Sunday, July 31, 2016

How Many Cupholders Does My Truck Need? How About Ten?



Ford-patented design debuts on 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup – which can have as many as 10 cupholders thanks to transformable dual cupholder

ISUZU OPENS WORLD-CLASS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA

Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Training,
Distribution and Technical Assistance Facility

 

JENKINS TOWNSHIP/PITTSTON, Penn.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low cab forward trucks, opened its first Center of Excellence today in northeast Pennsylvania.

The complex—the first of its kind for Isuzu—is comprised of a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot parts distribution center and a world-class 30,000-square-foot training and technical assistance facility.

The Center of Excellence puts three major functions supporting dealerships and customers in the region under one roof:

•    Parts Distribution: Over $8 million worth of parts are stocked in the facility, placing them close to a concentrated area of commercial vehicle dealers, reducing delivery time.
•    Training Center: Dealership service, parts, sales and customer satisfaction personnel from throughout the US will receive intensive, hands-on technical and lifecycle training at Isuzu Truck University.
•    Technical Assistance: The center will house local Field Service Engineers and a Technical Assistance Line team. By focusing on dealers in specific parts of the country, both teams can react to issues and trends in a faster, more personalized manner.

“This facility represents our continued focus on providing the best possible ownership experience for all Isuzu truck customers,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

“Our ‘lifecycle’ business model is built on the premise that customers will look only to Isuzu for their commercial truck needs so long as we provide them the highest quality product, the least amount of downtime, and a level of service that exceeds their expectations,” Skinner said. “To do that requires a very large level of support. That’s what this Center of Excellence—and more like it in the future—will provide.”


The Center’s location in Jenkins Township/Pittston was strategically chosen. The northeast region of the country is home to one of the highest concentration of U.S. Isuzu dealerships, Isuzu commercial trucks in operation, and the company’s annual parts sales.

While this Center of Excellence is the first of its kind for Isuzu, it will not be the last. Plans are already underway to open a second facility in the United States.

“As impressive as it is, this center represents something much bigger,” said Skinner. “It represents Isuzu’s commitment to the U.S. market, and our pledge to do everything we can to support our dealer body and our customers’ ownerships experience.”

 

About Isuzu

Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low cab forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Best Tool In The Shed by Terry Minion


I want to talk about a tool that benefits the end user. It is rare to find such a tool that serves the end user, the prospect, the dealership, the salesperson, and the entire marketplace at the same time. It is innovative, effective, easy to use, and is in operation 24/7/365; that is, if you have it.

If I were to start a commercial truck department at any dealership anywhere in the United States or Canada, this would be the very first tool I would purchase. And, I would never let it go. As I become more familiar with what it can do and be and how it can serve everyone involved, I would be celebrating this tool as not only my best tool, but THE best tool.

This tool is Work Truck Solutions. If you already have it, I cannot even imagine you letting it go, and if you haven’t yet got it, I cannot recommend it enough. It is not an option. It is an absolute necessity.

There has never been a tool like this for a commercial truck department at a dealership. In the past, showing the commercial inventory was not only a challenge, but fraught with navigation issues, lack of photos, showing a pickup image for a service body, and much more. Now, there is a specialized program to manage not only a dealership’s own commercial inventory, but more importantly, helps them to sell trucks that they don’t really have. I’ve always loved having more inventory available than I had, and I used to do that with partnerships with other dealers, and now that is a built-in help. 

From a prospect, or an end user’s point of view, now the commercial truck inventory makes sense. It is searchable by body type, and a lot of other options. When someone wants a service body, they can click that box and all they will see is service bodies—those that are currently in stock and those that reside in a wide area that are available quickly. If they want only diesel service bodies, they can add that criteria to the search and see only diesel service bodies. This way the prospect or end users, gets the information they need, and can then call to see more about it. It’s as near a perfect system for finding what end user’s need in the way of commercial trucks as anything I’ve ever seen.

Although in my mind, having that inventory displayed in a way that makes it easy for the end user, is the biggest benefit, it doesn’t stop there. The ways that the sales team and managers of the department can make use of this tool extends the value greatly. It is easily one of the most helpful tools in managing commercial truck inventory. What’s even better is that the dealership’s participation in the efforts to get the units online is minimal in comparison to the way it was. Much of the inventory data is uploaded directly from the manufacturers computers systems, to make it so much easier to just fill in the rest.

I could go on and on and on about this fantastic tool. No, no one is prodding me or paying me, or even encouraging me to mention this product. I just believe in having the best tools possible, just like any crafts person might want. This is the sharpest and most effective and will be the most used tool in the shed. And, the benefits of Work Truck Solutions will continue to grow as they continue to improve their product. See more about Work Truck Solutions at www.worktrucksolutions.com.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Knapheide Heavy-Hauler Junior Platform Bodies

BIG PLATFORM FEATURES IN AN ECONOMICAL FLATBED

Knapheide's Heavy-Hauler Junior Platform Body is equipped with external rub rails, integrated tie down points and stake pockets, along with a heavy-duty bulkhead and robust flooring options. Add steel stake sides to a Heavy-Hauler Junior Platform Body to transition into a dedicated Stake Body, or choose a hoist for dumping applications. The Heavy-Hauler Junior Platform Body is designed to be multi-faceted in order to suite a wide variety of vocations. The Heavy-Hauler Junior offers all the features you need to tackle tough jobs without breaking your budget.

Find out more at:  https://www.knapheide.com/platform-bodies/heavy-hauler-junior-p11

Get The Crew And The Tools To The Job With This Harbor Work Truck


Jordan gives us a tour of a great truck to get the crew to the job site along with the tools and things needed to get the work done in one package. This unit is a 4x4 GMC Crew Cab with a 10' Harbor Contractor Body. See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge Is Coming

 

It's one thing to look at factory specs and dealership materials or take a pickup truck for a quick test drive; it's an entirely different thing to drive a new pickup in a head-to-head comparison test with all of its direct competitors.

