Challenges & Solutions for Spec'ing Vans & Trucks

Another spec’ing-related challenge revolves around vehicle performance and available safety features. For light-duty trucks, finding advanced drivetrain products with high mpg performance without downsizing into a ‘micro-vehicle and getting needed safety options.

The lineup of trucks and vans offered by General Motors Fleet come with a number of standard and available safety features as well as a wide range of payload, horsepower, and towing capacities that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each fleet.

Additionally, for medium-duty trucks, fleets face the challenge of getting the weight capacity on the right chassis without having to upscale the truck to a size too large for inner-city deployment.

Both fleet managers recommend working directly with an OEM, encouraging participation on supplier and OEM advisory boards. General Motors’ Commercial Sounding Board is a forum for fleet professionals to candidly discuss issues of importance to the fleet industry.

For vans and light-/medium-duty trucks, one other top challenge in the communications fleet industry revolves around group consensus. There is a struggle to get drivers and supervisors to agree on a common set of standard configurations for all geographic locations (excluding climate requirements).

General Motors Fleet works with many specialty vehicle manufacturers to help provide quality upfits to help enhance General Motors trucks and vans and meet your business needs.

Ergonomic concerns are also top-of-mind when spec’ing trucks. Finding a way to ensure fleet truck operators can safely enter and exit the rear of a medium-duty work truck that doesn’t represent a ‘low-center’ or ‘angle of departure’ can be a challenge. General Motors Fleet trucks and vans feature advanced ergonomic designs that can increase driver comfort and productivity.

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