The Work Truck Show 2015

A record-setting 11,005 industry professionals from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 23 countries turned out for The Work Truck Show® 2015, North America’s largest work truck event. This breaks the Show’s previous attendance record of 10,408 set in 2012. The Work Truck Show 2015 was held March 4–6, with educational sessions and the concurrent Green Truck Summit kicking off March 3, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. It is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Learn more at worktruckshow.com


2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

From the 2015 Work Truck Show, Mark Williams of PickupTrucks.com, takes a look at the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.


GMC Sierra Pickup Truck | Trailer Brake Controller

For more information about towing and trailering with your Sierra pickup truck visit: http://www.gmc.com/sierra-1500-pickup...


Ram LP Video

Take a Ram Victory Lap across the country at RamTrucks.com.


Ford Telematics Delivers Innovative Fleet Management Solutions for Ford’s Global Commercial Vehicle Customers

  • Ford Telematics powered by Telogis® is a next-generation cloud-based fleet management solution that helps commercial customers better manage vehicles and improve their customer service
  • Ford Telematics adds new services, real-time actionable analytics and communications capabilities globally
  • Ford Telematics available today for 2009 and newer Ford F-Series, Transit Connect, Transit and E-Series vehicles, as well as for Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan
Indianapolis, March 3, 2015 – Ford Motor Company introduces Ford Telematics powered by Telogis® to help fleets run more efficient operations and better serve their customers.
Ford Telematics is the next generation of the fleet management platform previously known as Crew Chief powered by Telogis, which was available in the United States and Canada. The new version will be available globally and adds new features and analytics.
“Commercial trucks have to be more than delivery boxes on wheels, and innovations like Ford Telematics are critical to helping our fleet customers succeed,” said Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford, in coordination with Telogis, is leading the development of smart solutions for hardworking fleets so they can maximize their operations to better serve their customers.”
Ford Telematics is a suite of cloud-based applications that gives Ford customers visibility into the workday of every driver in the field. The technology is designed to provide exclusive metrics and insights for any size commercial fleet.
Ford Telematics services and features include:
  • Mobile connectivity: Connects workers in the field with fleet managers to coordinate Department of Transportation compliance (including hours of service and driver vehicle inspection reports), work orders and more
  • Data reporting: Ford-exclusive data and services for more vehicle intelligence, such as diesel emissions and idle time
  • Workflow and information gateways: Integration with new workflows, scripted alerts and application programming interfaces that connect Ford Telematics with customer information systems to leverage data in new ways in the back office or in the field
  • In-cab alerts: Provide audible driver feedback on harsh acceleration, hard braking, excessive speed and excessive vehicle idle time
  • Driver scorecards: Customizable driver behavior scorecards, dashboards and optional Telogis Coach, an industry-first driver feedback mobile application for Android or iOS
  • Fuel management: Fuel management reports and dashboards
  • Dashboards: Ready-to-use dashboards monitor driver behavior and operations to help ensure the fleet is running efficiently and productively
  • Customizable reports: Easier-to-use reports with new user interface improvements, resource filtering and more output formats
Ford Telematics is available from the factory and as a dealer-installed aftermarket option, giving fleets access to actionable analytics even after they place their vehicle orders.
Ford Telematics can be financed with the purchase of a Ford vehicle and is covered under a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. The system is serviceable at Ford dealerships.
“With the launch of Ford Telematics, we renew our commitment to providing Ford customers with a best-in-class, mission-critical platform on which they can manage every aspect of their mobile business,” said Susan Heystee, executive vice president, worldwide sales at Telogis. “The key benefit to customers is improved workforce utilization and fleet productivity that’s easily ordered in Ford trucks with the technology built right in.”
Ford Telematics is available today in North America for 2009 or newer models of the following Ford vehicles:
  • Super Duty and F-150 pickups – part of the F-Series lineup, America’s best-selling trucks for 38 years
  • Transit – America’s best-selling full-size van
  • Transit Connect – with best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings
  • E-Series vans
  • Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan – America’s best-selling law enforcement vehicles – through Ford Telematics powered by Telogis Law Enforcement Edition
The system will be introduced on F-650/F-750 trucks for 2016.
Additionally, Ford Telematics soon will be available around the world for Ford commercial customers.
“We want to have one solution customers can rely on no matter where in the world they do business and where they are buying Ford vehicles,” said Nair. “They will be able to walk into a dealer in North America, Germany, Australia or anywhere and ask for one brand, one product.”

