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Toyota Customizes Roofless Concept Van

Toyota is showing a utility van concept called the Urban Utility at the World Maker Faire in San Francisco that reflects "the lifestyle and needs of an entrepreneurial, urban driver," the automaker said.

PG&E Executive Receives EEI's Distinguished Leadership Award

The award, established to recognize outstanding individual achievement, was presented during Edison Electric Institute’s fall board of directors meeting.

Class 5-7 Orders Improve 12 Percent

August’s preliminary 17,700 North American Classes 5-7 net orders represented the best medium-duty vehicle order volume since April 2014.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express van courtesy of GM.

Used Vehicle Depreciation Stabilizes in August

Overall depreciation for used vehicles from the past five model years improved slightly from July as the average value fell 1.3 percent in the month compared to 1.5 percent in July, according to Black Book's monthly report.

New 2015 model Canters will come from the factory with the EPS installed. (PHOTO: Mitsubishi Fuso)

Mitsubishi Fuso's Engine Protection System Now Standard on Canter Trucks

A new engine protection system (EPS), developed at the request of its fleet customers, is now standard on all 2015 models and available as a no-cost upgrade on all 2012–2014 model-year Canter FE and FG Series work trucks.

Truck and Van News: 2015 Ram Chassis Cab, Ford F-450, GM Mid-size Pickups

Highlights of recent truck and van news include Ram Truck adding fleet-friendly options to the 2015 Ram Chassis Cab; F-450 to meet towing standard of 31,200 lbs.; and the Colorado and Canyon get fuel efficiency boost.

Pa. Awards 33 Air Quality Grants to Fleets

Bimbo Bakeries, UPS, FedEx and Skytop received grants to convert their fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels such as CNG or propane autogas.

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Photo of MV-1 LX courtesy of Mobility Ventures.

Mobility Ventures MV-1 Paratransit Vehicle Arrives at Dealers

Mobility Ventures offers the MV-1 in three models, including the SE base model, DX deluxe model, and LX luxury model. The vehicle meets guidelines established in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Photo of low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

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Wheels Inc. Promotes Dan Frank to President

Wheels, Inc. has named Dan Frank president, which puts the fleet management company scion in charge of virtually all business units of the 75-year-old fleet leasing trailblazer.

Photo of the 2014 Ram ProMaster by Vince Taroc.

Commercial Fleet Sales Rise 21 Percent in Aug.

Sales of cars, trucks, and SUVs to commercial fleet customers rose 21.1 percent in August compared to a year ago, as vehicle manufacturers continue to increase fleet market share through the first eight months of 2014.

Members of Cequent's first two-day training course. (PHOTO: Cequent)

Cequent Provides Training to Dealers and Installers

Cequent Performance Products launched its first two-day training event at its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., giving those in attendance a better understanding of Cequent’s products and brands.

Photo via GM

EPA Certifies CNG Bi-Fuel System for GM's 6.2L Engine

AGA Systems, LLC has received full EPA Certification for bi-fuel CNG applications on the 2015 General Motors 6.2L Direct Injection engine family.

Utilities were a popular application for the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid.

Eaton Discontinues Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks

Eaton has confirmed that it's out of the diesel-electric hybrid business in North America, after government incentives and stabilizing diesel prices contributed to a market largely drying up.

CARB Fines L.A. County Public Works Over Diesel Inspections

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works $256,375 for failure to comply with the state’s air quality regulations.

Photo: GM

CNG Bi-Fuel Systems Producer Receives EPA Certification for GM 6.2L Engine

AGA Systems, LLC has received full EPA Certification for bi-fuel CNG applications on the 2015 General Motors 6.2 L Direct Injection engine family.

Photo of 2015 ProMaster City via Chrysler.

Chrysler Launches 13-City Compact Van Tour

Chrysler is bringing its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van to 13 U.S. cities to give prospective fleet buyers an opportunity for hands-on research of the new vehicle.

Photo of 2015 GMC Canyon SLE extended cab courtesy of GM.

EPA: 2015 Colorado, Canyon Provide 20 MPG Combined

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will provide at least 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, the U.S. EPA has announced.

Bridgestone Americas Warren County Tire Plant Earns LEED Silver Recertification

Bridgestone Americas announced that its Warren County, Tenn., tire manufacturing plant has earned LEED V3 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recertification at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-450 to Meet Towing Standard

Ford's 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup truck will meet the Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standard with a capability of hauling 31,200 pounds, Ford has announced.

Roger Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), and Richard Shearing, Vice President of National Accounts for DTNA, at the handover of the three-millionth produced commercial vehicle to Steve Duley, Vice President of Purchasing for “Schneider”, one of the largest logistics and transportation service companies in North America. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks Produces 3 Millionth Commercial Vehicle

The anniversary truck Freightliner Cascadia Evolution is going into customer operations at Schneider one of the largest logistics and transportation service companies in North America.

In February of 2012, TFC Recyling became the largest private owner and operateor of clean-running collection trucks in Virginia when it added an additional five compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to its fleet operations, for a total of six. (PHOTO: Virginia Clean Cities)

Recyling Company Converting Trucks to Natural Gas

The initial order for conversion kits is part of TFC Recycling's goal to convert its entire fleet of more than 100 vehicles to operate on natural gas.

Second Quarter Truck Registrations Highest In 7 Years

New registrations in the U.S. for Class 3 through Class 8 vehicles for the first half of 2014 totaled 310,718, an increase of 12.3% over the first half of 2013, according to a new report from Polk / IHS.





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