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2015 Silverado and Sierra HD Get Heavier Payload, Towing Capacities

GM has released the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD lineup. The vehicles feature a number of updates over the previous model, including higher payload and towing capacities and alternative-fuel options.

Retired Ore. City Fleet Manager Searches for Replacement

The fleet manager with the City of Eugene, Ore., is working with the city to find a replacement for his position, after retiring in December.

Telogis Introduces Upgraded Fleet Tracking Software

With Telogis Fleet 11, companies achieve significant gains in operational efficiency by more easily analyzing and utilizing the data gathered from workers, vehicles, and assets in the field.

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Obama: Natural Gas Is ‘Bridge Fuel’ for U.S.

President Obama urged the nation to shift more cars and trucks to natural gas as "the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change."

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Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Van, Wagon Arrive

Ford is offering the 2014 Transit Connect as a panel-side cargo van and a passenger wagon it describes as a "spacious and fuel-efficient people mover."

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Clean Cities Launches Improved ROI Tool for CNG Investments

The Department of Energy's Clean Cities program launched an improved tool that helps fleet managers evaluate the financial soundness of investments in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and/or fueling infrastructure.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of General Motors.

UCLA Adding 13 EVs to Fleet

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is adding 13 Chevrolet Spark electric vehicles to its fleet for use in various departments.

Manheim’s 2014 Used-Car Report Predicts Declining Margins

With labor market and credit conditions continuing to improve and expected to maintain an upward trajectory in the year ahead, the environment is ripe for sustained vitality in the new, used, and wholesale marketplaces.

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Honda Announces Pricing for 2014 CNG Civic

Honda has announced retail pricing for its 2014 Civic Natural Gas compact sedan that it mostly sold to corporate and government fleets during the 2013 model year.

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Ill. County’s Car Sharing Saves $250K

Cook County, Ill., has saved about $250,000 with a car sharing program in its first year by downsizing the vehicle fleet by 10 cars, cutting mileage reimbursement, and salvaging older vehicles.

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Azuga Fleet Tracking Solution Reduces Emissions

Azuga's G2 technology provides an accurate idling and carbon footprint report that can reduce a fleet's carbon emissions by at least 600 pounds per vehicle each year, the company announced.

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Portland Fire SUVs Keep Apparatus in Station

Portland Fire and rescue crews have been using large SUVs as rapid response vehicles rather than a full-size fire truck for traffic collisions and other calls.

Conn. Town Considers Bundled Vehicle Lease

Elected leaders of the town of Oxford, Conn., say they'd like to shift to leasing all service vehicles or perhaps bundle the vehicles into a lease-purchase package across all departments.

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Carbon Motors E7 Prototype Sells at Auction

The Carbon Motors E7 prototype, and one-time "patrol car of the future," sold Thursday to an online buyer at an Indiana auction for $74,000.

Ariz. City Hires Equipment Management Superintendent

Montana Stack, Ph.D., CAFS, was named equipment management superintendent for the City of Glendale, Ariz., in December 2013.

Kan. City Names Public Works Director

Doug Whitacre was named public works director for the City of Topeka, Kan. in May 2013. Previously, Whitacre was director of public works/assistant city administrator for the City of McPherson, Kan.

ThyssenKrupp&#39;s experience with propane autogas will be profiled as part of PERC&#39;s Straight Talk video series on Feb. 5, 2014.

PERC Offers Online Fleet Video Series

To commemorate the records set for light- and medium-duty vehicle use of propane autogas in 2013, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released an online video series featuring interviews with top fleets.

Photo of Westport&#39;s Dallas facility courtesy of Westport.

Westport Consolidates Ford Bi-fuel Upfitting

Westport Innovations is consolidating its production of bi-fuel and dedicated natural gas Ford vehicles at a Dallas production facility, a move not expected to cause ordering delays to fleet purchasers.

Ind. City Converts Refuse Fleet to CNG, Adds Fueling Station

The City of Muncie, Ind., will convert 12 refuse trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and build a fast-fill fueling station it will share with the public.

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Strong New-Car Sales Won't Hurt Fleet Remarketing, Says Black Book

Strong new-car sales shouldn't hurt newer model-year fleet vehicles with comparable mileage at remarketing auctions, according to one of the industry's top remarketing analysts.

Vidmar Unveils New Logo, Tagline

Vidmar announced it has become part of Stanley Industrial & Automotive, LLC, unveiling a new company look with a revamped logo and tagline, Smart Versatile Storage.

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ALI Lift Safety Course Goes Online

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) adapted its Lifting It Right DVD into an interactive, Web-based format. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.

Clean Cities Releases Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

Clean Cities' 2014 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide provides a comprehensive list of gasoline-electric hybrids and vehicles that run on propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), electricity, E-85, and biodiesel.

Utah City Fleet Manager Faces Theft, Fraud Charges

Prosecutors allege that the fleet manager at the City of Midvale, Utah, used his position to secure a $2.3 million lighting contract for company he co-founded.

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Ford Recalling 2011-MY E-Series Vans

The windshield in these vehicles may be prone to the formation of bubbles after extended exposure to heat.

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