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Quigley Motor Company

A family owned manufacturing and design company, Quigley Motor Company has been consistently recognized for 4-wheel drive system design excellence and quality production. The company's success is a result of its focus on the need of its customers for a go anywhere, large load capacity full size van. Whether that customer is a TV news operation, a national package delivery company, various United States government agencies, construction company or a family of skiers in Alaska, the load capacity, off-road qualities and performance of this vehicle put it in a class of its own.

See more about Quigley at www.Quigley4x4.com

Mercedes-Benz Econic in construction site operations in London: Mercedes-Benz Econic – built for the city

  • Econic in construction site operations in the London city centre
  • Econic – established and ready for demanding jobs
  • Standard equipment: sophisticated safety concept
  • Protects not only man, but the environment as well
Stuttgart/London - On 26 February 2015, the Mercedes-Benz Econic was presented at the CLOCS workshop in London. A tipper, a concrete mixer and a dumper, all based on an 8x4 chassis, have been operating in London since the start of the year.

As a result of the increase in inner-city traffic accidents with cyclists and pedestrians, the Ministry of Transport of the City of London commissioned an independent investigative committee in 2012 to define the causes of accidents and preventive measures. The report of findings of the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Commission (CLOCS) was published in February 2013. It became apparent that there was hardly any information about the risks inner-city construction transport presented to road safety and that is was consequently factored in insufficiently in the past. In addition, there were no binding industry standards for road safety in inner-city construction transport.

In response to the findings of the study, the industry with support form the City of London began establishing a culture of safety and taking measures to increase road safety in construction transport. The aim is to use commercial vehicles with maximum visibility and with high ergonomics and safety standards for inner-city construction transport.

Econic – established and ready for demanding jobs
While other manufacturers endeavour to develop a truck that is specifically suited for jobs in urban traffic and to establish it in the market, the Mercedes-Benz Econic has been offering a repeatedly proven and application-oriented solution for almost 20 years. The vehicle concept is designed strictly for versatility, ergonomics and safety, which puts the Econic in a class by itself.

With its unique low-entry concept, modern BlueTec 6 engines and first-class Mercedes-Benz quality, the Econic meets all requirements that must be met in inner-city districts with high traffic density: efficiency, safety, environmental friendliness and comfort.

Demanding jobs are normal procedure for the Econic – whether as a waste disposal vehicle or as a vehicle for inner-city distribution transport. The Econic offers a chassis platform for a wide range of bodies and applications, and now for the first time also for inner-city construction transport.

The advantages of the driver's low seating position, supplemented with the extensive panoramic glazing and the mirror system, provide the driver with virtually unrestricted visibility in front of the vehicle and on both sides – a clear advantage in confusing urban traffic with pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, the Econic is easy on drivers and co-drivers. The cab can be reached with just one step. On a busy workday that saves them several metres they don't have to climb up or down.

Standard equipment: sophisticated safety concept
To further expand the field of vision and to minimise the blind spot, the Econic is equipped with a pneumatic, inward-opening fully glazed folding door on the side facing away from traffic, which offers a view of obstacles and third parties.

The Econic offers an additional pre-installation that makes it easy to mount external cameras and connect monitors. These cameras show the driver the vehicle's surroundings from different angles and thereby further enhance the safety of all road users.

To ensure the driver is able to fully concentrate on the immediate surroundings, the Econic comes as standard with an Allison automatic transmission, a host of driver assistance systems and many convenience features.

The standard equipment includes extensive Mercedes-Benz safety assistance systems: the electro-pneumatic braking system (EPB) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) improve the stopping power of the braking system and as a result contribute to the safety of the vehicle, its occupants and other road users.

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is another safety feature for critical handling situations, and acceleration skid control (ASR) prevents the wheels from spinning. Since March 2015, the Econic is standard-equipped with the Active Brake Assist (ABA) emergency braking system and Lane Keeping Assist, which warns the driver audibly of inadvertently departing from the lane.

