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Reynolds and Reynolds' Networkcar Named Winner of Top Telematics Industry Award

Networkcar, a Reynolds and Reynolds company, announced on May 27 that its Networkfleet product has been named a winner at the 2004 Telematics Update Magazine Telematics Awards. It was selected as the Best Commercial Vehicle Solution.

1995 Saturn is Most Stolen Car in Nation

The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation’s most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets, a new report shows, according to a report in the Associated Press on May 25.

Bush Administration Hopes to Boost Gasoline Inventory by Easing Environmental Rules for Different Blends

The Bush administration is considering removing environmental requirements for a multitude of gasoline blends as one way to increase supplies and fight soaring prices, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Saab Cars USA and Digitas Unite for Second E-Booklet to Support Launch of the Saab 9-2X

Saab Cars USA and Digitas, its interactive agency, unveiled a 9-2X e-Booklet to support the launch of the 2005 Saab 9-2X — the company’s first-ever all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle which will be marketed exclusively in the U.S. and Canada.

New FleetMinder CD Now Available

A new CD that explains the FleetMinder customized fleet management system is now available from Federal Signal Corp., the company announced on May 25.

EFS Transportation Services Are Strengthened by Western Union Merger

First Data’s merger with Concord EFS provides fuel, cash, and payroll services to the trucking industry through the newly acquired EFS Transportation Services.

Advanced Driver Training Services Adds New Sales Manager

Advanced Driver Training Services (ADTS), a provider of fleet driver safety training services, announced that Jim Costello has joined the company as sales manager.

GM Sets Fuel Cell Vehicle Distance Record

Halfway through a 10,000 kilometer (6,200 mile) run across Europe, a General Motors Corp. vehicle has established a new record for hydrogen fuel cell technology, according to the Detroit Free Press on May 26.

General Motors Releases 2005-MY National Fleet Purchase Program

General Motors Fleet & Commercial Operations has announced its 2005-model year National Fleet Purchase Program (FVX), which provides an enhanced allowance that is more competitive than the VX5 program it replaces.

In Memoriam: Jack Losch, 1935 - 2004

John “Jack” Losch, retired director of fleet sales for Pontiac Division, died on May 27 in a Williamsport Hospital after a short illness.

The Bekins Company Receives $26 Million Senior Secured Facility From Merrill Lynch Capital

The Bekins Company, a transportation and distribution services companies, announced on May 27 that it has received a $26 million asset-based credit facility from Merrill Lynch Capital, a commercial finance company and division of Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services, Inc. Merrill Lynch Capital was the sole lender on this transaction.

Ryder Signs Multi-Year Deal With PartsRiver

PartsRiver, Inc., a provider of data quality and analytics services for the transportation equipment industry, announced on May 27 that it has been awarded a renewal contract for ongoing parts data quality services from Ryder System, Inc., a provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions.

No More Searching For Coins: Parking Meters Go Hi-Tech

Pre-paid cards that can be used in all parking meters in Culver City, Calif., became available May 24.

Enterprise Fleet Services Expands Spanish Language Capabilities

Enterprise Fleet Services, which specializes in full-service fleet management for businesses with 15 to 125 vehicles, is responding to growing demand for bi-lingual services by expanding its Spanish language capabilities in its National Service Department.

Newspaper Reports that Ford is Developing New V-8 Engine for F-150

Ford Motor Co. is developing a larger, more powerful V-8 engine for its top-selling F-150 pickup line, according to the Detroit News newspaper.

Registration of Hybrid Vehicles Up 25.8 Percent in 2003

Registrations for hybrid vehicles increased 25.8 percent in 2003 over 2002, with 43,435 hybrid vehicles registered in the U.S. last year, according to R.L. Polk & Co. in a report published in the NAFA Fleet Focus e-mail newsletter.

FMCSA Issues New Driver Training Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued in the May 21 Federal Register a performance-oriented, final rule stating the "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operations," according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

Absa Bank Merges With LeasePlan South Africa

Absa Bank's acquisition of LeasePlan South Africa received the green light after the deal was approved by the Competition Tribunal, according to Business Day, a South African publication.

New Safety and Health Bulletin Focuses on Small Tire Repair

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a new Safety and Health Bulletins in May to highlight specific workplace hazards.

Dobbs Fleet Leasing Adds New Regional Sales Manager

Dobbs Fleet Leasing, Inc. announced that John Cook has been named regional sales manager, mid-south region. Dobbs provides fleet management services on a nationwide basis to companies with fleets of 500 or fewer vehicles.

Mitsubishi To Cut Rental Fleet Sales, Pursue Corporate Fleets

Mitsubishi North America announced on May 27 that it plans to cut U.S. rental fleet sales by over 50 percent in the next three years, according to a report in Automotive News.

IARA to Discuss Endorsement of New Industry Standard Vehicle Grading Scale

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) announced that the next IARA Roundtable event, designed to address the needs and priorities of vehicle remarketers, will be held July 21-23 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Ford Boosts Hauling and Towing for 2005 F-350

Ford’s redesigned 2005 Super Duty pickups — due in showrooms by September — will offer greater hauling and towing capability than the current model, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Chrysler Group President Dieter Zetsche Says North American Automotive Industry is Reinventing Itself to Stay Competitive in 21st Century

Dieter Zetsche, president and chief executive officer of the Chrysler Group, in a speech proclaimed that, contrary to popular opinion, the domestic automotive industry is not only surviving, but thriving.

GE Fleet Services Launches Online Remarketing Channel for Heavy Trucks and Specialty Assets

In addition to its auction channel, GE Commercial Finance - Fleet Services announced in May the introduction of an online remarketing channel designed specifically for the used heavy truck and specialty asset market.

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