Saturday, November 30, 2013

American Eagle Updates SHD-60 Hydraulic Drive Air Compressor



Garner, Iowa – American Eagle Accessories Group has recently updated the SHD-60 hydraulic drive truck-mounted air compressor for improved installation, maintenance and serviceability.   The updates include a new metal enclosure with a flip-up lid, and new front-mount bulkhead connectors.
    
The new flip-up lid simplifies the maintenance process with easy access to check oil level and change the air filter.  The reconfigured front-mount bulkhead connectors improve the installation and maintenance process as well.
    
The SHD-60 is designed to provide reliable air output using a hydraulic direct-drive system.  It has no belts to break or adjust and provides a quick 30 CFM at 100 psi.  It is built around a heavy ductile iron balance crankshaft with heavy-duty journal bushings and micro-honed connecting rods that are lubricated by an integral oil pump to provide smooth operation and a long life.  
    
The SHD-60 is available for immediate sale and will be on display at the NTEA Work Truck show in Indianapolis, IN and also at the Con Expo/CON AGG show in Las Vegas.  
    

American Eagle Accessories Group was founded in 2002 as a division of Stellar Industries, Inc. and quickly became a major supplier of compressors and drawer systems to the work truck market.  American Eagle manufactures and distributes truck mounted hydraulic air compressors, heavy-duty drawer sets, and other work truck accessories to the OEM and retail sectors.

For more information regarding American Eagle visit www.americaneagleacc.com or call 800-392-3015.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Underbody Basket for Harbor Truck Body's





Here’s a nice option that could be mounted under your flatbed, stake-bed or contractor body. It’s an under-body basket! Plenty of space here for a variety of tools, traffic cones, wheel chucks, etc. It’s  accessible from the open rear, doesn’t need a door, and it's "down-sloped" bottom keeps items from rolling out the back!  It’s got plenty of holes in it which gives it's contents visibility and likely will keep the basket from rusting because it’s well ventilated and drained.

Also gives the body a nice finished look, doesn't it?

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cabovers Gain Popularity in Medium-Duty Truck Fleets




Although ubiquitous across the globe, the cabover engine (COE) truck — so named because the passenger cabin literally sits on top of the engine compartment — is a relative niche player in the U.S., where conventional cabs own the lion’s share of the Class 4 to 7 medium-duty truck market.
Yet the COE (also called cabover) has become increasingly popular in recent years for a growing number of fleet applications, including urban delivery, lawn maintenance, pest control, and other jobs. In these applications, the cabover’s signature “flat nose” and wide windshield make it easier — and often safer — for drivers to maneuver in tight city and residential areas.

How do cabovers and conventional cabs compare? When choosing between the two types of trucks for specific applications, what should fleet managers consider?
Review these six comparison points:

1. Increased Maneuverability
The primary reason for choosing a cabover is maneuverability, according to Mark Sugar, manager truck engineering for PHH Arval, a fleet management services provider in the U.S. and Canada.
“In highly-populated, urban geographic areas the cabover is the best option for navigating traffic-filled, narrow and challenging streets,” he said.

Ken Gillies, truck ordering and engineering leader for GE Capital Fleet Services, a global fleet management company based in Eden Prairie, Minn., agreed, but with a caveat.

“Where a customer is operating in tight streets, the cabover can be very beneficial,” Gillies said. “But, many of the newer conventional cabs have very short front bumper to back of cab (BBC) lengths, although not as short as a cabover, and may offer the required maneuverability while still allowing a fleet the advantages of a conventional cab.”

Fleet decisions makers must ensure there is a balance. “While considering the benefits of a cabover vs. a conventional configuration, decision makers should balance the visibility and maneuverability of the cabover against the traditional benefits of the conventional cab configuration,” said Rob Baran, manager of fleet services for ARI.

Advantage: Cabover.
2. More Engine Power Options
One of the advantages of conventional cabs that Gillies referred to is a wider range of diesel engine power ratings to choose from, which enables the fleet manager to more precisely match the truck’s capabilities with the job.

As a frame of reference, Kenworth builds both cabovers (K270 and K370 models) and conventional cabs (T270 and T370 models) for its Class 6-7 lineup. The cabover models offer three horsepower and torque ranges — from 220 hp to 250 hp and up to 660 lb.-ft. of torque — whereas the conventional cabs substantially widen that range, to nearly a dozen options — from 200 hp to 325 hp, with up to 750 lb.-ft. of torque.

