October 2016, - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

By Tom Berg

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

Tags: Chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram, Ford, International Trucks, Truck Orders

March 2016, - Test Drives

Test Drive: Isuzu NPRs Offer High Maneuverability

The NPR Gas (left) and NPR diesel share cabs and chassis components. Wheel cuts were tight and turning circles short for both models. The trucks are bigger than they look; the 81-inch-wide steel cabs are solid and roomy enough for three people each. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A 4-cylinder diesel promises to sip fuel while a gutsy gasoline V-8 saves upfront money and really goes.

Tags: Isuzu, Isuzu NPR, Test Drive, Cabovers

October 2015, - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

October 2014, - Feature

The Reinvigorated Cargo Van Market

Based on the high-selling Fiat Doblo, the Ram Promaster will offer an 1,833-pound payload, improved fuel economy and 4.5 feet of room between wheelwells.

By Tom Berg

Many product choices means there’s a roomy truck for every hauling and delivery need.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Daimler Trucks, Chevrolet Express, Ram ProMaster

October 2014, - Cover Story

2015 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

By Stephane Babcock

We take a look at the latest medium-duty offerings and highlight the 2015 models while manufacturers weigh in on industry trends and issues.

Tags: Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram, Hino Trucks

December 2013, - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner’s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated Transmissions, Future Trucks

October 2013, - 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, - 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

November 2008, - 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

February 2008, - Department

Emissions Report: Fleet Managers Improve Fuel Economy Up to 40.5 Percent at Challenge

By Tom Berg

Fleet managers can become effective teachers if they themselves know how to drive economically.

Tags: Isuzu, Fuel Economy



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