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December 21, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: How to Respond to Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines pose unique road hazards. Here are safety tips from PG&E and Southern California Edison.  

Tags: Southern California Edison, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Plumber's Truck Reaches Syrian Front Lines

A Texas plumber's Ford F-250 has found a second life as a vehicle used on the front lines of the Syrian Civil War.

Tags: Auction, Ford F-250, Syria, Small Fleets

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

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Tags: Ford

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

<p><strong><em>Photo: The Auto Truck Group</em></strong></p>

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Tags: Upfitting, St. Louis, Ship Thru, Auto Truck Group

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: ProMaster Van Leads TCO Among Diesels

<p><em><strong>Photo of ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.</strong></em></p>

The diesel-powered Chrysler ProMaster full-size van was the only non-luxury diesel expected to deliver a lower total cost of ownership than its gasoline counterpart in a Vincentric study that evaluated 35 diesels.

Tags: Vincentric, Total Cost of Ownership, Diesel Engines

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Group Changes Name to FCA US

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

The Chrysler Group has changed its official name change to FCA US, the company announced on Dec. 16.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S Powertrains

<p>ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.</p>

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Turkey

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

National Gasoline Average Lowest in Five Years

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

The trend of falling gasoline prices continues as the national average price is 12.5 cents cheaper for the week ending Dec. 15. The average is currently $2.55 per gallon.

Tags: AAA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Flood Response

Here are some driver safety tips to help fleet drivers when flood conditions pose a threat.

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

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

BMW to Debut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Drive System

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

BMW will unveil its first-ever electric hydrogen fuel cell drive system at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker announced.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, North American International Auto Show, BMW

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Testing Three-Cylinder Gasoline Engine

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

Volvo Cars is testing a new three-cylinder gasoline engine it says can produce up to 180 hp as the automaker seeks to revamp its powertrain offerings with a focus on "efficient power."

Tags: Volvo, Engine Downsizing, Engines, Fuel Efficiency

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

NatGasCar Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit Connect

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

NatGasCar has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect with a 2.5L bi-fuel engine system.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, EPA, CNG Conversion, NatGasCar, Vehicle Modifiers, Bi-Fuel CNG

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ward's Names 10 Best Engines of 2015

<p><em><strong>Photo of Corvette's 6.2L V-8 courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

Ward's 10 Best of Engines of 2015 includes powerplants offered in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and Ford Fiesta, the publication has announced.

Tags: Ward's 10 Best Engines, Engines, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Ram 1500, BMW i3, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Corvette

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

California Leads U.S. in Adoption of EVs

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

Nearly half of all the battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered in the U.S. in 2013 came in California, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Tax Incentive, Retail Sales

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Trucks Outsell Luxury Cars Over $50K

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

Six pickups made the list of the top 10 vehicles selling for over $50,000 through the first 11 months of the year with the Ford F-Series topping a list released by TrueCar.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, TrueCar, Ford F-Series, Ram Truck, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Truck Sales

December 10, 2014 - Product News

Ranger Design Launches Storage Equipment for 2015 ProMaster City

<p>Photo courtesy of Ranger Design.</p>

Upfitter Ranger Design Inc. has launched new shelving, ladder racks and partitions designed for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City van.

Tags: Ranger Design, Ram ProMaster City, Cargo Vans, Upfitting Vans

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Redesigning Mid-Size Tacoma for 2016

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.</strong></em></p>

Toyota will introduce its redesigned 2016 Tacoma at the Detroit auto show in January into a more competitive mid-size pickup market that now features the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Tacoma, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford F-150 Equipped with Goodyear Tires

<p><strong>Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tire</strong></p>

Goodyear announced that the 2015 Ford F150 will be equipped with the Goodyear Wrangler tires.

Tags: Ford F-150, Goodyear, Tires

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

North American Car, Truck/Utility of the Year Finalists Named

<p><strong>The 2015 Ford F-150 is one of the three finalists for the North American Truck of the Year.&nbsp;</strong></p>

The three finalists for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150, and Lincoln MKC. The three finalists for the 2015 North American Car of the Year are the Ford Mustang, Hybrid Genesis, and Volkswagen Golf

Tags: Ford F-150, Volkswagen Golf, Chevrolet Colorado, 2015-MY, North American International Auto Show

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Announces 2015 Murano Pricing

<p><strong><em>Photo of 2015 Murano courtesy of Nissan.</em><br /></strong></p>

Nissan announced the starting price for the 2015 Nissan Murano, which is now available nationwide.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Murano, 2015-MY, Mid-Size SUVs

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Eying 8-Speed Transmission Expansion

<p><em><strong>Photo of Kokomo Transmission Plant courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

The Chrysler Group is hoping to invest $266 million to boost production of its 8-speed transmissions in Kokomo, Ind., and has gained a tentative approval from the town's council for a 10-year property tax abatement on new equipment.

Tags: Chrysler, Transmissions, Assembly Plant, Vehicle Production

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Icy Conditions

Here is some driving advice, provided by the Michigan State Police, on how to recover from loss of traction when the road surface is covered in ice.

Tags: Winter Driving, Michigan State Police, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

GM Recalls Mid-Size Pickups for Air Bags

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

The recall affects 2,283 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2015 model year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, General Motors, GMC, Air Bags, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Mid-Size Pickups

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

<p><strong><em>Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.</em></strong></p>

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

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

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