Find Out Why Dodge Van Racing is a Thing in Japan

A recent and new weird Japanese trend include modifying and racing Dodge vans. The new and weird trend is discussed in a video that was posted on the Noriyaro YouTube channel. The video explains to the viewer how the weird Dodge van racing culture or otherwise known as Dajiban culture had first gotten started and taken off.

Key Takeaways:

  • People in Japan like weird things: miniature plastic foods, maid cafes, vending machines that dispense whatever your heart desires, and a lot more. But a new video explores a weird Japanese trend we can get behind: modifying and racing Dodge vans.
  • video posted on the Noriyaro YouTube channel explains how the Dodge van, or “Dajiban,” culture took off in Japan. It’s not clear why the Dodge Ram van of the mid-1990s specifically became the rig of choice, but the video explains that vans became popular because motorcycle racers needed a vehicle that could haul their bikes, parts, and tires to the track
  • The vans shown at Ebisu Circuit are painted in all different colors, with some wearing stickers advertising American brands like Mooneyes, Sunoco, and Liqui Moly.

“A new video explores a weird Japanese trend we can get behind: modifying and racing Dodge vans.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/find-dodge-van-racing-thing-japan/

Profit Is Hiding In Dark Places

According to reports, most fleets operate on very thin margins and it does not look like much change will be coming anytime soon. This is mostly partly due to them not having total and complete control over their procurement process. This can be changed if the procurement process is managed properly and efficiently for profit.

Key Takeaways:

  • In a recent survey conducted by AmeriQuest Business Services, 2,000 respondents who were responsible for managing or influencing their company’s procurement process shed light on why this process so often falls short of its potential.
  • Fifteen percent of the survey respondents didn’t know which department managed their company’s procurement, even though they were directly involved in the process.
  • Estimates are that 15–40 percent of a company’s overall operating costs fall in the indirect spend category.

“Fifteen percent of the survey respondents didn’t know which department managed their company’s procurement, even though they were directly involved in the process.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/article/story/2016/09/profit-is-hiding-in-dark-places.aspx

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

Daimler Trucks has recently announced its plan to unveil two electric vehicles, a Mitsubishi and a Mercedes. Both for commercial use, these new vehicles are expected to be introduced into the United States market in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Due to recent advancements in battery technology, these vehicles are becoming more widely available than they were in years past.

Daimler: Electric Delivery Trucks, Vans on the Way for U.S.

Here’s Your Chance to Own Donald Trump’s Lamborghini Diablo

This “lemans blue” 1997 Lamborghini Diablo roadster vet has only had three original owners! The first owner being the presidential candidate Donald trump. Currently on eBay the reserve has not bid met yet with a first bid at $460,000! The miles are 15,2777 and it comes with a sticker saying trump 2016! It also has some differences in relation to other lamborghinis including all wheel drive.

Here’s Your Chance to Own Donald Trump’s Lamborghini Diablo

Report: Small Fleets Keep Trucks Nearly Twice as Long as Large Fleets

There is a recent jointly produced study by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research that is now available. This study examines heavy duty vehicle usage, maintenance practices, as well as replacement parts purchasing activity. The cost of these maintenance and replacement parts is analyzed through identifying the annual dollars the reporting fleets spend on vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 30-page report gives a close look at the activity that drives equipment replacement and parts purchases such as vehicle age, typical trade cycles, miles driven per year and preventive maintenance intervals.
  • Small fleets averaged a Class 8 truck age of 5 years while large fleets reported an average of 2.7 years.
  • Class 8 miles driven is expected to increase in 2016 by 2.2% compared with 2015 and Class 8 ton miles is forecasted to increase by 1.1%.

“Fleets revealed that the primary reason for outsourcing maintenance was a lack of technical knowledge to complete the work at the fleet level and the report also found that more than half of outsourced maintenance was performed by original equipment dealers.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/news/story/2016/09/report-small-fleets-keep-trucks-nearly-twice-as-long-as-large-fleets.aspx

2016 Benchmarking Statistics

The Government Fleet collected data this year that suggests there is a slight increase in the average fleet size in comparison to the previous year. Also adding to this information there were reports that a higher percentage of respondents had increased their annual budgets. Whats new for the survey lists this year includes the title of the person that is overseeing fleet as well as the services fleets insource.

Key Takeaways:

  • Data collected from Government Fleet this year suggests a slight increase in average fleet size in comparison to the prior year.
  • In addition, a higher percentage of respondents said their annual budgets had increased, a trend continuing since 2013, when this question was first asked in the annual survey.
  • New for this year, the survey lists the title of the person overseeing fleet and the services fleets insource, with about one-third of respondents saying they perform preventive maintenance and repair for other agencies.

“Data collected from Government Fleet this year suggests a slight increase in average fleet size in comparison to the prior year. In addition, a higher percentage of respondents said their annual budgets had increased, a trend continuing since 2013, when this question was first asked in the annual survey.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/operations/article/story/2016/09/2016-benchmarking-statistics.aspx

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

The author describes the features of a redesigned and upgraded big rig from Volvo. The article lists the many fantanstic features of the truck, that have exceeded expectations and are incompatible to any other vehicles in its class. The writer also lists a detailed description of how the rig is better on gas and a hosts of other superior qualities.

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

Volvo SuperTruck in Photos

When people think Volvo, they think about compact cars. Not Semis. They should be. With aerodynamic add-ons and an all aluminum frame they saved two and a half tons of weight while retaining 88% freight efficiency. Who ever said shedding some weight wasn’t a good thing? And with 70% fuel efficiency you’ll be saving money while riding in a flashy, freshly designed Volvo semi. Money for a Volvo car maybe? Think Volvo, think semis.

Volvo SuperTruck in Photos

Mack Offers Light-Weight Solution for Concrete Mixer Applications

With industrial revolutions happening in every aspect of our nation. Trucking company has revolutionized its 11 liter by making it fifty one pounders lighter while still holding all of its power needed to move a semi. It is no surprise that lighter is better and understanding power to weight ratios will be crucial in development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mack Trucks is offering a lightweight version of the Mack Granite model, equipped with the 2017 MP 7 11-liter engine and mDrive HD 14-speed automated manual transmission aimed at concrete mixer applications.
  • Combined with a two-speed coolant pump, the new features help increase MP7 fuel efficiency by up to 2.1%, according to Mack.
  • Mack Granite models for concrete mixer applications also come standard with Mack ClearTech One, a single-package Exhaust Aftertreatment System that frees up frame rail space and reduces weight by approximately 17 pounds.

“The MP 7 11-liter engine received improvements for 2017, simplifying maintenance and improving efficiency. The MP7 is about 51 pounds lighter with up to 425 horsepower and 1,560 lb.-ft. of torque.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/products/news/story/2016/09/mack-offers-light-weight-solution-for-concrete-mixer-applications.aspx

Luxury Owners More Likely To Accept Driverless Cars

With technology taking off at an exponential rate, it will be no surprise that we are going to eventually see driverless cars. The first demographic group that will likely be targeted could potentially be the wealthy. Knowing that those who can afford the nicer things easily separates the high class from the middle class, but for how long?

Key Takeaways:

  • Cars that drive on there own.
  • What does someone thing about cars that drive on there own
  • Not everyone would like a car that drives on its own.

“According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today.”

http://www.lctmag.com/vehicles/news/715623/luxury-owners-more-likely-to-accept-driverless-cars

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