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OTC Upgrades Encore Maintenance Software

OTC has released version 2.4.0.8 of its Encore software to provide enhanced diagnostics information, an improved web browser experience, and an expanded data stream and global OBD II coverage in Spanish.

Photo by Jim Park

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall last week, but the weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut caused crude oil prices to jump.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Vans Bolster October Depreciation

Full-size cargo and passenger vans logged the least amount of depreciation in October and with pickups bolstered the used vehicle market, which saw a sharp increase from September, according to Black Book.

Photo of 2016 Explorer cabin courtesy of Ford.

90% of Ford Vehicles Share Front Seat Architecture

Nearly 90% of Ford vehicles sold in North America share a common front seat architecture that allows Ford to more easily implement features such as mutli-adjusting, massage, and heating/cooling that enhance vehicle comfort, according to a release.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

House Floating Another Highway Patch

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

All Department of General Services vehicles have been equipped with GPS devices. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

Calif. County Pilots GPS in 200 Vehicles

Sacramento County, Calif., will evaluate the benefits of GPS telematics on 200 of its fleet vehicles over the next six months to determine if it will expand telematics use to 2,000 vehicles.

Video Tip: Safe Winter Driving

With snow storms on the way, AAA offers valuable safety tips for driving in harsh winter weather.

Photo courtesy of C2ES

Fleets Better at Advancing NGV Deployment

A new guide created by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) states that public and private fleets that use natural gas vehicles are better at advancing their deployment than individual vehicle owners.

Take-Home Vehicles Costing N.Y. County Too Much

Nassau County (N.Y.) needs to improve oversight of its 282 take-home vehicles to reduce unnecessary expense and liability, an audit from the county Office of the Comptroller found.

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Isuzu Recalls Older N-Series, GM W-Series Trucks

The recall covers 13,671 Isuzu NPR, Isuzu NPR-HD, Chevrolet W3500, Chevrolet W4500, GMC W3500 and GMC W4500 gasoline trucks in the 2006-2008 model years.

Photo courtesy of ARB.

Electric Trucks Struggling to Gain Acceptance in Calif.

California roads have less than 500 battery electric medium- to heavy-duty trucks, partly due to the higher expense of these vehicles, according to a report on electrification of these vehicles released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Titan XD Tows 12,314 Pounds

Nissan's diesel-powered 2016 Titan XD pickup will tow 12,314 pounds and offers a maximum payload capacity of 2,091 pounds, according to new details released by Nissan.

Photo of Seymour Setnor with his side-view mirror system courtesy of Seymour Setnor.

Inventor Patents No-Blind-Spot Side Mirror

A Florida businessman has obtained a patent for a side-view mirror control system with no blind spots to improve visibility for drivers called the See More switch system.

N.Y. County Considers Leasing to Reduce Costs

St. Lawrence County, N.Y., is considering a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to begin leasing its vehicles rather than owning them to save at least $500,000 over a 10-year period.

Government Fleet to Recognize Top Fleet Professionals Under 40

Government Fleet is accepting nominations of fleet managers, supervisors, technicians, analysts, etc., under 40 who have contributed to their own operations or show potential as emerging fleet leaders.

Photo: Worthington Industries

Worthington Expands CNG Offering with Acquisition

The Worthington Industries Pressure Cylinders segment has acquired assets from Trilogy Engineered Systems, a manufacturer of CNG fuel system components for the commercial truck market.

Iowa County May Hire Its First Fleet Manager

Muscatine County, Iowa, may hire its first fleet manager to oversee vehicle purchasing and maintenance in an effort to save the county money.

Screen capture courtesy of Mack via YouTube.

Cummins Natural Gas Engine Recall Affects Mack, Navistar Trucks

The recall, which Cummins will oversee, covers more than 3,000 Mack and Navistar trucks equipped with the ISL G natural gas engine. The trucks are potentially at risk for oil leaks that pose a fire risk.

How Will Public Fleet Finances Fare in 2016?

Government Fleet magazine is conducting a survey to determine financial trends among public sector fleets. The 15-minute survey is open to those managing a public sector fleet as well as finance managers.

Chart courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration.

New Renewable Diesel Fuel Gaining Ground

A new kind of renewable diesel fuel is gaining greater adoption because it's nearly indistinguishable from petroleum-based counterparts and offers a higher quality biofuel to meet federal mandates as well as customer demand, according to federal data.

Photo courtesy of FreshDirect.

Northeast Fleets Honored for Diesel Emissions Reduction

Eight commercial and government fleets were honored for their work to reduce toxic diesel emissions as part of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative Breathe Easy Leadership Program the EPA has announced.

Photo via CDOT

New Colorado Laws to Reduce Winter Wrecks

The Colorado DOT is implementing a Traction Law and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law to reduce the amount of congestion and wrecks on the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor.

Price of Diesel Rises After 3-Week Slide

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel has increased, ending a three week streak of declining prices, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel courtesy of GM.

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Farm Equipment

Here is some advice on what precautions drivers can take to more safely share the road with slow-moving farm equipment.

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