Friday, May 26, 2017

How we punish the Ford Transit during testing


Drivers at the Ford Test Track in Lommel, Belgium, put the all-new Transit through hell before it goes on sale. The van is driven the equivalent of 11 million km -- about 275 times around the world --

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BrandFX - The UltimateFX at the 2017 Work Truck Show

BrandFX introduced the new all-composite service truck body and

UltimateFX is purpose-built to handle all worksite conditions and is the latest in the line of BrandFX’s composite truck service bodies.

Monday, May 22, 2017

FORD'S BIGGEST WORK TRUCKS RECEIVE PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS TO HELP DO EVEN MORE WORK

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  • Electronic stability control and traction control brakes now standard on tractor models (optional on F-750 diesel straight frame model*)                         
  • New diesel engine soot trap regeneration inhibitor allows driver to postpone incinerating trapped soot until regeneration can be performed in a preferred location, plus new easy-to-access oil dipstick location to check oil levels
  • New high-output 240-amp alternator now available for 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine models
  • Available three-inch bumper extension limits potential hood wear and collision damage
DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is updating its biggest trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are the fastest growing volume Class 6-7 brand**.

Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year. Ford’s largest trucks are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor models, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles. Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain in the medium-duty conventional truck market. All F-650 and F-750 trucks are built at Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland using domestic and foreign parts.

“Customers are moving from other brands to Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks because they’re affordable and Built Ford Tough in America,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Our segment-exclusive gasoline engine is appealing to fleet managers who recognize not every duty cycle requires the torque of a diesel engine, and who prefer the cost and maintenance advantages of gasoline power.

“The success of our new truck design is apparent from our growing sales and the fact it was named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine in 2016 and 2017,” adds Koester. “For 2018, we’re enhancing this successful platform based on customer feedback.”

Electronic stability control and traction control brakes are now standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

For applications with high electrical demands – such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work trucks – a high-output 240-amp alternator is now available with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.

Ford offers an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on 2018 diesel trucks to give the operator more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.

To limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, an available bumper extension moves the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses.

It’s easier to check the oil and transmission fluid levels on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks thanks to relocated dipsticks that can be accessed from ground level. The transmission fluid dipstick has also been moved to provide ground-level access on gasoline models. The gasoline engine’s oil dipstick was already accessible from the ground.

Powertrains purpose-built for Ford trucks

Ford is the only manufacturer to design and build its own medium-duty diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel has a B10 engine design life of more than 500,000 miles***, and is backed by an unsurpassed standard five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty. For additional braking assistance, an exhaust brake comes standard with every diesel engine.

Ford’s segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine provides 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque for less than the cost of a diesel engine. It can be factory-prepped for conversion to compressed natural gas or liquid propane.

Both engines come with the Ford-built TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. An available live-drive power takeoff provision features an output gear linked directly to the diesel engine crankshaft for 300 lb.-ft. of stationary torque and 200 lb.-ft. of mobile torque. For the gasoline powertrain, the optional power takeoff’s stationary and mobile mode deliver 250 lb.-ft. and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively.

The transmission’s SelectShift® feature has two driver-initiated modes – progressive range select, which limits the range of gears to lock out overdrive for consistent speed over hills, and full manual mode, which provides control up and down the gearbox. Selectable tow/haul mode compensates for grade and load to reduce gear hunting and improve power delivery. Engine braking and selective gearing improve control on downhill grades and help minimize brake wear.

Like all Ford trucks, Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 vehicles are supported by the company’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Program dealers nationwide are committed to providing fleet and commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need to maximize productivity and uptime.

Ordering for 2018 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks begins this summer, with vehicles available at dealers this fall.

*Electronic stability control and traction control brakes will initially be optional on certain F-750 air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

**Based on IHS Markit TIP registrations for gross vehicle weight Class 6-7 vehicles with sales over 1,000 units for calendar year-to-date December 2016 versus calendar year-to-date December 2015.

***B10 design life based on 330-horsepower output version and Ford engine dynamometer testing.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 202,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Harbor WorkMaster Truck Body ...Working for Your Protection.


The WorkMaster secures the tools of your trade unlike any other enclosed service body. Constructed with steel, built like a vault, the “walk-in” WorkMaster is designed for heavier-duty cutaway vans…and we have been known to mount them on a chassis or two. The WorkMaster is constructed in different lengths and heights to meet your every tool, material storage, and interior height (up to 6’3″) requirement. Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Standard Features:

  • Tightest security system in town, featuring double-bit keys and a Master Lock internal locking system
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • Rear side access door for storage of conduit or other long (10-ft.) materials
  • 12" step bumper and side-wall grab handles for ease of entrance into the bed
  • Interior ladder storage on hooks mounted along inside shelf
  • Weights up to 300 lbs. lighter than competing brands using FRP
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Need to carry more than your typical van? This is your truck!

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Half a Century of Cutting Edge Engineering...Creates the Harbor ComboMaster


Nearly half a century of cutting edge engineering coupled with our obsession to create the perfect contractor body resulted in this design. You told us you want more space. So we created the ComboMaster series which boasts more work and storage space than any comparable contractor body in its class.

Standard Features:
  • 36-inch Rear platform with fold-down 10-inch and two 33"Lx 10"H x 19"D under-deck storage compartments.
  • Overcab rack legs attach to the back of the horizontal compartment, giving extra work room on the platform, yet able to store a 15-ft. ladder with ease.
  • Stainless Steel self-opening pop-top lids w/ body length compartment bins & 4" dividers
  • Push Button locking system with red band locking indicator
  • Modern gas shocks on each side opening door to keep them open during loading and unloading
  • 8" deep recessed bumper for sure footing when entering bed
  • Adjustable, but lockable, shelving system
  • Weather shield system around locks, doors, and hingles, preventing leaks and securing the tools of your trade. Neoprene door seals, water-proof gaskets, self-sealing stainless steel rivets, and silky smooth three-point door latches with Teflon glides.
Want a super-mega version? Ask about our Maxi Combo.

