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March 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 2018 - Industry News

600 D.C. Intersections Now Support Audi’s Traffic Light Information

Traffic signal networks at more than 600 intersections in the District of Columbia have been enabled to support Audi of America’s “time-to-green” feature of Traffic Light Information.

Tags: Audi, District of Columbia, Safety, Vehicle to Infrastructure

March 2018 - Industry News

Maryland Bill Pushes Stiffer Penalties for Texting-While-Driving

The Maryland House of Delegates gave the nod to a bill that raises fines for texting while driving to as much as $500 for the offense. The bill now moves to the Maryland Senate for review. This is the third year the bill has been introduced.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Maryland, Safety

March 2018 - Industry News

How the Trump Tariffs Will Affect Fleets

President Donald Trump's executive order imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum may translate to higher prices to commercial fleets for vehicles and truck or van equipment, fleet management company experts said.

Tags: Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump, International Trade

March 2018 - Industry News

Rising Parts Costs Drive Vehicle Thefts

Thefts of vehicles in the U.S. rose again last year by more than 4%, according to preliminary 2017 crime data from the FBI. Many of the vehicles that are recovered are missing wheels and rims or other key parts.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Parts Management, Parts and Service, Crime

March 2018 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 4.5% in February

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 4.2% to 60,149 in February as total car sales outpaced truck sales with a 10.9% increase to 10,191, while sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs increased 3% to 49,958 units when compared to a year ago.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

February 2018 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Taps Nissan's Diaz to Head North America

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has appointed Fred Diaz to succeed Ryujiro Kobashi as president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA).

Tags: Nissan, Mitsubishi, Automotive Executives, C-Suite

February 2018 - Industry News

UPS and Workhorse to Collaborate on Electric Delivery Vehicles

UPS has announced plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks designed from the ground up as part of a collaboration with Workhorse Group.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Electric Trucks

February 2018 - Industry News

Truck Tire Shipments Set 2017 Records

The domestic tire industry reached two milestones in 2017. Replacement truck tire shipments totaled 19.2 million units, a record high.

Tags: Truck Tires, Tires, Trends, Replacement Parts

February 2018 - Industry News

Vehicle Dependability Improves 9%: J.D. Power

Buick and Lexus ranked highest in overall vehicle dependability, which improved 9% overall in the past year, according to J.D. Power's annual Vehicle Dependability Study. Fleets using a three-year replacement model may benefit from higher resale prices.

Tags: J.D. Power, Buick, Vehicle Dependability Study

February 2018 - Industry News

Amazon Moves to Launch Its Own Delivery Fleet

Recent moves suggest Amazon, the online retail giant, is taking steps to establish its own air and land parcel delivery service.

Tags:, DHL Express, FedEx, UPS, USPS, Parcel Delivery Service, Amazon, E-commerce, Delivery Fleets

February 2018 - Global News

Element Fleet's CEO Nullmeyer Retires

Dan Jauernig, Element's president and COO, has been appointed acting CEO. Element’s board of directors is conducting a CEO search that will include the consideration of external and internal candidates.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, C-Suite

February 2018 - Global News

States with Highest Cell Phone Road Deaths Identified

One in 10 fatal car crashes in the U.S. each year are caused by distracted driving, and using cell phones while behind the wheel kills as many as 300 people annually in some states, according to a new report from Expert Market.

Tags: Texas, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving

February 2018 - Global News

Automotive Fleet Launches Global Fleet Report for Q4 2017

Automotive Fleet has published its latest Global Fleet Market Conditions report which analyzes parts of the global fleet market for the fourth quarter of 2017, and includes overviews of the fleet market in Brazil, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, and the Middle East.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Global, Global Fleet Conference, State of Fleet Market Report

February 2018 - Feature

Donlen Rebranding Reflects the Changing Market

Donlen’s future product roadmap is focused on the serving the changing fleet market. It is designed to prepare its fleet clients for trends such as Mobility as a Service, autonomous vehicles, and the movement to a “sharing economy.”

