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The Michelin Dealer Locator App: via Google Play Store.

Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information.

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ships 2015 F-150 Trucks to Dealers

Ford has shipped more than 8,000 2015 F-150 pickup trucks to dealers, and the trucks should arrive in the next few days at dealers across the country.

Mich. County Doubles Price for City's Police Maintenance

Saginaw County, Mich., has increased the cost of a maintenance contract with the City of Saginaw under a cooperative agreement causing the city to pay twice as much as first negotiated.

Ohio City Approves $1.1M Fleet Upgrade

The City of Springfield, Ohio, will spend $1.1 million in 2015 to upgrade its aging fleet of vehicles by adding police cruisers, investigation bureau vehicles, snow plows, and possibly a fire engine.

Pa. County Pursuing Wide-Ranging Leasing Plan

Westmoreland County, Pa., could begin selling off as many as two-thirds of its fleet vehicles in favor of a leasing contract to reduce spiraling maintenance costs.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines pose unique road hazards. Here are safety tips from PG&E and Southern California Edison.  

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.

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Santa Monica Fleet Manager Retires

Rick Sikes, fleet superintendent for the City of Santa Monica, Calif., has announced he is retiring after more than 35 years in fleet management. His last day is December 26.

ALI Lift Inspector Certification program candidates inspect a heavy-duty two-post lift at the Regional Transportation Center in Las Vegas as part of the Five Days to Victory accelerated certification program organized by several ALI member manufacturers in November. Photo courtesy of ALI

Vehicle Lift Manufacturers Help Inspectors Become Certified

To help accelerate the process and fill the need for Certified Lift Inspectors, ALI member manufacturers came together to hold a five-day “all-in-one” training, testing, and practical inspection event in Las Vegas Nov. 3-6, 2014.

Onspot Announces 31 Global Distributors

Onspot of North America and VBG Group of Sweden (owner of the Onspot trademarks, designs, and products) have announced the new global list of Onspot distributors that now include 31 distributors in 26 countries.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Calif. Sheriff Takes Delivery of First Tahoe PPVs

The Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department is among the first law enforcement fleets to take delivery of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, as the agency transitions from discontinued Ford Crown Vics.

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Terex Recalls Work Platforms for Fire Risk

The units may not have enough structural support for the fuel tank, which could eventually result in contact between the tank and trailer axle.

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Indiana DOT Adds Two-Lane Tow Plows

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has added six new tow plows to its statewide winter arsenal. A tow plow allows one plow truck and driver to clear two lanes at once.

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy

Kansas City Opens First Public CNG Station

The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened its fifth fast-fill CNG fueling station, but it is the first open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Odyne.

Los Angeles Utility Deploys Plug-In Electric Bucket Truck

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has put into service the first Odyne Systems plug-in system equipped bucket truck in California.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith.

Canadian City Signs $2.1M Telematics Contract

The City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada, has signed a CAD $2.1 million contract extension with Webtech Wireless to deploy telematics on its winter vehicles.

Photo of ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.

Vincentric: ProMaster Van Leads TCO Among Diesels

The diesel-powered Chrysler ProMaster full-size van was the only non-luxury diesel expected to deliver a lower total cost of ownership than its gasoline counterpart in a Vincentric study that evaluated 35 diesels.

FCA US, Ford to Recall Vehicles for Air Bag Controls

The recalls will affect more than 1 million vehicles equipped with restraint control modules manufactured by Robert Bosch LLC.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Chrysler Group Changes Name to FCA US

The Chrysler Group has changed its official name change to FCA US, the company announced on Dec. 16.

ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S. Powertrains

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Flood Response

Here are some driver safety tips to help fleet drivers when flood conditions pose a threat.

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