Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ford first in line for DriveVans A2Z 2016

Ford has announced its plans for the UK’s premier interactive, hands-on LCV driving event, DriveVansA2Z , taking place at the home of British motor sport, Silverstone, on 20 & 21 September 2016. Visitors will be able to get behind the wheel of Ford’s entire and extensive Euro 6-compliant light commercial vehicle line-up.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain commented: “We are delighted to be taking part at this year’s DriveVansA2Z event at Silverstone. It is a wonderful venue and a great place for visitors to test drive our new range of Euro Stage 6-compliant light commercial vehicles; not just the UK’s best-selling Transit range, but also Fiesta van and the Ranger pick-up.

DriveVansA2Z is a live show dedicated to vans, 4x4 pick-ups and vans, and light trucks. It allows visitors to see, touch, feel and drive back-to-back all kinds of vehicles, providing a real-world appraisal before that all-important purchase. Visitors can use the Stowe Circuit, perimeter roads, rough terrain and 4x4 course, all at this world famous racing circuit.

All drivers and operators of light commercial vehicles, regardless of the number they run, are welcome. Tickets are priced at £25 for the day, but register for the VansA2Z e-Newsletter and entry is free. Once registration has been completed we will e-mail a code to claim a free ticket by return.

Tickets and further information about the event can be found here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

VMAC UNDERHOOD Lite - The Real User Experience

See the VMAC UNDERHOOD Lite 30 CFM Vehicle Mounted Air compressor
performing standard service call tasks. Come along for the ride and
watch this real user experience from a first person view. Learn More:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ford F-150, Mustang, C-MAX Energi Honored with Top Quality Impact Awards; Ford Earns Corporate-Level Award

DEARBORN, Mich., June 20, 2016

– Ford F-150, Mustang and C-MAX Energi won accolades from customers for delivering a positive ownership experience and high vehicle quality,earning Top Quality Impact awards from Strategic Vision.

Ford F-150 – part of America’s best-selling lineup of F-Series trucks – won the full-size truck segment. The toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever was recognized by customers for delivering power and pick-up, safety and quality workmanship.

“We see time and again that for consumers, innovation does more to communicate quality than an absence of problems does,” says Christopher Chaney, senior vice president, Strategic Vision.

Ford Mustang – which became the world’s best-selling sports coupe in its first year of global availability – won in the standard convertible segment based on high scores for image, interior design, and power and pick-up.

Ford C-MAX Energi took – a plug-in hybrid that can run in all-electric mode or on gas – received top honors in the small alternative powertrain car segment. C-MAX beat all other small hybrid
and electrified vehicles in the survey by more than 150 points, including earning high marks for interior workmanship, comfort and thoughtful engineering.

Ford was recognized in the corporation category of the Total Quality Impact awards.

The awards are based on survey responses from more than 39,000 owners
of new 2016 model year vehicles after the first 90 days of ownership.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Test drive: Ford’s F-650, Super Duty’s biggest brother

Sitting in Ford’s F-650, towering above the surrounding traffic, feels strangely familiar. Strange only because I haven’t driven the truck before, but familiar because of how much of its design is shared with its Super Duty siblings.

This generation F-650 gets a facelift that puts exterior styling and interior comforts more inline with the rest of the Super Duty lineup.

The bright orange 2016 F-650 dump truck I piloted through the greater Ann Arbor, Mich., area featured Ford’s Triton V-10 gasoline engine. Pumping out 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, the 6.8 liter is the only gasoline engine offered in a Class 6-7 truck.

Whether in or outside of the cab, engine sound is minimal – hardly louder than you would expect from any standard size pickup – and that offers additional benefits.

“Pulling up on a job site before 7 a.m., people really appreciate not hearing the diesel clatter coming down the road,” says Kevin Koester, Ford’s medium duty truck and Super Duty fleet brand manager.

An optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel is also available with three power ratings. For anyone who’s driven the current generation Power Stroke diesels, you know “diesel clatter” is pretty minimal as well.