Many automotive media outlets and websites are comfortable choosing winners in different automotive segments based on one editor's driving impressions or manufacturer-supplied marketing material and specifications. We see it all the time.

But that's not how we do comparisons and choose segment leaders at PickupTrucks.com.

We lasted tested the midsize pickup truck segment early in 2015, and since then Honda has released the all-new 2017 Ridgeline, and Toyota has seriously redesigned and enhanced the Tacoma. So we thought it was time to find out which midsize pickup now sits on the top of the hill.

If you've seen any of our past comparisons, you know we like to test. Specifically, we like to test trucks for their intended purposes — hauling and towing, for example — and sometimes beyond their intended abilities.

For our upcoming 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge, we required all competitors to have four full-size doors and a four-wheel-drive system; we also asked manufacturers to get as close to a price cap of $37,500 as possible.

Winners of our comparisons tests are chosen after a week or more of testing by PUTC and sibling site Cars.com expert judges. Our fuel-economy tests are done doing empty and full-payload runs; other tests include a day at the track testing acceleration and braking (empty and loaded), dyno testing, off-roading, towing and back-to-back driving loops over the same dirt and paved roads. We even invite an in-market family, who serve as judges, to listen to manufacturer presentations and test-drive each of the competitors over identical routes. The family's scores are included in the overall test results.

From all of this we select our winner and present our data, making our testing procedures and results as transparent as possible.

The competitors for our 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge were:

  •     2016 Chevrolet Colorado: All new two years ago and one of two platforms from GM. We had a Colorado Z71 long bed.
  •     2016 GMC Canyon: All new two years ago and one of two platforms from GM. We had a Canyon SLE short box.
  •     2017 Honda Ridgeline: All new this year, it continues to provide qualities of both an SUV and pickup. We had a Ridgeline RTL-E.
  •     2016 Nissan Frontier: The oldest of our competitors still offers a strong value. We had the Frontier PRO-4X.
  •     2016 Toyota Tacoma: Significantly upgraded and improved for 2016, this is the volume leader. We had a Tacoma TRD Off Road.

As you can imagine, putting a PUTC Challenge together takes some time; you can expect the full story and results in late August. Any guesses how it turned out?

Cars.com photo by Angela Conners

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/2016-midsize-pickup-challenge-is-coming.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What if no one is ready for self-driving vehicles?

 

My good friend and colleague Kevin Jones – editor of Fleet Owner’s brother publication, American Trucker magazine – penned an insightful blog post the other day, musing about the potential pushback against autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the wake of Tesla’s notorious autopilot failure back in May that killed a driver who literally wasn’t driving his self-guided vehicle when it slammed into (of all things) a tractor-trailer.

It’s interesting to also note that vehicle safety regulators are bluntly stating that this incident is not going to slow down their efforts to make AVs an everyday driving reality.

Indeed, it’s been fascinating for me to watch just how fast and hard the Obama administration, through the U.S. Department of Transportation, (DOT), is trying to speed up the AV development process largely for potential safety advantages – making them a key piece of a major technology investment push announced back in January.

Even state legislatures are jumping aboard the AV bandwagon, looking for ways to help spur more self-driving pilot tests – even for autonomous commercial vehicles.6:55 AM 7/24/2016

Source: http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-if-no-one-ready-self-driving-vehicles

Tesla: Trucks Are Coming

 

Elon Musk's most recent master plan presentation for Tesla's future officially includes a pickup truck and some types of commercial vehicles.

According to USA Today, Tesla will be venturing into the light- and heavy-duty pickup segments at some point in the future. No timing details have been given yet.

In fact, what Tesla CEO Musk actually wants to do is completely revolutionize the auto industry, the energy industry and even space exploration, any one of which would be daunting. We have to admit, going after all three of these massive undertakings makes it a little difficult to take the idea that an all-electric set of pickups or big rigs are on the horizon.

To date, no major manufacturer is making an electric or hybrid pickup truck. The only success story in the category is the fleet-biased repackaging company VIA Motors, but sales have been relatively low and sluggish compared to other pickup makers. With that said, we do think there could be a place for such a pickup, especially if it offered some unique features and capabilities.

In the meantime, it's possible both Ford and GM (and maybe Toyota) could come to market relatively soon with a hybrid powertrain before Tesla announces the next phase of its newest master plan.

Manufacturer image

Source:  http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/tesla-trucks-are-coming.html



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2017 Ford F-150 with All-New 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 Nets Best-in-Class, V8-Beating 470 lb.-ft. of Torque, More Horsepower

  •     All-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine in the 2017 Ford F-150 produces 375 horsepower and a segment-best 470 lb.-ft. of torque, a gain of 10 hp and 50 lb.-ft. from previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost
  •     Class-leading torque of 3.5-liter EcoBoost  and new 10-speed automatic transmission will deliver improved acceleration and performance
  •     3.5-liter EcoBoost paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker
Ford, America’s truck leader, continues its relentless pace of innovation, delivering segment-leading torque for 2017 F-150 customers with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, to a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6. Horsepower jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 is paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker.

The more capable powertrain combination will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. The 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales.

The Ford F-150 remains the first and only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo gasoline engine.

The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Muncie Power Products - We Build Trust



Ray Chambers, Chairman - we take care of customers and build trust at Muncie Power Products

Chevrolet Presents Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition to All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer

 

SAN DIEGO – The 2016 Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Eric Hosmer, chose a Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday night.

Chevrolet, America’s most awarded car company, gave Hosmer who went 2-for-3 in the contest with a home run, two runs batted in and a run scored, his choice between the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS Convertible and a Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition.

This is Hosmer’s first All-Star MVP award and the first for a Kansas City Royal since Bo Jackson in 1989. 

“Hosmer’s spectacular on-field performance tonight demonstrates to all baseball fans and especially our kids that hard work, determination and teamwork is what wins, and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.
Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball® since 2005 and through its Chevrolet Youth Baseball program has helped raise more than $28 million to aid hometown teams over the last 10 years. Nearly 5.2 million young people in communities across the country have benefitted from the program, and more than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers are involved.

