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ARI Acquires German Fleet Software Company

ARI, a global fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, has announced that it has acquired German company netcar24. The technology company develops and offers enterprise software solutions for the fleet management industry.

Police Report Cites Several Possible Causes in Fatal SDG&E Accident

The driver of the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) utility vehicle that struck and killed a woman and injured two young girls on Jan. 22 was found to have had a GPS device mounted below the rearview mirror, according to the police report. SDG&E has issued a statement about the findings.

FPL Recognized by EPA for Clean Fleet

Florida Power & Light (FPL), one of the largest commercial fleets in the country, has been named a 2014 recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award.

LeasePlan Introduces Toll, Violation Solutions

Fleet management company LeasePlan USA has teamed up with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Fleet Services to implement new toll and violation solutions for its clients.

Optimus Launches Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Biofuel Conversion

Optimus Technologies announced the launch of a first-to-market biofuel conversion system, the Optimus Vector System.

The Westport WiNG Power System is available in the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks (based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform) sold and serviced through Westport-authorized Ford dealer distributors

Westport WiNG Ford F-250/F-350 EPA Certified

Westport has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2014 model year Westport WiNG Ford F-150 3.7L pickup truck with the dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) system.

Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

Used vehicles sold at auction lost a scant 0.3 percent of their value in March, a month known for strong retention as tax-refunded buyers come out in droves, according to Black Book.

U.S. Bank Extends Fleet Card Payments

U.S. Bank is expanding its fleet card payment program to include cardless single-use accounts with U.S. Bank Fleet Virtual Pay, so fleet drivers can pay for fuel or unexpected repairs without a fleet fuel card, the company announced.

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.

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