Ford Interview 2013 - Andy Barratt

VansA2Z was at the opening of the first Transit Centre in Europe, Hartwell in Abingdon, and Rob James caught up with Ford of Britain's Sales Director, Andy Barratt. www.VansA2Z.com


Warner Bodies’ New Select II Has FlushFinish Door System That Stops Corrosion, Theft and Maintenance Issues at Their Source

Sleek FlushFinish door system gives Warner’s Select II service body a unique, signature appearance, while greatly enhancing strength, security and service convenience.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind.—Warner Bodies, a leading manufacturer of service bodies, crane trucks, haulers, fire/rescue trucks, brush trucks and custom vehicles, formally announced the introduction of its new Select II service body today. The Select II features Warner’s radically new FlushFinish door system. The rugged doors look and function unlike anything else in the marketplace. The Select II concept is the result of extensive qualitative research conducted with end users and distribution channel partners who identified service body doors as the primary source of corrosion, theft and maintenance problems.
When closed, the doors on the new Select II are entirely flush with the body panels and don’t overlap. Recessed doorjambs, polymer seals, water management systems and drains have all been redesigned for optimal performance. The doors are constructed of A60 galvannealed steel with 50 percent greater corrosion-inhibiting properties than most service body doors.
All doors are mounted to the Select II’s body structure using removable Nut Zerts and a vertically slotted system that enables doors to be adjusted, serviced or replaced easily without welding. The tough, 5/16-inch, stainless steel, piano-style door hinges are 25 percent beefier than the industry standard and are intentionally left unpainted to prevent chipping paint from migrating from the hinges to the body and causing corrosion.
“In the past, a variety of problems have literally emanated from the doors of service bodies and Warner has set out to eradicate this at its source,” Richard Manasek, president of Warner Bodies, said. “We’ve methodically addressed the inherent weaknesses in traditional service body doors, and in the process have created a new breed of service body that is highly corrosion resistant, more secure and easier to maintain and repair.”
The doors system has been completely re-imagined and re-engineered. Most service body doors have lighter-weight steel outer skins that overlap the periphery of the door cavity. The outer skins of the new Select II’s FlushFinish doors are constructed of more robust, corrosion-resistant, 14-gauge A60 galvannealed steel. The outer door panel and 16-gauge inner door panels are pan-formed and spot-welded with a strong, central vertical reinforcing member. Warner’s new doors are specially constructed to remain watertight, and to resist denting and deformation even under the most adverse service conditions.
The sturdy, double-panel, FlushFinish doors on the Select II are difficult to breach even with a pry bar. Doors are available with standard locking hardware as well as compression T-style latches for added moisture resistance. Shelving systems are highly adjustable, and panels between compartments can be removed to accommodate longer equipment.
“As a truck dealer with a large fleet customers, vehicle durability, serviceability and cost of ownership are critical factors in our purchasing equation,” Nancy Schlagenhauf, operations manager for Badger Truck Center, said. “We’ve spec’d Warner’s new Select II bodies on recent vehicle builds because they have the best business case and ROI among all the offerings we explored.”
Marketplace feedback indicated that once a door is damaged, it can start a cascading sequence that may dramatically shorten a vehicle’s service life. Doors take a lot of abuse in the field, and door repair, adjustment and replacement are common activities. Service body doors are commonly welded in position, and when realignment or replacement become necessary, new weld locations can compromise corrosion resistance and emerge as a source of internal and external rust. In contrast, Warner’s new FlushFinish doors can be replaced and precisely adjusted in minutes with no loss of product integrity.
“As a Warner dealer, I see this as a perfect alignment of reliability, quality and affordability,” Larry Rose, president of Industrial Truck Equipment, said. “The unique look of the Select II sets it apart from everything else out there, but the ‘better mouse trap’ value proposition is what excites me and my fleet customers the most.”
Beginning in January 2014, the Select II will be manufactured in Warner’s new 240,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Elwood, Ind. The new plant has been designed using the latest lean principles and will feature CNC cutting, bending and forming equipment as well as powder, liquid and e-coating capabilities. Bodies will be constructed on a 600-foot-long linear assembly line, and completed bodies will be stored inside. The new facility is expected to exponentially increase Warner’s manufacturing speed, productivity and efficiency.
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About Warner Bodies
Founded in 1939, Warner Bodies has been building service bodies and custom trucks for more than half a century.  During the company's early years, Warner manufactured specialized van bodies for the sales and service industries. Warner Bodies was purchased by Manasek Acquisition Company (MAC) in March 2010. Today Warner manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom truck bodies with superior quality, including utility/service trucks, crane trucks, haulers, fire/rescue trucks and brush trucks. The company serves a variety of markets including utilities, construction, fire, mining, railroad, agriculture and airport ground support.


The Work Truck Show® 2014 Offers Modern Solutions for Truck Equipment Distributors

Registration Open for North America’s Largest Work Truck Event

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Oct. 16, 2013) — Truck equipment distributors can learn how to adapt their businesses to meet changing customer demands at The Work Truck Show® 2014. North America’s largest work truck event features more than 60 educational sessions, including two Special Sessions designed specifically to help distributors thrive in the evolving work truck industry.

The Work Truck Show is held March 5–7, 2014, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, begins March 4. The event includes the 50th Annual NTEA Convention.

“Our 50th year is a milestone, but The Work Truck Show 2014 is all about the future,” says Mark Woody, NTEA 2014 Convention chairman and president of Palfinger North America (Niagara Falls, ON, Canada). “For the show and beyond, there is a real focus on new technology, equipment and ways of thinking that are necessary for industry professionals to thrive.”

The Special Session Customer Service: Creating a World-Class Service Organization is presented by Dennis Snow, who spent 20 years managing various operations at the Walt Disney World Company. Snow’s discussion highlights key points of contact that make or break the customer experience. Snow covers how to orchestrate the customer’s entire experience and introduces processes that companies can implement to make excellent service a core piece of their operations.

The shift over the past decade toward more professional and profitable product support operations is outlined in the Special Session Parts & Service Marketing: Making a Difference. In this session, Ron Slee, president of R.J. Slee & Associates (Rancho Mirage, CA) addresses contemporary customer expectations and how distributors can use their parts and service divisions to strengthen their companies. Slee outlines six key elements of a successful parts marketing plan, including customer categorization and tools for measuring success.

Both Special Sessions are held Tuesday, March 4, 8:30am–11:30am. A separate ticket is required for each.

