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July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Hyundai Recalls Sonata for Transmission Problem

Photo of 2014 Hyundai Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.

The recall covers 883,000 mid-size sedans in the 2011 to 2014 model years.

Tags: Hyundai, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Hyundai Sonata, Mid-Size Sedans, NHTSA

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Chevrolet Volt, Mini Cooper Countryman Shine in IIHS Evaluations

The Volt was the only car in its 12-vehicle test group to be named a Top Safety Pick+. But the Mini Cooper Countryman was the only car to earn a “good” overall rating.

Tags: IIHS, Small Cars, Crash Tests, Nissan LEAF, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan JUKE, Fiat 500L, 2014-MY, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Scion FR-S, Hyundai Veloster, IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Mini Cooper Countryman, Mazda 5, Mitsubishi Lancer

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The new Vito van is seen as a global model like the Sprinter.

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Global, Daimler AG

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Lessor Proposes $2M Pa. Service Center

Interstate Fleet Services hopes to build a $2 million fleet service center on part of a vacant 9.1-acre tract of vacant property in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Fleet Management Companies, Interstate Fleet Services

July 30, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLA Pricing Announced

Photo of the 2015 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for the 2015 C-Class sedan and entry-level GLA compact SUV.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Luxury SUVs, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Entry Luxury Cars

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Ram ProMaster Van Now Available

Photo of Ram ProMaster 2500 EcoDiesel by Paul Clinton.

The diesel engine option is now available for purchase with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van in addition to the standard V-6 gasoline power plant.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2014-MY, Ram ProMaster, Full-Size Vans

July 30, 2014 - Global News

Renault Delivers Kangoo Electric Vehicles to Uruguay

Photo: Renault

UTE, which generates, transmits and distributes electricity in Uruguay, took delivery of its new fleet of 30 Kangoo Z.E.s in mid-July.

Tags: Uruguay, Electric Vehicle, Renault Kangoo Z.E.

July 30, 2014 - Global News

Iveco Bus to Provide Chassis to Egypt

Photo: Iveco

Iveco Bus, a brand of CNH Industrial, will manufacture the 300 Eurorider chassis at its plant in Annonay, France, for the Egyptian market.

Tags: Iveco, Egypt, Eurorider Chassis

July 30, 2014 - Global News

Opel Romania Wins Contract to Provide 600 Buses

Photo: Opel Romania

Opel Romania has won a public bid to provide 600 Opel Movano Trabus vehicles to the Romanian Government to provide transport for schoolchildren to and from school.

Tags: School Buses, Romania, Opel Romania

July 30, 2014 - Global News

New Zealand Fleet Tracking Company Eyes Australia and U.S. Expansion

ERoad, which provides electronic fleet tracking and road user pays management services, may eye acquisitions in Australia and the U.S. once it completes an initial public offer of up to $49.5 million next month.

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Plug-In Manufacturers, Utilities Working Together on 'Smart Grid'

Photo via Wikipedia.

Eight global automakers and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop and put into effect a standardized "smart grid" that will help manage demand as plug-in vehicles gain in popularity.

Tags: Smart Grid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 29, 2014 - Global News

Aluminum 2016 Jaguar XE Achieves 75 MPG in Europe

Infographic courtesy of Jaguar.

The 2016 Jaguar XE compact luxury sports sedan should deliver 75 mpg based in testing in Europe because of the intensive aluminum used during construction, the automaker announced.

Tags: Jaguar, Prestige Luxury Cars, 2016-MY, Jaguar XE

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Audi Demonstrates 'Piloted Driving' in U.S. City

An Audi A7 equipped with "piloted driving" technology safely drove Florida Gov. Rick Scott at highway speeds and in bumper-to-bumper traffic during a July 28 demonstration.

Tags: Audi, Automated Driving, Audi A7, Elected Leaders

July 29, 2014 - Global News

Infiniti Enters Vietnamese Market

Photo: Infiniti

Infiniti has introduced the brand and its premium vehicles to customers in Vietnam. The company has inaugurated its first Infiniti Center showroom in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tags: Infiniti, Vietnam, Infiniti QX80, Infiniti QX70

July 29, 2014 - Global News

TomTom Adds Algeria to its Map Coverage

TomTom has announced the addition of Algeria to its navigable map database, MultiNet, which now includes 118 countries, covering 42.8 million kilometers and 4.1 billion people worldwide.

Tags: TomTom, Routing, Algeria, MultiNet

July 29, 2014 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Vito Van in Germany

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has launched its new new version of the Vito mid-size van in Germany. The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of between 2.8 and 3.2 tons.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Germany, Vito, Cargo Vans

July 29, 2014 - Global News

Mitsubishi and Daimler India Shuffle Management

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), its strategic counterpart under the new Asia Business Model, have announced senior-level changes. The changes are expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Tags: India, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

First-Ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award Given

Photo: Chris Wolski

Kathy Konicki, the retired director of associate safety at Nationwide Insurance, was the recipient of the first-ever fleet safety lifetime achievement award in recognition of her promotion of fleet safety at Nationwide and throughout the industry.

Tags: OSHA, Fleet Safety Conference, Nationwide Insurance, Awards, Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, towing, Ford, Ram 3500, Heavy-Duty Pickup

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

BMW Develops Fast Charging System

Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW has developed a new fast charging system that can restore the battery in its i3 all-electric vehicle to 80 percent in 30 minutes, the automaker announced.

Tags: BMW, EV Charging Station, Fast Charging

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.53 Per Gallon

Photo via Wikimedia.

The average price of gasoline fell 5.4 cents to $3.539 per gallon for the week ending July 28, reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Tags: AAA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving Near Railroad Crossings

Here's some advice, provided by nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver, aimed at promoting railroad crossing safety.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Railroads, Operation Lifesaver, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pricing, Ford, 2015-MY, Light-Duty Trucks

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Announced for Fleet Exec of the Year

The race for 2014 Fleet Executive of the Year has been narrowed to four finalists for an award that will be announced at the AFLA Conference in September.

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Governor to Test Automated Audi

Florida's Gov. Rick Scott will test a highly automated Audi A7 during a July 28 testing event to demonstrate the automaker's approach to "piloted driving," according to Audi.

Tags: Audi, Elected Leaders, Automated Driving

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