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November 22, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Group Forecasts 418 Holiday Road Deaths

If you drink over the holiday weekend, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation, NSC advises. Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

The National Safety Council also expects another 44,700 injuries from crashes during Thanksgiving weekend.

Tags: Drunk Driving, National Safety Council, Driving Safety

November 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

BMW Expands Multiple-Model Recall for Brake Problem

Photo of 2012 BMW 528i courtesy of BMW.

The new action affects nearly 9,000 vehicles in the U.S., including some 3- and 5-Series Sedans.

Tags: BMW, 2012-MY, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, BMW 3 Series, BMW X1, BMW 5 Series, Luxury SUVs, Luxury Coupe, NHTSA, BMW X3, Luxury Sedans, BMW 4 Series, Sports Wagons

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year

Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze captured the most votes among 48 cars selected for this year's competition. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

Tags: Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, and has pushed highway mpg for gasoline-powered quarter-ton pickups to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Feds Press Chrysler to Speed Jeep Recall

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

NHTSA, citing consumer complaints and low repair completion rates, demands that the automaker improve its efforts to fix older-model Jeeps recalled for a fuel-tank fire risk.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Recalls, 2007-MY, 2002-MY, NHTSA

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Introduces Vehicle for Global Disaster Relief Efforts

Navistar, Inc. partnered with Terranova GTS, LLC to showcase an International DuraStar Multi-Purpose Vehicle — a truck designed to aid in disaster relief efforts.

Tags: Navistar, Disaster Relief, Durastar MPV

November 21, 2014 - Global News

FedEx's Dana Honored as International Fleet Manager of the Year

Michael Dana poses with is International Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Photo: Fleet Europe

Michael Dana, senior fleet manager EMEIA at FedEx, has been named the International Fleet Manager of the Year 2014. Dana was awarded the title at the annual Fleet Europe Awards.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Fleet Europe Awards, FedEx, International Fleet Manager of the Year

November 21, 2014 - Product News

Mahindra Utility Vehicles to Arrive in 2015

Mahindra USA and Intimidator Inc. will introduce a line of utility vehicles early next year.

Tags: Utility Vehicle, Mahindra Group

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Unveils XR-PHEV Concept SUV

Photo: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi's XR-PHEV concept joins the Outlander PHEV on Mitsubishi's list of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Concept Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell A7 Sedan

Photo by Paul Clinton.

Audi has added its name to the list of automakers developing a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, as the automaker introduced the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Audi, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Audi A7, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford and Toyota Score First Green Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Chris Wolski, senior editor of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet magazines (center), presented The Green Fleet Truck of the Year award to Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility, and strategic planning manager (right) and the Green Fleet Car of the Year award to Jim Michon, commercial business manager for Ford. (PHOTO: Becky May)

Bobit Business Media, publisher of "Automotive Fleet" and "Green Fleet" magazines, awarded its inaugural Green Fleet Car and Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards to the Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Highlander Hybrid during a ceremony November 20 at the L.A. Auto Show.

Tags: Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Awards, L.A. Auto Show

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features

Charge port with indicator light for dark conditions: Photo via Chevrolet.

Chevrolet has added a series of user-friendly features to the charging system of the next-generation Volt that will allow owners to pre-set charging levels based on location and departure times.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Volt, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, EV Charging

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

Tags: Ford Explorer, EcoBoost, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Cycle Refresh, Engines

November 20, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Chrysler Refreshes 300, Adds Sport Model

Photo of 2015 Chrysler 300C Limited by Paul Clinton.

The Chrysler 300 executive sedan gets a refresh for the 2015 model year includes a standard eight-speed transmission for all models, a reworked front end design, and and new 300S sportier model, the automaker announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Chrysler, Chrysler 300, L.A. Auto Show, Full-Size Sedans, Transmissions

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Nominates NHTSA Administrator

ROSEKIND

Nominee Mark Rosekind has served on the National Transportation Safety Board since 2010.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Regulators, U.S. Department of Transportation

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Mazda Enters Compact SUV Segment With CX-3

Photo of 2016 CX-3 by Paul Clinton.

Mazda became the latest automaker to enter the compact SUV vehicle segment with its 2016 CX-3 debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Mazda, L.A. Auto Show, Compact SUVs, 2016-MY, Mazda CX-3

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

PG&E Unveils PHEV Class 5 Bucket Trucks

PG&E/Efficient Drivetrains Inc. Electric Hybrid bucket truck. (PHOTO: PG&E)

More than 70 investor-owned electric utilities will increase investment by an estimated $50 million per year, or $250 million over five years, to add more EVs to their fleets, starting in 2015.

Tags: PG&E, Class 5, Altec Industries, Bucket Trucks, EDI, Edison Electric Institute

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Federal Agency Calls for Nationwide Air Bag Recalls

If Takata and automakers don’t quickly agree to expand recalls on a nationwide scale, NHTSA vows to use its statutory powers to ensure the defective air bag inflators are replaced.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Recalls, Takata, Air Bags, NHTSA, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda, BMW

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

KBB Selects Best Buys for 2015

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of its annual Best Buy Awards for 2015 vehicles in the U.S. market, a list of vehicles in 12 categories. KBB picks the vehicles from more than 300 new-car models and 49 finalists.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, Ford F-150, Best Buy, 2015-MY

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

BMW-Toyota Collaboration Could Result in Fuel Cell Vehicle

A collaboration between BMW and Toyota could lead to the German automaker's next hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that may be called the i5, according to a report from Autocar.

Tags: BMW, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Toyota FCV

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to Host Tire Safety Symposium

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will talk passenger tire safety on Dec. 9-10 in Washington, DC.

Tags: Safety, National Transportation Safety Board, Tires

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Fusions Recalled for Programming Issue

The 2014 Fusion is one of the models being recalled by Ford. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has issued a safety compliance recall for approximately 65,000 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles in North America for a programming issue in the instrument cluster.

Tags: Ford, Ford Fusion, Vehicle Recalls, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Ford Fusion Energi

November 18, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Faulty Tire Monitoring Triggers Land Rover Recall

Photo of Range Rovers courtesy of Land Rover.

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 1, will cover more than 28,000 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and LR4 SUVs.

Tags: Land Rover, Recalls, 2013-MY, Range Rover, 2014-MY, Luxury SUVs, Mid-Size SUVs, NHTSA, Land Rover LR4

November 18, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

MINI Coopers Recalled for Spare Tire Risk

Photo of MINI Cooper Hardtop cars courtesy of BMW.

Because of a faulty bolt, the spare tire stored underneath the car may eventually detach.

Tags: BMW, MINI Cooper, Recalls, Entry Luxury Cars, NHTSA, Compact Cars, 2014-MY

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