Other educational opportunities for distributors include “Calculating Weight Distribution and Payload for Work Trucks Made Simple”; “Planning for Your Company’s Future: Identifying Upcoming Industry and Economic Trends”; “The Holy Grail of Federal Excise Tax Concepts”; “Equipping Your Shop to Handle Alternative Fuel Vehicles”; “How to Inspire Loyalty and Effort in Your Team”; “Understanding the Ins and Outs of NAFTA”; and “Tactics for Building a Dynamic, Cohesive Team.”

Many of the world’s leading chassis manufacturers use The Work Truck Show to give updates about product line developments, including new technical information on specifications and installation. In 2014, 14 OEMs are scheduled to present Chassis Update sessions: Chevrolet and GMC Commercial Truck; Daimler Vans USA LLC; Ford Commercial Truck; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation; Freightliner Trucks; Hino Trucks; International Truck; Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.; Kenworth Truck Company; Mack Trucks, Inc.; Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.; Peterbilt Motors Company; Ram Commercial; and Western Star Trucks.

Studies have shown that poor employee communication skills cost the average organization 25–40 percent of their budgets every year. Young work truck industry professionals learn how to improve communications within their organizations at the Generation Next Leadership Workshop & Networking Reception: How to Become a Superior Communicator Special Session on Wednesday, March 5, 3:00PM–5:00PM. The session covers all aspects of the communication process, including non-verbal cues, effective listening and how to convey directions. It is presented by Doug Cartland, president, DCI (Sharon, WI).

Event highlights also include the Opening Reception at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on March 4 and the President’s Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting, featuring keynoter Condoleezza Rice, on March 6.

Registration for The Work Truck Show 2014 is open. To register or find more information, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.

Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show conversation on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow and @nteanews with the official hashtag: #wts2014.

About NTEAEstablished in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,600 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.


Priority Tree Care blossoms with Isuzu

As Australia’s hub for federal government activity and a visiting place for many influential people, Canberra is a city that must always be well presented. To assist in this task, arboricultural business, Priority Tree Care, has been keeping Canberra’s trees in top shape since the business was established in 1989.

Started from scratch by two friends who each invested $10,000 to get the business up and running, Priority Tree Care has progressed over the years through word-of-mouth and hard work.

One of those friends is Scott Wallace, who is still involved in the business today and says the early days were tough due to tight budgetary constraints.

“We first let people know about our business by delivering advertising pamphlets by pushbike between jobs. We also aimed at keeping our customers happy so that we would benefit from word of mouth endorsements,” Mr Wallace said.

“At the start it was just the two of us and a small truck, trailer and the basic climbing gear. There was a lot of hard work and long days, but after a few years the business developed into a successful little enterprise.”

Today Priority Tree Care employs six staff, four arborists and two groundsmen, who operate a range of trucks and equipment, including an Isuzu FRR 600 and Isuzu NPR 300 Tipper."

With the trucks and equipment yard based in Parkwood, Priority Tree Care operates within the Canberra area and provides arboricultural services to a range of customers including the Australian National Botanic Gardens, universities, embassies, real estate businesses and has a particular focus on residential customers.

“We ensure all of our arborists are professionally qualified and work as a team to the highest industry standards. We pride ourselves on the number of repeat customers that choose to use our services year after year and we continue to do the best job we can to keep them all happy,” Mr Wallace said.

Mr Wallace and his team offer a range of specialist services including the dismantling and removal of trees, directional pruning and deadwood removal, power line clearance, stump grinding, root pruning and barrier installation, supply and or transplanting of trees, audits and reports, consultancy and programmed maintenance.

“The new FRR 600 has a custom built mulching bin body and tows a wood chipper trailer. We have also had an Isuzu bullbar and some work cupboards fitted to store our tools, safety equipment and spill kits,” Mr Wallace said.

“The NPR 300 Tipper is used to tow the stump grinding machine. With its drop sides it makes loading the grindings and wood a lot easier.”

Mr Wallace said the Isuzu trucks are driven in the Canberra city and residential areas, as well as the occasional trip on dirt roads.

“The FRR 600 is a great truck. It offers us plenty of power. With a full mulch bin and the chipper on the back there is plenty of drag and resistance, but this truck offers us more power than our previous truck and goes up hills easily,” he said.

“One of our drivers loves this truck and doesn’t want to give up driving it. It’s very nice to drive with all of the mod cons.”

To provide an enjoyable ride, the Isuzu FRR 600 features a comfortable state-of-the-art Isri 6860 air suspension driver’s seat, cruise control, Hill Start Aid and an Anti-lock Braking System. With its six cylinder diesel engine rated at 176 kW power and 706 Nm torque, it easily handles heavy truck bodies and trailers.

Although Priority Tree Care doesn’t follow a selection process when in the market for a new truck, with the truck simply chosen to suit its application, Mr Wallace said the new Isuzu FRR 600 was selected due to the performance of the NPR 300 Tipper over the years.

“We purchased the NPR 300 Tipper in 2004 and have had no dramas with it. We decided to follow suit with the new truck and opt for another Isuzu. If we require an additional truck in the future, we would consider Isuzu again,” he said.
See more about Isuzu Trucks in Australia at www.isuzu.com.au


B&W Trailer Hitches Boosts Load Capacity of Whisper-Quiet Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch to 20,000 Pounds

New Companion hitch meets consumer preferences for heavier RV payloads and accommodates changing truck beds while keeping its convenient, single-point attachment design and smooth, quiet ride.

