Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nissan Titan Attempt to Rev-up Full-Size Sales

2016 Nisssan Titan XD (photo:http://www.2017nissantitan.com/)

Nissan and Toyota have tried for years to increase sales of the full-size pickup trucks only to get lost in the dust of the American market leaders. According to Autodata Corp., Japanese branded full size pickup trucks account for just 6% of the 1.3 million trucks sold in the first seven months of this year. Ford was the market leader selling 460,901 F-Series trucks. GM was a close second with 327,768 Silverados and 128,894 GMC Sierras. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles came in third with 271,232 Rams sold. Toyota contributed with 65,440 Tundras sold and Nissan sold 7,242 Titans.
Source: Autodata Corp & Truck.com

Nissan is hoping to shake up the market and boost the sales of its new Titan truck family by offering a five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The current industry standard is a three-year, 36,000-mile guarantee for pickup truck sales. Nissan would like to increase their sales to around 100,000 trucks annually raising their percentage of market sales to 5%. Hyundai used this trick back in the late 90’s and it did wonders for their sales.

Nissan is aware that they are competing with brands that customers have built long standing relationships with. Typically, truck drivers are loyal to their brand and have been for generations and more than half of repeat owners return to the same brand. It’s not that Nissan doesn’t have a good reputation; it’s just that full-size truck buyers may not relate Nissan with full-size trucks.

The new warranty will start with the new full-size diesel Nissan Titan XD and carry over to the gas version of the XD currently in production. Nissan will also start shipping its smaller half-ton Titan trucks in late September. This redesigned Titan, powered by the same 5.6-liter V8 gas engine as its bigger brother, will replace the current 13 year old model that was due for an upgrade.

Another upgrade you could make to your Titan would be to add a Fleetwest transferable truck body. The Load’N’Go Sportsman is a nice addition to the Titan XD and is light enough for the ½ ton version as well!  The Sportsman is available for 8’ and 6.5’ truck beds and fully transferable even loaded with tools and equipment. Call for a quote today. (866) 497-7200

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Change is good!

Trucks have come a long way in the last 60 years…so why not the same with work trucks? It's time to change the way your Fleet handles tool storage. Instead of the same old Bolt-On bodies that have been made for years, it’s time to think outside of the box; or in this case, inside of the truck bed. Have you heard about the latest work truck technology? The fully transferable truck bodies from Fleetwest are the most versatile and user friendly service - utility Bodies available today. We have a proven technology for increasing technician efficiency and reducing fleet costs.

The Load’N’Go Open Bed by Fleetwest is just one example. It looks very similar to a bolt-on, but can be transferred from one truck bed to another fully loaded, with a no-holes drilled installation. This ability reduces downtime if a vehicle is in need of repair; or removed and put on jacks at a job site to keep your tools safe and secure during the duration of a project. The Load’N’Go is a universal fit for new or existing fleet trucks; full size Ford, Chevy/GMC, Dodge and Toyota trucks with 8’ long and 6.5’ short beds. With the ability to outlast multiple trucks, you get the highest return on investment with a transferable truck body. And that was just a few of the cost-saving benefits.

Start Your Fleet’s Evolution Today!

Call toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NSC Distracted Driving Course

We all know that we shouldn’t use our cell phones while driving and that cell phone-related crashes are a problem. Part of this problem is that we are accustomed to use them for long periods of time every day. Many distractions exist while driving as it is, but cell phones are at the top of that list.  Now with the hands-free technology in vehicles we have become even more distracted than ever before.

Multitasking technology is about convenience, not about safety. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe that if it’s hands-free or built-in dashboards, that it’s safer. But the fact is that these technologies distract our brains even long after we use them. We’ve all witnesses a distracted driver on a cell phone, but don’t often think twice about it when that driver is yourself or one of your employees.

Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace death, and distractions are a leading factor. Employees who use a mobile device while driving are four times more likely to crash. The National Safety Council (NSC) has compiled a large amount of research on distracted driving. This includes data on:
  • Hands-free devices
  • Cognitive distraction
  • Text messaging and voice-activated texting
  • Cell phones compared to alcohol-impaired driving
  • Evaluation of laws and enforcement
 Watch this video to learn more about the devastating consequences of distracted driving.

A cell phone distracted driving policy is crucial to keeping your workers safe from crashes. Learn more about the DDC Distracted Driving Online course, or call (800) 621-7619 to speak with an NSC representative.

Employee safety is always a concern. Fleetwest's composite truck bodies offer many safety features to keep your fleet and technicians safe on a daily basis. An example would be the composite Durashell 175 and 145 are constructed with a 60/40 rear split for safer curbside cargo access. The optional slide out trays also save on technician's backs for easy tool access. For more information or a quote, call us at (866) 497-7200.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Top 5 Reason Why Heavy Duty Trucks are Better Than Light Duty Trucks...O...

Have your eye on a new truck?

Whether you’re looking to go with a Heavy or Light Duty truck your options are almost endless. Here are Nathan and Roman from TFL Truck with their views on a few things to consider...

