Thursday, January 29, 2015

Knapheide PGNC Gooseneck Body - Receiver Hitch Towing System with Racks and Toolboxes

Knapheide's PGNC Gooseneck can pull, haul, and store. The PGNC was designed to be the top of the line Gooseneck Body, with superior standard features and a rugged durable construction.


The PGNC Gooseneck Body is the premier Gooseneck Body from Knapheide.  This Gooseneck Body comes stockpiled with standard features, everything from skirted gooseneck styling to integrated front toolboxes to a complete gooseneck and receiver hitch towing system.  And since it's constructed of rugged 12 gauge tread plate and steel, you know it will be tough enough to withstand even the harshest towing, hauling, and storing conditions.  

If you want a Gooseneck Body that will prove it's worth day in and day out, the Knapheide PGNC is the Gooseneck Body for you.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

GM Dealers Show Their Sustainability to Customers

Automaker launches ‘Green Dealer 
Recognition’ program

DETROIT – Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the U.S. are showing customers their environmental credentials as part of a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program.
Participating dealers have proven track records in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, on-site nature habitats and community outreach.
The program aligns with General Motors’ companywide efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and green its supply chain. GM designed the program to encourage dealers to continue these voluntary efforts and build a network for sharing best practices to help others begin or advance their sustainability journeys.

“Within just 24 hours of the program’s launch, 66 dealerships signed up and began evaluating their performance against our criteria,” said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “We think customers should know all the behind-the-scenes efforts our dealerships make to leave a smaller footprint on their communities.”

To date, 180 dealers have requested access to complete the performance assessment. GM’s green dealer support team then validates and evaluates the submissions against specific criteria. A dealer’s continuous year-over-year improvement will lead to ongoing annual recognition. Eight dealers have achieved green dealer recognition for superior sustainability performance.

What drives these environmental upgrades and outreach activities? GM dealers cite four main reasons:
  • ·         Customers: Car buyers want more than fuel-efficient vehicles; they want to buy them from environmentally responsible companies.  Sustainability provides a competitive edge.
  • ·         Operational efficiency: Light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting slashes energy bills and native plantings reduce water costs.
  • ·         Employee motivation: Sustainable practices give employees a sense of pride and more opportunities to engage with the community. 
  • ·         Community: The actions align operations with the beliefs and values of the communities they serve. 
“We were impressed by how willing dealers were to share their accomplishments with their peers,” said McNeil. “They wanted to be listed as a resource for other dealers in evaluating investment and return on various initiatives. When more people begin to operate in a sustainable way, everybody wins.”

GM shaped the initiative based on insights from dealers who participated in a pilot program. George Nunnally Chevrolet in Bentonville, Ark., encouraged the concept of sharing cost-effective activities that dealers could implement during remodels or new builds, such as installing LED lighting or capturing rainwater from a rooftop.

“Although financial savings is what started our environmental upgrades, we’ve found we have like-minded people in our community that really appreciate the effort we made,” said Gan Nunnally, general manager. “We’re seeing that through our service lane and our sales. These are people who have not previously driven a Chevrolet.”

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Silverado Midnight Edition is The New Black

Monochrome appearance package to debut at NADA and Chicago Auto Show

DETROIT – Truck fans know that nothing adds presence to a pickup like basic black. And Chevrolet is taking black to the next level with the Silverado Midnight special edition, on display starting today at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo in San Francisco, and making its public debut February 14 at the Chicago Auto Show.
Beginning with a black Silverado Z71, the Midnight special edition adds:
  • ·         An all-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, headlamp bezels, tow hooks and fog lamps;
  • ·         Black side moldings and beltline moldings;
  • ·         18-inch black painted alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires;
  • ·         Special Z71 badges on the doors;
  • ·         A spray-in bedliner (black, of course);
  • ·         And the finishing touches – black Chevrolet bowties front and rear.

Like all 2015 Silverado 1500 Z71s, Midnight special editions include off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control and a trailering package. Midnight special editions also include rear park assist and heated, power-adjusted outside rear-view mirrors.

