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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.

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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.

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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.

Photo of Miami-Dade PD Ford P.I. Utility courtesy of the agency.

Government Fleet Sales Rise 16.3%

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies strengthened in October, and are now 9.5% higher through 10 months of 2014 when compared to a year ago.

N.J. Bill Would Cut State Fleet by 20%

A New Jersey assemblywoman has introduced a bill to reduce the number of passenger vehicles owned by the State of New Jersey fleet by 20% over the course of three years.

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McNeilus Expands CNG Fuel System to More Vehicles

The McNeilus Next Generation Compressed Natural Gas system, already available for refuse and concrete mixers, is now available on more vehicle types, including construction, delivery, over-the-road, and other severe-duty fleets.

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Half of Ford's Class 3-5 Chassis Cab Buyers Choose Gasoline

Commercial buyers of Ford Super Duty trucks now opt for a gasoline-powered Class 3-5 truck as often as they choose a diesel-powered model to avoid higher up-front costs and increased maintenance work, Ford told WorkTruckOnline.com.

The Toro Company to Acquire BOSS

The Toro Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the BOSS professional snow and ice management business of privately-held Northern Star Industries, Inc.

Photo of 2014 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 7 Models Including 2014 F-150

The automaker issues five separate recalls affecting more than 202,000 vehicles in North America.

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Dixon Named NCSFA President at Annual Workshop

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) elected new leaders at its October Fleet Managers Workshop in Burlington, Vermont. Missouri Fleet Manager Cindy Dixon begins a two-year term as NCSFA president.

Day 2's general session sat down (L to R) Tony Orta, Southern California Gas, Banny Allison, AmeriPride, and Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, Ohio to talk about their experiences in the fleet world. Photo by Becky May

2014 Green Fleet Conference Wrap Up

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo rallied its 550 attendees back together for day two of the alternative fuels conference.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Understanding Two-Lane Roundabouts

This video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation explains what rules apply when you drive through a multi-lane roundabout.

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Indianapolis Begins Rolling Out 425 EVs

The City of Indianapolis will upgrade 425 non-police pursuit sedans to plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles by 2016, cut its fleet size by 100 vehicles, and save $8.7 million over ten years.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Pickups Drive GM's Oct. Fleet Sales

GM posted a 30-percent gain in sales to commercial fleets, as well as a 30 percent gain in sales to government vehicle buyers. Sales to rental customers fell 6 percent.

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Lenco Introduces Covert Tactical SUV

Lenco Industries has introduced the BearCat Tactical SUV that provides law enforcement agencies a more inconspicuous armored vehicle for executive and diplomatic protection missions.

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Federal DoD Vehicle Auction Set for Nov. 19

GovPlanet, a new online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling used government assets, announced that buyers can now view and bid on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) rolling stock surplus assets.

2014-MY Sprinter 2500 passenger van. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Mercedes-Benz Gives Details on 2015 Sprinter, Compact Van Plan for U.S.

Mercedes-Benz is strongly considering offering a compact van in the U.S. and will add a new standard safety feature to the 2015 Sprinter van, executives said during a March 25 visit to Bobit Business Media.

Pictured are the Sustainability All Stars present at the Green Fleet Conference.

2014 Sustainability All-Stars Announced

Fifteen government fleet managers who made their fleets more environmentally friendly earned Green Fleet magazine's Sustainability All-Star award.



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