Protects not only man, but the environment as well
The available diesel engines with power outputs of 220 kW (299 hp) and 260 kW (354 hp) and up to four percent less fuel consumption comply with the strict Euro VI emissions standard, in effect since 2013. This translates into 50 percent less diesel particulate matter and 90 percent less nitrogen oxides compared with the Euro V emissions standard.

The IsoTemp Refrigeration Upfit is Designed for Cargo Vans

The Gruau IsoTemp is a one-piece refrigeration and insulation upfit for several commercial vans models and makes.

It features a lightweight and low-profile one piece module designed for efficient climate control while retaining the maximum amount of cargo space. The IsoTemp is also designed to preserve the exterior of a van with a formfitting design which minimizes its overall size when upfitted to a van.

The IsoTemp also comes in an variation called IsoChem for pest control, chemical transport and pharmaceutical transport that features a more durable and easy to clean interior finish better suited for hazardous materials.

Standard versions of the IsoTemp are available for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris, Ford Transit and Transit Connect, Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City, Chevrolet City Express, and Nissan NV200. The IsoTemp can also be customized for food delivery vehicles, biomedical transport and catering.

Both IsoTemp and IsoChem are part of the IsoVan line of commercial van upfitting products from Gruau. Gruau is a European utility vehicle manufacturer and cargo van upfitter. The company will be showcasing its products for the U.S. for the first time at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Transportation Refrigeration Unit, Van Upfitting

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Source: http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/products/product/detail/2015/03/the-isotemp-refrigeration-upfit-is-designed-for-c.aspx


GMC Canyon Wins Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge

New premium midsize truck tops competitors’ capability, performance and materials

DETROIT – The all-new GMC Canyon was the top pick by the editors of Cars.com in a midsize pickup comparison test posted today.

The editors praised the Canyon SLT – the segment’s only premium entry – for its road manners and performance with a full load in the bed, as well as its design and “high-end materials,” in a side-by-side challenge with Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. The Chevrolet Colorado was also tested.

“The GMC Canyon scored well throughout our tests, and offered a capable and luxurious ride and feel that clearly separated the GMC from the rest of the pack,” said Cars.com Pickup Truck Editor Mark Williams.

The trucks were tested for a range of capabilities, including performance, seating and ergonomics, tech and entertainment, ride quality, visibility, value and off-road capability. The trucks were track-tested for braking and acceleration performance, subjected to a true off-road course, and took part in a 200-mile fuel-economy evaluation. Additionally, a pickup truck shopper unaffiliated with Cars.com tested each of the trucks for overall ride, comfort and features.

“Establishing a benchmark for a premium mid-size pickup was our goal with the Canyon and PickupTruck.com’s insights affirm our instincts,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The Canyon’s quiet cabin, premium design and materials make it a maneuverable solution for customers who want the capability of a pickup with the modern amenities customers expect from GMC.”

In addition to Cars.com’s recognition, Canyon was named Autoweek’s Best of the Best Truck for 2015.

Canyon starts at $20,955 and is available in four-door extended- or crew-cab models. It offers the segment’s best horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy: 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 27 mpg highway (2WD) from a standard 2.5L I-4; and 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 26 mpg (2WD) from an available 3.6L V-6.

Canyon V-6 models offer a segment-leading maximum trailering rating of 7,000 pounds, as well as the G80 locking rear differential, for sure-footed traction in slippery conditions and when trailering.

Editors’ note: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Includes dealer freight charges and option package discounts. Excludes other General Motors vehicles.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


Interesting Twist On Royal Contractor Body

I was delighted to see this very interesting truck body at Lehmer's Buick-GMC in Concord CA (www.LehmersGMC.com) recently. Having worked in the truck body business for 10 years, I used to see how long it would take to make a custom body, but most body companies have a line of standardized bodies that can be slightly modified to serve the client and get it done quickly. This truck is a perfect example of this concept.

