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January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

<p><strong><em>Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</em></strong></p>

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Motorlease Corp. Promotes Two Fleet Execs

<p><em>Mesik</em></p>

Motorlease Corp. has promoted Justin Mesick to controller and Jeffrey Perkins to general manager of fleet operations, the Farmington, Conn.,-based firm has announced.

Tags: Motorlease Corporation, Promotions, Fleet Management Companies

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Telogis Providing Road Updates for Juno Storm

<p><em>Image via Telogis Blog.</em></p>

Telematics service provider Telogis is posting updates to its blog about road closures and routing exceptions relating to the Juno winter storm on the East Coast.

Tags: Telogis, Storm Response, Winter Driving

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to Nearly Six-Year Low

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

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen since the spring of 2009. It fell 2.2 cents to $2.044 for the week ending Jan. 26, according to federal data.

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

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

GM Updates OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App

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

General Motors has updated its RemoteLink mobile app for OnStar to improve the way drivers can remotely control vehicle functions, the automaker announced.

Tags: OnStar, General Motors, Wi-Fi, Mobile Apps

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With School Buses

Here's driver safety advice from both esurance and the State of Washington.

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

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Low Gasoline Prices Causing Shift to Trucks, Dealers Say

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand should propel new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Tags: Retail Sales, Dealers, Light-Duty Trucks, NADA

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Wins ATD Truck of the Year Award

<p><em><strong>Photo: Kenworth</strong></em></p>

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) named the Kenworth T880 vocational truck with PACCAR MX-13 engine as the 2015 Truck of the Year.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Heavy-Duty Trucks, PACCAR MX engine, Kenworth T880

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

GM Introduces Silverado Midnight Edition Pickup

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of General Motors.</strong></em></p>

General Motors has introduced the 2015 Silverado 1500 Midnight special edition truck with monochrome appearance package that's being paired with the Z71 off-road truck, according to GM.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Pushes for Wider Adoption of Auto Braking Tech

<p><strong><em>ANTHONY FOXX</em></strong></p>

NHTSA reveals plans to add crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support to the New Car Assessment Program's list of recommended advanced safety features.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Collision Avoidance Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Automatic Braking, New Car Assessment Program, NHTSA

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

<p><strong>"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure."</strong> <em>Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot</em></p>

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, President Obama, ATA

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Price Falls to $2.06 Per Gallon

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

The national average price of gasoline is down 7.3 cents to $2.066 for the week ending Jan. 19, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Tags: AAA, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

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

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, 2015-MY, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Floats Compact Truck Concept

<p><em><strong>Photo of Santa Cruz crossover truck concept courtesy of Hyundai.</strong></em></p>

Hyundai revealed a compact truck concept vehicle designed for urban settings that includes an extendable bed that would give the truck a similar size to a mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Hyundai, Pickup Trucks, North American International Auto Show, Concept Vehicles

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show

<p><em><strong>Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.</strong></em></p>

Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris

January 19, 2015 - Industry News

GM Expands Availability of Safety Alert Seat

<p><strong><em>Chevrolet&rsquo;s Safety Alert Seat uses haptics, a tactile feedback technology that re-creates the sense of touch by using left and/or right &ldquo;tapping&rdquo; vibration pulses to direct the driver to the location of a crash threat. Photo courtesy of General Motors.</em></strong></p>
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The safety feature vibrates the driver’s seat cushion when a crash risk is detected.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Collision Avoidance Technology, General Motors, Chevrolet Suburban

January 19, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: More Winter Driving Advice

Here’s some winter driving advice from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA.

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

January 16, 2015 - Press Release

Verizon to Offer New Connected-Vehicle Service

<p><strong><em>Image courtesy of Verizon.</em></strong></p>

Verizon Vehicle will include diagnostic technology, push-button live assistance, and roadside assistance using GPS to hasten the tow truck’s arrival.

Tags: Verizon, Roadside Assistance, Connected Vehicle Technology

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

2015 Mid-Size Sedan Residual Values to Slide

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Subaru Legacy by Vince Taroc.</strong></em></p>

A crop of 2015 model-year mid-size sedans that offer greater fuel efficiency and more safety features than ever before are expected to return less residual value to buyers in part due to higher supply volumes, according to a Black Book forecast.

Tags: Black Book, Forecast, Mid-Size Sedans, 2015-MY, Residual Values

January 14, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Introduces Pair of Luxury Sedans

<p><em><strong>Photo of S60 Inscription courtesy of Volvo.</strong></em></p>

Volvo Cars introduced a pair of S60 luxury sedans at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the automaker says will help it sell 100,000 cars a year in the U.S.

Tags: Luxury Sedans, Volvo, Volvo S60

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

VIA Motors Begins Building Hybrid Silverado Pickup

<p><em><strong>PHOTO: VIA Motors</strong></em></p>

VIA Motors has launched production of its hybrid electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, Chairman Bob Lutz announced in Detroit.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Express, VIA Motors

January 14, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces First Plug-In Hybrid C-Class

<p><em><strong>Photo of the 2015 C350 Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.</strong></em></p>

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its first plug-in hybrid C-Class in the U.S. with the 2015 C350 Plug-In Hybrid that will arrive at dealer lots in the fall, the automaker announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, North American International Auto Show

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

<p><em><strong>Photo: Ford</strong></em></p>

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.</strong></em></p>

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Full-Size Pickups

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing Wheel Misalignment

Here are tips from Firestone to help fleet drivers recognize early symptoms of wheel misalignment.

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

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