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October 19, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing Brake Trouble

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. Here's some advice to help them identify brake problems that require servicing.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Brakes

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Paratransit Fleet's Switch to Propane Autogas Pays Off

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.</strong></em></p>

An Oregon paratransit fleet is reporting savings of $60,000 per year in fuel costs after converting 14 of its vehicles to run on propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Fuel Costs, Paratransit

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. May Soften Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulation

The California Air Resources Board is considering easing the requirements on five automakers for the amount of zero-emission cars they must sell in the state for the 2018-2025 model years.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Legislation, Regulations, Volvo, Subaru, Mazda

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

<p><em><strong>Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p>

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Payload, Ford, Cargo Storage

October 15, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Toyota Recalls Multiple Lexus Models for Fuel Leaks

<p><strong><em>Photo of Lexus LS courtesy of Toyota.</em></strong></p>

The U.S. recall covers approximately 423,000 2006-2011 model-year Lexus vehicles, including the LS sedan.

Tags: Toyota, Lexus, 2011-MY, Recalls, Lexus GS, 2006-MY, Lexus IS

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Hyundai, Kia Considering Diesels for U.S. Market

<p><em><strong>Logos courtesy of Hyundai/Kia.</strong></em></p>

Hyundai and Kia Motors may introduce diesel-fueled vehicles in the U.S. to meet stricter fuel efficiency regulations, a senior official with the automakers told Ward's Automotive.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Hyundai, Kia Motors, CAFE Standards

October 15, 2014 - Product News

Westport Offers CNG Transit Van Demo Program

<p><em><strong>Photo: Westport</strong></em></p>

Fleets interested in switching to natural gas can take advantage of an all new, free Westport demonstration program, which was announced at APTA Expo.

Tags: Ford Transit, CNG, Westport

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

<p>The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)</p>

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, CARB, XL Hybrids, General Motors, Chevrolet Express, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

<p>The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. <em>Photo: Chris Wolski</em></p>

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Upfitting, Upfitting Vans, Ford F-150

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to to $3.29 Per Gallon

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

The national average price of gasoline fell 5.5 cents to $3.299 for a gallon of regular unleaded for the week ending Oct. 6, according to federal data.

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

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

<p><strong><em>Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.</em></strong></p>

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, HOV lanes

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

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

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

Tags: TAWA, Awards, Ford F-150, Ram Truck, Light-Duty Trucks, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Transit, 2015-MY

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Upfitter Delivers Sprinter Upfit to U.S. Kids Golf

<p><em><strong>Photo: Midway</strong></em></p>

Midway Specialty Vehicles, LLC recently delivered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter unit number 15,000 to U.S Kids Golf, LLC.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Midway Specialty Vehicles, Upfitting Vans, Non-Profit Fleets

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Studies Find Voice-Controlled Infotainment Distracting

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of AAA/University of Utah.</strong></em></p>

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety teams with University of Utah psychology researchers to measure driver distraction levels associated with giving voice commands to control electronics and update social media.

Tags: AAA, Voice Recognition, Distracted Driving, University of Utah, Infotainment Systems

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils AWD Model, Automated Driving Tech

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

Tesla Motors will produce an all-wheel-drive dual-motor version of its Model S battery-electric sedan and add several autonomous driving features including an "autopilot" mode, CEO Elon Musk announced at a Thursday event.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Tesla Model S, Battery-Electric Vehicles, All-Wheel Drive, Automated Driving

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Uptick in Spec'ing Gasoline Engines for Medium-Duty Trucks

<p><em><strong>This gasoline 6.2L V-8 is offered with Ford's Super Duty lineup.</strong></em></p>

Managers of Class 3-6 truck fleets are increasingly looking at gasoline engines when spec'ing new models for their fleets, according to a recent industry survey by Work Truck magazine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6, Engines, Fuel Costs

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

<p><em><strong>Chart via EPA.</strong></em></p>

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Mazda, Nissan

October 8, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz GLA250 Compact SUV Goes on Sale

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 GLA250 courtesy of MBUSA.</strong></em></p>

The Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV has arrived for sale in the U.S. as an entry-level luxury SUV expected to attract a new group of buyers seeking affordable luxury in a smaller utility package.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Compact SUVs

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Depreciation Peaks in September

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p>

Used vehicles sold at auctions logged their highest depreciation this year in September, as 2009-2013 car and truck models fell 1.7 percent in value.

Tags: Depreciation, Black Book, Used-Vehicle Prices, Full-Size Vans, Mid-Size Sedans

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

GMC Sierra Clocks Fastest 2014 Truck Order-to-Delivery

<p>2014 GMC Sierra 1500 (PHOTO: General Motors)</p>

The GMC Sierra truck lineup logged the fastest order-to-delivery (OTD) time among trucks in the 2014 model-year, averaging 55 days, a one-day improvement over 2013 figures.

Tags: General Motors, GMC, Sierra, Order-to-Delivery Times, Pickup Trucks

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram C/V Tradesman Cargo Vans

<p><em><strong>Photo of&nbsp;Ram C/V Tradesman cargo van courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p>

More than 18,000 of the vans are at risk for inadvertent air bag deployment during bumpy road conditions.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Chrysler, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Ram C/V Tradesman

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Rise 11.4 Percent

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

Nine automakers sold 43,844 commercial fleet vehicles during the month compared to 39,352 sold during the same month a year ago. The 4,492-unit increase represents an 11.4 percent increase.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Trends

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram ProMaster Vans

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

The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hail Storms

Here is some advice on what steps drivers can take to stay safe and protect their vehicle in a major hail storm.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Hail Damage

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