Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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60 HDT • OCTOBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com I s everybody happy? It seems so. The economic recovery is driving sales and there probably have never been so many cargo van offerings. That judgment comes from Morgan Olson, which pioneered the lightweight aluminum step van body with General Motors many years ago. Today it builds and in- stalls them on platforms from Ford, Freightliner Custom Chassis, and soon Ram, according to Allan Young, direc- tor of sales. This won't be a record year, falling at the low end of the 10,000 to 15,000-unit annual pace, he says, but it's been "stable." And a new product, the UCV (Ultimate Con- tractor's Vehicle), is enjoying "amazing sales." It's a service body crafted of lightweight composites with stainless steel hardware that claims a payload of 5,000 pounds. It goes on an imported Sprinter chassis-cab platform. Morgan Vans aplenty Daimler plans to introduce the rear-wheel drive Vito mid-size van sometime in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation. It comes with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine. Many product choices mean there's a roomy truck for every hauling and delivery need. Tom Berg • Senior Editor Morgan Olson's aluminum bodies are mounted on Ford, FCCC, Sprinter and soon Ram chassis. This one's built to haul heavy newspapers. PHOTO: JIM PARK

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