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

About Telogis, Inc.

Telogis, Inc., the platform for connected intelligence, is dedicated to enhancing the value of its customers’ businesses through intelligent integration of location technology, information and services. Telogis was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with offices in Europe and Latin America as well as development centers in Austin, Texas; Toronto; and Christchurch, New Zealand. Telogis’ products and services are used and distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more about Telogis, visit www.telogis.com or call toll free at 866-TELOGIS (866-835-6447).


Mobile Splicing Unit (Fiber Optic) by SpaceKap

In this video, we showcase our SpaceKap fiber optic splicing unit. This service body boasts a magnitude of great features such as: Reversed rear doors that allow access in and out of the unit while the cable is passed through the integrated rear portal, 5,500 watt Onan generator (110/220), 13,500 but A/C unit, 220v electric heater, deep cycle battery with smart charger, 110v outlets on the workbench, plenty of storage space and much much more. Please give us a call for more information or even a demonstration. www.spacekap.com


Ask An Owner: Ram Trucks for Painters, Marvin Couch Edition

You don’t often find success in business unless you make smart decisions that also align with your brand’s core values. For Marvin Couch of Environmental Painting Alternatives in Orlando, Florida, that means purchasing trucks and vans like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and the Ram ProMaster, two vehicles that achieve great gas mileage without sacrificing capability.

In this video filmed on location, Marvin explains why Ram Trucks are the right trucks for a business like his, from their capability to their efficiency to their ease of upfit and more.


CargoGlide - A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers

To learn more about the CargoGlide, please visit www.4are.com.


Find a Harbor Truck Body in the Modesto - Stockton, CA Area

We are proud to showcase Chevy's great model lineup at Chase Chevrolet in Stockton, CA, family owned and operated since 1944. Chase Chevrolet has stood the test of time by serving our customers with quality Chevy cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. We're here to meet all your Modesto Chevrolet needs. Visit Chase Chevrolet, located on 6441 Holman Road, Stockton, CA 95212.

Our Stockton Chevrolet Dealership Serves Modesto and Manteca

Serving as your Stockton, Manteca, and Modesto Chevrolet dealership, we are proud to offer a fantastic line of vehicles. In addition to our new Chevy cars and trucks, we have pre-owned vehicles that are like new. You can request information on our Chevrolet services, or search Chase Chevrolet's new or pre-owned inventory for your perfect car, van, truck or SUV. Looking for a Stockton or Modesto Chevrolet dealer? Chase has what you need! With low APR financing or Cash Allowance, you're sure to drive away with a great buy.

Our Service and Parts Department Serves Modesto, Manteca and Beyond

We are proud of our service and parts departments, with quality services and experiences you can only get here at Chase Chevrolet in Stockton, CA. Our certified technicians have the skills to maintain your used vehicle at its best condition. If you need a Modesto Chevrolet dealer that can provide you with efficient service, visit our service and parts page to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Chase Chevrolet also has a Quick Lube to serve your Modesto and Manteca Chevy service needs. 

Contact Chase Chevrolet of Stockton, your Modesto and Manteca Chevrolet Dealer

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our friendly professional Stockton Chevrolet staff to answer any questions you may have, whether it's related to our Chase Chevy vehicles, service, or even oil changes. If you are a Spanish speaking customer, Chase Chevrolet has a Spanish site for your convenience. We're just a short drive from Modesto, stocked with parts, accessories and a team of technicians who can install them for you. We also proudly serve our customers who need a Manteca Chevrolet dealer they can trust. Look no further than Chase Chevrolet if you are looking for a Chevrolet dealer in Modesto or Manteca