HUMBOLDT, Kan.—B&W Trailer Hitches, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty, engineered trailer hitches and aftermarket truck/trailer accessories, introduced its new RVB3500 Companion fifth wheel aftermarket trailer hitch today. The new Companion hitch employs B&W’s unique Turnoverball mounting design that promotes quick, single-point hitch installation. The quiet riding hitch is designed to handle today’s heavier trailers and pickups with varying truck bed configurations.
B&W’s earlier Companion model had an18,000-pound towing capacity and had gained a solid reputation within the RV community for its ease of installation, robust design, smooth ride and, most of all, its low noise characteristics. The original Companion hitch has remained virtually unaltered since its inception in 1998. The new 20,000-pound rated Companion fifth wheel trailer hitch has all the features that RV owners and dealers favored in its predecessor and then some.
“The combination of product quality and reliability, along with B&W’s reputation among customers, have made the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch our most popular,” Don Collins, president, DC’s RV Centers, said. “With its 20,000-pound towing capacity, enhanced height adjustment and flexible installation design, we anticipate that the new Companion will be even more commercially successful than its forerunner.” 
B&W’s new Companion fifth wheel aftermarket trailer hitch is designed for today’s trucks and trailers and for tomorrow’s as well. RV trailers are becoming bigger and heavier, and the towing capacities of the pickup trucks that haul them have continued to increase. The new Companion hitch features two adjustable pivot arms that can be oriented horizontally, relative to the truck’s axle, and vertically to allow trailers to clear the taller truck bed walls now on many late-model pickups. The new hitch also features adjustable plastic feet that allow the hitch to adapt and mount snugly to an ever-increasing variety of truck bed corrugation patterns.
The entire system is made of top-quality American steel and is finished top to bottom with a tough, durable powder coating. Once installed, the substructure leaves the truck bed totally unobstructed. The substructure’s socket accommodates any of seven different Turnoverball-style hitches, including the RVB3500 Companion. A smart, solid foundation has allowed B&W to build the industry’s best performing fifth wheel trailer hitch on top.
The single-post hitch base drops easily into the socket and, once married to the substructure uses adaptable leveling feet for stabilization and bolts to lock it securely into position. Pivot arms are also fully adjustable with a height range of 16 1/4 inches to 18 1/4 inches. The arms feature thick polyurethane bushings that allow the locked coupler head to pivot effortlessly, and the coupler head itself is fitted with a hydraulic dampening mechanism that absorbs road shock and tilts up to seven degrees. The whole hitch system operates so smoothly and quietly that drivers and passengers sometimes have the sensation that there is no trailer being towed.
“Our new 20,000-pound rated Companion hitch is a response to recent trends in the structure and shape of truck beds, along with the increasing lengths and weights of trailers,” Cleat Stockebrand, product design engineer for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “The new Companion hitch base takes advantage of the structural features of late model truck beds, optimizing the capacity of the hitch and giving customers the needed adjustments to accommodate their towing needs.”
The new Companion fifth wheel aftermarket trailer hitch makes unhitching the trailer easier as well. The hitch features massive one-inch-thick cast locking jaws that have set a new industry standard by being twice as hefty as traditional mechanisms. The jaw’s robust cam-lock design allows any operator to uncouple a trailer even when parked on significantly uneven terrain.
The RVB3500 Companion fifth wheel aftermarket trailer hitch fits virtually any pickup truck make and model, including any 2013 RAM 3500, without a factory-installed hitch prep package. The product has been extensively tested and meets or exceeds the J2638 standard for a 20,000-pound vehicle tow rating (VTR). As with any towing scenario, B&W strongly recommends that users never exceed a VTR.
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 RVB3500 Companion fifth wheel aftermarket trailer hitch can be purchased through members of B&W’s extensive dealer network and a dealer locator is available at:
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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 and Companion are trademarks 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. Neither 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.


2013 Ford Living Roof At Rouge Center's Dearborn Truck Plant

Installed in 2003, the living roof on top of Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant is flourishing as an environmental touchstone amid the iconic Rouge Center. At 10.4 acres -- the size of eight football fields -- the living roof sustains a diverse ecosystem, removes CO2 from the atmosphere and reduces energy use at the F-150 assembly plant below. It also is part of an innovative storm water management system that reduces run-off and costs two-thirds less than a conventional treatment process.


Auburn Gear Engineers New, Super-Reliable Electronic Open-to-Lock Differential for Dana 60 Front and Rear Axles

Superior strength, dependable electronic operation and exceptional torque transmission characteristics make Auburn’s new Dana 60 differential an intelligent choice.

AUBURN, Ind.—Auburn Gear, Inc., a leading U.S.–based manufacturer of high-performance differentials, revealed that it will present its new patent-pending electronic open-to-lock differential at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The new differentials’ case strength and unique gear geometry will make it the toughest and most efficient aftermarket diff on the market. Dependable electronic operation allows the driver to conveniently transition from an open to a locked differential mode as the need arises, all without leaving the driver’s seat.
Auburn Gear has designed an aftermarket differential that instills confidence by eliminating the gear and pneumatic system failures that have been known to occur among those asking more of their Dana 60 axles and aftermarket selectable lockers. Auburn created its new differential in response to marketplace demand for a more reliable solution and to consumer dissatisfaction with the status quo.
“Skilled and unskilled drivers alike can put tremendous stress on a locked differential when one wheel is in the air, or when their vehicle is on terrain that doesn’t require a locker,” Sam Shirley, administrator for Jeep Owners of Central Arkansas (JOCA), said. “It’s not uncommon to see traditional locking differentials fail when folks push them beyond their limits.”
Typically, a selectable locker differential relies on a mechanically complex gear arrangement that is vulnerable to torque stress and has more parts to break. The mechanisms used to engage and disengage the lockers may fail as well. Lockers operating on compressed air can be a hassle to install and maintain and can suffer malfunctions from condensation in the lines that may render the controls inoperable.
“The gear geometry of our new differential minimizes mechanical complexity, locks the gears to the differential housing and thus transfers torque directly from the differential case, not through the gears,” Jamie Forrest, senior product engineer for Auburn Gear, said. “A reliable electronic control, coupled with superior mechanical design and high-strength ductile iron construction, means we’ve engineered absolute confidence into our new Dana 60 aftermarket diff.”
Auburn’s rugged 4-pinion gear design arrangement is designed to exceed the performance of OE and aftermarket differentials alike. “This diff will give drivers total assurance that they won’t break gears when pushing their vehicles to the limit in locked mode,” Forrest added.
When Auburn’s differential is unlocked, or open, it allows each individual wheel to rotate at a variable rate. In its open mode, the new differential provides equal rotational torque to each wheel. Although the wheels may rotate at varying speeds, each applies a similar rotational force, even if one wheel is stationary while the other is revolving.
When the new differential is locked, it forces both wheels to rotate at an equal speed regardless of terrain or traction. In locked mode, each wheel applies a rotational force equal to the conditions and its tractive capacity, so the torque exerted on the differential hemispheres, each side-shaft and wheels can be significantly unequal.
The new differential is backed by an industry-leading one-year warranty and Auburn’s exclusive Differential Replacement Exchange (D-REX) Program. Under the terms of the D-REX Program, Auburn will replace any differential within the first four years after purchase, regardless of circumstances. The replacement differential is one-third of the original cost, or the equivalent of the price of a competitor’s clutch pack. The replacement differential comes fully assembled, tested, certified and ready for installation. No rebuilding is required, and thus no mixing of old or worn parts with new parts is necessary.
Auburn Gear engineers and manufactures a wide range of performance-enhancing and high-performance aftermarket differentials and is proud of its reputation for being exclusively American Made. Auburn Gear makes all of its products in the town of Auburn, Ind., located in the nation’s heartland. A complete product catalog can be accessed on the Auburn Gear website.
Auburn’s Dana 60 aftermarket differentials, model numbers 545022 (4.10:1 & down) and 545023 (4.56:1 & up), are expected to begin shipping on or about March 15, 2014. Product information is now available and can be obtained by contacting Auburn Gear or members of its extensive North American and worldwide distributor network. A distributor locator is available at: http://www.auburngear.com/aftermarket/distributors.aspx
Questions regarding Auburn Gear’s new Dana 60 aftermarket differential may be directed to Justin R. Smith at (260) 920-1359 or jrsmith@auburngear.com
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About Auburn Gear
Auburn Gear, Inc. was organized in 1982 and has decades of gear manufacturing experience. The company serves international builders of vehicles and machinery for the automotive, truck, bus, aerial lift, agriculture, light and heavy construction, mining, forestry and marine industries. Capabilities include full line design, development, testing and manufacturing of a wide range of geared products. Facilities include development, gauge, gear and metallurgical laboratories. Production process capacities include turning, gear cutting, spline rolling, heat treat, shot peening and finished grinding.
Dana and Dana 60 may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The terms Dana and Dana 60 and references to models and product designations are for reference purposes only. Neither Auburn Gear nor its products are sponsored or endorsed by Dana and Dana 60 and there is nothing else in the use of the Dana and Dana 60 designation that should lead a reader to believe that there is an association between Auburn Gear and these organizations.