It was originally a Contractor Body, which is a flatbed with a tapered headboard, upper body boxes with open top lids like a service body, underbed boxes, a load-divider board across the back of the upper bed boxes, short "contractor style" gates around the rear, a tapered HD rack and trailer receiver and trailer plug.

This truck has been converted into a pseudo-welder body in that these modifications have been done: 1. The upper bed boxes have closed top lids which allows for mounting of things on top such as a compressor, generator and more. 2. The box on the streetside is 6' instead of 8' and moved rearward to allow a 2' gated space for a welding machine. 3. Bottle brackets, rings and chains are mounted against the headboard on the curbside for welding bottles. 4. A diamond plate steel floor. 5. This unit has a class 5 receiver instead of the more common class 4. 6. The rack was not installed because this client wanted to build a custom rack themselves.

This client worked with Royal Truck Body to create this great modification and in the process saved themselves a lot of money over building a custom "one-up" body.

See more about Royal at www.RoyalTruckBody.com

-- Terry Minion, Commercial Truck Success

A dream machine for adventure travels: Bimobil EX 460 long-distance camper based on the Fuso Canter 4x4

  • Bimobil: renowned for high-quality long-distance campers
  • Canter 4x4: professional all-wheel drive with reduction gear
  • Canter: most successful truck from Daimler Trucks

The Bimobil EX 460 camper van based on the robust Fuso Canter 4x4 is the perfect vehicle for discovering the world, even off the beaten track. The high-traction all-wheel-drive light-duty truck provides the ideal basis for long-distance campers and expedition vehicles. Fuso is a Daimler Trucks brand which operates successfully worldwide.

Bimobil: renowned for high-quality long-distance campers
Bimobil in Oberpframmern near Munich has been known to insiders for almost 40 years now as a brand offering camper vans that are at once high-quality, functional and homely, for use both on and off-road. The latest creation from this renowned manufacturer is the EX 460 model based on the Fuso Canter 4x4. This robust all-wheel-drive light-duty truck provides the platform for a comfortable long-distance camper with professional all-wheel drive which is not fazed when it comes to tackling demanding terrain.

Congenial camper body fitted out to a high standard
The centrepiece of the Bimobil EX 460's camper body is a group of seats for four people behind the cab. A lockable passage connects the cab to the body. Leading from the seats towards the rear are a spacious kitchen, a wardrobe, a washroom and WC and a separate bathroom. A large, comfortable double bed rounds off the living area at the rear. Under the bed, large fresh water and waste water tanks (capacity 200 l and 120 l respectively) and the spare wheel are accommodated in a generously dimensioned stowage compartment. There is also space here for 1.5 m³ of equipment and supplies. The rear stowage compartment is accessible from outside by means of large flaps.

The robust, indestructible Bimobil body made of composite sandwich panels produced in-house is lavishly insulated. Branch deflectors protect the edges from damage in rough terrain. Under the camper body, robust grooved sheet-metal outer valances cover the chassis of the Canter 4x4.
Canter 4x4: professional all-wheel drive with reduction gear

With its robust truck engineering, including engageable professional all-wheel drive with reduction gear, the Fuso Canter 4x4 provides an excellent base for long-distance campers or expedition vehicles in demanding use. The engageable reduction gear halves the maximum speed in the respective gears, at the same time doubling the tractive force. The standard-specification self-locking differential on the rear axle further boosts traction.

In contrast to the Canter with rear-wheel drive, the cab and body are positioned substantially higher in the interests of ideal handling characteristics on rough stretches. This results in a substantial approach angle of 35 degrees. The ground clearance is almost doubled, to as much as 320 mm.
In rough terrain, the camper benefits from the exceptional manoeuvrability of the Canter 4x4. A body width of two metres puts the cab on a par with many a van. The body from Bimobil is also relatively slender, measuring 2.22 m in width. Thanks to the Canter's cab-over-engine design, the camper's overall length is a compact 6.44 m. Last but not least, the short wheelbase of just 3415 mm results in an astoundingly tight turning circle of only 13.5 m/14.9 m (without/with all-wheel drive engaged).
Powerful engine, robust chassis engineering

The high-torque four-cylinder turbo diesel engine of the Canter 4x4 ensures ample propulsive power, wherever the camper roams.It generates an output of 129 kW (175 hp) from a displacement of 3.0 l, and a hefty 430 Nm of peak torque.

