Ford Leads Auto Industry in Using 3D Imaging to Improve Quality, Making F-Series Trucks Even Tougher, Quieter

  • Ford now using 3D mapping to better analyze rear truck axles for problems that could affect reliability; technology also provides for a smoother, quieter ride in F-Series pickups
  • Photogrammetric pattern reader (PPR) technology instantly stitches together 9,000 images of truck axles during assembly for 3D analysis
  • PPR automated analysis provides faster and more efficient assessment over manual visual inspections
DEARBORN, Mich., May 28, 2013 – Ford engineers are using 3D mapping in what is believed to be the technology’s first application in the auto industry to better analyze rear axle parts of F-Series pickups during assembly, leading to a smoother, quieter ride for drivers of Ford trucks.
Similar to Google Earth, which uses three-dimensional imaging to map the world, Ford’s photogrammetric pattern reader (PPR) uses a pair of digital cameras to combine photos of the axle gears into a series of 3D pictures that are compared against an ideal computer model of the gears. Gears that don’t meet “Built Ford Tough” specifications are discarded.
“PPR technology is the next evolution in quality control for our commercial trucks,” said David Gravel, an engineer in Ford’s advanced manufacturing group. “While traditional, visual inspections of our axle gears ensure we’re delivering dependable, tough trucks to our customers, this new technology allows us to conduct our inspections faster, and at a level of detail the human eye just cannot discern.
“We constantly look for ways to go further for our customers,” he added, “and this system is one example of how we are making our trucks even more reliable.”
Ford’s system uses line scan cameras and infrared lights to turn a series of two-dimensional image slices into a single three-dimensional image for analysis. It was developed with Madison, Wis.-based Automated Vision and ATM Automation in Livonia, Mich.

“This technology is part of a trend where companies like Ford are using advanced automation to increase accuracy and consistency in production,” said Nan Zhang, a scientist at Automated Vision. “Computer vision is booming and is a very important topic for the next decade.”
Now in use at Ford’s Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., PPR stations are being rolled out in Ford plants worldwide.
How does it work?
The complex curvature of the hypoid gears used on the rear axle ring and pinion makes it impossible to see both sides of each gear tooth in a single image. The two cameras used on the inspection rig capture 9,000 1024x1-pixel images from each side of every gear tooth in a matter of seconds as the gears rotate. The processing system contains a digital model of the gear profile that is then used to stitch these images together and flatten out the gear teeth into a single 3D panoramic image that can easily be scanned to ensure the teeth are meshing correctly.
Any parts that show anomalies that could cause noise or durability issues are scrapped. On average, only two to five parts per every 1,000 parts fall outside the tight tolerance range for acceptability.


New York Diversifies With Alternative Fuels

Learn how Monroe County's green fueling station offers local governments a variety of alternative fuels in Rochester, New York.

See more at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/


DuraRac® Shelving System by Masterack

GM Express/Savana

Ford E-Series

DuraRac® Shelving System - The DuraRac® Interior Shelving System lets you slide the entire storage system outside your vehicle for easy access. Your van's interior storage has never been used so efficiently! No crawling into the van on an unseen object or tool, pullout shelves bring everything within easy reach! Standard configuration includes three shelves that can be easily adjusted to fit your needs.

Features and Benefits:
  • Commercial grade-drawer slides that extend fully. Heavy duty modular system.
  • Easily add shelves, drawers, and dividers.
  • Trade packages available for caterers, florists, parcel delivery, painters, and general contractors, call for details.
See more at http://www.masterack.com/


Tieman 2 tonne Cantilever Tail Lift walk around at Brisbane Truck Show 2013

Quick walk around the new Tieman 2 tonne Tailgate loader. Brisbane truck show 2013. Video courtesy of www.truckworld.com.au.

See more about Tieman products at www.tieman.com.au/


VIA Motors Electric Vehicles - Specializing in Electric Trucks, Electric Vans & Electric SUV's

VIA Motors introduces it's game-changing full size electric vehicles at the historic Salt flats powered by new electric technology that provides up to 402 "electric horses" under the hood setting the new standard for trucks and clean transportation.

This video premiered at the 2013 North American International Auto Show with automotive legend, Bob Lutz hosting the press conference on January 14, 2013. VIA Motors specializes in extended-range electric trucks, electric vans and electric SUV's with no range limitations.

Follow VIA at http://www.facebook.com/viamotors and http://www.twitter.com/VTRUX

For more info, please visit http://www.viamotors.com


AutoWorld: Green Truck Summit

The work truck industry goes green on a grand scale. See more about the NTEA Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit at www.ntea.com. Video courtesy of www.motorweek.com


Commercial Vehicle 2013 - Iveco Interview

For more information go to http://www.vansa2z.com.

VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee met up with Martin Flach, Product Director for Iveco in the UK at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show. Daily gets Stop/Start and gearshift indicator.

