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March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Buick Adds LED Lighting to Avenir Sedan Concept

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Buick's new luxury sedan that's now known as Avenir will feature a LED lighting system using the signature Buick headlamp and tail-lamp shape.

Tags: Buick, Full-Size Sedans, Concept Vehicles, Avenir, Luxury Sedans

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Toyota, Lexus to Roll Out Low-Cost Safety Tech

Toyota and Lexus will begin offering additional safety technologies such as a pre-collision system, lane departure alerts, and dynamic cruise control across their vehicle lineups by 2017.

Tags: Toyota, Lexus, Safety Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Investing $500M in U.S. Assembly Plant

Photo of S60 sedan courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Cars plans to spend about $500 million to build a new U.S. manufacturing facility, as it attempts to compete as "a true global car maker," its chief executive announced.

Tags: Volvo, Vehicle Production, Assembly Plant

March 30, 2015 - Global News

Saudi Arabia Drives Surge in Spare Parts

Manufacturers and distributors of the GCC's automotive aftermarket recently gathered in Dubai to discuss new opportunities in the region's commercial vehicle (CV) market, as Saudi Arabia spearheads a regional surge in demand for CV spare parts and services.

Tags: Parts, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Commercial Vehicles

March 30, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Lincoln Continental Returns in 2016

Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

Lincoln is showing a concept version of the Continental full-size sedan it plans to introduce next year at the New York International Auto Show this week.

Tags: Lincoln, New York Auto Show, Full-Size Sedans, Lincoln Continental

March 30, 2015 - Global News

Global Fleet Summit Focuses on Turkish Fleet Market


Global has organized its first two-day regional Fleet Summit in Istanbul in early June to examine in detail the emerging fleet market in Turkey, along with a focus on the markets in neighboring countries.

Tags: Russia, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan

March 30, 2015 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz to Enter Midsize Pickup Market

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz said it will expand its product range by launching a pickup.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Australia, South Africa, Europe, Latin America, Midsize Pickup

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Battle Over Connected-Car Spectrum Heats Up

A pending U.S. Senate bill is aimed at opening up a portion of the 5-GHz spectrum band, now reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, to unlicensed WiFi use.

Tags: Legislation, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, WIFi, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Distractions Causing Teen Crashes, AAA Says

In a new AAA Foundation study, researchers conclude that distraction was a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes involving teens. AAA pushes for state legislative measures to curb the trend.  

Tags: AAA, Distracted Driving, State Laws, Driving Safety, Lytx

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Work Zone Precautions

Highway construction and maintenance season is now under way, so here are 10 work-zone safety tips from the Federal Highway Administration and the New York Department of Transportation.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, Work Zones, New York DOT

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Photo via Wikimedia.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Element Fleet Names Regional Sales Director


Element Fleet Management has promoted Skyler Austin to regional director of sales, the fleet management company announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Executives, Promotions

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Actwas on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

March 27, 2015 - Global News

DHL Sees Growth in African Market


DHL SSA said it expects 2015 to be a year of growth for the logistics industry on the African continent, largely driven by increased consumer demand and the rapidly developing e-commerce industry.

Tags: DHL, Sub-Saharan Africa, Economic Forecast

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road

The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

AFLA Sets Mid-Year Forum for Late April

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association will host its second annual Mid-Year Forum on April 9 in Chicago with a program of four sessions, according to AFLA.

Tags: AFLA, Fleet Events, Telogis, Donlen

March 27, 2015 - Global News

Toshiba Participating in Hydrogen Research Project

Toshiba Corporation will participate in a four-year project involving the use of a hydrogen-producing water electrolysis system in Scotland, the company announced.

Tags: Toshiba, Solar Power, Scotland, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

March 27, 2015 - Global News

Enterprise Teams with Australian Car Rental Company

Global car rental company Enterprise has named Redspot, a family-owned Australian car rental company, as its franchise partner in Australia and New Zealand.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Australia, New Zealand, Redspot

March 27, 2015 - Global News

Ford Everest SUV Debuts in Thailand

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

The new Ford Everest made its debut in Thailand. The SUV can carry up to seven passengers.

Tags: SUV, Ford, Thailand, Ford Everest

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

MetroGistics Merges With McNutt Automotive Logistics

Vehicle logistics service provider MetroGistics has merged with McNutt Automotive Logistics, which provides asset and light logistics services, the companies have announced.

Tags: MetroGistics, McNutt Automotive Logistics, Vehicle Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 26, 2015 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Helps Fire Agency Display World Trade Center Artifact

The Bartlett (Ill.) Fire Protection District and Auto Truck Group have collaborated to display a recovered piece of material from the World Trade Center. The agency will host a remembrance event and dedication ceremony on April 11.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Memorials

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Response Promotes Genger to Risk and Finance Director


Fleet Response has promoted Mark Genger to director of risk and finance. He was formerly manager of finance and a regional sales manager.

Tags: Fleet Response, Fleet Management Companies, Fleet Executives, Promotions

March 26, 2015 - Press Release

Telematics Provider GreenRoad Secures $26M in Funding

GreenRoad has raised $26 million in growth capital in an investment round led by Israel Growth Partners with participation from existing investors.

Tags: GreenRoad, Equity Markets, Cloud-Based Technology

March 26, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Buick Adds Enclave Tuscan Edition for 2016

Photo courtesy of Buick.

Buick has introduced the Enclave Tuscan Edition for 2016 that dresses up the mid-size luxury SUV with more distinctive styling, according to Buick.

Tags: Buick, Buick Enclave, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY, New York Auto Show

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