Monroe and Reading Enter Strategic Partnership

Two Industry Leaders Join Forces
to Offer Unparalleled Portfolio and Reach

Monroe, WI and Reading, PA (April 8, 2013) Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of Snow & Ice Control equipment, commercial truck bodies & modifications and Reading Truck Body, LLC, a leading provider and manufacturer of high quality service truck equipment, announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership that will provide an incomparable portfolio of products and services to the industry.

The partnership between Monroe and Reading will bring significant advantages for the marketplace, as well as each company. Monroe will provide Reading with nationwide distribution coverage that fills a variety of niches in the Midwest and beyond, while Reading will equip Monroe with an unprecedented line-up of product offerings. Monroe’s major Midwest presence will give Reading customers a strengthened network and superior customer service. The collaboration also provides more resources to offer Fleet Management and Leasing Companies expanded product portfolios and market reach.

"Teaming up with Monroe is a strategic decision that came naturally given our common business philosophy and complementary product lines," says Brian Nadel, President and CEO of The Reading Group. "The combination of our premium products and Monroe’s incredible distribution channels is the obvious next step in our business strategy. We are honored to be working hand-in-hand with such a reputable company that will help us expand our market reach."

With locations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky, Monroe will now distribute Reading products where they have not been widely available before. Products include the new Reading Ready Van SL, Classic II Service Body, Aluminum Classic II Service Body, Reading SL Service Body and more.

"We have always been impressed by the quality products Reading manufacturers," says Rick Rufenacht, Monroe Truck Equipment’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales. "Reading has proven their ingenuity through the design and manufacture of green products. Using alternative materials, such as composite and aluminum, affords our customers impressive fuel savings, increased payload capacity and less wear and tear on their chassis. Joining forces with Reading will broaden our portfolio of vocational bodies, which will benefit our customers at a level unmatched in this industry."

Two Companies. One Force. Driving the industry.

About Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc.

Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. (MTE), with headquarters in Monroe, WI, was founded in 1958 and has grown to six locations throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky. MTE manufactures and distributes a complete line of Snow & Ice Control Equipment and an extensive line of Commercial Truck Bodies. In addition, MTE has become a leader in chassis modifications through broad design, engineering and manufacturing resources, thus providing vast solutions for the Commercial and Fleet Vehicle Industry.

For more information on Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. and its products please visit www.monroetruck.com or contact your local MTE Sales Representative.

About The Reading Group, LLC

The Reading Group was originally founded as Reading Body Works in 1955. The Reading Group owns Reading Truck Body, LLC, which has a manufacturing plant in Reading, PA with additional company-owned installation facilities operating as Reading Equipment & Distribution, LLC. Reading Equipment & Distribution specializes in dealer sales, custom product sales, and installations, with a large focus on utility applications and alternative fuel conversions.

For more information on Reading Truck Body, LLC and its products please visit www.ReadingBody.com.


Isuzu Models Pass 150 With Latest Truck Release

The release of three new model variants as part of its 2013 model year N and F Series upgrades has seen the Isuzu truck range hit 154 models, the most comprehensive range ever offered by IAL, and easily providing the broadest truck model choice in the Australian market.

In the light duty segment, Isuzu has 58 N Series on offer; the selection is even greater for medium duty applications with 64 F Series available.

The FX Series, which covers 10 model variants, was recently joined by nine Isuzu twin steer FY Series trucks, bridging the gap between the standard F Series and the heavy duty Giga C and E Series trucks of which 13 variants are available.

All up the product range sees Isuzu without peer in the breadth of models it can offer Australian truck buyers, whether they require a car-licence ready-to-work vehicle, a B-double capable prime mover, or just about anything in between.

According to IAL Director and COO, Phil Taylor, a broad product range is an important component in keeping existing customers while it also helps attract new ones.

"Isuzu has been particularly successful over many years at identifying niches in the market and introducing models with specifications that go hand-in-hand with customer requirements," Mr Taylor said.

"Our desire to fill as many gaps as possible in the market has seen the Isuzu range expand enormously and it now sits at 154 variants.

"Having a broad product range allows our customers to grow their businesses while maintaining their relationship with our brand," Mr Taylor said.