Find Iveco dealerships in the UK here: http://www.iveco-dealership.co.uk/


B&W Trailer Hitches Delivers First Aftermarket Gooseneck Hitch for 2013 RAM 3500 Trucks


America’s number-one-selling gooseneck hitch manufacturer puts popular Turnoverball solution in distribution, while OEM struggles with product delays

HUMBOLDT, Kan.—B&W Trailer Hitches, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty, engineered trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories, announced that it has begun shipping its new GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch to its nationwide distribution network. The new hitch features B&W’s popular Turnoverball design and provides the same ease of installation and simplicity of use that the North American trailer-hauling marketplace has come to know and expect.
Many 2013 RAM 3500 owners have been stunned to discover that the accessories necessary for their factory-installed gooseneck trailer hitch to function are simply not yet available. Preliminary data also suggests that if owners did not specify RAM’s towing package, they might have to pay for the bed of their new truck to be removed in order to install the MOPAR gooseneck hitch. Either way, the RAM owner’s hitch is rendered inoperable because there is currently no hitch ball available.
“This unfortunate set of circumstances has caused inconvenience and confusion among my customers,” Hayden Elder, principle of Elder Dodge in Athens, Texas, said. “Our customers prefer the B&W brand over any other gooseneck hitch, and I’m grateful that we have their GNRK 1314 hitch available now, as the RAM 3500s begin hitting our lot.” 
Enter B&W Trailer Hitches and their new GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch. An online video demonstrates that the GNRK 1314 installs much like the other B&W gooseneck trailer hitch kits that have become number-one sellers among truck dealers and end-users alike. B&W’s new hitch is comparably priced with its other gooseneck offerings, with an MSRP of $494 and fits on any 2013 RAM 3500 without a factory-installed hitch prep package. Best of all, the new hitch comes with B&W’s signature Turnoverball feature, which allows the hitch ball to invert in its mounting socket when not in use to stow securely and flush with the bed of the truck.
In contrast to B&W’s Turnoverball design, the RAM’s OE hitch ball, when it eventually becomes available, will need to be removed from its mounting socket and stowed elsewhere. Removing the hitch ball from its mounting location leaves it prone to being lost, misplaced and generally becoming a storage nuisance.
“Since we introduced the Turnoverball in 1992, gooseneck users have grown accustomed to turning over and stowing the hitch ball where they use it, and it’s hard for us to imagine why the OE would revert to an outdated, less practical design,” Travis McCall, product engineer for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “Our new GNRK 1314 honors B&W’s reputation for creating easy-to-install hitches that are easy to use as well.”
B&W’s GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch has been carefully engineered to match the towing capacity of the 2013 RAM 3500. The product has been extensively tested and is certified as meeting the vehicle tow rating (VTR). As with any towing scenario, B&W strongly recommends that users never exceed a VTR.
“For over a quarter of a century, we’ve enjoyed serving truck dealers of all brands, who love installing our hitch products for their customers,” Beth Barlow, marketing manager for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “Our quick assessment of this needs gap and our rapid response to fill it are a testament to B&W’s dedication to our RAM dealer customers, their customers and the towing marketplace at large.”
B&W Trailer Hitches specializes in designing and engineering trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories, and has a proud reputation as a U.S.-based manufacturer and innovator. The company’s workforce makes all of its products entirely in Humboldt, Kan. The design of the GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch has a patent pending. A complete product catalog can be accessed on the B&W website.
B&W’s GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch can be used to replace the product designation 53W 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Prep Group, for the 2013 RAM 3500. A fifth wheel hitch is expected to be introduced within several weeks.
B&W’s GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch can be purchased online, and a dealer locator is also available at: http://www.Turnoverball.com/find-a-dealer
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About B&W Trailer Hitches
Based in Humboldt, Kan., B&W Trailer Hitches engineers and manufactures trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories. B&W offers a broad selection of products designed to seamlessly integrate with and enhance the use of trucks and the vehicles and equipment they tow. All B&W products are proudly manufactured in the USA, in a state-of-the-art facility that houses a skilled workforce of craftsmen and the most technologically advanced equipment available. B&W is recognized as an innovator and invented the Turnoverball gooseneck hitch, which revolutionized the industry in 1992. To learn more about B&W Trailer Hitches, please visit: http://www.Turnoverball.com
Turnoverball is a trademark of B&W Trailer Hitches.
RAM is a trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. The terms RAM, 2013 RAM 3500 and references to models and product designations are for reference purposes only. B&W, nor its products are sponsored or endorsed by RAM, and there is nothing else in the use of the RAM brand designation that should lead a reader to believe that there is an association between B&W and RAM.


UD Trucks Quon CW 26-380 Walkaround

Quick walk around the new UD Quon 26 380 truck. Brisbane truck show 2013.

See more about UD Trucks in Australia at www.UDTrucks.com.au.

See more about Truck World at www.TruckWorld.com.au.

Iveco Gets Back In The Road Train Business With Power Star 7800 Prime Mover

Quick walk around the new Iveco Power Star 7800 Prime Mover. Brisbane Trucks show 2013.

