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10 Upfitting Proverbs From the School of Hard Knocks

A proverb is a phrase that gives real-world advice learned from practical experience. Upfitting is complicated and there are many opportunities to make mistakes, sometimes very expensive ones. Here are 10 proverbs for a successful upfit.

Toyota Sets 2020-MY Delivery Dates

Toyota Motor North America has been taking orders on its 2020-model-year lineup and dates for deliveries of most models have been set for later this year. Toyota began deliveries of three models in May.

Subaru Moves Up 2019-MY Build-Out Dates

Subaru has moved up its build-out dates for seven 2019 models that indicate when final orders must be submitted for the vehicles, and has set time-frames for ordering 2020 models.

Subaru Updates Order Cut-Off Dates

Subaru has updated the dates that commercial fleets hoping to order 2019-model-year vehicles must submit their orders by, the automaker has announced.

Biggest Challenges Facing Vocational Fleet Managers

To get the pulse of the vocational truck and van market, I reached out to a wide cross-section of fleet managers around the country to find out what’s on their minds. Here’s a snapshot of what they told me.

Ford Discusses Vehicle Lineup Shift

Earlier this year, the automaker announced a major change to its vehicle portfolio, shifting to around 90% trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles by 2020.

Demand for Trucks and Vans Slow Fleet Deliveries

Increased fleet orders for trucks and vans created backlogs at upfitter facilities, increasing lead times and missed ship-thrus. A shortage of rail autorack carriers further delayed deliveries. Despite this, order-to-delivery for most units was similar to 2017.

Upfitter Backlogs Created by Strong Truck Demand

Strong demand for light- and medium-duty trucks in the 2018 model-year increased order-to-delivery (OTD) times, resulting in widespread upfitter backlogs despite reduced fleet allocation availability due to competing strong retail demand for trucks.