September 1, 2014 - Industry News
A manufacturing glitch affecting rear seat belts prompts a recall covering 1,319 2014 model-year trucks.
Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Recalls, Nissan Frontier, 2014-MY, NHTSA
September 1, 2014 - Press Release
The company acquires Universal Auto Body Centers and Flagler Collision.
Tags: Florida, Collision Repair, Caliber Collision Centers
The problem occurs if a spider crawls into the evaporative canister vent hose and weaves a web that blocks the hose.
Tags: Suzuki, Recalls, NHTSA, Suzuki Kizashi, Mid-Size Sedans, 2013-MY, 2010-MY
The seat belt retractor bolts on the second-, third- and fourth-row removable seats may not be torqued to proper specification, or the bolts may be missing entirely, NHTSA said.
Tags: Nissan, Recalls, Nissan NV, NHTSA, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans
August 29, 2014 - Industry News
Traffic during the upcoming Labor Day holiday is forecast to be the heaviest since 2008, according to a forecast by the motorist group AAA.
Tags: AAA, Holiday Driving
August 28, 2014 - Industry News
General Motors has now sold 3 million Chevrolet Cruze compact cars since launching the model in 2008 during the recession as the automaker refocused on more fuel efficient models.
Tags: Chevrolet Cruze, China, Vehicle Sales
General Motors will offer its Z71 trim level with the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs, providing greater off-road capability to the pickup trucks.
Tags: Chevrolet Tahoe, General Motors, Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-MY, Large SUVs, Off-Road Vehicles
The Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA for an investigation, alleging that the power module poses a safety threat in millions of Chrysler vehicles built since 2007.
Tags: Chrysler, NHTSA, Center for Auto Safety, Vehicle Safety
The California Air Resources Board has fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and DBI Beverage Inc. for environmental violations relating to their diesel fleets.
Tags: CARB, Fines, Air Pollution, California, Emissions, Food & Beverage Fleet
General Motors is adding OnStar 4G LTE with a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging capability, and a hands-free lift-gate to the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban starting in October.
Tags: Chevrolet, OnStar, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-MY
The Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority in South Carolina has begun replacing gasoline-powered Ford F-150 pickup trucks with bi-fuel F-150s as the utility plans to replace its entire fleet in six years, according to its general manager.
Tags: Ford F-150, Utility Fleets, CNG Conversions, Bi-Fuel CNG
After running nine months behind schedule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted its final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard to the White House.
Tags: Biodiesel, Renewable Energy Group, EPA, Biofuels
Ford has begun production of its 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary and enters the sixth generation of its pony car.
Tags: Assembly Plant, Ford Mustang, Ford, 2015-MY, Sports Cars
August 27, 2014 - Industry News
Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) are surging in Texas, as measured by sharp increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller's office.
Tags: Taxes, Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled two classes of individuals working for FedEx Ground in California and Oregon were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.
Tags: Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx
August 27, 2014 - Press Release
The collision repair company's latest acquisition in the state is Raleigh Collision.
Tags: Collision Repair, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Mergers & Acquisitions
August 27, 2014 - Global News
Alasacia SA, Santiago, Chile's largest bus operator, missed a bond payment and said it will file a debt restructuring plan.
Tags: Chile, Bond Financing, Bus Fleet
In advance of Drive Safely Work Week in early October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released its 2014 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) tool kit.
Tags: Driver Safety, Drive Safely Work Week, NETS
August 26, 2014 - Industry News
Ford engineers have implemented several improvements to the 2015 F-150 pickup truck that should improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency, according to Ford.
Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aerodynamics
The Equinox has proven itself as a strong retail vehicle, and GM has also increased deliveries to fleets, while retaining its sales mix of just over 15 percent to fleets and 85 percent to retail buyers.
Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, General Motors, Compact SUVs
August 26, 2014 - Executive Fleet News
Volvo has launched its redesigned 2015 XC90 after months of teasing various aspects of the automaker's flagship luxury SUV that gets a significant redesign for the model year.
Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, 2015-MY, Infotainment Systems, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids
August 26, 2014 - Global News
Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK, and Switzerland are working on a system that will allow drivers to leave their vehicles at the main entrance of an airport and for the car to park itself.
Tags: Parking, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Autonomous Drive, Electric Car
In Allstate’s 10th annual report, which identifies which cities have the safest drivers, Ft. Collins, Colo., again captures the top honor.
Tags: Allstate, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Allstate America's Best Drivers Report
Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine, recounted Ed Bobit’s impact on the fleet management industry during an interview with Merchants Fleet's marketing director.
Tags: Ed Bobit, Podcast, Automotive Fleet
Volkswagen has set pricing for its 2015 Jetta compact car to start at $18,145 for the base model and up to $32,490 for the top-line Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium.
Tags: Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Diesel Engines, Pricing
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