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The 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit features an enhanced version of the optional Officer Protection Package, a system designed to alert officers to movement outside the vehicle that could indicate an ambush.

Dodge Enhances Officer Protection Package for 2018 Charger Pursuit

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Dodge’s Officer Protection Package was designed to promote officer safety by utilizing sensors built into every Dodge Charger Pursuit to detect attempted ambushes from the rear when parked and working in their vehicle.

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Louisiana State Police Official Misused Resources

Louisiana State Police troopers were frequently tasked with transporting the former police superintendent’s wife, and fleet personnel were asked to conduct maintenance on personal vehicles.

Photo of a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid at Blue Ridge Parkway courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai Donates Ioniqs to the National Park Service

Hyundai donated Ioniq Hybrids to the National Park Service for use in Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, Santa Monica Mountains in California, and National Capital Parks (East) in Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Opens Second Parts Distribution Center in 2017

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its second Mopar parts distribution center in 2017, this one located in the metro Detroit area.

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Texas City Awards $11.6M Maintenance Contract

The City of Arlington, Texas, has awarded its fleet management, maintenance, and repair contract for all municipal vehicles to First Vehicle Services.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

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N.Y. Municipality Moves to Fuel Cards

The City of Ogdensburg, N.Y., is removing its two 6,000-gallon fuel tanks used for storing diesel and gasoline and will begin using fuel cards for its 90-vehicle fleet.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Operations Division Chief Greg Ward, left, and Fleet Services Technician Corey Lane go over documentation for a truck in the “heavy fire apparatus” category. Photo via City of Loveland

Loveland Technician Earns National Award

The City of Loveland, Colo., has announced that Corey Lane, fleet technician and 22-year city employee, has been recognized with the “Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year” award from a national publication.

Photo courtesy of GM

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Gets New Safety Features

Chevrolet is adding new safety features and options to the 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV), including technologies designed to help reduce potential crash speeds or help avoid a crash.

Photo of 2017 Jeep Patriot courtesy of FCA.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2018

Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150, Explorer for Loose Seats

The pickup truck and SUV recall covers more than 177,200 2016-MY vehicles in the U.S.

NYC Promotes Agency Fleet Managers

New York City has promoted three employees to various fleet management roles at three departments. Two of them transition out of the New York City Police Department fleet.

CASE Extends Full-Machine Warranty on Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

The new full-machine warranty applies to all models in both product lines.

John Deere Launches New Website

The global launch included 33 John Deere sites in 16 languages and approximately 2,300 product pages.

Pictured: One of the sheriff's office vehicles equipped with Derive Efficiency. Photo courtesy of Dakota County

Minn. County Increases Fuel Economy With Vehicle Software

In a pilot of vehicle calibration software, Dakota County, Minn., fleet vehicles saw an 8% average drop in fuel consumption.

Ga. City Hires Calif. Fleet Manager

Peter Bednar has taken a new position as the fleet management director for the City of Albany, Ga. He was previously the fleet operations manager for Ventura County, Calif.

Photo courtesy of Ford

Ford PIUs Return to Service in Austin

The City of Austin, Texas, has begun transitioning its fleet of Ford Explorers and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles back into service. Its 439 vehicles were removed from service in July after suspected carbon monoxide exposure, and 44 are back on the road.

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Maintenance Costs Prompt La. City Police to Consider Leasing

The Opelousas (La.) Police Department is advocating for a five-year lease agreement for 20 new vehicles, with the main reason being rising maintenance and fuel costs of its aging cars.

Agency Hosts Fundraiser for In-Vehicle Video Systems

The Rockford (Ill.) Police Department hopes to install dashboard cameras on all 105 vehicles in its fleet. Only a quarter of the fleet is equipped with cameras.

Jeep's 2018 Wrangler Rubicon on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

2018 Wrangler Enhances Connectivity, Open-Air Options

Jeep revealed its newly designed 2018 Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features more fuel-efficient powertrains and is loaded with safety features and technology.

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Police Department

Buying Mustangs for Traffic Enforcement

There aren’t any “ghost cars” in the Lubbock, Texas, Police Department. When the motorcycle fleet retires in the evenings, clearly-marked Ford Mustangs take their place.

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Ind. First Responders Advocate for Fleet Raises

A study commissioned by the LaPorte County Council in Indiana found the county’s mechanics were paid $18,000 below the industry average.

Photo via Oregon State University/Flickr

S.C. City Collects Cooking Oil to Power Fleet

Since launching in 2009, the City of Columbia, S.C.'s cooking oil recycling program has collected an average of 1,000 gallons of used oil per year, which is converted to biodiesel and used to power the city fleet.

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