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Van Upfitters Roll Out ProMaster City Racks, Bins

Several van upfitters have begun offering ladder racks, shelving units and partitions for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van that entered the market in late 2014.

Photo courtesy of Altec Industries.

Altec Aerial Devices Recalled for Boom Malfunction

The action, set to start March 30, affects more than 3,000 aerial devices in the 2011 to 2014 model years.

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Hopes to Expand Factory for SUV Demand

Hyundai Motor Co. hopes to add a new production line in Alabama to meet increasing demand for SUVs as the automaker is seeing demand for its Elantra and Sonata sedans slow due to lower gasoline prices.

Southwest Products Expands to Northwest

Southwest Products announced the opening of its new sales, parts, and service center in southwest Washington, bringing its lineup of specialty vocational trucks and commercial generators to the Northwest.

City 'Getting Ripped Off' in Leasing Deal, Councilman Says

A Flint, Mich., City Council member says city taxpayers are "getting ripped off" in a $2 million vehicle leasing deal with Enterprise Fleet Management.

Photo of 1986 Jeep Comanche courtesy of FCA.

Jeep CEO 'Big Fan' of a Jeep Pickup

Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley remains a “big fan of a Jeep pickup,” according to a recent interview with the Detroit News. Manley also stated that the company’s history “says it belongs in our portfolio.”

Palfinger Names New Executive VP

Tim Arkilander has been named Executive VP of Sales and Business Development for Palfinger North America, effective March 2, 2015.

Mercedes-Benz showed a rugged off-road Sprinter at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Chris Wolski.

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Super High Roof Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering two new variants of its full-size Sprinter van for the 2015 model year, including a super high roof model and a Super Single heavy duty model.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

Fleet Sales Rise 6.5 Percent in February

Sales of light-duty vehicles to commercial fleets rose 6.5 percent to 47,156 in February with the strongest grown coming from passenger cars. Nine manufacturers reported the results in a monthly Automotive Fleet survey.

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes

This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.

Diesel Moves Higher, Passes $2.94 Per Gallon

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its fifth weekly increase but prices have started to moderate a little in some parts of the country, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

LISK

Lytx Executive Joins Truck Council Board

The National Private Truck Council has named Del Lisk, vice president of safety services for Lytx, to the trade association’s Institute Board of Governors.

ORTELL

Ortell Named Holman CEO; Conroy Named ARI President

Holman Automotive Group has announced that Melinda “Mindy” Holman has been named chairman of the board, and ARI President Carl Ortell will assume the role of CEO. Chris Conroy has been appointed as president of ARI.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of GM.

Cold Weather Strengthening Used SUV Sales

The average price of a used vehicle fell 1.2 percent in February as colder weather brought strength to SUV segments for the month, according to Black Book.

Chesapeake Utilities Corp. to Acquire Gatherco Inc.

The merger, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, is subject to approval by the Gatherco shareholders.

Photo of Peterbilt 320 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Five Peterbilt Truck Models Recalled for Steering

Paccar’s recall affects more than 5,000 trucks in the 2009-2015 model years.

Ford 2.3L EcoBoost

Ford Begins Building New EcoBoost Four Bangers

Ford has begun building two four-cylinder EcoBoost engines for four vehicles including the Edge mid-size SUV, Mustang, Explorer mid-size SUV, and Lincoln MKC compact SUV.

Truck and Van News: Ford F-Series, Sprinter Mid-Sized Van, GM Pickups

With several major industry events including the Work Truck Show, there's a long list of announcements across manufacturers including updates to various F-Series models and Mercedes-Benz debuting a mid-size version of the Sprinter.

Altec Recalls Digger Derrick, Aerial Device Trucks

To address a fire risk, dealers will replace a 30-amp circuit breaker with a 20-amp one.

Boston Adds Chevin's Fleet Management Software

Chevin Fleet Solutions has signed an agreement with the City of Boston to provide its Web-based enterprise fleet management software, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of Lightning Hybrids.

Mass. Transport Fleet Adds Hydraulic Hybrid Shuttles

Lightning Hybrids will supply Massachusetts-based transportation provider Kiessling Transit with 35 parallel hydraulic-hybrid systems, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Pa. Offers Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

Pennsylvania's Clean Diesel Grant Program supports projects that re-power or retrofit fleet vehicles to curb emissions; purchase and install idle-reduction technology; or purchase clean alternative-fuel fleet vehicles.

Photo: ROUSH CleanTech

Linen Delivery Fleet Adds 20 Propane Trucks

Uniform and linen supplier AmeriPride Services Inc. is adding 20 propane autogas F-59 delivery trucks in Northern California later this year, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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