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Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

OSHA Fines Company $168k for Deaths of Linemen

OSHA said the deaths of the two Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp. workers in the April 12, 2014 crane tip-over could have been prevented if their employer had set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer's instructions and trained employees in its proper operation.

Photo: Midway

Upfitter Delivers Sprinter Upfit to U.S. Kids Golf

Midway Specialty Vehicles, LLC recently delivered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter unit number 15,000 to U.S Kids Golf, LLC.

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

San Diego Pays $950k to Victim Injured in City Water Truck Crash

In June 2012, James Heath suffered neck and arm injuries when a city water truck collided with his sport utility vehicle in San Carlos.

Photo via NVG America.

Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

Time Warner Cable Stockholders Approve Merger With Comcast

More than 99 percent of votes were cast in favor of the deal.

This gasoline 6.2L V-8 is offered with Ford's Super Duty lineup.

Uptick in Spec'ing Gasoline Engines for Medium-Duty Trucks

Managers of Class 3-6 truck fleets are increasingly looking at gasoline engines when spec'ing new models for their fleets, according to a recent industry survey by Work Truck magazine.

Chart via EPA.

Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Light-duty 2013 model-year vehicles reached an all-time high in fuel economy with an average of 24.1 mpg as a result of technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions, according to the EPA.

Photo courtesy of Omix-ADA.

Omix-ADA Recalls Floor Mats for Trucks, SUVs

The aftermarket floor mats might shift forward and interfere with accelerator pedals.

Photo courtesy of LEAM Drilling.

Oil Service Fleet Adds Bi-Fuel CNG Trucks

Louisiana-based LEAM Drilling has added several bi-fuel compressed natural gas vehicles to its Pegasus NGV Trucking fleet that delivers oil field equipment to directional and horizontal drilling sites in Oklahoma and Texas.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

Used-Vehicle Depreciation Peaks in September

Used vehicles sold at auctions logged their highest depreciation this year in September, as 2009-2013 car and truck models fell 1.7 percent in value.

A screenshot from PG&E's corporate sustainbility report and website.

Fleet Helps Drive PG&E Corporate Sustainability

PG&E recently released it 2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, highlighting its progress and commitment to sustainability, including a breakdown of its fleet operations.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 (PHOTO: General Motors)

GMC Sierra Clocks Fastest 2014 Truck Order-to-Delivery

The GMC Sierra truck lineup logged the fastest order-to-delivery (OTD) time among trucks in the 2014 model-year, averaging 55 days, a one-day improvement over 2013 figures.

Florida's NGV Incentive Program Fuels Job Growth

Florida's $4.7 million in rebates to fund construction of natural gas vehicle fueling stations has created 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages since it went into effect on Jan. 1, according to the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC).

Photo of 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Grand Caravan Earns Top Van OTD for 2014-MY

Chrysler's Dodge Grand Caravan minivan logged the fastest order-to-delivery time among vans in the 2014 model-year, averaging 55 days from when an order was placed to when the vehicle arrived at a dealer's lot.

FedEx Ground says since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat their drivers as employees. Photo: FedEx Ground

Kansas Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a group of about 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Cleveland Utilities Reminds Drivers to 'Move Over'

Cleveland Utilities is ramping up its efforts to keep workers safe. The utility recently added “move over” bumper stickers to its fleet, as a visual reminder to drivers on top of the flashing lights, cones, and signs.

Fresh off the trails of the rugged Alaskan terrain, Nissan's "Project Titan" makes its public debut at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. The one-off Nissan Titan PRO-4X will be on display for fans through Sunday, October 19 inside the Centennial Building located inside Gate 2.  (PHOTO: Nissan)

Nissan's Project Titan Returns Home

The crowd-sourced 2014 Nissan Titan and its Wounded Warrior Project Alumni pilots are welcomed home at the State Fair of Texas.

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Recalls Ram ProMaster Vans

The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.

Medium-Duty Engines Coming from Detroit

SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will offer Detroit medium-duty engines beginning in 2016, and that itss entire product line-up, including vehicles equipped with the DD5 and DD8, will meet GHG17 standards early.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hail Storms

Here is some advice on what steps drivers can take to stay safe and protect their vehicle in a major hail storm.

Photo of 2014 Outback courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Outback Showed Fastest Fleet Car OTD for 2014-MY

The Subaru Outback earned the distinction of having the fastest order-to-delivery (OTD) time in the 2014 model-year, averaging 43 days from the time an Outback order was placed with the OEM to when the vehicle was delivered to a dealer.

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls; Manufacturing, Construction Slows

Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado debuted last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet.

Air Bag Defect Halts Sale of Colorado, Canyon Pickups

General Motors tells its dealers they must fix the problem before selling any more 2015-MY Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. A formal safety recall is imminent.





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