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Vote for 2015 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Fleet managers: Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award. Chose from one of 12 nominated models.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Icy Conditions

Here is some driving advice, provided by the Michigan State Police, on how to recover from loss of traction when the road surface is covered in ice.

PPL Truck Swallowed by Sinkhole

In late November, a PPL Electric Utilities truck dropped into a sinkhole — formed due to a water main break — and landed on a gas line. Officials evacuated approximately 30 residents in the Bethlehem community.

Chevrolet Silverado photo courtesy of GM.

GM Replacing Keys for Certain Trucks, SUVs

A technical service bulletin issued to dealers addresses a potential problem in which the ignition key can get bumped out of position while the vehicle is stopped and the driver is shifting gears.

GMP First Utility Provider to Receive B Corp Certification

Green Mountain Power received B Corps certification for meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Mid-Size Pickups for Air Bags

The recall affects 2,283 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2015 model year.

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

November Class 5-7 Orders Fall Sharply

Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Fred Meyer Grocery Fleet Receives First LNG Trucks

Fred Meyer Stores announced the arrival of its first 11 heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The food retail will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months.

Michigan City Electric Dept 'Battles' Fire Dept in Bucket Truck Challenge

City employees spent 30 minutes in either an electric bucket truck or in the fire department’s ladder-truck bucket. They then solicited pledges over the phone.

Bosch Redesigns Parts Website

A new, responsive design now makes it easier for users to search for, select, and purchase Bosch products.

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Photo: Chrysler

Esquire Taps Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Truck of the Year

Esquire’s editors balance truck attributes with conventional touchstones that outline what makes a great truck, such as efficiency, functionality, versatility, safety, value and style.

Photo of 2013 Corolla courtesy of Toyota.

November Used Vehicle Depreciation Reaches 1.9 Percent

The average price of a used vehicle fell 1.9 percent in November from the prior month led by steeper-than-expected declines by full-size pickups, according to Black Book.

Photo by Chris Wolski.

Motor Trend Names 2015 Colorado Truck of the Year

Motor Trend's Truck of the Year program is only open to all-new or significantly updated trucks and vans for the upcoming model year. For 2015, seven contenders were invited to compete.

Photo: Auto Truck Group

Auto Truck Group Donates Truck to Vol. Fire Dept.

After a recent tragedy in Mt. Eden, Ky., that took the building, fleet, and equipment of the local volunteer fire department, Auto Truck Group and Ford Commercial Vehicles collaborated to donate a fully upfitted 2015 Ford Expedition SSV unit to the station.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Commercial Fleet Sales Flat in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets rose 0.9 percent in November as trucks, vans, and SUVs continued to drive fleet sales. Through 11 months of 2014, fleet sales have risen 8 percent over the previous year.

Photo of Republic CNG truck courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic Adds 20 CNG Refuse Trucks in Missouri

Republic Services has added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Mo., area, the waste management company announced.

Truck Bucks Unveils New Website

Truck Bucks, a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) rewards program, unveiled a new website that provides even more benefits for Truck Bucks members.

New Mexico Utility Fleet to Go Electric

Public Service Co. of New Mexico announced a long-term strategy to switch most, if not all, of its 450 cars, pickups and trucks to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, beginning with seven cars, plus six pickups and 10 new bucket trucks.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Transit Best-Selling Commercial Van in November

The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.

Photo: Circle K

VNG, Circle K Offer CNG Fueling in Houston

VNG.co has entered into an agreement with fuel and convenience store operator Circle K to implement compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at Circle K's latest facility in Houston, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of Kelley Blue Book.

Trucks, SUVs Boost New-Vehicle Transaction Prices

Retail new-car prices have increased by $165 from November 2013, which is 1.7 percent higher than 2013 and the renewed interest in trucks and SUVs is a large factor, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Altman's Leo Napoles, distribution and customer service manager, and Jim Hessler (right) stand in front of the new T270s. Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

Calif. Grower Gives New Trucks to Safest Drivers

After bolstering its medium-duty fleet with a dozen Kenworth T270 medium-duty straight trucks, Southern California grower Altman Plants' general manager fielded plenty of inquiries from drivers about who would get behind the wheel of the new Class 6 trucks.





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