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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

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

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

GM to Replace Lock Cylinder During Ignition Switch Recall

<p><em><strong>Diagram courtesy of General Motors.</strong></em></p>

The automaker is adding this second repair to the 2.2 million vehicles already recalled in the U.S.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, Recalls, General Motors, NHTSA, Compact Cars

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

WEX: Fuel Prices Continue to Climb in March

<p><span>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>

Gasoline prices have increased by more than 30 cents per gallon since February, according to WEX’s March fuel prices report. But prices are still nearly 8 cents per gallon lower than last year.

Tags: Gas Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, WEX

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Focus courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Tags: Ford Focus, China, Ford Focus Electric, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Ford, EcoBoost

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford E-Series Extended Beyond 2014

<p><em><strong>Photo of E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford Motor Co. will continue producing the cutaway and stripped chassis version of its E-Series van, after discontinuing the van and wagon models after the 2014 model year.

Tags: Ford E-Series, Full-Size Vans, Cutaway Vans, Stripped Chassis Vans, Ford, 2014-MY

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Recalling 1.3M Vehicles to Fix Airbags

<p><strong><em>2010 Toyota Corolla photo courtesy of Toyota.</em></strong></p>

The recall affects 2009-2010 model-year Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.

Tags: Toyota, Airbags, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Recalls, Toyota Highlander, Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix

April 9, 2014 - Press Release

Fleetmatics Offers Trio of Cloud-Based Fleet Management Products

Fleetmatics Group has released a new cloud-based fleet management platform and three new products including REVEAL, a highly-differentiated business-intelligence based fleet management solution for small-and-mid-sized businesses; REVEAL+, which extends REVEAL to larger enterprises; and WORK, a powerful field service management solution.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Fleetmatics, Cloud-Based Technology

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Power Wagon Revived for Off-Road Work

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Power Wagon courtesy of Ram Trucks.</strong></em></p>

Ram Trucks has introduced the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, a 2500 Heavy Duty-based work truck with enhancement designed for off-road work, Chrysler has announced. It will be shown at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Ram Power Wagon, Ram Trucks, Class 2, 2014-MY

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Highest Overall Safety Rating

<p><strong><em>2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</em></strong></p>

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the vehicle a five-star overall safety score for crashworthiness and crash-prevention features.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Ford Transit Connect, Passenger Vans, Compact Vans

April 8, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Tesla Starts Leasing Unit for Fleet Buyers

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors.</strong></em></p>

Tesla Motors will begin offering a fleet leasing program to small- and medium-sized businesses through its newly started Tesla Finance unit, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Leased Vehicles, Depreciation

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Video: GM Vehicles Top Mid-Size SUV Crash Tests

Of the nine vehicles evaluated, just two – the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain – score a “good” rating.

Tags: Crash Tests, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Vehicle Safety, Mid-Size SUVs, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Toyota Highlander, 2014-MY

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Teases All-New Charger, Challenger for 2015

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

Chrysler will introduce a new Dodge Charger and Challenger for the 2015 model year at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, the automaker has announced.

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

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

GM, Ford Top Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards

<p><em><strong>Photo of GMC trucks on dealer lot courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. provided the most value to light-duty fleet vehicle purchasers, according to Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2014.

Tags: Vincentric, Best Fleet Value, Awards, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, 2014-MY

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Lanes

Here's some advice from State Farm and the California DMV on changing lanes safely. You may want to pass along these tips to your fleet drivers.

Tags: State Farm, California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

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