Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Road to driverless trucks clogged with unanswered questions

Driver training, safety, and cybersecurity among the topics discussed during FMCSA listening session.




With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use.

Yet a public listening session sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) illustrated just how many questions remain to be answered before the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.

“There is a gigantic void between what is reality and what is the Hollywood version of what is going on. We are a long, long way from a truly driverless truck, and I think everyone in this room knows that,” said Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association.

Source: http://fleetowner.com/regulations/road-driverless-trucks-clogged-unanswered-questions




Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Review: Photo Gallery

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We know with an off-road pickup truck, you need to see as many angles and details as possible. Of course, what you really need is to get behind the wheel. In lieu of that, here are a few images of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to get you closer to the action.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery & the manfuacturer

See all the photos at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/05/2017-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-review-photo-gallery.html


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CHEVROLET SILVERADO 3500HD - 2017

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD HighCountry

NEW FOR 2017
  • New Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine with a 19-percent increase in torque over the previous model and segment-leading horsepower: 445 (322 kW)
  • Alaskan Edition includes the snowplow prep package, 18-inch black wheels with DuraTrac tires, smoked amber roof marker lights, trailering mirrors, spray-in bed liner and distinctive graphics
  • Teen Driver, which encourages safe driving habits, enabling parents or business owners to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • Exterior colors: Graphite Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic
  • High Country models offer a new Jet Black/Medium Ash Gray interior trim

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Dual-rear-wheel configurations are available
  • Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on LT, LTZ and High Country crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package


SAFETY FEATURES

  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage air bags are standard
  • Thorax side-impact (driver and front passenger) and head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions are standard on High Country and available on other models
  • Rear Vision camera system (available on WT and included on LT, LTZ and High Country; not available with box delete)
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist (available on LT and LTZ and included on High Country models)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

GM WENTZVILLE


NEWS SERIES GM WENTZVILLE

See the production line building trucks in Wentzville, MO

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Colorado ZR2 Pickups Heading to Customers

One of the first ZR2s will be prepared for 
Best in the Desert competition by Hall Racing  

Chad Hall’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in front of the Wentzville, Missouri Assembly plant.

, Mo. — Initial deliveries of the highly anticipated 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup have begun. The first production trucks shipped from the Wentzville Assembly Center 40 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Customers who placed early orders will begin receiving their trucks in May.

Among this first batch of vehicles is a Red Hot Crew Cab equipped with the 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to be raced by Chad Hall of Hall Racing. This truck will make its competition debut in August in the Best in the Desert race series.

“The Colorado ZR2 really caught our attention with its built-in versatility and the high-speed, off-road potential of the Multimatic DSSV dampers,” said Hall. “We love the ground clearance, ride stability, departure and breakover angles of the ZR2, and the inherent light weight and maneuverability of its midsize package. It should be a great platform for us to build an off-road desert-racing truck.”

Following its modifications, the truck will be used as a development vehicle in races at this year’s Best in the Desert series, including the General Tire Vegas to Reno presented by FOX on August 18 and 19 and the VT Construction Tonopah 250 presented by Polaris on October 19-22.

These events will help provide an excellent validation test of Chevrolet Performance Parts being developed for Colorado owners looking to customize their vehicles for improved off-road performance.

“Producing the Colorado midsize pickup has been a great honor, not to mention great business for the Wentzville plant,” said Satya Veerapaneni, plant manager, GM Wentzville Assembly Center. “ZR2 helps to take the Colorado nameplate to the next level, and we’re thrilled to be delivering one of the very first of these trucks to Hall Racing. We look forward to following its performance at upcoming races throughout 2017.”

The ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a midsize pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.

Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features front and rear tracks that have been widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by 2 inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.

Class-exclusive features include front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.

ZR2 is officially on sale in dealerships nationwide, joining the award-winning Colorado midsize pickup family. The standard Colorado was recently updated for the 2017 model year with an all-new V-6 engine and a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.
As with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Sunday, May 7, 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/




Friday, May 5, 2017

Sortimo By Knapheide at the 2017 Work Truck Show


Work Truck Show 2017. Here's a look at some of what was shown from the most innovative line of van equipment in the industry: Sortimo By Knapheide. See more at https://sortimo.knapheide.com/

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Knapheide 2017 Product Updates


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

Monday, May 1, 2017

CargoGlide CG1000



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