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FORD F-150, F-250 SUPER DUTY, TRANSIT, TRANSIT CONNECT, TAURUS WIN VINCENTRIC BEST FLEET VALUE IN AMERICA AWARDS

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 25, 2017 – Seven Ford Motor Company cars, trucks and vans have won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017. The awards recognize vehicles that provide fleet customers with lowest total cost of ownership.

Ford’s 2017 winners are proven performers that have taken home awards in prior years:
  • Ford Taurus SE: Seven-time large sedan winner
  • Ford F-150 XL: Five-time full-size half-ton pickup winner
  • Ford F-250 Super Duty XL: Two-time full-size three-quarter-ton pickup winner
  • Ford Transit Connect XLT: Five-time small commercial passenger van winner
  • Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof van: Three-time full-size half-ton passenger van winner
  • Two Lincoln models, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and Lincoln MKX Premiere, also earned awards.
Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas – depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership/10,000 miles annually to 60 months/40,000 miles annually.

Learn more, including the specific trim levels of the award-winning vehicles, at www.vincentric.com

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 202,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Product Updates // Knapheide


We released both new products and improvements to current products at this year's Work Truck Show. Watch to learn more.

Friday, May 12, 2017

National Fleet Products Lineup At NTEA Work Truck Show


Jacob Peterson and Wim Knell shows off a unique crane loading system for cargo van bodies. Rather than a small crane that swings in and out, this is a much more stable solution due to the linear travel and the strength of the system. In addition, it can be stowed to the side to all human traffic or tall and large item storage.

They also show off a WM Ramp that has a swivel feature to move out of the way and they have one that is on the interior and another model for the exterior. One model handles up to 3,300 lbs. and yet is extremely easy to use. One of the best features is the longer ramp to make it easy to move large items in and out of the van.

Jacob also shows off their polyethylene truck fenders, a superior cargo door locking system, and a line of power springs to help stabilize heavier loads.

See more about the National Ford Truck Club and Ford Pros at http://www.nationalfordtruckclub.com

See all the products offered by National Fleet Products at http://nationalfleetproducts.com/

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CargoGlide CG1000



The CargoGlide CG1000 for Pickups, Vans and SUV's makes storage and retrieval much easier!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Innovations at the 2017 Work Truck Show


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Boss Snowplows at the Ford Truck Booth

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BOSS products made an appearance in the Ford booth at the Work Truck Show . The BOSS EXT, introduced in 2016 was proudly displayed on a truck in the impressive Ford booth. To learn more about the EXT click here.

Thank you to all BOSS fans, interested customers, dealers, distributors, and vendors who stopped to visit the BOSS booth! We enjoy sharing our excitement for the 2017-2018 season with you. We are already counting down the days until winter 2017-2018!

Find more at: www.bossplow.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boss Snowplows at the 2017 Work Truck Show

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More than 500 companies traveled to Indianapolis for North America's largest work truck event--The Work Truck Show 2017 hosted by NTEA. From March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center 11,799 visitors descended on the show to view the latest equipment, products and technology companies have to offer in the truck equipment sphere. 
BOSS Snowplow attended, highlighting new products for the 2017-2018 season. Here is a look at the BOSS booth!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

PERFECTLY HITCHED: FORD F-SERIES TRUCKS TO TOW 'HENRY' AND 'CLARA' ON PETITE RETREATS' TINY HOUSE CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP


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  • Ford F-Series trucks will tow ‘Tiny Houses’ – named in honor of Henry Ford and his wife Clara – on a summer-long road trip across America; just revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show
  • “Henry,” featuring 181 square feet and weighing more than 9,000 pounds, and “Clara,” with 252 square feet and weighing more than 12,000 pounds, will be pulled by the all-new 2017 F-150 and F-250 Super Duty respectively
  • Thousand Trails presents the launch of Petite Retreats, where people can research and book a range of unique vacation rentals, including tiny houses, cozy cabins, yurts and more, putting a twist on the typical vacation

DEARBORN, Mich., April 18, 2017 – Ford F-Series trucks are the vehicles of choice to tow the latest tiny houses to join the Petite Retreats unique accommodations. Called “Henry” and “Clara” – in honor of the founder of Ford Motor Company and his wife – these Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certified houses just debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The debut kicks off a summer-long road trip with a 2017 Ford F-150 and all-new 2017 F-250 Super Duty, set to tow Henry and Clara across America.

“We are honored Petite Retreats selected F-Series to tow these cutting-edge tiny houses,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “With Super Duty’s best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 32,500 pounds of towing, plus F-150 with its segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission mated to an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that helps deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated gas fuel efficiency, F-Series trucks own towing.”

For even more F-Series towing innovation, class-leading features like Trailer Reverse Guidance and an exclusive 360-degree camera system with trailer view, can make hauling even a house easy. Moreover,  F-150’s available class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes the challenge of backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

Henry and Clara may be small, but they can easily exceed 9,000 pounds and 12,000 pounds, respectively. Henry features 181 square feet of space, while Clara packs it all into just 252 square feet. Sporting a number of innovative features and amenities, Henry and Clara are the latest Petite Retreats house rentals.

Henry and Clara are on display at the New York International Auto Show, April 14-23. The cross-country road trip begins the following week, stopping first in Boston and Philadelphia, with additional locations to be determined.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.


