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Ford F-150 SuperCrew Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts

The action covers 2,590 2015 model-year trucks in the U.S.

MY-2016 Nissan Titan XD. Photo: Nissan

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Starts at $41,485

Nissan has announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab. The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel-equipped TITAN XD has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $40,290 for the S 4x2.

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Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Axle Shafts

The action covers 1,170 2015 model-year Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vans in the U.S.

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe.

Ohio County Begins Construction of CNG Fueling Station

The Montgomery County (Ohio) Solid Waste District is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The district will complete the process of replacing its aging fleet with CNG vehicles over the next 12 months.

The 2016 NV Cargo Van, photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2016 NV Cargo Van Starts at $27,735

Nissan has increased the retail price of its base model NV Cargo van with a standard roof and 4.0L V-6 engine by $500 to $27,735 for the 2016 model year, Nissan has announced.

Crude Oil Free Fall Keeps Diesel Prices Down

Average diesel fuel prices at the pump decreased for the sixth week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Jim Park

State DOTs Tracking El Niño to Prepare Roads for Winter

As much as 70% of state Departments of Transportation are tracking El Niño to make preparations for the unusual winter weather ahead, including increasing stocks of salt and de-icing chemicals, according to a new survey.

Texas City Approves $198K Telematics Purchase

The City of San Angelo's (Texas) council has approved a $198,000 fleet telematics purchase, which includes initial hardware costs and an annual subscription of more than $131,000.

Video Safety Tip: Installing Snow Chains

Edmunds.com and the Oregon Department of Transportation offer advice on installing snow chains.

Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

National Safety Council Expects High Death Toll for Holiday

The National Safety Council is predicting the most deaths and injuries in traffic crashes during the three-day Christmas holiday period since 2009.

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U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

NC Clean Energy Technology Center Transportation Team (l to r): Matt Abele, Anne Tazewell, Heather Brutz, Rick Sapienza, and Mike Terreri

N.C. State's $4.4M Grant to Develop Fleet Management Training

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project aims in part to develop a professional Smart Fleet management training program that will provide tools and information to increase fleet efficiency through the use of low carbon fuels, technologies, practices, and policies.

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.

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40+ Vehicle Debuts Set for Detroit

More than 40 new vehicles will get their global or North American debut at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Kan. Municipality to Spend $1.7M to Replace Aging Fleet

The City of Lawrence (Kan.) has purchased $1.75 million worth of vehicles this month to replace its aging fleet out of a reserve replacement fund so the monies wouldn't be lost in the 2016 budget.

*Fiscal 2016 spending is based on states’ enacted budgets. **Aggregate spending levels would need to total $789 billion in fiscal 2015 to be equivalent with real 2008 spending levels. Graph from the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States

State Spending to Grow Moderately in 2016

State budgets continue to grow at a moderate pace after several years of a slow recovery from the recession. General fund spending is expected to grow 4.1% in fiscal-year 2016, according to the Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States.

Ga. County Looking at Fleet to Close Budget Gap

Floyd County (Ga.) commissioners are looking toward their fleet department to close a $1.4-million budget deficit, and have discussed a utilization study and use of alternative-fuel vehicles to achieve the goal.

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Calif. and Pa. Offer Alternative-Fuel Grants

State regulators in Pennsylvania and California have introduced new assistance programs to create wider adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and technology, the states announced separately.

Heavy Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jack Church (left) and Light Equipment Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Cortner (right) were instrumental in achieving the fleet's latest Green Business Certifications. Photo courtesy of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Fleet Earns Green Business Certification

The Sonoma County (Calif.) General Services Fleet Operations Division was presented with two California Green Business Certifications from the Sonoma Green Business Program.

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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Feds Offer $35M to Advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tech

The DOE hopes to speed up the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies by supporting research and development, early market deployments, and domestic manufacturing.

Texas School District Adds 'In God We Trust' to Patrol Vehicles

The Cleveland Independent School District has added "In God We Trust" to its patrol vehicles. The Houston-area district received the stickers as a gift from a local business.

Wash. County Lowers Car Allowance for Officials

The Snohomish County Council has lowered the monthly car allowance for officials by 7% in the wake of a whistle-blower complaint by an analyst claiming he was pressured to inflate the numbers.

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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