Regardless of which engine you choose, you’ll wind up with a fully integrated “Built Ford Tough” powertrain. The Cummins inline-six and Allison automatic transmission are no longer available. After the dissolution of Blue Diamond Truck Company – a partnership between Ford and Navistar – Ford went all-in on its own gasoline and Power Stroke diesel engines along with its built-in-house TorqShift HD 6-speed automatic transmission.

IMG_3403Inside my 4-door Crew Cab test truck, many cues are again borrowed from smaller Super Duty models, like the XLT cloth seats. Gauges, auxiliary switches and controls – including power window and locks – were all conveniently located and within reasonable reach for the driver.

“The ergonomics are very similar to Super Duty,” Koester adds. “You’re just riding higher.”

The air conditioning was cold on a cool June afternoon and the truck is standard with Ford’s SYNC system, which offers hands-free calling, AppLink and Bluetooth capabilities. If creature comforts are important, you’ll find plenty in the new F-650.

The chrome snout brings a little bling to a truck otherwise designed to be battered around a construction site, but the white 22.5-inch steel wheels bring you crashing back to the reality that this really is a work truck.

Egress in and out of the truck is surprisingly easy thanks to strategically located grab handles and side steps.

The front axle, a 8,500-lb. Dana D-850F, features 8,500-lb. parabolic taperleafs while the rear gets a 17,500-lb. Dana S17-140 (6.50 ratio) on 19,000-lb. multi-leafs.

Longer leaf springs versus prior generation models give the F-650 a smoother ride, almost like you’re driving your pickup – if your pickup was huge and had a GVWR of upwards of 26,000 pounds. Okay … so it doesn’t ride or handle exactly like a pickup, but it does drive more like one than you otherwise might expect. Steering was tight for a truck of its size.

Maneuverability, thanks in part to the massive windshield and the visibility it provides, was incredible. Navigating some of Michigan’s rural roads in a truck with a 194 inch wheelbase loaded with 5 yards of top soil was surprisingly easy and comfortable and posed little challenge to the rear springs. Ride and handing actually improved significantly with a dump full of dirt.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Upscale 2017 Ford Super Dutys Get Heavy Duty Vinyl Floor Option

The 2017 Ford Super Duty will be different in many ways but offering a vinyl floor on top-of-the-line models is a stroke ofgenius because trucks with the option installed can be washed out the
floor with a sponge, rag or hose if needed. Ford will offer an upgraded vinyl flooring on both King Ranch and Platinum models of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty trucks that go on sale this fall.

Vinyl flooring previously was offered on the lower XL and XLT trim levels, but this is the first time (for any HD truck maker) that the option has been extended to the more luxurious trims. Ford says that the "Super Duty customers... want the luxury of a King Ranch or Platinum
edition, while maintaining their ability to use the truck for work without fear of ruining the interior."

Thankfully, the vinyl flooring in both the King Ranch (shown in these photos) and Platinum trim levels will be thicker and more durable than the base vinyl and will come with clips to install floor mats. Each trim's vinyl floor will also have a unique design to match the rest of
the luxury interior.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Propane Autogas Fuels Fleets

Of the almost 9,000 vehicles equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel systems, nearly 500 operate in the food and beverage industry. This includes Bimbo Bakeries’ new Ford F-59s and NestlĂ© Waters North America’s 185 Ford F-650s.

“Propane autogas makes the most sense for fleets operating trucks and/or buses in the Class 4-7 range,” according to Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “Most of our customers do not want to deal with the added cost and complexity of diesel and propane autogas is a great alternative option based on its lower fuel/maintenance costs and significantly reduced emissions.”

Propane autogas has many advantages driving adoption in Class 4-7, according to Mouw.

“One advantage is that propane autogas includes the flow pressure. It is a liquid fuel, which allows for a significant capacity of fuel (comparable to diesel) to be packed on the truck,” Mouw explained. “In addition, these trucks have horsepower and torque equivalent to a gasoline engine.”

