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January 22, 2018

Optimized Truck TCO Starts with the Right Specs

Vehicle specifications should be defined by the fleet application and mission requirements. A truism in truck fleet management is to design a truck that will accommodate your operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to the truck. Here's how you do it.

November 27, 2017

Nissan Leaf: Back in the Game

Significant improvements in power, range, and in-vehicle technology could make the second-generation Leaf a contender in the growing all-electric market.

November 27, 2017

Hyundai Accent: The Graduate

The new-for-2018 Accent gets a host of new technology and features and a stem-to-stern redesign worthy of its compact and midsize siblings.

November 27, 2017

Lincoln Navigator: Pure Luxury

The fourth-generation Navigator adds horsepower, towing capacity, and the latest in driving technology to up the ante in the full-size luxury SUV segment.

September 14, 2017

Toyota Camry: Let's Just Go Crazy

The 2018 Toyota Camry shakes up a staid midsize sedan segment with aggressive new styling and a 300-horsepower V-6 option.

September 14, 2017

Honda Accord: Generational Shift

The 10th-generation Honda Accord sheds its V-6 and two-door options and debuts a new engine and transmission lineup to propel a slightly shorter, longer, and wider sedan.

May 16, 2017

Chevrolet Traverse: Three-Row Midsize

Billed upon its 2009 launch as a replacement for the Uplander minivan and TrailBlazer SUV, the Chevrolet Traverse maintains ties to both segments as it enters its second generation. General Motors describes it as a midsize crossover SUV.

May 16, 2017

Volvo XC60: Coming of Age

The demand for a full redesign has become increasingly urgent as new editions of the XC90, the S60 sedan, and the V60 and V60 Cross County wagons have turned heads in recent years. In 2018, the XC60 will join those vehicles and share their lineup of four-cylinder engines.

May 16, 2017

Ford EcoSport: Welcome Home

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is a brand-new, five-door, subcompact crossover SUV. It will compete in the burgeoning field of mini-utilities already staffed by competitors such as the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X/Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.

April 18, 2017

Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

March 20, 2017

Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

March 13, 2017

Subaru Impreza: A Nose for Action

The Subaru Impreza has been completely redesigned for the 2017-MY. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the fifth-generation Impreza boasts new sheet metal, an upgraded interior, and new technology and safety features.

March 13, 2017

Lincoln Continental: Where Have You Been?

The Lincoln Continental has returned to America’s highways after 15 years in cold storage. It boasts a 117.9-inch wheelbase — a full 5 inches longer than the retired MKS — as well as three engine options with a bounty of Digital Age technology and features.

March 13, 2017

Audi Q7: Doing More Than Four

The Audi Q7 returns from a one-year hiatus with a full redesign for 2017. In addition to a new wagonlike exterior and a completely revamped interior, the 2017 has a new base engine.

February 26, 2017

Payload Requirements Are the Foundation to Properly Spec’ing a Truck

Properly identifying payload parameters is the foremost consideration to properly spec’ing a truck. To illustrate this fact, the weight of the payload will determine the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

January 25, 2017

Chrysler Pacifica: The Van of the Hour

Built to compete with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the four-door, six-, seven-, or eight-passenger Pacifica matches its rivals’ combined city/highway fuel efficiency score of 22 miles per gallon (mpg).

January 25, 2017

Honda Ridgeline: Now Available as a Pickup

The Honda Ridgeline made its debut in the 2006-MY as a carlike alternative to midsize pickups. The Ridgeline remained popular (and profitable) enough that Honda decided to relaunch it for the 2017-MY after a two-year production hiatus.

January 25, 2017

Ford F-Series Super Duty: All That Power

Ford’s range of full-size F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 pickups and chassis cabs is all-new for 2017. The new truck is available as a chassis cab or in regular cab, crew cab, and SuperCab configurations with 6.75- and 8.0-foot beds.

December 12, 2016

Customers Dream Up Custom 2017 Ford Super Duty

Super Duty Insiders have configured their dream pickups and chassis cabs – designed with the right cab configurations, engines, towing and hauling options, plus smart technology features – creating a cheat sheet for other fleets in heavy-duty industries.

November 22, 2016

GMC Acadia: Cut Down to Midsize

After nine model-years as a full-size SUV, the 2017 GMC Acadia has been reborn as a midsize crossover. It joins a class crowded with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Highlander.

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