“The Midnight special edition, like our recently announced Custom Sport Silverado, lets our dealers offer a custom look right from the factory,” said Sandor Piszar, Silverado marketing director. “Customers can get a monochrome exterior, black alloy wheels and other uplevel touches, while maintaining all of the dependability Chevy trucks are famous for along with full factory warranty coverage.”

Chevrolet will offer the Silverado Midnight special edition in either 1500 double-cab or crew-cab models. Up to 5,000 Midnight special editions will be produced for the 2015 model year. Dealers can order the trucks starting in February 2015. Package prices be $1,595 to $1,995, depending on the model.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Chevrolet: If Crashes Turn You Off, Keep Your Alerts Turned On

Collision-avoidance features are like having a 
co-pilot aboard – minus the baggage 

DETROIT – Safety belts, air bags and strong passenger compartment structures are responsible for saving more lives in crashes than ever. But what if those collisions never happened in the first place?
Research shows 90 percent of crashes are caused by human error, and Chevrolet’s new available crash-avoidance technologies are designed to help drivers maneuver around rear-end, backup, blind spot and lane-change collisions with systems that send alerts via beeps, flashing icons and even by vibrating the driver’s seat.

“For decades, the focus has been protecting people from being injured or killed in a crash,” said General Motors Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond Kiefer. “While we’re still keenly focused on that, now we have a real opportunity to help prevent those crashes with technologies that warn drivers of potential dangers.”

The alerts, however, are only as effective as a customer’s willingness to keep them turned on.

At the North American International Auto Show, which opens to the public on Jan. 17, a safety experience in the Chevrolet Theater with a massive, high resolution 73-foot-long, 20-foot-tall display screen will show how Chevrolet vehicles are designed to prevent, protect and respond to help keep vehicle occupants safe on the road.

According to a consumer survey by and GM customer research, one of the more appealing crash-avoidance technologies is side blind zone alert, which helps drivers avoid striking a vehicle in their blind spot during a lane-change maneuver. Improper lane changes account for about 9 percent of crashes reported to police each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“With so many great technologies available to help consumers have a more enjoyable experience in the car, why not put them to use to keep them safe, too?” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst. “Drivers in high-traffic markets will do well with collision-avoidance features that keep them safe from wild drivers.”

Side blind zone alert is available on the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Impala, SS, Traverse, Tahoe and Suburban, and may be offered alone or with lane change alert technology. When offered alone, the system uses one left and one right short-range radar – hidden in the rear corners of the vehicle – to monitor up to 11 feet back from the side mirror and one lane over from both sides of the vehicle.

An amber lane change alert icon is lit in the left or right side mirror when a moving vehicle is detected in the side blind zone, and it flashes if a turn signal is activated in the direction of the other vehicle.

A lit icon means it may be unsafe to change lanes. Drivers still need to check mirrors, glance over their shoulder and use turn signals.

“Technologies like side blind zone alert provide an extra set of ‘eyes’ to drivers with limited mobility due to an injury or chronic condition,” said Kiefer. “It’s also helpful to drivers who may find it more difficult to see around head restraints and pillars.”

Rear cross traffic alert has your back
Another available technology that allows drivers to ‘see’ better is rear cross traffic alert, which can help drivers avoid hitting approaching traffic when backing up, such as in a parking lot or where the driveway meets the roadway.

Rear cross traffic alert uses short-range radar on the left and right rear corners of the vehicle. When approaching left- or right-cross traffic is observed, red flashing triangles appear in the rear vision camera screen, and three left or right seat pulses or beeps occur. It’s available on 2015 Cruze, Malibu, Impala, SS, Traverse, Tahoe and Suburban.

Fender-bender ender?
Using the speed of the vehicle and input from a forward-facing radar mounted in the front grille or camera mounted in front of the rearview mirror, Chevrolet’s available forward collision alert system provides alerts to drivers who approach a vehicle they are following in front of them too quickly. It’s present on 2015 Volt, Malibu, Impala, Equinox, SS, Traverse, Colorado, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that basic forward collision alert systems have reduced rear-end crashes by 7 percent. Applying the technology across the passenger vehicle fleet could prevent 879 fatal crashes a year.