Additionally, through Chevrolet Youth Baseball, more than 90,000 equipment kits have been donated to teams around the country, nearly 11,000 parks have been renovated and more than 111,000 children received complimentary instruction on baseball fundamentals.

“At Chevrolet, we appreciate the power of play and the positive effect that it has on our kids,” said Sweeney. “That positive effect on our kids and ultimately on our communities is why it is so important to us and our Chevrolet dealers to support baseball at every level.”
During the afternoon’s Red Carpet Parade, Hosmer, along with his All-Star Game teammates from both the American and National Leagues, signed a 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro hood that will be auctioned in the coming days on MLB.com. The proceeds of that auction will support the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

The Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition that Hosmer chose begins as a black Z71 Colorado Diesel and adds an all-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, badging, black 17-inch wheels and aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac® tires that add a rugged, off-road appearance.

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 more than 4.0 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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

GMC Named Most Ideal Popular Brand For Third Straight Year

Sierra, Yukon, Acadia top segments 
in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards

 

DETROIT – GMC today was named Most Ideal Popular Brand in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards for the third consecutive year. Three GMC models led their respective segments, one of only two automakers to do so.  

The Acadia topped the Large Crossover SUV segment and the Yukon/Yukon XL ranked highest in the Large SUV segment. The brand’s top-selling vehicle, the GMC Sierra, led the Light Duty Pickup category for the second straight year.

Available now, the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia offers precisely-crafted interior features, next generation infotainment and innovative driver alert technologies for a quality, comfortable and convenient traveling experience.
  
The 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on responses from over 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles across all major manufacturers. Surveyed after 90 days of ownership, customers were asked which changes they would make to their car or truck in 15 key categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration and technology. 

“By asking vehicle owners if they would change various aspects of their vehicle if given the opportunity, we not only identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement, but we also find out which manufacturers are truly hitting the mark with owners,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

“The results demonstrate we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with a premium ownership experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC. “We are blending precision design, technology and capability throughout our lineup. When you add our luxury-focused Denali portfolio, which makes up nearly 25 percent of GMC sales, we are setting ourselves apart from our competitors.”

For more information about AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards, visit www.autopacific.com.

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.

About AutoPacific
AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research, forecasting, and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific's websites: www.autopacific.com com and http://vehiclevoice.com/



Saturday, July 23, 2016

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Leaves the Rest Behind; Raises Towing, Hauling, Engine Power to Next Level

  •     Most capability: All-new F-Series Super Duty can tow heavier trailers and haul heavier cargo than ever before, with maximum gooseneck towing capacity raised to 32,500 pounds on F-450, fifth-wheel towing capacity boosted to class-leading 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to class-leading 21,000 pounds; maximum payload now rated at up to best-in-class 7,630 pounds
  •     Most power: 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel boosts horsepower to a class-leading 440 and torque to a class-leading 925 lb.-ft. for all pickup models – from F-250 to F-450; 6.2-liter V8 gas model offers best-in-class torque of 430 lb.-ft.
  •     Most confidence: Class-exclusive smart technologies help make towing easier and enable increased confidence, including BLIS® with trailer tow, adaptive cruise control that works with the heaviest trailers, and Trailer Reverse Guidance to help back trailers up
DEARBORN, Mich., July 18, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is taking heavy-duty trucks to the next level with the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty – empowering customers with the most towing and hauling capability and the most horsepower and torque of any heavy-duty pickup truck.

Super Duty’s enhanced capability starts with high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and high-strength steel that help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds. Ford reinvested that weight savings in more robust components everywhere it counts to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

Foundational improvements for every Super Duty pickup truck include an all-new, fully boxed frame that is more than 95 percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame to support increased towing and hauling. The all-new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is more dent and ding resistant than the previous steel body. 

“This is the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager. “We listened to our customers and created the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever.”

The future of towing is now
The 2017 Super Duty is the undisputed leader in towing, offering available best-in-class performance in all towing categories, plus smart technology no other competitor has to enable greater confidence when towing.

Ford F-450 Super Duty SuperCrew 4x4 now features a maximum gooseneck tow rating of 32,500 pounds – 1,290 pounds more than its nearest competitor, a regular cab two-door pickup. Maximum fifth-wheel towing is increased to 27,500 – 2,500 pounds better than the nearest competitor.

Maximum conventional towing is increased to 21,000 pounds – 1,000 pounds better than the nearest competitors’ trucks and without the need for a weight-distributing hitch. Maximum conventional towing with F-250, with the all-new trailer tow package, and F-350 single-rear wheel are increased to a class-leading 18,000 pounds.   

Maximum gross combined weight rating for truck and trailer now tops out at a class-leading 41,800 pounds. That is more than half the maximum weight of an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer combination on most federal highways.

This industry-defining capability is matched by never-before-seen towing technology. Super Duty is the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed – even with a trailer weighing 32,500 pounds.

A center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box, which is especially helpful when hooking up gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers. An Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a 360-degree bird’s-eye view surrounding Super Duty. Trailer Reverse Guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer. A first-ever factory-available trailer camera can be custom-placed on a trailer to improve visibility backing up.

Trailer towing customers benefit from a segment-first in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, accessible from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway. Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer up to 33 feet long; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver.

Payload dominance
Super Duty can haul more than any other heavy-duty pickup. Maximum payload of the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 is 7,630 pounds – more than any competitor, period. F-250 Super Duty boasts the same dominance over its peers; with maximum payload of 4,200 pounds, it can haul more than 600 pounds over its nearest competitor.

More power than ever
The Ford-designed, Ford-engineered, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel that powers Super Duty now delivers a best-in-class combination of 440 horsepower and a staggering 925 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is standard for every Super Duty diesel pickup – from F-250 to F-450 – without requiring special tuning or unique hardware.

The standard 6.2-liter V8 now offers best-in-class torque among gasoline engines of 430 lb.-ft., with standard 385 horsepower.

