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In Memoriam: Alex A. Piemonte Jr., 1931-2014

Al (Alex) Piemonte Jr. passed away on Dec. 24, 2014 at Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois. He was 83.

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Ford Debuts F-150 Ads In College Football Playoff

Ford will launch a comprehensive marketing campaign for its aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup during the first-ever college football playoff on New Year's Day with TV commercials, Web episodes, radio ads, event marketing, and a mobile device campaign.

Top 10 Utility Fleet Feature Articles in 2014

Providing more in-depth coverage of industry topics from safety and upfitting to what some of the major fleets are doing, here's the list of the top 10 articles that appeared in Utility Fleet eNews in 2014.

Top 10 Utility Fleet News Stories in 2014

Included here are the top 10 most popular news stories that appeared in Utility Fleet eNews for 2014.

Photo of the Hino 268 truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Recalls Class 6 Trucks for Parking Brakes

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 8,140 2005-2015 model-year ND8J, NE8J and NF8J trucks because their parking brakes may not function properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Photo: Tom Berg

Terex Recalls Concrete Mixer Trucks for Steering

The action affects 553 front-discharge concrete mixer vehicles manufactured from Aug. 20, 2012, to Dec. 5, 2014.

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

Feds Close Books on Auto Bailout

The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion in its financial rescue of the auto industry, and closed out its last investment earlier this month six years after initiating the plan.

Photo: GM

GMC Canyon Named Autoweek's Best Truck

The 2015 GMC Canyon was named Autoweek’s Best of the Best/Truck for 2015, GM announced. Editors praised the all-new mid-size truck for its design, utility, features, and "perfect size."

Altec is a leading provider of aerial devices. Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Boom Movement

Altec’s action affects 1,857 devices that may have a faulty hydraulic pressure transducer.

Diesel Ends 2014 at Lowest Price in 4 Years

The average price of on-highway diesel continued falling into final week of 2014, down significantly from its high for the year and hitting its lowest price since December 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: 'Move Over' Law Compliance

Such laws require motorists to change lanes away from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, and other emergency vehicles on the roadside so workers have the space they need to stay safe.

UPS says as e-commerce grows, return shipping services have become an essential part of the shopping experience. Photo: UPS

UPS Anticipates 4 Million Returns After Holidays

UPS expects to transport more than 4 million return packages in the United States by the end of the first full week of January, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

Traffic Fatalities Fall 3 Percent in U.S.

Newly released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals a 3.1-percent decrease from 2012 figures.

Photo by Jim Park.

December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

(Clockwise from l. to r.) Ford's 2016 F-650; Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience prototype vehicle; Michael Cerilli, Navistar International's VP of marketing, and Lauren Fletcher, Work Truck magazine's managing editor; and Peterbilt's Model 220

Top 10 News Stories of 2014 on WorkTruckOnline.com

As 2014 comes to a close, take a look back at the 10 most-read news stories on the Work Truck website.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

OEMs to Sell 16.5M Light-Duty Vehicles

Vehicle manufacturers should sell 16.5 million light-duty vehicles in retail and fleet channels in 2014, which represents a 6 percent increase from 2013 amid the backdrop of an improving U.S. economy, according to Edmunds.com.

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Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

The Michelin Dealer Locator App: via Google Play Store.

Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information.

Report Finds Conventional Gas Models to Lower Market Share by 2017

Stop-start capability is anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency, report concludes

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

Graphic via Women in Trucking.

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Award

Women In Trucking Association and Navistar are seeking candidates for the 2015 Influential Women In Trucking award. The winner will be announced at the TCA annual convention in March 2015.

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ships 2015 F-150 Trucks to Dealers

Ford has shipped more than 8,000 2015 F-150 pickup trucks to dealers, and the trucks should arrive in the next few days at dealers across the country.

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President Obama Extends Tax Benefit for Vehicle Purchases

President Obama has extended a tax benefit that increases small-business expensing and bonus depreciation, which would allow additional expensing for new vehicles and other equipment placed into service by the end of the year.

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