Brian Straight

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Brian joined Fleet Owner in May 2008 after spending nearly 14 years as sports editor and then managing editor of several daily newspapers.  He and his staff  won more than two dozen major writing and editing awards. Responsible for editing, editorial production functions and deadlines.

Ram Trucks at NTEA's 2015 Work Truck Show

Ram Trucks had several products on display at the 2015 Work Truck Show, including its new ProMaster City van, which is now available at dealers.

Nissan Commercial Vehicles at NTEA's 2015 Work Truck Show

Nissan Commercial Vehicles brought a few of its van options to the 2015 Work Truck Show. While there was no major news announcements, the vans generated plenty of interest among show attendees.

Truck models on display at NTEA's 2015 Work Truck Show

Most of the major truck OEMs had vehicles on display at the 2015 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. This is a sampling of what some of the manufacturers brought to the show.

Freightliner at 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show

Freightliner Trucks had several of its vocational workhorses on display in its booth at the NTEA's 2015 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The company also announced its first Hardest Working City award winner. Read more on that here: Freightliner awards Indianapolis as its first Hardest Working City winner

Chevrolet at 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show

Chevrolet had a number of its vehicles on display at the 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 2-5, 2015, including its new City Express van.

Tanker equipped with plug-in system enters field work

INDIANAPOLIS. Odyne Systems showed off the first tanker vehicle equipped with its plug-in system this week at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Three of the trucks will be in operation with Duke Energy. The company uses them for refueling operations at nuclear facilities, meaning there is significant power take-off usage when pumping fuel into equipment, resulting in high engine usage.

Propane autogas box truck available from FCCC

INDIANAPOLIS. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. announced that its new propane autogas box truck model is now available for order.

Dump, rancher bodies displayed by TBEI family of companies

INDIANAPOLIS. Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) may not be a familiar name to many, but the companies that encompass the Minnesota-based corporation probably are. Crysteel Manufacturing, Ox Bodies, Rugby Manufacturing, and DuraClass Manufacturing are name brands in the vocational world of dump bodies. The four brands were joined together between 2005-2006 to form TBEI.

Utilimaster takes a step up with low-entry Velocity platform

INDIANAPOLIS. Utilimaster has a history of introducing new vehicle bodies here at the Work Truck Show, most recently unveiling is Reach van four years ago. Today, Utilimaster added another option for work trucks with the Velocity walk-in van.

“This vehicle is a culmination of input from customers, innovation and a product of speed and excellence,” said John Forbes, president. “In our business, we’re very focused on our customers, responding to their needs… and the Velocity is in response to that.”

Ram adds CNG options to 2500 models

INDIANAPOLIS. Ram Trucks announced new compressed natural gas models for its 2500 models, going from one available model to four in the process.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the NTEA’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis by Becky Blanchard, director-Ram Brand. Blanchard also gave a brief overview of the product line, including improving sales numbers for the commercial lineup.

“One way we’ve been able to grow the business is through a commitment to [being] best in class,” she said.

Faster processing speed, new engine ratings among new International products

INDIANAPOLIS. Navistar International announced some new features on its Diamond Logic electrical system and provided a quick overview of its Uptime program during a press briefing Wednesday at the NTEA’s Work Truck Show.

Diamond Logic is getting a new body control module that offers six times the processing speed, 16 new inputs, three new data links and meets 500K baud regulatory standards, said David Hillman, general manager-vocational truck line for Navistar.

Chevrolet adds rear seat, “box delete” options to midsized Colorado

INDIANAPOLIS. Chevrolet has introduced new customization options for its 2015 Colorado midsized pickup this week at the 2015 Work Truck Show here.

The new “box delete” option is available immediately. It is the only such option offered in the midsized truck segment, the company said.

Freightliner awards Indianapolis as its first Hardest Working City winner

INDIANAPOLIS. Freightliner Trucks kicked off its Hardest Working Cities program by handing its first award to the city of Indianapolis.

“We see the economy is not only getting more jobs done, but it’s absolutely recovering,” said Richard Saward, general manager-vocational sales, in announcing the promotion.

The Hardest Working Cities program will recognize 4-6 cities each year that are finding ways to get the work done, he said.

Mercedes-Benz: The Metris is the right-sized van

INDIANAPOLIS. An enticing countdown on a large screen and the sounds of a distance thunderstorm kept the audience’s attention, building to the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz Vans USA Metris.

Mercedes-Benz unveils Metris commercial van

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new Metris van this week at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The van will be available in October at dealerships in both cargo and passenger variations. The OEM also reviewed its Sprinter sales performance in 2014 as part of the press event.

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