ABOUT PETITE RETREATS
Petite Retreats is presented by Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds, featuring more than 180 locations across North America. Encore & Thousand Trails and their affiliates offer RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort-style amenities and Petite Retreats unique accommodations of tiny houses, cabins, yurts, tents, or teepees. For more information on the tour across America check www.petiteretreats.com or join the conversation at #tinyhouseroadtrip.

Friday, April 28, 2017

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors UNDERHOOD Demo


Demonstration of VMAC's VR70 and VR140 UNDERHOOD air compressors. Learn More: http://vmacair.com/product/underhood-...

VMAC is a world-leader in the development of truck mounted mobile air compressor solutions used for service trucks, public works, utilities and highway/heavy construction. 

VMAC engineers and manufactures 70cfm and 150cfm UNDERHOOD Air Compressor Systems, 40cfm and 60cfm PREDATAIR hydraulic driven Air Compressor Systems and THROTTLE COMMANDER 3-speed engine throttle controls. UNDERHOOD and PREDATAIR Air Compressors feature high-powered rotary screw air-on-demand technology. Both systems are ideal for use on work trucks in applications such as mining, construction, tire-service, fire-apparatus and municipal operations. THROTTLE COMMANDER throttle controls are easy to install idle up speed controllers activated with a 12-volt signal. Designed for electronic engines, these load sensing throttle controls will follow a preset programmed rpm setting. 

VMACs success comes from working with customers to determine what their air compressor needs are and then surpassing those needs with unparalleled product quality, innovation and customer service. By regularly introducing new and innovative products to the market, VMAC ensures it remains the leader in truck mounted mobile air compressor technology. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recap: Knapheide at the Work Truck Show 2017


This year's NTEA Work Truck Show was held March 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN. Learn more about the exciting new products and updates we announced.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jason's Story: Part 2


After Jason was announced as our Win-A-Truck Sweepstakes winner, he went to work right away spec'ing out his new work truck, a Knapheide 696 Flip Top Service Body. Watch as his body is upfitted and delivered at Dealers Truck Equipment in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2018 Ford F-150, Expedition Special Service Vehicles Help Police, Government, Fleet Customers Go Further

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  • 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle is tougher, smarter and more capable than ever – with choice of 5.0-liter V8 FFV or 3.5-liter EcoBoost®, and standard Auto Start-Stop, in either XL SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration – to tackle rigorous customer demands
  • 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle powered by 3.5-liter EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop offers generous space and advanced new technology to keep customers connected under the most challenging conditions
  • Both SSV packages provide the space and extensive utility to meet the specialized needs of law enforcement, government and fleet customers

DEARBORN, Mich., April 6, 2017 – They might be the only new vehicles sold in the United States with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats and 10-speed column-mounted shifters – just the way their customers want them. For its law enforcement, government and fleet customers, Ford is unveiling its new 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle designed to meet their very specific needs.

The 2018 F-150 SSV is even tougher, smarter and more capable, with a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150, ever.

The all-new 2018 Expedition SSV is the smartest, most capable, adaptable Expedition ever – providing fleets with generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their specialized applications.

Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles.

Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat aids in quick cleanup, while easy-to-clean vinyl flooring replaces carpeting.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Whether equipped with the V8 or high-torque EcoBoost, power is not a problem for customers choosing either of these Special Service Vehicles.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Odyne Chassis Walk Around


The majority of Utilimaster service vehicles have options that use the vehicle’s fuel source to provide power to auxiliary equipment, but this unique Odyne chassis utilizes two batteries to supply auxiliary power to equipment at the job site without drawing fuel from the vehicle.

Visit Utilimaster online at www.utilimaster.com.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Day in the Life - Aaron and his New Knapheide Aluminum Gooseneck Body


When we set out to build something, we build it right. With Knapheide's new Aluminum PGNB Gooseneck Body, you'll be able to carry out your day-to-day tasks without any worries. Watch how Aaron Ball, Farm Manager, utilizes his Knapheide AL-PGNB on the job.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quiet Diesel Commercial Mobile Generator Product Line



Sometimes it can be hard to see the difference between Genuine Cummins parts and non-genuine parts, but it’s the little details that make a difference. Non-genuine parts may fit a Cummins engine – but they aren’t built or remanufactured using the same procedures or materials, to Cummins exact specifications. This video takes a look at some of the critical differences in quality and performance between Genuine Cummins parts versus non-genuine parts. To learn more about Genuine Cummins parts, visit http://cumminsgenuineparts.com or contact your Cummins dealer or distributor.

Monday, April 10, 2017

VMAC Hydraulic Driven Air Compressors


VMAC’s Hydraulic Driven air compressor is the best choice for customers looking for a compact, powerful and lightweight hydraulic deck-mount air compressor that can operate in any climate.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Westport Fuel Systems. We think ahead.

At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. And we do that every day. We are inventors, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of advanced clean-burning fuel systems and components that can change the way the world moves. Our technologies deliver the performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. We serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation and industrial application brands.

Powerful trends in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction regulations have created a compelling opportunity for gaseous-fuel product solutions powered by natural gas, propane, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen. With our strategic partners, we are turning our business plan into reality. We share a common objective: to create clean transportation solutions that meet existing and future emissions regulations and targets for GHG reduction.

Our recent merger has brought together two market leaders that have been delivering innovative alternative fuel products for more than 50 years. Our proprietary technologies deliver the performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. And our vast intellectual property portfolio gives us a competitive advantage to think ahead and drive innovation.

Find more at: http://wfsinc.com/


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How To Operate GripLock Ladder Rack | Adrian Steel


Adrian Steel's GripLock Ladder Rack - How To Operate - Instructions on how to use the GripLock ladder rack from Adrian Steel.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Innovations at the Work Truck Show 2017


NTEA Managing Director Doyle Sumrall shares opportunities to see innovation in action at WTS17, including lightweighting, Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and exhibitors featuring green products and technologies. http://www.worktruckshow.com

WTS18 will be held March 6-9, 2018, in Indy. Sign up to be notified when registration opens at https://www.worktruckshow.com/wts18si....