Tags: Telematics, Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Mobility Service, Q&A

January 2018 - Industry News

Calif. Targeting 5M Zero-Emission Vehicles in the State by 2030

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order to boost the supply of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and charging and refueling stations in California to reach a targeted 5 million ZEVs in California by 2030.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction

January 2018 - Industry News

Women in Fleet Launches Mentor Program

Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) announced the launch a new and engaging mentorship program for fleet professionals. All AFLA members, male and female, are both welcomed and encouraged to participate in this program.

Tags: AFLA, Mentor, Women in Fleet Management, WIFM

January 2018 - Industry News

AFLA Updates 2018 Conference Dates

The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) has updated the dates for its annual conference this year, which will now be held during October 1 to 3, 2018.

Tags: AFLA, Fleet Executive of the Year, AFLA Conference, Fleet Manager of the Year, Fleet Visionary Award

January 2018 - Industry News

California Lawmaker Wants to Ban Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles by 2040

A California assemblyman has introduced a bill that would require all new passenger vehicles sold in 2040 to be zero-emission vehicles.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction, Elected Leaders, Zero-Emission Vehicles

January 2018 - Industry News

Marijuana Use Still Illegal on Calif. Roads

Another change in state law adds marijuana consumption to the law prohibiting alcohol consumption while driving or riding in vehicles.

Tags: California, State Laws, Drugged Driving, Marijuana, Safety

December 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Accidents Most Common Work Fatality

Work deaths climbed 7% in 2016, and transportation incidents accounted for 40% of those fatalities, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Safety, Bureau of Labor Statistics

December 2017 - Industry News

Tax Cut Should Spur Fleet Industry Growth

A tax reform bill signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 is expected to spur economic expansion, bring off-shore corporate revenues back to the U.S., and help fleet management companies make decisions about their operations that aren't tax driven, fleet management company experts said.

Tags: Taxes, Donald Trump, Fleet Management Companies

December 2017 - Industry News

EV Tax Credit Spared by Congress

Congressional negotiators will spare a $7,500 federal tax credit that has supported sales of plug-in electric vehicles, which was put in place in 2008 and 2009 for plug-in and converted plug-in electric vehicles.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Tax Credits, U.S. Congress, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Taxation

December 2017 - Global News

President of Canadian Jim Pattison Lease to Retire

After more than three decades with Jim Pattison Lease, Steve Akazawa will be retiring at the end of 2017.

Tags: Retirement, Fleet Management Companies, Global, Canada

December 2017 - Global News

Wheels, ALD Launch Global Fleet Reporting Solution

The alliance launched a website that allows clients to assemble and analyze consolidated fleet inventory at a vehicle level and cost data at an aggregated level to help clients manage their fleet on a global scale.

Tags: Online Fleet Management, ALD Automotive, Global, Wheels Inc.

November 2017 - Industry News

Donlen Hires Sales VP, Global Business Manager

Donlen has hired Bob Barna as vice president of strategic sales and Ian Crapper as managing director of global business development.

Tags: Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Global, New Hire

November 2017 - Global News

Daimler Introduces Pair of Mexico-Specific Cabover Trucks

The rollout of two new market-specific cabover trucks in Mexico exemplifies Daimler Trucks overarching strategy of acting globally but thinking locally.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, Class 8, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Global

November 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Convert Diesel Delivery Trucks to Electric

UPS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) plan to use new technology to convert UPS package delivery vehicles from diesel to electric, UPS has announced.

Tags: UPS, Electric Trucks, Delivery Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Conversion

November 2017 - Industry News

House Plan Would Eliminate EV Tax Credit

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

Tags: Tax Credits, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Taxation, U.S. Congress

November 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

October 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, E-Fuso

October 2017 - Global News

Element Fleet Management Canada Names President

Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president.