If you like this video, check out more at http://www.tfltruck.com/

To transform your pickup truck into the ultimate work truck, Fleetwest offers innovative service bodies in both Heavy Duty Steel and Fiberglass Composite construction. All units are 100% transferable, even when fully loaded with tools and equipment, with a no holes drilled installation. A universal fit for most full-sized pickup trucks and available in 8' and 6.5' bed models. Call for more information today toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NTEA website gets an overhaul

The Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) has re-equipped its website. The reason behind this upgrade is to improve the appearance and make navigating more user friendly for all devices.

The update made the site more compatible with mobile devices to improve upon the user experience. The online resources are more interactive and easier to use, i.e. the Member Directory is a customized marketing tool with its expansive contents. However, users may not experience the website to its full potential without a browser update first. For those using Internet Explorer 11 or earlier versions, an upgrade or use of an alternative browser is recommended.

“At NTEA, we’re always working to improve our products and services,” a spokesperson said. “With intuitive functionality, social media integration, refined search options and a responsive design making the site compatible with your mobile devices, we hope to improve your experience.”

Here at Fleetwest, we too are looking to improve your website experience. Fleetwest.net is currently up and running, though please pardon our dust during construction while we make some much needed updates. We are looking to provide users with greater product knowledge via video virtual tours of our models and make our site navigation more user friendly.  

We will keep you informed during our rebuild and look forward to the finished product. For more information or a quote on one of our transferable service bodies, please call us toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497-7200.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Counting down the days to Fleetcon 2016?

This year will mark the 40th Anniversary for Fleetcon and will be held September 12-15, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Frisco, Texas.  As always, Fleetcon is the education event for all things fleet! This annual event combines education, networking, and introductions to new technologies, innovations and fleet solutions. Attendees flock countrywide for the educational seminars and to have the opportunity to gain comprehensive insight into the latest technologies, innovations, and trends that affect their industries.

Let’s not forget about the Exhibits & Vendor Show! Held Tuesday and Wednesday, the 13th and 14th, this is your chance to see first-hand and explore the future of your fleet through the innovative exhibits. Each exhibitor manufactures, distributes, or supplies industry products and/or services to fleet organizations around the country. All of them are experts in their field and willing to share their innovations to help you reach your fleet potential. This is a great opportunity to get hands on with vehicles, equipment, and tools that will improve fleet operations. This is also a chance to develop your network and enjoy face-to-face conversations with the vendors and suppliers.

These exhibits promise not to disappoint, so make your way to Frisco, Texas and expand your horizons!

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Fleetwest will not be an exhibitor this year. Fleetwest looks forward to these events and the ability to share our innovative products and network with fleet professionals. Keep your eyes out for us next year though.

Fleetwest provides fleet solutions to:
  • Lowering cost of ownership - transferable vs. tradition bolt-on service bodies. Load'N'Go utility bodies will lower ownership costs by providing flexibility, reducing technician downtime, and increasing resale value.
  • Improving fleet sufficiency - transferable service bodies are more sufficient because they can easily be moved from one pickup truck to another in minutes, fully loaded. Fewer pickup trucks are needed within a fleet and work trucks are more customizable with Load'N'Go and CTB service bodies.
  • Technology advancements - CTB service bodies are made of an innovative lightweight, fiberglass composite that is rugged and lowers fuel costs. Load'N'Go service bodies are powder-coated which is the latest technology for quality service body advancement. The powder coating process creates a more durable, aesthetically pleasing fleet.
For more information about Fleetwest and our innovative fleet solutions, please visit us at www.fleetwest.net.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Future increase in fuel prices on the horizon

Although we are currently down 56 cents from last year’s national average, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, diesel and gasoline prices are on the rise and are expected to move even higher the rest of this year and continue into 2017.

During the 2016 summer driving season (April through September), the EIA expects the retail price of regular gasoline will average $2.19/gal. They forecast the U.S. average retail price would reach a peak of $2.37/gal in June and then fall to an average of $2.19/gal in September. The U.S. regular gasoline retail price is projected to average $2.06/gal for 2016, down from last year’s average of $2.43/gal, and $2.26/gal in 2017. The diesel fuel prices are expected to average $2.30/gal in 2016 and predicted to match last year’s average of $2.71/gal in early 2017 and upwards of $2.86 per gallon in the final three months of 2017.

Brent crude oil prices were at a 12-year low of $31 per barrel in January and increased to an average of $47 per barrel this last May. According to August reports, crude oil prices are forecast to average $42 per barrel for 2016 and $52 per barrel in 2017. The crude oil increase is an effect of growing global oil supply disruptions, rising oil demand, and falling U.S. crude oil production. 

Fleetwest has the solutions to increase your fleet fuel economy. We offer a line of lightweight, fiberglass Composite Truck Bodies (CTB) that follow the Sustainable Fleet Standards by increasing efficiency, reducing emissions, and saving on fuel costs.  All of which convert to savings for fleet management. Composite Truck Bodies are completely transferable on and off your pickup truck in minutes with no-holes-drilled installation; available with endless options to customize work trucks and make them ideal for any type of fleet.

Fleetwest offers the most efficient transferable service bodies for the trades industry, including construction, plumbing, telecom and mechanical industries. Call us today and start saving for tomorrow. Toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200

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