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8 Lug and work truck news

Tori Tellem
Jul 18, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of the manufactures
Photo 2/10   |   001 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Vincentric Best Fleet Value 2016 Ford Transit Connect Nissan Nv Chevy Express
Best Fleet Value Vehicles
Vincentric did a cost-of-ownership study of commercial fleets and was thereby able to deem the picks for its annual Best Fleet Value in America awards. More than 2,400 vehicle configurations were analyzed based on typical fleet use, including depreciation, fees and taxes, insurance, opportunity cost, repairs, and maintenance. Vincentric noted that the winners were picked based on lowest fleet lifestyle cost “in the most scenarios” in its segment. The Ford Transit Connect XLT SWB, as well as the Transit 250 and 350; Nissan NV200 S, NV1500 S, and NV3500 S; and Chevy Express G2500 SWB made the tops list.
Photo 3/10   |   002 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck General Motors Midsize Pickups Vans Gm Chevy Gmc Canyon Colorado Navistar Chassis Cabs
GM Van News
Midsize pickups are bullying vans out of the way over at GM. The automaker has contracted with Navistar to produce chassis cabs so that GM can focus on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks.
Photo 4/10   |   003 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck American University Kogod School Of Business Made In America Auto Index American Madeford F150 Buick Chevy Gmc Nissan Subaru Toyota
How American Is Your American Vehicle?
How much does your vehicle benefit the U.S. economy? That’s the question the annual Made in America Auto Index seeks to reveal. Put out by the American University Kogod School of Business, it factors in profit margin, labor, R&D location, transmission, engine, body, and more. The most America-made vehicles of the 2016 variety are the Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, and GMC Acadia, with 80 percent. The Ford F-150 rang in at 70 percent. And there were indeed vehicles that ranked at 0 percent, including Nissans, Subarus, and Toyotas.
Photo 5/10   |   004 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Isuzu Spartan Motors Fseries Nseries Vortec Commercial Truck
Isuzu’s Truck Hits a Milestone
Isuzu and Spartan Motors have teamed up so that Spartan can build the Isuzu F-Series Truck. This follows the wooing period that began in 2011 when Spartan started assembling the N-Series. And now, Spartan has produced the 30,000th N-series Vortec-equipped gasoline-powered truck at its Michigan plant. “The demand for gasoline-engine low-cab-forward trucks is growing, and we’re the only brand able to meet that need,” says Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
Photo 6/10   |   005 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Us Postal Service Truck Stamps Forever Automotive International Harvester Chevy Ford F100
Truck Postal Stamps Finally Availab
The U.S. Postal Service gave a sneak peek of its new round of auto-themed stamps, and they are finally available for purchase. The images representing the historical work trucks of America are the ’38 International Harvester D-2, ’53 Chevy, ’48 Ford F-1, and ’65 Ford F-100.
Photo 7/10   |   006 Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Waze App Map Driving Route Los Angeles Difficult Intersections
Waze is Trying to Make Driving in Los Angeles Easier
You know those dreaded intersections that don’t have a traffic light and happen to be at a busy street, when the next thing you know you’re at the 5-minute mark of waiting? Waze has a new feature that will route drivers away from such nightmares, or what it calls “difficult intersections.” Launching for Los Angeles drivers first—and automatically enabled for them—it provides the best routes that avoid difficult intersections as often as possible. They won’t be dumped entirely from the calculated route; the app just tries to reduce how many you have in your commute.
Lug Nuggets
• American Petroleum Institute–certified FA-4 engine oil will soon be easier to spot thanks to the Service Symbol Donut, which alerts truck owners to the difference from CK-4 oils.
•Want a vintage Goodyear-logo T-shirt but can’t find one? Lucky Brand and Goodyear have created multiple Ts with various vintage-themed Goodyear graphics (as in, they were legit at one point in time). You can get one at a Lucky Brand store or via luckybrand.com.
•There’s a fancy new dealership in Tolleson, Arizona. Inland Kenworth has opened a $23 million spot that has a 47-bay service shop and 21,500-square-foot parts department, plus body shop repair, an alignment machine, chassis dynamometer, and more. The goal was to help bring commercial truck business to the location, which is within an 85-acre business park, featuring a restaurant, tire center, trailer dealership, and truck wash.
•Cargo theft might become a thing of the past, thanks to the upswing of goods-tracking tech. This year, that market is worth $3.6 billion, according to ABI Research. The tracking and recovering security has the ability to continue to monitor even when the goods are reloaded into a new trailer.
•The Los Angeles Police Department’s transportation fleet will be gaining 100 of the electric SUV-ish BMW i3s.
•NAPA Filters has turned 50 years old. Learn more about the history and potentially win things in 2016 at napafilters50goldenyears.com.

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