See more about Iveco Trucks in Australia, see www.Iveco.com.au.

See more about TruckWorld.com at www.TruckWorld.com.au.


First Impressions: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup

GM's best-selling Silverado gets an overhaul, including a trio of new, more fuel-efficient engines. MotorWeek's John Davis has first driving impressions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

Introducing Stellar® Slider20-S Sliding Jib Hooklift

Garner, Iowa - Stellar Industries, Inc. announces the Slider20-S Hooklift. This new 20,000-pound capacity sliding-jib hooklift can handle container variations of 10’ to 14’ and up to 16’ flatbeds.  It has a maximum dump angle of 72-degrees.
         Hook height options for the Slider20-S include a fixed 35.63”, a fixed 54”, or a hydraulically adjustable 35.63” to 54” hook height.  Adjusting the hook height to accommodate varying container heights can be done in less than 7 seconds without ever leaving the cab. The Slider20-S is compatible with a multitude of bodies and containers, including those used on competitive brand hooklifts, making this a very attractive model for a customer operating a variety of body lengths and hook heights.
         Other standard features of the Slider20-S include hexagonal boom design for added strength and durability, zinc plated pins to prevent corrosion, bushings and grease zerks at all pivot points, and a secure hose track for the hydraulic adjustable jib.  This hooklift features easily replaceable wear pads, two-part polyurethane paint and a new, efficient mounting kit that will save installation time by using slotted brackets already painted and welded onto the hooklift base.  
         “The Slider20-S really bridges the gap between lower capacity hooklifts that handle the 10’ to 14’ container range and the need to increase the lifting and dumping capacity,” says Glenn Rasmus, Stellar Industries sales and product manager for demountables.  Rasmus adds, “In addition, the hydraulic adjustable hook height is changed in 7 seconds without leaving the cab.  This is a feature customers are raving about!  Stellar continues to provide solutions to customer’s problems with resounding success, leading the way as a hooklift innovator.”  Rasmus concludes, “With over 55 different models of hooklifts available, which includes standard double pivot shuttles, single pivot, and sliding jib versions, Stellar Industries can cover your every need.”
    The Slider20-S will be on display at Waste Expo 2013 in New Orleans, May 21-23.  You can find it in the Stellar Industries booth, #1635.
Stellar Industries, Inc. was founded in 1990 in Garner, Iowa.   It is an employee owned and operated manufacturer of hydraulic truck mounted equipment.  Products include hooklift hoists, cable hoists, container carriers, telescopic cranes, articulating cranes, work truck accessories and the X-Tra-Lift pick-up loading device.  Stellar also offers complete mechanic service truck and tire service truck packages.  Stellar is a progressive company that focuses on its people, as they are the key to making the products and the company successful. www.StellarIndustries.com


11' Welder-Crane Body On RAM 4500/5500 Chassis With Options

There is almost unlimited  space provided in this Harbor 11' Welder-Crane Body. It starts as a Harbor 11' TradeMaster Service Body and is upfitted to accommodate a welding machine, gas cutting bottles, lots of storage, and a rear convenient work height table. This one is on a new RAM 4500/5500 chassis.

It has some options. This unit has standard 56" compartments except the two front compartments are taller, in fact they are taller than the cab! The left front cabinet is provided with 9 sliding and divided drawers for the storage of small parts. This allows for organizing parts according to size. The front right compartment is set up for welder bottles with bottle brackets and rings and vented doors.

This is the best view of the crane and crane rest. Mounted on the curb side, the crane is a Venturo ET12K. It has a lifting capacity of 3,500 pounds, a 12,500 ft-lbs moment rating, a 7'-15' manually extended boom and features electric actuated winch, elevation and rotation.

This unit also sports a Floor Extension for a work platform to get some quick jobs done in the field. This is our 18" Work Platform. It is available on any Service Body and provides a great work area for work on the job site. This one has small compartments with doors on the sides. They are available with or without compartments.This is a relatively inexpensive way to add some great workspace for those who use their truck in the field. Instead of a fold-down rear tailgate, there is a drop-in gate instead.

It has a drop in tailgate and a standard 8" step and tow bumper.

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452. Also find them at www.htbi.net


2013 Ram HD First Drive and Impressions

We drove some heavy machinery with gigantic trailers and heavy loads in order to test the new Ram Hds to their extreme capabilities...and we survived just fine. Check out our video and see what we think about the new three-quarter and one-ton pickup with their new power train choices, all-new interior, and cool features.

See more about this review at www.pickuptrucks.com


New Transit Custom Stars at Cannes Film Festival; ‘Cannes in a Van’ Showcases Top Independent Films from Mobile Cinema

  • New Ford Transit Custom brings a mobile movie theatre to the streets, making its debut screening independent films around the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the south of France

  • Ford-supported ‘Cannes in a Van’ hits the road for the sixth consecutive year; new Transit Custom key to four-wheeled mission promoting independent film-making in Europe

  • Special eye-catching new Transit will star in larger-than-ever number of Cannes in a Van events throughout 2013 including the European Van d’Or Awards for independent film

  • Cannes, France, May 17, 2013 – Movie fans at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival will once again be able to watch the cream of independent film as the Ford-supported ‘Cannes in a Van’ team hits the streets in their four-wheeled mobile movie theatre.