Titan Presents Revolutionary Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System at 2013 SEMA Show

30-gallon polyethylene tank fits into the existing spare tire cavity of virtually all American-made pickup trucks, doubling fuel capacity without encroaching on bed space.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho—Titan Fuel Tanks, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, engineered aftermarket fuel tanks, announced that it will introduce its new cross-linked polyethylene, Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The innovative 30-gallon tank and fuel transfer control unit have a patent pending and will be shown to the industry for the first time in Titan’s booth 35111 in the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The first-of-its-kind fuel system is designed to repurpose the space commonly used to stow a vehicle’s spare tire and fits most American-made diesel pickup trucks made after 1999. The tank essentially doubles the fuel capacity of most pickups and, unlike in-bed auxiliary fuel tank solutions, its underbody location means that it has no impact on the truck bed’s storage capacity.
The lightweight, one-size-fits-all 30-pound tank is easy for one person to install and includes mounting hardware, a filler kit and an electronic fuel transfer control unit that can be operated from the comfort of the cab. Titan has engineered the system for fast installation, and all components come in a standardized package.  
“Titan’s new Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System has tremendous potential, and is the most creative and efficient use of space I have seen,” said Kyle Shiminski, category director, Keystone Automotive Operations. “We are very excited to be one of the first to be stocking their product in our warehouses.  The lightweight material, ease of installation and concealed mounting location make Titan’s system an excellent universal solution for adding fuel capacity.”
Titan’s single-tank design accommodates all applications, while mounting hardware unique to the host vehicle’s make and model allows the tank to securely attach to the cross members of the vehicle’s frame. Mounting brackets attach easily and are completely noninvasive, requiring no cutting, welding or drilling. Like the spare tire it replaces, a mounting stud slides through the middle of the tank, which is then secured with a mounting plate.
“Diesel truck owners are always interested in extending their range and fuel capacity without compromising space in their trucks cargo bed and Titan’s new spare tire tank is an innovative solution to this challenge,” said Paul Nishanian, executive vice president for Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP). “XDP stocks a complete range of Titan fuel tanks and we’re excited about expanding our Titan offering with their new spare tire tank.”
Titan’s electronic fuel transfer control unit gives the vehicle operator total flexibility in managing the use of extra fuel capacity. The additional fuel can be held in reserve or transferred on the go and as the need arises. The controller’s illuminated user interface indicates the tank’s fuel level in increments of one-tenth and features a single-touch button that starts the fuel transfer sequence. With one touch, fuel begins transferring from the Spare Tire Fuel Tank to the vehicle’s primary fuel tank and continues to flow until it is automatically stopped by the controller or the button is touched again. A red LED on the controller illuminates during the fuel transfer process.
“This new tank is available at Summit Racing Equipment now, for any diesel truck owner who wants to add extra fuel capacity,” said Jeff Winters, chief marketing officer, Summit Racing Equipment. “In fact, using this new tank in conjunction with one of the other Titan auxiliary tanks we offer, a truck owner can have up to 100 gallons of diesel fuel onboard, all in underbody locations.”
Titan’s new Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System fits most full-sized, American-made, diesel pickup trucks and its polymer material is highly resistant to the corrosive effects of diesel and bio-diesel fuels as well as fuel additives that have been known to degrade the linings of steel diesel fuel tanks.
The tanks come with a universal filler kit featuring a brushed aluminum door that can be installed on the vehicle’s exterior sidewall or on an inside wall of the truck bed. The tanks include a rollover vent valve and a vent hose.
Titan’s entire line of polymer replacement and auxiliary fuel tanks are formed from military-grade cross-linked polyethylene (XLHDPE). The rugged polyethylene material is 200 times less thermal conductive than steel, and the polymer’s insulating properties eliminate condensation, boosting mileage efficiency by keeping fuel cooler and closer to optimal combustion temperatures than metallic tanks. All Titan fuel tanks come with a limited five-year warranty.
Titan’s tanks are designed by a staff of fuel tank engineers. Titan serves fleets and other end-users of Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Dodge diesel pickup trucks. Titan uses finite element analysis (FEA) in its design process, enabling it to simulate a wide array of dynamic stresses on systems and components. Virtual impact testing, off-road conditions and accelerated aging can all be simulated using FEA. For safety purposes, Titan requires that all trucks using their new Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System be equipped with a heavy class-5 hitch, standard on most full-sized diesels.
Titan’s distributors in the United States, Canada and Australia are expected to have the new polymer Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System in stock on or about December 1, 2013. For those who consider spare tires critical, dealers will also offer a Titan kit that allows the displaced spare tire to be vertically mounted in the truck bed.
To access high-resolution images of Titan’s innovative new cross-linked polyethylene, Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System, please visit: http://www.titanfueltanks.com/sparetirepr-images.html
About Titan Fuel Tanks
Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Titan Fuel Tanks engineers and manufactures ultra-durable, extra-capacity
aftermarket fuel tanks made from advanced military-grade, cross-linked polyethylene. Titan offers a broad selection of replacement fuel tanks, designed to seamlessly integrate with and extend the fuel capacity and driving reach of a broad range of truck models, including Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Dodge vehicles. Titan serves the aftermarket fuel tank needs of the United States, Canada and Australia, and is recognized as an innovator in aftermarket fuel tank design. Titan’s engineering staff employs the latest technology in its design process, including finite element analysis (FEA). To learn more about Titan Fuel Tanks, please visit: http://www.titanfueltanks.com
Titan is a trademark of Supertanks, LLC.