The truck’s application is a key factor here. If the truck is going to be used primarily for over-the-road, long-haul applications or needs to pull a heavy trailer, then the conventional cab, equipped with a higher horsepower and torque engine, would be the better fit.

Advantage: Conventional truck.
3. The Fuel Economy Edge
Which type of cab has the edge in terms of fuel economy?
“Cabover models tend to experience a fuel economy advantage, mostly due to their smaller displacement engines,” said Gillies.

This difference in engine displacement is mostly found in Class 4-5 trucks, where cabovers, such as the Isuzu N-Series, Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, and Hino 195, are equipped with four-cylinder diesel engines, compared to conventional cabs, such as the Ford F-550, which is powered by larger V-8 or even V-10 engines. In Class 6-7 trucks, the engine displacement gap is minimal, with both cabovers and conventional cabs being equipped with big bore I-6 diesel engines in most cases.

Which cab type is more fuel-efficient ultimately depends on truck class; the larger the truck, the smaller the difference.

4. Ensuring Driver Comfort
Conventional cabs allow flexibility and customization, especially important for the driver’s comfort, that you don’t get with a cabover in lower GVWs, according to Don Scare, regional fleet services manager for PHH.

“Cabovers are very cookie-cutter, not even allowing for a seat choice. When you’re a driver on the road for long hours a day, a seat is a key contributor to comfort,” he said.

According to Gillies, “Some of the cabover model offerings are challenging for drivers to get in and out of, with limited space between the front edge of the door frame and the seat riser where the driver’s feet pass during every entry and exit of the cab. Also drivers feel like they are driving a ‘real truck’ when it’s a conventional cab configuration.”
In short route, stop-and-go applications, such as urban delivery or residential landscape service, driver comfort may not be as much of a concern because drivers and crew don’t spend as much time in the truck.

“Cabover configurations have gained popularity with less experienced drivers and in applications requiring multiple local deliveries or in speicific industries such as landscaping. In these situations, we have found the cabover as the preferred alternative,” said Baran of ARI.
In these cases, according to the experts, cabovers would work fine, especially considering the maneuverability advantage in tight spaces. But, in long haul, over-the-road situations, driver comfort would be of paramount importance, giving the edge to the conventional cab.

Advantage: Conventional truck.
5. Reviewing Acquisition Costs
Gillies said that, on balance, cabover models tend to run approximately 3- to 5-percent higher in price than comparable conventional cabs. “Lower production volume could be considered as one potential reason. Fewer competitors in a particular model/GVWR affect pricing as well,” he said.

Advantage: Conventional truck.
6. Ease of Maintenance
One of the advantages of a cabover, from a maintenance perspective, is the ease of accessibility under the hood — or, in this case, under the cab — to most of the important engine components, helping reduce repair time (and costs). However, according to Gillies, other factors tend to drive maintenance cost of cabovers higher than the conventional cabs.
“Some reasons could be: higher parts costs for cabovers, fewer dealer choices and fewer shops in general that are willing to tackle the maintenance, especially where the shop may have lower familiarity, and fewer repair parts suppliers to choose from,” Gillies cautioned.
Advantage: Cabover.

Conventional Cabs vs. Cabovers

GE Capital Fleet Services provides details on which fleet applications are best suited for conventional cabs or cabovers:
Conventional Cabs:
● Where overall length of the completed truck is not in conflict with state/federal length regulations.
● When cab interior room is of high importance — where drivers need increased steering wheel to seat position room and where passengers are routinely present.
● Where broader drivetrain option content is needed to get the proper match-up to the job required.

Cabovers:
● Tight inner-city operations where streets are narrow and parking availability is poor.
● Residential delivery and service applications can be a good vocation, especially considering how frequent the truck needs to be using the customer’s driveway or parking at the curb since the overall space that’s needed is somewhat less than with a conventional cab.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

The 2015 Ford F-450 6.7L Diesel Super Duty Debut at the State Fair of Texas


Ford introduced its 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup at the Texas State Fair and the big news is a better Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine. They've also beefed up the F-450 to make it even tougher. The new Power Stroke features a larger GT37 turbocharger that measures 72.5 millimeters in diameter versus the smaller GT32 it replaces which came in at 64 millimeters. This means exhaust gases have a larger surface area to spin the turbo so you'll get extra power. By Fast Lane Truck

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Green Alternative Systems



"We’re the largest converter of transit and fleet vehicles in the United States,” says Sean Connolly, GM of Chino, Calif.-based GAS. “We’ve done over 5,000 conversions.”

