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December 19, 2014 - Global News

Volkswagen to Establish Nigerian Assembly Plant

The Volkswagen Group has signed an agreement with Stallion Group to establish a vehicle assembly plant in Nigeria, marking the automaker's return to the country after its departure more than two decades ago.

Tags: Volkswagen, Assembly Plant, Nigeria

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of Sprinter van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

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December 19, 2014 - Global News

Jaguar Land Rover Outlines Global Fleet Strategy

Photo: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has announced an enhanced global fleet and business sales strategy, designed to achieve a significant increase in fleet sales by 2020.

Tags: United Kingdom, Jaguar XE, Jaguar Land Rover

December 19, 2014 - Press Release

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.

Tags: Ford, OEM Parts, Parts Management

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Plumber's Truck Reaches Syrian Front Lines

A Texas plumber's Ford F-250 has found a second life as a vehicle used on the front lines of the Syrian Civil War.

Tags: Auction, Ford F-250, Syria

December 19, 2014 - Press Release

Onspot Announces 31 Global Distributors

Onspot of North America and VBG Group of Sweden (owner of the Onspot trademarks, designs, and products) have announced the new global list of Onspot distributors that now include 31 distributors in 26 countries.

Tags: Winter Driving, Tires, Onspot, Tire Chains, Sweden

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Hyundai Rolls Out Direct Order Entry for Fleets

Photo of 2015 Hyundai Sonata by Vince Taroc.

Hyundai Motor America has established the direct order entry feature to provide fleet management companies and other commercial buyers a more streamlined ordering process.

Tags: Hyundai, Fleet Management Companies, Vehicle Purchasing

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Recalls Reach Van Chassis for Brake Lights

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

The action affects 3,564 chassis in the 2012-2014 model years.

Tags: Isuzu, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Isuzu Reach, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, NHTSA

December 19, 2014 - Global News

Continental Touting Infrared Controls for Vehicles

Photo: Continental

International automotive supplier Continental is working on intelligent infrared technology including “infrared curtains” as an economical alternative to touch sensitive, capacitive displays.

Tags: Continental, Singapore, Infrared Controls

December 19, 2014 - Global News

Auto Industry Urges London to Embrace Emissions Standards

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said London should set the benchmark for the world’s great cities by implementing a Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020.

Tags: Emissions, United Kingdom, SMMT

December 18, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Cadillac Adding Streaming Video to CT6 Rearview Mirror

Cadillac’s prototype rearview mirror can live-stream an image from a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle. Photo by Rob Widdis for General Motors.

The streaming video mirror, debuting on the 2016 Cadillac CT6, will improve driver field of vision by an estimated 300 percent.

Tags: Cadillac, General Motors, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, 2016-MY, Cadillac CT6, Luxury Sedan

December 18, 2014 - Global News

New Zealand Transport Agency Modernizes Crash Analysis System

Unisys Corporation has announced that its New Zealand subsidiary has been selected by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as the prime system integrator to lead the modernization of the national Crash Analysis System (CAS).

Tags: New Zealand, Crash Analysis, Road Crashes

December 18, 2014 - Global News

Nissan Unveils NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has unveiled the Nissan NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong.

Tags: Nissan NV200, Hong Kong, Taxi, Paratransit, Compact Vans

December 18, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Recalls SUVs, Sedans for Fire Risk

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects 4,871 clean diesel-powered vehicles that may have oil leaking from the chain tensioner gasket area.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Luxury SUVs, Luxury Sedan

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Invests $126M in Mich. Powertrain Facility

Photo of Toyota Technical Center courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota is investing $126 million in its southeast Michigan R&D campus for the expansion of its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor and consolidation of vehicle development operations at a new York Township campus.

Tags: Toyota, Powertrains, Vehicle Manufacturing, Michigan

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Tags: Upfitting, St. Louis, Ship Thru, Auto Truck Group

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Releases 2016 Tacoma Photo

Photo of 2016 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota has released the first image of its redesigned 2016 Tacoma mid-size pickup that shows what appears to be a more aggressive nose and headlamps.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Tacoma, North American International Auto Show, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Managers Making Safety Greater Focus

Distracted driving remains a challenge for fleet managers, despite an overall increase in driving safety training.

However, a new driver survey indicates the need for greater measures to combat such risks as distracted driving.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, Driving Safety, Fleet Survey, LeasePlan

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Terex Recalls Work Platforms for Fire Risk

The units may not have enough structural support for the fuel tank, which could eventually result in contact between the tank and trailer axle.

Tags: Terex, Recalls, Utility Fleets, NHTSA, Construction Fleets, Aerial Work Platform

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Confirms New Head of NHTSA


Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board since June 2010, becomes head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Regulators, NHTSA, NTSB, U.S. Congress, President Obama

December 17, 2014 - Global News

BASF is Exclusive Supplier for Chery's Brazilian Operations

BASF’s Coatings division is the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant opened by Chinese automaker Chery in Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August.

Tags: Brazil, Automotive Paint, BASF, Chery

December 17, 2014 - Press Release

Canadian City Signs $2.1M Telematics Contract

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith.

The City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada, has signed a CAD $2.1 million contract extension with Webtech Wireless to deploy telematics on its winter vehicles.

Tags: WebTech Wireless, Winter Equipment, Canada

December 17, 2014 - Global News

DHL Acquires EV Maker for German Operations

Photo: DHL

Deutsche Post DHL, a postal and logistics group, signed an agreement to acquire StreetScooter GmbH, a former start-up that is committed to the mission of developing affordable electric vehicles.

Tags: DHL, Germany, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 17, 2014 - Global News

Toyota Aims to Break Bangkok Gridlock

The Sathorn Model project was recently launched in Bangkok, Thailand, to combat the crippling traffic congestion in the area. Sathorn Road is one of Bangkok’s the most congested roads in the world.

Tags: Toyota, Traffic Congestion, Thailand

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