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Jumping in the Trenches to Improve Spec’ing Practices
15 Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

15 Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

One benefit of the fleet community is the ability to learn from each other’s good (and bad) experiences. Fleet managers share the initiatives that have found them success, and offer guidance on the challenges they faced along the way.

September 14, 2018

How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

Your primary goal is to spec a truck to meet the intended job function, but how it is spec’ed has a direct bearing on future resale value. Therefore, it is similarly important to maintain a remarketing mindset when identifying specs.

March 14, 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

The Role of GVWR and GCWR in Spec'ing Work Trucks
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

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Built for Comfort

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Built for Comfort

Mercedes-Benz E-Class enters its fifth generation with the 2017 E300. This five-passenger luxury sedan competes with the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

September 21, 2016

Buick LaCrosse: A Tale of Two Sedans

Buick LaCrosse: A Tale of Two Sedans

The all-new, third-generation 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a near-luxury full-size sedan that features base, Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims.

September 21, 2016

BMW 7 Series: Better Than Real Life

BMW 7 Series: Better Than Real Life

The sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series full-size luxury sedan comes with a standard long wheelbase, carbon-fiber construction, and a host of new comfort and safety features including BMW's Gesture Control system.

September 21, 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

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Luxury Love Child

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Luxury Love Child

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC improves on the outgoing GLC by adding width, height, and length, and limiting the initial engine options to a 2.0-liter turbo four-banger, which delivers 241 horsepower (hp) and 273 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque.

July 22, 2016

Ford Fusion: Highly Customizable

Ford Fusion: Highly Customizable

The second-generation Ford Fusion gets a major refresh for the 2017-MY. It is highly customizable with five trim levels, four option packages, and several stand-alone add-ons.

July 22, 2016

Buick Envision: A Lot to Offer

Buick Envision: A Lot to Offer

General Motors decided to bring the Buick Envision, which has been built and sold in China since 2014, to the North American market this summer. The mid-size crossover SUV slots in perfectly between the compact Encore and full-size Enclave.

July 22, 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

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