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November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Depreciation, Black Book

November 26, 2014 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Donates Truck to Ky. Fire Department

Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group

Auto Truck Group and Ford Commercial Vehicles donated a fully upfitted 2015 Ford Expedition SSV unit to the Mt. Eden, Ky., volunteer fire department after a fire at the station caused more than $1 million in damage.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Fire Equipment, Donation

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Procurement Groups Form Alliance

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), National IPA, and The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) announced the formation of a group promising to uphold ethics in procurement and respect among cooperatives and user groups.

Tags: NJPA, National IPA, Cooperative Procurement, TCPN

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

El Paso Updates Police Vehicles' Color Scheme

The City of El Paso, Texas, has added 29 new Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars and three Dodge sport utility vehicles with a new color scheme to replace aging Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Vehicle Color, City of El Paso, Dodge Charger

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Conn. City Sets Labor Rate for Outsourced Work

The City of Shelton, Conn., has reached agreements with several local repair garages on a set labor rate of $60 for outsourced work.

Tags: Outsourcing, Labor Rates, Public Works

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Sanitation District Fleet Manager to Retire

Chuck Forman, rebuild and fleet services manager for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), has announced he is retiring on Dec. 12.

Tags: Retirement, Orange County Sanitation District, Sanitation

November 24, 2014 - Press Release

U.S. Bank Voyager Network Adds Fla. Locations

The U.S. Bank Voyager Network is adding 35 new locations in Florida, following Network merchant Monro Muffler Brake’s acquisition of The Tire Choice.

Tags: U.S. Bank, Tires, Fuel Cards

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Dade Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Photo courtesy of Parker Hannifin

Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.

Tags: Parker Hannifin, Miami Dade County, Hydraulic Hybrid, Refuse Trucks

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Wet Weather Driving

With rain forecast this week for many areas, this is a good time for fleet drivers to review safety measures for wet weather driving.

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

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles

Screenshot of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's anti-idling announcement.

The City of West Palm Beach (Fla.) has a new policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule takes effect today.

Tags: Utility Fleets, City of West Palm Beach, Anti-Idling, Fleet Policy

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck Test

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Of the three top-selling full-size pickup truck contenders, Ram has won the Motor Trend 2015 half-ton truck shootout, Ram has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Awards, Vehicle Testing

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year

Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze captured the most votes among 48 cars selected for this year's competition. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

Tags: Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Press Release

MEMA Ohio Tours Renewable Nat. Gas Facility

THE SWACO landfill “gas to energy” facility generates natural gas for the pipeline. Photo courtesy of MEMA

The Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO) hosted the final member meeting in 2014 for the Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) on Nov. 20.

Tags: Associations, RNG, MEMA, Natural Gas

November 21, 2014 - Product News

Mahindra Utility Vehicles to Arrive in 2015

Mahindra USA and Intimidator Inc. will introduce a line of utility vehicles early next year.

Tags: Utility Vehicle, Mahindra Group

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Introduces Off-Road Colorado ZR2 Concept

Photo by Becky May

Chevrolet introduced the Colorado ZR2 concept for off-road use, which included the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Colorado, Concept Vehicles, Off-Road Vehicles, General Motors

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Awards, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features

Charge port with indicator light for dark conditions: Photo via Chevrolet.

Chevrolet has added a series of user-friendly features to the charging system of the next-generation Volt that will allow owners to pre-set charging levels based on location and departure times.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Volt, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, EV Charging

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

Tags: Ford Explorer, EcoBoost, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Cycle Refresh, Engines

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

APWA Announces Certified Public Fleet Professionals

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that four public works fleet professionals recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional credential.

Tags: APWA, Certification, CPFP, Staff Training, Public Works

November 20, 2014 - Press Release

Snap-on Adds Customer Care Web Portal

This new section serves as an additional channel for customers to get helpful information and answers so they can get the most out of their diagnostic tools.

Tags: Snap-on

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Ariz. City Transforms Fleet for Improved Accountability

The Buckeye fleet team consists of: (front row l-r) Teri Qualls, fleet coordinator; David Dydasco, fleet general technician; Filiberto Chavira, fleet supervisor; and (back row l-r) Mike DePaulo, fleet manager; Garrett Griffin, master emergency vehicle technician; Chris Evans, fleet intern; and Pat Buchanan, fleet general technician. Photo courtesy of City of Buckeye

The City of Buckeye, Ariz., recently obtained its Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification following a multi-year transformation that allowed the division to become more accountable.

Tags: Certification Program, GFMA, CFMO, City of Buckeye

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. City Expands CNG Fueling Station

Photo via City of Redlands website.

The City of Redlands, Calif., has expanded its alternative fueling station at its corporate yard with the addition of new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel dispensers. The expansion cost $222,604.

Tags: Grant Funding, LNG Fueling Station, CNG Fueling Stations, Fuel Station Expansion

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

D.C. Gets 6 New Fire Trucks

Photo via facebook/DC Fire and EMS

The District of Columbia took delivery of six new pumper engines this month as part of $34 million investment to improve its emergency response fleet. Four additional pumpers are expected be delivered this year.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Fire Equipment, District of Columbia

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