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April 23, 2014 - Global News

Dubai Gets 'Smart' Ambulance Fleet

A fleet of "smart" ambulances that allow EMTs to monitor the condition of patients on the way to the hospital are rolling out in Dubai, reports The National.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Ambulances, Dubai

April 23, 2014 - Press Release

Zubie Launches Fleet Monitoring for Small, Medium-Sized Businesses

The Zubie Business solution uses Zubie's core AlwaysSmart device and a newly-designed web and tablet user experience that is tailored for fleet monitoring and analytics. It works on both iPad and Android tablets.

Tags: Tablets, Driver Monitoring

April 23, 2014 - Press Release

Geotab, Mobileye Partner On Advanced Collision Prevention Offering

Photo courtesy of Mobileye.

Geotab is integrating its J1939 platform with the Mobileye 560 Advanced Driver Assistance System so heavy duty fleets will be able to use advanced warning alerts to reduce the likelihood of vehicle crashes from occurring, the telematics provider announced.

Tags: Driver Safety, Geotab, Mobileye

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Get Diesel Option for 2016

For MY-2016 the Chevrolet Colorado will add a 2.8L I-4 turbo diesel as an option.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks will offer a diesel engine option for the 2016 model year, a General Motors spokesperson has confirmed.

Tags: 2016-MY, Chevrolet Colorado, Diesel Engines, Pickup Trucks, Class 1, GMC Canyon

April 22, 2014 - Press Release

Diesel Technology Forum Touts Clean Diesel on Earth Day

Newer clean diesel engines have reduced particulate matter and NOx emissions by up to 98 percent compared to older diesel engines, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Earth Day, Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel Vehicles

April 22, 2014 - Global News

Russian Winter Road Maintenance Calls for Regulation of Anti-Icing Materials

RosZimDor, the Russian Association of Winter Road Maintenance, has announced a drive towards a federal set of standards and regulations of anti-icing materials, the way they are used, and how they are developed nationwide.

Tags: Russia, RosZimDor, Anti-Icing, Ecology

April 22, 2014 - Global News

Ford Reintroduces Escort to Chinese Market

At Auto China 2014, Ford Motor Company unveiled its all-new Ford Escort, which is being shown for the first time globally. The compact sedan was developed with the Chinese market in mind, according to the automaker.

Tags: China, Ford Escort, Ford, Auto China, C-car Platform

April 22, 2014 - Global News

The European Parliament Makes Rules on Commercial Vehicles

On April 22, the European Parliament passed amendments to Directive 96/53 governing the dimensions and weights of commercial vehicles.

Tags: Trucks, Commercial Vehicles, VDA, European Parliament, Directive 96/53

April 22, 2014 - Press Release

Donlen Names Auction Award Winners

Donlen announced the recipients of its annual Top Auction Awards. Each year, Donlen recognizes top automobile auction partners that work closely with Donlen in its remarketing program.

Tags: Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Auction, Awards

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's CEO Stepping Down, COO to Replace Him

Alan Mullaly (left) seen in 2013. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. is expected to elevate COO Mark Fields to replace CEO Alan Mulally, who will step down by the end of the year.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, C-Suite

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Price of Gasoline Rises for 11th Straight Week

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

The national average price of gasoline climbed 3.2 cents to $3.683 per gallon, according to federal data released by the Energy Information Administration.

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

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Offers $10M for Biomass-to-Biofuel Advancement

Graphic courtesy of DOE.

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $10 million in technologies that produce biofuel products from biomass, according to a new strategic plan.

Tags: Federal Grant, U.S. Department of Energy, Biofuels

April 22, 2014 - Global News

Landi Renzo Distributor Receives Ford QVM Status in Canada

Landi Renzo USA has announced that National Energy Equipment – Landi Renzo’s sole distributor for Canada – has successfully attained Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier Program (QVM) status and received Transport Canada (NSM) accreditation.

