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2016 F-650 (PHOTO: FORD)

Ford Ends Blue Diamond Venture With Navistar

Ford Motor Company is ending a joint venture with Navistar early next year to produce an in-house version of its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks for the 2016 model year.

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

Ford Transit’s KC Plant Running Full Steam Ahead

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant is moving at full capacity to meet the demand for its Transit full-size van that begins arriving at dealers this summer.

Stertil-Koni Awarded Houston Utility's Bid for Heavy-Duty Lift System

Vehicle lift company, Stertil-Koni, announced that it has been awarded a major competitive bid to provide 21 of its heavy duty in-ground vehicle lifting systems to a Houston-based utility provider.

The new vehicles arriving to the fleet include 15 Tacomas, 12 Tundras, three 4Runners, three Sequoias and a RAV4.  (PHOTO: TOYOTA)

Toyota Donates 34 Trucks, SUVs to Calif. Lifeguards

Toyota celebrated the start of the summer beach season by announcing its continued support of the San Diego Lifeguards and their Water Safety Days program, emphasizing safe practices in the water and on the beach. The partnership includes a donation of 34 brand-new Toyota trucks and SUVs to the city for lifeguard rescue and operations.

Photo courtesy of NETS.

NETS Launches Road Safety Guide

The publication was produced by a committee of members from NETS' Board of Directors, drawing from their companies' road safety best practices, in addition to publicly available resources.

Pa. Town to Spend $3,700 a Month to Rent Bucket Truck

Watsontown, a borough in Northumberland County, Pa., has resorted to spending $3,700 to rent an electrical bucket truck while it waits for its overdue truck purchase to be delivered.

Green Truck Association Adds to Board

The Green Truck Association (GTA) has announced that Margo Melendez was added to the Board of Directors.

(L-R) Hau Thai-Tang, Group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford; Marc Althen, president, Penske Logistics; Mark Fields, COO, Ford; and Raj Nair, Group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford.

Penske Logistics Honored with Ford World Excellence Award

Penske Logistics was honored by Ford Motor Company with a World Excellence Award for outstanding performance as its Lead Logistics Provider (LLP).

Class 3-8 Truck Registrations Up 5 Percent

Combined new and used commercial vehicle (Class 3-8) registrations in the first quarter of the 2014 calendar year were 319,045 units, an increase of 5 percent over the same period in the 2013 calendar year

GM CEO Mary Barra provides an update on the ignition switch recall investigation on June 5. Steve Fecht photo courtesy of General Motors.

GM Fires 15 Employees Linked to Ignition Switch Recall Failures

CEO Mary Barra calls the findings of a company investigation ‘deeply troubling’ and pledges to take action on all of the report's recommendations.

Photo: DUECO

Philadelphia Fleet Takes Delivery of Hybrid Bucket Trucks

Philadelphia-based PECO recently added 22 new Terex XT55 hybrid bucket trucks, expanding the company's fleet of green vehicles to 788.

Photo courtesy of Hino Trucks.

Telogis and Hino Partnership Offers Updated Telematics Platform

By offering the Telogis-powered Hino INSIGHT 2.0 as a standard fit on certain Hino models, fleet managers could get it as a factory option rather than an aftermarket installation.

Barrick Gold Corp. used this 2015 F-150 at its Nev. mine. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Truck and Van News: Aluminum F-150, GMC Sierra HD, Ford Transit

Ford made several announcements over the last week on the Ford Transit, as well as results to three fleets testing the aluminum F-150. GM introduced the 2015 Sierra All Terrain HD.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Announces Transit's MPG, Gas Engine Torque

MY-2015 Ford Transit low- and medium-roof regular-wheelbase wagons with available 3.5L EcoBoost boast a 46-percent improvement over Ford E-Series EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

City of Santa Ana Adds Propane Autogas Ford F-550 Trucks

The new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-550 trucks will reduce carbon emissions, lower fuel, and maintenance costs, and decrease reliance on imported oil.

AT&T Launches 'Connected Intersections' to Improve Safety on NYC Streets

The initiative seeks to utilize smartphone technology and wireless networks to make pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists more aware of their surroundings and alert them to potential dangers.

Light-Duty NGVs Expected to Reach 4.2 Million Annual Sales by 2023

In a report from Navigant Research, a number of major automakers have refocused their efforts in the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market, and growth in this category is expected to be strong across all regions in the coming years.

Barrick Gold Corp. used this 2015 F-150 at its Nev. mine. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Three Fleets Tested Aluminum F-150 Prototypes

Ford provide six prototypes of its 2015 aluminum F-150 to a Nevada gold mine, Pennsylvania dam, and utility service provider in Appalachia to test the durability of its pickup truck and cargo box.

Penske Truck Rental Extends Support of Paralyzed Veterans of America

Penske Truck Rental has extended its #OneWay4PVA fundraising effort to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE campaign for a second year.

Joe Dalum, president and CEO of Odyne Systems. (PHOTO: Lauren Fletcher)

Odyne Awarded California Grant to Retrofit Trucks

Odyne Systems, LLC was awarded a $776,000 grant by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to retrofit medium- and heavy-duty work trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems.

Photo of 2015-MY Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Westport.

Westport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Westport is expanding its 2015 lineup to offer two compressed natural gas fuel systems for the Ford Transit Connect, including a dedicated and bi-fuel option.

Photo via Nissan.

Nissan Teases New Pickup Truck

Nissan released a teaser image for a new pickup truck via its Instagram account Monday morning with the caption, "There's a special member of the Nissan family on the way. Due date: June 11th."

ARI Named Finalist in Two Stevie Award Categories

ARI has been named a finalist in two categories for the 2014 American Business Awards, including Video: Corporate Overview and Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Brake Failure

In this video, AAA’s driving expert Bill Van Tassel offers advice on how to cope with sudden brake failure.

Auto Crane Enhances Rapid Response Expedited Parts Order Service

To support the new Rapid Response Expedited Parts and Service program, Auto Crane has increased factory stock levels for parts and created a new Product Manager position focused exclusively on aftermarket (post-sale) sales and service.





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