"Those who have had a good experience with Isuzu will be more likely to choose Isuzu in another weight category if circumstances in their business change, while for prospective customers, the chances are high that Isuzu will have a model to suit their application."

A number of additional Isuzu models have been slated for release later this year.

See more at www.isuzu.com.au

Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - Fiat Professional Interview

For Fiat Professional News and Reviews go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Fiat-Home-Page.

Sebastiano Fedrigo is Director of Fiat Professional in the UK and VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with him at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show.


Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - Isuzu UK Interview

For information and reviews of Isuzu D-Max go to: http://www.vansa2z.com/Isuzu-Home-Page

D-Max, winner of the VansA2Z 2013 Best Pick-Up of the Year Award 2013 was featured in many guises on the Isuzu stand at the CV Show. VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee caught up with William Brown, General Manager of Isuzu UK.


Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - Ford Interview 1

For all Ford light commercial vehicle news and reviews go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Ford-Home-Page.

VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee caught up with Barb Samardzich, Vice President of Product Development Ford of Europe, at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show. All-new Transits were high on the agenda, naturally.


Classic Trucks - Light Commercial Vehicles

This is a great historical look at the cargo van from the early 1900s forward. Nicely done - CTS.

Classic Trucks - Light Commercial Vehicles


Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Pickup Engine for Ram HD Trucks

On December 10, 2012, the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant (CMEP) built the 2,000,000th pickup engine for Chrysler Group LLC. Follow it down the assembly line in this video. The 2012 6.7L High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel powers the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy duty pickup trucks. It is also available in Ram 3500/4500/5500 chassis cabs.

This historic engine was one of the last MY2012 engines produced at CMEP before changing over to the new 2013 6.7L engine. To commemorate this milestone, the 2,000,000th engine was built with a special edition red breather cover and valve cover.



Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - VansA2Z Mercedes-Benz Interview

For information and reviews of Mercedes-Benz vans go to: http://www.vansa2z.com/Mercedes-Benz-...

VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee caught up with Steve Bridge, LCV Sales & Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz, at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show. The centrepiece was the launch of the new Citan.


Pro-Tech Sno Pusher Celebrates 20 Years Through Customer Pics-Extended Cut

Go to http://protechcorp.com/LandingPages/C... to submit your pictures of your Pro-Tech Sno Pusher

Since 1993, tens of thousands of Pro-Tech Sno Pushers have been used by thousands of Snofighters to battle the gamut of winter weather from light dustings to hazardous blizzards. Thank you for choosing the Sno Pusher to service your customers.


Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - MINI Interview

For information on MINI Clubvan go to http://www.vansa2z.com/MINI-Home-Page

BMW-owned MINI made its Commercial Vehicle Show debut in 2013 with the Clubvan and VansA2Z's Editor Neil McIntee spoke to Andy Harley, Corporate Sales Manager in the UK


Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 - Citroën Interview

For information and reviews of Citroën vans go to http://www.vansa2z.com/Citroen-Home-Page.

VansA2Z editor Neil McIntee caught up with Scott Michael, Head of Commercials Vehicles at Citroën UK, at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show. The centrepiece was the battery-powered Berlingo Electric which goes on sale in the UK this July


Ford and GM to Jointly Develop Advanced Nine- and 10-Speed Automatic Transmissions

