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February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Spec'ing Work Trucks

This 18-foot steel dump body has a combination double-acting and high-lift tailgate that works well with loads like large rocks, and a forklift can push palletized cargo aboard. The gate is operated by a pair of air cylinders, one on each side, so the driver can stay in the cab.

By Tom Berg

Although work trucks are typically smaller and lighter than Class 8 freight haulers, often they are more complex and take more work to design and assemble. Work trucks are built to carry tools, parts, expendable supplies and other equipment that its driver or crew needs to accomplish a job.

Tags: Chevrolet, upfitting, NTEA, Verizon, Peterbilt, Auto Truck Group, Work Trucks, Ram, Ford, J&J Truck Bodies, The Reading Group

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Choices, New Excitement For Cargo Vans

Dodge Ram: Just going to market following production start-up in Mexico is the Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel-drive unibody design based on the proven European Fiat Ducato. FWD allows a low floor height with good traction and consistent driving characteristics, Ram says. Cab-chassis models and panel vans are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series with varying roof heights and wheelbases.

By Tom Berg

‘May you live in interesting times” is usually taken as a wry Chinese curse. But for cargo vans and the people who run them, an interesting era is here and it should be a blessing. New European-based products are being sent to the marketplace, and they’ll offer new efficiencies and choices in a segment that has languished design-wise since the first of that breed.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit Connect, Utilimaster, Ram ProMaster, XL Hybrids, Nissan NV200

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Medium-Duty Update: Winners, Losers and Overall Steady Growth

Isuzu:Class 3 NPR Gas (shown) and Class 4 NPR-HD Gas, with a GM-built 6-liter gasoline V-8 and Hydra-matic 6-speed automatic, gets to 20-25% of Isuzu’s sales. Diesel takes 75-80% of sales, but is divided between the 5.2-liter 4HK1-TC inline 4 that powers the Class 4 NPR-HD and the Class 5 NQR, and the 3-liter 4JJ1-TC inline 4 used in the Class 3 NPR Eco-Max cab-chassis and the Reach commercial walk-in van.

By Tom Berg

Depending on who you are in the medium-duty truck business, things are going great, or well, or not so good but looking up. A few builders have picked up market share in Classes 3, 4 and 5 and in Class 6-7. Others have lost some or a lot, but sales continue to climb for most midrange truck makers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu, Ram, Kenworth, Navistar, Hino, Peterbilt, General Motors, Fuso, Freightliner, Ford

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

EcoBoost 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 in Ford's upcoming Transit vans will do the work of much larger and heavier V-8 and V-10 engines in current E-series vans. New 3.2-liter I-5 diesel will be optional.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

Tags: Engine Smarts, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Plans 2 Gasoline V-6s Plus I-5 Diesel for Transit, Pair of I-4s for Transit Connect

The full-size Transit will gradually replace the popular and long-running E-series when the new-to-North America Euro-style van goes into production at Fords refitted Kansas City, Mo., plant late in 2013.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The upcoming full-size Transit van will have two gasoline V-6 engines and an inline 5-cylinder diesel, while the new compact Transit Connect will get a pair of inline 4-cylinder gasoline engines, said officials with Ford Commercial Truck in a series of briefings in Detroit on Friday

Tags: Ford

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3.2-Liter Turbo Diesel Slated for Ford's Upcoming Transit Van

The upcoming Transit full-size van will be offered with a new 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel, Ford Commercial Truck says. The inline five-cylinder diesel joins a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline V-6 already announced for the vehicle, which will go on sale in 2014. All engines will be mated to a Ford 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission

Tags: Ford

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Super Duty to Get Natural Gas Engines

Westport Innovations Inc. announced that it will expand its product offerings with the introduction of natural gas powered versions of the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks in mid-2013

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Westport Innovations, Natural Gas, Ford

November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Midrange in transition

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Nissan, Class 6, Class 7, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Ford, General Motors, Fuso, Test Drive

October 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Redesigns, New Features Add Value

Tags: Toyota, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Redesign, Test Drive

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's all about the slow economy

Tags: Dodge, Economy, Natural Gas, Workhorse, Freightliner, Walk-in Van, Ford, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

By Tom Berg

The nomenclature suggests a circle, and this truck will turn them with alacrity. Also Ford redesigns its ever-popular F-150 for 2009.

Tags: Ford F-150, Sterling, Ford, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Fun in the Mud

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Ice storm disrupts Ford's SuperDuty event, but the redesigned '08 pickups came out looking good.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Test Drive

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ford's Redesigned Super Duty Includes Factory F-450 Pickup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The redesigned models went into production in time to meet tighter federal diesel exhaust emissions limits last month.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Redesign, Test Drive

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