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Ford Telematics Offers Real-Time Diagnostics

Ford will begin offering the Telogis-powered Maintenance Connect this summer that will allow fleets to connect their vehicles to a Ford service center and provide real-time diagnostics and preventive maintenance information.

LR chassis has a retrofitted Wrightspeed Route turbine-electric system instead of a conventional diesel or natural gas engine and transmission. Photo: Mack Trucks Inc.

Mack to Evaluate Electric Powertrain for Refuse Trucks

Designed as an alternative to conventional piston-engine powertrains, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extending electric system that propels the truck and helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the companies said.

Pittsburgh Audit Targets Outsourced Maintenance Costs

The City of Pittsburgh's unexpected fleet maintenance costs have increased and turnaround times for vehicle repairs have fallen to a substandard level, according to an audit of the outsourced contract with First Vehicle Services.

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San Francisco Telematics Expansion Exempts Police

The City and County of San Francisco will equip nearly 7,600 fleet vehicles with a telematics system following preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that includes an exemption for police and fire vehicles following union objections.

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Polaris Updates GEM Utility Vehicles

Polaris Industries announced details of the 2016 lineup of GEM electric low-speed vehicles. Changes to the previous vehicles include improved ergonomics, ride, and range, as well as more comfort and safety features.

Photo of 2017 Titan crew cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Announces 2017-MY Fleet Incentives

Nissan will offer fleet incentives for 17 of its 2017 model-year cars, trucks, and vans, the company has announced.

Diesel Prices Up 2 Cents for the Week

The average price of diesel fuel has risen by a few cents, continuing a trend toward rising energy costs in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Summer Driving

Here are some summer driving tips from State Farm you can pass along.

Photo of 2011 Ford Transit Connect via Wikimedia.

Used Vehicle Depreciation Dips in May

Used vehicle values from the 2010 to 2014 model years fell 0.5% in May from April levels with cars showing a slightly higher depreciation rate than trucks, according to Black Book.

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Little Rock Hires New Fleet Director

The City of Little Rock, Ark. has named a new director of Fleet Services. Willie Hinton was appointed to the position to replace Wendell Jones, who retired May 31.

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Ohio City Obtains CLEANFleet Certification

The City of Dublin, Ohio, has obtained Tier 5 CLEANFleet certification from the Coalition for Green Fleet Management. This, in addition to the city’s Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) designation, makes Dublin a Fleet Masters operation.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD courtesy of GM.

2017 Diesel Silverado HD Improves Air Intake

The diesel-powered Chevrolet Silverado HD will add an improved air intake system for the 2017 model year that pushes cool, dry air through a hood scoop.

Mack LR model refuse truck Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack to Debut Refuse Powertrains at WasteExpo

Mack Trucks will showcase its 2017 powertrain lineup at WasteExpo 2016, including the public debut of its newest Mack MP series engines, the company announced.

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Ford Details Special 2017 Raptor Tires

BFGoodrich has developed a special set of tires for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor that improve performance and increase comfort, according to Ford.

IronPlanet Sets Florida Heavy Equipment Auction

IronPlanet will offer more than 250 pieces of heavy equipment on June 8 at the Cat Auction Services' online public auction based in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Fleet Techs Rank Among Most Difficult Positions to Fill

Recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, succession planning, and staff development rank as the top challenges for state and local governments for the second year in a row, according to a recently released survey.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of GM.

Fleet Sales Increase 26.2% in May

Sales of vehicles from five manufacturers to government agencies increased 26.2% to 28,476 in May with double-digit increases in the car and truck categories, according to Automotive Fleet data.

California Bill Requires Ignition Locks for Drunk Drivers

The California Senate has unanimously approved new legislation that would require ignition interlocks for all drunk-driving offenders in the state.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service courtesy of GM.

GM Updates 2017-MY Government Lineup

General Motors is expanding availability of its Chevrolet Tahoe police SUV and will introduce an updated non-police Chevrolet Impala for government agencies for the 2017 model year, according to the company.

Baltimore Police Add Cameras to Prisoner Transport Vans

The Baltimore Police Department added 10 new prisoner transport vans and retrofitted 13 others with a redesigned interior and camera system to improve treatment of detainees in custody.

Nissan’s Easy-Fill Tire Alert indicates reaching the correct pressure with a beep of the horn. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Offers Tire Safety Tips

It’s Tire Safety Week so here’s some advice you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Conn. Utility Opens $1.8M CNG Fueling Station

Norwich (Conn.) Public Utilities has opened its second compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility that will be used for municipal fleet vehicles and businesses.

Colo. DOT Employees Fired for Fleet Card Abuse

A State of Colorado Department of Transportation fleet supervisor and mechanic were fired in May for using a state purchasing card to buy materials to fix up and sell personal vehicles.

Diesel Prices Near $2.40 Per Gallon

The average price of diesel fuel has risen about 40 cents from a near $2 low earlier this year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Buyers Products Names New Municipal Sales Manager

Fuchs will join the sales and marketing team in the role of municipal sales and product development pertaining to fluid control and anti-ice.

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