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September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Audi Receives First Autonomous Driving Permit in Calif.

Photo courtesy of Audi

Audi was the first automaker to receive a permit in California, after new laws governing the process for autonomous driving went into effect on Tuesday, Audi announced.

Tags: Audi, Automated Driving, California

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Sharply Criticized By Congress

Screenshot via U.S. Senate.

The safety agency found itself on the defensive during a congressional hearing on a day of mounting criticism over its handling of General Motors' ignition switch recall.

Tags: Congress, Vehicle Safety Regulations, NHTSA, Elected Leaders, Recalls

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Honda Adds Civic SE Sedan for 2015

Photo of Civic SE sedan courtesy of Honda.

Honda is adding the SE model to its Civic sedan lineup, which is seeing a modest price increase for the 2015 model year.

Tags: Honda, Honda Civic, Pricing, 2015-MY, Compact Cars

September 17, 2014 - Global News

Chevrolet Impala Joins Dubai Police Fleet

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Impala PPV courtesy of GM.

The Dubai Police Fleet is adding the Chevrolet Impala to its fleet of exotic patrol cars.

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Dubai Police, Dubai

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Quarterly Profit Surges 24% to $606 Million

Net income totaled $606 million or $2.10 per share, up 37% from last year’s $1.53 per share. Revenue was $11.7 billion, an increase of 6% from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Equity Markets

September 16, 2014 - Global News

Brazilian Fire Department Adds Spartan Emergency Response Vehicles

Spartan Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., has announced that it has been awarded by the Sao Paulo (Brazil) Fire Department an order for 20 units.

Tags: Fire Equipment, Spartan Motors, Brazil, Spartan ERV

September 16, 2014 - Global News

Nissan Produces 10 Millionth Engine at Mexico Plant

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Nissan Mexico's Aguascalientes powertrain plant recently celebrated the production of its 10 millionth engine.

Tags: Nissan, Mexico, Powertrain, NV200

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Kia Soul Named Top Safety Pick

Structural enhancements for the 2015 model year pay off, with the hatchback showing marked improvement in its latest IIHS crash test performance.

Tags: Top Safety Pick, Kia Motors, Crash Tests, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2015-MY, Kia Soul, Kia Forte

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Brink's Names Global Fleet Manager

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Vario Brinks truck via Wikimedia.

Elliott Eichenholz has been named global fleet manager for The Brink's Company. Eichnenholz joined Brink's last April and manages 16,000 vehicles in 54 countries.

Tags: Brinks, Security Fleets, Promotion

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

GM Adds Third Shift to Meet Mid-Size Pickup Demand

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is adding a third shift to its Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant to meet demand for the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC mid-size pickups, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

Tags: Assembly Plant, General Motors, Chevrolet Colorado, Mid-Size Pickups, Vehicle Production, Chevrolet Express

September 16, 2014 - Global News

UAE Entities to Fund West African Infrastructure Projects

During the recent inaugural West Africa Investment Forum (WAIF), a package of seventeen infrastructure projects planned for the UEMOA (West Africa Economic & Monetary Union) region, with funding by UAE entities, was announced.

Tags: Infrastructure, United Arab Emirates, West Africa

September 16, 2014 - Global News

Tata Motors Updates Telematics, Fleet Management Offerings

Photo: Tata Motors

Tata Motors, an Indian commercial vehicles manufacturer and Microlise, a European telematics and fleet management solutions provider, have announced their partnership to bring in the latest global Fleet Telematics solutions to the Indian Market.

Tags: India, Tata Motors, Microlise

September 16, 2014 - Global News

Health Fleet Manager Named AfMA Fleet Manager of the Year


The 2014 Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) Fleet Manager of the Year was presented to Kevin McEwan of Melbourne Health for its objective to improve services to clients in an environment of diminishing funds and an ageing fleet.

Tags: Australia, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Ranks the States with the Rudest Drivers

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A survey asking drivers to rank the states with the rudest drivers found that the worst offenders were from Idaho.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Speeding, Driving Safety, Road Safety, Road Rage

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Leads Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts

Photo of 2014 F-150 Limited via German Medeot/Flickr.

Full-size pickups have the highest theft rate, and thieves steal them from both fleets and retail users, according to the bureau, which studied thefts of vehicle from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years. The bureau typically reports theft trends from data reported by law enforcement agencies.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Vehicle Theft

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Hearing to Focus on NHTSA Role


Scheduled witnesses include David Friedman, the agency's deputy administrator.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Regulations, General Motors, U.S. Senate, NHTSA

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.40 Per Gallon

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The national average price of gasoline fell 4.9 cents to $3.408 per gallon for the week ending Sept. 15, according to federal data.

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

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Older Hybrid Models for Overheating, Stalling

The recall affects 70,209 2005-2008 model-year Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles and 2006-2008-MY Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Mercury, Mercury Mariner, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2005-MY, Ford, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driver Scanning

When drivers continually scan their surroundings, they can better anticipate hazards and maintain a space cushion around their vehicle. Here is some advice on driver scanning.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Ford, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Tags: Cutaway Vans, Ford Transit, Ford, Ford E-450

September 15, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Photo of S550 plug-in hybrid courtesy of MBUSA.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 plug-in hybrid luxury sedan will join the automaker's growing lineup of gasoline-electric hybrids and battery-electric vehicles when it arrives in April of 2015.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Luxury Sedans

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

GM Dealers Halt Corvette Sales to Fix Air Bags, Parking Brakes

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The automaker has directed its dealers to stop selling 2,800 2015-MY Chevrolet Corvettes so potential defects can be corrected.

Tags: General Motors, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Corvette

September 15, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Recalls 376 Vehicles, Mostly SUVs

Photo of 2013 GLK350 courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The manufacturer is issuing two separate recalls because of faulty parking lamps and tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Luxury SUVs, NHTSA

September 14, 2014 - Industry News

Video: D.A. Honored for Efforts to Prevent Impaired Driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association gives its most prestigious safety award to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for her achievements in promoting highway safety. Other award winners include CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Governors Highway Safety Association, Awards, Impaired Driving

September 12, 2014 - Press Release

Azuga Adds Game-Based Features to Telematics System

Photo via Azuga.

Azuga Fleet has introduced Azuga Fleet Mobile, an interactive game-based driver rewards mobile app that gives drivers the ability to track driver scores and compete to earn rewards from top brands such as Amazon, Walmart and Burger King.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Azuga, Mobile App, Vehicle Tracking

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