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Congress Questions GM CEO Over Recall Handling

Members of a congressional subcommittee criticized General Motors' approach to recalling older vehicles for a faulty ignition switch, as CEO Mary Barra appeared before the committee on Wednesday.

Screenshot via J.D. Power.

J.D. Power Releases 2014 Initial Quality Study

Overall new-vehicle quality declined slightly among vehicles sold in 2013 as automakers dealt with challenges caused by integrating more sophisticated technologies into their vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced this morning by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

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Housing Starts Dip from April

While housing starts dipped in May month-over-month, they were up 9.4 percent from the same time in 2013.

Photo of K370 courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth's Refreshed Cabovers Now Available

Kenworth has refreshed its K270 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover trucks with an updated exterior, dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles.

CEO Mary Barra addresses the media at GM's June 10 annual stockholders meeting. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM CEO Heads to Congress for Recall Update

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra will tell a congressional subcommittee she won't accept "business as usual at GM" and update the committee on the automaker's progress in dealing with the ignition switch recall.

Truck & Van News: Ford Transit, M2 106 Hybrid, GM Pickups

Some of the latest truck and van announcements include Freightliner's M2 106 Hybrid truck getting approved for the NY State voucher program, while Ford moves full speed ahead on Ford Transit production.

TBC Adds Three Medium Truck Tire Lines

TBC Wholesale Group has expanded its portfolio of medium radial truck tire products. Sumitomo, Sailun, and Dynacargo branded truck tires are available to dealers now.

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Omnitracs Appoints New President, CEO

Omnitracs, LLC, a provider of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, announced that David Post has been named president and chief operating officer.

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Class 6 Work Truck Sales Trending Up

Sales were near the level reached during the recent peak in December 2013. With 31,256 units sold, this marks only the second month since 2007 that sales have exceeded 31,000 units.

The 2015 GMC Canyon with Next-generation GMC IntelliLink includes Text-to-Voice, gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition, along with Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone users.

2015 GMC Canyon to Feature Built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot

The 2015 GMC Canyon will come with available OnStar with 4G LTE that features a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD truck courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Silverado, Sierra HD Trucks

Six newly announced recalls also include late-model Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans to address a transmission issue.

Photo of 2013 Escape courtesy of Ford.

10 Most Stolen SUVs Named

Three Ford models topped the list of the 10 most stolen sport-utility vehicles according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Comdata Seeks to Raise $855M In Financing

Payment processor Comdata is seeking to raise $855 million in debt financing as part of a plan to retire some of its parent company's debt ahead of the Comdata initial public offering.

Photo of 2015 Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates 2015 Explorer With New Colors

Ford is bringing modest updates to its 2015 Explorer mid-size SUV, including several new colors and a new sportier model.

Altec President Addresses Vehicle Electrification at EEI Convention

The panel at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Convention discussed the current and future state of plug-in vehicles for utility worktrucks and passenger vehicles.

EUFMC Sets Record Attendance, Announces New Award

In addition to the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference setting an attendance record, the conference also announced the recipient to a new award, the Vendor Value Award, which recognizes an industry provider for innovation, maintenance, efficiency and reliability.

Photo of e-NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Portland Utility Testing Nissan's e-NV200 Cargo Van

An electric utility in Portland, Ore., has begun testing Nissan's e-NV200 cargo van to determine its viability as a commercial vehicle, Nissan has announced.

Nissan's 'Project Titan' Aims to Build Ultimate Pickup Truck

Nissan's Project Titan will invite fans to choose custom modifications for a 2014 Nissan Titan that two Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Alumni will pilot through the Alaskan wilderness this summer.

Odyne Showcased Plug-in Hybrid Truck at 2014 EUFMC

The company spotlighted two of the first trucks being delivered as part of a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded project that includes an award for more than 120 Odyne hybrid trucks.

ABNEY (left) and DAVIS

UPS COO to Take Over As CEO

The United Parcel Service has appointed David Abney, its current chief operating officer, as the logistics firm's new chief executive effective Sept. 1. Abney, 58, is replacing Scott Davis, who is retiring.

Meritor Names New President and COO

Meritor, Inc. has announced the appointment of Jay Craig as president and chief operating officer (COO), effective June 9. Craig will report directly to Ike Evans, chairman and CEO.

Quarles Fleet Fueling Stations Accepting Cards on U.S. Bank's Voyager Network

U.S. Bank and commercial fuel station operator Quarles Petroleum have reached an agreement that gives holders of the U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Card, or any of the bank’s Voyager Network fleet partners, access to 125 Quarles unattended card-lock stations in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Photo via Drivea Aluminum.

Report: Aluminum to Dominate Pickup Market By 2025

More than 75 percent of new pickup trucks produced in North America will have aluminum bodies by 2025, according to a new survey funded by an aluminum trade group.

Mississippi Power Donates Truck to Boy Scouts of America

The Pine Burr Area Council had been without a vehicle since its last truck was destroyed by a fire almost six months ago.





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