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April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Maxima Offers Driver Attention Alert

Nissan's Driver Attention Alert System. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

An amber coffee cup icon on the instrument panel lights up when the driver starts showing signs of drowsiness or inattention.

Tags: Nissan, Drowsy Driving, 2015-MY, Full-Size Sedans, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, 2016-MY, Nissan Maxima

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

2016 Malibu Update Includes 47 MPG Hybrid

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a facelift from the previous model year to offer improved fuel efficiency on a lighter and longer frame. A new hybrid model is expected to offer a combined 47 mpg.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2016-MY, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Mid-Size Sedans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Chevrolet Malibu

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Inches Lower to $2.44 Per Gallon

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The national average price for unleaded gasoline fell nine-tenths of a cent to $2.448 per gallon for the week ending March 30, according to federal data.

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

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

Tags: Altech-Eco, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, CNG

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz to Enter Midsize Pickup Market

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz said it will expand its product range by launching a pickup.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Australia, South Africa, Europe, Latin America, Midsize Pickup

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Work Zone Precautions

Highway construction and maintenance season is now under way, so here are 10 work-zone safety tips from the Federal Highway Administration and the New York Department of Transportation.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Work Zones, New York DOT

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

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While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road

The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, CNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Vincentric Names Best Vehicle Values for 2015-MY

The Toyota Camry Hybrid wins a Vincentric Best Value in America award for the fifth year in a row. Photo courtesy of Vincentric.

Vincentric named the top 21 vehicles in its annual “Best Value in America” Awards for the 2015 model year based on total cost of ownership for the consumer market.

Tags: Toyota, Chevrolet, Vincentric, Lexus, 2015-MY, TCO

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Upfitters Offer City Express Compact Van Packages

Photo courtesy of GM.

Van upfitters have begun offering partitions, shelving and roof racks for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van since the vehicle's introduction late last year.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, Compact Vans, Adrian Steel, Leggett & Platt, Upfitting Vans, Ranger Design, Sortimo, Knapheide

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

Photo Wikipedia.

A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, General Motors, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet, Collision Repair

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Rises to $2.45 Per Gallon

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The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline rose 0.4 of a cent to $2.457 per gallon for the week ending March 23, according to federal records.

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

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Roundabouts Safer for Older Drivers, IIHS Says

This alternative to traditional intersections can mitigate a major cause of crashes among older drivers: inadequate surveillance.

Tags: IIHS, Driving Safety, Crash Research, Older Drivers

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Black Book Hires CTO, SVP

Black Book has announced the hire of Laird Popkin as its chief technology officer and senior vice president.

Tags: Black Book, C-Suite, New Hire

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Motorcycle Awareness

Sharing the road with motorcyclists poses a host of safety issues that fleet drivers need to keep in mind. Here's some advice you can pass along.

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

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Using Recycled Plastic Bottles in F-150 Seats

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun using a material known as Repreve that's derived from recycled plastic bottles to manufacture the cloth seats of the 2015 F-150 pickup and four other vehicles.

Tags: Recycling, Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Seats

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Diesel, Hybrid Registrations Post Double-Digit Gains

Photo of 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Clean diesel car and SUV vehicle registrations increased by 13.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, while hybrid car and SUV registrations increased by 15.1 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

VW Considering Vans, Trucks for U.S. Market

Photo pf VW Amarok via Wikimedia.

Volkswagen is considering selling a European-style van and possibly a pickup truck in the U.S. market, a commercial vehicle executive said in Germany on Wednesday.

Tags: Volkswagen, Pickup Trucks, Cargo Vans

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Photo: House T&I Committee

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.

Tags: J.D. Power, Buick, Recalls, Customer Satisfaction, Dealers

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Knapheide Brings European Upfitter to U.S. Market

Photo of Knapheide and Gruau executives at the Work Truck Show courtesy of Gruau.

Knapheide has signed a partnership agreement with Gruau to distribute the European upfitter’s commercial van products in North America. The agreement will cover distribution of Gruau’s IsoVan product line and retractable crew seating systems.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Knapheide, Gruau, Upfitting Vans

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