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July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Merchants Fleet Opens Chicago Office

Merchants Fleet Management has opened a Chicago office to help accommodate continued growth in its information technology and sales divisions, according to the fleet management company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Merchants Fleet Management, C-Suite, Fleet Executives

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Last Chance to Vote for Fleet Hall of Fame

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Voting closes for the 2014 inductees to the Fleet Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 31, so be sure to cast your ballot.

Tags: Fleet Hall of Fame, AFLA Conference, Awards

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Baxter Healthcare’s Fleet Manager Receives 2014 Fleet Safety Award

(L-R) Fleet Safety Conference Chair Mike Antich, 2014 Fleet Safety Award Honoree Kristin O'Driscoll of Baxter Healthcare, and Pam Sederholm, executive director or AALA.

Kristin O’Driscoll, fleet manager for Baxter Healthcare, was honored with the 2014 Fleet Safety Award at a lunchtime ceremony held on July 23 during the 3rd annual Fleet Safety Conference, in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, AALA, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Safety Award, Awards

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Lightweighting, Pickup Trucks, 2015-MY

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen Recalls Golf Cars for Steering Problem

Photo of 2015 Volkswagen Golf courtesy of Volkswagen.

The recall covers Golf and Golf GTI cars built from Jan. 27-May 12 of this year.

Tags: Volkswagen, Small Cars, Volkswagen Golf, Recalls, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Hatchbacks

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2015

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco courtesy of GM.

The list of models that have been discontinued for the 2015 model year include such vehicles as General Motors' Chevrolet Impala ECO eAssist mild hybrid sedan.

Tags: 2015-MY, 2014-MY, Vehicle Discontinuation

July 23, 2014 - Press Release

CEI Installs Internet Telephone Trunk Technology

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) is upgrading its telephone system by switching to SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunk lines, the latest in Voice-over-Internet Protocol technology, the company has announced.

Tags: CEI Group

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Porsche, Hyundai Top J.D. Power APEAL Study

Photo of 2014 Accent courtesy of Hyundai.

Porsche has placed as the top premium brand, while Hyundai has been named the top non-premium brand in J.D. Power's 2014 APEAL study, which gauges customer satisfaction for recent automotive purchases.

Tags: Dodge, Hyundai, Porsche, J.D. Power, APEAL Study

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Toyota Updates Yaris Suspension for 2015

Photo of 2015 Yaris courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota has updated its Yaris subcompact car for the 2015 model year with more aggressive body styling, a re-tuned suspension, and a more rigid body structure.

Tags: Toyota, 2015-MY, Subcompact Cars, Toyota Yaris

July 23, 2014 - Press Release

Stellar Industries Names Strategic Relationship Manager


Stellar Industries has appointed Michael Butsch as its strategic relationship manager, the company announced.

Tags: Stellar Industries, New Hire, Joy Global

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Caprice, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, Cadillac ATS, General Motors, Buick Encore, Buick Regal, 2014-MY, GMC Terrain, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Caprice PPV

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

3 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Named

The field has been narrowed down from 18 nominees to just three finalists, with the winner being announced at the 2014 AFLA Conference in September.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, AFLA Conference, Awards, Wheels Inc., Baker Hughes, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics NA

July 23, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Video: 2015 Volvo XC90 Introduces New Safety Tech

The 2015 Volvo XC90 features automatic braking when the driver turns in front of an oncoming vehicle. Image courtesy of Volvo Car Group.

The all-new all-wheel-drive, seven-seat SUV will feature a run-off-road protection package and auto brake-at-intersection capability.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Blind Spot Monitor, 2015-MY, Queue Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Luxury SUVs

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls 21K Vehicles Globally for Shocks, Struts

2014 Ram 1500 photo courtesy of Chrysler Group.

The recall involves Ram 1500 pickups, Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 sedans assembled within a 16-day period earlier this year.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 200, Ram 1500, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Pickup Trucks, Mid-Size SUVs, Mid-Size Sedans, Full-Size Pickups

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Chrysler Recalling Older Jeep SUVs for Ignition Switch

The worldwide recall, expected to get under way by mid-September, involves 2006-2007 model-year Jeep Commanders and 2005-2007 MY Grand Cherokees.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler, Recalls, 2007-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA, Jeep Commander

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

Mike Pitcher talks about how his company, LeasePlan USA, implemented a cell phone policy.

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Operator Chosen for Vehicle Terminal at Australian Port

Australia's Melbourne International Roll-On Roll-Off Industries (MIRRAT) is expanding a terminal for shipping vehicles and goods operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).

Tags: Australia, Ports, Shippers

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Middle East Dealers Report High Demand for Escalade

Photo of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade courtesy of General Motors.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but the pre-orders are rolling in.

Tags: Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Kuwait, Qatar, General Motors, 2015-MY

July 22, 2014 - Global News

BYD Announces First Factory in Brazil

BYD's Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the city of Campinas opening in 2015. Illustration courtesy of BYD.

BYD plans produce battery-electric buses at its first South American plant in the São Paulo region starting in 2015.

Tags: BYD, Brazil, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Mass Transit

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Peugeot Citroen to Begin Production in Nigeria

The Peugeot 308 (photo courtesy of Peugeot's Facebook page)

PSA Peugeot Citroen and PAN Nigeria Limited signed an assemble and sale of cars agreement that will begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Tags: Nigeria, Peugeot-Citroen, Vehicle Production

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford, Class 2

July 22, 2014 - Global News

WEX to Process Shell's Fleet Fuel Card Transactions

WEX Inc., announced they will process prepaid fuel card transactions for the petroleum company’s commercial fleet operations.

Tags: Shell, WEX, Fuel Cards

July 22, 2014 - Global News

UK Government Adds 300 Plug-in EVs

The United Kingdom's national government plans to buy 300 plug-in electric cars and vans for its police forces, ambulances, councils and the NHS.

Tags: United Kingdom, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Purchasing, Emergency Response Vehicles

July 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Ford Names Top Engineer to Lead Lincoln

Photo of Kumar Galhotra in 2012 courtesy of Ford.

The Ford Motor Co. has elevated its top engineer to lead Lincoln as the automaker attempts to revitalize its luxury nameplate. Kumar Galhotra takes over the dual roles of vice president and president of Lincoln.

Tags: Ford, Lincoln, Automotive Executives, Promotion

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

World's Worst Traffic In Moscow, TomTom Says

Photo of Moscow congestion from 2012 via Sergey Ivanov/Flickr.

Drivers in Moscow during the most congested periods will spend an average of 74 percent more time getting to their destination in a city TomTom has ranked as the most congested around the globe.

Tags: Russia, Traffic Congestion, TomTom, Trends

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