Both diesel and gasoline engines are backed by the TorqShift six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission for reliable and efficient cross-country towing. The F-250 pickup with 6.2-liter V8 and all-new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic delivers improved fuel economy and capability for three-quarter-ton Super Duty customers.

Ford has redefined leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market, delivering never-before-seen productivity for today’s heavy-duty truck customer. The 2017 F-Series Super Duty is a purpose-built machine for getting work done faster, smarter and more efficiently. The all-new Super Duty goes on sale this fall.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company,

Knapheide Standard Service Body Walk Around-2016 Work Truck Show



Watch Bert Perozzi, Dale Meier, and Chris Rolsen point out the industry-leading standard features found on Knapheide Standard Service Bodies.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Introducing Gruau Cargo Van Solutions



Toby O'Cheltree, General Manager, and Chris Weiss, Vice President of Engineering, review the features and benefits of Gruau refrigerated and IsoChem units.

Knapheide is the exclusive sales and distribution channel for these products. See much more at www.gruau-usa.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ford's New EcoBoost 3.5-Liter V-6 Offers Monster Torque

 

Ford has released official horsepower and torque ratings for the standard 2017 EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine that we'll see first on the upper-trim levels of model-year 2017 F-150s and will then rollout to the entire lineup. The new EcoBoost will be paired with the new 10-speed transmission as well.

This new upgraded EcoBoost engine will produce 375 horsepower and a whopping 470 pounds-feet of torque, more torque than any other half-ton — including GM's 6.2-liter V-8 — in the segment. The new engine uses a more sophisticated twin-turbo system, a new direct-injection system and includes many other efficiency-centered technologies to increase the power and cooling capabilities. Additionally, the new engine is four pounds lighter.

As if that wasn't enough, the first-ever EcoBoost-equipped Raptor (due out later this fall) will get an even more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost (specific ratings not officially announced yet), and be partnered with one of the most sophisticated four-wheel-drive systems available to provide a huge boost in dirt, street, and rock performance and capability.

The new six-mode multi-terrain system offers Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl settings, where each mode offers unique traction and driveline parameters, so steering response, throttle tip-in, traction control, transmission shifting and much more change from mode to mode.

Ford also released another video (see below) to highlight some of the Raptor's new-found capability but if the traction system works half as well in the field as it looks like on paper, we're guessing there’s plenty more performance inside this new Raptor just waiting to be released.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams; manufacturer images

See More at:  http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/fords-new-ecoboost-35-liter-v-6-offers-monster-torque.html








Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Registration open for CNG certification program

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announced the launch of its compressed natural gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector Certification program.

Designed according to the requirements for professional certification programs prescribed by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification provides an independent assessment to ensure technicians possess the knowledge, skills and specific competencies required to conduct CNG fuel system inspections according to all federal codes and standards, as well as industry best practices.

“We are excited to offer CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification to NGV technicians,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi. “While there is no national requirement that CNG fuel system inspectors be certified, certification offers that extra layer of assurance and risk mitigation in the operation and maintenance of any CNG powered vehicles.”

The program kicks off with the first certification exam September 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The certification period is five years. Registration is now open.

CNG fuel system inspections are one of the main factors affecting NGV fleet and dealership safety. In fact, regular inspections of all CNG cylinders are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 304.

In addition, NGV industry best practices recommend inspection of the entire fuel system. These inspections must be performed by qualified CNG fuel system inspectors, and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) pamphlet C-6.4.

Qualified CNG Fuel System Inspectors must be able to thoroughly inspect all components of CNG fuel systems, correctly document their findings, assess any damage, and determine the proper steps necessary to ensure that fuel system safety is maintained. They also must be familiar with and able to effectively use a variety of inspection documents, including applicable codes, standards, regulations, specific manufacturer guidelines, as well as industry best practices.

“We are proud to say that our rigorous certification program was carefully designed and specifically developed to assess the knowledge and skills these technicians must apply during an actual inspection,” Thomason said.

“Our certification exam was created based on a detailed job study of tasks required to be performed by CNG Fuel System Inspectors.”

NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector program was developed and will be administered independently from its training programs. There is no training prerequisite for technicians who seek certification.

To ensure quality, uniformity and impartiality, the certification program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board comprised of CNG cylinder, fuel system and vehicle manufacturers, as well as end users. The Advisory Board includes representatives from Hexagon Lincoln, Worthington Industries, Agility Fuel Systems, Penske Truck Leasing, Waste Management, UPS, and Volvo.

The certification exam will be offered live at various locations throughout the country, as well as via an online, electronically-proctored exam that can be scheduled individually and taken at a time convenient to the participant.

“Another great advantage of our certification program is its accessibility,” said Thomason. “The live-proctored paper exam will be offered in at least six separate locations throughout the country during the fourth quarter of 2016, in addition to monthly offerings at our headquarters.

“To make the certification experience even more convenient we have added an online, independently-proctored option, allowing participants to take the exam from their own computers.”
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/registration-open-for-cng-certification-program/#sthash.nfVpTWey.dpuf
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announced the launch of its compressed natural gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector Certification program.



