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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 AutomotiveFleet.com.

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.

NYPD Steps Up Towing of Official Cars

The New York Police Department has been towing public safety fleet vehicles, especially FBI cars, in the past few years, rather than allowing latitude for parking violations as it did in prior years.

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Current Motor Hires Mich. Fleet Manager for EV Cycle Sales

Bob Mossing, fleet manager for Washtenaw County, Mich., and business manager for the Sheriff’s Office, is resigning from his position effective Feb. 28. He accepted a new position as vice president of fleet sales with Current Motor.

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Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of GM.

Fuel Economy Up 10% on GM's 2015 Large SUVs

General Motors has raised the fuel economy on its lineup of large SUVs by at least 10 percent on the highway for the 2015 model-year, the automaker announced.

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Video: Fairfax County, Va., Vehicle Spreads Safe-Driving Message

Concerned about 2013 traffic data trends, the local police agency tightens enforcement and adds to its fleet a police car wrapped in driving safety messages.

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Ford Focus 2015 Gets More Fuel Efficient Engine

Ford Motor Co. will offer a more fuel efficient engine with its Focus compact car as an option for the 2015 model-year, the automaker has announced.

Businesses donated $8 million last year for the city to purchase new public safety vehicles. Photo courtesy of Detroit PD

Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Calls for Fleet Modernization

The City of Detroit filed its plan of adjustment with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, detailing how it would reduce its $18 billion debt and reinvest in the city. Some of this reinvestment funding is set aside for fleet replacements.

Va. Fire Truck Thief Had Stolen Ambulance

A Chesterfield County, Va., man with a penchant for stealing emergency service vehicles has been charged with a second vehicle theft in less than six months.

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Ga. Police Agency's High-Tech Device Helps End Pursuits

The Duluth (Ga.) Police Department has begun using a GPS launcher device to help end high-speed pursuits before they turn deadly.

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Wis. County Deploys Its First CNG Snowplow

Dane County officials say that by using renewable natural gas, the county will save $6,000 in fuel costs per CNG plow per year.

Illinois Honors Fallen Snowplow Fleet Driver

Government buildings are flying their flags at half-mast through Friday in tribute to a state snowplow fleet driver killed in the line of duty Feb. 14.

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Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

GM Plans Aluminum Pickup Trucks for 2018

General Motors is moving toward producing an aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018, after securing supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc.

Webinar: Telematics Pushes Trucking Fleet's ROI

An upcoming Web seminar hosted by Bobit Business Media will address a trucking fleet's implementation of Spireon's FleetLocate telematics system.

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