New product announcements: 03/25/2009 Medium-Duty Truck: Crew Option Available in the fall, Dodge offers its second-generation, restyled chassis cabs for the first time with a crew-cab option. The 3500 comes with a new 5.7L HEMI V-8 engine, while the 4500/5500 comes standard with a 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel packing 610 lb-ft of torque and equipped with all-new selective-catalytic reduction for 50-state emission compliance. An 8-gallon urea tank will need to be refilled for about every 400 gallons of fuel used, at least once for every 7,500-mile oil-change interval, Dodge says. Inside, a new, optional center console stores and powers a laptop computer.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.