July 10, 2012 - Master Lock is now offering a "superior security solution" for track and rail systems with TrackLock– a semi-permanent device which affixes to a track or rail system for pickup trucks, including Ford, GM, Dodge, Toyota, TracRac or E-Track, without any drilling. Cargo and tools can then be secured in the bed of the truck using cables, straps or chains. The TrackLock is constructed of stainless steel, includes a keyhole cover to help protect the lock from the elements, and uses Master Lock’s push to lock feature, to helps prevent “false locking”.MASTER LOCK
July 3, 2012 - A new process at Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, a distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, hopes to allow Isuzu dealers to more quickly convert or modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR) trucks for their customers. When placing orders for new trucks, Isuzu dealers can select a ship-thru option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centres near the trucks’ Charlotte, Mich., assembly plant. Following the modification, the centre will return the trucks to ICTA, which will then transport them to the appropriate dealer. The new process aims to eliminate unnecessary dealer-incurred transportation expenses and shorten the time to obtain alternative fuel conversions and certain other types of other modifications. ISUZU MOTORS
June 25, 2012 - Freightliner Trucks has launched a free smartphone application for iPhone and Android users to commemorate the company’s 70th anniversary. The app is an extension of www.freightlinertrucks.com/70years, which provides a snapshot of Freightliner’s "legacy of innovation" with videos and a detailed timeline that celebrates the company’s products and technological milestones. Also included in the app is an interactive dealer locator, Freightliner’s schedule of trade shows and special events, and product information. Users can download the free Freightliner Trucks app in their respective app stores. FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS
May 30, 2012 - A new A.R.E. Commercial Products catalogue is now available, highlighting the manufacturer's complete line of truck caps and organizational bed solutions for the work truck and fleet markets. The 27-page, full colour catalogue features construction details on A.R.E. truck caps, along with in-depth product overviews that describe the various window, door, toolbox and lighting options available to truck owners. A.R.E.
April 17, 2012 - As we reported from the Work Truck Show 2012, Chevrolet and GMC unveiled heavy-duty pickup trucks with a bi-fuel option (compressed natural gas [CNG] and gasoline). Today, the companies announced the vehicles will sell for $11,000 above the suggested base vehicle price. Fleet and retail customers can place orders for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD beginning April 19, 2012. The pickups, which run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline, have a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that, says GM, seamlessly transitions between the two fuel systems. The pickups will be available in standard and long-box, two-or-four-wheel drive in the extended cab models, offering customization for specific needs. (Photo A. Capkun)
March 1, 2012 - Strattec Security Corp., a automotive lock and key manufacturer, has introduced its upgraded Padlock 2.0 featuring Bolt Breakthrough One-Key Lock technology. Bolt's Padlock 2.0 features a new design with a spring-loaded, chrome-plated 5/16” diameter hardened steel shackle inside a crush-resistant body shell. It also includes an automotive-grade, stainless steel lock shutter to help keep out weather and debris, and a six-plate tumbler sidebar to help prevent against picking and bumping.STRATTEC SECURITY CORP.
December 16, 2011 - Strattec Security Corp., an automotive lock and key manufacturer, now offers 6-foot Bolt Cable Locks featuring a pin and loop design to provide different length options. The Bolt Cable Locks are made from 1/4"-coiled cable with 1/16"-black vinyl coating and are coil sprung for compact storage. They feature One-Key Lock Technology, which permanently programs the lock to the owner's vehicle ignition key, so that once the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to that key, explains Strattec. The first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to that key, it adds. According to Strattec, Bolt Cable Locks are year/make/model specific and work with most General Motors, Ford and Chrysler/Jeep vehicles on the road today. STRATTEC SECURITY CORP.
December 13, 2011 - A.R.E. has developed a new Site Commander commercial truck cap which it says is ideal for companies who want to outfit their fleets with functional, high-quality products that deliver a professional appearance. The Site Commander is made from fiberglass construction to create a lightweight yet durable truck cap that offers durability, style and function to fleets, says A.R.E. The company describes its wide-opening rear doors as allowing for easy loading and unloading of full-size plywood and drywall, as well as an addition of a Bedslide sliding cargo tray for easy access to the entire truck bed. A.R.E.
