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January 30, 2015 - Global News

Mazda Launches Joint Venture in South Africa

Mazda Motor Corporation announced that it reached an agreement with Itochu Corporation (Itochu) to turn its new national sales company in South Africa into a joint venture.

Tags: Mazda, SKYACTIV, South Africa

January 30, 2015 - Press Release

WEX Fleet One Promotes Four Staff Members

Fleet fuel card provider WEX Fleet One has promoted four members of its staff at its campus in Antioch, Tenn. Promotions came for Ashley Wilks, Weiss, Alicia Cunningham, and Cathy Preddy.

Tags: Fuel Cards, WEX, Promotions

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Kia to Show Electric AWD Concept Vehicle in Chicago

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors.

Kia Motors will show off a concept utility vehicle equipped with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Kia, All Wheel Drive, Chicago Auto Show

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Tires for 3 GM SUV Models Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of General Motors.

The action affects more than 48,000 tires installed on Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia vehicles.

Tags: Chevrolet, Goodyear, Buick, Recalls, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Tires, General Motors, GMC, 2015-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA

January 30, 2015 - Global News

Toyota Plans Production Boost in Brazil

Photo: Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Toyota do Brasil LTDA plans to increase annual Etios vehicle production at its Sorocaba Plant in São Paulo from 74,000 units to 108,000 units.

Tags: Toyota, Vehicle Production, Brazil

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Nine Vehicles Achieve 'Zero Fatality' Status

The IIHS study notes that the 2011 Toyota Sequoia 4WD SUV is among the nine models recording a driver death rate of zero. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concludes that a driver’s chances of dying in a crash in a late-model vehicle have dropped by more than a third in three years.

Tags: Volvo XC90, Subaru Legacy, Honda Odyssey, Fatal Accidents, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, Audi A4, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, IIHS, Kia Rio

January 29, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Porsche Recalls Cayenne S, Panamera S Hybrids

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

The recall will address a fire risk in 1,368 of these vehicles in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

Tags: Porsche, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Luxury SUVs, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Toyota Expands Production of Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan

Photo of Mirai sedan courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to expand production of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan to 3,000 units in 2017 for Japan, the U.S., and Europe.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Mirai, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Japan

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

How Does Your Salary Compare to the Industry?

Photo via Ringling College of Art + Design.

Every two years, Automotive Fleet conducts a salary survey of fleet managers to find out what the average salary is for the fleet manager position. See how you compare with your peers.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Career Advancement, Salary Surveys

January 29, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

2015 Buick Encore Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

Photo of 2015 Buick Encore courtesy of GM.

The 2015 Buick Encore compact SUV has been rated with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tags: Buick Encore, Buick, 2015-MY, Compact SUVs, Crash Tests, NHTSA, Luxury SUVs

January 28, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Sedans, VW Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of 2012 Audi A6 by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

Fuel leaks may occur in the fuel injection system in such popular luxury cars as the Audi A6 and A7.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Wraps Offer Better Value Than TV, Radio Ads

Photo of vehicle wrap courtesy of JMR Graphics.

Vinyl vehicle wraps provide fleets greater marketing punch at a cost that's much less than radio or TV ads and billboards, according to new data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).

Tags: Advertising, Radio Advertising, Vehicle Graphics

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Industry Report Card: Submit Your Grades

Photo via Dom Sagolla/Flickr.

Automotive Fleet's third annual 2015 Commercial Fleet Industry Report Card is a chance to help make a difference in the industry by identifying areas that require improvement.

Tags: Industry Report Card, Automotive Fleet, Career Advancement

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Rogue SUV for Fire Risk

Photo of Nissan Rogue courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is recalling 468,815 Rogue compact SUVs from the 2008-2013 model years because exposure to road salt during winter might lead to an electrical short in the harness connector.

Tags: Recalls, 2008-MY, 2013-MY, Nissan Rogue, Compact SUVs, NHTSA, Nissan, Road Salt

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Taurus, Lincoln MKS for Door Handles

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The action affects approximately 205,000 vehicles in the 2010-2013 model years.

Tags: Ford Taurus, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Mid-Size Sedans, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Majority of Retail Leases Offer Shades of Gray

GM's Buick Avenir Concept luxury sedan borrows its name from the French word for "future." Photo by Mike Antich

Eighty percent of cars and trucks in the retail leasing marketplace fall somewhere on the grayscale, which includes black, according to the leasing company.

Tags: Car Color, Retail Leasing, Trends

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Motorlease Corp. Promotes Two Fleet Execs


Motorlease Corp. has promoted Justin Mesick to controller and Jeffrey Perkins to general manager of fleet operations, the Farmington, Conn.,-based firm has announced.

Tags: Motorlease Corporation, Promotions, Fleet Management Companies

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Expected to Reach 18 Percent for January

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Light-vehicle fleet sales in January are projected to total 204,000 units making up about 18 percent of the total vehicle sales for the month.

Tags: J.D. Power, Fleet Sales, Forecast, Gasoline Prices

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Outsources China-Only R-Class to Indiana

Mercedes-Benz has shifted production of its China-only R-Class crossover wagon to AM General, an Indiana-based vehicle manufacturer who once designed and produced Hummer military trucks.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, AM General, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Luxury SUVs

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Telogis Providing Road Updates for Juno Storm

Image via Telogis Blog.

Telematics service provider Telogis is posting updates to its blog about road closures and routing exceptions relating to the Juno winter storm on the East Coast.

Tags: Telogis, Storm Response, Winter Driving

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Australia's FleetPartners Mulls IPO

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital plan to launch an initial public offering of Australia’s FleetPartners.

Tags: Australia, FleetPartners, IPO

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to Nearly Six-Year Low

Photo via Wikipedia.

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen since the spring of 2009. It fell 2.2 cents to $2.044 for the week ending Jan. 26, according to federal data.

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

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