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July 23, 2014 - Industry News

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

<p><strong><em>Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.</em></strong></p>

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Caprice, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, Cadillac ATS, General Motors, Buick Encore, Buick Regal, 2014-MY, GMC Terrain, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Caprice PPV

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

<p>Mike Pitcher talks about how his company, LeasePlan USA, implemented a cell phone policy.</p>

The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford, Class 2

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ark. to Give Clean Fuel Rebates to Fleets

The Arkansas Energy Office will hand out $150,000 in state rebates to fleet operators who convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, according to an announcement.

Tags: Rebate, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, CNG Conversions, Arkansas

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Proposes More Road Testing for MPG Rating

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

The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend that automakers be required to perform additional road testing to confirm the fuel-economy claims posted on their vehicles, rather than relying on laboratory measurements.

Tags: Hyundai, AAA, Vehicle Testing, EPA, Kia Motors, Fuel Economy, Ford

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

<p>Ford Transit Van (PHOTO: Westport)</p>

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, CNG, Cutaway Vans, Westport WiNG, Westport

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Responding to a Highway Breakdown

Here's some advice from AAA on what steps drivers should take when a vehicle breaks down suddenly on a highway.

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

July 20, 2014 - Industry News

6 States Partner for Distracted Driving Crackdown

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.</strong></em></p>

Launched July 20, the enforcement campaign involves law enforcement agencies in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Law Enforcement

July 19, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 Mustang Tops Out at 435 HP

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

Ford has announced horsepower and torque ratings for the trio of engines available on the redesigned 2015 Mustang.

Tags: Ford Mustang, Ford, Sports Cars, 2015-MY

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing for 2015 F-450

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 F-450 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford has increased the towing capability of its largest pickup, the F-450, for the 2015 model-year to a best-in-class 31,200 pounds, Ford announced at a media event in West Virginia.

Tags: Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Class 3, Light-Duty Trucks

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 Expedition with V-6 EcoBoost Now Available

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Expedition Platinum courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford's 2015 Expedition with new 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine is now available after the automaker unveiled it to automotive journalists in West Virginia.

Tags: Ford, Large SUVs, Ford Expedition, Engines, 2015-MY

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet, GM 1500 Trucks Get 8-Speed Transmission

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

General Motors will pair a new 8-speed transmission with its V-8 engine offered on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon Denali, and Yukon XL Denali models.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, GMC, Transmissions, General Motors, Towing, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Class 2, Chevrolet, 2015-MY

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Research: By 2035 Alt-Fuels Will Power 14 Percent of Trucks

Medium and heavy duty vehicles (MHDVs) represent less than 5 percent of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) powered by either gasoline or diesel.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Knapheide Develops Bodies for Transit Cutaway and Cab Chassis

<p><em>Photo: Knapheide</em></p>

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company has developed a full line-up of bodies for the 2015 Ford Transit cutaway and cab chassis.

Tags: Knapheide, Ford Transit, Upfit

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

BMW Recalls 1.6M Sedans for Potential Air Bag Defect

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

BMW recently recalled 1.6 million 3 Series sedans manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006 due to potential problems with air bags.

Tags: BMW, BMW 3 Series, Recalls, Takata, Air Bags, 2000-MY, 2006-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, Luxury Sedan

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Truck to Adopt SAE Towing Standard

<p>The SAE J2807 towing capacity for a 2015 Ram 3500 with 6.7L Cummins diesel is 30,000 pounds - 2013-MY vehicle pictured. (PHOTO: Chrysler)</p>

Beginning with the 2015 model-year, Ram will adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all three full-size pickup truck segments, including the ½-ton Ram 1500, ¾-ton Ram 2500 Heavy Duty, and 1-ton “King of the Hill” Ram 3500 Heavy Duty,

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Towing, SAE, 2015-MY

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Significant Fuel Economy Improvement Exists

<p><em>Photo courtesy of U.S. DOE.</em></p>

According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, several fuel-efficient technologies that can deliver significant reductions in fuel consumption are currently or will soon be available for standard gasoline vehicles.

Tags: U.S. Department of Energy, EIA, greenhouse gases, Fuel Economy

July 15, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Sets Pricing, Availability for 2015-MY Vehicles

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

Audi of America has released pricing and availability for its 2015 model-year vehicles, as it adds 4G LTE connectivity as an option on the heels of the April launch of the redesigned 2015 A3 sedan.

Tags: Audi, Pricing, 2015-MY, Fleet Availability

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Hyundai Recalls 2015 Sonata for Power Steering

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

Hyundai has recalled its 2015 Sonata mid-size sedan for a poor connection within the vehicle's wiring harness that may result in a reduction of steering assist or the inability to move the shifter out of the Park position.

Tags: Hyundai, Recalls, Hyundai Sonata, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, Steering System

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Enhancements to 2015 Vans

<p><strong><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></strong></p>

Nissan has announced several updates and availability for its NV cargo, NV passenger, NV200, and NV200 Taxi for the 2015 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Vans, Taxi Fleets

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Nominations Open for Sustainability All Stars

Nominations have opened for the 2014 Sustainability All Stars, which recognize fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability.

Tags: Sustainability All Stars, Green Fleet Conference, Awards

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Set for Next Week In Schaumburg, Ill.


The event will include educational sessions on such topics as distracted driving prevention, professional networking opportunities and presentation of the Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Monsanto, LeasePlan, NETS

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Navigating a Median U-Turn Intersection

The median U-turn intersection, most commonly seen in the state of Michigan, provides drivers an alternative to the traditional left turn at a signal-controlled intersection. But the roadway design can leave some drivers confused.

Tags: Michigan, Federal Highway Administration, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Median U-Turn Intersections, Traffic Engineering

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen to Produce Mid-Size SUV

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

Volkswagen will produce a mid-size SUV in Tennessee that's based on its CrossBlue Concept, the company announced today.

Tags: Volkswagen, Vehicle Production, Mid-Size SUVs

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Work Truck Upfitters Issue Recalls for Fire Risk

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

In certain modified Ford work trucks, oil might leak from the PTO pressure switch onto a thermal blanket covering the exhaust.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Trucks, Ford F-550, Recalls, Ford F-350, NHTSA, Muncie Power Products Inc., Tactical Vehicle Outfitters, STAHL, Utility Truck Equipment Co., Somerset Welding & Steel, Ford F-450

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