles and the GM Foundation’s donation of finances will help the American Red Cross to respond with shelter, food and care, aiding affected residents now and after the storm, as they move toward recovery,”

Anyone interested in providing support to hurricane victims are encouraged to visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.


Liberator 4000 Crane on Service Body from Equipment Technology

The Liberator 4000 Electro-Hydraulic crane is designed to be installed on trucks of 10,500 GVW or higher rating. It's sleek design, compact size and urethane paint looks good mounted on your truck. It comes with 25' non-metallic remote control pendant, power cord with circuit breaker and Grade 8 mounting bolts and nuts.

See more at Equipment Technology, LLC, a Palfinger Company at http://www.eti1.com/equipment_cranes.asp


RAM 3500 for Feed Deliveries | Hardworking Stories

Delivering 50 lbs. of horse feed and hay bales without a trailer requires a vehicle with serious capability and durability. That's why Jennifer Masters relies on the RAM 3500 to run her small feed business, The Feed Station. Meet Jennifer and hear why the RAM 3500 is crucial to her success in the feed business.

For more about RAM Commercial Vehicles, visit http://www.chryslercommercialvehicles.com/en/work_vehicles/?brand=RAM


ILUK 33 Liftgate by Palfinger

The ILUK offers a large capacity level ride platform and is stored under the vehicle in a protected position ready for dock loading without any additional operations.

See more at https://www.palfinger.com/en-US/usa/products/lift-gates


RAM Trucks for Construction | Hardworking Stories

Before the road is paved, someone has to work off-road to build it. David Cheverere relies on the capability of nine RAM Trucks to allow his Matoka Construction company to take jobs where most vehicles can't go. Meet David to learn how RAM Trucks can keep construction companies building.

For more about RAM Commercial Vehicles, visit http://www.chryslercommercialvehicles.com/en/work_vehicles/?brand=RAM


Jeffrey Answers a Questions about Being a Great Sales Manager | Real Wo...

I had to add this video to the CTS Blog. I've seen this scenario many times. Great advice! - CTS

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I am taking my first job in Sales Management after being a producer for the last 7 years. Is there any advice or recommendations you have for making that leap? Common pitfalls to avoid?

Why would your boss, in his absolute ignorance, put you from producer to manager or leader without any training? That is the single biggest mistakes that people who are in superior positions make. They're asking you to go in, be a sales manager, just because you're great producer and without any kind of leadership training whatsoever take on a group of people are all jealous of you because it should've been them not you. Not good. So what I would recommend is this: I would recommend that you go out with each one of your people for at least two straight days. See what they do without saying a word. And when you're done, sit and meet with them and ask them what they really need, what they really like, what would they like to have, how would they like to do it better and you better be able to perform on that.

The next thing you do is you go into your boss's office and say why the hell would you put me in this position without any kind of training whatsoever. You're setting me up for failure. I'm a great rep. Do you think I'm going to be a great manager without training? And have them send you some place. At least call me. Call our office 704-333-1112. We have a product called The Force. It will help you significantly. It's a $99 investment. Tell your boss to get it . If he won't get it, buy it yourself.


Maxon Lift Corp. Expands Tuk-A-Way® Product Line with the Addition of the TE-33 Liftgate


2012 has been a busy year for new product introductions by MAXON. We’re excited to announce our third new product this year which is also the newest addition to our industry-leading Tuk-A-Way® product line, the TE-33 liftgate.

The TE-33 boasts a 3,300 lb. lifting capacity, a bolt-on extension plate and a bolt-on heavy-duty step assembly, all in a rugged and economical package. Engineered in response to customers requiring greater platform space for consolidated palletized loads, the TE-33 is optimal for small- to mid-sized trucks with beds as low as 38”. The TE-33 is available in 48” x 84” or 52” x 84” wedge-type steel platform sizes specifically designed to allow for the smooth transition of load on and off the platform.

All-in-all, the TE-33 has heavy-duty capability without the heavy-duty price tag. “That was our intention”, says Brent Stratton, Co-President of Maxon. “Our designs reflect the needs of our customers. They get the latest innovations all on a sensible budget. “

TE-33 Wedge
Large Wedge-Type Platform Design
The TE-33 features large 48” x 84” and 52” x 84” wedge-type steel platforms. The wedge design allows smooth transition of load on and off the platform.

TE-33 Twin Cylinder
Twin Cylinder Design
The TE-33 features a twin cylinder, mid-arm design resulting in great performance and stability.

Hydraulic LockingTE-33 Hydraulic Locking
The TE-33 features a hydraulic lock valve that takes operator involvement out of the equation. As soon as the control button is released, the gate is always securely locked.

Bolt-On Steps & Extension Plate
TE-33 Bolt-OnThe steps and extension plates were strategically designed to bolt-on in order to avoid welding on the gate that would affect the factory paint. The steps were also designed as an integral part of the gate that would easily allow for them to be exchanged in case of dock damage.
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This patented, exclusive paint process has a tough polyurea top coat and an aluminum rich primer that combat corrosion and keep the liftgate looking like new.

Additional product information (including install and operation manuals) about the TE-33 can be obtained by calling us at 800-227-4116 or online at www.maxonlift.com/te-33.


MPG Marathon 2012 - Vauxhall Vivaro

For the full story go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Vivaro-triumphs-in-MPG-Marathon-2012

VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee and Vauxhall's resident archivist and eco driving specialist Andrew Duerden returned a staggering 65.2mpg in the Vivaro ecoFLEX on the 2012 MPG Marathon. That's a 59.3 per cent improvement on the official quoted Combined Cycle figure of 40.9mpg and means that the Vivaro won its category with ease.