  • New project to build on success of previous collaborations
  • Initial design and engineering work is already under way
  • New transmissions will improve fuel economy and enhance performance
DEARBORN, Mich., April 15, 2013 – Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation have signed an agreement under which both companies will jointly develop an all-new generation of advanced-technology nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.
The new transmissions, to be built in both front- and rear-wheel-drive variants, will improve vehicle performance and increase fuel economy.
The collaboration enables both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently.
“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering. “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios.”
A track record of success
This new agreement marks the third time in the past decade that GM and Ford have collaborated on transmissions. These collaborative efforts have enabled both companies together to deliver more than 8 million durable, high-quality six-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions to customers around the globe.
Ford installs these six-speed transmissions in some of America’s favorite vehicles, such as the Ford Fusion family sedan, the Ford Edge crossover and Ford Escape and Explorer SUVs, while GM installs them into a variety of high-volume, award-winning products such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Cruze.
That original collaboration served as a template for the new one. As before, each company will manufacture its own transmissions in its own plants with many common components.
“The goal is to keep hardware identical in the Ford and GM transmissions. This will maximize parts commonality and give both companies economy of scale,” said Craig Renneker, Ford’s chief engineer for transmission and driveline component and pre-program engineering. “However, we will each use our own control softwareto ensure that each transmission is carefully matched to the individual brand-specific vehicle DNA for each company.”
“With the jointly developed six-speed automatics we have in production today, we’ve already proven that Ford and GM transmission engineers work extremely well together,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering. “Our front-wheel-drive transmissions have exceeded expectations and there is every reason to believe we will have the same success with these all-new transmissions.”
“This agreement provides tremendous benefits for both companies, and it will pay big dividends for our customers and shareholders,” added Lanzon. “By jointly sharing the development of these two new families of transmissions, both GM and Ford will be able to more efficiently use our respective manpower resources to develop additional future advanced transmissions and bring them to market faster than if we worked alone.”
Further technical details and vehicle applications for these transmissions will be released by each company at the appropriate time before launch.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 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 and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


2013 Green Truck Summit Highlights

Highlights of the 2013 Green Truck Summit at the NTEA Work Truck Show in March 2013


3 Drawer Options On Pro-Tech Industries Drawer Assemblies Demonstrated

Eric with Pro-Tech Industries demonstrates drawer assemblies that are available for a number of configurations such as service body cabinets, tool boxes, etc. In this case, he is showing 3 different drawer options to give maximum flexibility and safe storage. See more about Pro-Tech Industries at http://www.protech.net.


2013 NTEA Work Truck Show Recap

Watch the video recap of this year's Work Truck Show to experience just a taste of the educational, networking and entertaining aspects during the event. Be sure to save the date for The Work Truck Show 2014 on March 5-7, 2014 (educational program runs March 4-6) in Indianapolis, IN.


Maxilift M-50 Crane Demonstration at NTEA Work Truck Show

Jim Jennings with Maxilift Cranes demonstrates the M-50. It only weighs 210 lbs., but will lift up to 1,100 lbs. next to the body. See more about this compact crane and all of the Maxilift cranes at http://www.maxiliftcrane.com.


ROUSH CleanTech Announces Production Timing for Ford F-650

Clean, cost-saving alternative fuel option
to fill growing demand for heavier duty platforms
LIVONIA, MICH. (April 15, 2013) The propane industry, food and beverage distributors, logistics companies, tree servicing companies and public utilities are just a few examples of fleets to benefit from the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford F-650 chassis cab fuel system.

ROUSH CleanTech is now taking orders for the new multipurpose Ford F-650 propane autogas fuel system, with production beginning in October.

"Fleet managers operating cylinder delivery trucks, dump trucks, boom cranes, box trucks, snow plows, spreaders, and propane bobtail delivery vehicles can significantly lower their operating costs, carbon footprint and imported oil dependence with the new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-650," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. "At half the cost of diesel and with virtually no particulate emissions, fueling with propane autogas offers valuable benefits to fleet managers in many industries."

Offered in two tank size configurations, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems fill growing demand for heavier duty platforms. For trucks equipped with non-skirted bodies, a fuel tank package will provide a sizeable 80 usable gallon fuel capacity. A fuel tank package for skirted bodies will feature approximately 45 usable gallons. The dual "saddle" tank design features a single refueling point, replacing the gasoline tank location.

Heavier duty vehicles get lower fuel economy than their lighter-duty counterparts, which makes controlling fuel costs a major concern for fleet managers. Domestically produced propane autogas offers fuel savings while delivering cleaner emissions. Historically, propane autogas costs up to 40 percent less than gasoline and about 50 percent less than diesel. Federal tax credits provide an additional $.50 per gallon savings. Operating on propane autogas instead of diesel also removes the complexity and cost of diesel exhaust fluid and other after-treatment measures, which can accelerate return on investment and cut operating costs. Over a 200,000-mile lifecycle, a typical fleet can expect to see fuel cost savings of $50,000 or more by operating a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas Ford F-650.

"The new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-650 is yet another example of the versatility of abundant, clean and price-competitive propane autogas," said Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, which co-funded development of the fuel system. "Backed by a nationwide network of propane retailers offering convenient refueling options, the F-650 expands the portfolio of propane autogas trucks on the road today and provides an economic, environmental and competitive advantage for America’s fleets."