Designed according to the requirements for professional certification programs prescribed by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification provides an independent assessment to ensure technicians possess the knowledge, skills and specific competencies required to conduct CNG fuel system inspections according to all federal codes and standards, as well as industry best practices.
“We are excited to offer CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification to NGV technicians,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi. “While there is no national requirement that CNG fuel system inspectors be certified, certification offers that extra layer of assurance and risk mitigation in the operation and maintenance of any CNG powered vehicles.”
The program kicks off with the first certification exam September 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The certification period is five years. Registration is now open.
CNG fuel system inspections are one of the main factors affecting NGV fleet and dealership safety. In fact, regular inspections of all CNG cylinders are required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 304.
In addition, NGV industry best practices recommend inspection of the entire fuel system. These inspections must be performed by qualified CNG fuel system inspectors, and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) pamphlet C-6.4.
Qualified CNG Fuel System Inspectors must be able to thoroughly inspect all components of CNG fuel systems, correctly document their findings, assess any damage, and determine the proper steps necessary to ensure that fuel system safety is maintained. They also must be familiar with and able to effectively use a variety of inspection documents, including applicable codes, standards, regulations, specific manufacturer guidelines, as well as industry best practices.
“We are proud to say that our rigorous certification program was carefully designed and specifically developed to assess the knowledge and skills these technicians must apply during an actual inspection,” Thomason said.
“Our certification exam was created based on a detailed job study of tasks required to be performed by CNG Fuel System Inspectors.”
NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector program was developed and will be administered independently from its training programs. There is no training prerequisite for technicians who seek certification.
To ensure quality, uniformity and impartiality, the certification program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board comprised of CNG cylinder, fuel system and vehicle manufacturers, as well as end users. The Advisory Board includes representatives from Hexagon Lincoln, Worthington Industries, Agility Fuel Systems, Penske Truck Leasing, Waste Management, UPS, and Volvo.
The certification exam will be offered live at various locations throughout the country, as well as via an online, electronically-proctored exam that can be scheduled individually and taken at a time convenient to the participant.
“Another great advantage of our certification program is its accessibility,” said Thomason. “The live-proctored paper exam will be offered in at least six separate locations throughout the country during the fourth quarter of 2016, in addition to monthly offerings at our headquarters.
“To make the certification experience even more convenient we have added an online, independently-proctored option, allowing participants to take the exam from their own computers.”
- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/registration-open-for-cng-certification-program/#sthash.nfVpTWey.dpuf

Mule Tipper Inserts transform pick-ups

 

The Mule Tipper Insert is a simple solution for anyone wanting to turn their pick-up into a tipper, without any bodywork changes or going to the expense of a chassis cab-based conversion. It’s the brainchild of three friends with specialist backgrounds in Formula One, metal structural construction and hydraulics who decided to create Mule Tipper Inserts after seeing a similar design in the USA for full-size pick-ups. They designed a version that fits the traditional one tonne Japanese pick-up found throughout Europe.

Designed to make unloading for operators in the building, agricultural, forestry and local council sectors the Inserts can easily be re-fitted onto a new vehicle when the time comes and prices start at £2,695 (excl VAT). Installation requires removing the tailgate and then the Mule is simply dropped into the load area. It’s secured through to the chassis and the power cable is wired directly to the vehicles main battery. A master cut-off switch is positioned inside the cab and operation of the tipper is via a wireless controller.

The whole kit and caboodle weighs in at 128kg, which leaves a more than respectable payload of in excess of 850kg. The basic Mule can be customised thanks to a selection of optional extras which include headboards, ladder racks and greedy boards to extend the height of the side walls.

See more at: http://www.vansa2z.com/Mule-Tipper-Inserts-transform-pick-ups



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New USPS First-Class Stamps Featuring Historical Ford Trucks - Including 1948 F-1 and 1965 F-100 - Now Available



DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2016 – Ford fans can now send their first-class mail with stamps featuring the truck brand that has been the No. 1 seller in the United States for 39 consecutive years.

The U.S. Postal Service is now selling four new stamps that celebrate the history of pickup trucks, the rugged and reliable work vehicles Americans have driven for nearly a century. Two of the stamps feature Ford trucks – the 1948 Ford F-1, the first-ever F-Series truck, and the 1965 Ford F-100, which debuted breakthrough twin I-beam ride comfort technology.

USPS art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Chris Lyons.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

NYC to test dimethyl ether in Mack truck

 

New York City Department of Sanitation will be testing a Mack truck with an MP8 engine equipped to run on dimethyl ether (DME) this month.

New York City Department of Sanitation Deputy Commissioner Rocco DiRico told Hard Working Trucks that his department will be testing the truck for a few days in July.

“We have the opportunity to be first up—just to understand it, drive it, feel it, test it and see if it’s worthy of a further look,” DiRico said.

Mack’s parent company, Volvo, has been testing DME in its trucks in Europe.

“Dimethyl ether is a fuel that can be derived from a food waste and/or natural gas,” DiRico explained. “It also provides for a much, more clean tailpipe than standard diesel or biodiesel, or even renewable diesel.

“With dimethyl ether you don’t need any after-treatments on the truck, such as the DPFs or the SCR.”

Mack Trucks told Hard Working Trucks today that it will reveal more information about the truck next week at a press conference in New York City.


- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/nyc-to-test-dimethyl-ether-in-mack-truck/#sthash.85tvjmEq.dpuf


Monday, July 18, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Florida engineer creates Prius truck

 

A retired engineer in Florida tired of waiting on Toyota to produce a hybrid pickup has made one of his own.

Ruud Hartog, 75, created what he calls his Pruck from a wrecked 2005 Prius, according to the Tampa Bay Times. After spending roughly $5,300 and plenty of time in his garage, Hartog recently emerged with a head-turning truck that averages 43 mpg.

“I like the Toyota Prius — the electronics and the tech setup,” Hartog told the Tampa Bay Times. “And I also like trucks.”

Disappointed with Toyota for not having produced a low-emissions, hybrid pickup, Hartog said he decided to make his own. Transforming the Prius into a truck was no easy task, after all the unibody hybrid was not designed for heavy hauling. Steps for reinforcement included welding the rear doors shut and welding cross members into place.

The bed of the truck is made of two layers of high-strength plywood and steel. Keeping careful track of the vehicle’s weight, Hartog told Hard Working Trucks that his Pruck weighs an additional 46 pounds over the vehicle’s original weight. That puts total passenger and cargo capacity at around 800 pounds or so. A lift kit is available, but he hasn’t taken on that project yet.

Though the tailgate is still under construction, Hartog has been getting plenty of praise.
“If they’re passing me in the left lane, they come up (then) back off to get a good look at it,” Hartog said. “Usually the iPhone is going and then they pass me and give me a thumbs-up or they honk the horn.”

