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November 26, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Enhances Interior Air Filtering for XC90

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Volvo.</strong></em></p>

Volvo is introducing a larger, more efficient multi-filter in the 2015 XC90 luxury SUV's cabin that will better control air quality, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, 2015-MY, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Depreciation, Black Book

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Discusses Fleet Strategy for Fuel Cell Vehicle

<p><em><strong>The Toyota Mirai uses large air intakes that blend oxygen with hydrogen fuel to power the vehicle. Photo by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

Toyota has begun discussing its Mirai fuel cell vehicle with commercial fleet clients, and will roll out a strategy to place the vehicle in the hands of commercial and government fleet users in 2015.

Tags: Toyota, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Toyota Mirai, Hydrogen Fueling Stations

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Offers More Connectivity

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

The Chevrolet Cruze is offering greater connectivity for its 2015 model including new text message alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Tags: Chevrolet Cruze, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, General Motors, Mobile Apps

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to $2.82 Per Gallon

<p><em><strong>Photo via Wikipedia.</strong></em></p>

The national average price of gasoline fell 7.3 cents to $2.821 per gallon for the week ending Nov. 24, according to federal data.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, AAA

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Wet Weather Driving

With rain forecast this week for many areas, this is a good time for fleet drivers to review safety measures for wet weather driving.

Tags: AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Weather, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck Test

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Ram Truck.</strong></em></p>

Of the three top-selling full-size pickup truck contenders, Ram has won the Motor Trend 2015 half-ton truck shootout, Ram has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Awards, Vehicle Testing

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

<p><em><strong><span class="s1">Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co.&nbsp;</span>Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.</strong></em></p>

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year

<p><em><strong><span class="s1">Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. </span>Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.</strong></em></p>

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze captured the most votes among 48 cars selected for this year's competition. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

Tags: Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

November 20, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell A7 Sedan

<p><em><strong>Photo by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

Audi has added its name to the list of automakers developing a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, as the automaker introduced the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Audi, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Audi A7, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

<p>Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck&nbsp;of the Year award to&nbsp;Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car&nbsp;of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)</p>

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Awards, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

Tags: Ford Explorer, EcoBoost, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Cycle Refresh, Engines

November 20, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Chrysler Refreshes 300, Adds Sport Model

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Chrysler 300C Limited by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

The Chrysler 300 executive sedan gets a refresh for the 2015 model year includes a standard eight-speed transmission for all models, a reworked front end design, and and new 300S sportier model, the automaker announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Chrysler, Chrysler 300, L.A. Auto Show, Full-Size Sedans, Transmissions

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Mazda Enters Compact SUV Segment With CX-3

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2016 CX-3 by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

Mazda became the latest automaker to enter the compact SUV vehicle segment with its 2016 CX-3 debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Mazda, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs, 2016-MY, Mazda CX-3

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

KBB Selects Best Buys for 2015

<p><em><strong>Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of its annual Best Buy Awards for 2015 vehicles in the U.S. market, a list of vehicles in 12 categories. KBB picks the vehicles from more than 300 new-car models and 49 finalists.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, Ford F-150, Best Buy, 2015-MY

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $2.89 Per Gallon

<p><em><strong>Photo via Wikipedia.</strong></em></p>

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell 4.7 cents to $2.894 for the week ending Nov. 17. The latest price decline continues a trend of falling fuel prices that began in late June.

Tags: AAA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Cars.com Ranks 10 Mid-Size Sedans

<p><strong><em>Photo of 2015 Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.</em></strong></p>

Cars.com has ranked the best-selling mid-size sedans costing less than $27,000 at a time with plenty of movement in the category, which has seen at least four major redesigns for the 2015 model year.

Tags: Cars.com, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, Hyundai Sonata

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Silverado Offers Trio of EcoTec3 Engines

<p>2014 5.3L V-8 EcoTec3 AFM VVT DI (L83) for Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. (PHOTO: General Motors)</p>

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado offers three EcoTec3 engines with advanced fuel-saving technologies that enable fleets to choose the performance and fuel efficiency that best meets their needs.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, EcoTec Engines, Pickup Trucks, Engines, Fuel Efficiency

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Avoiding Common Crashes

Here is a video discussing what safety measures drivers can take to help prevent the most common types of collisions.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

ALG Adds Vans to Residual Value Awards

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect by Vince Taroc.</strong></em></p>

For the first time, compact and full-size commercial vans were included in the award's 26 recognized vehicle segments.

Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Residual Value Awards, Compact Vans, Ford Transit Connect

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies VIA Motors' Hybrid Van

<p><em><strong>CEO Pablo Acedo poses with VIA eREV vans. Photo courtesy of VIA.</strong></em></p>

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted certification to VIA Motors' eREV gasoline-electric hybrid van, paving the way for shipping of the vehicle to fleets, the company announced Nov. 13.

Tags: VIA Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Full-Size Vans, EPA, EPA Certification

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bi-Fuel Impala Tested With Bonfire, Rifle Round

<p><em><strong>Photo of crash testing of 2015 Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors has subjected the compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tank of its 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala to several extreme tests, including the "bonfire test," penetration test with an armor-piercing rifle round, and impact testing.

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Vehicle Testing, General Motors, Bi-Fuel CNG, Chevrolet Impala CNG

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

October New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Ratings Flat

Fuel economy for new vehicles sold in October averaged 25.3 mpg, which is the same fuel economy for light-duty vehicle sold in September, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Trends, UMTRI, 2015-MY

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City MPG, Pricing Announced

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

Ram Truck has announced the pricing and fuel economy for its first vehicle in the small commercial van segment, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

Tags: Vehicle Pricing, Fuel Economy, Ram Truck, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, Cargo Vans

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