Adrian Steel EZ Load - How to Adjust

Introducing the Adrian Steel EZ Load Ladder Rack. Specially designed for tall (high roof) work vans. EZ Load brings the ladder six inches closer to you, increasing ease-of-use and safety. Video shows how to adjust the ladder rack to your specific needs.


2013 Ram 2500 CNG Filling

With gas prices on the rise, Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at a vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas. Filling up the Ram 2500 CNG can cost twice as less compared with regular gas, but the troublesome filler plug area and the rarity of CNG pumps may be something to consider


Knapheide TSR Service Body Features and Benefits

Tony with California Work Trucks shows us the features and benefits of the Knapheide 8' Service/Utility Body with the TSR, or Telescopic Sliding Roof, and the Master Locking System.

California Work Trucks is located at 930 Whipple Road in Union City, CA.

Call them at 510-477-8425. See more soon at www.calworktrucks.com


Knapheide Service Body Transformation

See the story of how a contractor goes from working out of a pick up truck with a toolbox to working out of a Knapheide Service Body. www.Knapheide.com


Faces of GM - Gordon and Angela White

Gordon and Angela White love truck campers and when it came time to replace their old pickup and get a new camper, these people behind TruckCamperMagazine.com did a lot of analysis before putting their money down. Check out what they selected and how the package came together


Clean Cities: Frito Lay Fleet

Snack giant Frito-Lay is one of the Department of Energy's National Clean Fleet Partners and has launched a fleet of Smith Newton electric trucks. http://www.smithelectric.com/


Well-received: 500,000th Freightliner Truck Handed Over to Customer as It Rolls Off the Production Line

  • Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) produces 500,000th Freightliner truck at Mount Holly plant in North Carolina
  • The milestone vehicle - a medium-duty Freightliner Business Class M2 106 - rounds out the truck fleet of the U.S. power company Duke Energy

Stuttgart / Mount Holly, North Carolina: Daimler´s commercial vehicle subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently celebrated the production of its 500,000th truck at its Mount Holly plant in North Carolina. The milestone vehicle - a medium-duty Freightliner Business Class M2 106 - was handed over to long-time customer Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the U.S. With the acquisition of the new truck, Duke Energy is completing its fleet, which consists of several hundred vehicles of the Freightliner brand.

"Ever since the plant was established in 1979, our employees' diligent daily efforts have turned the production plant into what it is today - a state-of-the-art Daimler Trucks facility that meets the highest quality standards," emphasizes Martin Daum, Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO.

Freightliner Plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina

A part of DTNA’s commercial vehicle production network, the Mount Holly plant manufactures medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner Business Class trucks. The Class 6 to 8 vehicles (with a gross vehicle weight of around 9 to 36 tonnes) are available as conventional versions as well as hybrid and natural gas trucks.

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, with headquarters in Portland, Oregon, is the leading medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses brands. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company. Its global production network encompasses 27 locations. In 2011, Daimler Trucks sold approximately 426,000 vehicles worldwide, and earned revenues of €28.75 billion with a total workforce of more than 77,000 employees. The division has achieved extensive synergies with the creation of a multi-brand development network, a global powertrain production system, and a worldwide procurement organization.


Ram Truck Dealers to Supply 19 States with Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG-Powered Pickup Trucks

October 5, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC announced today that 13 Ram Truck dealers landed contracts with 19 states to supply their fleets with the new Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup truck.

The successful Ram Truck dealers were disclosed today by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper who are leading a bipartisan group of 22 states seeking to use compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in their state automobile fleets.

The 13 Ram Truck dealers submitted formal bids in July in response to this multistate solicitation. The specific number of Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup trucks being purchased in each state was not announced today. The individual states now must finalize agreements with the dealers and issue purchase orders.

“Chrysler Group and its Ram Truck dealers are elated to be among the successful bidders for the three-quarter-ton CNG pickup truck,” said Peter Grady, Vice President, Network Development and Fleet – Chrysler Group LLC. “As the only manufacturer in North America to offer a factory-built compressed natural gas-powered pickup truck, we believe that we offer the best CNG-powered, four-wheel-drive product on the market.”

The governors have stated that the multistate solicitation was designed to encourage auto manufacturers in the U.S. to develop more functional and affordable compressed natural gas vehicles and to encourage investment in public refueling infrastructure.

Earlier this year, both governors traveled to Detroit to meet with Chrysler Group and other automakers about the project. In July, the states issued a request for proposal soliciting bids for compressed natural gas sedans, pickups, and vans to be used in state fleets.

Governors Fallin and Hickenlooper announce the preliminary results of that effort today during the Governor’s Energy Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla. The request for proposal was coordinated by the National Association of State Procurement Officials, which leverages the purchasing power of states by aggregating purchases on a variety of products.

The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and commercial customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically-sourced fuel while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.

The Ram HD CNG is powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 and features both compressed gas storage tanks and a choice of 8- or 35-gallon gasoline fuel tanks. Redesigned cylinder heads with specifically designed CNG compatible valves and valve-seat materials allow the engine to burn both fuels. It also gets a second, CNG-specific fuel rail and set of injectors. New spark plugs improve combustion and durability, and a new powertrain control module allows the HEMI to seamlessly operate on either of the two fuel sources.