Fleet customers include UPS and the uniform providers AmeriPride and Aramark.

For transit operators, GAS offerings include Altoona-certified Ford E-450 chassis shuttle buses.
GAS now boasts a nearly a dozen locations nationwide, with the latest in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the company perceived a market need.

CNG-Powered Pizza
Customers there include Neapolitan Express, which operates CNG-fueled pizza trucks – and which garnered national attention early this year when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and T. Boone Pickens grabbed some pie outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan (F&F, February 21).

GAS uses equipment from Westport for Ford conversions and from Landi Renzo USA-Baytech for GM vehicles. The firm also does propane autogas upfits.

GAS is emphasizing not only aftermarket conversions, but after-sales service: “Second to none,” Connolly says.


GAS was formed in 2006 by Chino-based Creative Bus Sales, which had been doing CNG conversions since 1997. In 2009, GAS set up shop in Elkhart, Ind. to take advantage of shuttle bus activity there.

Today, in addition to Chino and Elkhart and Brooklyn, GAS performs vehicle conversions in Hayward and Sacramento, Calif., in Irving, Texas; in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and in Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla.

 Source: Fleets & Fuels

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mono County Gets A Harbor Short Bed Custom Service Body

This body may be short, buts it's still tall! 



Mono County, CA chose a Ford Super Duty Crew Cab as the chassis for a Harbor Custom Service Body. This gives them a truck that can handle carrying the full crew and plenty of storage space even though it has a short cab-axle! What they lose in length is made up in height!

In addition to the traditional service body cabinets on the drivers side and the passengers side, this custom body has a set of boxes on top that have doors that open upward giving additional space for storage and unique size storage. Because the doors open upward assisted with gas shocks, the items inside are easily seen and accessed. A great choice for someone needing a bit more storage in a great looking package!

There is plenty of open space when you open the rear barn doors as well, enough for a lot of equipment. The rear is finished off with a nice step bumper and a tow package. 

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at www.htbi.net

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Silverado’s Pick-up Box Makes Tough Jobs Easier

Back end designed with the user in mind

 


DETROIT – When it comes to pickup trucks, the usability of the back end is just as important as the power under the hood. Customer-focused innovations to the cargo box of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado were designed to make it easier to see, secure and access what’s back there.

“Silverado owners are the doers of the world,” said Lloyd Biermann, Silverado marketing manager. “Our goal when designing the Silverado’s pickup box was to create something that was stronger, more durable and versatile to help our owners get their toughest jobs done.”

Owners says they most frequently use their trucks for everyday projects. Two out of three use their truck for hauling. Seasoned truck owners want a pickup that makes loading and securing cargo as simple as possible. Making it easier to climb into the truck bed and retrieve items is a bonus.

“For the real truck buyer, they want a pickup that puts up with their abuse without making any compromises from the back end of the truck,” said Mark Williams of PickupTrucks.com. “The whole point of having a pickup is about solving problems, not creating them."


From design to functionality, the Silverado pickup box is engineered to be the most innovative cargo box in its segment with these features:

  • LED Box Lights – Located in the cargo box, under the side rails, the available lights turn on with the standard overhead box lamp and make it easier to find cargo in the bed, even under a tonneau cover.
  • EZ Lift & Lower TailgateAn internal torsion bar reduces the effort to raise the tailgate while a rotary damper allows for a controlled and more gradual lowering motion when opening it.
  • CornerStep Bumper – Unique steps incorporated into the corners of the rear bumper are designed to accommodate work boots and can be used with the tailgate up or down.
  • Hand Grip Pockets – Located within the rails, at the rear of the cargo box, they provide easier access into the cargo box and work in tandem with the CornerStep Bumper.
  • Removable Upper Tie-Down Hooks – Allow maximum flexibility to secure cargo of varying shapes and sizes and can be placed in several locations around the cargo box.


