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TRALA Elects New Chairman

The TRALA Board of Directors unanimously elected Kevin Coughlin, Manager, Contract Maintenance, of Daimler Trucks North America of Portland, Ore,, as the Association’s new Chairman.

Medium-Duty Orders Remain Favorable

Net orders of class 5-7 vehicles rose to 19,700 in February for a 2 percent gain over the same month a year ago, according to the Start of the Industry report from ACT Research.

Chart: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Motorcycle Awareness

Sharing the road with motorcyclists poses a host of safety issues that fleet drivers need to keep in mind. Here's some advice you can pass along.

Green Truck Association Elects Chairman

The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, recently elected new officers of its Board of Governors.

IronPlanet to Sell More than 2,500 Items

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used heavy equipment and trucks, will hold auctions on IronPlanet and across all of its marketplaces March 25-27, as well as hold a joint live unreserved public auction with Cat Auction Services March 25.

Telogis Founders Honored for Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Two of Telogis' co-founders, Newth Morris and Jason Koch, have received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award from the Orange County Business Journal.

Medium-Duty, Long Haul Trucks Awarded EPA Diesel Grants

The DERA funding covers engine replacements, repowers, and idle reduction technologies to clean up a variety of older diesel engines, including those in heavy-duty trucks used at ports, delivery trucks, and long haul trucks.

Japanese Company Invests in Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. has announced that Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has acquired a 20-percent limited partnership interest in Penske Truck Leasing from General Electric Capital Corporation.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Using Recycled Plastic Bottles in F-150 Seats

Ford has begun using a material known as Repreve that's derived from recycled plastic bottles to manufacture the cloth seats of the 2015 F-150 pickup and four other vehicles.

Photo: Waste Management

Waste Management Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Waste Management has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Southern California to refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets and consumers.

Fleet Response Hosts Client Advisory Board Meeting

Fleet Response recently hosted members of the 2015 Client Advisory Board at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Photo of 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Clean Diesel, Hybrid Registrations Post Double-Digit Gains

Clean diesel car and SUV vehicle registrations increased by 13.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, while hybrid car and SUV registrations increased by 15.1 percent.

Photo pf VW Amarok via Wikimedia.

VW Considering Vans, Trucks for U.S. Market

Volkswagen is considering selling a European-style van and possibly a pickup truck in the U.S. market, a commercial vehicle executive said in Germany on Wednesday.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)<br />Photo: House T&amp;amp;I Committee

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases

The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.

ARI Announces Auction of the Year Winners

ARI has announced the winners of the company's 2014 ARI Auction of the Year Award in each of its seven regions.

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

Photo of Knapheide and Gruau executives at the Work Truck Show courtesy of Gruau.

Knapheide Brings European Upfitter to U.S. Market

Knapheide has signed a partnership agreement with Gruau to distribute the European upfitter’s commercial van products in North America. The agreement will cover distribution of Gruau’s IsoVan product line and retractable crew seating systems.

Photo: FedEx Corp.

FedEx Profit Leaps More Than 50%

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire named one of top Ultra-High Performance Tires. Photo courtesy of Michelin

Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands

Consumer Reports has named Michelin as the Best Tire Brand by its tire-testing team. The brands that performed the best after Michelin were Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli.

Photo: U.S. House T&amp;amp;I Committee

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Photo: Nissan

Red Bull Racing Relies on Fleet of Support Pickups, Vans

For the fourth year, Nissan will provide light commercial vehicles (LCV) and related services to Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team. Nissan will be providing a fleet of 80 pickups and vans to support the team.

Ryder Fuel Services, Clean Solutions Partner

Clean Solutions, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., announce a strategic alignment with Ryder Fuel Services to provide end-user customers with services that complement their bulk filtration products.

Photo of 2015 Escape courtesy of Ford.

Least Expensive 2015 Vehicles to Insure Announced

Three vehicles widely used in commercial fleets including the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, and Dodge Grand Caravan made the list of the 10 least expensive vehicles to insure, according to an annual report by Insure.com.

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