The Ram 2500 CNG system was fully engineered and tested by Chrysler Group and assembled at the company’s Heavy Duty truck plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Here are the Ram Truck dealers and the states they will do business with:

  • Oklahoma: John Vance Motors
  • Connecticut: Executive Dodge
  • Georgia: Carl Gregory Chrysler
  • Hawaii: Carl Gregory Chrysler
  • Kentucky: Sam Swope Auto Group
  • Louisiana: Southland Dodge Chrysler Jeep
  • Maine: Sam Swope Auto Group
  • Minnesota: Sam Swope Auto Group
  • Missouri: West Brothers Chrysler
  • Montana: Sam Swope Auto Group
  • Nevada: Carson Dodge
  • New Mexico: Carl Gregory Chrysler Jeep
  • Ohio: Key Chrysler
  • South Carolina: Butler Chrysler
  • Texas: Meador Chrysler
  • Utah: Carl Gregory Chrysler
  • Vermont: Foster Motors
  • West Virginia: Sam Swope Auto Group; and Greenbrier Motors
  • Wyoming: Fremont Motor Company


Daimler expands its Truck Family in India: Start of Production for New BharatBenz Models

  • Chennai plant launches production of medium-duty BharatBenz trucks (9 and 12 tons GVW)
  • Start of production is right on schedule for the truck model offensive in India
  • BharatBenz trucks offer best total cost of ownership
Stuttgart / Chennai, India – Following the market launch of its heavy-duty trucks two weeks ago, the Daimler Trucks subsidiary Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has now reached another milestone by starting production of its medium-duty trucks (9 and 12 tons). The BharatBenz vehicles are manufactured at the Chennai production facility in Southern India, which was inaugurated in April of this year.
“The start of production of our new BharatBenz vehicles is right on schedule for our truck model offensive in India. Along with our Indian heavy-duty vehicles, these trucks, which are based on the successful Fuso Canter and Fighter platforms, represent another step in the implementation of our multi-brand modular strategy,” says Andreas Renschler, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. The Indian brand’s heavy-duty models are based on the Mercedes-Benz Axor, but have been completely redeveloped, which also applies to the medium-duty trucks. In addition, BharatBenz products have a localization rate of 85 percent.
Until 2014, DICV aims to launch a total of 17 truck models weighing between 7 and 49 tons. The vehicles are especially designed to meet the rising customer requirements in India, where the demand for high-quality yet economical trucks in the modern domestic segment will increase in the coming years.
Marc Llistosella, Managing Director and CEO of DICV, underlines: “We are able to offer an attractive mix of products to our customers. The rising fuel costs are becoming an issue in India, which is why truck customers want vehicles that are fuel-efficient as well as reliable and robust. Overall, our product range offers the best total cost of ownership.”
The medium-duty BharatBenz trucks can be used for a wide variety of applications. The vehicles that are primarily used at construction sites or for distribution transportation have an engine output of 140 hp or 170 hp and can, for example, be fitted with refrigeration bodies supplied by body manufacturers. At the same time, the vehicles are at least ten percent more fuel-efficient than comparable products on the Indian market.
About Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany. Since this year, DICV produces commercial vehicles for the Indian volume market. The products are customized to serve all major customer segments, ranging from owner-drivers to large fleet operators. The company also handles marketing, sales, and aftersales of Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks in India.
In cooperation with local car and commercial vehicle dealers, DICV is currently building up a nationwide retail network that will encompass more than 110 sales locations by 2014. To support the business activities of DICV and its BharatBenz brand, the Daimler subsidiary Daimler Financial Services India Plt. is offering financial services products and insurance solutions that are especially tailored to the needs of dealers and customers. These offers are branded as BharatBenz Financial products


Taylor Dunn - ET3000 Can Carry Up To 3,000 lbs!

Taylor-Dunn provides top quality commercial and industrial vehicles to meet your specific needs. The ET3000 is the next generation electric utility truck specifically designed to provide reliable service in rugged outdoor applications.

The ET3000 standard features include headlights, taillights, break lights, directional signals, and hazard flashing lights, steel cab and doors, load range E tires, durable frame design, four wheel hydraulic brakes and motor design that ensures reliability and low maintenance cost.

The ET3000 vehicle can carry loads as heavy as 3,000 pounds while traveling up to 18 miles per hour. Equipped with a 48 volt drive train, the ET3000 has a range of up to 30 miles in a single charge.

This vehicle provides acceleration while carrying heavy cargo during daily applications and is easy to maneuver with its 145 inch turn radius. At only 128 inches long and 50 inches wide, the ET3000 has a bed size of 41 inches by 75 inches.

Available options to customize your ET3000 include steel panel box, speed options, portable charger and any other special modifications to fit your appliances.

With over 180,000 vehicles in service and over 60 years of experience in the industry, Taylor-Dunn products are the best way to go about your business.

Taylor-Dunn... tough and dependable. See more at www.taylor-dunn.com


Citan Summer Testing in Granada

To the limit: Mercedes-Benz developers test the cooling system of the new Citan at very high temperatures over 35 degrees Centigrade or 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cooling system of the vehicle is constructed in a way that makes it possible to drive up gradients with the maximum load. Further, the cooling system works also at very high temperatures without any loss concerning the driving comfort or the air conditioning system.

In Granada the developers find ideal conditions for the testing of the cooling system. The test drive up in the Sierra Nevada offers a long and steep gradient. There are although constantly high temperatures at least 35 degrees Centigrade or 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The developer Markus Welser explains in the film, how the test program works.

(Read more on myvan.com: "Citan summer testing in Granada".)



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Ford Commercial Vehicles Set the Benchmark for Greenshields JCB

Brentwood, Essex, 10 October 2012 – Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans have been selected by Greenshields JCB, who specialise in the distribution, service and repair of JCB and Thwaites dumper vehicles.

Seven short-wheel-base Ford Transit and four Ford Transit Connect vans have been delivered already and a further 17 medium-wheel-base and long-wheel-base, high roof Transits are due for delivery by the end of October.

In total, 32 new Ford vans have been ordered, adding to the existing fleet of 15 Ford vehicles previously purchased by the company. All vehicles have been supplied to Greenshields from Guildford-based Ford commercial vehicle dealer, Grays Truck & Van. The high-spec Transits are all fully sign-written, fitted-out and ready for the road.