Hartog, who spent 20 years in the Air Force, plans on using his Pruck to haul furniture and appliances for the nonprofit Heaven on Earth for Veterans, where he works as a volunteer.
(Photos and drawings courtesy of Ruus Hartog)

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/florida-engineer-creates-prius-truck/?utm_source=hwt&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-15-2016&utm_campaign=Hard%20Working%20Trucks&ust_id=73ef45b752004fd7c5cf260e66e4ffd4#sthash.Sfz8IKwr.dpuf

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The MV-1: A truck for the disabled

 

This week, the fifth annual Roll on Capitol Hill event came to my town; a gathering of 150 disability advocates who want to figure out ways to provide the over 20 million Americans using wheelchairs, canes and other assistance to get around more “accessible transportation” options.

One of those “options” is an unusual looking vehicle you may have seen plying the roads of major cities in taxi service: the MV-1 (seen at right), built by Mobility Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General LLC, which builds the military’s famous Humvee.

The MV-1, though, is a little different: a body-on-frame truck that’s designed with wide interior space that can easily accommodate wheelchair-bound drivers. Pat Kemp, Mobility’s executive vice president, explained to me by phone that the design of the MV-1 allows those who need wheelchairs to sit up front like “regular passengers” instead of being loaded in the rear of vans modified for such use – modifications that mean wheelchair-bound folks end up sitting in the “way-way” back with the luggage.

Kemp also stressed to me that typical “paratransit” vehicles are typically shuttle buses, meaning their maneuverability is much more limited in tight urban areas. That’s where the MV-1 has a distinct advantage, he explained, as it resembles the footprint of an SUV more so than a bus.

“It’s not a ‘big clunky vehicle’ as we like to say,” Kemp pointed out.

“Mobility is critical to almost every aspect of our lives – our ability to work, to socialize, to go to doctor’s appointments – it is truly synonymous with freedom and independence. So improving access to transportation for people with disabilities will transform lives and communities.”

To get some direct insight into that particular part of this transportation issue, I also got to speak with Erika Bogan (seen at left), one of Mobility’s marketing assistants and a former Ms. Wheelchair America.

Crippled by a car crash in 2002 at the age of 21, Bogan has three kids and is a big fan of the MV-1 because in her words “it gave me my dignity back” as a disabled driver.

“Now I can buckle my kids in first and then get into the driver’s seat,” she told me. “Before I had to have my children help me into the vehicle and buckle themselves.”

As a driver, Bogan likes that she sits sit up high in the MV-1 so she can see everything as there is “lots of window space,” in her view. In case you are wondering, she operates the vehicle using hand controls for acceleration and braking since she can’t use her legs.

“More important for drivers like me while it’s durable like a truck it rides like a sedan; that’s very important because driving on bumpy roads can be jarring on our spines,” she noted. “With this suspension I feel minimal bumps.”

Kemp added that the MV-1 is principally designed with two goals in mind: the dignity of the disabled driver and vehicle safety. “We engage in frontal test crashes with completed vehicles, ones fully converted to their final package,” he stressed. “The body-on-fame design gives it long-term durability but also more protection in a crash.”

Riding in the front is also better for disabled passengers as placing them in the rear “puts us in the crumple zone,” Bogan noted. “Also, when you unload from the rear of a converted van [in a wheelchair], there’s not enough room to exit forward so you have to exit backwards. That’s a huge safety issue because you can’t see where you are going.”

That’s a plus I think any driver or passenger can appreciate.

Source: http://fleetowner.com/blog/mv-1-truck-disabled

Friday, July 15, 2016

NTEA revamps website

 

The Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) has retooled its website with the idea of improving user experience on a wide range of devices.

“At NTEA, we’re always working to improve our products and services,” a spokesperson said. “With intuitive functionality, social media integration, refined search options and a responsive design making the site compatible with your mobile devices, we hope to improve your experience.”

The site has been upgraded to improve appearance and navigation. The Member Directory is more comprehensive, serving as a customized marketing tool.

Online resources like Shop NTEA and JobLink are more straightforward and interactive.

Those using Internet Explorer 11 or earlier versions as a browser may not experience the website to its full potential. Please consider upgrading or using an alternate browser.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/ntea-revamps-website/#sthash.bEvTLbAh.dpuf

SLP supercharger available for 2014-2016 GM trucks

 

Street Legal Performance (SLP) announced that it now has supercharger systems available for 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014-2016 GMC Sierra with 5.3 and 6.2-liter engines.
The SLP Supercharger System for 2014-16 GM trucks powered by a 6.2-liter V8 boosts performance of the direct injected high-compression platform to 590 horsepower.

“That’s an additional 170 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm, resulting in a tire-shredding 41 percent horsepower and 28 percent torque increase over stock,” SLP reports.

For 2014-16 GM trucks equipped with 5.3-liter V8, the SLP supercharger provides an additional 165 rear-wheel horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm, with an end result of 520 horsepower and 550 lb-ft or torque. That equates to a 46 percent gain in horsepower and a 44 percent boost in torque over stock.

SLP’s supercharger systems for 2014-16 Chevrolet and GMC trucks are developed in-house by talented SLP engineers utilizing OEM CAD data to optimize available space for the best possible fitment and maximum performance.

Chevy Supercharger under hoodThe SLP 1900 supercharger system is part of the TVS (Twin Vortices Series) line of superchargers, utilizing Eaton’s TVS technology rotating assembly to deliver more power and better fuel economy in a smaller package. This is the same technology that has been used and proven for years in OEM high-performance applications such as the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The positive displacement supercharger features twin four-lobe rotors twisted 160-degrees. By comparison, the original Eaton supercharger rotating assembly featured three lobes twisted 60-degrees.

“The added benefits of this design include vastly cooler discharge temps than competitive twin screw designs, higher volumetric capacity, higher operating speeds, a smoother, more efficient flow of air into the engine, and improved noise and vibration characteristics,” SLP states.

“Instant throttle response and increased power through the engine’s entire power band is to be expected after installing the SLP 1900 TVS supercharger, giving it an instant advantage over the turbocharged competition.”

