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There are plenty of trucks out there, but some of them are the toughest big rigs you can get and they usually deal with the most demanding working conditions. The Freightliner 108SD is one of them, as it was designed to conquer the most severe environments that require maximum maneuverability and strong towing capacity.

The Freightliner’s 108SD severe duty model is available with a bunch of strong Cummins engines, multiple power take-off (PTO) options and a solid chassis engineered for arduous missions.

With a GVW (gross vehicle weight) rating of up to 79,000 lbs., the truck is also pretty versatile and is available in both front engine and rear engine configurations with many PTO options available. The Freightliner 108SD has a starting price of $78.700 and is available in three cab configurations including the Day Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab.

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The GMC Savana is a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Express and is available in two trim levels naming the LS and LT. The chassis cab version of the model can be ordered with both rear-wheel-drive or full-wheel-drive configurations, and thanks to its solid chassis the vehicle can be used for a wide range of light-duty missions. The truck is powered by an inefficient but strong V8 engine and has a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 12,300 pounds pounds. The GMC Savana received its latest significant updates in 2009 and with a MSPR of $27,780 is among the most affordable cutaway models from the market.

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The Peterbilt 330 features a versatile conventional cab configuration and was designed as a medium duty class 6 vehicle that doesn’t require a commercial driver license to be driven. With a GVWR of 26,000 pound and a wide range of engines and chassis configurations the Peterbilt is ideal for refrigerated van, pickup, delivery, wrecker and utility configurations.

Moreover, the truck is also available with hybrid technology which offers a better fuel economy and lower emissions. The 330 is not the only truck in the company’s lineup which uses Eaton’s Hydraulic Launch Assist as the 320 model is also using the same technology.

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Designed for medium-duty activities, the KenworthT370 is available in a wide range of models and its tough chassis is capable of tackling even the toughest jobs.

The Kenworth T370 is a Class 7 vehicle, rated at 33,000 lbs GVW. Available as a straight truck or tractor, it can be configured from the ground up for specific applications and has a starting price of $150.000.

The Kenworth T370 is equipped with the reliable Paccar engines that can be mated on either manual or automatic transmissions which are also available with PTO systems.

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The Mack TerraPro was especially designed for refuse and construction industries and is available in both Cabover and Low entry configurations. The Mack TerraPro Cabover is the best-selling refuse truck in its segment and is based on the MR series. The Mack TerraPro Series was designed to offer multiple driving configurations including stand up, sit down, left-hand, right-hand and dual steering models.

The Mack TerraPro series is powered by the MP7 and MP8 engines which have a horsepower range from 325 to 505 hp. The truck comes with a base warranty of 1-year / 100,000 mile.

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The Nissan Patrol chassis cab was built for lightweight duties and features a rugged off road character enhanced by a capable all wheel drive system and the generous ground clearance. With a gross vehicle mass of up to 3400 kg, the vehicle is one of the most versatile chassis cab models available on today’s market and feels like home on any terrain, being able to deal effortless with river crossings, sand dunes or muddy construction sites.

The rear axle of the Nissan Patrol chassis cab can be equipped with either leaf suspensions or with coil springs.

Under the hood the vehicle is equipped with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine which has a maximum output of 160hp.

The Nissan Patrol chassis cab has a starting price of $50.000 and is available in two trim levels - the DX and the ST.

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The Peterbilt 320 features a cab over engine configuration and was designed for the refuse and vocational industries. Thanks to its wide range of engines and axle configurations the model is one of the most versatile trucks produced by the American manufacturer. Besides the typical diesel engines, the Peterbilt 320 is also available with a hybrid technology which offers significantly lower fuel consumption without sacrificing the payload capacity. Optional frame liners are also offered for heavier missions, while a power take off system is available for both front mounted and transmission driven configurations.

The Peterbilt 320 is priced around $130.000 and its latest upgrades were made in 2012 when it received new steering gears, a lightweight battery box, ergonomic seats and innovative tri plane mirrors.

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The Peterbilt 210 and 220 models are medium duty vehicles designed for the Class 6 and 7 markets. These trucks feature a cab over engine configuration which gives them a better maneuverability around city and more compact dimensions without sacrificing the payload and interior space.

Both models have received a series of style in 2012, but the engines specifications remained unchanged. The vehicles are available with several wheelbases to accommodate a variety of application requirements including pickup and delivery, wrecker and sweeper. The Model 210 and 220 complement Peterbilt’s broad lineup of medium duty vehicles which includes the conventional Model 325, 330, 337, and 348.

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Volvo ’s VN lineup was already pretty versatile, but the company has also introduced a natural gas-powered version of the truck at Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

Compared to the diesel models, the new CNG version doesn’t have any exterior or interior modifications and shares the same features as its siblings.

The natural gas-powered trucks represent a very efficient option for fleet owners and truckers who want to lower the fuel costs and this technology has already started to be seen with very good eyes in the commercial vehicles segment.

Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing said, “The addition of the Volvo natural gas-powered VNL daycab is just the most recent example of our longstanding commitment to offering products that positively impact the ROI of our customers. Developing fuel-efficient technology, whether through natural gas, diesel or hybrid, is a priority for Volvo Trucks . We were the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer EPA 2010-certified engines with no credits, and we’ve continued that legacy by focusing our efforts on offering fleets solutions that reduce their fuel costs.”

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The Opel Movano is a mid-sized commercial vehicle that made its debut in 1998. The vehicle is sold in the United Kingdom under the Vauxhall badge and received its latest upgrades in 2010.

The vehicle features a maximum GVW (gross vehicle weight) of up to 4500 kg and is based on the actual generation Renault Master Renault Master while both generations are based on the current Renault Master. The vehicle is available in single cab or crew cab configuration and comes with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and heavy-duty twin rear-wheel drive options. Moreover, all models come with a three-year/100,000 mile warranty on both the chassis and the conversion (when factory built). With a starting price of 13.000 GBP (ex taxes) the Opel Movano is one of the most affordable chassis cab models from the market.


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