Tom Greenshields, aftermarket director for Greenshields JCB, said: “I’m happy to announce our continued loyalty to Ford commercial vehicles. When we make comparisons with other brands we look for the products that are fit for purpose and the most reliable.

“There is also good parts availability and service support should the need arise. We believe Ford commercial vehicles are the industry standard, setting the benchmark which others attempt to follow.”

Stephen Powell, Ford of Britain fleet business manager, said: “This is an excellent partnership between ourselves and Greenshields JCB. With the introduction of four all-new Ford commercial vehicles over the next 18 months, it offers us even greater scope to cement our business relationship further in the years ahead.”

About Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford products in the UK, please visit www.ford.co.uk


Fontaine Modification’s People and Capabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2012) – Fontaine Modification recently pulled together many of its employees to star in a video that shows what sets the truck modification company apart.

The video, which can be viewed at www.fontainemod.com/video.html or by searching “Fontaine Modification” on YouTube, shows directors, managers and engineers speaking from the heart about the company, their jobs and how Fontaine helps its fleet and truck OEM customers.

“A lot of people, including many of our longtime customers, don’t know just how many unique services Fontaine offers. We realized that the best way to explain our business would be to let our team do the talking,” said Will Trantham, president. “There wasn’t a whole lot of scripting. We just wanted to show who we are and what we do.”

Trantham stressed that Fontaine’s key advantage is its people. The employees in the video enthusiastically talk about the company’s unique products while introducing the new “We Are Fontaine” tagline.

Quality Manager Justin Kemp said in the video that customers rely on Fontaine because of its “small business philosophy and atmosphere, backed by Berkshire Hathaway and the Marmon Highway Technology Group.”

Fontaine is the leading provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets throughout North America. The video, which was produced by Marketing Renovations, is a new addition to the recently overhauled website, www.fontainemod.com.

“Fontaine's engineering modifications are so dramatic that the use of video is a great way to show customers and prospects the full extent of the company’s products and services,” said Alison Hurwitz, principal, Marketing Renovations. “This video took the story one step further by including many of the company faces and much personal commentary.”

For more information about Fontaine Modification, call 800.FONTAINE (800.366.8246) or visit the website at www.fontainemod.com .

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Fontaine Modification is North America’s leading provider of truck modifications for OEMs, dealers and fleets. Fontaine uses established ship-thru agreements with all major truck manufacturers to streamline the final delivery process to the end-user. The company’s modification centers are located conveniently near OEM manufacturing facilities in Denton, Texas; Garland, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dublin, Va.; Williamstown, W.V.; and Gainesville, Ga. The Charlotte location also houses the company headquarters and Innovation Center for research and development of post-production truck modifications.

Fontaine is a Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) company. MHT companies support the transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services. MHT companies are members of The Marmon Group, an international association of more than 125 independent business units. The Marmon Group is a Berkshire Hathaway Company.


UD TRUCKS - Quon: Delivering Ultimate Dependability

The Quon delivers the advantages of premium quality in every conceivable feature. It has been designed to meet the highest demands of our customers. Offering a true premium level of care, the Quon provides ultimate reliability: economical operation, driver safety and comfort, Japanese quality and durability.

Being inspired by the Japanese word "kuon" (久遠), meaning "eternal flow of time", the Quon is a dedication to our customer's continuous growth and success.



HTS Systems Hand Truck Sentry System - B&P Liberator Hand Trucks

The new HTS Ultra-Rack Hand Truck Sentry System and B&P Liberator hand truck products. The Hand Truck Sentry System is the world's ultimate hand truck safety rack!

Save route time, fuel and cargo space. Prevent worker injuries, hand truck loss, cargo damage, highway accidents and company liability. Save $1,500 to $1,800 dollars per year, per delivery vehicle. Saving a minute or more per stop, is 25-30 minutes per day or 2.5 hours of labor per week! The Hand Truck Sentry System safety rack pays for itself over and over again; saving delivery fleets thousands of dollars every year!

FedEx Ground, Interstate Batteries, Coors Light, Deka Batteries, Miller Lite, Molson Beer, Carvel Ice Cream, Huff Ice Cream, Navistar Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, Sprinter van, Ford Vans and Hino Trucks shown in this presentation. For more information about our HTS Systems' Hand Truck Sentry System products, Please visit: www.handtrucksystems.com


EZ Load Ladder Rack - Adjusting and Loading

Introducing the all-new EZ Load ladder rack from Adrian Steel! A step up from the grip-lock rack, the EZ Load rack is designed to lower the ladder 6" toward you so you don't have to reach the top of the van to load and unload ladders. See more at www.AdrianSteel.com


Ford Transit Custom - First Drive

For full details go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Ford-Transit-Custom-First-Drive.

Unveiled to much fanfare at the 2012 CV Show, Ford's all-new one-tonne Transit, the Custom, goes on sale in the UK this October. And it is a very different proposition to its predecessor.


Journey of the world's longest wind turbine rotor blade

Transporting the world's largest rotor blade, at 75 meters, is not only technically or logistically challenging but also an impressive feat of the truck's driver. The vehicle is 85 meters long, five meters wide and four meters high.



Chevy & GMC Bi-Fuel Pickup Competitive Comparison

All major components will have GM service part numbers for broad availability, providing you with peace of mind that parts will be available to keep your vehicles on the road.

See more about this model at http://www.gmfleet.com/overview/trucks.html


What Is Better Than A Knapheide KSS Service Body?

