Government Fleet News

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Nissan Announces Pricing for 2014 NV Van

Nissan has set pricing for its full-size 2014 NV passenger and cargo van for a vehicle that has arrived at dealerships. The Nissan NV's base price increases $250 to $25,670 for the cargo version with a standard roof.

Freightliner said it will be the first to offer the FuelSense features on its M2-106 medium-duty trucks.

Freightliner Offers Allison's FuelSense to Improve Fuel Efficiency

Freightliner will be the first to offer Allison Transmission's new FuelSense fuel-efficiency features that deliver up to 15 percent savings for certain truck applications and 20% for city buses compared to its current base-line fully automatic, "constant power" products.

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Introduces Diesel N-Series Models

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has unveiled its lineup of 2014 and 2015 model year N-Series diesel models and announced that it would extend its 24 Months/60,000 Miles Covered Maintenance Program to all the diesel models sold through June 30.

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E-85 Fueling Growth Slows, Feds Report

Growth in the number of E-85 fueling stations has slowed since 2011, as demand has fallen for the higher-blend ethanol fuel blend, according to federal data.

Photo of European version of Sprinter 4x4 courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz to Sell Sprinter 4x4 in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz will offer the four-wheel drive version of its Sprinter full-size van in the U.S. in early 2015, following its initial introduction in Europe, the automaker has announced.

Calif. Fleet Manager Was Early Adopter of Database-Driven Management

Don Beams, retired fleet manager for the City of San Jose, Calif., passed away on Feb. 7. He served as San Jose’s fleet manager for 21 years, retiring in 2010.

The City of Sacramento's Elgin Broom Bear sweeper runs on compressed natural gas. Photo courtesy of City of Sacramento

Calif. City Fuels Sweepers with Renewable Natural Gas

The City of Sacramento moved toward compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles with the purchase of its first heavy-duty CNG vehicles — two Elgin Broom Bear four-wheel mechanical broom sweepers.

Photo of E-450 stripped chassis courtesy of Ford.

XL Hybrids Adds Powertrain for Ford E-Series Vans

XL Hybrids has developed a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for Ford E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis vans, the vehicle modifier announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Introduces Higher-GVWR Class 3 Work Truck

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) introduced its 2015 Canter FE130 cabover work truck, which increases payload capacity over the earlier FE125 model, at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Spireon’s FleetLocate Solution Now Available Through Sprint Network

Spireon and Sprint have partnered to provide Spireon’s FleetLocate-branded mobile resource management (MRM) solutions to fleet operators utilizing the Sprint network.

Leading Fleets Applications Due March 14

Government fleets are encouraged to submit an application for the new award recognizing operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership.

Following the announcement of GM and Telogis’ partnership to provide a fleet telematics solution on GM products (l-r) Paul Loewer, commercial product manager for GM; David Lohmeier, manager of new business for OnStar; Amy Hart Phillips, VP, OEM business for Telogis; Ed Peper, U.S. VP, Fleet & Commercial for GM; and Mark Wallin, VP product management for Telogis pose for posterity.

GM, Telogis Partner on Fleet Telematics

Telogis will integrate its location intelligence platform into General Motors' OnStar telematics system under a new partnership announced today at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Audit: Georgia Sheriff’s Office Should Reduce Fleet

The Chatham County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office should reduce its "relatively large motor fleet," a review from a consulting firm found. Consultants said the agency has assigned too many of its 184 vehicles to its detention center.

Photo of medium-duty 2016 beverage truck courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Gaseous-Prep F-650, F-750 Expand NGV Market

Ford's gaseous-prep V-10 engine for its redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks offers a forward-thinking option that will open up new fleet markets, vehicle modifiers told

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EPA Tightens Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised standards for new-vehicle emissions and required lower sulfur content for gasoline beginning in 2017 under its Tier 3 regulation, the agency announced Monday.

Photo of 2016 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Redesigns F-650, F-750 Trucks for 2016

Ford introduced redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis today that offer improved towing capabilities and a factory gaseous-prep V-10 engine.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe being loaded for delivery courtesy of GM.

GM Commercial Fleet Sales Up 8% in 2014

General Motors has increased fleet deliveries into the commercial channel by eight percent in 2014 so far and tacked on a 1 percent increase for February, the automaker announced Monday.

Pa. Provides $8M in Alt-Fuel Grants

The State of Pennsylvania is providing public and private fleets with up to $8 million in grants for the conversion or purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Homeland Security Faces Moderate Risk of Fleet Card Abuse

The Office of Inspector General report stated that the Dept. of Homeland Security needs to improve its implementation of internal controls to “prevent illegal, improper, or erroneous purchases” from its fleet cards.

Cummins ISL-G medium-duty CNG engine

Diesel Slides, CNG Rises in Commercial Truck Engines

Diesel-powered engines remained the dominant fuel powering newly registered commercial trucks in 2013, as vehicle owners continued pushing adoption of natural gas powerplants, according to Polk.

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2014 Ram 1500 Named Top Pick by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has named the 2014 Ram 1500 a "top pick" in its 2014 Autos Spotlight released Tuesday. The publication called the Ram 1500 "surprisingly refined and inviting" and said its coil-spring rear suspension "makes it the most comfortable-riding truck."

Photo of 2011 F-550 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford Dominates New Commercial Vehicle Registrations

Ford retained its dominant market share in new commercial vehicle registrations in all gross vehicle weights in 2013 and Mercedes-Benz saw a sharp uptick in Sprinter van registrations, according to Polk.

Photo from General Motors.The 2015-MY Chevrolet Silverado.

Fleet Buyers to Benefit from Pickup Towing Standard

A standardized tow specification being adopted by Detroit automakers for 2015 model-year light-duty pickup trucks will improve safety and ease purchasing for fleet buyers, sources told

Arsonist Torches Calif. County Fleet Vehicles

The Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspected arson in which three county fleet vehicles were found heavily damaged by fire.

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Detroit Outsources Refuse Collection

The City of Detroit has privatized waste management services as part of its bankruptcy recovery plan and is auctioning off its aging fleet of refuse trucks. Last week, the city awarded $122.6 million in contracts to two commercial haulers for the work.

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