The robust truck engineering of the Canter 4x4 is designed for tough operating conditions in professional use. This is demonstrated by high permissible axle loads of 2800 kg at the front and 6000 kg at the rear axle, for example, and by the high load capacity of the 17.5-inch tyres. Despite its robust design, the chassis of the Canter 4x4 is surprisingly light. Consequently, at a permissible gross vehicle weight of 6.5 t the Bimobil EX 460 offers a payload capacity of 1.85 t for the passengers and their equipment – more than enough reserves even for extensive adventure travels.

Canter: most successful truck from Daimler Trucks, worldwide service
The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is Daimler's Japanese commercial vehicles subsidiary. With annual sales in the region of 140,000 vehicles, the Fuso Canter is by far the most successful truck from Daimler Trucks worldwide.The Canter for Europe is manufactured at the Tramagal plant in Portugal.

Exciting Milestone for Isuzu Commercial Truck!

This exciting milestone for Isuzu Commercial Truck and all our customers in offering the only gas powered low cab forward truck. Last week marked the production the 20,000th truck that came off the line.

The actual 20,000th truck that came off the line last week.

Whether you are a small business operator with a single vehicle or you manage an entire fleet, you need trucks that will do more while costing less to operate...and at Isuzu, that's the only kind of trucks we sell. We have the only LCF truck lineup offering two diesel engines and a gas engine that is CNG and LPG capable.

Find out More at: http://www.isuzucv.com/nseries/gas_models


LWB Chevy Passenger Van Work Truck for a Carpet Layer

Here's a unique use of a Chev LWB Passenger Van, and if you think about it the carpets need to be carried more or less out of the weather. For some businesses this may make sense, particularly if one can get the best deal on a van such as this. The panel vans are set up with walls to which shelving can be attached. But if you're a carpet layer, you probably do not need the shelving! Of course if it has seats installed, they must be removed.

But wouldn't you think that there may be an issue with leaving the rear doors open to transport the 15 foot carpets, not the least of which would be exhaust fumes intrusion into the passenger area!

Odyne Systems Applications

Odyne Systems has developed proprietary and patented hybrid technology featuring robust automotive grade components combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology with advanced electric propulsion motors and modular lithium-ion battery systems.

The Odyne system is the best hybrid solution for medium and heavy duty work trucks with extended stationary work equipment usage. The Odyne hybrid system system:
  •     Is the only hybrid system improving efficiency both when driving AND at the work site
  •     Significantly lowers fuel utilization and cost - up to 1,750 gallons annually over the truck life, depending on duty cycle
  •     Improves vehicle performance and efficiency through hybrid launch assist providing up to an extra 50 hp, valued for cornering, climbing hills and acceleration (trucks with anti-idle systems do not have this feature)
  •     Features zero or significantly lower emissions at the work site
  •     Has regenerative braking to restore battery power
  •     Provides the most exportable power available on any hybrid truck - 5kW to power truck mounted equipment with the engine off, reducing idle time, noise and emissions
  •     Has the largest stored energy system (a dual pack 28.4kWh system) for medium- and heavy-duty, plug-in hybrid electric trucks in the industry
  •     Has vehicle in-cab heating and cooling, without running the internal combustion engine, providing comfort for work site crews
  •     Can be Installed on new or existing trucks with the most popular automatic transmissions
  •     Operates independent of fuel type and does not affect the EPA or CARB certification of the engine
  •     Has a parallel hybrid configuration providing non-hybrid powertrain backup
  •     Can be easily and cost efficiently recharged from the grid at off-peak rates
  •     Provides more productive time in the field with fewer trips to the pump
  •     Has software tailored to the application which can be adjusted remotely as more data is gathered
  •     Is eligible for EPAct credits*
Odyne's unique modular systems can be applied across chassis manufacturers and utility truck brands.  The company sells direct to truck manufacturers and through a global distribution and service network including Altec, DUECO, Terex Utilities and Allison Transmission distributors.