Tags: Canada, Ford F-550, Ford F-450, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, CNG, Landi Renzo, National Energy Equipment

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Kelley Blue Book Names 2014's Greenest Cars

The BMW i3 topped Kelley Blue Book's list of the 10 Best Green Cars Of 2014. Photo courtesy of KBB.com.

For this year's top ten, the editors of Kelley Blue Book named the BMW i3 the No. 1 Green Car for 2014. The list, touted as more than just a compilation of the most fuel-efficient vehicles, looks at production methods and recyclability, as well as vehicles that are appropriate for different lifestyles.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, Volkswagen Jetta, TDI, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Civic Natural Gas, Lexus ES 300h, BMW i3, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Tesla Model S

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Midway Specialty Vehicles Hires Former Ford Exec

STEVENS

Midway has retained the services of Rob Stevens, who left Ford earlier this year as the automaker's chief engineer for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Midway Specialty Vehicles, Ford, Upfitters, Automotive Executives

April 21, 2014 - Global News

Nairobi Traffic Clogs Costs $570K Per Day

Nairobi is the world's fourth-most congested city, according to IBM's Commuter Pain survy in 2011. This congestion is costing the city both in terms of road accidents and productivity. It's estimated that the city loses about $578,000 per day because of its congestion.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Kenya, Africa, Matatus

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

GM’s Research Driving Simulator Puts Super Cruise Through Its Paces

GM’s Research Driving Simulator is helping advanced technology developers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise, a semi-automated driving system. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The automaker is using an upgraded R&D facility to study driver behavior in automated driving situations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Technology, Cadillac, General Motors, Self-Driving Vehicles, Automated Driving

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: How to Pass Safely

Passing safely requires sound judgment and a solid grasp of the rules of the road. Here are some safe-passing tips from both the New York DMV and California DMV.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, How-to Guide, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week, New York DMV

April 21, 2014 - Global News

India's Tata Launches All-New Aria

Tata Motors has launched the all-new Aria featuring a new 2.2L VARICOR engine, with a powerful output of 150PS and a high low-end torque of 320Nm for better pick-up and quick response, returning a fuel efficiency of 15.05km/liter (ARAI certified).

Tags: India, Tata, Aria

April 21, 2014 - Global News

Renault Continues Investment in Brazil

Renault Group has announced a new investment cycle in Brazil in the amount of R$ 500 million (€162 million) over the 2014-2019 period. This investment will be channeled into the development of two new cars at Renault’s plant in Curitiba.

Tags: Renault, Brazil, Manufacturing

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Recalling Pathfinder to Repair Oil Hose

2013 Nissan Pathfinder photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects 3,065 2013 model-year Pathfinders that are at risk of leaking transmission fluid.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, 2013-MY, Nissan Pathfinder, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Nominations Open for the 2014 Fleet Executive of the Year

Fleet Financials magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Fleet Executive of the Year Award. Note the deadline for nominations is Friday, June 23. The Fleet Executive of the Year award is sponsored by The CEI Group.

April 21, 2014 - Global News

PACCAR Australia Delivers it 50,000th Truck

Mike Dozier (left), Managing Director, PACCAR Australia, presents the keys of the 50,000th Australian Built Kenworth to Peter Rodney (center), Managing Director of Rodney’s Transport Service (RTS), and his wife – Shanelle, at the Kenworth Australia factory

PACCAR Australia has delivered its 50,000th Australian-designed and manufactured Kenworth truck at its Bayswater plant in Melbourne.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Australia

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Fleet Safety Conference Releases Full Schedule

A session during last year's Fleet Safety Conference.

The annual event, geared to help fleet professionals more readily realize their safety goals, is set for July 22-23 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Driver Training, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Conference

April 19, 2014 - Press Release

Lytx Advances Video-Based Driver Safety Technology

The company, formerly known as DriveCam Inc., bolsters its patent portfolio with five new patents issued.

Tags: DriveCam, Driver Training, Driving Safety, Lytx, Risk Management

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