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Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service. Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas
Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.
Photo via Automotive Fleet Fleet Management 2025 Forecast: Vehicle Maintenance
Most agree that many of the trends we are experiencing today will continue for the next decade; however, technology, in particular vehicle connectivity, will have a dramatic impact on how vehicles will be maintained in the future.
Photo via Pixabay. Forecast of Operating Costs for CY-2015
If one word could describe the forecast for CY-2015 operating costs, it would be "flat." The upbeat forecast is for gasoline and diesel prices to slightly decrease, while maintenance and tire costs are predicted to remain stable.
Prices for Replacement Tires Stabilize in CY-2014
Replacement tires are the third-largest fleet expense category. In recent years, there have been year-over-year price increases for replacement tires. A key reason for current, stable tire pricing is less volatility in commodity costs.
Commercial Fleet Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in CY-2014
Maintenance costs have decreased in the past 12 months with the primary reason being increased vehicle quality. But, there are concerns about vehicle complexity, part prices, labor rates, and soft costs such as driver downtime.

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Photo of 2016 Range Rover Evoque courtesy of Land Rover.
Range Rover Evoque Adds Pair of Diesels for 2016
Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque will get two new diesel engines for a 2016 model-year update to improve fuel efficiency for the compact luxury SUV.
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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Wash.
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national collision repair company, announced the acquisition of seven collision repair centers in the state of Washington.
Photo courtesy of Service King Collision Repair Centers.
Service King Expands in Seattle, Philadelphia
The collision repair giant now has 13 locations in the Seattle area and 12 in the Philadelphia market.
NTSB Uses 'Deflate-Gate' to Discuss Tire Inflation
American sports fans are now well versed on the proper inflation requirements for footballs – between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Unfortunately, most Americans aren’t quite as knowledgeable about the inflation requirements of their own vehicle’s tires.
Photo courtesy of Goodyear.
Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.
Photo courtesy of Toyo.
Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes
Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.
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Consolidated Service Corp. Chairman Starr Dies
By Mike Antich
Pat Starr, former chairman of Consolidated Service Corp. (CSC) and Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame inductee, died on Jan. 17. He was 87.
Vipal Rubber's partner, Power Retreads, recently opened a new plant in Australia. Photo: Vipal Rubber
Power Retreads Opens Plant in New Zealand
Vipal Rubber’s partner, Power Retreads, has opened a new production plant in New Zealand.
Saudi Arabia's Tire Market to Grow 17 Percent
Saudi Arabia lacks in terms of vehicle production as only a handful automobile assembly units are located across the country. As a result, the entire domestic demand for automobiles as well as tyres is met solely through imports.
Hino Motors Introduces Modular Truck in Indonesia
Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) launched its new medium-duty truck model in Indonesia, which is the first iteration of its modular design products. This is the first time Hino will be launching the production of a new model outside of Japan, according to the company.

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Ethos Plus Scan Tool Snap-on’s Ethos Plus Scan Tool helps technicians access OEM-specific codes and live data for more than 70 vehicle systems, including newer technologies such as TPMS, hybrid power systems, body controls, suspension and steering angle. View more info
Tuff Rug Absorbent Pad Oil Eater’s Tuff Rug is an absorbent pad for use in high traffic areas and designed to be tough enough for use in maintenance departments, forklift aisles, oil change pits and walkways. View more info
Two-Post Lift for High-Roof Vans Rotary Lift's SPO12 two-post lift is designed to accommodate high roof commercial vans with an extended height option. The extended height option increases the lift's overall height by three feet. View more info
Fast Fuel Diesel Fuel Treatment Prolong Super Lubricants' Fast Fuel concentrated commercial grade diesel fuel treatment improves the fuel economy and performance of heavy duty diesel work trucks and commercial vans. View more info
QuickTrick Alignment Tools QuickTrick Alignment's QuickSlide and Fleetslide product lines help fleet maintenance technicians properly align their vehicles' wheels. Using either of these tools, mechanics and tire technicians can perform a wheel alignment on any hard surface. View more info

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