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March 5, 2015 - Industry News

VW e-Golf Price Falls With New Base Trim Model

Photo of e-Golf Limited Edition courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has reduced the price of its 2015 e-Golf compact EV by more than $2,000 by introducing a new base trim model called the Limited Edition, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Compact Cars

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Expands Bi-Fuel CNG 2500 Truck Models

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has begun offering a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2500 pickup in a regular cab and rear-wheel drive configuration, Ram announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 2500, Bi-Fuel CNG, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Next-Gen Chevrolet Malibu to Shed 300 Pounds

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is reducing the weight of its 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as it enters a new generation with a significant redesign, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet, General Motors, New York Auto Show, 2016-MY

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Fusion Hybrid, Energi Price Falls for 2016-MY

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The suggested retail price for the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid is expected to be reduced by nearly $1,000 for the 2016 model year, according to data from Ford.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Pricing, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2016-MY

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Mid-Sized Metris Van

New for North America is the Mercedes-Benz Metris, rolled out at NTEA. Photo: Tom Berg

Mercedes-Benz launched its Metris mid-sized commercial van for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Metris is a re-branded version of the Vito van, which is sold globally, that has been tweaked for the North American market.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Commercial Vans, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Daimler Vans USA, Medium-Duty Trucks, NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Addresses Safety Recall Completion Rates

Photo of Sen. Edward Markey by U.S. Senate via Wikimedia Commons.

To qualify for legal registration by a state DMV, a vehicle would have to complete all designated safety recall repairs.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. Senate

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Dodge Charger SRT Sedans Recalled for Fuel Leaks

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, which also affects Dodge Challenger SRT vehicles, is tied to improperly installed hose seals.

Tags: Dodge, Recalls, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, 2015-MY, Sports Cars, Full-Size Sedans, FCA US

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Concept Van

Photo courtesy of Daimler

Mercedes-Benz presented the Concept Vision e Plug-in Hybrid Concept minivan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, Minivans

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Utilimaster Releases More Fuel Efficient Walk-In Van

Photo courtesy of Utilimaster.

Utilimaster Corp. is launching a more fuel efficient walk-in van called the Velocity that the vehicle modifier is showing for the first time at NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Utilimaster, Work Truck Show, Step Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Cutaway Vans

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Offers Box-Delete Option on Colorado

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is offering its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a box-delete option so fleet managers can better configure the mid-size pickup for specific jobs, GM announced today at NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Pickups, Class 1

March 3, 2015 - Product News

Ford Rolls Out Global Telogis-Powered Telematics Platform

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is taking its Telogis-powered factory telematics system to a global audience in a rebranding of the existing Crew Chief platform, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telogis, Ford, Telematics, Analytics, Fleet Metrics, Information Technology

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford's John Davis says upcoming F-650/750 will suit many applications, and powertrains were tested for heavy service. Photo by Tom Berg

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ergonomics, 2016-MY, Work Truck Show

March 3, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Adds AT&T 4G LTE to 2016 Vehicles

Photo via Audi

AT&T is working with Audi to equip the carmaker’s 2016 model year vehicles with 4G LTE broadband service.

Tags: Audi, AT&T, Audi Connect, Infotainment Systems, 2016-MY

March 3, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Unveils Plug-In Hybrid V60 Model

Photo: Volvo

Volvo unveiled a D5 Twin Engine Special Edition of its V60 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid vehicle, the automaker announced.

Tags: Volvo, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Volvo V60

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

U. of Colorado Fleet Director Moves to Non-Profit

Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, director of transportation services for the University of Colorado, has retired and is now working as the fleet manager of the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.

Tags: Retirement, University of Colorado, Non-Profit Fleets, Colleges and Universities

March 3, 2015 - Press Release

Donlen Releases Net Promoter Score

Donlen has released its 2014 customer satisfaction scores showing a 1 percent increase from the previous year.

Tags: Customer Service, Donlen, Fleet Management Companies

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.47 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline rose 14.1 cents to $2.473 for the week ending March 2, according to federal data.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, AAA, U.S. Department of Energy

March 3, 2015 - Product News

Geotab Releases CAN-Bus Extender for Mobileye Devices

Geotab has released its IOX-CAN extender as a plug-and-play solution that allows partners to send data from their device over a private CAN network in the vehicle.

Tags: Geotab, Vehicle Electronics, Mobileye

March 3, 2015 - Press Release

LeasePlan Promotes One, Hires Two for Client Acquisition

LeasePlan USA has expanded its client acquisition sales team by promoting Joseph Danca to national sales vice president and hiring two new members to the sales staff, the fleet management company announced.

Tags: New Hire, Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, Promotions

March 3, 2015 - Press Release

Driving Dynamics Names Training Services Director

Langley joined Driving Dynamics in 2013 as a consultant, serving as the editor of The Driver Advantage safe driving newsletter. He has also worked closely with the company's leadership team on several initiatives.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Driver Training, Promotions

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Sun Glare

The shift to Daylight Savings Time, along with the presence of highly reflective snow and ice, can make sun glare a major driving hazard this time of year. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the risks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Tags: Vans, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 2, 2015 - Press Release

Donlen Enhances Vehicle Information Center

In an effort to provide fleet technology solutions that help customers manage their fleets more efficiently, Donlen has streamlined VIC so customers can access tasks quicker through new action buttons.

Tags: Donlen, Fleet Management Companies

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Developing Connected Car Cloud

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Cars is developing "connected car" technology that would allow the automaker to capture road status data that's sent by cars to a cloud server and shared with other drivers and local authorities.

Tags: Volvo, Connected Car, Cloud-Based Technology

March 2, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Infiniti to Produce QX30 Compact SUV Concept

Photo courtesy of Infiniti.

Infiniti plans to put into production its QX30 concept compact SUV debuting at the Geneva International Motor Show, as an aggressive attempt to seek market share in potentially the automotive industry's hottest segment.

Tags: Infiniti, Geneva International Motor Show, Compact SUVs, Concept Vehicles, Luxury SUVs

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