What's better than a Knapheide KSS body on an extended cab single rear wheel chassis? Why a red one, of course. Everyone knows how Commercial Truck Success likes red trucks. What's better than a RED Knapheide KSS body mounted on a RED extended cab single rear wheel chassis? One with a Telescoping Sliding Roof, or cargo bed enclosure as some call it, or roll top as others call it.

What's better than all this? Add some shiny aluminum wheels and uplevel trim with all of the creature comforts! Might not want to get out of the truck and do any work. I don't know how it could get any better than that.

Knapheide ROCKS! See more at www.Knapheide.com


Isuzu Makes Its Mark With Makro

One of a pair of newly acquired Isuzu Forward N75.190 7.5t rigids, currently working for wholesale cash and carry company Makro, recently took part in the annual historic ‘Cart Marking’ ceremony in the City of London. Cart Marking is a multi-vehicle parade and vehicle drive past, in the presence of the Rt Hon Mayor of London, the Sheriff of London and other city officers.

Although Makro has operated a sizeable number of Isuzu trucks over the past couple of years, the latest specification Isuzu featured at the ceremony was one from a recent order for two identical vehicles. Both of the newly acquired trucks have been fitted with RVL refrigerated bodies and are operating on a Makro Foodservice contract from Acton, London, including delivering produce into the Olympic Village during the recent London 2012 Olympics and current Paralympics.

According to Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck UK, "The Cart Marking ceremony is a prestigious annual event within the City of London calendar and Isuzu Truck has played an active role in this event for many years now, always featuring a latest specification Isuzu that will operate within the London area."

This particular Isuzu 7.5 t rigid featured Isuzu's Euro 5, four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine, producing 190 brake horsepower, matched to Isuzu's popular Easyshift automated gearbox. The pair of new Isuzus operating for Makro has been supplied and will be maintained by leading commercial vehicle contract hire and fleet management company VMS (Fleet Management) Ltd to DHL to satisfy this Makro foodservice contract.

The Cart Marking ceremony at the Guildhall in London is a time-honoured tradition, maintained by the worshipful company of Carmen. Selected vehicles, representing the history of transport, are branded with a red-hot iron on a wooden plate: also carrying a unique vehicle number and the Carmen Arms. The ceremony acts as a reminder of centuries of service by transport organisations to the City of London.

See more at www.isuzutruck.co.uk

Isuzu – A global strength
Established almost a century ago Isuzu Motors Japan is a world leading truck manufacturer. IMJ produces around 400 000 light to medium weight commercial vehicles, every year and its products sell within 170 countries throughout the world. The company is also a world-leader in diesel engine technology and manufactures around 1.5 million engines every year.

Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited was formed in 1996 and is the dedicated UK Isuzu commercial vehicle distributor and marketing & sales operation. ITUK currently employs 52 people and has over 60 dealers in its strategically located nationwide network. All ITUK sold products are backed by ITUK’s industry-unique, award-winning, customer service programme CARE (Customer facing, Always listening, Reliable and trustworthy, Efficient and friendly).



Check Out Highway Products Awesome New Website!

CTS has long been fond of the super high quality and great looking products that Highway Products has become so well known for, but their website was not up to the same standard. . . until now! This website jumped off the screen at me when I first landed on the new site yesterday. Wow! Congratulations and high fives all around for the team and teamwork that brought this great new website about. Excellent work.

Check it out at www.HighwayProducts.com


Beautiful Aluminum Flatbed On Red Crew Cab Truck

Here's a beautiful red truck with a shiny aluminum flatbed that is sure to get attention. The bed is manufactured by Highway Products in Southern Oregon and installed by Cascade Truck Body & Trailer Sales in Eugene, Oregon. Two quality partners coming together to create another happy customer.

See more about Cascade Truck Body & Trailer Sales and their new website at www.CascadeTruckBody.com, and like them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cascade-Truck-Body-Trailer-Sales/159481807405191?fref=ts

See more about Highway Products and their new website at www.HighwayProducts.com, and like them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HighwayProducts


Hino Trucks Partners With Morgan Corporation

NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks has partnered with Morgan Corporation on a quick delivery, dry freight van body program for its conventional trucks. This partnership will give Hino dealers across the country access to faster turnaround times on 24’-26’ dry freight van bodies and provides customers shorter lead times.
Available in October, this Quick Turn stock program will serve 46 states (excluding, Hawaii, Alaska, California and Nevada) and trucks will be stocked through Morgan’s regional manufacturing operations - Morgantown PA., Rydal GA., Corsicana TX., and Lakeland FL. Despite regional stocking, customers will receive the benefit of consistent, national pricing across the country that maintains the same price on the program bodies through all Hino dealers.

"Morgan’s nationwide presence offers our customers unmatched service and support. Morgan has been a first-rate supplier to Hino Trucks over the last number of years, and prides itself on industry- leading innovation, quality and delivery. We look forward to expanding our body program offerings with Morgan while maintaining the high level of quality and satisfaction that Hino customers have come to expect," said Glenn Ellis, Vice President of Marketing for Hino Trucks.

"This new program is designed to have a 21-day turnaround from chassis or order receipt on stocked trucks," said Chris Johnson, National Account Manager for Morgan Corporation. He added, "In today’s increasing economic climate, Morgan is committed to helping Hino customers cut their wait time, provide competitive pricing and ensure the best product on the road."

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 5-7 commercial trucks in the United States. In 2012, Hino introduced its Class 5 cab-over diesel-electric trucks making diesel-electric hybrids a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 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, 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 MorganMorgan Corporation is America’s largest manufacturer of class 3 to 7 dry freight van bodies and refrigerated truck bodies. Morgan also custom builds curtainsiders, furniture and moving van bodies, portable storage units, parcel van bodies and stake/platform truck bodies.

