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Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.
Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations
By Denise Rondini
Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.
Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.
Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?
By Tom Berg
Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.
The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park
Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage
By Jim Park
A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.
Photo courtesy Ram Truck.
Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews
By Nick Cappa
Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.
MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation. 
Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends
By Tom Berg
Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

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Sprinters now come in a 4x4 version. Photo: Tom Berg
Mercedes-Benz Moving Sprinter Production to S.C.
Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that it will invest about $500 million to build a new van plant in Charleston, S.C., to build the next-generation Sprinter van for the North American market.
The mDrive HD transmission and Titan Heavy-Haul Truck. Photo courtesy of Mack
Heavy-Haul Titan Gains Automated Transmission
The mDrive HD automated manual transmission is now standard on Mack's Titan Heavy-Haul Truck, the truck maker announced at the National Heavy Equipment Show in Ontario, Canada.
Photo courtesy of Crosspoint Kinetics
Morgan Olson Offers Kinetics Hybrid Walk-In Vans
Morgan Olson will offer a lineup of Class 3-7 walk-in delivery vans equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain from Crosspoint Kinetics, the companies announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Photo courtesy of Ford.
Ford Shows F-750 Tonka Dump Truck
Ford showed a Tonka-branded F-750 dump truck that's nearly 10-feet tall at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Senior Editor Chris Wolski Presents the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award to Becky Blanchard, director of the Ram Truck brand. Photo by Chris Brown.
Ram 4500/5500 Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year
The Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab truck has been named Work Truck magazine’s eighth annual medium-duty truck of the year. The award was presented at the NTEA Work Truck Show.
Different configurations of the Freightliner 122SD. Photo courtesy of Freightliner Trucks
Freightliner Increases Severe-Duty Options on 122SD Truck
Freightliner is showcasing several new options for the 122SD truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The options are aimed at severe terrain and off-road applications.
New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg
Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van
Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.
Isuzu NPR-XD. Photo via Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
Isuzu Starts Production on 2015, 2016 N-Series Diesels
Production has started on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's line of 2015 and 2016 N-Series diesel models, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
International's Diamond Logic electrical system. Photo: International Trucks
International Upgrades Truck and Body Electronics
International Truck announced a new body control module designed to deliver six times faster processing speeds for truck and body electronics at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. 
Mitsubishi Fuso Enhances Driver Experience
Mitsubishi Fuso showed off enhancements to its 2016 lineup of trucks at the NTEA Work Truck Show aimed at improving driver operability and lowering cost of ownership.


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The IsoTemp Refrigeration Upfit is Designed for Cargo Vans The Gruau IsoTemp is a one-piece refrigeration and insulation upfit for commercial vans featuring a lightweight and low-profile one piece module designed for efficient climate control while retaining cargo space.
Crysteel Aluminum Dump Body Saves Weight The Crysteel Manufacturing A-Tipper is an aluminum dump body designed for contractors and municipalities with improved strength, durability and efficiency.
Larger, Lighter But Stronger MTec6 Trailer Axle Coming from Meritor Meritor has developed a larger trailer axle said to be stronger but lighter than its current 5-inch-diameter tube-type product. The MTec6 experiences less bending at the wheel end and better tire wear, and cuts out 40 pounds of material.
Roadmaster’s Trailer Tire Designed for Improved Treadwear Roadmaster’s RM272 trailer tire is designed to withstand treadwear from use with a drop-deck trailer.
New Lube Filter for ISX15 Addresses Changes in Engine Design and Oils Cummins Filtration says its new Fleetguard lube filter is the first to use a patented nanotechnology based synthetic media originally developed for fuel filters.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.


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