“Customers can configure our system to adjust the alert to a near, medium or far timing setting” said Kiefer. “Our goal is that our customers leave safety systems on and take full advantage of the potential safety benefits.”

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Howie Long Head to Head Towing Test: Silverado 2500HD vs F-250 vs 2500 |...

Howie Long and Chevy Chief Engineer Eric Stanczak pit the 2015 Silverado 2500HD against the 2015 F-250 and the 2014 Ram 2500 in a rigorous downhill towing test.

Thanks to available features like the diesel exhaust brake and standard features including Tow/Haul Mode and transmission grade braking, Silverado outperforms Ford and Ram with a faster stopping time. There's no need to wear down your brakes when you have the controlled trailering power that Silverado HD offers. 

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Utility Products Exposition - San Diego. February 3-5

10,000 individuals attended Utility Products Exposition, DistribuTECH and the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference 2014
  •     A record-breaking 64 countries were represented at these events
  •     More than 475* exhibiting companies
  •     6 workshops were featured in the presentation theatre
  •     10 product demonstrations were featured in the presentation theatre
  •     Video presentation of Storm Soldiers
  •     The latest safety products and newest technology on the exhibit floor
  •     Keynote Session by Gary Norland highlighting the importance of safety in the workplace
*Co-located with DistribuTECH San Diego Convention Center, San Diego. February 3-5, 2015 Find out more at: Utility Products Expo

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Work Truck Show and Seminars - Equipment Product Engineers On-Site at Exhibitor Booths

Visit the 2015 Work Truck Show - Indianapolis, IN  March 4-6, 2015

Educational sessions specific to fleet management:
  •             Lease or Capital Purchase
  •             Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  •             Rightsizing Your Fleet
  •             Developing Proper Truck Chassis Specs
    Presentations on fleet performance and benchmarking     Shared successes and challenges with advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels Shared success stories on reducing fuel utilization and sessions on managing overall fleet operating costs
  •     Dedicated Truck Productivity and Fuels Pavilion
  •     New Product Spotlight & New Exhibitor Showcase
  •     Sessions on improving fleet productivity through proper specification development
  •     Dedicated advanced technology and alternative fuels conference (Green Truck Summit)
  •     Sessions highlighting product updates by the leading chassis OEMs
  •     Green Truck Ride-and-Drive
   Session on money-saving strategies through idle reduction
  •     Intensive program on Fleet Management 101
  •     Dedicated advanced technology and alternative fuels conference (Green Truck Summit)
  •     Session on evaluating lease or capital purchase options for fleet managers
  •     Programming focused on equipment purchasing strategies, identifying fleet operating metrics and incorporating life-cycle cost analysis as a management tool
  •     Green Truck Ride-and-Drive
Sessions on decreasing fuel and operating costs
  •     Dedicated programming on boosting fleet efficiency and performance
  •     Insights from fleet managers who have developed successful action plans to deploy advanced truck technologies
  •     Intensive program on Fleet Management 101
  •     Examples of fleet operational metrics and best practices
Two-Part Seminar on Spec Writing and Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  •     New Exhibitor Showcase
  •     Intensive Programming on Identifying Purchase or Lease Options
  •     3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Feature
  •     Rhythm & Blues Extravaganza
Equipment Product Engineers On-Site at Exhibitor Booths
  •     Truck and Equipment Displays Specifically for the Work Truck Industry
  •     NTEA Staff On-Site to Answer Your Technical and Regulatory Questions
  •     Intensive Programming on Truck Specification Development
  •     Access to Chassis OEM Update Sessions
  •     Truck Productivity and Fuels Pavilion
  •     Dedicated advanced technology and alternative fuels conference (Green Truck Summit)
For more information, download the complete event brochure

Monday, January 5, 2015

Line-X: BOLT Lock segment

BOLT Lock was featured on Line-X ABQ series "Shop Truck Build". View the rest of the series here

learn more about BOLT here

Friday, January 2, 2015

BAKFlip Hard Folding Tonneau Covers Demonstration

Charly Henley, Sales Manager for BAK Industries, discusses the advantages and features of the BAKFlip series of hard folding tonneau covers. More information:
This is one of the best presentations of a product I can recall. What a great job! -- CTS