“Every time we get into a new Silverado and fill the bed with payload, we're reminded just how much thought their truck engineers put into, what we believe is, the most important part of a pickup – the bed," said Williams.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chevrolet Colorado to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show




DETROIT – In less than a year, Chevrolet has reengineered its entire full-sized truck portfolio with an all-new Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500. On November 20 during media days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the final piece of Chevrolet’s pickup truck portfolio will be revealed.

The all-new Chevrolet Colorado will reinvent what a midsized pickup should be.  The Colorado is engineered to be the most capable, most versatile and technologically advanced midsized truck in the market.  Watch it revealed live from Los Angeles on November 20 here: http://youtu.be/-XkUGs-OEE4.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at
www.chevrolet.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

All-New Class 1-6 Trucks Deliver Something for Every Fleet

For the 2014 model-year, the Class 1-6 truck market segment will include new and refreshed models of the OEMs’ iconic brands. Improvments include new engines, alt-fuel options, improvements in fuel economy, and performance upgrades. Below is a representative sampling of what’s new for MY-2014:

FORD
Ford Motor Company has unveiled its 2014-MY F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks.

The 2014-MY Ford F-150 is available with four engine options: a 3.7L V-6, a 5.0L V-8, a 6.2L V-8, and a 3.5L EcoBoost.

The 3.7L V-6 offers 302 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy. The 3.7L will also be compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas (CNG/LPG) capable starting with 2014-MY

The 5.0L V-8 offers 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque and achieves 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy (4x2 model).

The 6.2L V-8 offers 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, and achieves 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy.

The 3.5L EcoBoost offers 365 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, and achieves 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy (4x2 model).

Each engine is mated to a 6R80 6-speed automatic.

The 2014-MY F-150 is available in 11 trim levels: XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Tremor, Limited, and SVT Raptor.

The 2014-MY F-Series 14,000 pound GVW Super Duty is available with two engines: a 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel and a 6.2L V-8 gasoline engine.

The 6.7L offers 400 hp and 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2L offers 385 hp and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is also available with a compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas (CNG/LPG) prep package.

Each engine is mated to a 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift 6-speed automatic. It has a maximum towing capacity of 18,500 pounds and a payload capacity of 7,260 pounds.

The Super Duty is available as an F-250, F-350, or F-450 variant. The company also offers F-350, F-450, and F-550 chassis cabs. Its F-650 is available with a 6.8L V-10 that can be prepped for CNG.

CHRYSLER
For 2014, Chrysler is offering new versions of the Ram 1500, Heavy Duty, and Chassis Cab.

The Ram 1500 is available with three engine options: the new 3.0L EcoDiesel, a 3.6L Pentastar V-6, and a 5.7L HEMI V-8.

The new 3.0L EcoDiesel offers 240 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 3.6L Pentastar V-6 offers 305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Chrysler, the 2014-MY 3.6L Pentastar boasts at least 20-percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous MY-2012 3.7 V-6 version.

The 5.7L HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and available variable-valve timing (VVT) offers 395 hp and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.

All three engines are mated to Chrysler’s 6-speed automatic transmission. It is also available with the optional TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 are available with three engine options: a 6.4L HEMI V-8, a 5.7L HEMI V-8, and a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel.

The Cummins engine is available in three variations: 350 hp and 660 lb.-ft. torque with 6-speed manual transmission (2500/3500 models), 370 hp and 800 lb.-ft. of torque with a 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission (2500/3500 models), and a high output turbodiesel that produces 385 hp and 850 lb.-ft. of torque with an aAisin HD 6-speed automatic transmission (3500 only).

The 6.4L HEMI V-8 offers 410 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The available 6.4L is packaged with the 66RFE.

The 5.7L HEMI V-8 offers 383 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is also mated to a 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram 2500 has a towing capacity of up to 17,970 pounds and the Ram 3500 has a towing capacity of up to 30,000 pounds. In addition, the Ram 3500 has a payload capacity of up to 7,320 pounds and a GCWR of 37,600 pounds.

The 2014-MY Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs come standard with the new 6.4L HEMI V-8 gasoline engine. The new 16 valve engine offers a preliminary 367 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is available a 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission. for the 3500. An AS66RC 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on the 4500 and 5500.

