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Record Travel Expected for Upcoming Holiday Season

Traffic this year-end holiday season is projected to be at a record level, according to the motorist group AAA.

Terex Completes Formation of Joint Venture with Manitex

Manitex is now the majority owner of the joint venture in compact track loaders and skid steers.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines pose unique road hazards. Here are safety tips from PG&E and Southern California Edison.  

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Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Photo of Sprinter van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.

Texas Plumber's Truck Reaches Syrian Front Lines

A Texas plumber's Ford F-250 has found a second life as a vehicle used on the front lines of the Syrian Civil War.

Photo of Isuzu Reach courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Recalls Reach Van Chassis for Brake Lights

The action affects 3,564 chassis in the 2012-2014 model years.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to SDG&E Truck Bomb Threats

Frits Leo Versteegh, the 75-year-old man jailed Dec. 4 after he reportedly emailed a threat to blow up San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) work trucks in a land-use dispute, pleaded not guilty Dec. 12 to making a false bomb report.

Snap-on Adds Diagnostic Calculator to Website

To find the user’s potential return on investment, the diagnostic calculator asks a few simple questions such as how many times a week does the shop connect to a vehicle or total service/health checks.

OSHA Reporting Changes Take Effect Jan. 1

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under OSHA jurisdiction must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours.

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Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Releases 2016 Tacoma Photo

Toyota has released the first image of its redesigned 2016 Tacoma mid-size pickup that shows what appears to be a more aggressive nose and headlamps.

EUFMC Save the Date

For the 2015 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, presenters will focus on "Fleet Strategies to Maximize Total Company Performance."

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Terex Recalls Work Platforms for Fire Risk

The units may not have enough structural support for the fuel tank, which could eventually result in contact between the tank and trailer axle.

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Bakery Company Unveils Propane Autogas Vehicles

H&S Bakery, a provider of hearth-baked goods, has unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles.

FedEx Increases Quarterly Profit 23%

Trucking and package delivery giant FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a big jump in profit for its fiscal year second quarter.

Photo of ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.

Vincentric: ProMaster Van Leads TCO Among Diesels

The diesel-powered Chrysler ProMaster full-size van was the only non-luxury diesel expected to deliver a lower total cost of ownership than its gasoline counterpart in a Vincentric study that evaluated 35 diesels.

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UPS to Deploy Electric Delivery Vans in Houston

UPS will deploy 18 battery-electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans from AMP Holding in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Chrysler Group Changes Name to FCA US

The Chrysler Group has changed its official name change to FCA US, the company announced on Dec. 16.

Prime Design Announces Management Changes

Prime Design announces several staff and role changes effective December 1, including a new strategic account manager and product manager.

ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S. Powertrains

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Navistar Cuts Quarterly Loss by More Than Half

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced it had cut its fiscal fourth quarter loss by more than half from the same time a year ago, while also reducing its loss for the entire fiscal year.

PDA Launches The PDA Xpress for Mobile Appraisals

PDA has launched PDA Xpress, a tool that turns customers’ smartphones into fast and easy-to-use appraisal tools that lighten adjusters’ workloads by managing appraisals.





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