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September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado's Towing Capability Released

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup should offer leading towing capability in the segment, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Mid-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Colorado, General Motors, Towing, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, 2015-MY

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Stays Flat at $3.35 Per Gallon

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

The national average price of gasoline remained flat and rose one-tenths of a cent to $3.354 per gallon for the week ending Sept. 29, according to federal data.

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

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Increases EcoDiesel to 20 Percent of 1500 Production

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

Ram Truck will increase production of its Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck to 20 percent of all all half-ton pickups produced starting in November, the Chrysler Group unit announced.

Tags: Ram 1500, Diesel Engines, Vehicle Production, Full-Size Pickups, Ram Truck

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Announces 2015 NV200 Pricing

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.</strong></em></p>

Nissan's 2015 NV200 compact cargo van starts at $20,720 and has arrived at more than 350 Nissan commercial vehicle dealers, the company has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Vehicle Pricing, Nissan NV200, Compact Vans

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases More 2015 F-150 Towing, Payload Specs

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

Ford has released the full towing and payload specifications for all four engine offerings of its 2015 F-150 pickup, claiming its revamped truck with added aluminum components offers leading towing and payload capabilities while shedding weight.

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

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving at Dusk and Night

With the days getting noticeably shorter, now is a great time to remind fleet drivers of the dangers associated with night driving. Here's some advice on how to minimize these hazards.

Tags: National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 850K Vehicles for Air Bag Issue

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

The recall impacts 2013-2014 model-year Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Ford C-Max, 2014-MY

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Subaru Offers EyeSight Safety Tech on 2015 Impreza

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Impreza courtesy of Subaru.</strong></em></p>

Subaru is offering its EyeSight safety technology package as an option with the redesigned 2015 Impreza compact car among other enhancements to the vehicle, Subaru announced.

Tags: Subaru, Subaru Impreza, 2015-MY, Compact Cars

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls 349K Vehicles for Ignition Switch

<p><strong><em>Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons.</em></strong></p>

n these 2008-MY vehicles, ignition keys may not fully return to the “on” position after rotation to the “start” position during engine startup.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler, Recalls, 2008-MY, Dodge Charger, Jeep Commander, Dodge Magnum

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Expands Ram 1500 Production

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Ram 1500 courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

Chrysler is expanding the capabilities of its Warren, Mich., plant to produce 28,565 additional Ram 1500 pickup trucks each year, the company has announced.

Tags: Chrysler, Ram 1500, Full-Size Pickups, Vehicle Production

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

<p><strong>Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year.</strong> <em>Photo: Jim Park</em></p>

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, IAA, Daimler AG, 2016-MY

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Electric-Vehicles Bolstered With New Calif. Legislation

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several pieces of legislation that will lead to additional alternative fuel and technology vehicles on the road by 2023.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, California, CARB, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Elected Leaders, Legislation

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Buyers Check Out ProMaster City

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

Attendees of events in Miami and the Orlando area earlier this month included commercial fleet representatives, government agencies, fleet management companies, and dealers, a Chrysler spokeswoman said.

Tags: Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Fleet Events

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Fiat, Mitsubishi May Develop Mid-Size Pickup

<p>The Mitsubishi L200 truck. (PHOTO: Mitsubishi)</p>

Fiat Group Automobiles and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announce that they have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the possibility to develop and manufacture a mid-size pick-up truck.

Tags: Fiat, Mitsubishi Motors, Mid-Size Pickups

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ballot Open for Green Car, Truck of the Year Awards

Green Fleet Magazine, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, will present the first-ever Green Fleet Car of the Year and the Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards at the Connected Car Expo. Vote today!

Tags: Green Car of the Year, L.A. Auto Show, Green Truck of the Year, Green Fleet Magazine

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Preventing Deer Collisions

It's time again to remind fleet drivers about the risk of deer-vehicle collisions. Here are some tips from AAA.

Tags: Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Driving Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Deer-Vehicle Collisions, Collision Repair, AAA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Magazine Relaunches Website

<p><em><strong>Screenshot via GreenFleetMagazine.com.</strong></em></p>

Green Fleet Magazine has updated its website with a fresh, more user-friendly design that better organizes content for fleet readers wanting to research alternative fuels, grants, legislation, and operational topics.

Tags: Green Fleet Magazine, Online Tool

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Recall Begins

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

The vans might have been manufactured without epoxy reinforcement on the windowless sliding doors.

Tags: 2015-MY, Ford, Ford Transit, Cargo Vans, Recalls, NHTSA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

GM Releases Payload Ratings for Mid-Size Pickups

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 GMC Canyon courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors' new mid-size pickup trucks will offer slightly different payload ratings because the two vehicles have different curb weights, GM has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Mid-Size Pickups, Payload

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler's Ram Gamble Pays Off

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

Chrysler's gamble to spin off its pickup truck division at the tail end of the recession has paid off, as the company has increased its market share of the pickup market by 10 percent since creating the Ram Truck division, reports the New York Times.

Tags: Ram Truck, Chrysler, Automotive Executives, Pickup Trucks

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

<p><strong>Ram ProMaster:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p>

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

GM Ships Colorado and Canyon Pickups to Dealers

<p>The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon midsize trucks load onto carriers to begin shipping to dealers Thursday, September 18, 2014 from the General Motors Wentzville Assembly plant where they are made in Wentzville, Missouri. Consumers have created more than 100,000 configurations of the trucks since the Colorado Build Your Own and Canyon Build Your Own websites went live on September 3. <em>Photo: Melissa Vaeth for General Motors</em></p>

The two newest entries in the midsize truck segment, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, began shipping to dealers on Sept. 18.

Tags: Mid-Size Pickups, General Motors, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Offers Significant Fuel Economy Improvement Over E-Series

<p><em><strong>Photo by Tim Crowley.</strong></em></p>

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van offers a significant improvement in fuel economy when compared to the outgoing E-Series van it's replacing, according to the company and U.S. EPA.

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Media Fleet Picks ProMaster Van for Versatility

<p>TVS Communication Solutions purchased two brand-new Ram ProMaster cargo vans to replace two of the fleet's older vans.</p>

A Detroit-based communications company updated its fleet with two new Ram ProMaster cargo vans. The new vans allowed the company to update its business model to a mobile environment.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram ProMaster

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