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April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Chevrolet Enters Compact SUV Segment with Trax

Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet is entering the burgeoning market for compact SUVs with its 2015 Trax, which the brand unveiled on the eve of the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Compact SUVs, Chevrolet Trax, New York Auto Show

April 15, 2014 - Press Release

Lewis Tree Service Turns to FleetLocate

Spireon, Inc., the industry's leading provider of mobile resource management (MRM) and business intelligence solutions used by companies to maximize their mobile assets and workforce, has secured a new partnership with Lewis Tree Service the second largest provider of utility vegetation management services in North America.

Tags: Utilization, Vehicle Tracking, Spireon

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Price Now Higher Than Year Ago

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

The national average price of gasoline climbed 5.5 cents to $3.651 per gallon and is now more costly than it was at this time a year ago, according to federal data.

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

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Bi-Fuel CNG, Pickup Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Pricing, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, 2015-MY, Class 3, Class 2

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Adrian Steel Shows Ford Transit Upfit Products

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit with medium roof and regular wheelbase courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Upfitter Adrian Steel has announced a line of new products developed for the Ford Transit that will roll out when the full-size vans start hitting the market in June, a company spokesman told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Upfitting Vans

April 15, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Infiniti Refreshes Q70 Luxury Sedan, QX80 SUV

Infiniti will debut its Q70 luxury performance sedan and QX80 full-size luxury SUV at the New York International Auto Show beginning April 18, according to a release.

Tags: Infiniti, Executive Vehicles, New York Auto Show, 2015-MY, Luxury SUVs, Luxury Sedan, Infiniti QX80, Infiniti Q70

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Murano Gets Styling Revamp for 2015

Photo of 2015 Murano courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has revamped the body styling of its 2015 Murano midsize SUV, giving it a bold, edgier look that includes the automaker's new V-motion design concept.

Tags: Nissan, New York Auto Show, Nissan Murano, Mid-Size SUVs, 2015-MY

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

VW's 2015 Jetta Gets New 2.0L Diesel Engine

Phoeo of 2015 Jetta courtesy of VW.

The 2015 Jetta gets the 2.0L four-cylinder TDI EA288 engine announced in March that offers improved fuel economy and slight bump in performance. The engine is expected to give 45 miles per gallon highway.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, 2015-MY, Subcompact Cars, New York Auto Show

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Md. Adopts Stricter Distracted Driving Penalties


A cell phone-distracted driver causing death or serious injury can face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine in Maryland.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, Maryland, State Legislation, Texting While Driving

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 43K Vehicles for Possible Loose Seats

2014 Ford Fusion photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall, set to get under way around May 19, involves 2013-2014 model-year Ford Fusion, Escape, C-Max and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, Ford, Ford C-Max, NHTSA

April 14, 2014 - Global News

Mitsubishi to Show Concept SUVs in Beijing

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will present the Concept GC-PHEV and Concept XR-PHEV for the first time in China at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

Tags: Mitsubishi, China, Beijing Auto Show, SUVs, Concept Vehicle

April 14, 2014 - Global News

Peugeot Citroën to Offer Fleet Telematics Services

PSA Peugeot Citroën is partnering with Orange Business Serves to offer a new telematics solution to help fleet owners reduce vehicle total cost of ownership (TCO).

Tags: France, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Routing, Emissions Reduction, Preventative Maintenance

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

ARI Acquires German Fleet Software Company

ARI, a global fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, has announced that it has acquired German company netcar24. The technology company develops and offers enterprise software solutions for the fleet management industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, ARI, Germany, Netcar24

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Connected Drivers Worldwide Worry About Privacy

Connected vehicle technology image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A University of Michigan poll finds that drivers welcome the potential safety benefits of such technology, but they are also worried about data privacy and potential security breaches.

Tags: Connected Car, Connected Vehicle Technology, University of Michigan, Australia, United Kingdom

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Video: 42% of Drivers Fail to Identify Tire Pressure Warning

Image coutesy of NHTSA.

Results of a new survey, conducted by Schrader International, underscore why driver training programs need to address basic maintenance.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Technology, Tires, NHTSA, Schrader International, Warning Lights

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reading Traffic Lane Markings

Here's a California DMV video explaining what the different traffic lane markings mean for drivers.

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

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan's 'Smart' Rear-View Mirror Displays Video

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is reinventing rear-view mirrors with its Smart Rearview Mirror — an LCD monitor that integrates a backup camera that the automaker will show on a 2014 Rogue at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Nissan, New York Auto Show, Back-Up Camera, Rear View Safety

April 14, 2014 - Global News

Telematics Provider Signs South African Franchisee

The location-based fleet management provider Imarda Ltd has embarked on the global expansion phase of its i360 platform, releasing the details of its first franchisee partnership with Imarda SA Technologies (Pty) Ltd – formerly Telematics Tracking, in South Africa.

Tags: Fleet Management, South Africa, Imarda

April 14, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Lexus Adds NX Compact SUV, Hybrid Model

Photo courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus will offer the NX 200t, a gasoline-powered turbo; the NX 200, a naturally aspirated gasoline model; and the NX 300h, a hybrid.

Tags: Lexus, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Beijing Auto Show

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

BMW Recalling 156K Vehicles to Address Stalling Risk

2012 BMW 3 Series sedan photo courtesy of BMW.

The SUVs and luxury cars covered by the recall may have defective bolts holding a component on the six-cylinder engine.

Tags: 2012-MY, Recalls, BMW X5, BMW 6 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Luxury Sedan, Luxury SUVs, BMW X3, BMW Z4, BMW, 2010-MY

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan Sets Pricing for 2015 Versa

Photo of 2015 Versa courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is refreshing its Versa subcompact sedan for 2015 with exterior and interior enhancements. The Versa will go on sale April 16 with a retail price of $11,990.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Versa, 2015-MY, Subcompact Cars, Infotainment Systems, Pricing, New York Auto Show

April 11, 2014 - Global News

Small EVs are Unveiled for Fleet Use in China

U.S. headquartered ZAP jointly with Jonway Auto, its subsidiary in Zhejiang, China, has unveiled the smallest family in their electric vehicle (EV) product line — the Urban EV, "Urbee," a city utility fleet EV targeting Chinese city municipal vehicles and local city commuters.

Tags: China, EV, Urbee

April 11, 2014 - Global News

Brazil Manager Appointed by Automobile Lock Manufacturer


Kiekert, a locking system provider for the global automotive industry, has appointed Fabio Pires Martins country manager for Brazil.

Tags: Brazil, Kiekert, Automotive Locks

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

LeasePlan Introduces Toll, Violation Solutions

Fleet management company LeasePlan USA has teamed up with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Fleet Services to implement new toll and violation solutions for its clients.

Tags: Toll Violations, American Traffic Solutions, LeasePlan

April 11, 2014 - Global News

Shell Canada Launches Fleet Fuel Card

Shell Canada has launched its Shell Fleet Navigator Card, a highly flexible fuel credit card designed for medium- to large-sized fleets.

Tags: Canada, Shell, Fuel Card

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