A Tier 1 supplier, ROUSH CleanTech is the first and only Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) manufacturer offering dedicated propane autogas fuel systems. With up to 30,000 gross vehicle weight rating, the propane autogas Ford F-650 delivers the same horsepower, torque and towing as the gasoline fueled model available from Ford. It fulfills California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency certifications.

"Ford is the market leader in commercial trucks and vans, and continues to strengthen that position by offering a full line of commercial vehicles prepped from the factory with gaseous fuel-ready engines. From Ford F-250 through F-650, and E-150 through E-450, fleets can experience the benefits of this great alternative fuel in multiple configurations," said Mouw. Ford’s gaseous fuels prep package offers hardened valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability. Ford warranty remains intact when installing fuel systems from manufacturers with the Ford QVM designation.

About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across the country. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.


New Skid-Steer Products From Western Snow Plows

Dave from Western Snow Plows talks about the new skid-steer products from Western Snow Plows. The two models offered are the Pro Plus and Prodigy models. See more at http://www.westernplows.com/wp/showroom/skid-steer.


2012 Ram 5500 Service Body Truck with Crane at Northland Dodge

Murray with Northland Dodge in Prince George, BC shows off a Dynamic Industries Service Body with tall boxes, drawers in one compartment, shelves in others, along with bottle brackets and rings on the curbside front compartment. This unit also has a MaxiLift Cobra 5500 crane for those big jobs out in the field. In addition this great body is mounted on a Ram 5500 diesel 4x4 chassis to help get to those jobs out in the field and back again. Check out the video for even more features.

We say, "Nice Truck!"

To see more about Northland Dodge, visit www.NorthlandDodge.ca


Fred M. Diaz Named Divisional Vice President, Nissan Sales & Marketing for Nissan Division in the U.S.

[Note: CTS rarely post personnel changes in the industry, and there are so many, but this one we found more interesting than most. . .]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced that Fred M. Diaz has been named to the newly formed position of divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Nissan U.S., reporting to José Muñoz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Customer Quality and Dealer Network Development, Nissan Americas. Most recently, Diaz was president and chief executive officer - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group, LLC as well as president and chief executive officer, Chrysler de Mexico.

In this new leadership role, Diaz will assume full responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Nissan Division in the United States, including all sales, marketing, fixed operations, parts and service and administration functions. He will lead the Nissan Division team with the Marketing, Light Commercial Vehicle & Fleet, Parts & Service and Regional Operations functions reporting directly to him.

"Fred Diaz is one of the most experienced, results-driven sales and marketing executives in our industry, and we are privileged to welcome him to Nissan," said Muñoz. "As Nissan Division continues to grow in the United States, we expect Fred to convey a fresh perspective to our dealers and the entire divisional operations team that he will now lead."

Previously, Diaz was Chrysler's chief executive in charge of the Ram Truck Brand, a position to which he was named in October 2009. In 2011, Diaz was appointed as the chief executive of Chrysler's Mexican operations where he was the corporate representative responsible for all of the company's business brands in Mexico, including Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Mitsubishi.

During his 24-year career at Chrysler, Diaz progressed through a series of sales company roles beginning as a trainee and zone manager through to the head of national sales and, ultimately, CEO of the Ram brand. He has extensive automotive experience across the sales, field operations, distribution, service and marketing arenas.

Diaz is a respected executive in the automotive industry who has overseen a period of tremendous growth at the Ram brand. In addition to the Ram brand's 17 percent sales increase in 2012, he was instrumental in leading the brand to win the 2013 'North American Truck of the Year' award for the new Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Diaz earned a bachelor's degree in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University and a master's degree in business management from Central Michigan University.

About Nissan North AmericaIn North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011.

With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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

Isuzu Truck NPR Series Tour At NTEA Work Truck Show

Michael Kennedy with Isuzu Commercial Truck of America gives us a walkaround on the Isuzu NPR Series Low Cab Forward (Tilt Cab) Truck. See more about Isuzu Trucks USA at http://www.isuzucv.com. This commercial vehicle is available in a Gas V-8, Diesel, or is also available in Propane and NGV alternative fuel conversions. Video by Commercial Truck Success at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Indian in March 2013.