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/slp-supercharger-available-for-2014-2016-gm-trucks/#sthash.JtTFfUdR.dpuf

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cummins History: 1931 Coast-to-Coast with Clessie Cummins



Determined to top a coast-to-coast record held by GM's gas engine, Clessie Cummins set out with a diesel-powered cargo truck on a route from New York City to Los Angeles in August 1931.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spied: 2018 Ford F-150 Turbo-Diesel

 


All truckmakers are pushing their powertrain engineering teams to explore and innovate multiple paths to better fuel economy in order to meet the aggressive EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fuel-economy thresholds by model-year 2025.

To meet those new light-duty truck mpg standards in just eight short years, Ford is looking to diesel and hybrid powertrains. Our spy shooters just caught a camouflaged F-150 with tagging that could mean a new baby Power Stroke diesel engine could be available as soon as the 2018 model year. Here's what they sent to us.

"Today we bring you further proof of a 2018 Ford F-150 with a turbo-diesel engine destined for sale.

“Caught earlier testing on Michigan roads, this emissions certificate on the back window of the prototype pickup indicates it is a 3.0-liter unit rather than the 3.2-liter diesel that's offered in the full-size Transit van. The JFC1-3.0-966 on the sticker is the emissions calibration code. The JFC1 is the control unit catchword; the 3.0 is the engine displacement; and the 966 is the last three digits of the vehicle tag number.

“This further confirms that Ford will be using the Lion V-6 found in current Jaguar/Land Rover vehicles such as the Range Rover. The engine was developed while Ford still owned JLR. The F-150 diesel is also identified by the venturi exhaust tip, necessary to more efficiently cool down gas temperatures.

“Ford will be gunning after the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which uses an Italian-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, for the segment fuel-economy victory. Whether or not the F-150 diesel (which may or may not be called a baby Power Stroke) will debut with the face-lifted F-150 series is uncertain (see last photo below), but it should come equipped with the new 10-speed automatic jointly developed with GM and going into the 2017 F-150 and Raptor. We expect to get our first chance to drive it next year."

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/spied-2018-ford-f-150-turbo-diesel.html


World-Class Women's Rally Set for October

 

Adventure-loving women have a new competitive event to consider: the inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally set for Oct. 13-22. The brainchild of veteran off-road racer and trainer Emily Miller, the rally is a seven-day navigation competition that covers 1,000 miles of the southwestern U.S.

Using 4x4s and crossovers, competitors will navigate remote backcountry roads without GPS, cellphone or computer assistance. Maps and a compass are the only aids competitors can use.

The race will have two classes — 4x4s and crossovers — each with their own set of requirements and technical challenges. If you don't own a qualifying vehicle, Jeep Wrangler Rubicons will be available for rent.

Each day of competition will end in a comfortable camp equipped with food, sleeping accommodations and bathroom facilities. The rally will begin in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., and finish in Del Mar, Calif.

To find out more about this first-ever U.S. event or to register, click here.

We expect the event will field quite a few full-size pickup truck entries; in fact, Ram is providing a 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel and sponsoring the team of Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen, two longtime adventure enthusiasts who have been involved in competitive rallies (such as the Gazelle Rally in Morocco) and overlanding for many years.

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/world-class-womens-rally-set-for-october.html

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stories From the Road - Christy Webber



Watch Christy Webber and Jason Sloat explain how tough trucks and expert customer service from General Motors Fleet help Christy Webber Landscapes maintain parks, stadiums and public buildings across Chicago.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Industry Awards, Auto Shows Are Around the Corner

 

Believe it or not, we're almost ready to jump into another auto show season, which means the revelation of several automotive awards are close as well.

We consider the annual State Fair of Texas, open to the public Sept. 30-Oct. 23 in Dallas, as the first auto show of the year because it offers big pickup truck displays and new product highlights from each pickup truck maker in the U.S. No one needs to tell Texans that the pickup truck is an important part of life; that's why we've made a point of attending each year for almost two decades. Texans buy more pickups than the residents of any other state in the country, so the fair is a great place for manufacturers to promote their vehicles.

As for automotive awards, the annual North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards set the bar for industry standards. These awards are determined by a group of 60 U.S. and Canadian automotive writers; sister site Cars.com's Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays and Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder are among the judges.

In the past, restricting the awards to just two categories — Car and Truck/Utility of the Year — created some challenges when it came to which category included SUVs and crossovers. To rectify that for 2017, NACTOY added a third category for SUVs and crossovers; heavy-duty and light-duty pickup trucks, and commercial vans fall into the truck category.

NACTOY announced Wednesday which vehicles are eligible for the 2017 awards. Below we list the SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year competitors. The winners will be announced at the press conference that kicks off the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 9.
SUVs

  •     Audi Q7
  •     Bentley Bentayga
  •     Buick Envision
  •     Cadillac XT5
  •     Chrysler Pacifica
  •     GMC Acadia
  •     Infiniti QX30
  •     Jaguar F-Pace
  •     Kia Sportage
  •     Mazda CX-9
  •     Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  •     Nissan Armada

Trucks

  •     Ford F-150 Raptor
  •     Ford Super Duty
  •     Honda Ridgeline
  •     Nissan Titan (light duty)

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/industry-awards-auto-shows-are-around-the-corner.html

2017 Ford Super Duty Driver Assist Technology | Ford Super Duty | Ford Tough



See how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty has increased its smart technologies to make this the smartest Super Duty ever.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

F-150 Raptor Terrain Modes: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads

DEARBORN, Mich., July 5, 2016 – The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor features six terrain modes designed to handle the most demanding terrains. From off-road rock crawling and desert running to on-road sport mode, Raptor is ready for any type of driving. Here’s a breakdown of each mode.

Normal
For everyday on-road driving duties, normal mode is a perfect balance of excitement, comfort and convenience.

Sport
Mountain passes are no longer just for Mustang, thanks to Raptor sport mode. For spirited on-road driving, sport mode increases throttle response and provides a sportier steering feel – along with quicker shifting. The transmission holds gears longer to keep you in the power band.