2015 Silverado HD, Sierra HD Pickups Revealed in Texas

Highest convention trailering rating of 19,600 pounds among advancements

DETROIT – Chevrolet and GMC today revealed the all-new 2015 models of the Silverado HD and Sierra HD full-size pickups, featuring segment-leading capabilities across the range including the highest payload – 7,374 pounds – and the highest conventional trailering rating – 19,600 pounds.
Silverado HD’s all-new exterior communicates strength and capability, while also enhancing aerodynamics for improved efficiency and reduced wind noise,  It also improves cooling for more consistent power under tough conditions.

The new Sierra HDs arrive in the first quarter of 2014, including 2500HD and 3500HD models, and the Sierra Denali HD, which matches do-it-all capability with an exclusive package of design and upscale interior amenities.

Additional new and enhanced features for the 2015 Silverado and Sierra HDs include:
  • CornerStep rear bumper, EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, standard upper tie-downs and other features that make cargo handling easier
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control on all models, including 3500HD dually
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking (diesel models), for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Enhanced cooling airflow, which enables the Duramax turbo diesel and 6.0L gas engine to better maintain full power, even under heavy loads and high ambient temperatures
The 2015 Silverado HD and Sierra HD pickups will be assembled in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Flint, Mich.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
About GMC
has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. The 2014 Sierra half-ton pickup boasts all-new powertrains and design, and the Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks ever built by GMC. Every retail GMC model, including Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, is now available in Denali luxury trim. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


Pros and Cons of Gas Vs. Diesel in Class 3-4 Trucks

Gasoline or diesel: Which engine type works best for Class 3-4 truck applications?

This is an age-old question without a clear-cut winner. Each offers advantages and limitations. The key is determining exactly how the truck will be used and then selecting the engine type that strikes the right balance between performance, fuel efficiency, and budget.

What factors should fleet managers consider when deciding between gasoline and diesel engines in Class 3-4 (10,001- to 16,000-lb. gross vehicle weight rating) trucks? Here are nine points to serve as a guide:

Pros and Cons of Gas Vs. Diesel in Class 3-4 Trucks

Calculating Commercial Vehicle Weight Distribution & Payload Made Easy

Axle capacities are limited either by the axle capacity or the legal weight limits, whichever is lower. Performing a weight distribution analysis can achieve the proper axle loadings before a truck is built.

Calculating Commercial Vehicle Weight Distribution & Payload Made Easy

NYC Judge Nixes 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Deal

New York City's plan to have a uniform taxi fleet was squashed by a judge last week only weeks before Nissan was to deliver its first vehicles under the exclusive contract, according to a report by Reuters.

Under the "Taxi of Tomorrow" initiative, which was scheduled to take effect on October 28, Nissan would be the exclusive supplier of New York's taxi cabs.The contract was estimated to be worth approximately $1 billion according to the Reuters report.

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Isuzu FYH 2000s right for outback concreter

Located in Australia’s north-west, the Pilbara is often referred to Australia’s engine room – home to the massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.

Supporting the mining industry is Pilbara Concrete Service, a concrete and labour supplier which doesn’t shy away from the harsh and remote conditions not to mention the sweltering heat.

Pilbara Concrete Service is also one of the first companies to be using Isuzu’s new FYH 2000, with two having been added to its fleet some months ago in a bid to keep up with ongoing industry demand.

While airbag suspension is often specified for Agitator work in the form of Isuzu’s FYJ model, given the inhospitable conditions, Pilbara Concrete Services opted for the added strength of taper leaf springs.

The company supplies an extensive range of ready mixed concrete and contracts labour to various companies such as Rio Tinto and the Australian Air Services, as well as residential clients in the region.

Across its seven offices, the company employees 25 staff in the Pilbara region.

Established by the Hill Family Trust in 2010, Pilbara Concrete Service has relied on Isuzu from its inception.

Pilbara Concrete Service Manager, Marcel Stadoliukas, said that the company has been pleased with the performance of all their Isuzus.

“Our first Isuzu was a FVZ 1400 and we haven’t considered another truck brand since,” Marcel said.

“Isuzu makes great trucks – they are the perfect size and capacity for our day-to-day needs.

“We are proud to have an exclusively Isuzu fleet and currently have 11 in service.”

In addition to the two FYH 2000s, the company has various N and F Series models in their fleet ranging from a NPR 200 to a FXZ 1500.

Some of company’s services include support for mining infrastructure and residential construction.

The two new FYH 2000s are fitted with 8.4 m3 agitator bowls, built by Mixers Australia and are used to transport concrete to clients for their construction needs.

According to Marcel, the FYH 2000 is well suited for harsh conditions.

“We are quite happy that Isuzu released the FY Series,” Marcel said

“All we needed to do was fit some rock tyres onto the FYH 2000s and they are good to go.

“Our trucks drive in some of the most extreme environments and places where only four-wheel-drives would dare to venture.”

Marcel also praised the FYH 2000s’ power.

The truck's SiTEC Series III 350 engine is rated at 257 kW @ 2,000 RPM and 1,422 Nm @ 1,200 - 1,500 RPM.

“We’ve had no problem with the trucks conquering steep and rocky hills with a full 12 tonne load,” Marcel said.

“The standard rear axle and cross difflocks have also proven themselves when we've needed extra traction.”

The two new trucks are fitted with a roll over protection structure (ROPS), a falling object protective structure (FOPS), and Hella Rallye 4000 driving lights for added visibility.

The FYH 2000 features the Isri 6860 driver's seat with integrated seatbelt and coil spring cab suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers.

According to Marcel, the trucks’ comfort features make the harsh conditions of the Pilbara more bearable.

“Some of the roads out here can be pretty rough, the Isri seat and cabin with its appointments make the going easier,” Marcel said.

“The Allison 4430 automatic transmission, which also comes as a standard, makes handling the truck a lot easier and accessible for our drivers too.

“All round vision is excellent too, making reversing a breeze.”

As the company expands with the mining industry, it will continue to add Isuzu trucks to its fleet.
See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.isuzu.com.au



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2014 Mercedes Benz Citan - Official Trailer

Powerful models -- new engine variants and numerous conversions for the Mercedes-Benz Citan

-New Citan 111 CDI: powerful, smooth, economical
-New Citan 112: lively, comfortable, cost-effective
-New extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats
-Bodybuilder Centre and VanPartner -- the Citan made to measure

Powerful models from Mercedes-Benz round off the range of Citan urban delivery vans. The new top-of-the-line diesel model is the Citan 111 CDI developing 81 kW (110 hp). With its petrol engine, the Citan 112 (84 kW/112 hp) is likewise new. The extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats will follow in spring 2014. In cooperation with well-known bodybuilders, the Citan model range is extended further: thanks to the certification scheme VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz, tested industry-specific solutions are available.