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cult of Disruption Innovation: On-the-Go H2O


Clean drinking water is not readily available in emerging markets and arid locations, especially for travelers. This innovation is a convenient way to have water available to you while driving, without the need to bring it with you. It works by collecting water created from the AC condenser, pumping it through a filter for purification and then dispensing it into a cup located in the center console.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Harbor CraneMaster Body - West Coast Style Personalized to Meet Your Every Need...



CraneMaster bodies represent an open design that permits you to choose all the appointments to meet your every need when using 2,000-4,000 lb. cranes with capacity up to 12,000 ft.-lb. The west coast service body design is the preferred style for these cranes. Harbor has sorted out which cranes go with which bodies. Tell us what weight you are loading and what length of crane you need to get the job done (length in feet x weight in lb. = ft. lb.) and we’ll put you in the right combination. Then, we’ll help you choose from among the many options that will make this your personal design!

Find more at: www.htbi.net



Monday, March 27, 2017

#40YearsTough: A Classic F-150 | 40 Years Tough | Ford


Meet designer Kim Lewis and her vintage F-150 Ranger, Pearl. As a designer, she lives her life by telling stories through her work and bought Pearl because Ford has a story she relates to. Lewis is just one of the many customers that helped make Ford America’s best-selling truck brand for 40 years. 

Learn more about what has gone into making Ford Trucks #40YearsTough here: http://ford.to/40YearsTough

Learn more about F-150 here: http://ford.to/f150 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

NOW - An Aluminum Gooseneck Flatbed from Knapheide

AL-PGNB-96 Aluminum Gooseneck Body on a Ram 3500 with optional 6" Z sides and aluminum toolboxes.

Your wait for an aluminum gooseneck flatbed that is both lightweight AND strong is over. The Knapheide PGNB Aluminum Gooseneck Body features an aerospace technology assembly utilizing military-grade aluminum extrusions. What does this mean? This means a body that is structurally superior yet 40% lighter than steel providing more payload for the haul. With a gooseneck hitch system rated at 30,000 lbs. you can rest assured that this aluminum flatbed can handle your heaviest of loads. The aluminum construction gives you better protection against corrosion ensuring your aluminum truck bed will last for years to come. Never settle for an aluminum flatbed that is second-best.

See more at: https://www.knapheide.com/gooseneck-bodies/aluminum-pgnb-gooseneck-bodies-p790


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ranger Design Max View Clear Top Van Partition Video


Clear Polycarbonate Max View Van Partition from Ranger Design
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See how this new transparent top van partition is the clear choice for safety, security and comfort.

The partition is contoured for maximum driver comfort.

Clear Top: Permits 180 degree rear visibility and reduces blind spots.

Tighter Fit: helps control the climate in your cargo van, keeping your van area cool in summer and warm in winter.

Less Constricted: The new Max View cargo van divider make your cab feel less constricted and more comfortable by reducing the boxed-in feeling of a small vehicle.

Maximum Impact Resistance: Built from thermoformed ABS and polycarbonate, these partitions uphold a standard of safety set only by Ranger Design.

Visit our website http://rangerdesign.com/products/van-... or call our friendly staff at 1-800-565-5321 for your next commercial vehicle upfit.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ford Commercial Fleet: A Cut Above The Competition | Commercial Vehicles | Ford


When it comes to work, Ford Commercial Vehicles can take it, bring it, and flat out haul it. Ford Trucks and Vans: year after year, America’s best-selling lineup of commercial vehicles* is ready for whatever the job at hand.

*Based on IHS Markit CY1985-2016 US TIP Registrations excluding registrations to individuals. TIP Registrations prior to 2010 do not include all GVW 1 and 2 vehicles.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BOLT Locks Segment Federated Work Truck - Truck U #907


In this segment Bruno Massel and Matt Steele hosts of Speed channel's Truck U Talk about the benefits of using BOLT Locks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Curt Manufacturing at the 2016 SEMA Show


Once a year, the best and the brightest all make the journey to Las Vegas, NV for the premier automotive trade show in the world: the one, the only, the SEMA show.

Find more at: http://www.curtmfg.com/


Monday, March 13, 2017

All-New 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: Dual Exhaust Technology | F-150 Raptor | Ford Performance


Getting back to basics in the best way. Inspired by the legendary history of Ford racing engines and state of the art audio analyses and prototype designs, the 2017 F-150 Raptor boasts an exhaust that redefines the sound of off-road performance.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Named AutoGuide.com's Truck of the Year


DEARBORN, Mich.,  Add yet another trophy to the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor showcase. The all-new Raptor crushed the competition in the California desert to earn AutoGuide.com’s Pickup Truck of the Year. Earlier this year, Raptor took home Best Pickup Truck of 2017 honors from Cars.com and the Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year award.

“The 2017 Raptor is the whole package. It’s not just suspension or just appearance. Ford left no stone unturned with this purpose-built Baja runner, and it shows,” said Stephen Elmer, AutoGuide.com trucks editor. “While each truck in this year's competition brings something to the table, the Raptor feels truly special, managing to provide a truck that is capable, intelligent, and most of all, a riotous amount of fun.”

In earning the AutoGuide.com award, the F-150 Raptor won over the judges during testing in Barstow, Calif., where they praised the  Raptor’s innovation, overall driving experience and value for the money.

