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October 24, 2014 - Industry News

VW's e-Golf Now Most Efficient Compact EV

<p><em><strong>Photo of e-Golf's electric motor courtesy of VW.</strong></em></p>

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf battery-electric compact car now rates at the most fuel efficient compact EV after the Environmental Protection Agency released fuel economy data for the automaker's for U.S. EV.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fuel Economy

October 24, 2014 - Product News

Kenworth Adds Anti-Theft System to T880

<p><em><strong>Photo of T880 dump truck via Kenworth.</strong></em></p>

Kenworth has added an anti-theft system to its T880 that integrates with the vehicle and engine functions of the vocational truck.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880, Dump Trucks

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

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

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

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

General Motors has begun shipping its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van to dealers as it enters one of the most active commercial vehicle segments with a product that's sourced from Nissan's NV200.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans, Ship-Thru, Business Choice, General Motors, Class 1

October 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introducing 10 Hybrid Cars By 2017

<p><em><strong>Photo of B-Class Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.</strong></em></p>

Daimler has sold the remaining shares of its investment in Tesla Motors, as it plans a broad roll-out of 10 new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz cars by 2017, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

<p><strong>Kenworth 270 cabover</strong> (Photo: Kenworth)</p>

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.</strong></em></p>

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to $3.12 Per Gallon

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

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen in almost four years, as it now costs an average of $3.12 per gallon, according to federal data.

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

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Study Highlights Safety Benefits of Adaptive Headlights

New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concludes these headlights improve drivers’ peripheral vision on winding roads.

Tags: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Headlights

October 19, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out 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

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