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INDUSTRY NEWS: JANUARY 2018

SWS WARNING LIGHTS INC. INTRODUCES ITS VEHICLE BATTERY CHECK FEATURE

SWS Warning Lights Inc.’s new innovation monitors the power level of your vehicle’s battery. Warning lights from SWS Warning Lights Inc.’s Fleet Plus line will create an erratic flash pattern when your battery drops below 11.7 volts. This one innovation has saved one of its larger customers more than $250,000 per year in vehicle boost costs. This feature gives your fleet vehicle operator ample power to start up and prevent downtime. The increase awareness and implementation of anti-idling has really brought this warning light solution into the major fleet purchasing discussion. For more, visit www.swssafety.com.

GROTE’S XTL LED LIGHT STRIP NAMED TOP AFTERMARKET PRODUCT OF 2017

Grote announces that its XTL LED light strip was named The Top Aftermarket Product of 2017 by Truck Parts & Service in its top ten countdown of the most read new product releases on its website.

“Being the #1 Aftermarket Product of 2017 in Truck Parts & Service is quite an accomplishment. We have known this breakthrough technology really energizes our customers, and to see the interest through the customer feedback confirms that we have a real winner,” states John Grote, global vice president of sales and marketing.

“The entire XTL team worked hard to develop a world-class product that proudly represents the Grote name. It is gratifying to see the aftermarket respond in such a positive way to that hard work,” adds Chris Cammack, XTL business development manager. “The XTL technology product is just the first of many XTL products in the pipeline. My goal is to win this honor several times in the next decade.”

Manufactured in the USA from the highest-quality materials, the patented XTL design is available exclusively from Grote and is the only LED light strip product rated for outdoor use on the market today. Currently, XTL is offered in blue, white, and EXTREME white, red, yellow, and green options. For more, visit www.grote.com/xtl.

CHEVROLET, FORD, HINO, AND INTERNATIONAL TO REVEAL NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AT THE WORK TRUCK SHOW®

Four of North America’s leading truck manufacturers announce they will unveil new vehicles at The Work Truck Show® 2018. Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles will reveal its Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD chassis cab trucks. Ford Commercial Vehicles will launch a new commercial vehicle. Hino Trucks will introduce a line of Class 7 and 8 trucks. International Truck will debut what it’s calling “the driver’s ultimate work truck.” Additional OEMs with press conferences scheduled include Ram Commercial, which plans to announce work-truck-related news for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 truck; Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc.; and Mack Trucks Inc. These manufacturers are among 100 exhibiting companies that have shared plans to introduce commercial vehicles and equipment at North America’s largest work truck event.

The Work Truck Show takes place March 6–9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress, begin March 6, and the exhibit hall is open March 7–9.

“Every March, Indianapolis becomes the North American epicenter for work trucks, as manufacturers showcase the newest vocational trucks, vans, components, and equipment for any application to fleet managers, equipment distributors, upfitters, installers, and other professionals in the vocational vehicle industry,” says Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “If you want to be part of this year’s biggest product launches, you want to be at The Work Truck Show 2018.”

Chevrolet says the new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD chassis cab trucks will complete its commercial truck portfolio. Designed around how customers work, the OEM says the trucks will be highly maneuverable and among the easiest on the market to upfit.

Hino reports that its new Class 7 and 8 trucks are the result of four years of development and hundreds of thousands of hours of engineering work that included building 10 prototypes. The vehicles will be powered by Hino’s A09 9-L engine that provides a horsepower range of 300 to 360 hp.

Overall, the 500 exhibiting companies at The Work Truck Show 2018 will showcase the latest products to build, equip, customize, and use the trucks that keep America moving forward. For more, visit www.worktruckshow.com.

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MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: JANUARY 2018 ISSUE

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