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October 9, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Propane Conversion, Delivery Fleets, Cutaway Vans, Ford E-350, Vehicle Modifiers

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

Photo by XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

Tags: Ford, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford F-250, Vehicle Modifiers

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Poindexter Acquires Masterack

Masterack LLC, maintains its corporate headquarters in Decatur, Ga., a manufacturing plant in Social Circle, Ga., and five company-owned installation facilities across the United States. It will operate as an independent business unit within JBPCO.

Tags: Masterack, Mergers & Acquisitions, J.B. Poindexter, Van Equipment

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Begins Transit Connect Ship-Thru

Photo of 2017 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

The Auto Truck Group will begin using its New Jersey facility to offer ship-through services for the Transit Connect compact van under a new agreement with Ford, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Ford Transit Connect, Ship-Thru, Van Upfitting

July 10, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Hires Vocational Fleet Sales Manager

FAY

Auto Truck Group has hired Moza Fay as a vocational fleet sales manager, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Upfitters, Vocational Fleets, New Hire

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Parcel Delivery Fleets Up Orders from Utilimaster

The vans are available in lengths of 12 feet or 14 feet, the Reach provides 540 or 630 cubic feet of storage and up to 27 inches more headroom than a conventional cargo van. (Photo courtesy of Utilimaster)

Spartan Fleet Vehicles & Services announced an expanded order from a leading American-based delivery services company to include 800 of Spartan’s fuel-efficient Utilimaster Reach walk-in vans. Additionally, a separate global logistics leader ordered 72 of the same vehicle this past week.

Tags: Utilimaster, Spartan Motors, Reach, Parcel Delivery Service, Step Vans, Deilvery Fleets

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Merchants Hires Senior Truck and Upfit Engineer

Birren

Merchants Fleet Management has hired Joe Birren as senior truck and upfit engineer, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Upfitting, Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Merchants Fleet Management, New Hire

April 21, 2017 - Global News

Opel Expands SUV Lineup with Grandland X

Photo of the Opel Grandland X courtesy of Opel.

Opel has revealed the Opel Grandland X crossover SUV, the third member of the automakers Opel X family line of SUVs which look to capitalize on the increasing popularity of SUVs.

Tags: Global, Compact SUVs, Opel

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Software, Ram Truck, Augmented Reality

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Ford, Ship-Thru, CNG Conversions, Landi Renzo, Ford E-Series, Ford F-Series

February 15, 2017 - Press Release

Ranger Design Donates to Montreal Hospital

Ranger Design has donated $100,000 to the Montreal Neurological Institute to help the hospital launch its Neuro-Palliative Care program, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Charity, Ranger Design

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

January 27, 2017 - Press Release

Vanner Hires Business Development Manager for Engine Power Tech

Postiglione

Commercial vehicle power product supplier Vanner has hired Carl Postiglione as business development manager for its Revolution technology.

Tags: New Hire, Engines

January 19, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Hires Midwest Fleet Sales Manager

Klinghoffer

Auto Truck Group has hired Jeff Kinghoffer as a fleet sales manager for the Midwest territory, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Auto Truck Group, Upfitters, New Hire

January 12, 2017 - Press Release

Wheels Names Midway Upfit Supplier of the Year

Wheels, Inc. has recognized Midway Specialty Vehicles as the recipient of its inaugural Upfit Supplier of the Year award for superior performance, exemplary service and innovation, the fleet management company announced.

Tags: Midway Specialty Vehicles, Awards, Wheels, Inc.

January 11, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Hires Fleet Sales Manager

Einbinder

Auto Truck Group has hired Nicole Einbinder as a fleet sales manager, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Auto Truck Group, New Hire

January 5, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Sales Manager Returns to Upfitter

Petrizzo

Peter Petrizzo has returned to the Auto Truck Group's sales team as fleet sales manager, where he will be responsible for the development and performance in the newly created vocational sales segment and will cover the construction and landscape markets.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, New Hire

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Names Dondlinger President

Pete Dondlinger

Pete Dondlinger is replacing Jim Dondlinger as president of the Auto Truck Group, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Senior Management, Promotions

December 7, 2016 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Appoints Sales Manager

Auto Truck Group has appointed Scott Walters as a fleet sales manager who will specialize in growing the company's upfitting business for Mercedes-Benz vans.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, New Hire

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Offers Section 179 Advice

Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group.

The Auto Truck Group is urging small businesses to take advantage of the federal Section 179 deduction on equipment that allows a deduction of as much as $500,000 on new and used equipment purchases.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Section 179, Small Fleets, Taxation

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Fiat-Chrysler's Ram Commercial has developed a mobile app for tablets that allows fleet and business customers to view possible upfits when purchasing one of the 14 configurations of the ProMaster cargo van.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Tablets, Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Full-Size Vans

November 7, 2016 - Press Release

Knapheide Inventory Now Searchable with Work Truck Solutions

Work Truck Solutions, an online platform for commercial truck inventory searches by body type and chassis, has partnered with Knapheide Manufacturing Company.

Tags: Knapheide, Work Truck Solutions

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