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Adrian LoadsRite Ladder Rack: Easy to Load & Unload Ladders

Don't climb, stretch, or reach for your ladder: use Adrian Steel's LOADSRITE Ladder Racks to easily raise and lower your ladder on top of your van. The unique design of the LOADSRITE presents the ladder in a diagonal position bringing it to a comfortable working height in the
right way. LOADSRITE: The Right Way to Load and Unload Ladders.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SmartSpace Van Storage Solutions by Masterack

See how different configurations offer storage solutions for different industries and contractors.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Tough 10 Reasons the Ford F-150 Outpaces Every Other Truck

Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to drive it. Here are 10 reasons why the forward-thinking Ford F-150 continues to leave all other trucks in the dust.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Are you willing to pay more for connected vehicle technologies?

We all know all sorts of technologies, everything from autopilot systems and remote diagnostics to stolen vehicle tracking, offer some potentially big benefits to the trucking industry.

But are truckers willing to pay extra for them? And if so, how much extra?

Global consulting firm Accenture recently conducted a survey posing those very questions to consumers in China, Germany and the U.S. regarding a range of automobile technologies and found – on average – drivers would opt to pay up to an additional 10% of a new car’s sticker price to obtain various in-car systems offering a variety of entertainment, information, remote and driver support services.

In the U.S., where average sticker prices for new light vehicles hit $34,428 in December last year, according to Kelly Blue Book, that “up to 10%” figure translates into some $3,400 or so for technology.

As a point of reference, Axel Schmidt, managing director in Accenture’s automotive practice, noted that the firm polled 5,111 drivers over the age of 18 who operate a vehicle on a regular basis in China, Germany and the U.S. and who also own a smartphone or plan to buy one in the next 6-12 months.

“Consumers are becoming more inclined to make separate purchases of the in-car functions they want most,” he added. “We believe that the demand for a range of features, from safety systems and remote services to parking assist technology, will increase in the coming years.”

Indeed, Accenture believes that by 2025, all new cars sold will be connectivity-enabled. But the question remains exactly what kinds of “connectivity” will appeal most to drivers. Some indications from the firm’s survey include:

  •     The functionalities consumers would be most willing to spend more on include remote services such as when a vehicle automatically sends a distress message (63%) to the nearest emergency center when a life-threatening situation occurs or alerts when vehicle breaks down (41%).
  •     There is also high interest in remote diagnostics (75%) and vehicle lifecycle management reports (71%), with nearly half of the respondents (43%) willing to spend extra on these features.
  •     Over half (55%) want location functionalities like stolen vehicle tracking and recovery, navigation, and remote parked car locator systems, with a third (29%) willing pay more for those in-car services.
  •     All told, seven in ten of all respondents (71%) would pay up to 10% of a car’s price to add such functionality to their light vehicles.

Accenture also emphasized that consumer interest in key in-car technologies is likely to grow, with 75% and 71% respectively expecting to use vehicle health and vehicle lifecycle management services in the future.

Appeal for location-based services is also anticipated to gain popularity, with 78% of respondents to Accenture’s poll saying they are interested in having a stolen vehicle recovery and tracking system in the future, with 71% desiring features like the remote parked car locator and just under two-thirds, or 59%, welcoming the use of in-car navigation systems down the road.

In addition, 35% of drivers surveyed by the firm desiring “concierge services” such as voice-activated responses to location-based questions, with 19% willing to pay an additional fee to get it.

A further 32% want “smart home” integration for their vehicles, which provides the ability to control automated devices within the home from a connected vehicle, and 20% would pay more for it.

