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Four West Coast Cities Seek to Purchase up to 24,000 EVs

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking feedback from OEMs and upfitters regarding electrified transportation and port equipment.

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Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

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Michigan State Police Celebrates 100 Years with Black and Gold Cars

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Michigan State Police deployed 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department's 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Retails for $34,495

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will retail for at least $34,495 after the federal $7,500 tax credit when it arrives in dealer showrooms by April 1, FCA has announced.

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Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Diesel Prices Start 2017 With Another Increase

In the first week of the year, diesel prices continued to rise, extending a 6-week streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Fla. County Purchases $2.4 Million in Fire Rescue Vehicles

Osceola County, Fla., is modernizing its fleet with four new Pierce Fire Engines and two new Braun Rescue ambulances, worth $2.46 million. This purchase is part of the county's efforts to standardize its fleet operation by purchasing vehicles with common parts.

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

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FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

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Former ADP Manager Named N.C. Fleet Manager

William Forsythe, CAFM, was named fleet manager at North Carolina Department of Administration in Raleigh, N.C. He assumed this position in October 2016.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Adds Crash-Avoidance Tech

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse enters its second generation after nine model years as a more connected mid-size SUV with additional safety features, such as adaptive crash avoidance, GM announced at the Detroit auto show.

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SADA, Collins Introduce Asset Management System for Government Fleets

Atom incorporates Google content, including the cloud-based technology and location services, to give supervisors and dispatchers the tools to make real-time decisions on scheduling, routing, and budget allocation.

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First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

San Francisco Hiring Fleet Business Manager

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a fleet business manager to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department.

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Fleets Fight Heavy Snow in Winter Storms

Winter storms ravaged several parts of the continental U.S. last week, with plenty of organizations having to use their entire snow fleet.

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Automotive Lift Institute Releases Lifting Points Guide

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. has released the 2017 edition of its “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.” This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

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Va. City Launches Motor Pool

The City of Norfolk, Va., has launched a motor pool to reduce fuel consumption and create a "culture of sharing" within the city. The city plans to eliminate older, underutilized vehicles and turn over the remaining vehicles to its new motor pool.

CNG Workshop Scheduled for Cleveland

The Earth Day Coalition (EDC) has scheduled a compressed natural gas workshop for fleet managers in the Cleveland area on Jan. 27, the group has announced.

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Used Vehicle Values Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns.

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Ford to Offer 4G LTE Hotspot, In-Vehicle Gas Purchasing

Ford will offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 2018 model-year models, offer an app that allows drivers to pay for gas without leaving their car, and roll out an updated SYNC 3 infotainment system that integrates smartphone apps, the automaker has announced.

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Mich. County Improves Fleet Visibility with Lights

Midland County, Mich., is installing green lights on its maintenance vehicles to improve visibility. All new and old equipment will be fitted with the green lights in addition to the existing amber lights, including snow plows.

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Tenn. City to Replace Vehicles with $2M Grant

The City of Gallatin, Tenn., plans to replace several vehicles in its aging fleet after being awarded a $2.7 million state grant. The city plans to replace 19 vehicles and equipment, including refuse trucks, dump trucks, knucklebooms, and box vans.

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Fla. County to Spend $300,000 on Fire Fleet Repairs

Polk County, Fla., will spend about $300,000 due to a structural flaw on all of its fire trucks. Commissioners voted to fix a loose suspension on all 12 of the county's trucks, at a cost of about $25,000 per truck.

Last Week to Apply for the Leading Fleets

The Leading Fleets award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership. The deadline is March 3.

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Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

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