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Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

Photo: Vincentric

Vincentric Names 2016 Fleet TCO Winners

Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota vehicles helped these car and truck makers lead Vincentric's 2016 Best Fleet Value in America awards that were announced today.

Safe Fleet Acquires Rear View Safety

Safe Fleet has acquired Rear View Safety (RVS), which provides back-up camera systems and video-based road safety solutions to fleets. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster Trailer Light Modules

The automaker issues two separate recalls covering 84,252 trailer light modules and 1,576 Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford Transit van courtesy of Westport.

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

Iowa County Hires Fleet Manager for New Position

Scott County, Iowa, has hired Barbara Branscom as its new fleet manager. The county decided to create the role based on research from Mercury Associates.

Photo of 2016 Dodge Charter R/T courtesy of FCA.

Ore. Sheriff Flouts Policy, Buys Expensive Car

Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff Dan Staton bought a higher trim Dodge Charger with unnecessary features to replace a one-year-old vehicle, ignoring county purchasing policies as well as the fleet manager’s refusal to buy him the car.

File photo of Michigan State Police vehicle testing

2017-MY Police Vehicle Testing Dates Announced

The Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have announced the dates that they will conduct testing of 2017 model-year pursuit-rated police vehicles in September and October respectively.

Photo of 2017 MV-1 courtesy of Mobility Ventures.

Mobility Ventures Updates Paratransit Van

Mobility Ventures has updated its MV-1 purpose-built paratransit van with several comfort and convenience features for the 2017 model year, the company has announced.

Philly Police SUV Posing As Google Vehicle

The Philadelphia Police Department has begun an investigation into why officers disguised an SUV to look like a Google street mapping vehicle and equipped it with license-plate-reader cameras.

Another Hike in Diesel Prices, Oil Nears $50 Per Barrel

The average price of diesel fuel increased once again last week continuing a streak of price hikes that began in February.

Video Safety Tip: What Flashing Yellow Arrows Mean

Flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals are becoming more commonplace throughout the U.S., but some drivers are still unfamiliar with them. Here's advice on how to respond.

IronPlanet Sets Date for Utah Equipment Auction

IronPlanet will continue its series of Cat Auction Services auctions with a May 25 heavy equipment auction in Ballard, Utah on May 25. The sale is the fifth of six major onsite auctions this spring, along with events in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Atlanta Opens New CNG Fueling Station

The City of Atlanta opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at its solid waste facility in April. The station will allow the city to transition the entire solid waste fleet from diesel to CNG.

Photo via Flickr/Bruce Stokes.

NYC Bans Hands-Free Phone Use in Fleet

New York City has banned the use of hands-free phone devices by city fleet drivers, except for emergency responders. The city concluded that the use of hands-free devices can lead to equally dangerous levels of distraction as non-hands free devices.

Photo of 2017 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2017 Super Duty Pricing

Ford has begun taking orders for its 2017 Super Duty trucks, which go on sale in the fall following a revamp that lightens the load with aluminum body panels and brings new standard features to the stalwart work trucks.

Photo courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic's $117K to Fund Boise EV Fleet

Republic Services of Idaho presented the City of Boise, Idaho, with a check for $117,000 to launch the city’s first electric-vehicle fleet.

Photo courtesy of Subaru.

Fuji Heavy Industries Changes Name to Subaru

Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), is renaming itself to Subaru Corp. to enhance a rising Subaru brand that closed its fiscal year in March with sales of 1.05 million vehicles for the first time in its 58-year history.

Chart showing vehicle categories courtesy of BofA.

GM Replacing 88% of Lineup By 2020

General Motors should gain market share by replacing 88% of its light-duty lineup by 2020, while Volkswagen and Korean automakers are relying too heavily on cars with consumer demand shifting toward SUVs and trucks, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Colo. City OKs $1.1M for Police Vehicle Leases

The Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department will add 22 new Ford Police Interceptor SUVs after the city council approved a $1.1 million, five-year lease agreement for the vehicles.

City Snow Plows Striking Parked Cars in Ill.

Municipal snow plow drivers in four eastern Illinois cities have caused the most damage in the past three years among city vehicles, according to a WCIA report.

Feds Predict Higher Fuel Price Increases

Federal officials have raised their expectations for diesel and gasoline prices this year and are predicting even larger hikes coming for 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Photo courtesy of GM

Calif. Exceeding Zero-Emission Vehicle Goal

Nearly 12% of new light-duty vehicle purchases made by California state agencies are now zero-emission, exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of 10% set forth in a 2012 executive order.

A custom-built slide-in camper simulator to test the truck's roll stability when its center of gravity is raised. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Video: Ford Puts Super Duty to the Test

Watch Ford engineers put Super Duty through its paces at Arizona Proving Grounds, subjecting the truck to low- and high-speed lane changes, and slalom runs.

Graphic courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Offers Predictive Maintenance Alerts

Chevrolet is offering a predictive maintenance alerting system called Onstar Proactive Alerts that monitors the health of the vehicle and notifies drivers to take the vehicle in for service.

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