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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

GM Invests $63M In Traverse SUV Plant

Photo of Traverse assembly courtesy of GM.

General Motors is investing $63 million to expand the Lansing Delta Township facility that produces the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave mid-size SUVs.

Tags: Assembly Plant, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, General Motors, Mid-Size SUVs

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls ProMaster, Grand Caravan for Tire Monitors

Photo of 2014 Ram ProMaster van courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate recall campaigns, covering 33K light trucks in the U.S., will fix problems that can lead to false warnings from tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Minivans, 2014-MY, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric: Hybrids Losing Their Competitive Edge

Photo of 2014.5 Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, TCO

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Recalls Outlanders for Brake Light Switch

Photo by OSX via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers 37,145 vehicles in the 2007-2009 model years.

Tags: Mitsubishi, 2009-MY, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Photo by Becky May.

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Fleet Events

October 29, 2014 - Product News

Telogis Introduces Fleet Analytics Tools at Latitude Event

Graphic courtesy of Telogis.

Telogis released several new tools for the company’s fleet analytics software at the Telogis Latitude event in Dana Point, Calif. These new tools included the Telogis For Field Service extension, the Dynamic Response Suite, and Telogis Sites.

Tags: Navigation System, Information Technology, Telogis, Vehicle Tracking, Industry Event

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Corridor Opens Alabama’s Largest Public CNG Station

Photo via Corridor Clean Fuels.

Clean Corridor Fuels opened Alabama’s largest public access CNG station in the city of Dothan. The station is designed to service small cars to heavy commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alabama, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Edge SUVs for Fire Risk

Photo of Ford Edge by resedabear via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford is recalling 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in North American states that use road salt for snow and ice removal. Potential fuel leaks can arise from corrosion.

Tags: Lincoln, Corrosion, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Ford, Ford Edge, Mid-Size SUVs

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Names New Head of Quality


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed Mark Chernoby as the head of quality, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Chrysler, Automotive Executives, C-Suite

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

File Photo.

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

Tags: UPS, Freight, FedEx, Holiday Driving

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups, Dodge and Jeep SUVs

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate global recalls will address problems in such popular fleet vehicles as Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2010-MY, Chrysler, Recalls, Dodge Durango, 2014-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, Ram 2500, Ram Truck

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Press Release

SCT Fleet Solutions Rebrands as Derive Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Derive Efficiency.

SCT Fleet Solutions has changed its company name to Derive Efficiency as it continues to evolve as a software provider of software that customizes a fleet vehicle's powertrain so it will operate more efficiently and safely.

Tags: SCT Fleet Solutions, Branding, Derive Efficiency, Fuel Efficiency

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

PERC Showcases Propane Technologies in Video Series

The Propane Education and Research Council released a series of videos highlighting companies that are developing and commercializing new propane technologies.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Propane Conversion

October 28, 2014 - Press Release

GE Capital Fleet Services Earns Certification

GE Capital Fleet Services' maintenance control center, located at the business headquarters Eden Prairie, Minn., has been certified for the fourth time by BenchmarkPortal as a Center of Excellence.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, Fleet Management Companies, Certification Program

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Powered By Higher-Efficiency Engine

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drivetrain courtesy of GM.

General Motors is improving the efficiency of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt by adding a new 1.5L, four-cylinder engine that should deliver 20 percent more electric acceleration.

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, General Motors, Engines, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2016-MY

October 28, 2014 - Product News

Geotab Introduces GO7 Telematics Device

Photo of GO7 courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab has introduced its GO7 telematics device that gathers vehicle data from the engine, drivetrain, instrument cluster, and other relevant subsystems for delivery to fleet management software including MyGeotab.

Tags: Geotab, Telematics Hardware, Vehicle Tracking

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.05 Per Gallon

Photo via Wikipedia.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen 6.4 cents to $3.056 per gallon for the week ending Oct. 27, according to federal data.

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

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Mazda to Introduce CX-3 Compact SUV

Photo courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda is entering the compact SUV segment with the CX-3, which it will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, the automaker announced.

Tags: Mazda, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Chrysler 200 Earns NHTSA 5-Star Rating

Photo of 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan courtesy of Chrysler.

The 2015-MY mid-size sedan aces the federal agency’s evaluations for frontal collisions, side-impacts simulating a two-vehicle collision, and side-impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole.  

Tags: Chrysler, Crash Tests, Chrysler 200, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, NHTSA

October 27, 2014 - Global News

Nissan Ambulances Head to Liberia for Ebola Fight

Photo: Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is donating vehicles to be used as ambulances in Liberia to help ongoing efforts to fight the Ebola virus.

Tags: Nissan, Liberia, Ambulances, Emergency Response Vehicles, Infectious Disease

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