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May 28, 2015 - Industry News

FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.

Tags: FCA US, Warranty, Powertrains

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

GM to Offer Fleet-Oriented Malibu Limited

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of GM.

General Motors will continue selling the current-generation Chevrolet Malibu as a limited fleet-oriented model for the 2016 model year alongside its next-generation Malibu.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Malibu, General Motors, Mid-Size Sedans, 2016-MY

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Motor Werks Enters Fleet Business in Chicago

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Motor Werks has opened its doors as a fleet dealership serving the Chicago-area market.

Tags: Motor Werks, Dealers, Fleet Sales

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Closer to $3, Sixth Straight Weekly Hike

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel continues moving closer to the $3 per gallon mark with it recording its sixth straight weekly increase, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Rises to $2.77 Per Gallon

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The average price of a gallon on unleaded increased 3 cents to $2.774 per gallon for the week ending May 25, the U.S. Department of Energy reported.

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

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Funeral Processions

Here is some driving advice on what to do when encountering a funeral procession.

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

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Minimizing Risk and Liability

The second day of the Safety Fleet Conference will be full of sessions and panel discussions on risk management and liability.

Tags: Liability, Risk Management, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Offer Summer Driving Advice

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The unofficial beginning of the summer driving season is nearly here, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding drivers to follow safety guidelines.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, NHTSA

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Ford F-150 Adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The technology allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction, and the truck controls the steering and limits vehicle speed.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, Driver Assistance Systems, 2016-MY

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.74 Per Gallon

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Gasoline prices continued their upward climb, rising 5.3 cents to $2.744 for a gallon of unleaded as a national average, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Cell Phones Linked to 27 Percent of Crashes

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The estimate from the National Safety Council includes crashes involving drivers who were texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Texting While Driving

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

70 Percent of Drivers Using Smartphones

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A reported 70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while behind the wheel, according to a new study from AT&T.

Tags: Driver Safety, Distracted Driving, smartphone

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Takata Vehicle Safety Recall Now Biggest Ever

Screen shot of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during press conference, via YouTube.

The Japan-based auto safety parts supplier reaches an agreement with NHTSA to expand its recall of defective air bag inflators, which have been linked to six deaths worldwide.

Tags: Recalls, Takata, U.S. Department of Transportation, Air Bags, NHTSA

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.

Tags: Cargo Vans, NTEA, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Passing on a Two-Lane Roadway

Here's some advice, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, on how to safely pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or highway. DefensiveDriving.com offers video tips as well.

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

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Graphics Put Sizzle in Barbecue Business Fleet

As Soulman’s Bar-B-Cue expands its business, managers get take-home perks that also serve as rocking business endorsements.

Tags: Ram 1500, Ram ProMaster

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

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The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

Tags: Workhorse, USPS, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Commercial Drones

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Study: 25 Percent of Cars Create Most Air Pollution

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The majority of vehicle pollution is produced by a small number of older or "badly-tuned" cars and trucks, according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Case Studies, Air Pollution, Trends

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Mazda, Toyota to Share Fuel Cell, Diesel Tech

Toyota Mirai production line. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

The proposed partnership will allow Mazda to use Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell system and plug-in technology. Mazda would then provide its fuel-efficient Skyactiv gasoline and diesel engine technologies to Toyota.

Tags: Toyota, Mazda, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Toyota Mirai

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

The recall, which affects 48,309 2015 model-year mid-size trucks in the U.S., will address seat frame attachment hooks that weren't properly connected.

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

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Ride and Drive, Test Drive, Fleet Technology Expo

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Steering

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The North American recall affects 12,328 2015 model-year Ford F-150 pickup trucks at risk for steering loss.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Continue Upswing to $2.69 Per Gallon

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The average price of a gallon of unleaded rose 2.7 cents to $2.691 for the week ending May 11, marking a month-long run of rising prices, according to federal records.

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

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Tornado Response

The past week has seen a number of dangerous tornadoes, some of them deadly. Here are some Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

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

May 9, 2015 - Press Release

Leggett & Platt Reconfigures Upfitting Facilities

To increase capabilities and continue to meet the needs of fleet customers, Leggett & Platt CVP announced the expansion of its Kansas City facility, opening of a new facility in Baltimore, and closure of the Elyria, Ohio, install facility.

Tags: Leggett & Platt, Upfitting, Ford Transit

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