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Lightweighting

A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle. Specifying lighter-weight upfit materials decreases the vehicle’s curb weight, which, in turn, lowers operating costs by reducing fuel consumption and decreases emissions.

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Asset & Driver Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

In addition to selecting fuel-efficient assets, another way to control fuel spend is to modify driving behavior, a key variability in fuel economy. The difference between the most and least efficient drivers is a 30% difference in fuel consumption.

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

Lightweighting: Less is More

The process of lightweighting a fleet of vehicles involves more than simply moving down a vehicle class or removing weight from an overloaded vehicle.

The Impact of the 'Smart' Windshield on Fleet Operations

The windshield is a critical safety component of a vehicle, protecting passengers in the event of a rollover and aiding in proper airbag deployment. However, the windshield is no longer just an independent part comprised of a vinyl interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass. What is changing is that windshields are becoming more technologically integrated with the rest of the vehicle.

Lighter 2016 Cruze Delivers 40 MPG Highway

Chevrolet's 2016 Cruze compact car enters its second generation with a model that's 250 pounds lighter than the outgoing model and is expected to return 40 mpg highway, General Motors has announced.

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