Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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B 50 HDT • OCTOBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Between light-duty pickups and Class 8 haulers sits the industry's largest segment — medium-duty trucks. They carry tools and materials to construction sites, beverages and snacks to stores, propane to rural homes, and run pick up & delivery routes along slim city streets. In our annual look at the latest midrange offerings we highlight the upcoming 2015 models offered by their pro- spective companies, while truck manufacturers weighed in on equipment trends and industry issues. Ford: Fuel economy comes in many shapes and sizes Ask any fleet manager about cost savings, and fuel economy will come up quickly in the conversation. For Ford, there are a number of ways to achieve this, including buying new vehicles. "We are seeing increased growth and sales in the medium-duty segment," says Mark Lowrey, marketing manager for F-Series Fleet Trucks at Ford. "Our custom- ers are replacing aged vehicles as the economy begins to recover from the recession back in 2008 and 2009." Ford continues to make improvements and enhance- ments with a number of different technologies, Lowrey says. They include gas-prep packages for natural gas and propane upfits, automatic transmissions that allow engines to operate at optimal rpm ranges and open opportunities for more diverse driver employment, low-rolling-resistance tires, and gear ratio selections to match engine and trans- mission performance. For the 2016 model year, Ford's F-650 and F-750 trucks will be offered with both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as compressed natural gas and propane autogas engine prep packages. All models will come with Ford's Stephane Babcock • Senior Editor Ford's upcoming 2016 F-650 and 750 will enter production next spring. They'll have refreshed exterior styling and in- terior trim, and come with all-Ford powertrains: the 6.8-liter gasoline V-10 or a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8, each with a 6-speed TorqShift automatic trans- mission. The Cummins ISB6.7 will be dropped. 2015 Medium-Duty Trucks The vehicles and trends to look for

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