    Powered by Ford for a second year, and featuring the latest Transit Custom as their new support vehicle, the film enthusiasts behind Cannes in a Van will champion independent film at an expanded range of festivals and events in 2013, including the spectacular annual Van d’Or Film Awards in September.

    The Cannes in a Van programme kicks off with the annual visit to the glamorous Cannes Film Festival, where the Transit will enable film fans to view screenings of independent movies including the 2012 Van d'Or Awards winners and nominees while the van is parked on the Boulevard de la Croisette near the festival site in Cannes.

    “Inspired independent productions like ‘82’ and ‘Taking Life’ made our 2012 Awards a special occasion, and it’s a real privilege to take films like these down to Cannes and give them much-needed exposure within the festival,” said Cannes in a Van co-founder, Andy Greenhouse. “We’re also really excited to have the new Transit Custom as our home for the sixth year of Cannes in a Van.”

    Following the 2013 pilgrimage to Cannes, the Transit Custom – complete with its signature yellow and orange design – will support a variety of other film festivals and ‘pop-up’ events in Europe. The year culminates with the international Van d’Or Awards for independent film which will be held in September in London.

    The Cannes in a Van team’s long-wheelbase Transit Custom has been specially prepared for its role as a four-wheeled film festival, featuring a 55-inch plasma screen in the load area to display the films. To help movie goers locate the vehicle, roof-mounted advertising panels have been created, which are fixed to the Transit Custom’s unique integrated roof rack system.

    Winner of International Van of the Year 2013 and the first vehicle in its segment to achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, the all-new Transit Custom offers class-leading load-carrying ability, best-in-class fuel economy, and advanced Ford vehicle technologies including SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Rear View Camera and Lane Keeping Alert.


    1.  About Cannes in a Van
    Cannes in a Van was created by two UK film enthusiasts who had the vision of taking independent films to the Cannes Film Festival, and presenting them from the back of a Ford Transit van.  The first trip took place in May 2007, and the journey has become an annual pilgrimage ever since.  As part of the mission to gain increased exposure for independent film, the group organised the first of the legendary Van d’Or film awards in 2011. For more information, visit www.cannesinavan.com.

    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 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the companys automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Fords products, please visit www.ford.com.
    Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911


    GM to Source Small Cargo Vehicle from Nissan for U.S., Canada Markets

    DETROIT and NASHVILLE, Tenn. – General Motors Co. and Nissan announced today the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada.

    GM will procure the vehicle from Nissan and distribute it through the Chevrolet dealer network. GM expects the Chevrolet City Express, based on the Nissan NV200, to be available for sale in the fall of 2014.

    “Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales.

    Joe Castelli, Nissan vice president, commercial vehicles and fleet added, “Working with partners to expand markets for our innovative products enhances Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our capacity to meet growing demand in this space.”

    Nissan currently sells a version of the vehicle as the NV200 in numerous markets globally, including the United States and Canada. The Nissan NV200, a spacious-yet-compact commercial vehicle, is a previous winner of the International Van of the Year Award. Cost of ownership for the vehicle is among the lowest in the class due to low running costs, the high efficiency of the engines and drivetrains and a safety structure that helps to minimize crash damage.

    The price of the Chevrolet City Express will be announced later.

    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. In 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, 2012 and 2013 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.

    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.


    Van Racking Multislide by Sortimo

    Fully extendable Multislide in a Sortimo Globelyst van racking system. See many more solutions for your van, truck, or car at www.sortimo.com

    Van Racking Metal Case From Sortimo

    The Sortimo metal case used in a Globelyst van racking system. See more about Sortimo products at www.sortimo.com


    Chevrolet Enters Small Cargo Van Segment. City Express to arrive in dealer showrooms in fall 2014

    DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today that it will enter the small cargo van segment with the City Express to meet the demands of customers in an emerging commercial vehicle segment.

    The 2015 City Express, Chevrolet’s first entry into the small van segment in the U.S. and Canada, joins the full-size Express van as part of the Chevrolet lineup in the fall of 2014.

    “Our fleet customers have asked us for a small cargo van, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position as the partner of choice for all of our customers,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales. “It’s quite common in many parts of the world to leverage available manufacturing resources to bring transportation solutions to market for our customer’s benefit. It’s just smart business!”

    Chevrolet’s entry into this segment will allow business customers to purchase all of their vehicles from one manufacturer, and service them through the largest dealer network offering even more convenience for their business.

    Designed for small businesses to large fleets looking for a small, fuel-efficient, cargo carrying vehicle, the City Express will be available in LS and LT trim levels.

