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Video: Torture-Testing the Aluminum Ford F-150

During a recent “behind the scenes” tour of Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, a small group media representatives was given a look at how the OEM has put the new aluminum-body F-150 through the a number of grueling tests to make sure it deserves the “Ford Tough” label.

NationaLease Names Truck Technology and Maintenance VP

NationaLease, the North American organization of full service truck leasing companies, has named Joe Puff as vice president of Truck Technology and Maintenance.

Photo of E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford E-Series Extended Beyond 2014

Ford Motor Co. will continue producing the cutaway and stripped chassis version of its E-Series van, after discontinuing the van and wagon models after the 2014 model year.

Photo courtesy of GM.The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.

Chilton Water Dept. to Purchase New Service Trucks

At a recent City Council meeting, members approved bids for more than $34,000 worth of new equipment for the Water Department -- a $25,673 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD regular cab truck and an $8,523 pickup truck service box.

Fleetmatics Offers Trio of Cloud-Based Fleet Management Products

Fleetmatics Group has released a new cloud-based fleet management platform and three new products including REVEAL, a highly-differentiated business-intelligence based fleet management solution for small-and-mid-sized businesses; REVEAL+, which extends REVEAL to larger enterprises; and WORK, a powerful field service management solution.

Photo of 2014 Power Wagon courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram Power Wagon Revived for Off-Road Work

Ram Trucks has introduced the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, a 2500 Heavy Duty-based work truck with enhancement designed for off-road work, Chrysler has announced. It will be shown at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Kenny Kieth, president & senior analyst, ACT.

Orders for Medium-Duty Trucks Post March Gains

A new report shows the number of medium-duty truck orders in March were solid. ACT Research predicts North American Class 5 through Class 7 net orders will show a total of 17,600 for March, plus or minus 5 percent.

Video: GM Vehicles Top Mid-Size SUV Crash Tests

Of the nine vehicles evaluated, just two – the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain – score a “good” rating.

Truck & Van News: E-Series, Ram Promaster, GM Express/Savana, Navistar Vocational Trucks

Several major van announcements made the news in the last two weeks, with Ford announcing that it will keep the Ford E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis models through 2014, while GM plans to retire the 1500 Express/Savana vans.

Photo of 2014 Super Duty F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's Ford Bi-fuel System Certified

Landi Renzo USA has received EPA certification to produce bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks for fleet buyers, the Torrance, Calif., company announced.

Photo of GMC trucks on dealer lot courtesy of GM.

GM, Ford Top Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. provided the most value to light-duty fleet vehicle purchasers, according to Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2014.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Lanes

Here's some advice from State Farm and the California DMV on changing lanes safely. You may want to pass along these tips to your fleet drivers.

VDO RoadLog Expands Portfolio

Now, the VDO RoadLog portfolio has expanded to include new options for online and mobile connectivity that improves operational efficiency for drivers and fleet managers.

FCCC Delivers First S2G Field-Test Unit

Freightliner Custom Chassis delivered the first field-test unit of its innovative, propane-autogas S2G work truck as the product enters the final phase before start of production later this year.

Mountain Tarp Expands Service Area

Mountain Tarp, a Wastequip brand, and manufacturer of tarping solutions, announces the opening of its newest installation and repair facility in San Antonio, Texas.

Supreme Closes Shuttle Bus Sale

A small gain on the sale is anticipated to be recorded in the first quarter period ending March 29, 2014.

Chart courtesy of UMTRI.

New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Rises to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 miles per gallon to reach its highest level is more than seven years, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Video: Feds Launch First-Ever Distracted Driving Ad Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation is launching its first-ever national advertising campaign to bring greater awareness of the hazards of distracted driving starting April 7.

Photo via Wikimedia.

250 UPS Drivers Fired In Union Dispute

UPS has dismissed 250 drivers in Queens, New York, after they walked off the job for 90 minutes in support of a long-time employee and union activist, who was fired by the parcel delivery service.

Odyne Hybrid System Endorsed for Allison 3000 and 4000 Series

Allison Transmission, Inc. has globally endorsed the use of 3000 and 4000 Series transmissions with the Odyne hybrid system as the exclusively-approved PTO-based hybrid system.

Verizon Networkfleet Expands GPS Coverage with Satellite Integration

Verizon Networkfleet is now offering Networkfleet Satellite Coverage, an expanded communications capability that provides continuous connectivity for uninterrupted fleet management.

Diesel Prices Continue to Edge Downward

The national average for the price of diesel fuel continued its downward trend by 1.3 cents to $3.975 for the week of March 31.

Photo of 2013 C/V courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram to Eventually Phase Out Cargo Van

Ram Trucks will offer the Ram Cargo Van alongside the ProMaster full-size van during the initial roll-out of the ProMaster and phase out its commercial minivan at a future date, a Ram spokesman said.

Ram 'Black Package' Added to Heavy-Duty Pickup

On the heels of an overwhelming response for the Ram 1500 Black Express package, the automaker announced it is now also offering the package for the Ram Heavy Duty (2500 and 3500 SRW).

Isuzu Joins Diesel Technology Forum

The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) has announced that Isuzu Manufacturing Services America, a medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle and diesel engine producer, has joined the Forum.





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