Mercedes-Benz Citan: successfully established

One year after its launch, the urban delivery van bearing the Mercedes star has established itself well. It has now been introduced in all EU countries, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey. Russia is currently set to follow as another market. Work is underway to launch in Chile, for example, while other regions in Southeast Asia and the Middle East are also being examined. Further variants broaden the offering.

New Citan 111 CDI: powerful, smooth, economical

The new top-of-the-line diesel model is the Citan 111 CDI. The engine here develops 81 kW (110 hp) from a displacement of 1.5 litres. Maximum torque is 240 Nm, making the Citan 111 CDI equally strong on pulling power.

The Citan 111 CDI is a lively performer, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds. Its top speed of 170 km/h also makes it suitable for long distances. At the same time, it is among the most economical and environmentally friendly vehicles in its class: equipped with the optional BlueEfficiency package including the Eco start/stop function, the Citan achieves an outstanding combined fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres per 100 km. The list price for the long Citan 111 CDI panel van is €17,130 (excl. VAT).

New Citan 112: lively, comfortable, cost-effective

The new Citan 112 is particularly agile and comfortable at work. At 84 kW (112 hp), it obtains the highest output from the smallest displacement (1.2 l) in the model series. It is also one of the most cost-effective and low-emission urban delivery vans. BlueEfficiency technology and an Eco start/stop function are standard features. Combined fuel consumption is low at 6.1 litres/100 km.

With a top speed of 173 km/h and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in just 11.7 seconds, the Citan 112 offers impressive performance. The long panel van is priced at €15,810 (excl. VAT).

Both the Citan 111 CDI and the Citan 112 are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. With its wide ratio spread, the transmission ensures both powerful start-off characteristics and low engine speeds at higher road speeds. This is accompanied by low driving noise and favourable fuel consumption.

New extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats

As another new addition, the Citan is available as a crewbus with up to seven seats. It is based on the extra-long variant (length: 4705 mm). This crewbus is intended for commercial passenger transport, commercial transport of personnel and/or cargo, as well as mixed private and commercial use.

The new third seat row in the Citan consists of two individual seats. These are independently adjustable fore-and-aft, and can be individually folded down or removed as required.

Bodybuilder Centre and VanPartner -- the Citan made to measure

Individual solutions for special requirements -- conversions and custom bodies have always been important at Mercedes-Benz Vans. What is not available ex factory can be taken care of by bodybuilders. For the Citan, the conversion rate is already 16 percent.

The Bodybuilder Centre at Mercedes-Benz Vans is a partner to body and conversion specialists. It provides advice to these companies and accompanies new developments by Mercedes-Benz Vans. End-users also benefit: the publicly available information portal www.vanpartner.info provides an overview of more than 300 product solutions from around 90 partners - already including numerous versions for the Citan.

The companies featured on the website qualify as a VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz because they have achieved a special status: Mercedes-Benz Vans has not only approved the relevant solution, but even recommends it to end-users. Both quality and the level of sales and service are scrutinised extensively. By the end of the year, there will be VanPartners in all major European markets.


Hoist-It’s first Isuzu is replaced eventually, after 13 years of hard graft

After 13 years and over 300,000 miles of dedicated service for a Wigan based supplier of construction hoist products Hoist-It Ltd, the company decided it was high time to replace its first Isuzu. An ‘X’ registration plated NQR 7.5 tonner, which was originally purchased in 2000, has recently been replaced by a brand-new 2013 Isuzu Forward N75.190 4 x 2 rigid.

The new medium wheelbase 7.5 tonner, now the third Isuzu working at the company, was specified with the popular Easyshift transmission and a dropside body with a Fassi 65 rear mounted crane. With this type of crane, the operator has a reach of approximately 8.5 metres for the unloading of hoist products and machinery on-site.

The body on the Isuzu also features an effective hand rail protection system for those occasions where it is necessary for the driver to operate the crane or work from within the truck body. It also has full Health & Safety approved steps for accessing the body.

Hoist-It are one of the country’s premier suppliers of construction hoist products and, according to the company, the Isuzu rigid will be covering approximately 25,000 km per annum, delivering construction and specialist application hoists to its customer base, predominantly in the North of England.

The original Isuzu NQR, nicknamed affectionately by Hoist-It as ‘The Beast’ because of its rugged uncompromising performance, will be staying in service with Hoist It. As Financial Director Gordon Gedling explains, “Our first Isuzu is probably the best vehicle we have ever owned in the 30 years of being in business, giving us very few problems over the last 13 years. It just made common sense to get another Isuzu when the time came that we had to consider replacing ‘The Beast’. It would be absolute fantastic if we were to get another 13 years of similar performance from the new Isuzu."

The recently acquired Isuzu 7.5tonne rigid was supplied to Hoist-It by local Isuzu dealer Warrington Vehicle Centre and Gordon Gedling was quick to praise the service and support the company gets, “Warrington Vehicle Centre have been absolutely brilliant to deal with during the vehicle purchase period, they were really attentive giving us excellent service and included a number of differing crane options for consideration within the vehicle specification.”

“Longevity, payload and proven performance are recognised as the key operating benefits of the hard-working Isuzu product range. Hoist-It has experienced first-hand that Isuzu trucks really do work hard for their living and give customers a truly reliable and effective performance during their working life,” said Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck.

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


New High-Roof Ford Transit Custom Now Available to Customers Across Europe

  • Ford Transit Custom – International Van of the Year 2013 – now available as a high-roof model
  • High-roof Transit Custom offers 20 per cent more load volume and 370 mm greater load height than low-roof model; and a unique-in-segment all-steel roof construction with roof rack capability and a maximum roof load of 100 kilograms
  • New version available to order now for delivery later this year; offers choice of two wheelbases and comprehensive range of weight and powertrain options
  • High-roof Transit Custom also delivers best-in-class side door opening and ability to carry three loaded Euro pallets in both short and long wheelbase models

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 25, 2013 – Ford Motor Company has announced a new high-roof version of the Transit Custom one-tonne commercial vehicle offering 20 per cent more load volume than the low-roof model is now available to order in Europe for delivery later this year.

This new version of the 2013 International Van of the Year is designed for customers including builders and parcel operators, and features 370 mm greater load height to increase the distance from floor to roof to 1.78 metres and offers a maximum load volume of up to 8.3 cubic metres (full bulkhead fitted).

The high-roof model is unique in the segment for its all-steel roof construction that offers more durability than composite roof panels, along with roof rack capability and a maximum roof load of 100 kilograms.