    The LS model has the following features:
    • 2.0 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
    • Continuously Variable Transmission
    • 4-wheel antilock brake system
    • 15-inch steel wheels with 185/60R15 tires
    • Gray cloth interior with vinyl bolster wear patches
    • Fold down passenger seat with seat back tray table
    • Center console with storage for file folders, laptop, etc.
    • Upper dashboard mounted storage bin
    • 40/60 split rear cargo doors (180-degree max opening)
    • 20 integrated interior reinforced cargo mounting points
    • Six exterior roof rack mounting points
    • Six standard air bags
    • Electronic stability control.

    The LT model adds the following features:
    • Power heated outside mirrors
    • Power door locks with auto locking feature
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls.

    The City Express offers 122.7 cubic feet of space, along with various packages adding functionality and efficiency for the commercial customer.
    • Upfit ready with weld nuts for attaching bins
    • D-Rings affixed on the floor to allow securing of cargo from side to side and front to back
    • Floor cover for entire cargo area to protect the vehicle and cargo
    • Standard dual sliding doors to allow easy access to cargo from either side of the vehicle
    • Flexible window options to meet the needs of business customers including window configurations for sliding doors
    • Standard full–size spare tire
    • Two different wheels with three different appearances
    • Spotter side mirrors for wider angle vision
    • Technology package with navigation radio, steering wheel audio controls, USB input, rear view camera, XM Radio and Bluetooth
    • Appearance package with body color bumpers, mirrors, door handles and chrome grill with black accents

    The 2. 0-liter 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine is rated at 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The engine is preliminarily matched with a responsive and efficient CVT transmission.

    The City Express will qualify for Chevrolet’s Business Choice program. For more information, go to www.gmfleet.com.


    Isuzu Truck Power - On the Road with Benleigh Vending Systems

    Australia's largest independent vending machines operator, Bengleigh Vending Systems relies on its fleet of Isuzu NLR 200s to make sure that it's clients' machines are stocked to the brim and ready to satisfy hunger pangs whenever they strike.

    See more at www.Isuzu.com.au


    Build of the all-new EcoTec3 engine found in 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

    Visitors to the 2013 Vancouver International Auto Show got to see the all-new 2014 Silverado on the Chevrolet show floor. They also got to see licensed technician Conrad Italiano do an all-day build of the EcoTec3 family of engines.

    The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 will deliver more power, more torque and improved fuel efficiency, thanks in part to a trio of all-new EcoTec3 engines designed specifically for the needs of full-size truck customers. The new engine family includes a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V-8 and a 6.2L V-8.

    EcoTec3 engines feature three state-of-the-art technologies -- direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing -- to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

    "We believe these are the most technologically advanced engines ever offered in light-duty pickups, and they are 100 percent truck -- specifically designed for the way customers use trucks in the real world," said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager. "They have all the power and torque needed to confidently handle the tough jobs, and they seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to increase efficiency during light-load driving. "This is technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every one of our EcoTec3 engines, for every one of our customers," said Lee. "It is not an extra cost feature. You get our best and most sophisticated technology regardless of trim level."


    TruckVault Is Your Ultimate Solution For Secure In-Vehicle Storage

    TruckVault is your ultimate solution for secure in-vehicle storage. Our products have been proudly made and sold in the USA for 16 years. We manufacture a wide variety of pick-up, SUV, van and sedan models that are designed specifically to meet the storage needs of your life style.

    See more at www.TruckVault.com


    Coates Hire Comes Out On Top With Isuzu

    Each year, the Coates Hire truck fleet travels over 12 million kilometres in Australia the same distance as circumnavigating the world 300 times.

    With over 200 national and international branches, Coates Hire’s perfect solution for all kinds of equipment hire needs includes a fleet of over 250 Isuzu trucks.

    As Australia’s largest equipment hire company with over 125 years’ experience in the industry and a total staff of 2,500, Coates Hire services customers in a wide range of activities including engineering, building construction and maintenance, mining and resources, manufacturing, government and event staging.

    National Transport Manager, Phillip Parsons said the success of the transport hire component of the business, which is run by 250 employees, can be attributed to the hard working Isuzu trucks.

    "We have a whole suite of Isuzus ranging from older NKR, NPS and NPS through to FVY and FVZ models," he said.

    "We have truck configurations such as flatbed, tilt trays and tippers that can be either hired out to clients or used by us to transport hire equipment to customers."

    The flatbed option is ideal for general freight and pallet transport applications. The smaller models, such as the NPS 250, can be driven on a standard car licence.

    The tippers have an all-steel body with drop sides, perfect for moving and unloading soil and aggregates. They also have a removable tailgate, which means loads can be easily manoeuvered into position.

    According to Phillip, the trucks are used in a wide range of applications when hired out to customers.

    "You can see our trucks everywhere including metro, regional and remote areas of Australia."

    Whether customers need a vehicle for a couple of hours, days, weeks or longer, Coates Hire is happy to accommodate them.

    Apart from hiring out trucks and equipment, Coates Hire also offers delivery of its full range of hire equipment including generators, access, traffic management, earth moving and materials handling.