The purpose-built, off-road F-150 Raptor builds on the success of its predecessor with performance gains and new technology that didn’t go unnoticed by AutoGuide.com reviewers. With a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine generating 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission, a six-mode Terrain Management System,™  and a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that saves 500 pounds over the previous model, the all-new Raptor stands alone among high-performance off-road trucks.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor’s competition-proven chassis also sets the performance bar with its second-generation BF Goodrich KO2 tires designed exclusively for the truck’s extended off-road capabilities. In addition, upgraded FOX Shocks (jointly engineered by Ford Performance and FOX) are 44 percent larger with 3-inch diameter shock canisters (2.5-inch previously) and nine-stage bypass damping delivering improved suspension control. The new shock design enables an increase in suspension travel to 13-inches at the front and 13.9-inches at the rear (a 0.8-inch front and 1.9-inch rear increase in wheel travel compared to its predecessor).

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Experience DiamondBack: Theft Protection


Check out how DiamondBack Truck Covers provide your bed with theft protection that's second to none. Peace of mind knowing your gear is safe is a great feeling.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BakFlip MX4 Truck Bed Cover at SEMA 2016


The BakFlip MX4 is the latest and greatest in hard folding tonneau technology. It features a new smooth matte black finish. This bed cover is even simpler than it's predecessor.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

F-150 Dependability Award Underscores Built Ford Tough

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  • F-150 builds on its renowned toughness as truck is recognized for top dependability among large light duty pickup pickups in the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study
  • Truck shoppers prioritize F-150 quality above all other attributes, and consistently say it is a differentiator, according to internal Ford research
  • 2017 marks 40 consecutive years for Ford F-Series as top-selling truck in America
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 22, 2017 – American truck owners who value Built Ford Tough pickups are taking in some more great news today: Ford F-150 is J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study award recipient for large light duty pickup.

“All customers demand quality vehicles, and truck customers depend on toughness and reliability most of all,” said Bennie Fowler, Ford group vice president for quality. “That’s why Built Ford Tough is much more than a slogan. It’s how we develop the F-150 and how we deliver on our promise to customers to continuously improve America’s favorite pickup truck.”

In January, Ford celebrated a major milestone as F-Series became the top-selling truck in the United States for the 40th consecutive year and the best-selling vehicle for 35 years. Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Ford research shows F-150’s dependability – paired with its capability and toughness – is a key differentiator for the truck over the competition. Truck shoppers say they prioritize a pickup truck’s quality above all other attributes.

In addition to F-150 ranking highest among large light duty pickups, Ford takes home second most-improved brand in a tie in the annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study released today.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Knapheide Win-A-Truck Sweepstakes: Jason's Story: Part 1


We're pleased to announce the winner of our Win-A-Truck Sweepstakes, Jason Jackson. Jason is the owner of Jackson Electric in Hardy, Arkansas. Watch the first part of Jason's story as he visits our headquarters and specs out his new work truck.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Expanded choices: Fleets are set to take advantage of alternative powertrains


More and more suppliers of medium-duty vehicles are adding options for alternative powertrains. For example, Dana recently introduced Spicer Electrified motor, control and e-drive technologies for electric vehicle propulsion systems.

Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for electric vans manages speed and torque from the e-motor to the wheels. Planned for launch in 2018, Dana’s new e-axles for city delivery vehicles and electric transit buses will feature a fully integrated motor and gearbox. The company is also working with automotive manufacturers to develop all-wheel-drive (AWD) e-axles paired with traditional front-wheel-drive hybrids.

Also in the news is the new XLP Fleet-Ready plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) solution for half-ton pickup trucks from XL Hybrids. The PHEV system will be installed as a ship-through upfit that will leave the original OEM engine, transmission, and fuel and exhaust systems intact, and will not have any special maintenance requirements. XLP will also include the XL Link cloud-based analytics system, which measures MPG performance and reports emissions reductions.

XL Hybrids surveyed fleet managers to understand their requirements and to develop the new technology. The XLP solution builds on the platform used on the company’s XL3 hybrid-electric powertrain, which has covered more than 35 million miles on Class 2-6 vehicles since 2013. The XLP lithium battery pack will accommodate Levels 1 and 2 charging using an industry-standard plug.
“Expanding our offering to include plug-in solutions is the next step in our plan to electrify fleet vehicles with technology that saves money while reducing fuel consumption and emissions,” says Tod Hynes, founder and chief executive officer of XL Hybrids. “The XLP system allows fleets to purchase the same OEM pickup trucks with the powertrain and warranty intact with an electrified powertrain to increase MPG.”

“Major fleets that have already adopted the XL3 hybrid-electric upfit system know that ‘fleet ready’ means it does not compromise the ability to provide customer service,” adds Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer. “With our new XLP system, we’re equally committed to not impacting service, delivery or field operations.”

A number of utility and municipal fleets, including San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E), Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric Co. and Montgomery County Maryland, are among the XL Hybrids customers that intend to purchase the new XLP PHEV system for pickup trucks. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017 and SDG&E has already announced plans to purchase up to 110 of the XLP systems between 2017 and 2020.

Liberty Utilities and its parent company, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., are also planning to add the new XLP systems. “The number and delivery timelines will be defined by our budget, but from a fleet perspective, we see a potential need for one to one-and-a-half percent of our fleet, or approximately 10 to 15 units, as assets come up for retirement,” says Stephen McCrodan, purchasing manager for Liberty Algonquin Business Services and director of fleet purchasing at Liberty Utilities.

“We adopted a fairly strong green fleet policy as we took steps to ensure that we’re doing all we can to minimize our impact on the environment,” McCrodan says. “We have shifted much of our fleet over to cleaner burning CNG and continue to; however, there are some Liberty Utilities service areas that do not have a natural gas infrastructure, and that prevents the use of CNG in those locations. Also, some of our locations are small, and the infrastructure required to support CNG would be too big a burden. For sites like those, a PHEV is an excellent alternative.

