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August 27, 2014 - Industry News

CNG, LNG Sales Surge in Texas

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Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) are surging in Texas, as measured by sharp increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller's office.

Tags: Taxes, Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Fed Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees Not Contractors

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that 2,300 FedEx Ground drivers were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, which could make FedEx liable for millions of dollars in drivers' operating expenses and wages.

Tags: FedEx, Driver Pay, Court Ruling, Delivery Fleets

August 27, 2014 - Press Release

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands Further in N.C.

The collision repair company's latest acquisition in the state is Raleigh Collision.

Tags: Collision Repair, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 27, 2014 - Global News

Chile Bus Operator Plans Bankruptcy Filing

Alasacia SA, Santiago, Chile's largest bus operator, missed a bond payment and said it will file a debt restructuring plan.

Tags: Chile, Bond Financing, Bus Fleet

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

NETS Releases Employer Driver Safety Toolkit

In advance of Drive Safely Work Week in early October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released its 2014 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) tool kit.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drive Safely Work Week, NETS

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Improves F-150's Aerodynamic Efficiency

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford engineers have implemented several improvements to the 2015 F-150 pickup truck that should improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aerodynamics

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

GM Touts Equinox Compact SUV Sales

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

The Equinox has proven itself as a strong retail vehicle, and GM has also increased deliveries to fleets, while retaining its sales mix of just over 15 percent to fleets and 85 percent to retail buyers.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, General Motors, Compact SUVs

August 26, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Unveils 2015-MY XC90 SUV

Photo of 2015 XC90 courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo has launched its redesigned 2015 XC90 after months of teasing various aspects of the automaker's flagship luxury SUV that gets a significant redesign for the model year.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, 2015-MY, Infotainment Systems, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 26, 2014 - Global News

EU Developing Driverless Parking System

Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK, and Switzerland are working on a system that will allow drivers to leave their vehicles at the main entrance of an airport and for the car to park itself.

Tags: Parking, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Autonomous Drive, Electric Car

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Best Drivers Report Ranks Safety of 200 Cities

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In Allstate’s 10th annual report, which identifies which cities have the safest drivers, Ft. Collins, Colo., again captures the top honor.

Tags: Allstate, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Allstate America's Best Drivers Report

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Automotive Fleet Editor Discusses Ed Bobit’s Legacy in Podcast


Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine, recounted Ed Bobit’s impact on the fleet management industry during an interview with Merchants Fleet's marketing director.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Podcast, Automotive Fleet

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen's 2015 Jetta Starts at $18,145

Photo of 2015 Jetta TDI courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has set pricing for its 2015 Jetta compact car to start at $18,145 for the base model and up to $32,490 for the top-line Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium.

Tags: Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Diesel Engines, Pricing

August 26, 2014 - Global News

Volvo Opens Traffic Safety Proving Ground in Sweden

AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions. The multilane road consists of four lanes, which are connected to the high-speed area. Several different scenarios can be tested on the multilane road, such as lane changes, different collision scenarios and crossing scenarios. Photo: Volvo

AstaZero, a full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions, has been opened by the Volvo Car Group, bringing it a step closer to realizing its vision that, by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.

Tags: Sweden, Volvo

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

National Safety Council Predicts Labor Day Road Deaths

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Nearly 400 people will be killed in vehicle crashes and another 42,300 will be injured, according to the National Safety Council.

Tags: Road Deaths, National Safety Council, Trends, Accidents

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.45 Per Gallon

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The national average price of gasoline fell 1.8 cents to $3.454 for the week ending Aug. 25, marking a continued decline that began in early July, according to federal data.

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

August 25, 2014 - Global News

Qatar Tire Market Projected to Grow 6 Percent

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According to a recently released TechSci Research report, “Qatar Tyre Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’’, the tire market in Qatar is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 6 percent during 2014-19.

Tags: China, Tires, Qatar

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Louisiana AG Sues State Farm Over Repair Practices


The lawsuit accuses the insurer of forcing unsafe auto repairs and violating state laws governing trade practices.

Tags: Collision Repair, Insurance, State Farm, Lawsuits, Louisiana

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

2015 F-150s With Special Fleet Requirements to Arrive in February

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Fleets who order special versions of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck can expect to receive their vehicles in February, following the arrival of more standard versions later this year.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, 2015-MY, Order to Delivery

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Boosts Torque on 2015 Heavy-Duty Models

2015-MY Ram 3500 (PHOTO: Chrysler)

Ram 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 lb.-ft. and an increased payload of 7,390 pounds, while maintaining a maximum tow rating of 30,000 pounds.

Tags: Cummins, Ram Truck, Aisin, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, 2015-MY

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Study Explores In-Vehicle Traffic Signs

Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute launches a research project focused on the feasibility of adaptive traffic signs – an application of connected-vehicle technology.

Tags: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

August 25, 2014 - Global News

First EV Network for Singapore Planned

Photo of the 2014 BMW i3 via Autmotive Fleet.

Greenlots has partnered with BMW Group Asia to provide Singapore with its first home and public Charging network as part of BMW’s 360 Electric program.

Tags: BMW, Singapore, Greenlots

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Double Left-Turn Lanes

Here is some advice from the California DMV that may help fleet drivers avoid a common hazard found in double left-turn lanes.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

August 25, 2014 - Global News

OTI PetroSmart Deploys Contactless Fleet Fueling in South Africa

OTI PetroSmart, a value-added reseller of petroleum payment solutions and products and a wholly-owned subsidiary of On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTI), has been awarded multiple local government tenders in South Africa.

Tags: Government Fleets, Fuel Management, Fueling, South Africa

August 23, 2014 - Industry News

Steering Gear Issue Triggers Ford Focus, C-MAX Hybrid Recall

Photo of Ford C-MAX Hybrid courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall affects 616 Ford vehicles manufactured earlier this month in Detroit.

Tags: Ford Focus, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Adds Connected-Car Tech to 2015 Models

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo is adding a comprehensive infotainment system and connected-car technologies to its 2015 models, including offering internet access, roadside assistance, and smartphone apps.

Tags: Volvo, 2015-MY, Infotainment Systems

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