See Odyne's specifications page for additional information.

*Certain U.S. fleets are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuel Transportation Program specified in the Energy Policy Act (EPAct).  PHEV medium- and heavy-duty trucks are eligible for credits. See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-15/pdf/2011-20740.pdf Part 535. Trucks equipped with only an ePTO do not earn AFV credit  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/faqs.html#B21

Our plug-in hybrid system was designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. Odyne can provide a plug-in hybrid system on almost any chassis.

• Odyne installs a plug-in hybrid system on a chassis and then ships the chassis to a final stage manufacturer.

• Odyne can provide a complete hybrid truck solution working through its partners.

Odyne has developed 14.2kW and 28.4kW systems that can be used on a wide variety of equipment applications and chassis makes:

• Bucket Trucks
• Compressors
• Digger Derricks
• Dump Trucks
• Mobile Cranes
• Mobile Shredders
• Refrigeration Trucks
• Refuse Trucks
• Septic Trucks
• Tanker Trucks
• Underground Electrical Maintenance Trucks

Below are examples of various applications. See our photo gallery for additional photos.

Find out more at: http://www.odyne.com/


Pickup Vault - A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers

To learn more about the Pickup Vault, and other accessories offered by A.R.E.,
 please visit their website at www.4are.com.


2015 GMC Canyon SLE All Terrain Start Up, Road Test, and In Depth Review

Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! YouTube's largest collection of automotive variety. In today's video, we'll take an in depth look and drive with the all new 2015 GMC Canyon All Terrain!

My official website: http://saabkyle04.com/


New Transit Leads Ford Motor Company to More Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards Than Any Other Carmaker

DEARBORN, Mich., April 13, 2015 – Ford Motor Company won 11 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2015 – more than any other manufacturer – led by the new 2015 Transit. Ford Transit is America’s best-selling commercial van, leading Ford this year to its best first-quarter commercial sales performance since 1995. Transit was determined to be the best value for fleets in five out of Vincentric’s six full-size van categories:
  • Full-Size ½-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 150 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size ½-Ton Passenger Van – Ford Transit 150 XL Wagon Low Roof
  • Full-Size ¾-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 250 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size 1-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size 1-Ton Passenger Van – Ford Transit 350 XL Low Roof
The Ford Transit Connect XLT short-wheelbase midsize van was named Best Fleet Value in Vincentric’s Mini Passenger Commercial Van category. This recognition builds on Transit Connect’s earlier distinction as ALG’s Best Resale Value among midsize commercial vans. Three other Ford models also were honored with Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards:
  • Large Sedan – Ford Taurus SE 2.0-liter EcoBoost (sixth consecutive win for Taurus)
  • Large Crossover – Ford Explorer XLT 2.0-liter EcoBoost (third consecutive win for Explorer)
  • Large SUV – Ford Expedition XL 2WD (second consecutive win for Expedition)
Two Lincoln models round out the 11 Vincentric awards earned by Ford Motor Company. Read more details at http://www.vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards/2015-Best-Value-in-America/2015-Best-Fleet-Value-in-America-Winners-List/2015-Best-Fleet-Value-in-America-Press-Release. Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 20 different ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership/10,000 miles annually to 60 months of ownership/30,000 miles annually.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


Canyon Experience Lets Customers Take Virtual Test Drive

DETROIT – Whether it’s pulling up in front of a restaurant in the city or trailering a camper into the woods, the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon premium midsize pickup is right at home. Beginning today, an interactive Canyon Experience lets customers virtually “test drive” a Canyon in four lifestyle environments starting from their neighborhood – or anywhere else.

The Canyon Experience is the first with Google Maps and Google Street View technology that lets users “see” a Canyon in their neighborhood, close to their home.