“OEMs have reduced their alternative fuel offerings for vehicles used by utilities,” McCrodan adds. “We have certain job functions which require or are optimized by a compact SUV or light-duty
pick-up truck and now we have fewer alternative fuel choices from manufacturers. Systems such as XL Hybrid’s XLP will help to fill the void.”

Monday, February 27, 2017

2017MY CNG Certification – Ford E-450 6.8L V-10 Cutaway


Landi Renzo USA, a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), is pleased to announce the industry’s first natural gas EPA certification for the 2017MY Ford 6.8L V-10 Heavy Duty (HLDRE06.8B10) engine utilized in E-series trucks, including the E-450 Cutaway.

Landi Renzo has maintained both EPA & CARB certifications on the Ford 6.8L 2-valve V10 engine since 2014MY. The most recent 2017MY EPA certification makes it the industry’s first dedicated CNG application for the engine test group HLDRE06.8B10 under Ford’s gaseous fuel QVM program

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Municipal Dump Spreader (MDS) by Buyers Products


New Municipal Dump Spreaders from Buyers Products combine dumping and spreading for year-round use. Available with optional pre-wet system.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NEW FORD COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CENTER PROGRAM KEEPS FLEET AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS ON THE ROAD

  • New Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealers provide an outstanding sales, service and finance experience to fleet and commercial customers nationwide
  • Commercial Vehicle Center dealers offer best Ford truck and van selection, expanded service hours, greater parts inventory and highly trained staff to improve customer vehicle uptime
  • Program replaces groundbreaking Ford Business Preferred Network of commercial dealers

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 1, 2017 – Ford, the commercial vehicle leader for 31 straight years, introduces its Commercial Vehicle Center program to provide fleet and commercial customers nationwide with outstanding sales, service and financing at the dealership level.

The network includes more than 650 Ford dealers committed to offering commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need. The Commercial Vehicle Center program replaces the groundbreaking Ford Business Preferred Network of commercial dealers.

“Nearly 30 years ago, Ford established its first program to improve the purchase experience for our commercial vehicle customers,” said John Ruppert, Ford general manager, commercial vehicle sales and marketing. “Now we are introducing the next chapter in our commercial vehicle story, not only by rebranding the program, but by further expanding a number of program elements to improve the overall customer experience.”

To maximize customer vehicle uptime, Commercial Vehicle Center dealer service departments are open at least 55 hours per week, and new stocking programs improve parts availability.

Ford’s new Commercial Advantage Rewards loyalty program lets customers earn a range of factory benefits that can be redeemed at any Commercial Vehicle Center location. Dealers can offer their own rewards through the program as well.

All Commercial Vehicle Center dealer employees are cross-trained by the factory to provide customers with knowledgeable, trustworthy support – from sales to finance to service.

Ford has the broadest line of commercial vehicles available – from Transit Connect compact vans to full-size Transit cargo vans, from F-150 pickups through Super Duty chassis cabs, all the way up to F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks. Commercial Vehicle Center dealers offer the best selection of in-stock Ford commercial vehicles, and a range of financing options and incentives.

“Our goal is to make Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealers the trusted choice for commercial customers by providing an easy, effortless customer experience through a comprehensive, industry-leading commercial dealer network program,” said Ruppert.

For more information, or to locate a local Ford Commercial Vehicle Center, visit fordcommercialvehiclecenter.com.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NEW OMNICRAFT BRAND TO SELL QUALITY, COMPETITIVELY-PRICED PARTS FOR ALL VEHICLE BRANDS AT FORD DEALERSHIPS


  • Ford Customer Service Division launches Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts for all makes of non-Ford vehicles. Non-Ford customers now are able to purchase parts and have their vehicles serviced at Ford dealerships
  • The 1,500 most commonly requested parts are now available and include oil filters, brake pads and rotors, loaded struts, and starters and alternators. The list of available parts will eventually grow to 10,000 for even more customer convenience
  • Omnicraft is the first new brand for Ford’s Customer Service Division in 50 years and is an important growth opportunity for dealerships as they will be able to sell parts and offer service for all vehicles

DEARBORN, MI, January 24, 2017 – Ford dealers now have access to a complete family of parts to sell and to service all makes of vehicles as the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) launches its new Omnicraft brand.

Adding Omnicraft to Ford’s family of parts line to also cover non-Ford vehicles means an improved customer experience through competitive pricing, quality and convenience.

“Omnicraft is a significant benefit to any vehicle owner who needs parts or to have their vehicle serviced,” said Frederiek Toney, president, Global Ford Customer Service Division. “Now, owners of non-Ford vehicles have access to quality parts at a competitive price, backed by Ford and installed by Ford’s world-class certified technicians.”

For launch, Ford focused on developing the most commonly requested parts at a competitive price. Initial offerings include oil filters, brake pads and rotors, loaded struts, and starters and alternators.

“Today, 1,500 parts numbers are available with plans to eventually reach approximately 30 parts categories and 10,000 parts,” Toney said. “We targeted the most requested parts first to provide our dealers with a solid foundation of inventory.”

At launch, Omnicraft parts will be available at Ford and Lincoln dealerships and will roll out to other Ford Authorized Distributors throughout 2017.

Omnicraft is the first new brand offered by FCSD in 50 years and is an important growth opportunity for dealerships as they will be able to sell parts and offer service for all vehicles.   Ford also offers its Motorcraft® complete line of replacement parts for Ford vehicles.

