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SUVs, Mid-Size Cars Lead February Residual Values

Full-size pickups led vehicle depreciation in February, while mid-size cars, full-size cars, and utility vehicles held their value best, according to Black Book.

Philadelphia Fleet Supervisor Charged in $400K Fraud Case

The Philadelphia District Attorney has charged a city fleet supervisor and two body shop owners for an insurance fraud scam that stole $400,000 from the city’s Office of Fleet Management.

Photo by Thi Dao.

San Diego Launches 'Aggressive' Vehicle Replacement Initiative

The City of San Diego has begun an overhaul of its fleet management operations to reduce a backlog of aging vehicles, boost staffing, and improve an archaic software system.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Names Operations Director

Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced several new hires, including Peter Ormsby, who joins the fleet software provider on March 7 as operations director.

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Pa. City Approves Leasing Deal to Update Police Fleet

The City of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will lease 10 new Ford Police Interceptors to update the aging fleet.

The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium trim, photo courtesy of the automaker.

Ford Adds Windshield Wiper De-Icer to Escape

The Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV in the U.S to offer a windshield wiper de-icer, as part of the vehicle's cold weather package.

Screencapture courtesy of John Deere

JDLink Estimator Tool Quantifies Telematics ROI

The new JDLink return on investment (ROI) estimator by John Deere is designed to quantify the value of keeping machines connected using JDLink telematics.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica courtesy of FCA US.

Chrysler Pacifica Rated at 28 MPG Highway

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan that can achieve 28 mpg on the highway — a 12% improvement over the outgoing Town & Country.

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Polaris Acquires Industrial Vehicles Maker Taylor-Dunn

Polaris Industries Inc. has acquired Taylor-Dunn, a provider of industrial vehicles serving commercial, manufacturing, warehouse, and ground-support customers.

Submit a Nomination for the Public Fleet Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2016 Public Fleet Hall of Fame are now being accepted and are due end of day Wednesday, March 23.

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APWA Names Scott Grayson Executive Director

Scott Grayson will lead the organization and reports to the American Public Works Association (APWA) Board, as well as more than 29,000 members across North America.

Diesel Jumps Above $2 Per Gallon Again

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel increased for the third straight week, once again rising above $2 per gallon.

New-Vehicle MPG Remains Unchanged from January

The average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in February was 25.2 mpg — unchanged from the value that was revised for January.

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St. Louis Treasurer's Take-Home Car Questioned

City of St. Louis (Mo.) Treasurer Tishaura Jones will continue using her take-home vehicle despite media reports questioning her perk as a city worker with a $96,000-per-year salary.

Fleet Counselor Services Celebrates 25 Years

Fleet Counselor Services (FCS), which offers fleet consulting services and fleet analysis software, celebrated its 25-year anniversary on March 1.

Last Day to Nominate 2016 Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The last day to submit a nomination is end of day March 7.

Video Safety Tip: Tire Blowout Response

Here are tips from AAA and Travelers Insurance on how to respond to a tire blowout.

Alliance Autogas technicians (l to r) Stephen Holland and Stacey Snyder. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas Converts F-150 in Record Time

Alliance AutoGas' technicians converted a Ford F-150 truck to run on propane autogas in one hour and 32 minutes. The company set the record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion.

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

The City of Orlando already has compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks in its fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Orlando

8 Cities Launch Alt-Fuel Municipal Fleet Initiative

Eight cities have banded together to launch the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC), a group dedicated to transitioning their municipal fleets from petroleum-fueled vehicles to vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

Fla. County Hiring Fleet Director

Pasco County, Fla., is hiring a new fleet management director.

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Sortimo Van Partition, Shelving Lineup Expanded

Sortimo by Knapheide has added several van partitions and shelving products to its Exxpand lineup, the partnership announced at the Work Truck Show.

Photo of Ford P.I. Utility courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Fleet Sales Spike 38% in February

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies from nine manufacturers increased 38.2% to 21,682 units from a year ago on the strength of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Ranger Design Introduces Van Partition

Ranger Design has launched its new Max View Clear Top Composite safety partition to separate cargo from the passenger cabin in vans such as the Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, and Ram ProMaster City.

Ventura County, Calif., Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Pete Bednar, fleet operations manager for Ventura County, Calif., talks about searching for technicians who must now maintain more complicated vehicles, how the fleet manager wears multiple hats, and caving in to political pressure regarding green fleet adoption.

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