Weather
When road conditions are less than ideal, weather mode inspires confidence without compromising driving pleasure. Snow/wet mode automatically engages 4 Auto. AdvanceTrac, throttle response and the shift schedule are optimized for greater confidence in slippery conditions.

Mud/Sand
For tackling trails and other off-road treks, the mud/sand setting is your best friend. 4 High and the electronic locking differential automatically engage for driving over loose or soft ground, and optimized AdvanceTrac settings help Raptor keep its footing. Steering is set to comfort, which makes it easier to navigate along tight trails and over obstacles.

Baja
Baja mode is where Raptor eclipses the competition. Designed for high-speed desert running, Baja mode places the vehicle in 4 High, AdvanceTrac is programmed to the least intrusive settings, and the throttle map is adjusted for more linear power and improved engine response to give the hardcore off-road driver greater control. The transmission has quicker shifts and holds gears longer – keeping the vehicle in its power band.

Rock Crawl
This setting is for intense off-road driving and rock climbing at low speeds. Rock crawl prompts the driver to place the vehicle in 4 Low, the electronic locking differential is automatically engaged and AdvanceTrac is set to the least intrusive settings for optimum rock-climbing ability. Throttle modulation and transmission response are optimized for greater control. Additionally, the front camera allows the driver to see what’s right in front of the truck, and it can be kept on at speeds up to 15 mph.

Along with the individual AdvanceTrac settings tied to drive modes, Raptor continues the Ford Performance tradition of allowing the driver to program the system’s settings to match conditions and skill level. The driver can reduce traction control but keep stability control on with a single press of the electronic stability control button; or, by holding the button for five seconds, the driver can turn AdvanceTrac settings off.


About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Tricked Out Woodworking Box Truck



Check out how this guy has outfitted his box truck to organize the storage of his woodworking tools and equipment.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Renault jumps into one-ton pickup market

 

While the U.S. is seemingly enamored with endless launches (and possible re-launches) of mid-size pickups, Nissan’s French sister Renault last week dipped its toe in the waters of Alaska.

The Renault Alaskan is a one-ton pickup that features a mostly familiar styling to Nissan’s global pickup, Navara. A five-link rear suspension and a tough, fully boxed frame gives the truck some off-road street cred along with the Renault 2.3-liter dCi engine under the hood.

“This stunning vehicle provides us with the means to fulfil the needs of professional users and individual customers around the world,” says Ashwani Gupta, Renault’s global head of light commercial vehicles business. 80154_1_5

“With Alaskan, we are on track to take Renault’s LCV Division forward from being a top regional player to a top global player.”

Alaskan will give buyers the option of rear- or four-wheel-drive. Four-wheel-drive will get high- and low-range modes and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Source: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/renault-jumps-into-one-ton-pickup-market/?utm_source=hwt&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-05-2016&utm_campaign=Hard%20Working%20Trucks&ust_id=73ef45b752004fd7c5cf260e66e4ffd4


How the Harbor Service Body with a Cargo Bed Enclosure Keeps Stuff Out-Of-Sight



This is an example of a new GMC 2500HD chassis upfitted with a Harbor 8' Service Body with a Forklift-Loadable Rack, Class IV Receiver, and a 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure. It's a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight. Ron Sadler is the Fleet/Commercial Manager at Lehmer's Buick-GMC in Concord CA. See more at http://www.lehmersgmc.com

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Safe Fleet Quick Takes: inView 360



Prime Design, a Safe Fleet brand, introduces a new product that makes accessing equipment on high-roof cargo vans safer. Weighing less than 20 pounds, the ladder installs in minutes without drilling and eliminates using a slippery tire or bumper as a step surface providing superior stability in accessing roof cargo. Made from anodized aluminum, the ladder resists corrosion from harsh road chemicals and provides Prime Design’s standard three-year warranty.

See more about Prime Design at https://www.primedesign.net/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Highway Products Outdoor Commercial



Highway Products Outdoor Commercial.

Pick One: Gas or Diesel Ford Work Truck | Ford Commercial Vehicles | Ford Tough



With all the benefits of Ford Medium Duty trucks offered with gas or diesel, it’s hard to pick the right truck for your business.

Darren Crawford, Fleet Manager for Farmer Brothers Coffee, has a tough decision to make when filling up his fleet and has to choose between the Ford F-650 6.7L PowerStroke® V8 Turbo Diesel or the V10 Triton gas engine. With best-in-class* standard horsepower and torque, the gas engine looks good, but the diesel engine can be prepped for biofuels**, so which one will he choose?

*Class is Class 6 and 7 Conventional Chassis Cabs based on Ford segmentation.

**See your dealer for details.

Learn More: http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LEI Mobile Maintenance Service Truck 2015



Mobile maintenance service being brought to the forefront with the most innovative and advanced "Mobile Shop On Wheels." Custom designed and built by Lube Equipment.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Prime Design: Rear Access Ladder



Prime Design, a Safe Fleet brand, introduces a new product that makes accessing equipment on high-roof cargo vans safer. Weighing less than 20 pounds, the ladder installs in minutes without drilling and eliminates using a slippery tire or bumper as a step surface providing superior stability in accessing roof cargo. Made from anodized aluminum, the ladder resists corrosion from harsh road chemicals and provides Prime Design’s standard three-year warranty.

See more of Prime Design's products at https://www.primedesign.net/

AUV - Unique Solution For Contractors and Artisans.



 

Features and Benefits:

High Grade Aluminum Construction, aluminum is corrosion resistant, saves weight of the body and saves fuel.

Fully opening sides, tools and parts are easily accessible, and saves climbing in and out of the rear of the body

Overhead door design allows for increased length of reach into the storage area and shelters technicians from rain.

Waist High work surface.

Shelves are fully adjustable and bins can be added to suit the storage requirements.
Large, clear side areas available for signage and logos.

Various vocational packages available with many customizable options.

Download a brochure on this product here.

See more about Monroe Truck Equipment at http://www.monroetruck.com