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September 5, 2011  |  Comments
Not your parents’ work vehicle

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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Not your parents’ work vehicle

Quick, what’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of a work vehicle? Did you think of a rudimentary machine with a rough body that is matched by an equally rough interior? Well, work vehicles have changed.

It used to be, if the work vehicle had a tape player it was on the cutting edge of technology. Not anymore. Today, most of these vehicles have evolved into mobile command centers, complete with plush leather captain chairs, parking system, turn by turn navigation, Bluetooth capability, Wi-Fi hot spots, and even bullet-proof door panels.

In honor of Labor Day, we’d like highlight the new class of work vehicles that can make your job a whole lot easier.

Nissan NV

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2011 Nissan NV

The all new 2011 Nissan NV is more than a van; it’s your office on four wheels. The NV is designed to adapt to your work needs with three different trim levels (NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV 3500 HD) and the ability to upgrade to a high roof option.

Work

  • V6 or V8 engine
  • Custom upfit for your tools
  • Up to 320+ cubic feet of cargo space
  • Expanded desktop surface

Technology (available on select models):

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone
  • Touchscreen navigation
  • Rearview monitor

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van

Yes, Mercedes-Benz is in the commercial/fleet market with their Sprinter model line. The Sprinter Passenger Van is engineered to the manufacturer’s standards on performance, comfort, safety and luxury with its BlueTEC Engine, leatherette upholstery and class leading cabin space.

Work

  • Seating for up to 12 adults
  • Maximum payload: Up to 3187 lbs.
  • Best-in-class interior standing height: 6’4”

Technology (available on select models):

  • Back-up camera/parking assist
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone
  • Six disc CD player

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

It’s easy to see why Motor Trend voted the new Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD as its 2011 Truck of the Year. Chevy packed the Silverado with a powerful engine, plush leather seats, a sturdier undercarriage and plenty of tech goodies. Did we mention it has Wi-Fi too?

Work

  • Max towing: 17,800 lbs.
  • 397 maximum horsepower
  • Up to 680 miles on a single tank

Technology (available on select models):

  • Wi-Fi
  • OnStar
  • Navigation with live traffic updates

Ram Chassis Cab

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Dodge Ram Chassis Cab

Another truck of the year award winner. However, the Ram Chassis Cab was awarded the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck Magazine. Ready for any challenge, this truck comes with a friendly frame for an easy upfit and the kind of muscle only a Ram can deliver.

Work

  • 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine
  • Best-in-class 50,000 PSI-rated frame
  • Max towing: 19,500 lbs.

Technology (available on select models):

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone
  • 36GB hard drive
  • Navigation with live traffic updates

Ford Police Interceptor

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Ford Police Interceptor

The Ford Police Interceptor has a multitude of safety features we hope you never have to use, such as 75mph rear crash reinforcement, Level III ballistic door panels and airbags that can tell the difference between a collision and a bullet.

Work

  • V8 power with a V6 engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Powertrain calibrated for quicker accelerations

Technology (available on select models):

  • Steering wheel switches for sirens, speaker, canine doors
  • Ford SYNC
  • Rearview camera

About Adam Lopez

Adam Lopez is an advertising specialist at AutoNation's headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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