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April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's CEO Stepping Down, COO to Replace Him

<p><em><strong>Alan Mullaly (left) seen in 2013. Photo courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford Motor Co. is expected to elevate COO Mark Fields to replace CEO Alan Mulally, who will step down by the end of the year.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, C-Suite

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Price of Gasoline Rises for 11th Straight Week

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

The national average price of gasoline climbed 3.2 cents to $3.683 per gallon, according to federal data released by the Energy Information Administration.

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

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

GM’s Research Driving Simulator Puts Super Cruise Through Its Paces

<p><strong><em>GM&rsquo;s Research Driving <strong>Simulator is helping</strong> advanced technology developers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise, a semi-automated driving system. Photo courtesy of General Motors.</em></strong></p>

The automaker is using an upgraded R&D facility to study driver behavior in automated driving situations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Technology, Cadillac, General Motors, Self-Driving Vehicles, Automated Driving

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: How to Pass Safely

Passing safely requires sound judgment and a solid grasp of the rules of the road. Here are some safe-passing tips from both the New York DMV and California DMV.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, How-to Guide, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, New York DMV

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Fleet Safety Conference Releases Full Schedule

<p><strong><em>A session during last year's Fleet Safety Conference.</em></strong></p>

The annual event, geared to help fleet professionals more readily realize their safety goals, is set for July 22-23 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Driver Training, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Conference

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

All-New 2015 Subaru Outback Debuts in New York

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

Subaru's all-new Outback crossover gets roomier, improved fuel economy, and other improvements for the 2015 model year, the automaker announced at the New York International Auto Show on April 17.

Tags: Subaru, Subaru Outback, New York Auto Show, 2015-MY, Compact SUVs

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen Recalling 26K Cars for Fire Risk

<p><em><strong>2014 Volkswagen Passat photo courtesy of Volkswagen.</strong></em></p>

The affected vehicles are 2014 model-year Jettas, Beetles, Beetle Convertibles and Passats.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, Recalls, Volkswagen Beetle, 2014-MY, Volkswagen Passat, NHTSA

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Charger Redesigned for 2015

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

Dodge has reworked the Charger's front end and brought Challenger-like touches to the interior for the 2015 model year of a vehicle shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Dodge, New York Auto Show, Dodge Charger, Full-Size Sedans, Headlights

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Zubie's Monitoring Device Geared Toward Smaller Fleets

<p>Photo credit: Zubie&nbsp;</p>

Zubie, a connected car service provider, has announced the launch of its Zubie Business fleet monitoring solution for small- to mid-sized businesses.

Tags: Driver Safety, Monitoring Device, Zubie Business, AlwaysSmart Technology

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Camry Gets 'Sweeping Redesign'

<p><em><strong>Toyota's Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Camry Chief Engineer&nbsp;Monte Kaehr with the 2015 Camry. Photo by Joe Polimeni.</strong></em></p>

Toyota is giving its top-selling U.S. passenger car a makeover for the 2015 model year, introducing the 2015 Camry at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Camry, Mid-Size Sedans, New York Auto Show, Toyota, 2015-MY

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Hyundai Sonata Grows Larger for 2015

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

Hyundai has introduced its all-new Sonata sedan for 2015 at the New York International Auto Show as a larger vehicle with additional technological goodies.

Tags: Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Mid-Size Sedans

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Kia Sedona Gets Roomier, Sportier for 2015

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

Kia Motors America has significantly redesigned its Sedona minivan for 2015, adding a sportier body style, more interior space, a new powertrain, and next-gen infotainment system.

Tags: New York Auto Show, Kia Sedona, Minivans, Kia Motors

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Enters Compact SUV Segment with Trax

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

Chevrolet is entering the burgeoning market for compact SUVs with its 2015 Trax, which the brand unveiled on the eve of the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Compact SUVs, Chevrolet Trax, New York Auto Show

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Price Now Higher Than Year Ago

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

The national average price of gasoline climbed 5.5 cents to $3.651 per gallon and is now more costly than it was at this time a year ago, according to federal data.

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

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

<p><em><strong>Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Bi-Fuel CNG, Pickup Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Pricing, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, 2015-MY, Class 3, Class 2

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Adrian Steel Shows Ford Transit Upfit Products

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Ford Transit with medium roof and regular wheelbase courtesy of Adrian Steel.</strong></em></p>

Upfitter Adrian Steel has announced a line of new products developed for the Ford Transit that will roll out when the full-size vans start hitting the market in June, a company spokesman told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Upfitting Vans

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

VW's 2015 Jetta Gets New 2.0L Diesel Engine

<p><em><strong>Phoeo of 2015 Jetta courtesy of VW.</strong></em></p>

The 2015 Jetta gets the 2.0L four-cylinder TDI EA288 engine announced in March that offers improved fuel economy and slight bump in performance. The engine is expected to give 45 miles per gallon highway.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, 2015-MY, Subcompact Cars, New York Auto Show

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Md. Adopts Stricter Distracted Driving Penalties

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A cell phone-distracted driver causing death or serious injury can face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine in Maryland.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, Maryland, State Legislation, Texting While Driving

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 43K Vehicles for Possible Loose Seats

<p><strong><em>2014 Ford Fusion photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</em></strong></p>

The recall, set to get under way around May 19, involves 2013-2014 model-year Ford Fusion, Escape, C-Max and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, Ford, Ford C-Max, NHTSA

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Connected Drivers Worldwide Worry About Privacy

<p><em><strong>Connected vehicle technology image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.</strong></em></p>

A University of Michigan poll finds that drivers welcome the potential safety benefits of such technology, but they are also worried about data privacy and potential security breaches.

Tags: Connected Car, Connected Vehicle Technology, University of Michigan, Australia, United Kingdom

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reading Traffic Lane Markings

Here's a California DMV video explaining what the different traffic lane markings mean for drivers.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, How-to Guide

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan's 'Smart' Rear-View Mirror Displays Video

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

Nissan is reinventing rear-view mirrors with its Smart Rearview Mirror — an LCD monitor that integrates a backup camera that the automaker will show on a 2014 Rogue at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Nissan, New York Auto Show, Back-Up Camera, Rear View Safety

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

BMW Recalling 156K Vehicles to Address Stalling Risk

<p><strong><em>2012 BMW 3 Series sedan photo courtesy of BMW.</em></strong></p>

The SUVs and luxury cars covered by the recall may have defective bolts holding a component on the six-cylinder engine.

Tags: 2012-MY, Recalls, BMW X5, BMW 6 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Luxury Sedan, Luxury SUVs, BMW X3, BMW Z4, BMW, 2010-MY

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Used vehicles sold at auction lost a scant 0.3 percent of their value in March, a month known for strong retention as tax-refunded buyers come out in droves, according to Black Book.

Tags: Luxury SUVs, Prestige Luxury Cars, Subcompact Cars, Black Book, Cargo Vans, Depreciation, Used Vehicle Sales

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Improves Gasoline Efficiency with 2015 Engines

<p><em><strong>Photo of 1.3L (left) and 1.0L 2015 engines courtesy of Toyota.</strong></em></p>

Toyota will roll out 14 new highly efficient gasoline engine variations by 2015 expected to improve fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Toyota, Fuel Economy, Engines, 2015-MY

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