Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chevrolet Models Lead Four Segments in J.D. Power Study

DETROIT— Four Chevrolet vehicles ranked highest in their segments in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Additionally, two other Chevrolet models placed in the Top 3 in their respective segments, helping the brand achieve its best results ever in the benchmark dependability study.

“Chevrolet is delivering great performance, design, technology and value across the entire vehicle lineup,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “Being recognized by J.D. Power for having the most dependable vehicles in key segments is a tremendous honor and demonstration that Chevrolet is the brand that customers can truly count on.”

Segment-leading models:
•    Malibu—Segment Award, Midsize Car (2nd Year in a Row)
•    Camaro—Segment Award, Midsize Sporty Car (4th Year in a Row)
•    Equinox—Segment Award, Compact SUV
•    Silverado HD—Segment Award, Large Heavy Duty Pickup (2nd Year in a Row)

The Tahoe ranks second in the large SUV segment and the Silverado ranks third in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

The 2016 study measures 2013 model-year vehicles owners dependability within its third ownership year.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.4 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

Monday, March 28, 2016

GMNA Manufacturing Works Smarter with Multi-Site Plant Manager Meetings

Using strategically-located plants and various collaboration tools, GMNA manufacturing and labor relations leaders were able to connect with their plant managers and union counterparts for meetings this week.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Highway Products Tonneau Cover

                                           The new Tonneau Cover by Highway Products

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chevrolet Introduces 2016 Silverado with eAssist

New mild-hybrid system delivers 13 percent improvement 
in fuel efficiency, based on EPA city estimates

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today that a select number of 2016 Chevrolet Silverados will be offered with eAssist technology. The new mild-hybrid electrical system leverages many of the technologies and components from Chevrolet’s lineup of innovative electric vehicles – including battery cells from the Malibu Hybrid and software controls developed for the Volt. As a result, Chevrolet can deliver a low-volume, affordably priced hybrid pickup that delivers uncompromised capability and up to 13 percent better fuel economy in city driving. 

“Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevrolet Trucks. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.”

The compact, lightweight system increases curb weight by approximately 100 pounds, and delivers an additional 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor.

The eAssist propulsion system, including the 8-speed automatic transmission, will be a $500 premium over a comparably equipped two-wheel drive Silverado 1500 crew cab in 1LT trim.

Initially, Chevrolet will offer approximately 500 Silverado eAssist trucks for the 2016 model year, exclusively through California dealers. Based on feedback from these initial customers, Chevrolet will adjust production for 2017 model year.

The eAssist Silverado adds another piece to Chevrolet’s growing electrification portfolio - from all-electrics like the Chevrolet Spark EV and Bolt EV (slated to begin production in late 2016), to extended-range electrics like the Chevrolet Volt, to full-hybrids like Malibu Hybrid, and mild-hybrids like Silverado eAssist. 

Technology developed from new Malibu Hybrid and Volt

The eAssist system pairs a compact lithium-ion battery pack with the Silverado’s 5.3L EcoTech V-8 and 8-speed automatic transmission to provide: 
-    Electric Power Boost: The on-board electric motor provides up to 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of supplemental power during acceleration and passing. The electric motor also enables the Active Fuel Management system on the 5.3L V-8 engine to operate in 4-cylinder mode for longer periods, resulting in additional fuel economy benefits.
-    Stop/Start capability: Added fuel savings are achieved by seamlessly turning the engine off when stopped at a traffic light or in congested traffic and turning the engine back on when the accelerator is pressed.
-    Regenerative Braking: By using the on-board electric motor as a generator, the energy recovered while braking is converted to electricity to recharge the onboard battery system.

These features deliver a 13 percent improvement in city fuel economy, based on EPA estimates. The 2016 Silverado eAssist will have an EPA estimated 18 mpg city, a 2 mpg improvement over the equivalent Silverado 1500 with the 5.3L V-8 and 8-speed automatic. EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the Silverado eAssist is 24 mpg, while the combined rating is 20 mpg.

Power for the eAssist system is supplied by a 24-cell, air-cooled 0.45 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the center console (or front bench seat) that uses the same battery cells as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.  It weighs nearly 15 percent less than the previous generation eAssist system, yet provides up to 15 kW of power to the electric motor. 

A reengineered power inverter module is now liquid cooled and moved underhood for improved packaging and performance.  The software used to control the battery system is based off a modified version of the software for the Chevrolet Volt.

The compact induction motor, located on the accessory drive, provides peak regen capability of 15kW resulting from advanced software controls based off those used in the Volt.  The motor, which features a stator design leveraged from the Volt and Malibu Hybrid,  acts like an electric torque booster, providing up to 44 lb.-ft. (60 Nm) and up to 13 hp (9.7 kW) of additional boost in high-load situations.

This new generation of eAssist is also more modular than the previous system, meaning it could be more easily used in front-wheel or rear-wheel drive drivetrain configurations and it’s capable of using more or fewer cells, based on power needs for each vehicle application.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.0 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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

GM to Make More 6.2 Liter V-8's foe Pickups and SUV's

In case you've had trouble finding that crew-cab Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 or a full-size GM SUV with the powerful and efficient 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed transmission, you're likely to have more options in the future.

GM has announced it will invest $148 million to repurpose machinery at its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee to create a third production site for the popular 6.2-liter small-block V-8. It says the move will retain 200 jobs at the plant.

The larger V-8 for full-size GM vehicles (some of which also are offered with the 5.3-liter V-8) currently is built at Tonawanda, N.Y., and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, but with fuel prices likely to stay low for a while and demand for half-ton pickups and full-size SUVs (such as the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade) high, GM decided to make the investment.

