Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 GMC Canyon Review | Consumer Reports



GM tries to revive the shrinking compact truck market with the new GMC Canyon and its near-twin, the Chevrolet Colorado. Better refinement, more features and an upcoming diesel engine might score some sales.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Knapheide Service Body Product Training Video



This new video features the most up to date standard offerings found on Knapheide Service Bodies..   The videos feature a comprehensive overview of the features and end user benefits found on Service Bodies and KUV's.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A Day In The Life With Bret, A Diesel Mechanic



Watch as Bret works from sun up to sun down out of his Knapheide PGND Gooseneck Body.

Spend a few minutes with Bret Duesterhaus, ace diesel mechanic and farmer, to see how his recent upgrade to a Knapheide PGND Gooseneck Body has taken his daily productivity to a new level.  Bret puts in long hours with little time to spare so he relies on his knowledge, tools, and work truck to get the job done and move on to the next.

Monday, December 22, 2014

KNAPHEIDE- AMERICA'S MOST POPULAR SERVICE BODY

Knapheide is the leading manufacturer of standard service bodies. We've put forty years of ideas and innovation into our service bodies so you can have the best in the industry.

With a rugged steel construction and external storage for your tools and equipment, the Standard Service Body is a key component in your day to day productivity.  The external compartments offer protection from the outside elements and allow the technician to access their equipment without having to climb into the truck bed.  Staying organized both on and between job sites is important, that's why Knapheide's Standard Service Bodies come with ample compartment storage space complete with shelving.  Our double panel door construction combined with stainless steel rotary latches keeps your equipment and tools secure and provides peace of mind.  Knapheide's Standard

Service Bodies are tested and true and come with a six year warranty.

Custom configure a Sortimo package for your Service Body with Knapheide's Online Sortimo Configurator!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

GMC Canyon is Autoweek’s Best of the Best Truck



All-new premium midsize pickup wins with style, utility and ‘near-luxury’ experience



DETROIT – GMC Canyon today was named Autoweek’s Best of the Best/Truck for 2015. Editors praised the all-new premium midsize truck for its design, utility, features and “perfect size.”

“It’s truly a truck in the most honest sense…but refuses to forego the requirements a modern buyer has in a vehicle: refinement, modern conveniences and amenities, high-quality build, practicality and style,” said Autoweek’s editors, who also noted the Canyon is “brimming with a near-luxury experience.”

Autoweek’s annual Best of the Best awards are based on the evaluations of eight vehicle finalists selected for their performance, design, build quality, value and significance. A three-day test session at Michigan International Speedway by the editors determined the awards, which include one car and one truck. 

“Of the hundreds of vehicles Autoweek tests each year, only a relative few truly stand out from the rest,” said Autoweek editor Wes Raynal. “The GMC Canyon is not only one of the best new vehicles on the market, it’s one of the most important, signaling an exciting return to the mid-sized truck segment.”

Said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing: “Delivering class-leading capabilities with GMC’s signature refinement was our goal for Canyon from Day One and Autoweek’s recognition affirms our instincts. It’s an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for those who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a pickup, combined with modern amenities and connectivity today’s customers tell us they expect.”

Canyon starts at $21,880 and is available in base, SLE and SLT models, and in extended cab and crew cab body styles. It offers the segment’s best horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy: 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 27 mpg highway (2WD) from a standard 2.5L I-4; and 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 26 mpg (2WD) from an available 3.6L V-6.

The V-6 engine enables a segment-leading 7,000-pound trailering rating.

Canyon is the only truck in the segment to offer AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive, which allows the driver to select manual or automatic 4WD engagement. It also offers the G80 locking rear differential, for sure-footed traction in slippery conditions and when trailering.

Additionally, OnStar with 4G LTE and its standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first.

Editors’ Note: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price includes destination freight charge but excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. 

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Magic 8' Service Body Changeup



Jordan shows us a unique change to an 8' Service Body that makes it so much more useful and effective in the same space. It's not a bigger body, but a substantially more effective one. The transverse compartment is part of the magic, and then combine that with the horizontal series long horizontal compartment, add the master lock system, Harbor's push-button locking system, stainless steel lids and this changeup creates magic when it comes to functionality and effectiveness. See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harbor SRW WorkMaster on GMC Double Cab HD2500



Here's a twist on the WorkMaster by Harbor, often called a plumber style body. This one is mounted on a single rear wheel GMC Double Cab. This 8' WorkMaster has standard WorkMaster features including the Master Lock System, Rear Access door for sliding in pipe and matches up with the interior shelf, Tall barn style doors in the back give easy access to the interior with two shelves on each side. This one also has a removable stainless steel vise bracket and on the other side, a water jug holder. All this on a 2500HD GMC Double Cab makes for a sweet package.