ABOUT OMNICRAFT
Omnicraft is part of the Ford family of parts brands: Ford, Motorcraft and Omnicraft. Omnicraft is the exclusive non-Ford/Lincoln parts brand of premium aftermarket parts. With over a century of parts heritage to build upon, Omnicraft provides excellent quality and fit and is a preferred choice of professional automotive technicians. To find out more about Omnicraft, visit www.omnicraftautoparts.com or contact your local Ford or Lincoln dealership.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

SMART ENGINEERING EARNS ALL-NEW FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY CREW CAB 4X2 FIVE-STAR OVERALL GOVERNMENT CRASH RATING


  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 with a five-star overall vehicle score in its New Car Assessment Program – the highest possible rating – making this all-new truck the safest Super Duty ever
  • Frontal driver rating improves to five stars; side crash ratings for front and rear remain five stars
  • Safety starts with Super Duty’s backbone – a fully boxed frame that is 95 percent high-strength steel; and its segment-exclusive high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 30, 2017 – The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2’s smart engineering has earned the all-new truck the government’s highest possible crash rating of five stars – adding safety to its strengths as the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

The 2017 F-Series Super Duty is the only heavy-duty pickup truck to earn National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest safety rating.

Thanks to its robust design, advanced materials and safety features developed by the Ford truck team, the 2017 model earns a five-star overall vehicle score in the agency’s New Car Assessment Program, as well as a five-star rating for frontal driver crash tests. Side crash ratings for front and rear remain five stars.

Super Duty’s improved performance is enabled by weight savings of up to 350 pounds through the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body and box. This leads to more local frame stiffness at strategic locations to deliver considerable improvement in occupant protection. The weight savings is then reinvested into an all-new fully boxed frame that is more than 95 percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame.

But Ford didn’t stop with the truck’s body and frame – Super Duty sets a new level of technology availability for the segment. Options such as 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, lane-keeping alert and inflatable seatbelts help the driver to have more confidence and control while towing and hauling heavy loads from job site to job site.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Friday, February 17, 2017

How Ford Will Electrify Vehicles to Make Them Better

Ford is electrifying its most popular vehicles to make them 
even more capable, productive and fun to drive.




Happy New Year!

As we kick off 2017, at Ford, we’re also looking further into the future. The era of more affordable electrified vehicles is dawning, and we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.

That’s why, today, we’re confirming seven of 13 new global EVs coming from Ford in the next five years as part of a $4.5 billion investment. They include our most popular trucks, commercial vehicles and performance vehicles. At the same time, we’re also creating new services and mobility solutions that will make it easy to use EVs.

    Why this major investment in technology?

In the next 15 years, we see global EV industry offerings outnumbering gasoline-powered vehicles, as people around the world continue moving to cities, consumer preferences shift to greener transportation and battery prices fall — all making tomorrow’s EVs less expensive to own than today’s gas-powered vehicles.

These new Ford electrified vehicles will include full hybrids that never need to be plugged in, plug-in hybrids that can run on electricity alone or gasoline when the battery is almost empty, and full electric vehicles that make zero emissions by using only batteries and electric motors to move.

This kind of EV leadership is two decades in the making, starting with the introduction of the Escape Hybrid in 2004 — the first mass-produced hybrid built in the U.S. and the first SUV hybrid. Some are still being used as taxis today, moving passengers for more than 350,000 miles with their original batteries.

Last year, our C-MAX and Fusion Energi hybrids made Ford the best-selling brand of plug-in hybrid vehicles in America. Plus, we’ve sold more than 560,000 EVs globally since 2005.

More importantly, leading in electrification, autonomy and connectivity are critical to Ford’s expansion to an auto and a mobility company.

Read the whole story at: https://shift.newco.co/how-ford-will-electrify-vehicles-to-make-them-better-f4970fbd426e#.nh13nnxgk

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Learning to Operate a Crane

The Stellar 7621 Telescopic Service Crane was mounted on a Stellar service body and constructed by Pomona, Calif.-based Phenix Enterprises. (Photo: Mike Antich)

Bobit Business Media received a visit from Stellar Industries, a manufacturer of hydraulic truck-mounted equipment, and Phenix Enterprises, a custom truck builder, at our office in Torrance, Calif. on November 29th, 2016.

Editors from Work Truck, Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet, and Government Fleet magazines all got the opportunity to learn how to operate a truck-mounted crane.

Mike Butsch, strategic accounts manager for Stellar, and James Day, sales manager for Phenix, a Stellar upfitter, brought the Stellar 7621, a telescopic service crane that was mounted on one of Stellar’s service bodies and built at Phenix’s headquarters in nearby Pomona, Calif.

Read more at: http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/utility/article/story/2017/01/learning-to-operate-a-crane.aspx

Monday, February 13, 2017

PolyBody® Line Bodies, Service and Aerial Bodies by United Plastic Fabricating



The PolyBody® Line Bodies, Service and Aerial Bodies are all made from polypropylene, a tough, durable, impact resistant plastic material. The PolyBody® will not rust or corrode, can resist day-to-day dings and dents and offers lighter weight than conventional steel or fiberglass bodies. The PolyBody® is a true long-life body that is transferable from chassis, with the outstanding appearance that only a hand crafted body can provide.

Find out about poly products at: http://www.unitedplastic.com/product/line-bodiesserviceaerial-bodies/

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Winter Treads



When much of the country is getting pounded by winter storms and deep snow, our thoughts turn to tires. Some pickup truck owners have separate wardrobes for summer and winter. Nome, Alaska, and Miami residents maybe not so much.

Pickup winter wear can include anything from a fresh wax to do-it-yourself undercoating to lighter lubricating fluids to a block heater to winter diesel fuel. But does your truck's cold-weather wardrobe include winter tires?

Winter tires are designed for cold weather and associated precipitation. Tires rated for mud and snow (M+S) may not qualify as winter tires and often don't excel in either mud or snow. A winter tire's specific compound, tread design — and studs if you want them — is far more suitable and safer on cold roads and the various forms of water you might find on them.

