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July 23, 2014 - Industry News

GM Recalls 718K More Vehicles

Photo of 2015 Sierra HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

The automaker announces six new recalls involving such models as the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, GMC Sierra LD and HD, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The two largest of the six recalls involve seats.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Caprice, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, Cadillac ATS, General Motors, Buick Encore, Buick Regal, 2014-MY, GMC Terrain, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Caprice PPV

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

3 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Named

The field has been narrowed down from 18 nominees to just three finalists, with the winner being announced at the 2014 AFLA Conference in September.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, AFLA Conference, Awards, Wheels Inc., Baker Hughes, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics NA

July 23, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Video: 2015 Volvo XC90 Introduces New Safety Tech

The 2015 Volvo XC90 features automatic braking when the driver turns in front of an oncoming vehicle. Image courtesy of Volvo Car Group.

The all-new all-wheel-drive, seven-seat SUV will feature a run-off-road protection package and auto brake-at-intersection capability.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Blind Spot Monitor, 2015-MY, Queue Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Luxury SUVs

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls 21K Vehicles Globally for Shocks, Struts

2014 Ram 1500 photo courtesy of Chrysler Group.

The recall involves Ram 1500 pickups, Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 sedans assembled within a 16-day period earlier this year.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 200, Ram 1500, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Pickup Trucks, Mid-Size SUVs, Mid-Size Sedans, Full-Size Pickups

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Chrysler Recalling Older Jeep SUVs for Ignition Switch

The worldwide recall, expected to get under way by mid-September, involves 2006-2007 model-year Jeep Commanders and 2005-2007 MY Grand Cherokees.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler, Recalls, 2007-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA, Jeep Commander

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

Mike Pitcher talks about how his company, LeasePlan USA, implemented a cell phone policy.

The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Operator Chosen for Vehicle Terminal at Australian Port

Australia's Melbourne International Roll-On Roll-Off Industries (MIRRAT) is expanding a terminal for shipping vehicles and goods operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).

Tags: Australia, Ports, Shippers

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Middle East Dealers Report High Demand for Escalade

Photo of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade courtesy of General Motors.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but the pre-orders are rolling in.

Tags: Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Kuwait, Qatar, General Motors, 2015-MY

July 22, 2014 - Global News

BYD Announces First Factory in Brazil

BYD's Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the city of Campinas opening in 2015. Illustration courtesy of BYD.

BYD plans produce battery-electric buses at its first South American plant in the São Paulo region starting in 2015.

Tags: BYD, Brazil, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Mass Transit

July 22, 2014 - Global News

Peugeot Citroen to Begin Production in Nigeria

The Peugeot 308 (photo courtesy of Peugeot's Facebook page)

PSA Peugeot Citroen and PAN Nigeria Limited signed an assemble and sale of cars agreement that will begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Tags: Nigeria, Peugeot-Citroen, Vehicle Production

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford, Class 2

July 22, 2014 - Global News

WEX Acquires Shell's Fleet Fuel Card Business

WEX Inc., announced they will process prepaid fuel card transactions for the petroleum company’s commercial fleet operations.

Tags: Shell, WEX, Fuel Cards

July 22, 2014 - Global News

UK Government Adds 300 Plug-in EVs

The United Kingdom's national government plans to buy 300 plug-in electric cars and vans for its police forces, ambulances, councils and the NHS.

Tags: United Kingdom, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Purchasing, Emergency Response Vehicles

July 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Ford Names Top Engineer to Lead Lincoln

Photo of Kumar Galhotra in 2012 courtesy of Ford.

The Ford Motor Co. has elevated its top engineer to lead Lincoln as the automaker attempts to revitalize its luxury nameplate. Kumar Galhotra takes over the dual roles of vice president and president of Lincoln.

Tags: Ford, Lincoln, Automotive Executives, Promotion

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

World's Worst Traffic In Moscow, TomTom Says

Photo of Moscow congestion from 2012 via Sergey Ivanov/Flickr.

Drivers in Moscow during the most congested periods will spend an average of 74 percent more time getting to their destination in a city TomTom has ranked as the most congested around the globe.

Tags: Russia, Traffic Congestion, TomTom, Trends

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ark. to Give Clean Fuel Rebates to Fleets

The Arkansas Energy Office will hand out $150,000 in state rebates to fleet operators who convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, according to an announcement.

Tags: Rebate, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, CNG Conversions, Arkansas

July 21, 2014 - Global News

Ford to Introduce 25 Vehicles In Middle East, Africa

Photo of the 2015 Ford Focus courtesy of Ford.

To match the rapid growth in the Middle East and African business unit, Ford will be producing newer models and technologies in these regions.

Tags: Ford Focus, Ford Mustang, Ford

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Proposes More Road Testing for MPG Rating

Photo via Wikipedia.

The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend that automakers be required to perform additional road testing to confirm the fuel-economy claims posted on their vehicles, rather than relying on laboratory measurements.

Tags: Hyundai, AAA, Vehicle Testing, EPA, Kia Motors, Fuel Economy, Ford

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Ford Transit Van (PHOTO: Westport)

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, CNG, Cutaway Vans, Westport WiNG, Westport

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Gasoline Falls to $3.59 Per Gallon

Photo via Wikimedia.

The national average price of gasoline fell 4.2 cents to $3.593 per gallon for the week ending July 21, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Responding to a Highway Breakdown

Here's some advice from AAA on what steps drivers should take when a vehicle breaks down suddenly on a highway.

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

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

More Upfitters Recall Work Trucks for Fire Risk

Ford Super Duty truck photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Manning Equipment, Dual-Tech and Iowa Mold Tooling are issuing recalls to address a fire risk arising from oil leaks associated with PTO assemblies.

Tags: Work Trucks, 2012-MY, Ford F-550, Recalls, Ford F-450, Ford F-350, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Upfitters, NHTSA, Ford Super Duty, Manning Equipment, Dual-Tech, Muncie Power Products Inc.

July 20, 2014 - Industry News

Terex Recalls 42 Utility Truck Aerial Devices

In these trucks, cracks might form in the truck frame or at the first cross brace behind the cab.

Tags: Terex, Work Trucks, Recalls, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, NHTSA

July 20, 2014 - Industry News

6 States Partner for Distracted Driving Crackdown

Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

Launched July 20, the enforcement campaign involves law enforcement agencies in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Law Enforcement

July 19, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 Mustang Tops Out at 435 HP

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has announced horsepower and torque ratings for the trio of engines available on the redesigned 2015 Mustang.

Tags: Ford Mustang, Ford, Sports Cars, 2015-MY

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