Find us at  http://www.chasechevroletstockton.com/

Chase Chevrolet
6441 Holman Road, Stockton, CA 95212
  (866) 258-1166


All-New Ford F-650/F-750 Medium-Duty Trucks Are Tough on Work, Quieter on the Ears

  •     2016 Ford F-650/F-750 powered by Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine is 25 percent quieter inside the cabin at 60 mph than the previous model
  •     2016 Ford F-650/F-750 with available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine at idle is as much as 45 percent quieter inside the cabin and 35 percent quieter when outside the truck in front of the grille
  • All-new F-650/F-750 goes on sale this summer and will be built at Ohio Assembly Plant

INDIANAPOLIS, March 3, 2015 – Ford is lowering noise levels in the all-new Ford F-650/F-750 – the company’s toughest, smartest and best-value F-650/F-750 medium-duty commercial trucks ever – to give drivers and their customers a quieter, more comfortable experience inside and out.

Thanks to its exclusive Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged diesel engine, those inside and outside the truck will notice a quieter, more refined sound compared to the previous F-650/F-750’s diesel engine.

“Our all-new F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks are purpose-built to give our hardworking vocational customers maximum capability,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “While the truck is able to work harder, we also made life inside the cab easier. Lowering in-cab and exterior noise levels improves driver comfort and minimizes disturbances while idling at work sites.”

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 powered by the Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 25 percent quieter inside the cabin at 60 mph than the previous model, with noise levels dropping to 68 decibels from 74 decibels. At idle, noise levels are improved as much as 45 percent, dropping to 48 decibels from 63 decibels.

Decibels measure the intensity and power of sound. Each 10-unit increase represents a 10-fold increase in sound power, so a 10 decibel sound is 10 times more powerful than a zero decibel sound, and 20 decibels is 100 times stronger than zero decibels.

Advanced and quiet diesel engine

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 with the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 35 percent quieter at idle than the previous model for a listener standing outside in front of the grille.

Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup and further refine the powertrain to specific customer needs.

Enhancements to the Power Stroke combustion system, structural integrity of the compacted graphite iron block and single turbocharger mounted to the engine block account for many of the noise, vibration and harshness improvements over the previously offered diesel engine.

Specific design upgrades were made to the fuel injectors to optimize the combustion process, which features a two-stage combustion event instead of a single-injection event, further avoiding harsh, sudden and loud combustion. A starter or pilot fuel injector in the 6.7-liter engine begins the compression process before the main injection. The result is smoother combustion with less diesel clatter and a reduction of intrusive engine sound both inside and outside the truck.

At idle, two pilot injection events are used to make the firing process even smoother and to aid in quietness. The “ticking” of the high-speed injectors is masked by specially designed covers on the engine.

Mounting the engine’s turbocharger inside the engine block valley also brings improvements in overall noise, vibration and harshness.

“We used smart engineering and our unique Power Stroke engine architecture to create a powerful yet quiet diesel for our commercial customers,” said John Davis, chief engineer, Ford Commercial Vehicles.

In addition to quieter operation, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine will feature three engine power ratings, including best-in-class standard diesel horsepower and torque, and no vocational limits on top ratings.

The three diesel power levels available for the 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 are:
  •     Best-in-class standard 270 horsepower, 675 lb.-ft. torque
  •     300 horsepower, 700 lb.-ft. torque
  •     330 horsepower, 725 lb.-ft. torque
Multiple ratings provide customers the flexibility to scale engine power to work applications and operations.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 comes with a five-year, 250,000-mile warranty.

In addition to its Power Stroke diesel engine, Ford remains the only automaker in the segment to offer a gasoline-powered engine for a medium-duty truck. The 6.8-liter V10 engine with 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque is now available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the TorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter V10 engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or propane autogas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline.

More information about the all-new F-650/F-750

The Ford F-650/F-750 anchors the Ford commercial truck lineup – America’s best-selling line of commercial trucks for 30 years – giving vocational customers an unmatched one-stop shop to meet their needs, from a Class 1 Ford Transit Connect cargo van to a Class 7 Ford F-750 tractor rig.

