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Tori Tellem
Mar 24, 2015
All-New Ram Laramie Limited
Looking for luxury in your work truck? Ram has a new top-o’-the-line ’15 Laramie Limited, and perhaps the biggest thing to discuss amongst yourselves is that new grille design for a Ram. Do we like or hate? Beyond that, the truck is all about the leather, real-wood interior, chrome-inspired exterior, new 20-inch forged multisurface aluminum wheels, and tailgate redo. Get the package on the 1500, 2500, and 3500 models.
Bi-Fuel Propane For Law Enforcement
Alliance AutoGas and BSI, a vehicle platform developer, have created the BiFuel Propane AutoGas Ford Interceptor conversion. Switching to bifuel means no drilling, cutting, or splicing; it’s plug-and-play. The result? An extra 21 gallons of fuel. It’ll be available in the spring.
Photo 4/11   |   Ford Explorer Police Interceptor
Dynatrac Truck/Trailer
Kind of majorly digging axlemaker Dynatrac’s truck/trailer wrap, inspired by its ProRock axle. The 48-footer is made up of a ’78 Peterbilt 379 with extended hood. It’s actually been the company’s rig for nearly a decade, where it often is converted to a product display at events.
Photo 5/11   |   Dynatrac Semi Truck
Postal Service Needs New Vehicles
The U.S. Postal Service is in need of a new van. In fact, many of them, since its current fleet of delivery vehicles are said to be falling apart; we’re talking about the need for around 180,000 vehicles. So, who will it be, Ford? Ram? GM? Mercedes-Benz? The bidding war has begun, and the contract is worth a few billion bucks.
Photo 6/11   |   Mercedes Benz Van
Truck Driver Most Common Job
Using info from the Census Bureau, NPR sorted through the most common jobs in each state between 1978-2014, and the discovery was: truck driver. Globalization of jobs was one thing that helped it remain stable.
Photo 7/11   |   Peterbilt Semi Truck
Hyundai to Build Commercial Trucks
Watch for Hyundai to spend close to $2 billion to bring commercial vehicles to the U.S. within the next five years. In that same time frame, it also plans to ramp up production of trucks, vans, and buses in Korea.
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“We are committed to using every tool in our box—enforcement, education, and engineering—to save lives and make our streets safer. Installing side guards on our City trucks will help prevent fatal collisions.”
—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, regarding the retrofitting of more than 200 city medium-duty trucks with side guards, or rails between the front and rear wheels to protect pedestrians and bikes from getting caught underneath. They’re already in existence in Boston, Portland, and some other cities
Draw Bucky the Bucket Truck
Bucky: Bucky the Bucket Truck. Interpretive art was the fun task for the New Braunfels Utilities annual SAFEhaven in Schools coloring book contest, in which kids interpret what they think Bucky is for a prize. Bucky is the NBU SAFEhaven in Schools mascot. This is Jacquelen Cadena’s winner in the second grade division.
Photo 8/11   |   Bucky Drawing
Peterbilt Hits Production Record
The low-cab forward 320 from Peterbilt scored a record in 2014: More than 1,600 built, a 12 percent year-over-year bump.
Photo 9/11   |   Peterbilt Truck
Bridgestone’s New Website for Commercial Tires
There’s a new website on the Interwebs. Bridgestone Commercial has launched daytontrucktires.com for its Dayton commercial truck tire lineup. On the site, you’ll find a dealer tool, news, maintenance, a tire learning center, and loads more.
Photo 10/11   |   Dayton Website
More to Know
•The ’15 Ford F-150 was named North American Truck of the Year by U.S. and Canadian journalists.
•Word is the next-gen ’16 Ford F-650 will have a Landi Renzo dedicated CNG system.
•International WorkStar vocational truck now has a Cummins ISB6.7 engine, the second WorkStar to get the option since the DuraStar in December 2013.
Photo 11/11   |   Reading Truck Body Timeline
•Reading Truck Body turns 60 years old in 2015. You can go through a history lesson at readingbody.com/about/history, like how in 1970 it intro’d the Saddle Mate parts/tool carrier, and how 1981 brought about the industry’s first all-aluminum truck body.
•Another big b-day in 2015: Allison Transmission. It turns 100 years old.

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