“This is a Transit Custom plus – all the style, economy and durability of the low-roof vehicle, plus that valuable extra cargo volume,” said David Gregory, Transit Custom chief program engineer, Ford of Europe. “We also made sure that the high-roof keeps all those smart load space features that customers asked for when we designed the new model.”

Deliveries of the new high-roof Transit Custom begin later this year, and customers have the same comprehensive options as the low-roof vehicle including short and long wheelbase versions and a wide gross vehicle weight and powertrain range; both van and kombi bodystyles are available.

Also in line with the low-roof model, the high-roof Transit Custom offers best-in-class load space features including the widest side door opening to enable loaded Euro pallet access, and the ability to carry three loaded Euro pallets in both short and long wheelbase models.
Innovative load space features developed include:
  • Load-through hatch in bulkhead enabling loads up to 3.0 metres in length, such as pipes or ladders, to be safely carried inside the vehicle (3.4 metres in long wheelbase model)
  • Repositioned DIN and ISO compliant tie-down hooks located on the body sides, to increase usable load area and allow complete cleaning of the floor
  • Tailored, one-piece easy-to-clean load floor liner offering enhanced durability and simple cleaning
  • Ultra-bright LED loadspace lighting with four high-performance LED units
The high-roof Transit Custom also offers outstanding fuel economy with CO2 emissions from 178 g/km* delivered by the improved 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with optional Auto-Start-Stop. Cost-of-ownership is further minimised by the longest service intervals in the class at two years/50,000 km/30,000 miles.

The Transit Custom is the only van in its segment to have achieved a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and the high-roof model also delivers advanced Ford vehicle technologies including SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Rear View Camera, Acceleration Control, Auto High Beam, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Alert.
* The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 as last amended. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets


New Suspension Systems for 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 Trucks

Mike Cairns, Vehicle Line Executive, takes a look at the new air assist system on the 2014 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck that, unlike systems offered by other truck makers, is factory designed, factory installed and factory warranted. Cairns also demonstrates the new link coil suspension system offered on the 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck.


Pink Fish Plumbing hooks up with Isuzu

Sydney’s bustling traffic and high incidence of narrow inner city streets make it almost mandatory for plumbers to have a work vehicle compact enough to provide easy maneuverability, while also being powerful enough to carry all their equipment and fittings.

To fulfill this requirement, newcomer to the Sydney plumbing landscape, Pink Fish Plumbing, has been turning heads around the city with its new brightly painted Isuzu NLR 200 Short featuring custom body.

The owner-operated business was established by husband and wife team, Brett and Kelly Parsons, who recently relocated to Sydney after two years spent pipe fitting, plumbing and operating machinery within the Western Australian mining industry.

Now that they have returned home, Brett and Kelly are devoting all of their energy to Pink Fish Plumbing, which provides its residential customers with a complete range of plumbing services, including unblocking drains and sewers, installing taps and toilets and gas fitting.

As an additional offering, Pink Fish Plumbing also provides a 24 hour emergency plumbing service.

“Customers are able to book me for regular plumbing jobs and I am available for emergency work, such as fixing a burst pipe, at any time of the day or night,” Brett said.

“We believe it’s important to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations by providing a reliable service at a good rate.”

Based in Sydney’s inner west, Pink Fish Plumbing is able to service the entire metropolitan area, as well as the surrounding suburbs, travelling to jobs in its Isuzu NLR 200 Short.

According to Brett, many plumbers use Isuzu’s NPR 450 model; however Brett requires a more compact option to manoeuver through Sydney’s tight streets.

“The areas I work in require a small vehicle, as the streets are very narrow, such as Balmain and Paddington,” Brett said.

“However I need to carry a lot of equipment on my truck, so it was essential it could handle this. A utility would have been too small to bear the load and carry all of the gear I require. It’s important I have all of my tools and equipment with me at jobs so that I can work quickly and efficiently.”

Included in this equipment is a high pressure water jetting system that has been installed on the NLR by Sewerquip. According to Brett the system is very heavy, consisting of a water tank, motor, pump, fuel and an extra battery.

“I needed the right vehicle – big and powerful enough to carry my equipment, but small enough to drive on the narrow streets. The NLR doesn’t struggle at all with the heavy load on the back,” he said.

“The truck’s automated manual transmission (AMT) allows me to drive in automatic most of the time, but also flick across to manual if required. This makes the NLR easy to drive in all conditions, including stop-start traffic and highways.

“The cab is comfortable to travel in and the stereo is a nice addition with all its connections and features.

“Isuzus are renowned for being the best trucks on the road, which is why I chose to purchase this truck for our business.”

After taking delivery of the NLR 200, Brett and Kelly wanted to ensure it would stand out on the road.

“The truck’s aluminium body was fabricated by Pacific Body Works and features a central locking system and lit compartments making night time work easier,” Brett said.

“The body has a great storage system and its locks are strong, so it is resistant to thieves.

“To give the truck its eye-catching look, Motorgraphics then applied the signage and artwork to the body. It has certainly generated a lot of attention.”

As artistic individuals, Brett and Kelly sought a business name that would stand out from competitors.

“We wanted to break away from all of the unimaginative plumbing business names and logos and use something that stays in people’s minds. That’s why we chose Pink Fish Plumbing, as it’s quite bizarre, grabs attention and portrays that our business is different from others,” Brett said.
See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.isuzu.com.au


All-new Ford Transit Range makes Australian Debut

  • Ford is launching the all-new Ford Transit range early next year, the latest in the long line of market-leading vans, of which 7 million have been sold since the first model appeared in 1965
  • Designed to be the most stylish and safest Ford Transits ever
  • All-new Ford Transit Custom combines a car-like interior and driving experience, with class-competitive load-carrying ability, low cost-of-ownership and legendary Transit heritage
  • All-new Ford Transit Cargo adds flexibility of multiple combinations for customers
  • Ford’s small business and commercial customers have more reasons to smile with the arrival of the all-new Ford Transit Custom van and all-new Ford Transit Cargo early next year.

Designed to be the most stylish and safest Transit range ever, the all-new Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo have bold an expressive new looks and are packed with the latest safety technologies, as part of Ford’s mission to appeal to a broader range of customers, including skilled tradesmen and small businesses.

“These two cargo carriers are designed to meet the most demanding needs of van users small and large,” Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer, Mark Fields, said.

Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said: “We are bringing Australians a full family of stylish, innovative, safe, high quality, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles.”

Although it provides a more car-like interior and driving experience, the new Ford Transit Custom has lost none of Ford Transit’s legendary toughness, combining class-competitive load-carrying ability and attractive cost-of-ownership with the fuel efficiency expected by van customers.