Daimler Trucks North America Adds Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems to Its Aftermarket Offering

Maintenance of proper tire pressure offers increased economy and safety on the road
Portland, Ore., September 24, 2012 – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has launched new tire pressure monitoring technology as an aftermarket offering for its Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses commercial vehicles. Introduced during the 2012 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, the new system allows real-time tire performance monitoring for better fuel economy and safety.

The new system provides air pressure and tire air temperature data while driving or stationary enabling drivers to preemptively address tire issues before they occur. The system reports per axle high- and low-pressure and rapid pressure loss alerts that can dramatically increase a driver’s ability to avoid dangerous situations. Customizable axle settings also allow driver notification of other issues including hanging brake calipers, bearing failures and individual tire defects.

“We’re excited to be offering this new system for our Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses. It’s always a great benefit to be able to offer drivers and fleets more information about the performance of their vehicles,” said Todd Biggs, director of aftermarket parts and service marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “Blown tires are most often caused by under- or over-inflation. Running the proper air pressure prolongs the life of the tire, increases fuel economy and improves safety through fewer on-road tire failures.”

The exterior sensors simply screw on to standard tire valve stems and communicate wirelessly every two minutes with a central control unit. The system is easily added to any 12-volt power system and is offered in six- and ten-sensor kits for quick tractor set up, with additional sets of two available for monitoring up to 34 different tires at a time.

A trailer exchange feature synchronizes the control module to the tire sensors on a new trailer automatically, facilitating quick and simple trailer exchanges with no loss of data reporting. The exterior fully-sealed sensors feature extremely durable brass threading and military-grade five-to-seven year lithium-cadmium batteries. The system is backed by DTNA’s one-year warranty and support at over 800 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Visit the Freightliner Team Run Smart blog to read more, or visit your nearest Freightliner, Western Star. or Thomas Built Bus dealer.

About Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer

First Look: 2013 Ram HD 2500/3500

From the State Fair of Texas, Mark Williams of Pickuptrucks.com checks out the 2013 Ram 2500.


Ram’s Halo Trucks – 2013 Chassis Cab Lineup Offer Best-in-class Capability and New Exclusive Features

  • 2013 Ram Chassis Cab goes far beyond competitive capability with best-in-class towing and best-in-class total cost of ownership
  • New 2013 Ram Chassis Cab includes significant upgrades to powertrain, frame, suspension, body, electrical architecture and interior
  • Legendary diesel power with new six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
  • 6.7-liter Cummins available with high output option producing 325 horsepower (242 kW) at 3,000 rpm and best-in-class 750 lb.-ft. of torque (559 N•m)
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 383 horsepower (286 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m), and features variable-valve timing for greater efficiency and performance (Ram 3500 Chassis Cab)
  • New Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission handles higher diesel output and offers enhanced power take-off (PTO) capability
  • Exclusive dual-inlet Ram Active Air in diesel models adjusts induction according to driving conditions for optimal performance
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel
  • Advanced diesel engine cooling system enables 25-percent more heat rejection for harsh duty cycles when compared to previous design
  • Next-generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system — more efficient energy
  • Innovative features combined with excellence in engineering make upfitting easy and less expensive
  • Only manufacturer to feature standard electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
  • New frame improvements include high-strength 50 KSI steel, eight cross member construction, C-channel rear rails to ensure continued unsurpassed noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), ride and handling characteristics
  • Integration of Powernet technology enables expansion of feature content by adding bandwidth to the truck’s electrical architecture
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles
  • Exterior design changes include new grilles and all-new premium lighting system with bi-functional halogen projector bulbs and LEDs for park/turn and side markers
  • New interior features include: Standard and premium vehicle information center, steering wheel and controls, instrument panel, door panels, interior colors and premium materials
  • Next-generation Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart media centers with a powerful new wireless platform that includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • New configurable premium vehicle information center with 7-inch multiview display available on SLT and standard on Laramie models
  • Best-in-class, new vehicle system interface module (VSIM)
  • New Passive Entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go

September 27, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2013 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab truck is the pinnacle of capability. Engineered and designed for extreme daily work, the Ram Chassis Cabs are products of a demanding environment and direct customer input. Ram’s halo truck line focuses on best-in-class capability and best-in-class total cost of ownership, a leading concern among business owners. For 2013, the new Chassis Cab trucks also receive an all-new interior, the latest infotainment technology and exclusive upfit solutions, giving Ram Chassis Cab a competitive advantage. The new Chassis Cab goes further to offer a best-in-class powertrain warranty of 5 years/100,000 miles.

“The Ram Chassis Cab lineup is engineered for hard work. Our efforts to simplify upfitting and reduce total cost of ownership have made Ram a popular choice for industrial, commercial and even personal applications,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group LLC. “We see an opportunity to grow our share in the Chassis Cab segment and Ram is offering best-in-class capabilities with class-exclusive features to get the job done and attract new customers."

The new 2013 Chassis Cab best-in-class capability ratings:
  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)
  • Best-in-class towing
  • Best-in-class front Gross Axle Weight rating (GAWR) on 4500 and 5500
Features include a number of industry exclusives:
  • Vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
  • Largest fuel tank
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel
  • Largest -in-class brakes
  • Best-in-class dual 220-amp alternator system
  • Exclusive back up camera for upfitter positioning
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty
Ram Chassis Cab engineers design trucks for upfits and develop unique features to ease installation of multiple systems and bodies without interference or difficult relocation of components, including:
  • Industry standard frame lengths 60-inch, 84-inch, 108-inch and 120-inch
  • No components or lines above the rear frame rails
  • Through-the-frame plumbing and electrical
  • Removable/ movable exhaust and frame components
  • DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side to ensure easy access at pump stations
With the upfits in mind, the 2013 Ram Chassis Cab trucks feature new frames built with high-strength 50 KSI steel, including eight separate cross-member construction. Designing the frames for upfits creates a competitive advantage, improves durability and reduces warranty costs from unapproved modifications. Ram Chassis Cab trucks have no components or lines above the rear frame rails. This feature reduces the need for modification and relocation that is sometimes required in competitive trucks. One piece, C-channel rear frame rails, and through-the-frame plumbing and electrical provide a flat plane for ease of mounting application bodies and accessories.