The 3500 Chassis Cab SRW is also available with a 5.7L HEMI V-8 gasoline engine, which offers 383 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine comes mated to a 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission.

There are also two engine variants based on the 6.7L Cummins diesel. The first version offers 320 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The second variant offers 325 hp and 750 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram Chassis Cab is available in three trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, and Laramie.

GENERAL MOTORS
For the 2014 model-year, Chevrolet has launched an all-new Silverado 1500 and updated the 2500HD and 3500HD.

The MY-2014 Silverado 1500 will feature three all-new EcoTec3 engines: a 4.3L V-6, a 5.3L V-8, and a 6.2L V-8.

The 4.3L V-6 offers 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.3L offers 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, and features fuel economy ratings of 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy (2WD). The 6.2L will have its power capacity ratings announced later this year.

The 4.3 V-6 has a tow rating of up to 7,200 pounds and the 5.3L, which will be available in 2013, will have a tow rating of up to 11,500 pounds.

The Silverado 1500 will be available in seven up level trims, including LT, LTZ, and High Country. The Silverado 1500 will also be available in two work truck models, the 1WT and 2WT.

A 6.0L gasoline V-8 is standard on the Chevrolet 2500HD and 3500HD. The 6.0L offers 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. It is matched to a Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission across the Silverado HD range. A Duramax 6.6L turbodiesel is also available. The 6.6L is rated at 397 hp and 765 lb.-ft. of torque and features B-20 capability. New for 2014 is a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system and bi-fuel-compatible version of the 6.0L V-8 engine for the 2500HD Crew Cab models. The engine features hardened valves and valve seats.

The 2500HD’s maximum payload capacity (available on regular cab long box models) is 4,212 pounds and it has a conventional towing capacity of up to 13,000 pounds. The 3500HD’s maximum payload is 7,222 pounds and its maximum conventional towing capacity is 18,000 pounds.

The GMC Sierra 1500 will feature three all-new EcoTec3 engines: a 4.3L V-6, a 5.3L V-8, and a 6.2L V-8.

The 4.3L V-6 EcoTec3 offers 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.3L EcoTec3 offers 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. It is estimated that the 6.2L V-8, which will be available on the Sierra SLT and Denali models, will offer 420 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque when it debuts later this year. It is also estimated that the 6.2L will have a 12,000 pound maximum tow rating.

The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD are also getting a makeover for the 2014 modelyear. A 6.0L gasoline V-8 bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system is new for the GMC Sierra 2500HD. The 6.0L offers 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. A Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel is also available. The 6.6L is rated at 397 hp and 765 lb.-ft. of torque and features B-20 capability.

The 2500HD’s maximum payload capacity is 4,212 pounds and it has a conventional towing capacity of up to 13,000 pounds. The 3500HD’s maximum payload is 7,222 pounds and its maximum conventional towing capacity is 18,000 pounds. Standard trailering capability for the 2500HD and 3500HD is 13,000 pounds.

The MY-2014 3500 Chassis Cab comes standard with 6.0L gasoline V-8/6-speed automatic powertrain. A Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel is also available. The 6.6L is paired with an Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3500HD Chassis Cab has a maximum GVWR of 13,200 pounds and a payload rating range from 6,443 pounds to 7,499 pounds.

TOYOTA
The redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra 1/2 ton full-size pickup truck is available with three powertrains. A 4.0L DOHC V-6 produces 270 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque and achieves 16 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined.

The available 4.6L DOHC i-Force V-8 engine offers 310 hp and 327 lb.-ft. of torque and achieves 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined on the 4x2 models and 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined on the 4x4 models. The 5.7L DOHC i-Force V-8 offers 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7L is offered in both gasoline and flex-fuel variants. The 5.7L has a fuel efficiency of 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/15mpg combined on the 4x2 models and 13 mpg city/17 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined for the 4x4 models.

In addition, when equipped with a tow package, the Tundra has a maximum tow capacity of 10,400 pounds (4x2 Regular Cab).

NISSAN
The 2014-MY Nissan Frontier will be offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations, along with five trim grades: Frontier S (four-cylinder and V-6), SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL (Crew Cab only).

The 2014-MY Nissan Titan is again being offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases (139.8 inches and 159.5 inches) and three bed lengths. There are no major enhancements for 2014.

