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Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze captured the most votes among 48 cars selected for this year's competition. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

THE SWACO landfill “gas to energy” facility generates natural gas for the pipeline. Photo courtesy of MEMA

MEMA Ohio Tours Renewable Nat. Gas Facility

The Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO) hosted the final member meeting in 2014 for the Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) on Nov. 20.

Mahindra Utility Vehicles to Arrive in 2015

Mahindra USA and Intimidator Inc. will introduce a line of utility vehicles early next year.

Photo by Becky May

Chevrolet Introduces Off-Road Colorado ZR2 Concept

Chevrolet introduced the Colorado ZR2 concept for off-road use, which included the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that will arrive in the Colorado lineup later next year.

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Charge port with indicator light for dark conditions: Photo via Chevrolet.

Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features

Chevrolet has added a series of user-friendly features to the charging system of the next-generation Volt that will allow owners to pre-set charging levels based on location and departure times.

Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

APWA Announces Certified Public Fleet Professionals

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that four public works fleet professionals recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional credential.

Snap-on Adds Customer Care Web Portal

This new section serves as an additional channel for customers to get helpful information and answers so they can get the most out of their diagnostic tools.

The Buckeye fleet team consists of: (front row l-r) Teri Qualls, fleet coordinator; David Dydasco, fleet general technician; Filiberto Chavira, fleet supervisor; and (back row l-r) Mike DePaulo, fleet manager; Garrett Griffin, master emergency vehicle technician; Chris Evans, fleet intern; and Pat Buchanan, fleet general technician. Photo courtesy of City of Buckeye

Ariz. City Transforms Fleet for Improved Accountability

The City of Buckeye, Ariz., recently obtained its Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification following a multi-year transformation that allowed the division to become more accountable.

Photo via City of Redlands website.

Calif. City Expands CNG Fueling Station

The City of Redlands, Calif., has expanded its alternative fueling station at its corporate yard with the addition of new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel dispensers. The expansion cost $222,604.

Photo via facebook/DC Fire and EMS

D.C. Gets 6 New Fire Trucks

The District of Columbia took delivery of six new pumper engines this month as part of $34 million investment to improve its emergency response fleet. Four additional pumpers are expected be delivered this year.

Photo: U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force Launches All-Electric Vehicle Fleet

The 42-vehicle fleet is the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles.

Photo of the Class 5 Hino 195 cabover with a stake body courtesy of Hino.

Class 5 Youngest, Fastest Growing Truck Segment

The average age of commercial truck fleets is shifting, and Class 5 trucks now make up the youngest commercial trucks on the road in a segment that's one of the fastest growing, sources told Work Truck magazine.

Toro Completes Acquisition of BOSS

The Toro Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of the BOSS professional snow and ice management business for approximately $227 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Avoiding Common Crashes

Here is a video discussing what safety measures drivers can take to help prevent the most common types of collisions.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith

Kan. Municipality's Snow Plow Resources Thin

The City of Wichita, Kan., is having problems getting contractors to help city staff with snow plowing because the businesses are already too busy. The city now plans to build up the fleet and change the way it plows.

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect by Vince Taroc.

ALG Adds Vans to Residual Value Awards

For the first time, compact and full-size commercial vans were included in the award's 26 recognized vehicle segments.

Infographic courtesy of Ford.

Ford Reaches Explorer SUV Sales Milestone

Ford has sold the 7-millionth Explorer mid-size SUV as it gets ready to introduce a redesigned version that will enter the vehicle's sixth generation at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Vt. Town Loses Entire Police Fleet in Fire

The Town of Thetford, Vt., lost three police vehicles in an early morning fire last month in a fire described as suspicious by the Vermont State Police investigator handling the case.

Photo courtesy of City of Houston.

Houston Transitions to Propane Autogas Trucks

Next year, the City of Houston will begin purchasing light-duty trucks with a gaseous prep package in order to have a supply of vehicles that can be converted to propane autogas.

CEO Pablo Acedo poses with VIA eREV vans. Photo courtesy of VIA.

EPA Certifies VIA Motors' Hybrid Van

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted certification to VIA Motors' eREV gasoline-electric hybrid van, paving the way for shipping of the vehicle to fleets, the company announced Nov. 13.

Connected Cars Now Available to Federal Fleet

The federal government can now retrofit its fleet vehicles to support the Internet of Things to connect to their vehicles and obtain telematics and other information that's viewable through an iPad mini.



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