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June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 3.3% in May

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight automakers increased 3.3% to 67,744 units, a reversal from several months of declining sales this year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Ford, FCA, General Motors, Trends, Full-Size Vans

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Offers 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Photo of 2018 Camry and Camry Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will offer fleet incentives for 21 of its 2018 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to commercial purchasers, including the Camry and Camry Hybrid that will enter its eighth-generation.

Tags: Toyota, Fleet Incentives, 2018-MY

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Republic Services Reduces Emissions with Renewable Natural Gas

Photo of Republic Servies natrual gas truck courtesy of Clean Energy.

Republic Services, Inc., announced that it will increase the usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Tags: Republic Services, Clean Energy, Renewable Natural Gas, CNG, Refuse Fleets

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Elected Leaders, CAFE Standards, Michigan

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Second Annual Natural Gas Road Rally Planned

NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Gas Association announced their Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Road Rally

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder's Three Refrigerated Truck Solutions for Summer

Image of refrigerated trucks courtesy of Ryder.

Demand for refrigerated trucks can spike during summer for weeks in a row, leaving some fleet managers out in the cold due to their own lack of advanced planning. To fill the gap. some fleet managers look to rent needed vehicles.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Truck Rental, Ryder System

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Resale Holding Up

Average wholesale selling prices for four to seven year old Class 4 and Class 6 trucks (Source: JD Power)

Generally, medium-duty segments are holding up well, with cabovers and lighter GVW conventional trucks performing the best.

Tags: J.D. Power, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Resale

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Truck Honors Military Heroes

The new Volvo VNR 640 model will travel in a motorcade from the plant to the U.S. capital to participate in the Ride for Freedom rally during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring the all new VNR model, which will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Military, Veterans, New River Valley Assembly Plant

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Tests Autonomous Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of Volvo Group

Volvo Group and Renova are testing an autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used in an urban environment.

Tags: Volvo Group, Refuse Fleets, Autonomous Vehicles

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

International Opens Used Truck Center

International Truck announced the grand opening of the new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: International Trucks, Used Truck Sales

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Hoping to End Diesel Dispute with Regulators

Photo of 3.0L V-6 diesel courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has applied for certification for its diesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and intends to modify the emissions software of current models to resolve a dispute with regulators.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Ram 1500, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Updates F-150 Styling for 2018

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Ford is updating the styling on its F-150 for the 2018 model year to give its half-ton pickup a more "confident and capable" look, Ford has announced. Ford previously announced details about the new engine lineup for the 2018 F-150.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, 2018-MY, Large Pickups

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Debuts Titan XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp

The Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp, designed for self-sustaining exploration of backcountry, is capable of taking on any climate or terrain in its path.(Photo courtesy of Nissan)

Nissan took the wraps off a specially modified 2017 Titan XD PRO-4X 4x4 called "Project Basecamp." Designed as a dream project vehicle for overlanding enthusiasts, it will be on display this weekend at the Overland Expo and demonstrates some of the more extreme capabilities of the Titan truck.

Tags: Nissan, On the Lighter Side, Project Truck, Nissan Titan XD, Overland Vehicle

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Awards Total Trasportation Fleet

NGVAmerica presented the NGV Achievement Award to Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) for its natural gas fleet program.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Awards, Compressed Natural Gas, Total Transportation

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu Begins Production of Class 6 FTR

Eight wheelbase lengths, ranging from 152 to 248 inches, accommodate bodies from 14 feet to 30 feet, allowing for a wide variety of body applications. (Photo courtesy of ICTA)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low cab forward trucks, has announced that production of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment — the 2018 Isuzu FTR — began May 8, 2017.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Isuzu FTR, Truck Production

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Wide Steer Axle for Vocational Lineup

Photo courtesy of Peterbilt.

Peterbilt has added the Paccar 20,000- and 22,000-pound wide track steer axles to its vocational lineup, the company announced.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Axles, Vocational Trucks

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Three Model 520 Configurations, Shows Electric Demo

Photo by Peterbilt.

Peterbilt showcased three new cab configurations of the Model 520 refuse truck and displayed a battery-electric demo version at the WasteExpo 2017 show in New Orleans.

Tags: Peterbilt, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Model 520, Ergonomics

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Mack Offers LR Model in 4x2 Configuration

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks' low-entry refuse cabover, the Mack LR, is now being offered in a 4x2 configuration as a lighter, more maneuverable option for refuse collection.

Tags: Telematics, Mack Trucks, Refuse Fleets, Drivetrains

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Sets 2018-MY Regional Fleet Previews

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has scheduled 24 regional fleet previews from May 9 to June 29 to showcase its 2018 model year lineup to fleet professionals, the company announced.

Tags: 2018-MY, Fleet Previews, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Jeep Compass

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Decline 12% in April

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Vehicle manufacturers sold 12.2% fewer cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs to rental, commercial, and government fleet buyers in April compared to a year ago in what has become a softening market for new vehicle sales.

Tags: Fleet Sales, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Car Rental

May 4, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni Honors 6 Companies with Aspire Program Award

2016 Aspire Program awardees left to right: Dave Merrow, president of Heavy Duty Lift & Equipment; Jean Dellamore, president of Stertil-Koni; Phillippe and Joe Palma, of Novaquip; Larry Morgan, with Hoffman Services; John Campbell of Power Washer Sales, Gary Vermeulen, president of Westvac International  and Mark Friess with Heavy Lift Systems (photo courtesy of Steril-Koni)

Heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni announced that six distributors in its North American network have earned the company’s first-ever Aspire Program awards.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Stertil-Koni, Awards, Shop Equipment

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

American Metals Supply Moves Steel with Wabash

Wabash National’s refrigerated truck bodies are constructed using state-of-the-art bonding assembly technology combined with a revolutionary patent-pending composite panel, providing up to 25% improvement in thermal efficiency when compared to conventional designs. (Screen capture from YouTube)

American Metals Supply Co., a wholesale distributor of sheet and coil steel, prefabricated duct and fittings, and HVACR products operates from seven locations and distributes products to nine Midwest states. To assist in their product transportation needs, they turned to Wabash Truck Bodies.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Wabash, Upfitters, American Metals Supply

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-650, F-750 Receive Performance and Service Updates

Photo of 2018 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has updated its Class 6 to 7 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks with performance and service improvements for the 2018 model-year.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2018-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series

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