HD Pickup & Van http://fleetowner.com/taxonomy/term/33031/more en Meeting with a Metris http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/meeting-metris <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Fleet Owner got to test drive a Mercedes Benz 2017 model Metris passenger van 216 for a week, and while its mission is to carry people, not cargo, the same chassis, engine, safety systems and other features are shared between by both the passenger and cargo versions of the Metris. (<em>All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner</em>)</p> </div> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/meeting-metris#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:54:00 +0000 216081 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Two new Ram sport pickup models http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/two-new-ram-sport-pickup-models <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p><span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/search/results/ram?intlink=incontent" title="">Ram</a></span> Truck, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA LLLC), recently took the wraps off two new factory-built custom &ldquo;sport model&rdquo; versions of its Ram 1500 pickups at the New York Auto Show.</p> <p>The first is the Ram 1500 Sublime Sport, priced at $45,740, with an unusual green monochromatic exterior plus black highlights and wheels. Only 3,000 of these Sublime Sport models will be built, Ram noted.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/two-new-ram-sport-pickup-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/two-new-ram-sport-pickup-models#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:27:00 +0000 215881 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Ram Trucks.</p> XL Hybrids, Knapheide partner to install XLP PHEV upfits http://fleetowner.com/running-green/xl-hybrids-knapheide-partner-install-xlp-phev-upfits <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.xlhybrids.com" target="_blank">XL Hybrids</a> announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment provider in North America, will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids&rsquo; XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> half-ton pickup trucks. Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150s in its Kansas City, MO, facility starting in fourth quarter 2017.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/xl-hybrids-knapheide-partner-install-xlp-phev-upfits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/running-green/xl-hybrids-knapheide-partner-install-xlp-phev-upfits#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Running Green Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:14:00 +0000 215801 at http://fleetowner.com Ram unveils new color for Rebel, options for 1500-3500 Limited http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/ram-unveils-new-color-rebel-options-1500-3500-limited <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>At the Houston Auto Show today, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/search/results/ram?intlink=incontent" title="">Ram</a></span> Truck announced a bold new color for the Ram 1500 Rebel pickup and optional monochromatic trim accents for 1500-3500 Limited models. Regarding the former new option for the Rebel, and based on the name, we're thinking of a nice, juicy steak.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/ram-unveils-new-color-rebel-options-1500-3500-limited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/ram-unveils-new-color-rebel-options-1500-3500-limited#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:50:00 +0000 215501 at http://fleetowner.com FCA pokes holes in vehicle frames to cut weight http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-pokes-holes-vehicle-frames-cut-weight <div class="field-deck"> Company says this new tactic is one of 24 “product expectation” topics being addressed by its engineers at annual SAE gathering. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Reducing weight is becoming a major engineering focus for light vehicle and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/trying-save-1-million-turn-lightweighting-study-says">commercial equipment</a> manufacturers alike largely as part of an overall effort to generate fuel economy gains.</p> <p>Along those lines, the U.S. division of <a href="http://www.fcanorthamerica.com/">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles</a> (FCA US LLC) is experimenting with &ldquo;poking holes&rdquo; in car and light truck frame assemblies at precise locations the reduce weight.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-pokes-holes-vehicle-frames-cut-weight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-pokes-holes-vehicle-frames-cut-weight#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:49:00 +0000 215321 at http://fleetowner.com <p>FCA said &quot;poking holes&quot; in virtual truck-frame components via computer simulation produced weight savings of 3% to 5%. (<em>Photo courtesy of Ram Trucks</em>)<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Unsurpassed Efficiency and Exceptional Performance http://fleetowner.com/unsurpassed-efficiency-and-exceptional-performance <div class="node-body link-body"><div></div>Detroit, the maker of heavy-duty engines, now makes one exclusively for the industry’s best-selling medium-duty truck, the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/freightliner-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Freightliner</a></span> M2 106. It’s called the Detroit DD5™ engine and it’s designed to keep businesses like yours on the move and profitable. .</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://fleetowner.com/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/DET_88281_Native_595x335_0.jpg?1491025215" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> Open In New Window </div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/unsurpassed-efficiency-and-exceptional-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HD Pickup & Van Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:24:00 +0000 215091 at http://fleetowner.com FCA rolls out new Wrangler-type concepts and more at 2017 Easter Jeep Safari http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-rolls-out-new-wrangler-type-concepts-and-more-2017-easter-jeep-safari <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>There's a group of Jeep prototypes tearing around in the desert sand. That can only mean it's time for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, UT, and this year, FCA is teasing the Jeep brand's most avid fans with a slew of new Wrangler-style concept vehicles.</div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-rolls-out-new-wrangler-type-concepts-and-more-2017-easter-jeep-safari" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/fca-rolls-out-new-wrangler-type-concepts-and-more-2017-easter-jeep-safari#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:06:00 +0000 215211 at http://fleetowner.com Buyers introduces slide out truck bed box line http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/buyers-introduces-slide-out-truck-bed-box-line <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Buyers Products introduced the new <a href="http://www.buyersproducts.com" target="_blank">Slide Out Truck Bed Box line</a> specifically engineered for truck beds.</p> <p>According to the company, the new slide out truck bed boxes boast a reinforced box design that fits in truck beds for easy access to tools. Buyers noted that a push-button locking latch releases the drawer easily, which automatically locks in position every eight inches to control drawer motion. Movable partitions and dividers provide configurability for a wide range of tools and hardware.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/buyers-introduces-slide-out-truck-bed-box-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/buyers-introduces-slide-out-truck-bed-box-line#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:21:00 +0000 215181 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Buyers is offering a new Slide Out Truck Bed Box line.</p> Tuff Truck Bags fit pickup truck bed models http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/tuff-truck-bags-fit-pickup-truck-bed-models <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Auto and truck owners may find themselves faced with this dilemma: You bought a pickup truck for its bed, why cover it up 100% of the time? <a href="http://www.tufftruckbag.com/" target="_blank">Tuff Truck Bags</a> offers a collapsible, waterproof and dustproof cargo bag that can fit all pickup truck bed models to store/protect luggage, cargo, and equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/tuff-truck-bags-fit-pickup-truck-bed-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/tuff-truck-bags-fit-pickup-truck-bed-models#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:37:00 +0000 215101 at http://fleetowner.com Tweaking the van into a better work tool http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/tweaking-van-better-work-tool <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Whether you are talking about compact city vans equipped to serve tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, and the like, or larger &quot;bread van&quot; units aimed at the food truck and parcel delivery markets, those platforms are undergoing a series of &quot;tweaks&quot; for lack of a better term to improve their functionality. (<em>All photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner</em>)</p> </div> http://fleetowner.com/hd-pickup-van/tweaking-van-better-work-tool#comments HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 214691 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p>