See more offerings from Harbor Truck Bodies at www.htbi.net

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GM Expands Silverado/Sierra Bi-Fuel CNG Availability

Chevrolet and GMC have expanded the availability of bi-fuel versions of the new 2015 Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and Sierra 2500/3500HD pickup trucks.

These models feature a compressed natural gas (CNG) option, which provides reduced CO2 emissions compared to the gasoline engine, while delivering full-size truck utility.

The CNG option is available on all 2015-MY Silverado 2500HD configurations and Silverado 3500HD models with single rear wheels, along with the 2500HD double cab and crew cab models, and with 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD models. The bi-fuel CNG option is available on standard- or long-box models in both 2WD and 4WD.

The bi-fuel CNG Silverado/Sierra 2500/3500HD uses the 6.0L Vortec V-8 with factory-installed hardened exhaust valves and intake/exhaust valve seats engineered for gaseous fuel use. The Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine can seamlessly transition between CNG and gasoline.

The CNG fuel delivery and storage system is covered under GM's limited warranty and is serviceable by Chevrolet and GMC dealers. Plus, all major components have GM service part numbers for broad availability.

The gasoline engine produces 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. While running on CNG, the engine produces 301 hp and 333 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Silverado has a separate tank and allows the driver to seamlessly switch fuels with the flip of a switch. Not all bi-fuel systems allow drivers to manually switch fuels. In addition, the fuel system automatically switches to gasoline when the CNG tank is empty. The combined 17 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) CNG tank and 36-gallon gasoline tank provide a range of more than 650 miles, according to General Motors. The CNG tank is located in the pickup bed, and is installed by a GM supplier. The gasoline fuel gauge also doubles as the CNG fuel gauge.

In the CNG system, all high-pressure fuel lines are located between the frame rails. There is a full 10-year corrosion validation. The bi-fuel CNG Silverado/Sierra has a comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile transferable powertrain limited warranty, which is not the case for all manufacturers.


September 2014, Automotive Fleet - Feature
by Mike Antich -http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/



Monday, December 8, 2014

Red Knapheide Service Body with Sortimo Package



Jordan shows off a new red 8' Knapheide Service Body mounted on a GMC chassis. This body has the master locking system, forklift loadable rack, and class IV receiver. It also has the famous Sortimo bin package option on the streetside to help stay organized. See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Colorado and Canyon: Striving for the Perfect Body




WENTZVILLE, Mo. – The men and women launching the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly Plant are proud of their “perfect bodies.”

Not necessarily what they see in the mirror but the perfect bodies of the new trucks that began production in September.

Engineers at Wentzville used perfectly measured mockups of the trucks’ interior and exterior and a sophisticated laser-scanning system to test the fit of parts and assemblies both to the “perfect body” and to other parts to which they connect.

Long before the assembly line started to roll, this process identified and aided in the resolution of mismatches and conflicts involving parts and assemblies coming from five GM plants and as many as 20 different suppliers.
  
More than 200 parts or assemblies were evaluated using the tools before regular production began. One example was an ill-fitting passenger side “A-pillar” between the windshield, instrument panel and headliner. The pillar was disassembled piece by piece uncovering Part Quality, Design, and Assembly issues. Working with all parties they were able to fix the issue and refine the production process before the line ran trucks to be shipped to dealers.

“We’re working with an entirely new vehicle architecture as well as the latest technology available for dimensional management,” said Bryan Vickery, dimensional engineer for Body Maintenance at Wentzville. “The process is a big part of delivering improved body structures, which translates to great vehicles to our customers.” 

The tools are still used in production, where they help identify issues undetectable by the human eye. 

“The perfect body process helps everyone by quickly identifying the source of a particular issue and giving us guidance on what needs to be done to fix it,” said Mark Deterding, engineering manager for Magna Interiors. “We discover potential issues before they can affect the vehicle’s quality. We identify solutions and we use them to make sure our solutions work.

“It’s an additional step, but we’re happy to spend time with these perfect bodies because they mean safer, quieter and more reliable vehicles for the customer.”

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About GMC
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Knapheide Standup KUV Body On GMC Cutaway



Jordan Lewis gives us a tour of a Knapheide KUV plumber-style service body on the GMC cutaway chassis. This one has a stand up height so there is no hunching over inside and he compares this visually with the popular low roof model. See more from Dow Lewis at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2015 GMC Canyon Review | Consumer Reports



GM tries to revive the shrinking compact truck market with the new GMC Canyon and its near-twin, the Chevrolet Colorado. Better refinement, more features and an upcoming diesel engine might score some sales.