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April 24, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Safety Council Warns Drivers About Smart Watches

Citing distracted driving research from the U.K., the National Safety Council advises smart watch owners to turn off or take off their watch before getting behind the wheel.

Tags: Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Apple, Wearable Computers, Smart Watches

April 24, 2015 - Press Release

Isuzu Reaches N-Series Cabover Sales Milestone

Photo of 20,000th gasoline NPR cabover courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck has reached a sales milestone for its gasoline-powered NPR cabovers, by producing number 20,000 earlier this week.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Isuzu, Class 4

April 24, 2015 - Product News

Siemens Unveils Wi-Fi EV Charging Station

Photo courtesy of Siemens.

Siemens has introduced a Wi-Fi enabled electric vehicle (EV) charging station for homes that can monitor and control usage remotely through a mobile or web app, the company announced.

Tags: Siemens, EV Charging Stations, Wi-Fi

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

Mich. Paratransit Service Adds Propane Autogas Shuttles

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

The Rapid, a transit authority in Grand Rapids, Mich., has added four propane autogas shuttle buses to its GO!Bus paratransit service, ROUSH CleanTech announced.

Tags: Michigan, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Paratransit, Ford E-450

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

Publicis Touchpoint Solutions Names Fleet Manager


Stanley Newman was named manager of U.S. fleet services for the health-care service provider in January.

Tags: New Hire, Healthcare Fleets, Shire Pharmaceuticals

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

Syngenta Fleet Manager Retires


Debi McClendon retired from her role as fleet manager of the agribusiness company in December.

Tags: Agribusiness, Retirement, AFLA

April 23, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 SuperCab, Regular Cab Ace Crash Tests

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

The trucks’ newly released NHTSA scores come just one week after the Ford F-150 SuperCrew also drew the best-possible overall rating.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Crash Tests, Ford, 2015-MY, NHTSA

April 23, 2015 - Press Release

Spireon CIO Honored with Leadership Award

Telematics vendor Spireon Inc.'s chief information officer, Sam Balooch, will receive the 2015 Excellence in Executive Leadership award from the Center for Leadership at California State University Fullerton in the category of Cultural Change, the company announced.

Tags: Spireon, C-Suite, Leadership

April 23, 2015 - Press Release

CEI Appraisers Complete F-150 Aluminum Repair Course

Three CEI Group Inc. (CEI) appraisers have completed a one-day review of aluminum repairs on the 2015 F-150 pickup truck at Ford's corporate campus.

Tags: Ford F-150, Collision Repair, CEI Group, Aluminum, Appraisers

April 23, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Q3 Recalled for Sunroof

Photo courtesy of Audi.

The recall, which affects 3,646 sedans in the 2015 model year, will allow dealers to update the sunroof control module to eliminate an injury risk.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, Recalls, 2015-MY, Luxury Sedan, NHTSA, Audi Q3

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Drivers Value Crash Protection Tech Over Infotainment

Source: J.D. Power

A new study from J.D. Power examines consumer preferences among future and emerging vehicle technologies.

Tags: J.D. Power, Active Safety Systems, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Blind Spot Monitor, Infotainment Systems, Automated Driving, Collision Prevention, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Researchers Study Human Interaction With Automated Cars

Photo of UMTRI's driving simulator lab courtesy of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute is busy examining the human factor in automated driving, including how drivers respond when vehicle control is transferred back to them.

Tags: Self-Driving Vehicles, UMTRI, University of Michigan

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Greenest Pickup

Photo: Ford

In time for Earth Day, AAA named the 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab Lariat with EcoBoost gasoline as the greenest pickup truck in the segment in its 2015 "AAA Green Car Guide."

Tags: Ford F-150, AAA, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Hybrid, EV Sales Suffer From Low Gasoline Prices

Photo via Wikipedia.

Owners of hybrid and battery-electric vehicles are trading in their alternative fuel vehicles for gasoline powered vehicles, according to new research from

Tags:, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets See Vehicle Size as Top Selection Criteria

Vehicle size trumps appearance for fleets when choosing a company car, according to a report from LeasePlan USA.

Tags: Vehicle Selection, LeasePlan, Compact Cars, Drivers

April 22, 2015 - Press Release

Omnicomm Releases Fleet Tracking Mobile App

Omnicomm has released a cloud-based mobile application for its Omnicomm Online that allows fleet owners to manage their fleet remotely and look at a variety of reports. The app is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Cloud-Based Technology, Oil Drain Intervals

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Narrows List of Next-Gen Vehicle Builders

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service has chosen 15 possible manufacturers to build its next-generation delivery vehicle, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Nissan, and Freightliner.

Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, Ford, Nissan, Freightliner, FCA US, Vehicle Modifiers

April 21, 2015 - Global News

Michelin Buys into French Online Tire Retailer

Groupe Michelin has acquired a 40-percent stake in Allopneus SAS, a French internet tire retailer, for 60 million Euros.

Tags: Michelin, France, Internet

April 21, 2015 - Global News

Identifying Fleet Driving Dynamics

The ability to capture a encyclopedic amount of driver data is probably among the most important sea changes in the fleet industry today. During the upcoming Global Fleet Conference in Miami, attendees will learn how one fleet put this to use.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Hewlett-Packard, Nexus Communication, Mobility, Global Fleet Conference, Ford Motor Company, OBD II

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Takata Air Bag Recall

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The automaker extends an earlier Takata air bag recall to include an additional 45,000 Sentra sedans in the 2006 model year.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, 2006-MY, Takata, Nissan Sentra, Air Bags, NHTSA

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

BMW Begins Construction on Texas Distribution Facility

Photo via Wikipedia

BMW has begun building its new vehicle distribution center at the Port of Galveston in Texas that could improve order-to-delivery times for executive fleet buyers in four states.

Tags: BMW, Texas, Order-to-Delivery Times, Vehicle Transportation

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Begins Producing Redesigned Maxima Sedan

Photo courtesy of Nissan

Nissan has begun production of the 2016 Maxima mid-size sedan at its Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee. The eighth-generation Maxina debuted at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Nissan, Mid-Size Sedans, 2016-MY, Nissan Maxima

April 21, 2015 - Global News

Chilean University Uses Simulator to Train Truck Operators

The University of Santo Tomas (UST)'s Iquique campus in northern Chile has announced it will integrate a training simulator into its program to assist students in becoming skillful haul truck operators in the region.

Tags: Chile, Training Simulator, Mining Trucks

April 21, 2015 - Global News

Ford Previews New Tourneo at Auto Shanghai

Photo: Ford

Ford previewed the new Ford Tourneo for China’s premium MPV market at Auto Shanghai 2015.

Tags: China, Ford, Shanghai Auto Show, Ford Tourneo, Jiangling

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

BMW Packs 2016 7 Series With Innovative Tech

Photo courtesy of BMW.

BMW is adding some advanced automotive technologies to its 2016 7 Series luxury sedan, including a remote-control parking feature, control of the infotainment system with three-dimensional features, and a structure made partially out of carbon fiber.

Tags: BMW, BMW 7 Series, Shanghai Auto Show, 2016-MY, Luxury Sedans


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