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Element Purchases The CEI Group

Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

Photo of the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country courtesy of FCA.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2017

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Hyundai will discontinue the most models for the 2017 model year with FCA paring back its car offerings and Hyundai launching the Genesis luxury brand. General Motors is discontinuing its Impala CNG sedan.

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IRS Reduces Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The Internal Revenue Service has reduced the business mileage reimbursement rate for one half of a cent to 53.5 cents from 54 cents. The new rate went into effect on Jan. 1.

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FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

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LeasePlan's Pitcher Announces Retirement

LeasePlan USA President and CEO Mike Pitcher has announced that he is retiring from the fleet management company (FMC).

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

Video: Takata to Pay $1B in Criminal Penalties

Three executives with the giant automotive supplier are also charged with wire fraud and conspiracy.

Currency Depreciation & Recession Cause Steep Decline in Nigerian Auto Sales

The sale of vehicles in Nigeria declined from 600,000 in 2015 to 350,000 in 2016, according to the Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Geotab Adds iOS-Based MyGeotab App

Geotab has released an Apple iOS compatible version of the MyGeotab app that makes it easier for fleets to manage productivity, safety and vehicle status, the telematics company announced.

PSA Group Doubled Sales in Middle East and Africa Region in 2016

The PSA Group doubled its sales in the Middle-East and Africa region in calendar-year 2016 with a total of 383,500 vehicles sold.

Safety Tip: Jump-Starting the Right Way

AAA provides advice on how to safely jump-start a dead vehicle battery.

TomTom Expands to Argentina and Columbia

TomTom (TOM2) announced on Jan. 13, 2017, the introduction of its real-time traffic service in Argentina and Colombia, increasing the coverage in South America to four countries (after Brazil and Chile) and extending the global reach to 54 countries.

OnTerra Adds Multiple Routes to Route Planner

OnTerra Systems and Bing Maps licensing and services have introduced new features for optimizing multiple routes for fleets for its RouteSavvy route planner software and streamline the process of optimizing routes for multiple vehicles to a simple, three-step process.

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AmeriPride Names SVP of Canadian Operations

AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company, has named Andrew Steiner to senior vice president of Canadian operations. Steiner’s appointment was effective January 1, 2017.

Nissan to Test Autonomous Vehicles on European Roads

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain in February using a modified Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.The on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicle and its passengers to cover a diverse city environment.

Telematics Providers Ink Deals with Four Mexican Companies

International telematics provider Scope Technologies and local partner Troncalnet have signed four new deals with Mexican companies such as CARSSA Courier Company, Grupo Autofin de Monterrey, FAMSA, and Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA).

GAC GS7. Photo: GAC Motor

China's GAC Unveils Three Models in Detroit

Chinese carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC Motor) has unveiled three new vehicles — a mid-sized SUV, a hybrid crossover, and an electric car.

Photo of Toyota Sienna by Sasukekun22 via Wikimedia Commons.

Toyota Recalls More Takata Air Bags

The recall expansion, due to get under way in February, affects approximately 543,000 additional vehicles in the U.S.

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Mike Albert Fleet Taps Outsider as President

Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, a provider of fleet management solutions, has named Jeff Hart as president of the fleet management company (FMC).

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

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Merchants Fleet Management Adds Sales Region

Merchants Fleet Management has established a new sales region covering the northeastern portion of the U.S. and promoted several associates to support the initiative, the fleet management company announced.

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Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Photo: Holden

Holden Adds Astra Sedan to Small Car Lineup

In 2017, Holden will launch the all-new Astra sedan. Astra sedan joins Astra hatch and Astra coupe siblings to expand Holden’s small-car lineup.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Expands Recall for Takata Air Bags

This latest action affects more than 654,000 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles in the U.S.

Photo of Volvo XC60 courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Recalls Multiple 2017 Models for Air Bags

The recall includes 377 2017-model year S60 and S60 Cross Country, V60 and V60 Cross Country, and XC60 vehicles.

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