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October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Study: More Time on Phone Doesn’t Raise Crash Risk

One study found that the more time drivers spent on cell phone conversations, the less time they spent glancing away from the road.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech release two studies examining the impact of driver cell phone use – and their conclusions generate some controversy.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Press Release

PERC Offers Mobile Cost Calculators

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a trio of cost calculator tools in three of the propane autogas industry's fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Online Tool

October 24, 2014 - Global News

JAC Exports First Pickups to Venezuela

Photo: JAC

JAC has exported its first order of 100 pickups from its Yangzhou Jianghuai Automobile assembly plant to Venezuela.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, JAC, Venezuela

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

VW's e-Golf Now Most Efficient Compact EV

Photo of e-Golf's electric motor courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf battery-electric compact car now rates at the most fuel efficient compact EV after the Environmental Protection Agency released fuel economy data for the automaker's for U.S. EV.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen e-Golf, Fuel Economy

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

GM Completing Safety Tech Testing Area

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is putting the finishing touches on one of the largest automotive safety testing areas in North America. GM has invested $12 million in the 52-acre project that will be fully functional by December.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, General Motors, Safety Technology

October 24, 2014 - Global News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe Delivers to Morocco

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe-sociedade Europeia De Automoveis Sa (MFTE), Tramagal, Portugal, has started delivery of FUSO Canter light-duty trucks to Morocco.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Morocco

October 24, 2014 - Global News

CNG Vehicle Training Begins in Trinidad and Tobago

The National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) and the National Gas Company (NGC) of Trinidad and Tobago have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will allow for the training of individuals in the maintenance of natural gas-powered vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, CNG, Trinidad and Tobago

October 23, 2014 - Global News

New South Wales Government Turns to Car Sharing

Under moves to slash the cost of running its annual $250-million fleet leasing service, the New South Wales, Australia, government has initiated car sharing arrangements that require officials to use commercial car hire.

Tags: Car Sharing, Australia, Operating Costs

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Element-Arval Global Alliance Extends Partnership

Element Financial Corp. has extended the 14-year partnership between Arval and PHH Arval, following the July merger when representatives from both companies signed an enhanced strategic agreement to form the Element-Arval Global Alliance.

Tags: Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership, Fleet Management Companies

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Dodge Charger Starts at $27,995

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler has released pricing for its 2015 Dodge Charger models, which will start at $28,990 for the SE base model and go up to $64,990 for the SRT Hellcat.

Tags: Pricing, Dodge Charger, 2015-MY, Full-Size Sedans, Chrysler

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Audi Recalls A4 Models for Air Bag Software

Photo of Audi A4 sedan courtesy of Audi.

The global recall, unrelated to the Takata air bag issue, includes about 102,000 sedans in the U.S.

Tags: Audi, Recalls, Audi A4, Air Bags, Luxury Sedan, Station Wagons

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Chevrolet City Express Ships to Dealers

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors has begun shipping its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van to dealers as it enters one of the most active commercial vehicle segments with a product that's sourced from Nissan's NV200.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans, Ship-Thru, Business Choice, General Motors, Class 1

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Inside Next Week's Green Fleet Conference

Illustration via GFC.

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo kicks off next week on Oct. 28 in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Urges Immediate Repairs for Takata Air Bags

Photo of 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 by NHTSA via Wikimedia Commons.

Defective air bag inflators pose a safety hazard in more than 7 million vehicles in the 2000-2008 model years, the federal agency warns.

Tags: Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Recalls, Takata, Ford, General Motors, Air Bags, NHTSA

October 22, 2014 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Introducing 10 Hybrid Cars By 2017

Photo of B-Class Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

Daimler has sold the remaining shares of its investment in Tesla Motors, as it plans a broad roll-out of 10 new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz cars by 2017, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Save the Date: 2015 Global Fleet Management Conference

With next year’s budget planning in full swing, make sure to save the date for the 2015 Global Fleet Management Conference, which will be held June 15-16, at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay in Miami.

Tags: Global Fleet Management Conference, Fleet Events, Global Fleet Market

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

EPA: BMW Must Revise MPG for Mini Coopers

Photo of 2014 Mini Cooper courtesy of BMW.

BMW will reduce the fuel economy estimates for four 2014 Mini Cooper entry luxury cars following an audit by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tags: BMW, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Mini Cooper

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Cuts PM Intervals in Half with Telematics

File photo

UPS has reduced the number of preventative maintenance inspections to 120,000 per year from 240,000 in the past five years by implementing a telematics system.

Tags: UPS, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Tracking, Preventative Maintenance

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ala. County's Software Glitch Thwarts Fleet Registrations

A countywide software limitation has prevented commercial fleet managers from registering their vehicles in Jefferson County, Ala., reports

Tags: Vehicle Registration, Alabama

October 21, 2014 - Press Release

Sinclair Oil Renews WEX Fuel Card Program

WEX Inc. has signed a 10-year contract with Sinclair Oil Corp. to continue providing fuel cards for Sinclair's Fleet Track Card program.

Tags: Fuel Cards, WEX, Sinclair Oil

October 21, 2014 - Global News

Global Auto Markets Continue to Grow

New registrations in Western Europe climbed by almost 6 percent, the U.S. auto market grew by more than 9 percent, and passenger car sales in China rose by 8 percent, according to a report by the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA).

Tags: India, Fleet Sales, China, Retail Sales, Japan, Brazil, Russia

October 21, 2014 - Global News

VW Extends Partnership with Chinese Automaker

After 20 years cooperating, the Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint venture partner First Automotive Works (FAW) are extending their present partnership for a further 25 years, until 2041.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, China, Joint Venture, Skoda

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Nissan's 2015 Pathfinder Starts at $30,395

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The starting price for Nissan's 2015 Pathfinder mid-size SUV increases $325 over the 2014 model to a starting price of $30,395 and arrives with added standard features.

Tags: Nissan, 2015-MY, Nissan Pathfinder, Mid-Size SUVs

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