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Vehicle Valuation Tools From Black Book Available Through Expanded CUNA Relationship

National Auto Research, publisher of the Black Book family of vehicle appraisal guides, and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) announce an expansion of the relationship they began in January 2000.

Insurance Institute Releases New Crash Test Results for 2004 Models

The 2004 Toyota RAV4 equipped with optional side airbags is the first vehicle to earn good ratings and "best pick" designations for both front and side impact crashworthiness tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) -- a "double best pick," reports Fleet Focus, the e-mail newsletter produced by the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

NHTSA Clears Toyota Camry Models After Unintended Acceleration Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says complaints that some Toyota Camry, Camry Solara, and Lexus ES300 vehicles have surged forward without apparent reason are unfounded, according to an announcement in the Associated Press on July 28.

Diesel Price Hits Record High

After months of flirting with record territory, the average national retail price of a gallon of diesel broke through for the week ending Aug. 2 to close at $1.78, the highest price since the U.S. Department of Energy began tracking the average more than a decade ago, according to the Web site

California Rental Companies Face Restrictions on Use of GPS in Rental Vehicles

California is expected to legislate to prohibit car rental companies from using GPS units installed in some of their vehicles to enforce restrictions such as speeding and no-out-of-state driving, in their rental agreements, according to Patrick Hook Associates on July 27.

IARA Elects 2005-2007 Officers

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) elected new slate of officers, effective January 2005 through 2007 at its recent Roundtable meeting in Chicago.

National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Installing Black Boxes on All Cars and Trucks

The National Transportation Safety Board wants “black box” data recorders in all cars and trucks, according to an article in the Detroit News newspaper on August 3.

Comdata Introduces PermitLink an Online Service Streamlines Fleet Permit Orders

Comdata Corporation has introduced a new online permit order system called PermitLink for fleet permit customers.

Truckers Fume Over Diesel-Idle Restriction

New rules instituted July 22 by the state of California will restrict all nonessential truck idling to five minutes, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper on July 29.

Ford Starts Hybrid Production

Ford Motor Co. officially kicked off production on Aug. 5 of a hybrid version of the Escape SUV, the world’s first gas-electric hybrid sport/utility vehicle and the first hybrid vehicle produced by an American automaker, according to the Associated Press.

2004 AFLA Conference to Focus on Networking

The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) will hold its 2004 Conference on September 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Calif.

Maciel Retires as City of Hawthorne, Calif., Fleet Manager

Amado Maciel, fleet manager/chief mechanic for the Equipment Division of the Public Works Department for the City of Hawthorne, Calif. retired on June 30 after 28 years with the city.

Utilimaster Corporation Announces Price Increase

Effective August 2, 2004, Utilimaster Corporation will raise prices on all truck body and walk-in van product lines.

ABC Announces Opening of ABC Atlanta

Auction Broadcasting Company (ABC) recently acquired a new auction facility, on the north side of Atlanta, in Cartersville, Georgia.

LeasePlan USA Announces New Chief Information Officer

LeasePlan USA announced on Aug. 9 the appointment of Joe Federer to chief information officer.

Red-Light Cameras to be Installed in Philadelphia

Traffic cameras to photograph drivers who run red lights in Philadelphia are expected in the fall, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.

Enterprise Rent-A-Truck Opens Office in Birmingham, Ala.

Enterprise Rent-A-Truck announced on August 3 that it has opened its first location in Birmingham at 2325-A Fourth Avenue North, where it will be offering medium-duty truck rental for commercial businesses.

Dodge Launches All-New 2005 Dakota

Dodge announced on August 1 the launch of the all-new 2005 Dodge Dakota, the largest mid-size pickup in the market.

IARA Presents Online Remarketing Modules, Hosts Roundtable Discussions, and Elects New Officers in Chicago

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Roundtable meeting, held at the Chicago Fairmont Hotel July 21-23, was attended by more than 95 remarketing professionals.

Autobytel Named One of Orange County's Fastest-Growing Technology Companies

Autobytel Inc. will be named to Deloitte & Touche's Technology Fast 50 Program for Orange County, Calif., a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, a professional services firm. Technology Fast 50 rankings are based on the percentage growth in fiscal year revenues over five years, from 1999-2003.

ABC Announces Opening of Atlanta Auction

Auction Broadcasting Company (ABC) recently acquired a new auction facility, located on the north side of Atlanta in Cartersville, Ga.

ADESA Dallas Names New Fleet/Lease Manager

ADESA Dallas has named Geoff Parker to the position of fleet/lease manager. Promotes Watson to Vice President of Organizational Services and Community Relations has appointed Rebecca Watson to vice president of organizational services and community relations.

AmeriCredit Corp. Recognizes Two Manheim Auto Auctions as Best in Region

AmeriCredit Corp. has recognized Tennessee Auto Auction and Portland Auto Auction as second-quarter winners of the Auction of Excellence award for the Southeast and West Coast regions, respectively.

Brasher’s Cascade Customer Going to the Brickyard 400

The ServNet Auction Group has announced that Fadi Hashem, a customer of Brasher’s Cascade Auto Auction, is the winner of the third qualifying heat in the ServNet Racing Team Victory Lane promotion.

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