Knapheide Releases PGND Gooseneck Body

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the latest new product release, the PGND Gooseneck Body.  The PGND Gooseneck Body rounds out the complete line-up of Gooseneck Bodies offered by Knapheide.  This new model combines the secure storage of a Service Body with the hauling ability of a Gooseneck Body.  Knapheide’s Gooseneck Platforms include the value priced PGNA, feature packed PGNB, premier stylized PGNC, and now the deluxe PGND.  

PGND models are available for 56” CA and 60” CA single and dual rear wheel chassis and 84” CA dual rear wheel chassis.  The following standard features are available on every PGND Gooseneck Body model:

  • Rugged 14 gauge, two-sided A-40 galvanneal steel body shell 
  • Lockable front vertical compartment, horizontal flip top compartment, and rear compartment on each side of body for secure storage of tools and equipment 
  • Bright aluminum tread plate trim installed on the bulkhead and the tops of each flip top compartment 
  • Formed, integrated bulkhead with screened window and tapered design to conform to cab contours for improved visibility 
  • Integrated LED S/T/T and B/U lights installed in the tail skirt and bulkhead 
  • Under the floor gooseneck hitch system with 2-5/16” ball installed and hinged access door that creates flush cargo floor 
  • Integrated Class V receiver hitch at rear of platform rated at 12,000 lbs. 
  • Complete immersion in Knapheide’s electrodeposition prime paint system for superior corrosion resistance 
  • Durable oven-cured, finish painted black 
  • And many more…

The PGND Gooseneck Body is suited for a wide variety of vocational applications, from mining to agriculture and many in between.  This new Gooseneck Body is available for order through Knapheide’s vast distribution network of over 200 distributors.  For more information, check out www.knapheide.com.


CV Show 2013 Day 1 highlights from Commercial Motor TV

Commercial Motor TV, in association with Volvo Trucks, presents highlights of day one at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 at Birmingham's NEC. On day one, we concentrate on the new Euro-6 models from Daf Trucks (the LF, CF and XF), Mercedes-Benz (the Atego), and MAN Truck & Bus UK (the TGL, TGM and TGX).


Taylor-Dunn ET-3000 Commercial Electric Utility Truck

Taylor-Dunn provides top quality commercial, industrial vehicles and tow tractors 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 is 128 inches (325 cm) long and 50 inches (127 cm) wide. The bed size is 41 inches (104 cm) by 75 inches (190 cm). The 48 volt ET3000 travels at a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour (29 km/h) with a range of 30 miles (48 km) in a single charge. It has a turning radius of 145 inches (368 cm) with a 290 inch (736 cm) clearance circle. Configured to carry loads as heavy as 3,000 pounds, the ET3000 provides acceleration while carrying heavy cargo during daily applications and is easy to maneuver.

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

Available options to customize your ET3000 include steel panel box, speed options, portable charger, dome light and any other special modifications to fit your applications. Should none of the published options fit your particular needs, Taylor-Dunn can custom engineer and build an ET3000 specifically for you.

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 since 1949.

See more at www.Taylor-Dunn.com


GM Grows Range of Vehicles for NGOs in Emerging Markets

The Isuzu DMAX and Chevrolet N300 Pickup are the latest additions to General Motors’ lineup for its International Operations’ Aid & Development Program to help non-governmental organizations work on projects in difficult-to-access areas. 

  • Isuzu DMAX and Chevrolet N300 latest vehicles to be offered
  • Vehicle offering part of GM’s International Aid & Development Program
  • International Fleet Sales is GM’s dealer for export of specialized products

DUBAI, U.A.E.  As part of its ongoing support for humanitarian work in emerging markets, General Motors announced today at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference that it will offer two new specialized products to Non-Governmental Organizations to assist them in carrying out their projects.

The Isuzu DMAX and Chevrolet N300 Pickup are the latest additions to GM’s line-up for its International Operations’ Aid & Development Program. The Isuzu DMAX will be sold exclusively in Africa, while the Chevrolet N300 will also be sold in other emerging markets around the world.

International Fleet Sales, GM’s dealer for the export of specialized products since 1999, will distribute the vehicles and provide aftersales support for NGOs and other customers in the Aid and Development sector.