Yet how much are folks willing to spend for such offerings? Here’s what Accenture’s poll found:

  •     Drivers surveyed in China would be willing to spend an average of 16% of the new car’s price on “infotainment” features, while U.S. drivers stop at 15% and Germans at 11% of a new car’s sticker price.
  •     For “convenience” services, drivers in the U.S. are willing to spend on average up to 16% of a car’s price, followed by China at 15% and Germany at 11%.
  •     With regard to payments for in-car services, nearly half of respondents (47%) are willing to make an upfront payment when buying a new car, or pay for connected services over the lifetime of the services.
  •     More than one-third of those polled (34%) want free basic services subject to in-car advertising with the option to upgrade to premium versions of services.
  •     And 32% would consider paying a monthly fee for connected vehicle services using a credit card or PayPal.
Some things to think about as we continue diving deeper into the connected vehicle future, in both the car market and commercial trucking space.


Friday, June 10, 2016

American Truck Historical Society’s National Convention & Truck Show 2016

Hosted in Salem, Oregon from May 26 to May 28, 2016, the annual American Truck Historical Society National Convention & Truck Show in Salem this past week attracted hundreds of trucks and plenty of spectators.

Special thanks to Hard Working Trucks reader Gow Litzenburger for passing along photos of the event which we’ve packaged in a slide show below.

Other antique truck shows are scheduled this summer. Shows generally feature class 1 to 8 trucks that are at least 25 years old. Visit the ATHS website for more information. For those interested in vintage truck restoration, membership in ATHS and networking at truck shows can prove invaluable.

“There’s actually quite a lot of parts out there that are stashed away. It’s just a matter of knowing who has them,” said ATHS member Scott Smith, who brought a 1957 Peterbilt to the show.

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annual American Truck Historical Society’s National Convention &
Truck Show in Salem this past week attracted hundreds of trucks and
plenty of spectators.

Special thanks to Hard Working Trucks reader Gow Litzenburger for passing along photos of the event which we’ve packaged in a slide show below.

Other antique truck shows are scheduled this summer. Shows generally
feature class 1 to 8 trucks that are at least 25 years old. Visit the ATHS website for more information. For those interested in vintage truck restoration, membership in ATHS and networking at truck shows can prove invaluable.

“There’s actually quite a lot of parts out there that are stashed
away. It’s just a matter of knowing who has them,” said ATHS member
Scott Smith, who brought a 1957 Peterbilt to the show.

- See more at:
annual American Truck Historical Society’s National Convention &
Truck Show in Salem this past week attracted hundreds of trucks and
plenty of spectators.

Special thanks to Hard Working Trucks reader Gow Litzenburger for passing along photos of the event which we’ve packaged in a slide show below.

Other antique truck shows are scheduled this summer. Shows generally
feature class 1 to 8 trucks that are at least 25 years old. Visit the ATHS website for more information. For those interested in vintage truck restoration, membership in ATHS and networking at truck shows can prove invaluable.

“There’s actually quite a lot of parts out there that are stashed
away. It’s just a matter of knowing who has them,” said ATHS member
Scott Smith, who brought a 1957 Peterbilt to the show.

- See more at:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How F-150 Raptor Sticks to Trails: All-New BFGoodrich Tires Are More Capable, Comfortable Than Ever

The toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever gets a specially developed set of BFGoodrich tires that improve both on- and off-road performance while increasing comfort.

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Ford F-550 with Crane Body at Northside Ford in Portland OR

At Northside Ford , our long-standing customers know us a dependable source of new vehicles, like this Ford F-550 XLSuper Cab , conveniently located in Portland, Oregon . For the absolute best in service, selection, and value, please visit our website at to learn more about this exceptional 2016 Ford F-550

Northside Ford
6221 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97218
We are open
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday: Closed

Here at Northside Trucks in Portland Oregon we take pride in offering the best prices on Ford Commercial Trucks as well as New and Used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans in Portland Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We offer special prices on our website every day. We give our customers exactly what they are looking for - low prices, and a great experience on our lot.

We serve customers all over the greater Portland area including Tigard Beaverton Lake Oswego and other surrounding areas.

Northside Trucks has been selling Ford Commercial Trucks such as the Ford F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, E Series and the Transit Connect for many years. We know how to get our customers that best price for their hard earned money. Our proffessional mechanics inspect each of our used cars and trucks for any issues and we perform preventitive maintenance on our vehicles.

