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Medium-Duty Trucks

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 Medium-Duty Trucks: The Vehicles and Trends to Look For

By Stephane Babcock

Medium-duty is the trucking industry's largest segment encompassing a wide variety of jobs from carrying tools and materials to construction sites to delivering food to stores. 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

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer

The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.

By Tom Berg

Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oshkosh, Test Drive, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Vocational, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220

Peterbilt’s Model 220 features the PX-7 engine, Allison automatic transmission and all the visibility a driver could hope for.

By Jim Park

Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, COE, Peterbilt Model 220, Quick Spin, Test Drive, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park

The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Bill Decker’s Miller welder, stashed against a tool box on the front wall of his Wilcox truck body, doubles as an APU and makes 220-volt power to run heavy tools. The genset at his feet produces 110 volts for work lights and smaller tools.

By Tom Berg

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

Tags: Work Trucks, Maxwell Technologies, APU, Thermo King, Idle Free, Medium-Duty Trucks, Idle Reduction

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest Developments in Hybrid-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

The Odyne PHEV parallel system reduces fuel consumption and emissions, and can be used in new vehicle and retrofit applications. (PHOTO: ODYNE)

By Sean Lyden

New developments, technologies, and trends in hybrid-electric, medium-duty trucks could give fleet managers the incentive they need to take a closer look at how hybrid options could help reduce overall costs.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, ARI, Hino Trucks, Navigant Research, Hybrid-Electric Truck

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance

New diesel emissions technologies, as well as upcoming greenhouse gas 2014 compliant engines, are anticipated to increase maintenance costs.

By Sean Lyden

A lot has happened since 2007 to impact medium-duty truck maintenance costs and protocols — for better and for worse.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, SCR, GHG, DPF

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, Ram, Ford, J&J Truck Bodies, The Reading Group, Medium-Duty Trucks

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

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Parking Lot Crashes

By J. Scott Roberts, Contributor

Did you hear about the driver who backed into the transformer for a huge regional mall, shutting it down for a Saturday during the Christmas shopping season?

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Safety & Compliance

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

By Sean Lyden

When we’re talking about on-highway trucks, there are opportunities in aerodynamics, low-rolling-resistance tires, “downspeeding” and other strategies to save fuel. But when you’re talking delivery trucks, work trucks, vans and the like, the strategies are different. Below are four approaches to improving mpg for mediums.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

And the Envelope Please

Heavy-duty Truck of the Year candidates await judging.

By Jim Park

How do you compare a luxurious Ford F-650 with an Isuzu Reach cargo van? Two completely different trucks with different purposes in life. Such was the challenge of five trucking media judges at the 2012 American Truck Dealers Association's Commercial Truck of the Year competition.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, Commercial Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Midrange Test Drive: Ram 5500

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge's heaviest commercial truck combines a beefy chassis with a cab from the 1500 series pickup.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Dodge Debuts its Heavier Class 4 & 5 Rams This Month

By HDT staff

New models can only add more heat to an already competitive market segment.

Tags: Dodge, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

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