“Customer service is a key priority for GM and IFS, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that these vehicles are properly serviced and maintained so that they can be kept on the road and assist NGOs in their vital work,” said Mark Barnes, GM International Operations Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales.

GM launched its Aid & Development Program in October 2012 at AidEx, the Global Humanitarian & Development Aid Event, where it offered the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup for NGOs.

IFS signed a five-year agreement in October to distribute the vehicles and provide aftersales support.

Both the Isuzu DMAX and Chevrolet N300 are robust vehicles well suited for challenging off-road driving and the weather conditions faced by users in emerging markets, Barnes said.
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, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. 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.


Protech Aluminum Stakebed Shown On Kenworth K370 At NTEA Work Truck Show

Eric with Protech Industries shows off the great looking Protech aluminum flatbed. This truck happened to be in the Kenworth display at the NTEA Work Truck Show, Eric gives a full tour with plenty of specifics in what about Protech products sets the standard. See more about Protech at http://www.protech.net.



Raul Martinez has been in the hauling business since his childhood. As almost every Mexican-American in Texas, he's got a passion for rodeo -- and of course, for his 3500 HD Ram. So when we invited him to the Texas State Fair and check out the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks with Best-in-Class features, he didn't think twice. To see what Raul saw, watch our latest video. www.RamTrucks.com


Nissan Interview 2013 - CV Show Preview

Jon Pollock, Corporate Sales Director for Nissan (GB), talks to VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee about what Nissan will be highlighting on its stand at the 2013 International Commercial Vehicle Show at the the NEC, Birmingham. www.vansA2Z.com


WEATHER GUARD Work Solutions At The NTEA Work Truck Show

Mike Sover of WEATHER GUARD shows off many solutions for getting work done and keeping things organized and easy to find and use. WEATHER GUARD has a huge selection of product solutions at www.weatherguard.com.
This presentation was captured at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN in March of 2013 and is courtesy of Restyling TV
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2014 Ram ProMaster | Commercial Van Cargo Capacity

The new 2014 Ram ProMaster expands Ram Trucks commercial offerings with a new full-size van featuring best-in-class fuel economy, cargo capacity and payload. Learn more at http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/2014/reve....

Thanks to its unique front-drive system, body-integral construction and the multiple of configurations offered, Ram's new 2014 ProMaster can be upfit for virtually every conceivable commercial need. Proportionately, the ProMaster brings a new standard to the large commercial van-based segment. The ProMaster is available in two roof heights, 90 or 101 inches with best-in-class standard roof height and the most vertically oriented side walls in the cargo van category (nearly 90 degrees in relation to the cargo compartment floor).

The ProMaster features a standard sliding door on the passenger side with an optional sliding door on the driver's side. The sliding door openings are based on roof height -- 49 inch x 60 inch for the low roof model and 49 inch x 70 inch for high roof models. In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260-degrees, folding almost flat to the side of the van. All three door openings enable fork lift pallet loading and unloading, and spaciousness that leads the competitive set.

Maxilift M-50 Bumper Mounted Crane At NTEA Work Truck Show

Jim Jennings of Maxilift Cranes shows off some of the unique features of the Maxilift M-50.2 mini-crane. This articulating crane only weighs 210 lbs., but will lift 1,100 lbs. at 3 feet, and because of its small size and strong capability, it is perfect for a bumper mount crane. See the entire line of Maxilift cranes at http://maxiliftcrane.com.


BedSlide Shows A Variety Of Models Att The NTEA Work Truck Show

Jake Plappert of Bedslide shows off the variety of models they make to fit your needs, including having tie downs. See more about Bedslide products at www.bedslide.com.
This presentation was captured at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN in March of 2013 and is courtesy of Restyling TV
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ProTech Aluminum Flatbed/Contractor Style Truck Bed At The NTEA Work Truck Show

Eric with ProTech Industries shows off a beautiful aluminum flatbed that they are famous for, along with a backpack, sometimes called an I-Pack in front of the flatbed. He then shows off the upper and lower tool boxes, the custom headboard, and some of the special construction features.

When you need a truck bed to look as good at it can work, check out ProTech at http://www.protech.net.