To handle the best-in-class towing and unsurpassed Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) capability of the new Ram Chassis Cab, new springs have been integrated to handle heavier front load while maintaining front ride height. The improvements also improve overall roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles, especially trucks with heavy payloads. An advanced five-link front suspension ensures excellent ride and handling for a higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. The newly designed Hotchkiss rear leaf spring suspension not only provides a minimum of zero degrees rake angle at max load, it also maintains objectives for ride and handling.

Along with alterations in the suspension, Ram engineers improved the Chassis Cab steering. The drag link is repositioned over the track bar to reduce roll oversteer and to improve tracking at highway speeds. Also, the drag link is now attached directly to the knuckle, offering improved efficiency for driver input. The caster and track are increased for more wheel aligning torque, which improves return-to-center at the steering wheel. A new ball joint alignment feature and sealing method improves alignment and service for lower total cost of ownership. The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab receives a new steering damper with new valving and protective cover for added durability. These improvements result in enhanced and precise on-center feel despite the vehicles higher towing and payload capacities.

The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab comes equipped with updated engine, transmission and body mounts for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.

Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks are available with an engineering-approved, upfitter-friendly solution for customers who require back panel removal on regular cab trucks. Because the instructions were created and approved by Ram commercial truck engineers, the cutaway design retains the structural integrity of the truck.

As the Ram Chassis Cab continues to offer more feature content, it created the need for a technology that allows more information to be electronically communicated within the truck. The new Powernet system allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers.

A majority of the commercial truck customers need to tie into the electrical system and certain fleet customers require access to vehicle information. A new best-in-class, vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules. The class exclusive module acts as a secure gateway to the vehicles’ electrical systems and data bus architecture to enable safe, secure plug ‘n play connectivity for up-fitter use.

New for 2013, an optional dual 220-amp alternator system on the diesel-equipped Ram Chassis Cab provides best-in-class electrical capability for the higher electrical loads required in select upfits such as emergency lighting and electric clutch pumps.

Total cost of ownership and best-in-class powertrain warranty - 5 years/ 100,000 miles
Operating costs are of great consideration for owner’s who use their trucks for work. The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab holds class-leading features in:
  • Extended maintenance cycle (15,000 mile oil change, fuel filter life)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake
  • Upfit integration
The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab is backed with an best-in-class 5-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard 3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Chassis Cab, from the body to the electrical system.

The new Ram trucks deliver the most diesel power in the medium-duty commercial-truck segment – a proven and highly efficient gasoline engine, an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced power take-off (PTO) capability and a host of technologies aimed at delivering best-in-class cost of operation attributes.

The 3500 chassis cab comes standard with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 gasoline engine. The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 3,950 rpm. Mated to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission, the HEMI® features enhanced fuel efficiency and power output, thanks to the incorporation of variable valve-timing and a compression ratio of 10.5:1. Refinements and other applied technologies provide the latest-generation HEMI with performance and fuel economy improvements to rival multi-valve V-8 offerings.

Unlike the competition, Ram offers two engine variants based on the 6.7-liter Cummins for diesel supremacy in the segment.

The first version features 320 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm – an increase of 15 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. torque over the previous offering. The engine is paired with Ram’s segment-exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for consistent performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern.

A second high-output diesel delivers 325 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and generates best-in-class torque of 750 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm. The engine is paired with a new Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC) and marks the first time a high-output diesel is offered in Chassis Cab.

The new AS69RC transmission features more robust components and a new controller that improves shift performance, transmission efficiency and drivability when compared to the previous model. The new transmission is designed for higher engine ratings and enables a left-side PTO option, as well as allowing for a split shaft PTO configuration. Fire pumpers, dump beds, cranes and onboard compressor/generators are typical PTO based upfits.

For 2013, all Ram Chassis Cab diesels benefit from an all-new cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and charge air cooler afford 25 percent more heat-rejection capacity to align with best-in-class GCWR. Lower operating temperatures deliver improved performance, durability and lower operating costs.

New GCWR ratings also led to the development of the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system, activated by new monitoring capabilities added to the engine controller. When the exclusive intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water ingestion.

Emissions performance
The Cummins powerplants benefit from a larger exhaust-gas recirculation cooler, which complements the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and accommodates a best-in-class oil-change interval of 15,000 miles. Oil life is increased by reducing soot production and reducing fuel dilution of the oil.

When needed, the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is injected into the exhaust to reduce NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) emissions coming out of the tail pipe. Unlike the competition, the Ram Chassis Cab maintains full power when fluid is low. The state-of-the art DEF system applied on the Ram Chassis Cab features an electric heater in the DEF tank to ensure the fluid is available in a liquid state regardless of climate. The result is a less complex system for enhanced durability. Competitive designs have used a network of glycol-circulated cooling/heating lines. The DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and clear of upfit zones, a configuration that ensures easy access at fuel stations when compared to the competition.

Combined with an improvement in fuel economy, due in part to the engines’ high-pressure common-rail fuel system, SCR provides a net reduction in Ram Chassis Cab operating costs.

The SCR-equipped Cummins engines also operate cleaner by lowering greenhouse-gas emissions and better managing soot production than Lean NOx Trap (LNT) technology.