Offered in Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab styles and in straight-frame, dock-height and an all-new dedicated tractor model for heavy towing applications, the 2016 F-650/F-750 features a bold look inside and out.

The new exterior styling commands attention on the road with Built Ford Tough looks that also help deliver improved functionality. The all-new mesh grille framed by hallmark Ford nostrils helps improve airflow for optimal cooling performance. Also new are sharp fenders, aerodynamic headlamps and F-650/F-750 badges embossed in “Bold Leadership” font. Available PowerScope® trailer tow mirrors feature large standard mirrors as well as spotter mirrors and a segment-exclusive power telescoping and folding design.

The area behind the cab was redesigned to more easily accommodate custom work bodies, such as tow truck, dump truck and ambulance bodies.

The new medium-duty truck lineup will be available this summer and built at Ohio Assembly Plant.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


1600 # Heavy Load Lift with a Tommy Gate Hydraulic Lift

Here is a great way to lift heavy cargo into the stakebed. A great combination ready for the heavy loads!
This Ford Superduty has a Harbor 12 Foot Stakebed with a 1600 pound Tommy Gate Lift Gate.

 Find out about Tommy Gates Lifts at: http://www.tommygate.com/

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


Ford F-150, Focus Electric Named Greenest Vehicles by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

  • F-150 with 2.7L EcoBoost named greenest standard pickup
  • Focus Electric named one of 12 greenest vehicles overall
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named the F-150 and Focus Electric among the most environmentally-friendly vehicles for consumers in 2015. The F-150 with 2.7L EcoBoost was named the greenest standard pickup, and the Focus Electric was named as one of the 12 overall greenest vehicles on the market.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid was named a “Greener Choice” for 2015 as well.

To learn more, please visit Greenercars.org.


Ask An Owner: Ram Trucks for Landscaping, Robert Boltz Edition

Hardworking business owners like Robert Boltz of Around the Ground Landscaping need vehicles they can depend on to get the job done. For Robert and landscaping professionals just like him, those vehicles are Ram Trucks.

In this video filmed on location in Bernville, Pennsylvania, Robert explains how he became a Ram Trucks customer, what he likes so much about his vehicles now and why he believes they are the ultimate trucks for a business like his.


Chevrolet City Express Powers Small Business

DETROIT – Small businesses across the country are beginning to add Chevrolet’s all-new 2015 City Express cargo van to their fleets.

According to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, U.S. small businesses account for 99.7 percent of employer firms. According to IHS Automotive, total small business registrations have increased each year since 2009 with a cumulative 41 percent increase when comparing 2009 to 2013.

“Small businesses constitute key innovators in the U.S. economy,” said Peter Adriaens, professor of entrepreneurship at U of M’s Ross School of Business. “With 28 million small businesses already active in the United States, of which 98 percent export goods, there is a ripe market to be had for a product like this.”

With an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, as well as 122.7 cubic feet of customizable cargo space, the City Express was designed to capably provide products and services without fear of breaking the bank or running out of space.

“Small business is an important segment of growth for fleet vehicles,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial. “The City Express gives these hard-working entrepreneurs one less thing to worry about when it comes to boosting their business.”

In Des Moines, Iowa, Smokey D’s BBQ, a company that started in a trailer in a driveway and has grown to three area locations, recently took delivery of four City Expresses to keep up with demand for its award-winning product.

“We need a nimble vehicle to deliver our BBQ catering to our customers in a timely manner,” said Darren Warth, owner, Smokey D’s BBQ. “The City Express allows us to retain a smaller physical footprint while still giving us the cargo space we need to keep our customers happy.”

Vital Media Security, a Dallas-based company that couriers sensitive data to offsite locations, recently added two Chevrolet City Expresses to its fleet and has ordered three more.

“The Chevrolet City Express is the perfect representation of our company as it shows our customers that we can do more with less,” said Vital Media Security President and CEO Jerry Judkins. “With great fuel economy and right-sized cargo room, it fits perfectly into our business.”

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 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heartbeat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.