November 10, 2011 - Freightliner Trucks unveiled its “Work Smart Strong Finish” retail sales program. Available in Q4 2011, the limited-time offer provides special incentives for new Freightliner Business Class M2 trucks or Freightliner 114SD trucks in dealer or corporate inventory, financed or leased with Daimler Truck Financial. In addition, Canadian customers can select from two options: up to $4300 for an extended basic chassis warranty plus a $1500 Freightliner Trucks Customer Support MasterCard prepaid card; or up to $5800 for an extended basic chassis warranty. The “Work Smart Strong Finish” retail sales program is a limited-time offer for M2 and 114SD trucks financed or leased through Daimler Truck Financial by December 30, 2011.FREIGHTLINER
November 10, 2011 - Toyota plans to offer fresh new styling, additional standard features and updated option packages for the 2012 Tacoma–all at pricing that’s lower than the 2011 model year, it says. The 2012 Tacoma is available in 4X2 and 4X4 configurations, with a choice of engine size, transmission and cab size. New features include: new chiselled front fascia, including grille, headlamps, hood and bumpers; a redesigned steering wheel and shift knob; a new centre stack has piano-black accents (4X4 only); two additional cargo tie-down hooks; and folding rear-seat headrests. Offered in eight different configurations, the automaker adds that the Tacoma enable Canadians to find just the right compact pick-up they can depend on to meet their needs. TOYOTA
October 19, 2011 - NexTraq—a player in GPS fleet tracking and vehicle management solutions—promises that, by implementing the NexTraq fleet tracking platform into operations, electrical service companies can provide more accurate arrival times, lower fuel costs, create productive drivers and lower insurance premiums. NexTraq’s CEO, Mike Scarbrough, explains it is imperative to empower current employees and invest in employee productivity. Fleet Dispatch, an application within NexTraq’s platform, leverages the in-vehicle Garmin device to provide NexTraq customers with added productivity and profitability through two-way messages, instant route creation and improved driver efficiency. Dispatchers can monitor job start time, driver speed and aggressive, unsafe driving, as well as unauthorized vehicle usage. In addition, the application allows dispatchers to extend the technology to the field, enabling drivers to create instant routes to new service requests; change routes to avoid traffic; message dispatchers about job status, and more.NEXTRAQ
October 7, 2011 - AeroVironment (AV) offers a suite of electric vehicle charging stations, including: public DC fast-charging station (left); fleet DC fast-charging station (second from left); commercial AC charging station (second from right); 120vAC standard charging cord (right/bottom), home AC charging station and home AC charging station with smart grid capability (right/top). AeroVironment says it is the first company to provide a full lineup of chargers that meets the standards established by UL. AV’s Level 2 chargers are SAE J1772 compliant. In addition to partnering with Nissan for the LEAF, AV is also partnering with BMW to provide charging solutions for the BMW Active E.AEROVIRONMENT
August 23, 2011 - Truck cap manufacturer A.R.E. is now offering commercial customers a new fiberglass truck cap called the ToolMaster Series, which is available for all current model trucks. The series is a rugged truck cap featuring heavy duty doors, two steel toolboxes each with a 120-pound weight capacity, and a commercial-grade Prime Design AluRack roof rack with a ladder rack roller, says the company, adding that side and rear doors with aluminum inserts for privacy and security also come standard on the series. Optional accessories for the series include Kargo Master bed mounted racks, BedSlide rolling drawer systems, AluRack locking ladder attachments, and interior lighting and carpeting. A.R.E.
Electricity can be sexy! Yves Behar, founder of fuseproject, discusses the design of energy solutions; specifically GE’s iconic WattStation, which is designed as a soft, friendly dispenser of electricity. It is also designed with climatic conditions in mind, and a ring of LEDs at the top indicate from afar whether the WattStation is available for charging.
June 30, 2011 - Leading truck cap manufacturer A.R.E. has launched a new website designed specifically for commercial fleet users looking to outfit trucks with high-quality caps and organizational solutions. Available at www.4are.com/fleet, the new site provides detailed descriptions of the manufacturer's commercial products including its Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) Series truck caps. The site also gives visitors access to a report that compares the cost savings of companies running pickup trucks outfitted with caps versus those using vans based on a variety of areas like the capital investment, fuel savings, resale value and a cost-per-mile comparison.A.R.E.
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