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April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fire Trucks Collide in Calif., Injuring 15

Two Southern California fire trucks collided Wednesday in Monterey Park while responding to a house fire in a crash that caused one truck to smash into a restaurant.

Tags: Accidents, Emergency Response Vehicles, Fire Trucks

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Charger Redesigned for 2015

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge has reworked the Charger's front end and brought Challenger-like touches to the interior for the 2015 model year of a vehicle shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.

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

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Government Fleet Announces Leading Fleets for 2014

Government Fleet magazine has announced the Leading Fleets for 2014. The awards program recognizes operations that are performing at a high level, particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future, and overcoming challenges.

Tags: Recognition, Leading Fleets

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Public Fleet Summit: One-Day Pass and Two Tracks Available

Attendees to the Dallas-Fort Worth Public Fleet Summit, produced by Government Fleet and GST, on May 7-8 will have the benefit of two tracks to choose from — one for new and aspiring public works fleet managers and the other for those with more experience.

Tags: Staff Training, Industry Event, Continuing Education, Public Fleet Summit

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio City Starts CNG Fueling Station Construction

Pictured is a preliminary rendering of what Hamilton's CNG station may look like. Photo via facebook/City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton, Ohio, began construction of a publicly accessible CNG fueling station. The city plans to expand its CNG fleet of four vehicles and has letters of intent from other local public fleets to use the station.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, City of Hamilton

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

Voting Opens for First Public Hall of Fame Inductees

Photo by Vince Taroc

Cast your ballot for the inaugural inductees of the Public Fleet Hall of Fame! Voting for the nominees ends Weds., April 30. Twenty-seven individuals have been nominated, and 10 will be inducted this year.

Tags: Recognition, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, GFX

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

NAFA Announces 2014 CAFM Graduates

CAFM graduates are pictured here at the NAFA I&E in April.

The NAFA Fleet Management Association recently announced its newest Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) graduates for 2013-2014. There were a total of 42 graduates in the group, and 20 work in the public sector.

Tags: NAFA, CAFM, Continuing Education

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Nine National Parks Get Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Photo courtesy of U.S. DOE.

Nine of the 13 National Parks will begin using alternative-fuel vehicles this summer under the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program to improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle idling.

Tags: Clean Cities, National Parks Service, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Adrian Steel Shows Ford Transit Upfit Products

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit with medium roof and regular wheelbase courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Upfitter Adrian Steel has announced a line of new products developed for the Ford Transit that will roll out when the full-size vans start hitting the market in June, a company spokesman told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Upfitting Vans

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ill. State Patrol Cars Wait in a Parking Lot for Upfitting

While they have at least 85 new Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars, state officials have not yet figured out how to get the electronics installed, offering explanations that varied from the budget crisis to an inability to find workers in the state with the skills to do the job.

Tags: Upfitting, Police Vehicles, Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Illinois

April 14, 2014 - Press Release

Santa Ana Wins Green California Leadership Award

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., Finance Department Facilities-Fleet-Central Stores (FFCS) Division is the 2014 Green California Leadership Award winner in the Transportation category.

Tags: Recognition, City of Santa Ana

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

La. Police Chief to Resign Following Fuel Theft Indictment

File photo by Thi Dao

The police chief from the Town of Brusly, La., was accused of using a fleet fuel card to fuel his personal truck and personal boat, with charges totaling $1,120 between January 2013 and January 2014.

Tags: Fuel Theft, Crime & Fraud, Town of Brusly

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

San Francisco FD's Aging EMS Fleet Rolls On

Photo via Wikimedia.

The San Francisco Fire Department's attempts to replace ambulances with more than 200,000 miles of service have fallen prey to a county budget process that has sidelined the agency's $28.1 million funding request.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Ambulances, Vehicle Purchasing, City of San Francisco

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ga. County PD Adds 40 Take-Home Vehicles

The Dekalb County (Ga.) Police Department has added 40 new police vehicles to its take-home vehicle program. The additional vehicles will allow the police department to keep vehicles longer, since they won't be running them around the clock as pool vehicles.

Tags: Take-Home Vehicles, Dekalb County, Chevrolet Caprice PPV

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

IronPlanet Bids for U.S. Dept. of Defense


IronPlanet is the apparent high bidder pending final confirmation and award for a contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to manage and sell rolling stock surplus assets of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tags: Department of Defense, IronPlanet, Cranes, Tractors

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

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 10, 2014 - Press Release

U.S. Bank Extends Fleet Card Payments

U.S. Bank is expanding its fleet card payment program to include cardless single-use accounts with U.S. Bank Fleet Virtual Pay, so fleet drivers can pay for fuel or unexpected repairs without a fleet fuel card, the company announced.

Tags: Fuel Cards, U.S. Bank, Vehicle Repairs

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Photo of 2015 Focus courtesy of Ford.

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 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tampa Beefs Up CNG Refuse Fleet

Photo: File

The City of Tampa has begun rolling out a new fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks to help reduce the city's fuel bill, which has reached $1.6 million annually.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Fuel Costs, City of Tampa, CNG Fueling Stations

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mich. Sheriff Adds Mine-Resistant Military Truck

The Saginaw County (Mich.) Sheriff's Department has acquired a military surplus truck for some of the toughest situations deputies may encounter. Sheriff William Federspiel has taken delivery of a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle once used by the U.S. Army.

Tags: County of Saginaw, Military Surplus

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Power Wagon Revived for Off-Road Work

Photo of 2014 Power Wagon courtesy of Ram Trucks.

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

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

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 7, 2014 - Industry News

Landi Renzo's Ford Bi-fuel System Certified

Photo of 2014 Super Duty F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo USA has received EPA certification to produce bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks for fleet buyers, the Torrance, Calif., company announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, CNG Conversions, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Bi-Fuel CNG, 2015-MY, Landi Renzo USA

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Dodge Teases All-New Charger, Challenger for 2015

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

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

States Join National Push to Fight Distracted Driving

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

In April, most states are ramping up enforcement efforts as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Department of Transportation, Governors Highway Safety Association, NHTSA, Texting While Driving

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