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2018 XC40 Launches Volvo’s Small Vehicle Strategy

2018 XC40 Launches Volvo’s Small Vehicle Strategy

The XC40 is Volvo’s first small SUV. It is built on a new modular frame that will underpin all future 40 Series models, including fully electric vehicles. The XC40 offers three powertrains, including a three-cylinder engine, a first for Volvo Cars.

February 26, 2018

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

Spec’ing a medium-duty truck is a complicated process that requires hundreds of decisions and choices, with each potentially impacting another. It is a science to achieve the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck.

February 5, 2018

Ford's All-New, Fleet Ready 2018 Expedition

Ford's All-New, Fleet Ready 2018 Expedition

The all-new Expedition provides fleets with ample crew space, work connectivity, and off-road and trailering capabilities to meet most fleet applications. It is powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

December 5, 2017

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Extending truck replacement cycling parameters beyond stated fleet policy is typically a short-term tactic used by senior management to solve a budgetary constraint; however, there are long-term fleet consequences to this strategy.

June 9, 2017

Ford's Bartlett Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook
Interview: BMW North America's Corporate Sales Manager
10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

10 Disadvantages to Using an Upfitter Service Level Agreement

Standardized delivery timelines stipulated in an SLA can create unrealistic expectations. Also, the relationship can become transactional in nature, with a risk of damaging the relationship if there are penalties for missed metrics.

January 20, 2017

How to Maximize Truck Resale Values

How to Maximize Truck Resale Values

Regardless of the vocational application, companies are in the business of “manufacturing” used vehicles. Today’s new truck is tomorrow’s used truck. How you spec a truck has a direct bearing on its future resale value.

November 8, 2016

VW and Audi 2017 Fleet Preview

VW and Audi 2017 Fleet Preview

More than 90 fleet managers and suppliers attended the two-day fleet preview, which included product demonstrations and ride-and-drives.

October 28, 2016

Ford's All-New 2017 F-Series Super Duty

Ford's All-New 2017 F-Series Super Duty

This is the first all-new Super Duty truck in 18 years. Key enhancements include a high-strength aluminum body and box for all body styles, an all-new high-strength steel frame, improved fuel economy, and greater towing capabilities.

September 7, 2016

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements.

August 19, 2016

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

The No. 1 consideration when spec’ing a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine displacement, transmission, size of tires, and frame type. You determine the payload by determining the fleet application.

August 15, 2016

20 Spec'ing Mistakes that Negatively Impact Truck Resale

20 Spec'ing Mistakes that Negatively Impact Truck Resale

When spec'ing a truck, it is critical to find the balance between building a truck to perform the intended job function and ensuring there will be a strong secondary buyer demand in the resale market at the end of its lifecycle.

July 15, 2016

First Interview: New President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America
International Re-Enters Concrete & Construction Markets

International Re-Enters Concrete & Construction Markets

The HX Series is the first all-new vehicle introduced by International Truck since 2010. Four models will be offered, with both set-forward and set-back front axle models in either short or long hood, depending on the application.

May 11, 2016

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