“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.

“When they visit the site, customers also can choose different scenarios for their Canyon test drives – city, shore, mountains and rural. They can even ‘park’ a new Canyon close to their home to see how it looks, and share it socially,” Bakowski said. We set out to engage potential Canyon customers in a fun, creative way.”

Another byproduct of the Canyon’s versatility is the range of vehicles of its buyers owned More than 30 percent of Canyon buyers previously drove a small or midsize crossover, SUV or car. Other Canyon buyers are upgrading from their former midsize pickup or downsizing from a full-size pickup.

In addition, through March, more than 53 percent of Canyon buyers have traded in a non-GM brand vehicle and Canyon information on GMC.com had been viewed more than 3 million times since its introduction last spring.

The Canyon Experience is designed to connect with customers in the early stages of the vehicle-buying process and is compatible with desktop (Internet Explorer 9 or higher), tablet and iOS and Android smartphones.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


Mercedes-Benz Eyes Midsize Pickup Possibility

According to The Wall Street Journal, the luxury German automaker is seriously considering building a pickup truck for the global market in the next five years.

Reports are piling up regarding automakers thinking about creating new pickup trucks for their U.S. portfolios as pickup sales continue to climb. Hyundai caught the fever and made quite a bit of noise during January's North American International Auto Show with its crossover-based Santa Cruz concept. Now Mercedes-Benz is thinking about joining the fun.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the luxury German automaker is seriously considering building a pickup truck for the global market in the next five years. No further production or technical details were released about this new model other than it's likely to be able to carry 1 metric ton (the typical amount for a midsize global player) and offer more luxury than current global pickup offerings. This isn't the first time Mercedes has made such overtures, but there's no word about whether the vehicle will ever make it to the U.S.

The article also speculates about M-B entering the full-size pickup market; however, Mercedes adamantly dismissed the idea of ever competing with the likes of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado or Ram 1500.

We should note that Mercedes recently introduced its Sprinter van with four-wheel-drive capability, so it seems possible that it could easily modify a crew-cab cargo van to offer a pickup bed for commercial and consumer markets, especially since Mercedes announced it will be producing commercial vans in the U.S. in the near future.

Due to importation tax penalties in the U.S., Sprinter vans currently produced in Germany are disassembled and boxed for transport to the U.S., where they are then reassembled for sale. If a new production facility is able to accommodate a Sprinter pickup, that could make things very interesting for Mercedes and other truckmakers here in the U.S.

Source: PickupTrucks.com


Circa 1960’s – Volkswagen Type 2 Single Cab Truck

Spotted on the road!

In the 1960’s and the 1970’s the VW Bus was well known as the “Hippy Bus.” Although less well known in the US, we have a picture of the VW Type 2 Single Cab truck that we believe to be a 1960’s version.  As you can see, the chassis is configured with a platform and drop-down sides and a tailgate. It appears that there are storage cabinets mid-ship under the bed.

Like the VW Mini Van or "Hippy Van" version, the flat "Corvair" engine is mounted behind the rear axle and under the bed. This made it quiet inside the cab, but as anyone who followed one on a two-lane hilly highway soon learned, they had no trouble hearing the engine. They trouble they did have was the need to stay behind this underpowered vehicle until they got a chance to pass it by!

Looks like VW had the idea that even work trucks should be "stylized!" We have to give them credit for the original idea, but like a number of products it appears that they missed a few things that would make it more practical. Unless someone sees something that we don't, how is a load secured to the bed? There appears to be no way to keep the load from shifting or sliding off the back of the truck, another reason to get past it when following it closely!

A lot of innovative and great products have been come from Germany, especially from the Westphalia Region. Some may wonder if many of Knapheide's products were inspired by products from the Westphalia Region!

From Canopy to City: Chevrolet Means Small Business

History with segment dates to the 1930s 

DETROIT – Ever since vendors have peddled produce to passers-by on the streets of busy cities, Chevrolet has provided vehicles that allows them to reach their customers.