    The most recent truck purchase was an NPR 300 which is used for branch deliveries.

    Based on its successful run with its Isuzu fleet, the company took an order of 47 Isuzu trucks, varying in model, at the end of last year and plans to add 27 more in the coming months.

    When choosing a new truck, Coates Hire assesses the task it will be used for, and then selects the appropriate model.

    Apart from the brand’s reliability, the Isuzu service program was also an important deciding factor when purchasing new Isuzu trucks.

    "The range of service and maintenance agreements that Isuzu offers is ideal for the size of our fleet," Phillip said.

    "As well as offering dedicated technicians and equipment, Isuzu also provides us with nationwide support through its servicing Dealerships something that is imperative to keep our large business going."

    Coates Hire was established in 1885 as a small engineering company based in Melbourne and has grown to be the fifth largest hire equipment company globally.

    With operations located in four geographic business units around Australia, the company sees over one million deliveries made every year.

    The company’s overseas operations include Coates Offshore in the UK, which provides specialised equipment to offshore oil and gas operations, as well as Coates Hire Indonesia that supports the mining and resources sector.

    See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.isuzu.com.au


    VMAC RAPTAIR-MF Multifunction Diesel Drive Capabilities

    The RAPTAIR-MF utilizes VMAC's advanced compressor control system that is smart enough to turn the engine off when you're not using air, and automatically turn the engine back on when you use air again. This totally self-contained unit also provides an AC generator, welder, booster, battery charger and hydaulic capability through integrated SAE 'A' PTO Port. See more at www.vmacair.com.

    Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City Assembly to Support Surging F-150 Demand, Ford Transit Launch

    • Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant will add more than 2,000 jobs  to support high demand for Ford F-150 plus the planned production of the all-new Transit family of commercial vehicles starting next summer; more than 1,000 will be new hires
    • Ford F-Series sales up 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date; full-size truck segment growing three times faster than industry average and is fastest-growing segment this year
    • Ford has reached 75 percent of its goal to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2013 – Ford, the industry’s truck leader, will add more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet surging demand for the Ford F-150 and planned production of the all-new Ford Transit.
    “Customer demand for today’s F-150 is strong and continues growing, the truck segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Our ‘Built Ford Tough’ F-150 is America’s favorite pickup, and we are going to expand operations in Kansas City to ensure we have enough trucks to meet customer demand.”
    Ford is adding 900 jobs and a third crew in the third quarter to build F-150. U.S. sales of Ford’s F-Series trucks increased 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date. Ford also is adding another 1,100 jobs starting in the fourth quarter to prepare for the introduction of the all-new Ford Transit full-size van in 2014.
    “For customers who want a modern van that is as tough and smart as the F-Series, the all-new Ford Transit van delivers, with better fuel economy, more capability and the greatest number of technology choices and innovative configurations full-size van buyers have ever seen,” Hinrichs said.
    Kansas City Assembly
    Kansas City Assembly Plant produces the Ford F-150 Regular, Super and Crew Cab and will produce the Ford Transit. The plant currently has 2,450 hourly workers working on two shifts and will add a third crew in the third quarter.
    Ford is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility for production of both the F-150 and Transit, including a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop.
    The new stamping facility was completed in 2012. The paint shop expansion will include installation of the three-wet paint process, which is more environmentally friendly and requires less time than conventional paint processes – without compromising Ford’s paint quality or durability.
    “Today we celebrate the commitment to excellence displayed every day by the men and women of Kansas City Assembly Plant," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director of the National Ford Department. “These additional jobs are the direct result of the dedicated effort our UAW members display every day at facilities all across the country and serve as another reminder of the resilience of American workers and our nation's manufacturing sector.”
    With the investment and new jobs in Kansas City, Ford is three-quarters of the way to its plan to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. The company also is investing $16 billion in its U.S. product development and manufacturing operations – including $6.2 billion in plant-specific investments. These actions, including today's announcements, are consistent with Ford’s previous 2013 financial guidance for the Total Company and North America.
    Community Impact
    The plant expansion has a major impact in the local community and beyond. Kansas City Assembly has more than 250 suppliers nationally and more than 10 suppliers locally who will positively benefit from the addition of a third crew. Additionally, when Transit production starts next year, close to 275 suppliers nationally and six suppliers locally will grow their business. According to the job multiplier effect of nine jobs to every one – more than 18,000 jobs will be created to support the plant.
    “Today’s announcement is yet another testament to our successful efforts to revitalize Missouri’s automotive manufacturing industry, which continues to gain steam,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said. “This third crew for production of the F-150 will create hundreds of additional manufacturing jobs for workers in this region and ensure Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of the American auto industry for years to come.”
    Ford F-150
    The “Built Ford Tough” F-150 delivers the segment’s best combination of power, capability, safety and fuel economy.
    F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 65th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 36 consecutive years, the best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years and the brand with the most trucks on the road with more than 250,000 miles, as certified by Polk.
    The Kansas City-built F-150 is the first choice for tradespeople who need the most durable, advanced in the market truck. For example, F-150 leads in a variety of fields, including:
    • 62 percent market share in road and highway maintenance
    • 68 percent share in hazardous materials work
    • 67 percent share in the oil pipeline industry
    F-150 also boasts leading safety ratings. F-150’s fully boxed frame, made from high-strength hydroformed steel, provides a backbone built for increased durability and safety. F-150 has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
    Overall, F-150 offers customers the broadest lineup in the segment, with 10 models that include work-ready XL, sporty and capable FX, well-balanced XLT, refined and luxurious Limited and the no-compromise off-road SVT Raptor.
    The Ford F-150 also features an unrivaled four engine choices, including the advanced 3.5-liter EcoBoost, to help customers find the most fuel-efficient and capable engine to meet their needs. Ford’s patented EcoBoost engine delivers an unmatched combination of best-in-class towing and payload, torque and fuel economy. More than 300,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold for F-150 and it is now Ford’s best-selling truck engine.
    Ford Transit
    The familiar van that delivers packages or shuttles airport passengers is about to change in a revolutionary way. The all-new Ford Transit will provide tradespeople and businesses with unmatched fuel economy, innovative new configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle market.
    Transit is born from nearly a century of hard-earned experience delivering two distinct full-size vans to customers in America, Europe and other global markets. For the U.S., Transit eventually replaces E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline and America’s best-selling commercial van for 34 years. Transit was first sold in 1965. It’s the best-selling commercial van in Europe.
    Customers will have more choices than ever from a Ford van. Transit will be offered in three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights. Cargo volume ranges from about 250 to almost 500 cubic feet – more than twice the volume of today’s standard E-Series, saving the customer fuel costs and the time and hassle of a second trip.
    Designed and developed to provide efficient service over the long haul, Ford Transit will be at least 25 percent more fuel efficient than today’s E-Series, helping save Transit owners thousands of dollars in fuel costs during its service life.
    Transit has been tested to the “Built Ford Tough” truck standards at Ford’s proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.