Tags: Canada, Global, Promotions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies

October 2017 - Feature

Maven Makes Shared Mobility Possible

Launched by General Motors in January 2016, Maven is a car-sharing service that is spreading across North America and offering technology and terms that could prove irresistible to mobile fleets.

Tags: General Motors, Maven, Maven Gig, Carsharing

October 2017 - Industry News

Element's 2017 Roundtable Highlights Fleet Trends

Hundreds of fleet company executives, supplier partners, automotive manufacturers and Element experts gathered at the 2017 Element Fleet Roundtable in Maryland last week.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Events, Technology

October 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Puerto Rico Hosts First Post-Hurricane Sale

Manheim Puerto Rico hosted its first post-hurricane sale on Oct. 12 — 200 vehicles were offered for sale, the auction announced. Of those, 70 sold and an additional 30 vehicles are pending sale.

Tags: Remarketing, Manheim, Puerto Rico, Hurricanes, Hurricane Maria

October 2017 - Industry News

Dan Frank Named Chief Executive of Wheels

Dan Frank has been named the chief executive officer of Wheels, Inc., as his father Jim Frank transitions from that role to executive chairman of the board, the fleet management company announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Wheels Inc., C-Suite

October 2017 - Global News

Unilever to Electrify Entire Fleet by 2030

Unilever has committed to converting its entire fleet to be battery-electric or hybrid-electric by 2030, which is part of the organizations commitment to encouraging commitments on electric transport.

Tags: Unilever, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

Sofico Opens Office In Mexico

Sofico opened an office in Mexico as a means to better serve its customers in Central America with its services in financing, leasing, and fleet software.

Tags: Mexico, Software, Sofico, Global

September 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Cadillac Claims First Hands-Off Coast-to-Coast Drive

Cadillac CT6 sedans equipped with a new semi-autonomous driving mode called Super Cruise began heading from New York City to Los Angeles on a drive the General Motors unit says is the first of its kind.

Tags: Cadillac, Cadillac CT6, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

September 2017 - Global News

Canadian Utility BC Hydro Adopts Chevin FleetWave

BC Hydro has adopted FleetWave to meet flexible reporting capabilities, quick and effective analytical means, and access to key performance indicators over the complete lifecycle of vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Fleet Management Software, Chevin FleetWave, Chevin

September 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Irma Could Wipe out 400,000 Vehicles

As many as 400,000 vehicles in Florida will need to be replaced as a result of Hurricane Irma, including as many as 11,000 fleet vehicles, according to Cox Automotive.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Hurricanes, Cox Automotive, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey

September 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Streamlines Self-Driving Guidelines

The new federal guidance is designed to ease regulatory processes to encourage more innovation from manufacturers.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Donald Trump

September 2017 - Feature

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference hosted fleet managers and stakeholders with multinational responsibilities from June 6 to 8 in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Global, LeasePlan, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference, Bobit Business Media, Donlen

September 2017 - Industry News

AFLA Names 2017 President Award Winners

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 President's Award, which honors individuals who have excelled in their service to AFLA’s current president.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Awards

August 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster, Cox Automotive, Black Book

August 2017 - Industry News

Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

Trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week – particularly those involved in the automotive industry.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

August 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 2017 - Global News

Fleetcor Offers Cross-Border Payments with Global Payment Tech Acquisition

Fleetcor Technologies, Inc. has entered into the business to business (B2B), cross-border payment market with its acquisition of Cambridge Global Payments.

Tags: Payment Service Provider, Global, Fleetcor, Fuel Cards

August 2017 - Industry News

GE Water & Process Technologies Names Global Fleet Manager

Jason Pucely was named global fleet manager for GE Water & Process Technologies in Trevose, Pa.

Tags: Best Buy, Global, New Hire

July 2017 - Global News

Ford Leads Vincentric's Canadian Top Fleet Value List

Ford featured 10 winning models, which included the Taurus, several Ford Transits, and a few vehicles from the Ford F Series,

Tags: Toyota, Operating Costs, Canada, Vincentric, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Global, TCO



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