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April 24, 2014 - Press Release

TomTom Telematics Grows to 350,000 Fleet Vehicles

TomTom Telematics (formerly known as TomTom Business Solutions) now has 28,000 customers and 350,000 vehicles subscribed to its Software as a Service (SaaS) fleet management solution.

Tags: TomTom, Cloud-Based Technology, Big Data

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Rolls Back Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has eased 2013 requirements for cellulosic ethanol blending in the nation's gasoline supply following a lack of production of ethanol fuels from feedstock such as algae, wood chips, and other biomass.

Tags: Ethanol, Ethanol Fueling Stations, EPA, Biofuels

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Abbott Executive Elected NETS Chairperson

Joseph McKillips will now head the fleet safety organization's board, succeeding Johnson & Johnson's Sandra Lee.

Tags: Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Fleetmatics Reports Driver Productivity Gains with Telematics

Graphic courtesy of Fleetmatics.

Fleetmatics Group has released a five-year telematics analysis that attempts to quantify the return on investment for fleets who have adopted its telematics products.

Tags: Idling, Fleetmatics, Driver Productivity, Route Optimization, Reducing Fuel Costs

April 23, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Wheel Alignment Issue Prompts Jaguar X-Series Recall

2014 Jaguar XJ photo courtesy of Jaguar.

The recall, which will get under way late next month, affects 297 2013-2014 model-year XJ, XF and XK vehicles

Tags: Jaguar, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Luxury Sedan, NHTSA, Jaguar XJ, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XK, Luxury Coupe

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Waste Management's Calif. CNG Trucks Cut Emissions By One Fourth

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management has added six compressed natural gas refuse trucks to its fleet in Chico, Calif., as the refuse hauler continued to aggressively pursue its sustainability goals.

Tags: Waste Management, Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Emissions Reduction

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Nominations Open for 2014 Fleet Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2014 candidates for the Fleet Hall of Fame are now being accepted, and are due by Friday, May 23.

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


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

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