Northside Trucks is here for all of our Portland Oregon customers. Whether you have good credit bad credit or no credit at all, we will find a way to get you financed for that Work Truck Car Van or SUV that you have had your eye on. Call Northside Trucks in Portland Oregon today and experience the difference with the Portland areas premiere Ford Commercial Truck dealership.

2016 Ford Super Cab XLSuper Cab

Engine: V8, 6.7L; Turbo
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior Color: White
Stock #: 5350
VIN: 1FD0X5HT6GEB88118
Dual Rear Wheels, Tow Package, Foldaway Mirrors, Turbo Diesel, Running Boards, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Brakes, Power Mirrors, Power Steering, Power Windows, Heated Mirrors, Tachometer, Remote Keyless Entry, Outside Temp Gauge, Digital Compass, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Anti-Lock Brakes, Dual Air Bags, Side Impact Airbags, Pass Depowered Air, Driver Side Air Bag, Tow/Haul Mode, Traction Control, Intermittent Wipers, AM/FM/CD, Air Conditioning, Steering Wheel Radio, Microsoft Sync, iPod Capable, Bucket Seats, Center Armrest, Vinyl Seats, Tilt Steering, Beverage Holder, Adjustable Headrests, Bench Seats

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ford Transit, Transit Connect, Flex Win Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2016 – Ford Motor Company, led by the strength of its Transit van lineup, won seven Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2016.

The awards recognize vehicles that provide fleet customers with lowest total cost of ownership.

Ford vans were named best value for fleets in the following categories for the second consecutive year:
  •     Full-size half-ton passenger van: Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof wagon
  •     Full-size three-quarter-ton cargo van: Ford Transit 250 low-roof van
  •     Full-size one-ton cargo van: Ford Transit 350 low-roof van
  •     Small commercial passenger van: Ford Transit Connect XLT short-wheelbase van
Ford Flex SE equipped with front-wheel drive was named a best fleet value in Vincentric’s large SUV/crossover category for the third time. Two Lincoln models also received awards.

Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas – depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 20 different ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership/10,000 miles annually to 60 months of ownership/30,000 miles annually. Learn more, including the specific trim levels of the award-winning vehicles, at

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles.  At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Venturo Van Cranes for HVAC, Plumbing, Parcel Delivery, Utility Services, Etc!

Van manufacturers have been boosting production as demand increases for Euro style, high roof, cargo vans.  This includes many industries which could require lifting solutions such as HVAC, plumbing, parcel delivery, health services, construction fleets, utility services and government fleets.  With this in mind, Venturo has developed specialized crane applications that are the first of its kind in the industry.  The all-new VC1000 van crane from Venturo features a horizontally articulated jib boom to reach deep within the van with a capacity of 1,000 lbs. at maximum reach.  The VC1000 allows safe and productive material handling without the need for a forklift or a heavy, expensive lift gate.  Venturo also offers a side-door option with a 500 lb maximum capacity and a 2.6′ reach with a 12V DC winch.

 Model  VC500FB

The VC500FB van crane includes a 2 ft, 6 in boom length with a maximum capacity of 500 lbs. for the Ford Transit 250 Mid-Roof work van side door. This crane fits the new Euro-style vans.

Note: 500LB maximum capacity is based on typical van floor structure limitations, not winch capacity. It is the sole responsibility of the installer to determine if additional floor reinforcement is necessary.

VC1000 Commercial Van Crane – Coming Soon!    

All-New Van Crane Coming 2016!

The Venturo VC1000 Van Crane utilizes a unique dual floor and ceiling mounted telescopic mast that integrates with the van structure itself to ensure maximum structural integrity. The horizontally articulated boom uses roller bearings that allow the operator to guide the load easily in and out of the van. A unique rotation control feature utilizes a hand lever that operates a cable controlled multi-position rotation lock. This rotation lock enables the operator to lock the crane in various positions. This key feature adds an additional safeguard for the operator as the load is being loaded and unloaded.

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