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January 29, 2015 - Industry News

How Does Your Salary Compare to the Industry?

Photo via Ringling College of Art + Design.

Every two years, Automotive Fleet conducts a salary survey of fleet managers to find out what the average salary is for the fleet manager position. See how you compare with your peers.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Career Advancement, Salary Surveys

January 29, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

2015 Buick Encore Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

Photo of 2015 Buick Encore courtesy of GM.

The 2015 Buick Encore compact SUV has been rated with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tags: Buick Encore, Buick, 2015-MY, Compact SUVs, Crash Tests, NHTSA, Luxury SUVs

January 28, 2015 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Sedans, VW Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of 2012 Audi A6 by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

Fuel leaks may occur in the fuel injection system in such popular luxury cars as the Audi A6 and A7.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Wraps Offer Better Value Than TV, Radio Ads

Photo of vehicle wrap courtesy of JMR Graphics.

Vinyl vehicle wraps provide fleets greater marketing punch at a cost that's much less than radio or TV ads and billboards, according to new data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).

Tags: Advertising, Radio Advertising, Vehicle Graphics

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Industry Report Card: Submit Your Grades

Photo via Dom Sagolla/Flickr.

Automotive Fleet's third annual 2015 Commercial Fleet Industry Report Card is a chance to help make a difference in the industry by identifying areas that require improvement.

Tags: Industry Report Card, Automotive Fleet, Career Advancement

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Rogue SUV for Fire Risk

Photo of Nissan Rogue courtesy of Nissan.

Exposure to road salt might lead to an electrical short in the harness connector.

Tags: Recalls, 2008-MY, 2013-MY, Nissan Rogue, Compact SUVs, NHTSA, Nissan, Road Salt

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Taurus, Lincoln MKS for Door Handles

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The action affects approximately 205,000 vehicles in the 2010-2013 model years.

Tags: Ford Taurus, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Mid-Size Sedans, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Majority of Retail Leases Offer Shades of Gray

GM's Buick Avenir Concept luxury sedan borrows its name from the French word for "future." Photo by Mike Antich

Eighty percent of cars and trucks in the retail leasing marketplace fall somewhere on the grayscale, which includes black, according to the leasing company.

Tags: Car Color, Retail Leasing, Trends

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Motorlease Corp. Promotes Two Fleet Execs


Motorlease Corp. has promoted Justin Mesick to controller and Jeffrey Perkins to general manager of fleet operations, the Farmington, Conn.,-based firm has announced.

Tags: Motorlease Corporation, Promotions, Fleet Management Companies

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Expected to Reach 18 Percent for January

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Light-vehicle fleet sales in January are projected to total 204,000 units making up about 18 percent of the total vehicle sales for the month.

Tags: J.D. Power, Fleet Sales, Forecast, Gasoline Prices

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Outsources China-Only R-Class to Indiana

Mercedes-Benz has shifted production of its China-only R-Class crossover wagon to AM General, an Indiana-based vehicle manufacturer who once designed and produced Hummer military trucks.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, AM General, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Luxury SUVs

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Telogis Providing Road Updates for Juno Storm

Image via Telogis Blog.

Telematics service provider Telogis is posting updates to its blog about road closures and routing exceptions relating to the Juno winter storm on the East Coast.

Tags: Telogis, Storm Response, Winter Driving

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Australia's FleetPartners Mulls IPO

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital plan to launch an initial public offering of Australia’s FleetPartners.

Tags: Australia, FleetPartners, IPO

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Fall to Nearly Six-Year Low

Photo via Wikipedia.

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen since the spring of 2009. It fell 2.2 cents to $2.044 for the week ending Jan. 26, according to federal data.

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

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

GM Updates OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors has updated its RemoteLink mobile app for OnStar to improve the way drivers can remotely control vehicle functions, the automaker announced.

Tags: OnStar, General Motors, Wi-Fi, Mobile Apps

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Opens Silicon Valley Research Center

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has opened a research center in Silicon Valley to accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Ford, Automated Driving

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Dubai Police Fleet to be Equipped with AEDs

The Dubai Police Department has standardized on the ZOLL AED Plus for its fleet of police cars. This is first installation of AEDs in police cars in the Middle East.

Tags: Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, Dubai, Dubai Police

January 27, 2015 - Global News

MAN Confirmed as Top Brazilian Truck by Industry Association

Brazilian automotive vehicle manufacturer association Anfavea has confirmed MAN Latin America as the market leader for trucks for the 12th year in a row. The company closed 2014 with 36,157 licensed units.

Tags: Volkswagen, Brazil, MAN Trucks

January 27, 2015 - Global News

Maserati Seeks to Increase Presence in UK Corporate Market

Italian automaker Maserati has selected the Leaselink e-procurement platform from European online procurement specialist Ebbon-Dacs for all its dealers throughout the country as it bids to increase its presence in the UK corporate market.

Tags: United Kingdom, Maserati, Ebbon-Dacs

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Health Issues, EPA, Emissions

January 26, 2015 - Global News

China's Growing EV Market Driving Lithium-Ion Sales

Rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in China is triggering an explosion of investment in the lithium-ion battery industry, with China's production of power lithium-ion batteries set to jump 400 percent by 2017.

Tags: Lithium-Ion Batteries, China, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 26, 2015 - Global News

Specialty Vehicle Producer Honored for Ebola Fighting

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has recognized the contributions of Matthews Specialty Vehicles for its efforts in fighting Ebola, making potentially life-saving therapies available to those affected by the deadly virus.

Tags: Medical Fleets, Guinea, Ebola Outbreak

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

Declining fuel prices has reduced the attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrains in commercial vehicles, yet the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise for these systems.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Frost & Sullivan, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

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