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March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado Working at Sandy Utah Public Works

Sandy Public Works is using the Chevrolet Colorado for various functions within the city, like hauling survey equipment or being used off road by the local water department for inspections.

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Needing a mid-size pickup, a Utah public works fleet has put several 2015 Chevrolet Colorado trucks into service for functions such as equipment hauling and off-road water inspections.

Tags: General Motors

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Illinois Lawmakers Seeking Reduction of State's Fleet

State lawmakers in Illinois have restarted a bid to eliminate vehicles in the state's fleet that travel less than 7,000 miles per year, which represented 25 percent of the state's vehicles in 2011.

Tags: Utilization, Illinois, State Legislation, Elected Leaders

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Triple Returns with Online Auction Platform

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The Defense Logistics Agency, under contract with IronPlanet, received more than $3.2 million during the first two months of online public auctions for excess rolling stock, including Humvees.

Tags: Department of Defense, IronPlanet, Armored Vehicles, Online Auctions

March 26, 2015 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Helps Fire Agency Display World Trade Center Piece

The Bartlett (Ill.) Fire Protection District and Auto Truck Group have collaborated to display a recovered piece of material from the World Trade Center. The agency will host a remembrance event and dedication ceremony on April 11.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Memorials

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

9 of 10 Federal Workers Prefer In-Person Meetings

In a new Meetings Mean Business survey of 100 federal agency employees who have travel-related responsibilities, nine out of ten respondents reported that face-to-face interaction enhances productivity, collaboration, and effectiveness.

Tags: GFX, Industry Event

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 26, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Ambulances

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The action covers 6,472 vehicles that may have a malfunctioning exhaust gas temperature sensor.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Diesel Engines, Ambulances, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, Ford F-Series, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor SUVs Recalled

Photo of Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers nearly 213,000 2011-2013 model-year SUVs that may have an interior door handle problem.

Tags: Ford Explorer, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford Police Interceptor, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Use Falls to Lowest Level in 30 Years

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The average gasoline consumption by Americans is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, according to a report from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Gasoline, Fuel Consumption, UMTRI

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Concept Pays Tribute to Texas Rangers

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The Ram Truck brand has unveiled a Texas Ranger concept truck that pays homage to the legacy of the iconic law enforcement agency.

Tags: Ram Truck, Pickup Trucks, Texas

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fired S.C. University President Allegedly Demanded Luxury Car

South Carolina State University's former fleet director is claiming he was demoted and later fired because he didn't get the president a black Chrysler 300 and a luxury golf cart, reports WACH.

Tags: Executive Vehicles, Lawsuits, Colleges and Universities, Chrysler 300

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Cleveland Patrol Union President Calls Aging Cruisers 'Dangerous'

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Cleveland police officers have been driving aging cruisers that often have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer and lack basic working safety features, the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association president told NewsChannel 5.

Tags: City of Cleveland, Aging Fleet, Police Vehicles

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Phoenix FD Orders 14 Pumpers, Signs 7-Year Contract

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The Phoenix Fire Department has ordered 14 Pierce Quantum pumpers as part of a seven-year renewable contract that gives the agency the opportunity to continue purchasing the same number of pumper vehicles per year through 2022.

Tags: Fire Equipment, First Responders, Pierce Manufacturing, City of Phoenix

March 24, 2015 - Product News

International’s OnCommand Truck Diagnostics Now Standard

International Truck announced improvements to its OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Information Technology, International Trucks

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

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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

Feds Ramping Up Purchase of Zero-Emission Vehicles

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The federal government plans to increase its purchasing of zero-emission vehicles, following an executive order signed by President Obama requiring 50 percent of the federal fleet to be battery-electric or hydrogen vehicles by 2025.

Tags: Federal Fleet, President Obama, Zero-Emission Vehicles

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Report: Seattle Fleet Vehicles Violating Parking Limits

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Drivers of the City of Seattle's fleet vehicles have been regularly overstaying posted time limits in paid parking spots in the downtown area, according to a report from KING 5 News.

Tags: Parking, City of Seattle, Parking Violations

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Grant Funding Buys Calif. County 6 EVs

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Monterey County, Calif., is purchasing six electric vehicles almost entirely funded with grant money. The county was awarded $27,000 per vehicle for the six cars and is paying the remaining $855 per vehicle and taxes.

Tags: Grant Funding, Chevrolet Spark EV, Monterey County, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

Chart: U.S. Energy Information Administration

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Renewable Fuel

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

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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

Fire Agency Leases Non-Emergency Vehicles

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South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA) in Colorado is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to lease its light-duty non-emergency vehicles and reduce its fleet size.

Tags: Outsourcing, First Responders, Enterprise Fleet Management

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

Ohio State U. Building CNG Fueling Station

Ohio State University is building a $2.5 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to power its four CNG buses and additional vehicles that will be converted to run on the natural gas.

Tags: University Fleets, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

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