With an eye to enhancing operating efficiency as a key strategy to ensure success, if not survival, in the trucking industry, we need to consider new ideas, new technology and different approaches.
With production of 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs underway at Chrysler LLC’s assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico and these new trucks now arriving in dealerships, the OEM recently took some of the latest models in its medium-duty lineup on the road.
Early indications are that Sterling Truck Corp.’s Bullet and 360 models are right on target.
It’s about relationships “So, what’s new?” A common pitfall is to answer that question only in terms of individual products or services and not to appreciate fully the synergies that flow from some component interactions that are becoming more common.
If some amount of a concept or product is good, then more of it should be better, right?
The soft-riding trucks of today are a far cry from therough-and-tumble kidney bouncers of yesterday.
With 90 fleet managers from in-vestor-owned electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada in attendance at its 54th annual gathering, the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), which was held in June in Williamsburg, Va., attracted a record number of attendees.
With any new technology and especially experimental designs, low production volumes mean higher prices for fleets.
Few managers question the traditional benefits of a well thought out and executed tire/wheel program.
I recently hopped into a shiny new rental car. In short order, I pulled to the side of the road after deciding that I was being distracted trying to locate the controls to perform basic functions such as turning on headlights, de-froster, radio, and map lights.
Making effective tire choices for fuel efficiency, relates Curtis Decker, national manager, field engineering at Continental Tire North America, Commercial Group, means fleet managers have to first consider the true environment in which their vehicles operate.
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