The Titan will be available in S, SV, PRO-4X, and SL trim levels.

The Isuzu 2014 lineup features four vehicles for 2014.
The 2014-MY 12,000-pound GVW Isuzu NPR Gas and the 14,500-pound GVW NPR-HD Gas are low-cab forward trucks, available with a three person standard cab or seven passenger crewcab. They have available wheelbases ranging from 109 inches to 176 inches. The NPR Gas is powered by a 6.0L Vortex V-8 gasoline engine, which produces 297 hp and 372 lb.-ft. of torque. The NPR-HD is powered by a 5.2L Isuzu 4HK1-TC turbocharged intercooled diesel engine, which produces 215 hp and 452 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Isuzu N-Series features a Vortec gasoline engine is available with a compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas (CNG/LPG) alternative-fuel capable option.

The 17,950-pound GVW 2014 Isuzu NQR is a low-cab-forward truck and is powered by a 5.2L Isuzu 4HK1-TC turbocharged intercooled diesel engine, which produces 215 hp and 452 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 19,500-pound GVW 2014 Isuzu NRR is a low-cab-forward truck and is powered by a 5.2L Isuzu 4HK1-TC turbocharged intercooled diesel engine, which produces 215 hp and 452 lb.-ft. of torque.



Extracted from Work Truck Magazine article by Chris Wolski - : See the complete article at http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/vehicle-research/article/story/2013/09/all-new-class-1-6-trucks-deliver-something-for-every-fleet/page/1.aspx



Sunday, November 10, 2013

2014MY CARB Certification in Hand for Ford F-450 through F-650

2013 Ford-f-550-super-duty-chassis-cab-supercab

Landi Renzo USA received  a California EO (CARB Cert) for 2014MY Ford 6.8L dedicated CNG vehicles (F450/550/650) – the first Ford QVM for gaseous fuels to receive this CARB certification for CNG in MY2014.

Following the announcement of EPA bi-fuel certification for the 2014MY Ford F-250 and F-350, the company’s U.S. certifications now cover Ford medium-heavy trucks with the 6.2- and 6.8-liter engines.

“We’re excited with the timing of receipt for these certifications” says Andrea Landi, President of Landi Renzo USA “Landi is ahead of schedule in obtaining CARB and EPA certifications for 2014MY Ford vehicles – a situation that permits for us to serve the industry in a timely manner, avoiding delays and inefficiencies.”

Landi Renzo USA is a Ford QVM – Qualified Vehicle Modifier and stands ready to supply CNG-capable Ford pick-up, chassis cab, and service body trucks through its Ship-thru offerings available to Ford dealers, as well as their qualified QVM installation network.

Friday, November 8, 2013

New Way to Buy or Lease a Car: Shop, Click, Drive




Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac dealers launch new online shopping site


  • ·         Combines convenience of the Internet with personal service
  • ·         Enables consumers to choose how to get their next GM vehicle


DETROIT – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the U.S. now have a new online retailing tool available for the growing number of new car buyers who want to use the Internet to shop for their next vehicle.

The new service, called “Shop-Click-Drive,” enables consumers to choose a specific vehicle, get estimated pricing, review available incentives, learn about and choose financing and insurance products, get information about their trade-in and apply for financing, all online. The application is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Every General Motors dealer in the U.S. now has the opportunity to feature “Shop-Click-Drive” on his or her dealership’s website. GM began piloting the program earlier this year, expanding the pilot over time to include dealers in eight states. Based on collaboration and dealer and consumer feedback during the pilot phase, GM has continued to evolve the opt-in program and is now offering the tool to all of its approximately 4,300 U.S. dealers.

“We want to make it easier and simpler for dealers to connect with customers who are looking to combine the convenience of online shopping with the personal service of a neighborhood dealership,” said GM’s Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “We engaged dealers to help us develop ‘Shop-Click-Drive’ to address this need.”

“’Shop-Click-Drive’ is a cutting-edge digital service that no other automaker has today,” said Todd DeNooyer, general manager of DeNooyer Chevrolet in Kalamazoo, Mich., and a participant in the pilot phase. “It’s been a good partnership and has given us a tool to grow our business and reach out to new customers.”

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands.  More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com