    Isuzu N Series Off-Road Range - Isuzu Tough

    Demonstration video illustrating the Isuzu N Series off-road range's reliability and built-tough reputation. See more at www.Isuzu.com.au


    The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Now even safer, greener, more economical, and more attractive

    The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has lent its name to an entire vehicle segment and is a synonym for large vans with around 3.5 tons of GVW all around the globe. The Sprinter has always driven innovations in its segment a tradition that is being continued by the new model. The new Sprinter continues to set standards, boasting five new safety systems, engines that meet the future Euro VI emissions standard, and a striking appearance. Most importantly, however, the van’s excellent low fuel consumption (down to 6.3 liters per 100 km) makes it by far the most efficient vehicle in its segment.

    World premiere of new safety systems

    The Sprinter has always been a pioneer with regard to driver assistance systems. Five new assistance systems including several van firsts will help reduce the number of accidents even further in the new Sprinter.

    The following systems are celebrating their world debut in the Sprinter: Crosswind Assist, which is fitted as standard, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Blind Spot Assist, which are both optional. Other new features are Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The developers at Mercedes-Benz are convinced that these electronic assistants will play a key role in helping to reduce accidents in the van sector.

    As one of the functions of the Electronic Stability Program, Crosswind Assist will be part of the vehicle’s range of standard equipment. Customers will be able to order the other assistance systems as individual options or as components of logically assembled packages. This allows every customer to tailor the Sprinter to its specific area of application.

    In addition, Mercedes-Benz has improved the Sprinter’s handling even further. The lowering of the chassis has improved the van’s drag and fuel consumption and makes it easier to load and unload cargo.

    World’s first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard

    The new Sprinter is the world’s first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard in all of its engine variants. Euro VI drastically reduces the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate mass. The Sprinter achieves the strict limits with the help of its BlueTEC engine and SCR technology that injects AdBlue into the exhaust gas. The technology has already proven its worth in more than 100,000 commercial vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.

    The performance of the diesel engines has remained unchanged, encompassing four- and six-cylinder units with outputs ranging from 70 kW (95 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp).

    The developers have used the additional exhaust treatment stage to optimize the injection and combustion processes as well as the boost pressure. The results are lower fuel consumption and less combustion noise. The engineers also adjusted the drive system and the ancillary components to enhance fuel efficiency. This applies to the transmission and the rear axle as well as an intelligent generator management system.

    As an alternative to the diesel engines, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is also available with a Euro VI compliant supercharged four-cylinder gasoline engine featuring direct injection. The engine generates 115 kW (156 hp) from a total displacement of 1.8 liters. The engine is also available in a natural gas variant with the same performance.

    Power is transmitted either by the ECO-Gear six-speed manual transmission or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch, which is the only system of its kind to be found in a van.