In every road-based comparison in which I've participated, dedicated winter tires were more valuable than the number of driven wheels. However, while winter tires can improve performance, they are no substitute for common sense and can be pushed beyond their limits. They also add expense and create the issue of storage logistics.

The U.S., unlike some countries, does not mandate winter tire use, although some states and cities have laws about the use of studded tires or chains. It's worth noting that some insurance companies offer discounts for using winter tires.

Do you think winter tires should be required for new drivers or general safety, and if so, under what parameters? And if you don't believe in running dedicated winter tires, studs or chains, how do you deal with marginal winter traction? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/01/talking-trucks-tuesday-winter-treads.html#more

By G.R. Whale

Cars.com graphic by Paul Dolan; cars.com image by Bruce Smith

Thursday, February 9, 2017

LONDON TRIALS NEW PLUG-IN HYBRID VANS THAT COULD HELP DELIVER CLEANER AIR; SUPPORTS FORD PUSH FOR EV LEADERSHIP

  • Ford Motor Company and the City of London are joining forces to help improve air quality there as part of the company’s plan to lead in building electrified vehicles with 13 new global models in the next five years
  • Select London businesses to test plug-in hybrid vans running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips; ideal for urban deliveries, these vehicles offer enhanced productivity
  • Commercial vehicles in London make 280,000 trips a day for a total of 8 million miles; vans make up 75 percent of peak commercial traffic there
  • Ford of Europe to launch multimillion-pound project this fall in collaboration with Transport for London; project supported by U.K. government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre
Ford was Europe’s No. 1-selling commercial vehicle brand for the second consecutive year in 2016; Transit Custom plug-in hybrid planned for commercial production in 2019

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 20, 2017 – Ford Motor Company is launching a multimillion-pound project designed to help improve air quality in London as the automaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified vehicles scheduled for introduction in the next five years.

The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Ford Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips such as deliveries and maintenance work. Scheduled to launch this fall, it is part of Ford’s commitment to work with major cities around the world to tackle local transportation challenges to help people and goods move freely.

Commercial vehicles in London make 280,000 trips on a typical weekday, traveling a total of 8 million miles. Vans represent 75 percent of peak commercial traffic, with more than 7,000 vehicles an hour on the road in central London alone.

Ford will provide 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vehicles to a range of commercial fleets across London, including Transport for London’s fleet, to explore how these commercial vans can contribute to cleaner air targets while boosting operator productivity in urban conditions – the toughest working environment for vehicles. The project is supported financially by the U.K. government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre.

“Ford is the No. 1 commercial vehicle brand in Europe and it’s now going electric. Teaming up with our London partners, we will also be able to trial software and telematics with enormous potential to reduce emissions and costs in the city,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “This new type of partnership demonstrates our evolution to both an auto and mobility company. We have lots of work to do, but everyone is so energized by this breakthrough opportunity.”

Ford is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength – electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive – plus more fuel efficient.

Scheduled to launch in autumn this year, the fleet trial is part of Ford’s commitment to work with major cities around the world to tackle their local transport challenges, and help people and goods move more easily.

“The freight sector’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles is central to cleaning up London’s toxic air,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. “Transport for London continues to lead by example by increasing the number of its own vehicles that are electric and will find the data from these trials an invaluable resource for the LoCITY program, which encourages the uptake of low-emission commercial transport.”

The Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans in the London trial are an advanced design that allows the vehicles to be charged with electricity for zero-emission trips, while featuring an efficient on-board combustion engine for extended range when longer trips are required. Ford is the first volume manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid technology in this segment.

The fleet will operate across a cross-section of city-based businesses day-to-day. A Ford telematics system will collect data on vehicle financial, operational and environmental performance to help understand how the benefits of electrified vehicles can be optimized.

Development of the 20 fleet vehicles is supported by a £4.7 million grant from Advanced Propulsion Center. The vans are being designed and engineered at Ford’s technical center in Dunton and at Prodrive Advanced Technology in Banbury, with support from Revolve Technologies.

“The U.K. is a global leader in low-emission motor technology. This new project, with nearly £5 million of government money, has secured work here in the U.K. and demonstrates our commitment to not only reducing carbon emissions, but to work with industry on developing next generation technology that will make a real difference to people’s lives,” said Nick Hurd, Climate Change and

Industry Minister. “This government will continue to work with the auto sector as we develop a comprehensive Industrial Strategy that will increase productivity, create high skilled jobs and ensure sustainable economic growth.”

Ford was Europe’s No. 1-selling commercial vehicle brand for the second consecutive year in 2016. Transit Custom plug-in hybrid is planned for commercial introduction in 2019, part of Ford’s $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020 as it evolves to be both an auto company and a mobility company – a leader in electrified vehicles, autonomous vehicles and new mobility solutions.
Transit Custom is one of 13 new electrified vehicles Ford is launching in the next five years globally.

This includes a fully electric SUV with an estimated range of at least 300 miles, a high-volume autonomous hybrid vehicle designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing to debut in North America in 2021, and a hybrid version of the iconic Ford Mustang.

Ford has a memorandum of understanding with several other automakers to create the highest-powered charging network for electric vehicles in Europe.

Note to editors: LoCITY is an industry-led initiative developed by Transport for London to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by lowering the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment. For more information, go to www.LoCITY.org.uk

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

FORD OF EUROPE
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

VBX Hopper Spreader Family Overview | BOSS Snowplow |


The BOSS VBX Hopper Spreader lineup continues to grow. See all of the features and benefits of owning a BOSS spreader so while the front of your vehicle is taking care of all things snow and ice, the back of your vehicle can top it off with the finishing touches.