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March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Moving Sprinter Production to S.C.

<p><strong>Sprinters now come in a 4x4 version.</strong> <em>Photo: Tom Berg</em></p>

Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that it will invest about $500 million to build a new van plant in Charleston, S.C., to build the next-generation Sprinter van for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

VW e-Golf Price Falls With New Base Trim Model

<p><em>Photo of e-Golf Limited Edition courtesy of VW.</em></p>

Volkswagen has reduced the price of its 2015 e-Golf compact EV by more than $2,000 by introducing a new base trim model called the Limited Edition, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Compact Cars

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 4500/5500 Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

<p><em>Senior Editor Chris Wolski Presents the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award to&nbsp;Becky Blanchard, director of the Ram Truck brand.&nbsp;Photo by Chris Brown.<br /></em></p>

The Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab truck has been named Work Truck magazine’s eighth annual medium-duty truck of the year. The award was presented at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Awards, Work Truck Show, Ram 4500, Ram 5500

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Expands Bi-Fuel CNG 2500 Truck Models

<p><em>Photo courtesy of FCA US.</em></p>

Ram Truck has begun offering a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2500 pickup in a regular cab and rear-wheel drive configuration, Ram announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 2500, Bi-Fuel CNG, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

<p><strong>New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA.</strong>&nbsp;<em>Photo: Tom Berg</em></p>

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Commercial Vans, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Daimler Vans USA, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Starts Production on 2015, 2016 N-Series Diesels

<p><strong>Isuzu NPR-XD.</strong> <em>Photo via Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.</em></p>

Production has started on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America's line of 2015 and 2016 N-Series diesel models, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, EPA, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Diesel Engines

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Addresses Safety Recall Completion Rates

<p><strong><em>Photo of Sen. Edward Markey by U.S. Senate via Wikimedia Commons.</em></strong></p>

To qualify for legal registration by a state DMV, a vehicle would have to complete all designated safety recall repairs.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. Senate

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Adds Class 4 Cabover to Lineup

<p><strong>The Hino Model 155 at the Work Truck Show.</strong> <em>Photo by Tom Berg</em></p>

Hino Trucks announced the Class 4 cabover Model 155 at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, broadening its product lineup to Class 4 through Class 7.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks, Cabovers, Class 4, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Concept Van

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Daimler</strong></em></p>

Mercedes-Benz presented the Concept Vision e Plug-in Hybrid Concept minivan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, Minivans

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Utilimaster Releases More Fuel Efficient Walk-In Van

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Utilimaster.</em></p>

Utilimaster Corp. is launching a more fuel efficient walk-in van called the Velocity that the vehicle modifier is showing for the first time at NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Utilimaster, Work Truck Show, Step Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Cutaway Vans

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Offers Box-Delete Option on Colorado

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

General Motors is offering its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a box-delete option so fleet managers can better configure the mid-size pickup for specific jobs, GM announced today at NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Pickups, Class 1

March 3, 2015 - Product News

Ford Rolls Out Global Telogis-Powered Telematics Platform

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p>

Ford is taking its Telogis-powered factory telematics system to a global audience in a rebranding of the existing Crew Chief platform, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Telematics, Analytics, Fleet Metrics, Information Technology

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

<p><strong>Ford's John Davis says upcoming F-650/750 will suit many applications, and powertrains were tested for heavy service.</strong>&nbsp;<em>Photo by Tom Berg</em></p>

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ergonomics, 2016-MY, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.47 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline rose 14.1 cents to $2.473 for the week ending March 2, according to federal data.

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

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Sun Glare

The shift to Daylight Savings Time, along with the presence of highly reflective snow and ice, can make sun glare a major driving hazard this time of year. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the risks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Developing Connected Car Cloud

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Volvo.</em></p>

Volvo Cars is developing "connected car" technology that would allow the automaker to capture road status data that's sent by cars to a cloud server and shared with other drivers and local authorities.

Tags: Volvo, Connected Car, Cloud-Based Technology

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

<p><em>Photo via Wikipedia.</em></p>

Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Tags: Ethanol, U.S. Congress, Renewable Fuels Association

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Dodge Durangos Recalled for Engine Failure

<p><em><strong>Photo of Dodge Durango courtesy of FCA US.</strong></em></p>

The global recall affects more than 467,000 vehicles, including certain Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, Dodge Durango, 2013-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, FCA US, Dodge, Jeep

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

<p><em><strong>Graphic courtesy of GHSA.</strong></em></p>

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Explains New Diesel Rules to Fleets

<p><em><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif';">Members of the CARB enforcement division conducted a truck inspection demonstration as part of the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP). The equipment measures smoke opacity from the tailpipe of diesel trucks with GVWRs greater than 14,000 lbs. The CARB randomly audits fleets on the road and at businesses. Photo by Chris Brown.</span></em></p>

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its Diesel Truck Regulation Information Session and Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday to inform fleets about on diesel engines and how to maintain compliance.

Tags: CARB certification, California Air Resources Board, diesel engine exhaust, Diesel Trucks

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

<p><em>Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.</em></p>

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Tags: J.D. Power, Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors

<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.</strong></em></p>

The action, set to begin in March, affects 5,586 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, Cargo Vans

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Adds Black-Out Silverado Work Truck

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

Chevrolet is adding a $1,595 Black Out package for regular- and double-cab 2015 Silverado 1500 WT models.

Tags: Chevrolet, Vehicle Options, Chevrolet Silverado, 2015-MY

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Keynotes on creating a successful corporate safety culture, engaging senior management to support a fleet safety program, and how to eliminate distracted driving in fleets will be presented at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Shell, National Safety Council, Fleet Safety Conference, Abbott

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Announces Pricing for 2016 i-MiEV

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

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announced specifications and pricing for its updated 2016 i-MiEV, which will arrive at Mitsubishi’s U.S. dealers in late March.

Tags: Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Pricing

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