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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.

Photo of crash testing of 2015 Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala courtesy of GM.

Bi-Fuel Impala Tested With Bonfire, Rifle Round

General Motors has subjected the compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tank of its 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala to several extreme tests, including the "bonfire test," penetration test with an armor-piercing rifle round, and impact testing.

Ohio City Hiring Fleet Manager

The City of Worthington, Ohio, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of fleet manager. This position provides management and direction for the city’s fleet management program.

Photo of Freightliner Business Class M2 truck courtesy of Daimler Trucks North America.

Daimler Recalls CNG Freightliner M2 Trucks

The manual tank shutoff valve is at risk for getting stuck in the closed position and blocking the flow of fuel to the engine in 16 2013 model-year trucks.

Pierce Manufacturing is a leading custom manufacturer of fire trucks and rescue apparatus. Screen capture courtesy of Pierce via YouTube.

Pierce Recalls Fire Trucks for Suspensions

The recall affects 135 emergency vehicles in the 2009-2013 model years.

Milwaukee Allows Ads for Fleet Vehicles

The City of Milwaukee, Wis., has passed a resolution to allow marketing partnerships with private companies and non-profit organizations, including a plan to sell advertising on fleet vehicles.

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N.Y. County Requires 35 MPG for Fleet Purchases

Elected officials in Westchester County, N.Y., have approved legislation mandating that new vehicle purchases must be high-mileage vehicles, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, or alternative-fuel vehicles.

LAPD Reviewing Helicopter Use for Non-Agency Events

The LAPD has begun reviewing the use of its helicopters for charitable and community events, after a sergeant scheduled a flyover at a school where his child was a student.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Ram ProMaster City MPG, Pricing Announced

Ram Truck has announced the pricing and fuel economy for its first vehicle in the small commercial van segment, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van courtesy of General Motors.

Depreciation Reaches Yearly High in October

Domestic cars lost the most in value at 3.2 percent among vehicles from the 2009-2013 model-years, while domestic trucks lost 2.1 percent. Compact pickups and full-size passenger vans and full-size cargo vans showed the most strength.

Fla. City Keeps CEI for Accident Management

The City of Gainesville, Fla., has signed a contract with the CEI Group to continue to provide it with fleet accident management services.

Screenshot via NGVAmerica.

NGVAmerica Launches Natural Gas Station Mapping Tool

NGVAmerica has launched an online tool that helps fleet drivers locate the nation's natural gas fueling stations.

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Marines Indicted for Fraud Involving Presidential Helicopters

A federal grand jury has indicted three current and former Marine Corps officers for fraud in connection with a bid proposal to perform maintenance on helicopters that transport the President.

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

First Aluminum F-150 Rolls off Assembly Line

Ford has built its first aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and production of the vehicle is now underway at the 100-year-old Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., an event marked by the appearance of Bill Ford and other dignitaries.

Pa. County Executive Accused of Misusing Fleet Vehicle

The Allegheny County (Penn.) controller has accused County Executive Richard Fitzgerald of improper use of his county vehicle, potentially totaling $13,125.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic via GM.

EPA Certifies CNG Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic

Vehicle modifier Crazy Diamond Performance has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce compressed natural gas versions of the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic compact sedans.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Windshield Wiper Blades

Here's a video explaining how to replace wiper blades. Manufacturers typically recommend they're changed two or three times a year to keep windshield visibility optimal.

Ohio City Criticized for Buying Non-U.S.-Built Vehicles

A municipal union president is criticizing City of Mansfield, Ohio, officials for purchasing three Nissan NV200 vans instead of buying its usual General Motors vehicles, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

Video: Air Bag Supplier Facing Criminal Probe

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Takata Corp., the Japanese automotive safety equipment supplier whose defective air bag inflators have led to the recall of about 11 million vehicles in the U.S.

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N.J. County Online Auction Nets $94K

The Monmouth County (N.J.) surplus auction this fall generated $94,815, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $2,781,023.

Calif. Changes CNG/LNG Tax Measurement

At the start of 2015, the state will begin taxing compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) based on a per-pound rather than per-foot rate.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express by Vince Taroc.

GM Details 2015 Express/Savana Vans

General Motors has added several new enhancements to its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana for the 2015 model year, as its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van replaces the 1500-level full-size model that has been discontinued.

Screenshot via Montana DOT.

Montana DOT Adds Tow Plows for Winter Work

The Montana Department of Transportation has added new steerable trailer-mounted plows in eight areas to allow snowplow truck operators to move snow more efficiently and safely, according to the agency.

Photo via Department of Energy.

EPA, DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Automakers have increased the number of fuel-efficient car models and classes available to fleet buyers for the 2015 model year, according to the the annual fuel economy guide from the U.S. EPA and DOE.

Photo of 2015 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Honda Announces 2015 Civic CNG Pricing

Honda's Civic Natural Gas returns for the 2015 model year with a starting price of $27,530 for the base model, the automaker has announced.



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