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September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driver Scanning

When drivers continually scan their surroundings, they can better anticipate hazards and maintain a space cushion around their vehicle. Here is some advice on driver scanning.

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

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

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

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Tags: Cutaway Vans, Ford Transit, Ford, Ford E-450

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Hits Record Sales for EVs

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

More than 100,000 zero-emission vehicles now travel the roads of California, according to a survey from the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California Air Resources Board, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NRG Energy, Zero-Emission Vehicles

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Recalls Tundra Pickups for Air Bag Problem

<p><strong><em>Toyota Tundra photo courtesy of Toyota.</em></strong></p>

The recall affects 130,000 2014 model-year Tundra CrewMax Cab and Double Cab trucks.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Tundra, Full-Size Pickups, Recalls, 2014-MY

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

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

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Reading Truck Body Offers Ram ProMaster Cutaway Upfit

<p><strong><em>Photo: Reading Truck Body</em></strong></p>

Reading Truck Body, LLC, a manufacturer of vocational truck bodies, has announced it is expanding its aluminum Classic Service Van (CSV) line, with the all-new Ram ProMaster cutaway chassis.

Tags: Reading Truck Body, Chassis Cab Vans, Ram ProMaster, Upfitting Vans, Service Bodies

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Dangers of Unsecured Loads

If you don’t think unsecured loads on pickups and trailers can be dangerous, think again. This video is a good visual wake-up call to show what can happen with road debris. Read further for how to properly secure a vehicle's cargo load.

Tags: Cargo Securement, Cargo Storage, Unsecured Loads

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Service Fleet Adds 15 New Ford Transits

<p>The upfitted 2015 Ford Transit vans feature shelving, racks and a slide-down ladder.</p>

In need of updated service vans for his 25-vehicle fleet, this small fleet owner purchased 15 brand-new Ford Transit vans to replace his E-Series vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Service Vehicles

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

PIUSI USA to Exhibit Gasoline Pump Kit

<p>PIUSI USA's new Ex-50 gasoline pump kit, which features a "B-Tech" bypass valve.</p>

PIUSI USA, a Florida-based fuel equipment manufacturer, will be premiering its new EX-50 gasoline pump kit, which features a “B-tech” bypass valve, at the 2014 NACS trade show.

Tags: PIUSI USA, Gasoline Pump

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Customizes Roofless Concept Van

<p>Photo courtesy of Toyota.</p>

Toyota is showing a utility van concept called the Urban Utility at the World Maker Faire in San Francisco that reflects "the lifestyle and needs of an entrepreneurial, urban driver," the automaker said.

Tags: Toyota, Concept Vehicle, Compact Vans

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Named

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Photo of Dan Frank and Gage Wagoner by Chris Wolski.</span></em></strong></p>

Philips Electronics' fleet manager Gage Wagoner was named 2014 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year at the AFLA Conference on Sept. 9 in Las Vegas.

Tags: AFLA Conference, Awards, Philips Electronics NA, Fleet Manager of the Year

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Apple's Connected Watch May Integrate with Vehicles

Apple introduced its connected watch today after months of speculation about the device, and included a slide in the presentation suggesting the watch will allow BMW drivers to get updates on the status of their vehicle.

Tags: Apple, Remote Controls, Apple CarPlay, BMW

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Used Vehicle Depreciation Stabilizes in August

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express van courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

Overall depreciation for used vehicles from the past five model years improved slightly from July as the average value fell 1.3 percent in the month compared to 1.5 percent in July, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Full-Size Vans, Used Vehicle Sales

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Pa. Awards 33 Air Quality Grants to Fleets

Bimbo Bakeries, UPS, FedEx and Skytop received grants to convert their fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels such as CNG or propane autogas.

Tags: Bimbo Bakeries, FedEx, UPS, Delivery Fleets, State Grants, Emissions Reduction, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

<p><em><strong>Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Tags: Ram Truck, Speed Limiter, Ram Chassis Cab, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4, Class 5, Ambulances

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Escaping a Sinking Car

Here's a "Good Morning America" segment explaining how to safely escape a submerged vehicle.

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

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2017 Cadillac Models Get Connected Car Technologies

<p><strong><em>General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress on Sept. 7 in Detroit. Photo: Steve Fecht/GM.</em></strong></p>

During her address at ITS World Congress, GM CEO Mary Barra reveals that Super Cruise and vehicle-to-vehicle technologies are slated for production in about two years.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, General Motors, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Automated Driving, Cadillac, 2017-MY

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Wheels Inc. Promotes Dan Frank to President

<p>D. FRANK</p>

Wheels, Inc. has named Dan Frank president, which puts the fleet management company scion in charge of virtually all business units of the 75-year-old fleet leasing trailblazer.

Tags: Wheels Inc., Promotion, Fleet Management Companies

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

<p><span style="color: #747474; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">This chart details the price trends for unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel at retail in the last two years. Chart courtesy of WEX Inc.</span></p>

At $3.43 per gallon, the national gasoline average is almost 17 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to WEX Inc.’s August Fuel Price Index. Experts predict prices will continue to decline and many states will have prices below $3 per gallon.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, WEX

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Delivery Driver Jailed After Killing Two Cyclists

After falling asleep at the wheel, a delivery driver hit and killed two cyclists.The driver had also been texting prior to the accident.

Tags: Driving Safety, Texting While Driving, Delivery Driver

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Leasing Keeps Pest Control Fleet Up-to-Date

<p>The VW Beetle is one of several different types of vehicles in Bug Doctor's fleet. Each white-covered fleet vehicle includes several company logos.</p>

To best match the vehicle with ever-changing job requirements, this pest control company leases its vehicles to keep a reliable and updated fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management, Ford Transit Connect, Fleet Leasing, Field Service Trucks

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Launches 13-City Compact Van Tour

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 ProMaster City via Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

Chrysler is bringing its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van to 13 U.S. cities to give prospective fleet buyers an opportunity for hands-on research of the new vehicle.

Tags: Chrysler, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

EPA: 2015 Colorado, Canyon Provide 20 MPG Combined

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will provide at least 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, the U.S. EPA has announced.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, General Motors, Mid-Size Pickups

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-450 to Meet Towing Standard

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

Ford's 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup truck will meet the Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standard with a capability of hauling 31,200 pounds, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Pickup Trucks

September 1, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Resisting Driver Distractions

One of the best ways to educate motorists about distracted driving is to let them hear the personal stories of those who have been most affected by the problem. These two videos include such personal stories as well as advice on how to prevent distracted driving.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

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