“The Ford Transit Custom is a new kind of Transit, with a distinctive new design direction and a host of advanced features that will appeal to our customers,” Graziano said.

Australian customers will be able to get behind the wheel of the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo early next year. The Ford Transit Cargo adds the flexibility of multiple combinations for customers, which will include multiple roof heights, Single and Double Cab chassis models and a 12-seater bus.

The Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo are both important components of Ford’s transition story in Australia.

“We’re committed to offering our customers the latest technologies and design and that includes providing wider choices for those customers seeking more versatility from their van,” Graziano said. “Both are stylish, modern vans that our customers will be proud to have in their driveway and yet will have the hard-working attitude customers expected of a Ford Transit.”

The newest Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo are the latest in a long line of market-defining Transits, which have sold 7 million vehicles since the first model was introduced in 1965.

Bold new appearance, strong driver appeal
The Ford Transit Custom “International Van of the Year 2013” features a bold new exterior which embodies the same dynamic character as Ford’s latest passenger cars.

The new model offers class-competitive load carrying ability, including a number of innovative new load-space features, such as a unique integrated roof rack system and an ingenious load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items.

In the cab, there is a modern, driver-focused cockpit, which features a sculpted instrument panel that combines stylish looks with smart stowage solutions for bottles, phones and papers.

Once behind the wheel, the driver can call upon a wide range of driver assistance technologies shared with Ford’s latest passenger cars, including the Ford SYNC voice-activated connectivity system.
The strong driver appeal of the Ford Transit Custom is reinforced by dynamics and performance which have been carefully tuned to reflect the same natural and easy-to-drive character which customers appreciate on Ford’s passenger car range, together with much reduced noise levels.

Built tough for maximum occupant protection, and extreme durability
Designed to be the safest Ford Transits ever, the Ford Transit Custom features an optimised body structure to maximise occupant protection that features ultra-high-strength Boron steel for the first time on a Ford Transit.

Like all Ford commercial vehicles which share the Transit badge, the all-new Ford Transit Custom has been developed to offer exceptional cost-of-ownership and durability.

The all-new Ford Transit Custom has also been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent Commercial Vehicle testing and durability standards.

Even before the vehicle goes on sale, it will have been driven the equivalent of five million kilometres, including at least 400,000 km with existing Transit customers.

Key components and systems are tested to the limit: for example, front doors go through an intensive regime of 250,000 non-stop slam cycles, which is three times more punishing than Ford’s equivalent passenger car test.

The Ford Transit Custom will feature Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine.
Apart from Australia, the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo will be sold in more than 90 markets worldwide.

Full specification and features of both the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo will be revealed closer to launch.

CargoGlide CG1500XL review by FlywayHighway

FlywayHighway reviews the CargoGlide CG1500XL in their Duck Truck Upgrade. See more about the CargoGlide products at www.CargoGlide.com


Veit Contracting & Waste Management | Stories from the Road | GM Fleet & Commercial Vehicles

Since its foundation in 1928, Veit Contracting & Waste Management has used Chevrolet trucks to handle their toughest projects. Find out why Veit Contracting chooses GM Fleet and Commercial Vehicles and Chevy trucks help them get the job done. http://www.gmfleet.com/


Utilimaster Enters Refrigerated Market With Seamless Body

BRISTOL, Ind., Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Utilimaster Corporation, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today unveiled refrigerated and freezer configurations for its truck bodies. Utilimaster can upfit nearly any van or truck by installing an insulated liner that is completely seamless and tough enough to support forklift traffic, while integrating customized shelving and cargo containment.

With today's announcement, Utilimaster is delivering on the promise of serving as the industry's most comprehensive solutions provider. Built tough with the capability to deliver optimal performance and maximum versatility, Utilimaster refrigerated bodies provide a superior option for delivery of perishable cargo.

The cooling is provided by an over-the-road refrigeration system with an engine-mounted compressor, a skirt-mounted condenser, and dual 10" fan evaporators. Units are also available in self-contained or cold plate configurations. The fuel for self-contained units is supplied by the vehicle's diesel tank or an auxiliary fuel tank. Cold plate units contain no mechanical parts, so there is little chance of spoiled cargo as a result of blower failure.

Mel Shields, Commercial Sales Manager, Utilimaster, said, "Our customers asked Utilimaster to design and manufacture refrigerated bodies to meet their needs. The seamless liner over the interior of the truck, made using advanced polyurea technology, is superior to the current market offering and provides the safest and most durable solution available. This innovation enables us to also provide a wide selection of customized interiors to meet our customer's specifications."

The FDA-approved polyurea liner is safe for food contact. It provides a seamless coating over the interior of the truck, preventing food and juices from being trapped within the seams. Polyurea lined trucks can be cleaned by simply hosing down the body with no moisture penetrating the coating. The temperature integrity of even the most demanding cargo is ensured with our insulation. Injected polyurethane expanded foam insulates all our delivery solutions and provides for seamless interiors in all compartments. Polyurea is a fast-setting, rapid-gelling material used to create extremely durable interiors.

Insulated Truck Options
  • All Utilimaster body types available in refrigerated version
  • A wide variety of roof-mounted or side-mounted refrigeration units
  • From a florist, to frozen food distributor, the cargo area can be configured for any combination of temperature zones – frozen, refrigerated and ambient
  • Available in temperatures ranges from 40° to -25° F
  • Available in multiple-temperature/compartment options
  • Standard 3" foam insulation in body
  • Seamless, food-safe interior lining made of polyurea
  • Available with curbside doors for easy entry and egress
  • Available with Aerocap for walk-through bulkheads
  • Available with electric shore power (115V - 230V, single or 3 phase)
  • Custom insulated bulkhead and rear doors

Polyurea Facts
  • Seamless liner surface provides a waterproof, mold-resistant finish that is easily cleaned yet durable enough to support fork lift traffic
  • FDA-approved polyurea shell creates an extremely durable interior
  • Whether it is a simple wash, repaint, or more extensive maintenance, our polyurea solution provides superior performance for years of service
  • A 100% solid, flexible, two-component Polyurea Elastomer spray coating material
  • Utilized independently or in combination with other materials to produce coatings, liners, and other resilient surfaces or substrates
  • Produces an extremely durable film at all thicknesses
  • Will not deteriorate, drain, or harm other materials, and is bondable as well as paintable
  • Is relatively moisture and temperature tolerant, allowing application in the most problematic conditions

About Utilimaster

Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service marketplace. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility and linen/uniform rental businesses. The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts and accessories. Visit Utilimaster at www.utilimaster.com.

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™, Spartan ER™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.