    Most economical van in its class

    The combination of the highly efficient diesel engines, the optimized powertrain, the longer axle ratio, the ancillary components, and the BlueEFFICIENCY PLUS efficiency package has reduced fuel consumption to a minimum of 6.3 l/100 km (NEDC combined), which is a record value for the Sprinter segment. However, the new Sprinter is extremely economical not only as a result of its high fuel efficiency, but also because it comes with the ASSYST maintenance calculation system as standard in Europe. Thanks to this system, the van’s maintenance intervals, which were already long, have been extended to up to 60,000 km.

    Enhanced exterior and interior

    The new Sprinter’s appearance has also been substantially enhanced and made more striking. In line with Mercedes-Benz’ current design, the van’s radiator grille is now more vertical and confident. The grille’s three slats are perforated and wedge-shaped. Not only does this change create a more dynamic impression, it also increases the airflow. In addition, a frame surrounds the brand’s distinctive radiator grille, making it more prominent.

    Another change involves the headlights, which are now more angular. The covers on the reflector housings are particularly striking, dividing the headlights into separate segments. The new hood is higher and the more distinctly shaped bumpers have finely worked lower edges similar to those found on SUVs. The new Sprinter is immediately recognizable from the rear, due to its double-segmented taillights.

    The widely acknowledged exemplary interior has also been further enhanced. Comfort has been boosted by the new upholstery and seat coverings, the thicker steering wheel makes gripping easier, and the fresh air nozzles boast chrome applications if the customer opts for a multifunctional steering wheel. The knob of the gearshift lever has been redesigned as well.

    The Sprinter is also fitted with a new-generation radio system that equips the van not only with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features and Bluetooth telephone equipment (including a telephone keypad and phonebook), but also the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

    Millions of kilometers of testing; orders can be placed beginning in June

    The developers of the new Sprinter made sure that the van was thoroughly tested. More than eight million kilometers of endurance testing and extensive customer trials in everyday use had fully demonstrated the new Sprinter’s high quality by the time series production was launched.

    Customers can order the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter beginning in June 2013; deliveries will commence in September.


    This 'Billy Cart' Doesnt Need Pushing - Isuzu FRR 500 Factory Tipper

    For haulage and excavation specialist Enzo Morabito, his new Isuzu FRR 500 factory tipper is just what the doctor ordered for the timely transport of small to medium material and equipment loads.

    Affectionately known as ‘Billy Cart’ a name emblazoned on the truck’s front panel the new addition provides the ‘get up and go’ power that Enzo’s excavation company, Boss Haulage, needs.

    Established in 1998, the ACT-based Boss Haulage is a multi-faceted operation built around a team of professional specialists in haulage, earthmoving, road maintenance, equipment hire and materials supply.

    According to Enzo, the tipper’s SiTEC Series III 205 engine, rated at 151 kW @ 2,600 RPM and with 637 Nm @ 1,600 RPM, provides that extra ‘oomph’ to transport heavy loads of various materials and equipment up to 6000 kgs.

    This is Enzo’s first Isuzu and from all accounts it won’t be the last.

    According to Enzo, the truck drives like a car despite its size.

    "The easy control provided by the truck’s steering (power assisted recirculating ball) makes the drive quite pleasurable," he said.

    "The ride is smooth and comfortable (double acting hydraulic shock absorbers on the front axle)."

    The truck is painted in the Boss Haulage company colour an audacious red with orange and white pin striping which makes it an impressive looking vehicle. Complementing the cab is a dark grey tipping body also with pinstripe highlights.

    Capping off the visual bonanza are chrome rims, tinted windows and a checker plate toolbox which all help to turn heads around town and advertise the Boss Haulage brand along the way.

    While Boss Haulage has six other non-Isuzu trucks in its fleet ranging from medium and heavy duty vehicles, the Isuzu is a welcome addition due to the truck’s nimbleness and easy-handling; it is used in all sorts of conditions, both on and off road, with the majority of the time delivering various materials to construction sites.

    Together Enzo’s tipper trucks provide the flexibility needed for doing asphalt works and delivering landscape and quarry products.

    In addition to haulage, the company also specialises in earthworks, excavator and equipment hire, road maintenance and asphalt works.

    See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.Isuzu.com.au


    Bauma 2013 | Customized Vans

    Bauma 2013: Innovative vans and unique fittings -- At the Bauma Mercedes-Benz presents Sprinter, Vito and Citan models with special equipment and structures.

    The Sprinter is equipped with a 3-side dumper from Meiller. The dumper is conveniently controlled from the driver's cabin via the hydraulics. Thanks to the manually selectable all-wheel drive and all-terrain tires this van can also be used on construction sites without sealed roads.

    The Vito presented offers special fittings for surveyors. From a sighting rod to the valuable measurement device, the van provides safe storage for every instrument. In addition it also includes an extendable writing table from Plastipol-Scheu.

    The smallest and most agile Mercedes-Benz van is ideal for tradesmen working in the inner city. This Citan at the Bauma comes equipped with a tailored range of workshop equipment from Bott. Numerous drawers provide orderly storage for tools and spare parts. A folding vice serves as a mobile, on-site workbench.

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