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post #16 of 18 Old 07-13-2012, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by shippey-ki-yay View Post
How do all the newer "Cab over" trucks pass crash/safety regulations ?(UD's, Hino's, GMC's, etc)
Class rating. Larger trucks are not subject to the same regulations.

In their letter, the two associations note that the NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but has not generally applied these standards to commercial trucks greater than 10,000 pounds GVW.

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-15-2012, 03:48 PM
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^^^ Well I have a solution for that: Ram 2500/3500 chassis with the FC cab and 4x4 configuraton. Ford and GM already have medium duty COE setups that are popular for commercial use. A Jeep model would offer unmatched offroad or rough service capabilities and might just sweep the market for personal use rigs too. Imagine a small RV with offroad capablity...the COE setup gives superior visibility an is the best way to get a lot of truck in a smaller space.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 05:06 AM
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Where? In North America, only Isuzu and Mitsubishi Fuso offer COE trucks. Ford and GM's COE offerings were both discontinued 2 or 3 years ago, and the Ram 2500 and 3500 are light duty, not medium.

Crash ratings in North America will prevent small (Light Duty and smaller) COE trucks from being produced. Plus, most of the off-road tests of the Jeep FC said that, while it was well-built and very capable, the inherent limitations of the design-namely, all the weight right in the front-make it very unstable on descents-the exact same problem that made the original Jeep FC, and every other small, off-road oriented FC vehicle and many on-road ones, engineering failures.

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