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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

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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

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

GM, Ford Top Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards

Photo of GMC trucks on dealer lot courtesy of GM.

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. provided the most value to light-duty fleet vehicle purchasers, according to Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2014.

Tags: Vincentric, Best Fleet Value, Awards, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, 2014-MY

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Lanes

Here's some advice from State Farm and the California DMV on changing lanes safely. You may want to pass along these tips to your fleet drivers.

Tags: State Farm, California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Rises to 25.4 MPG

Chart courtesy of UMTRI.

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 miles per gallon to reach its highest level is more than seven years, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas, UMTRI

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Feds Launch First-Ever Distracted Driving Ad Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation is launching its first-ever national advertising campaign to bring greater awareness of the hazards of distracted driving starting April 7.

Tags: Distracted Driving, U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA

April 4, 2014 - Press Release

Alldata Launches Mobile Repair App for Android

Alldata LLC, a provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information for the professional automotive service industry, launched the Android version of its Alldata Mobile app, previously available only for the iPad.

Tags: ALLDATA, Diagnostics, Mobile App

April 4, 2014 - Press Release

Alldata Adds VIN Decoder Enhancement to Core Products

Alldata LLC, a provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information for the professional automotive service industry, has added a VIN decoder to its core products, Alldata Repair S3000 and Alldata Collision S3500.

Tags: vehicle maintenance software, ALLDATA, Diagnostics

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Public Fleet Summit Coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

Public Fleet Summits is heading back to Texas, this time to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event will be held at the DFW Airport Marriot South in Fort Worth May 7-8.

Tags: Industry Event, Public Fleet Summit

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