Two new grille designs are available on the 2013 Ram Chassis Cab, and the quad headlamp design has improved light spread, pattern consistency and distance. An all-new premium headlamp is offered featuring bi-functional halogen projectors and new LEDs for park/turn and side markers. The LED light housings are functional hardware with appeal and durability over incandescent bulbs.

An exclusive, new back-up camera is available and delivered with factory wiring and multi-purpose mount for easy installation by the upfitter. The camera provides a view of the rear with upgraded resolution with higher definition and dynamic imaging in the available 8.4-inch radio display or 1.7 x 3-inch display in the rear-view mirror.
Exterior door and fender badges are located in a portrait style format providing usable real estate on the door for a commercial customer’s logos and graphics.

For 2013, Ram Chassis Cab offers 12 different colors with an additional 18 specialty paint options, including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue and Robin Egg Blue.

New Ram Chassis Cab features and technologies create an opportunity for a redesigned interior with material upgrades, improved fit and finish, new colors, HVAC controls and new multimedia systems.

In four-door models, rear-seat occupants enjoy the same quality, fit and finish as the driver. With points of contact a priority, new premium, durable materials are now on all four doors.

The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab features the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system. To make room for the new big screen, the center stack is upgraded with matching materials found throughout the interior. To complement the range of Chassis Cab models, the interior design team created new, individualized themes with different colors and materials.

The all-new HVAC controls take lessons learned from other Chrysler Group Uconnect applications and feature simple, improved function meeting the highest Human Machine Interface (HMI) standards. The HVAC system includes a redundant architecture allowing the operator to use either the 8.4-inch touchscreen or manual controls to alter the truck’s environment. Below the upgraded HVAC arrangement is a new switch bank with relocated, easy-to-use controls for a number of features depending on vehicle models and options. The top row is for functional features and includes exhaust brake, tow/haul and ESC. The bottom row comes standard as an auxiliary switch bank for all five spots with a PTO option when equipped. Contiguous to the switch bank is a relocated and prominently placed adjustable integrated trailer brake control allowing the driver to add or reduce trailer brake function on the fly. The new console center stack includes one 115-volt and two 12-volt outlets on either side with an optional powered USB on the driver’s side.

All Ram Chassis Cab trucks continue to use a column shifter for the automatic transmission. Electronic Range Select (ERS) is now located on the face of the steering wheel, right side, allowing individual gear selection. Diesel models offer an exclusive manual six-speed transmission, the only manual transmission offering in the segment. On all models, the transfer case retains full capability with a rotary e-shift to control “4WD Auto,” “4WD Lock,” “4WD Low,” “2WD” and “Neutral”.

New technology moves to the gauge cluster. Previously only available on premium models, the 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is now a standard feature. The new thin-film transistor (TFT), 7-inch multiview display is now available on premium models. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.

Chassis Cab trucks with bucket seats offer additional storage capacity in the center console. Six-passenger capability is available with the 40-20-40 bench seat.

Two new steering wheels are available and seating colors and feel are upgraded with new colors, including a new premium cloth material.

The center consoles for both the bucket and 40-20-40 bench seat configurations are all new with efficient storage in mind. The new bucket seat console uses the extra space as additional storage. The bench seat design includes three new cup holders built into the console lid that features a washable rubber bellow lining allowing storage for most cup sizes as well as other personal items. Folding back the center console and center front seat base reveals a large storage bin that houses an optional CD player. Both versions of the console feature two tiers of storage and are available with a new multi-media port with USB, SD card and auxiliary inputs in the upper tier. Additionally, a 2.5-amp USB power port and 12-volt outlet are available to meet device-charging needs.

Building upon base radio capability, two new Uconnect systems are offered to provide Ram customers with a range of features and connectivity options. The Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN provide Ram truck owners with a built-in wireless connection allowing vehicle occupants to automatically connect to a variety of new services. Users can remotely lock and unlock doors or start their vehicles from any distance via the web or a smartphone application. The new Uconnect system includes a 911 button on the rear-view mirror for a direct connection to emergency services. An ASSIST button also is integrated into the rear-view mirror to summon help directly from a roadside assistance provider or connect with Chrysler Group’s Vehicle Customer Care Center. Wi-Fi hotspot capability enabled by Uconnect Access provides in-cabin wireless Internet connectivity via laptop, tablet or smartphone, whether on the move or at the worksite. Applications are updatable over the air and are downloaded directly to the Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN systems, keeping features current.

Uconnect Voice Command allows drivers to control their mobile phone, music and navigation system while staying focused on driving. The phone book within a compatible phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM, FM, HD and SiriusXM Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands.

Uconnect supports Bluetooth-equipped cell phones with message access profile (MAP) advanced text-messaging. This industry-first voice recognition uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.

Filling the gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, color, premium multiview display, featuring a new customizable function that enables Ram customers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. Ram’s new information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily. The multiview display offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from a basic digital speed read out to specific vehicle status information. Operation of the display is clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions.

Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer more than 45 active and passive safety and security features, including standard front air bags and seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), knee bolsters, seat-belt pretensioners, BeltAlert and ParkView rear back-up camera system.

The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab models also include standard ESC, a segment exclusive on Class 3/4/5 chassis cabs over 10,000 lb. GVWR. ESC hosts a number of technologies including all-speed traction control, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and anti-lock brake system (ABS).

The new 2013 Ram Chassis Cab now offers Keyless Enter ’n Go technology, which allows the doors to be unlocked and the truck to be started without having to touch the key fob. An available remote start feature allows a driver to start their truck from up to 300 feet away. Door controls, illuminated entry, engine immobilizer and panic alert are standard features with the Keyless Enter ’n Go system. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps also are new offerings, adding to a long list of content.

Start of production of the 2013 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.