Beginning in 1936, Chevrolet sold the Chevrolet Canopy Pickup – a vehicle based on the popular FB-series half-ton pickup truck. Owners could upfit these vehicles with an optional canvas canopy top and side-drop curtains. During its first model year, Chevrolet saw truck registrations top 200,000 units for the first time in company history.

Thirteen years later, the Chevrolet Canopy Express was unveiled. It was one of 345,000 Chevy Trucks built in 1949. Both the 3100 Series (half-ton) and 3800 Series (1-ton) included variants of the Express model. The 3800 was heavier duty and sported a low rear tailgate and waterproof roll-up curtains, allowing sellers easier access and better protection for their products.

“Before super markets became commonplace, vendors brought produce and baked goods to the buying public in city neighborhoods and the suburbs that were beginning to sprout up across the country at that time,” said Greg Wallace, manager, General Motors Heritage Center. “The Canopy Express body type was suited for any job that needed easy access to the bed of a truck.”

Both vehicles were forerunners of the all-new Chevrolet City Express, a smaller, maneuverable cargo van that, like its predecessors, gives companies like Vital Media Security and Smokey D’s BBQ the same selling power their entrepreneurial brethren enjoyed nearly 80 years ago.

“To this day, small business owners need to remain nimble in a crowded business environment and still be able to reach their customers in a timely manner,” said Ed Peper, vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial. “As we’re already seeing with some of our small business customers, the City Express, with its cargo hauling flexibility and efficient fuel economy, allows them to do just that.”

The addition to Chevrolet’s stable of vehicles offers 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, 24 mpg in the city, and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.

To learn more about Chevrolet fleet vehicle options, visit www.gmfleet.com.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


T-Grip latch for truck tool-boxes by Highway Products, Inc.

Introducing the new Highway Products super-duty T-Grip handle.

Available exclusively on Highway Products toolboxes, the stainless steel T-Grip handle is ergonomically shaped and easily accommodates gloves. Featuring 2-way keying and a dead-bolt style lock, the handle assembly is internally welded, so there are no exposed mounting bolts or screws.

Highway Products is the only toolbox manufacturer that guarantees its products for life.

To learn more, call 1-800-TOOL-BOX (1-800-866-5269) or visit us online at www.highwayproducts.com

CargoGlide helps Fastenal workers

This video demonstrates how CargoGlide helps Fastenal Industrial Supply workers and prevents damaged tailgates on Fastenal trucks.


Valew Loading Ramp

Valew's portable loading ramp is designed for hassle-free loading and unloading around your rental yard. The hydraulic lift axles with steel casters make hand-cranking a thing of the past. With the push of a button, you can adjust the load height to accommodate your variety of trailers. The hydraulic system is battery powered with solar panels keeping your charge up. Give us a call for yours today!


Knapheide Launches Complete Line-Up Of Truck Caps

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company develops the industry's most comprehensive line of truck caps.

Following a successful product introduction at the 2015 Work Truck Show, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the availability of new commercial truck caps.  The "KnapKap" line of products is the most comprehensive selection of commercial grade truck caps the industry has seen and features fiberglass, aluminum, and steel models. The wide selection of KnapKap models appeal to numerous vocations including telecommunications, utilities, pest control, construction, and more.

This latest new product launch solidifies Knapheide's commitment to be the leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions.

"As OEM's begin to focus more and more on the lighter duty commercial vehicles so are we by releasing products that maximize the efficiency space of those vehicles.  There are KnapKaps for every size of pickup available in the North American commercial market, from compact to one ton trucks," said Tony Marshall, Product Manager at Knapheide.

KnapKap Supreme Utility

The KnapKap Supreme Utility is the industry's best utiltiy commercial topper.  Features like the commercial grade reinforced fiberglass and oversized side access doors set this truck cap apart from the competition.

KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility

The KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility is a light, efficient and durable, everything you need in a commercial truck cap.  Double vertical rear doors and durable yet lightweight ASC fiberglass construction are just a few of the standard features that are packed within the KnapKap Ultra Cab High Utility.

KnapKap ACU

The KnapKap ACU has a myriad of options and configurations for full customization.  The lightweight yet rugged aluminum construction eliminate the risk of corrosion yet maximize the available payload.

KnapKap HDS

The tried and true design of the KnapKap HDS has provided years of reliable service and increased productivty for numerous vocations.  The fully welded steel construction can handle the toughest jobsite conditions.

KnapKap Pro CH

The sleek design of the KnapKap Pro CH provides users with a functional yet professional looking commercial truck cap.  Combining ASC fiberglass with reinforced construction makes it one of the toughest available today.

KnapKap Pro CH-S

The KnapKap Pro CH-S has a true automotive appearance, with a high quality finish paint and contours that match the cab lines.  Highly functional, the Pro CH-S has all the features you need in a fiberglass truck cap.

Pro Cover

The Pro Cover from Knapheide is a commercial grade fiberglass tonneau cover with special lift assist gas props for easy opening and closing operation.  The Pro Cover provides protection and security for the contents within the truck bed.

Find out more at http://www.knapheide.com/article/909/knapheide-launches-complete-line-up-of-truck-caps


2015 Ford F-150: From Seats to Bumpers, No Part Overlooked to Reduce Weight

DEARBORN, Mich., April 6, 2015 – Ford engineers responsible for the all-new F-150 were tasked with taking weight out of the truck while improving its capability to accomplish all of the work owners expect of the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever. While many already know that the increased use of high-strength steel throughout the frame and the first-in-class military-grade, aluminum-alloy body led to approximately 450 pounds of weight savings, there’s more to the story, as engineers took approximately 250 pounds of additional weight from seats, bumpers and lots of other places. Every pound shaved from a variety of components returns capability back to the customer, so that the all-new F-150 can achieve its best-in-class payload of 3,300 pounds* and best-in-class towing of 12,200 pounds**. F-150 also offers a best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy rating†.

Class is full-size pickups under 8,500 pounds GVWR
*When properly equipped with 5.0-liter V8, 4x2
**When properly equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, 4x2
†EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 4x2. Actual mileage will vary
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Ike Gauntlet Extreme Towing Test. Fully Loaded.

( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is here and is ready to take on the Ike Gauntlet Extreme towing test. The 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It's got the low-end torque, but not a lot of horsepower. Can the EcoDiesel keep the fast pace set by the F-150 2.7L EcoBoost? Which truck will get better MPGs?

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Westin Headache Rack Protects Rear Windows of 2009-2015 Ford F-150s

Commercial-Grade F-150 Headache Rack

Westin Automotive Products has expanded the coverage of their Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack to extend through the 2015 model year for the Ford F150.

Westin’s Commercial Grade HD Headache Rack protects the truck’s rear window and its angled louvers provide shade to the interior.

It features a 2″ round upper body tube for easy adjusting of cargo, and includes 4 welded light tabs for the mounting a Westin LED Light Bar or a combination of Auxiliary and Work Utility LED Lights.

A crossover tool box up to 70” wide can be easily mounted over the rack’s bed rail mounting brackets. A separate mount kit is available to accommodate boxes larger than 70” wide.

The mounting brackets feature a laser-cut Westin logo and have a 4-bolt support for a secure fit. Mounting kit and hardware are included.

The HD Headache Rack can be used in conjunction with Westin’s HD Ladder Rack. Available in black or white powder coat finish, backed by a 3 year warranty.

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It Floats - Chevrolet Full Floating Rear Axle (1936)

Prelinger Archives: Chevrolet Truck Department

Even though this video (movie) is from 1936, it applies as much today as then. This is one of the best demonstrations we have seen on what a full floating rear axle is and what it means. This application is most often found in 3/4-ton and larger trucks. It's easy to tell a full floating rear axles because of the bolts seen on the outside of the axle shaft. -- CTS