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September 1, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Frontier Crew Cab Trucks

Nissan Frontier photo courtesy of Nissan.

A manufacturing glitch affecting rear seat belts prompts a recall covering 1,319 2014 model-year trucks.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Recalls, Nissan Frontier, 2014-MY, NHTSA

September 1, 2014 - Press Release

Caliber Collision Enters Florida Market

The company acquires Universal Auto Body Centers and Flagler Collision.

Tags: Florida, Collision Repair, Caliber Collision Centers

September 1, 2014 - Industry News

Suzuki Recalls Kizashi Sedans for Fire Risk

Photo of Suzuki Kizashi courtesy of Suzuki.

The problem occurs if a spider crawls into the evaporative canister vent hose and weaves a web that blocks the hose.

Tags: Suzuki, Recalls, NHTSA, Suzuki Kizashi, Mid-Size Sedans, 2013-MY, 2010-MY

September 1, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls 594 NV Vans for Seat Belt Problem

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The seat belt retractor bolts on the second-, third- and fourth-row removable seats may not be torqued to proper specification, or the bolts may be missing entirely, NHTSA said.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, Nissan NV, NHTSA, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Most Labor Day Traffic in Six Years Expected

Photo by Evan Lockridge.

Traffic during the upcoming Labor Day holiday is forecast to be the heaviest since 2008, according to a forecast by the motorist group AAA.

Tags: AAA, Holiday Driving

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

GM Sells 3M Chevrolet Cruze Cars Globally

Graphic courtesy of GM.

General Motors has now sold 3 million Chevrolet Cruze compact cars since launching the model in 2008 during the recession as the automaker refocused on more fuel efficient models.

Tags: Chevrolet Cruze, China, Vehicle Sales

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Z71 Trim Confirmed for 2015 Tahoe, Suburban

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer its Z71 trim level with the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs, providing greater off-road capability to the pickup trucks.

Tags: Chevrolet Tahoe, General Motors, Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-MY, Large SUVs, Off-Road Vehicles

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Group Pushes for Probe of Power Module in Chrysler Vehicles

The Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA for an investigation, alleging that the power module poses a safety threat in millions of Chrysler vehicles built since 2007.

Tags: Chrysler, NHTSA, Center for Auto Safety, Vehicle Safety

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Cracks Down On Violations with Big Fines

The California Air Resources Board has fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and DBI Beverage Inc. for environmental violations relating to their diesel fleets.

Tags: CARB, Fines, Air Pollution, California, Emissions, Food & Beverage Fleet

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Tahoe, Suburban Add LTE Connectivity

2015-MY Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban (PHOTO: General Motors)

General Motors is adding OnStar 4G LTE with a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging capability, and a hands-free lift-gate to the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban starting in October.

Tags: Chevrolet, OnStar, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-MY

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

S.C. Utility Begins Adding CNG Trucks

Photo courtesy of LCNGA.

The Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority in South Carolina has begun replacing gasoline-powered Ford F-150 pickup trucks with bi-fuel F-150s as the utility plans to replace its entire fleet in six years, according to its general manager.

Tags: Ford F-150, Utility Fleets, CNG Conversions, Bi-Fuel CNG

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producers Say Delay in Biofuel Mandate Harms Industry

Photo via Propel Fuels

After running nine months behind schedule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted its final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard to the White House.

Tags: Biodiesel, Renewable Energy Group, EPA, Biofuels

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

First 2015 Mustang Rolls Off Production Line

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary and enters the sixth generation of its pony car.

Tags: Assembly Plant, Ford Mustang, Ford, 2015-MY, Sports Cars

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

CNG, LNG Sales Surge in Texas

File photo

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) are surging in Texas, as measured by sharp increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller's office.

Tags: Taxes, Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Drivers Are Employees Not Contractors, Court Rules

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled two classes of individuals working for FedEx Ground in California and Oregon were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx

August 27, 2014 - Press Release

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands Further in N.C.

The collision repair company's latest acquisition in the state is Raleigh Collision.

Tags: Collision Repair, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 27, 2014 - Global News

Chile Bus Operator Plans Bankruptcy Filing

Alasacia SA, Santiago, Chile's largest bus operator, missed a bond payment and said it will file a debt restructuring plan.

Tags: Chile, Bond Financing, Bus Fleet

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

NETS Releases Employer Driver Safety Toolkit

In advance of Drive Safely Work Week in early October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released its 2014 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) tool kit.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drive Safely Work Week, NETS

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Improves F-150's Aerodynamic Efficiency

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford engineers have implemented several improvements to the 2015 F-150 pickup truck that should improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aerodynamics

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

GM Touts Equinox Compact SUV Sales

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

The Equinox has proven itself as a strong retail vehicle, and GM has also increased deliveries to fleets, while retaining its sales mix of just over 15 percent to fleets and 85 percent to retail buyers.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, General Motors, Compact SUVs

August 26, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Unveils 2015-MY XC90 SUV

Photo of 2015 XC90 courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo has launched its redesigned 2015 XC90 after months of teasing various aspects of the automaker's flagship luxury SUV that gets a significant redesign for the model year.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, 2015-MY, Infotainment Systems, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 26, 2014 - Global News

EU Developing Driverless Parking System

Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK, and Switzerland are working on a system that will allow drivers to leave their vehicles at the main entrance of an airport and for the car to park itself.

Tags: Parking, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Autonomous Drive, Electric Car

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Best Drivers Report Ranks Safety of 200 Cities

Photo by Shadowlink1014 via Wikimedia Commons.

In Allstate’s 10th annual report, which identifies which cities have the safest drivers, Ft. Collins, Colo., again captures the top honor.

Tags: Allstate, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Allstate America's Best Drivers Report

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Automotive Fleet Editor Discusses Ed Bobit’s Legacy in Podcast


Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine, recounted Ed Bobit’s impact on the fleet management industry during an interview with Merchants Fleet's marketing director.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Podcast, Automotive Fleet

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen's 2015 Jetta Starts at $18,145

Photo of 2015 Jetta TDI courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has set pricing for its 2015 Jetta compact car to start at $18,145 for the base model and up to $32,490 for the top-line Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium.

Tags: Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Diesel Engines, Pricing

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