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Isuzu Launches Spanish Version of Commercial Website

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has announced that www.isuzucv.com is now available in Spanish as well as English.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

The recall covers 109 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2016 model year.

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

State Farm offers advice on how to spot warning signs of vehicle fire risk, and the National Safety Council provides tips on what to do if a fire starts while you're driving.

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

Graphic courtesy of Fleet Europe.

Fleet Europe Hosting 2017 Summit in Portugal

Fleet Europe is hosting the 2017 Fleet Europe Summit in Estoril, Portugal, which this year will focus on automotive industry innovators and disruptors and how they will impact the future of fleet in Europe.

Screen shot, CBS Sacramento video

Truckers Take to the Streets to Protest ELD Rule

Truckers around the country -- including in the nation's capital -- gathered to protest the upcoming ELD mandate, which goes into effect Dec. 18.

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Dan Frank Named Chief Executive of Wheels

Dan Frank has been named the chief executive officer of Wheels, Inc., as his father Jim Frank transitions from that role to executive chairman of the board, the fleet management company announced.

Segment prices compared to the same time last year. Photo courtesy of Manheim.

Used Vehicle Prices Expected to Rise Until End of Year

Wholesale used vehicle prices rose 2.77% in September on a month-over-month basis, which drove Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index up 6.3% from a year ago to 134.9, marking five months of consecutive growth.

Toyota Motor North America's headquarters in Plano, Texas. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota’s Unintended-Acceleration Criminal Charge Dismissed

The automaker completed its three-year monitoring period in August, fulfilling obligations outlined in a $1.2 billion settlement with the federal government.

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

New Vehicle MPG Flat in September

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in September remained unchanged from August at 25.3 mpg, according to Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak, researchers from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Photo of SURUS courtesy of GM.

GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

Photos courtesy of manufacturers.

September Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 25%

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 25.7% to 51,112 in September with strong sales in the truck category, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

A researcher documents the distraction of a study participant who is using a vehicle infotainment system. Photo courtesy of AAA.

Infotainment Systems Further Distract Drivers, Study Finds

New research from AAA concludes that all 30 of the infotainment systems evaluated demanded too much of the driver’s attention during use.  

Photo courtesy of AmeriPride.

AmeriPride Offers First-Aid Kit for Fleet Drivers

AmeriPride has begun offering a first-aid kit that's designed for vehicle fleets and can be purchased by any company with a fleet, the linen and uniform service provider has announced.

Annette Sandberg Photo: TransSafe Consulting

Telogis Enlists Former FMCSA Administrator to Verify ELD

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Association Administrator Annette Sandberg has verified that the Telogis Electronic Logging Device will meet federally mandated requirements, Telogis announced.

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of SmartUSA/Mercedes-Benz.

Senate Committee Advances Self-Driving Bill

The legislation, intended to eliminate barriers to the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, still faces a vote by the full Senate.

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Telematics Provider Zubie Hires Former Fleet Exec

Telematics provider Zubie has hired Glenn Udall as its vice president of strategic partnerships and Chad Caswell as its chief technology officer. Udall held various fleet operations and procurement roles with Hertz.

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GM Folds South America Into New International Unit

General Motors is combining the leadership of its international and South America regions, and has tapped Barry Engle to be president of the integration.

Bar's Products Acquires Hy-Per Lube Corp.

Bar's Products has purchased Hy-Per Lube Corp.'s lubricants business, and will continue to offer Hy-Per Lube brand additives alongside Bar's Leaks and Rislone.

Photo courtesy of MetTel.

MetTel Offers Connected Workforce Management Product

New York City-based MetTel will offer a mobile workforce solution called Fleet Management Solutions to help companies and municipal governments connect their workforce and vehicle fleet assets to the internet.

Leading Transportation Strategist to Keynote Fleet Forward Conference

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.

Photo courtesy of SiriusXM.

Element Offering SiriusXM to Fleet Clients

Element Fleet Management has begun offering SiriusXM satellite radio to its fleet customers under a new partnership designed to allow corporate fleet managers to reward drivers.

Photo of the Chrysler Pacifica courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler Pacifica Showed Fastest Van Order-to-Delivery for 2017

The Chrysler Pacifica registered the fastest van order-to-delivery (OTD) time in the 2017 model-year, averaging 57 days from the time orders for the minivan were placed with the OEM to when the vehicle was delivered to a dealer.

Developers of autonomous driving systems still face the challenge of winning the public's trust in the evolving technology. Photo courtesy of Waymo.

Malfunction Fears May Haunt Self-Driving Cars

Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles will ultimately need to overcome lingering consumer concerns about potential software and hardware failures, a survey finds.

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