The 2014 National Truck Equipment Association trade show, simply called The Work Truck Show, experienced its fourth straight year of growth, as medium- and heavy-duty truckmakers and all the outfitters that support them gathered in Indianapolis again this year.
Bucket cranes, snowplows and cab and chassis displays weren't the only interesting pieces of machinery on the show floor. In fact, we found a few new and noteworthy trucks and their particular features that we thought you might find interesting. And if the excitement on the floor is any indication of what our economy has in store, we're in good shape for years to come.
Custom Big-Rig Rod
We found this custom rat-rod-type chopped, channeled and re-engineered Peterbilt sitting in the Silent Drive booth. The project is called "Piss'd Off Pete" and is supposed to be a thank-you to all the buyers of Silent Drive heavy-duty suspension components. The engine is a monster with a chromed Rockwell rear axle to match.
2015 Ford F-150
With a full lineup of vehicles at the show (Class 1 through 7), Ford announced it'd be significantly upgrading each of its truck and van offerings in the next 18 months, starting with the coming F-150 later this year. Ford had a stripper-regular-cab, two-wheel-drive, XL shortbed F-150 on display, and it was getting quite a bit of attention from various outfitters. Tape measures and photos were everywhere. We're guessing next year will also be a big year for Ford at this show.
Nissan EV NV200
Leveraging its recent electrification success with the Nissan Leaf, Nissan Commercial is putting much of that technology into several NV200 vans and passing them out to huge work-truck users. This particular model is slated to go to FedEx, where it'll be moving it around the country to collect usage data. The extra batteries cut the payload by more than 400 pounds but make no impact on total cargo volume.
Win a New Work Truck
ProPickup Magazine has a new-truck sweepstakes where, if eligible, you can win a brand-new 2013 Ram 2500 HD crew cab 4x4 with all sorts of custom work-truck features to make your work-life as easy as driving to the job site. The main truck sponsors are Ram Commercial and Mobil Delvac. To enter, click here, and be sure to read the official rules to make sure you qualify. Registration ends March 30, with the winner announced April 15.
F-650 Interior Shots
The Work Truck Show's big news was the introduction of the all-new Ford F-650 and F-750 platforms, which will exclusively use the next-gen Ford-built Power Stroke and TorqShift transmissions. Ford is making a big push to communize many of the new medium-duty engineering and designs strategies for improved quality and production efficiencies. The trucks come with either air or conventional braking choices (mostly depends on engine and chassis), with the new exhaust brake option located on the dash.