The Spring Hill plant currently produces four-cylinder engines, but GM has invested there in recent years in flexible equipment and machining capability. That will allow, GM said, the new engine line to be up and running much faster than the typical two or three years for a new line. GM said the 6.2-liter V-8 production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vanair Air N Arc 150 All-In-One Power Unit

The Vanair Air N Arc 150 is a combination air compressor, welder, generator and jump starter that saves you money and space in the back of your work truck. Available from This video is an excerpt from a longer video on the show Truck-U.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

BrandFX Body Company Half Ton Revolution

 BrandFX Composite service bodies, utility bodies, Toppers & Inserts are up to 40% lighter than comparative steel bodies, and up to 10% lighter than comparative aluminum bodies. This weight reduction means substantially reduced fuel and maintenance costs, and many times the ability to downsize to a smaller chassis for thousands of dollars in lifecycle reduction costs. Then remount your BFX composite equipment over 4-5 trucks.

 Today’s work truck market demands solutions that address environmental concerns, and improve the bottom line. BFX engineers the next generation of lightweight Truck Service Bodies, Line Bodies, Inserts and Toppers, meeting growing demand for green, sustainable solutions. Thanks to a 40% weight reduction with composite over steel bodies, you can decrease fuel and maintenance costs significantly with BFX truck service bodies. In fact, major telecom and utility Fleet Managers across the world rely on BFX to reduce their carbon footprint, and fuel and maintenance costs.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Knapheide - Turnkey Solutions And Vocational Vehicles

Knapheide Commercial Vehicle Services is the leader in providing turnkey vocational vehicles to commercial fleets and fleet management companies. Regardless if you need complex truck bodies or simple van interiors, from vehicle concept to delivery, KCVS provides the total package for fleet and fleet management customers.

Bodies, Equipment, & Accessories

Knapheide has the largest and most comprehensive selection of bodies, equipment and accessories. Knapheide only utilizes the industry's top suppliers of truck and van bodies, van organizational interiors, cranes, compressors, welders, generators, liftgates, ladder and material racks, snow plows, spreaders, mechanics drawers and more. Knapheide acts as the single source provider for all of your commercial vehicle needs.

Knapheide Installation

Knapheide Commercial Vehicle Services utilizes massive installation centers, regional upfit facilities and the largest network of truck equipment distributors to form the industry's most comprehensive collection of installation points. This installation network enables Knapheide Commercial Vehicle Services to offer centralized or local upfit capabilities, whichever the customer prefers.napheide - Turnkey Solutions And Vocational Vehicles

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Harbor Service Body False Floor keeps the cargo separated, secure and easily accesible

Here’s a great solution for contractors, utilities and municipal water departments, etc. - a false floor for the Harbor service body. The Dual Tailgate keeps contents secure while allowing access to each independently.

The best of both worlds, space for your equipment above and other storage below. For instance the storage below could serve as a sign box, storage for road signs or long tools while keeping the cargo area free for equipment.

Note that the lower compartment is lockable.

Find out more: Harbor Truck Bodies 800-433-9452

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Chevrolet Rides the Special-Edition Wave

The current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 debuted almost three years ago and already has had a midcycle redesign, but it still has just five trim packages: WT, LS, LT, LTZ and High Country. Of course, Chevy offers the Z71 Suspension Package on several trim levels to create two more extra levels. And don't forget about all those GM accessories. Unfortunately, buyers have been slow to embrace the growing accessory catalog GM has amassed for its pickup customers.So GM decided to add the accessories to the pickups and call them special editions.

We've seen several special editions for Chevy pickups in the last few years, such as Special Ops, Midnight and Realtree Silverado 1500s. None of these pickups are technically different from a standard order-from-a-dealership truck, but they have several specific accessory modifications and special paint jobs to give them a customized look and feel. Sometimes its more aggressive tires and black-out rims, sometimes its a unique paint job or maybe low-profile tires and a racing stripe; other times it's a complete makeover with a hunting or fishing theme. But all of these special editions use existing catalog accessories.

According the Automotive News, Chevy is sold on this special-edition strategy and is likely to continue the practice because of the success it's had with Camaro and Corvette special-edition vehicles. Chevy trucks marketing czar Sandor Piszar understands that the days of offering a limited lineup to a diverse buying population are gone. To be successful, truckmakers need to have niche products that cover every type of buyer imaginable. If you don't have the right the truck for a buyer, you better have the right accessories to allow him or her to build the truck they need.

Lately Chevy seems to be doing the best job of creating the most exciting packages, especially with offerings like the Navy-inspired Silverado 1500 Special Ops and off-roadish Colorado Trail Boss, but we expect both Ford and Ram to step up their game in much the same way. One of the best and most efficient features of the Chevy special editions is that they're relatively inexpensive to produce. After all, Chevy is just adding a few accessories, which doesn't require extra engineering or government crash-testing.

We don't have any doubt that Chevy, and by extension GMC, will continue this quick-hit strategy for several more years, at least until the new Ford Raptor and Ram SRT make it into production.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors Company Profile

VMAC (Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors), founded in 1986, is the world-leading manufacturer of truck mounted mobile air compressors, used in a wide spectrum of industries: oil and gas, mining, transportation, mobile tire service, municipal operations and public works.

Our success comes from designing and manufacturing the most compact mobile air compressors available, which provide high power and demonstrate extraordinary quality, durability and fuel- efficiency.

The company operates globally and has a wide international network of 400 dealers, distributing VMAC’s products to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Australia.

We attribute our success to our people - highly professional, passionate and ambitious engineering and design team, manufacturing and service specialists. Thanks to them the company can surpass customer needs with leading edge technology and exceptional customer care.