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API has developed two visually different API Service Symbol Donuts so that consumers can distinguish between the two new categories of oils. Image: API

New API Diesel Engine Oil Categories Arrive Dec. 1

The American Petroleum Institute's new diesel engine oil-service categories, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on Dec. 1.

GPS Insight Offers Mannequin Challenge Video

Telematics provider GPS Insight has added their contribution to the Mannequin Challenge, a viral video trend in which people remain frozen in action while a camera records their poses.

Diesel Prices Fall, Crude Oil Surges on Putin Remarks

The price of diesel fuel dropped by around two cents last week, the second straight week with declines of over a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

GM Expanding Alt-Fuel Heavy-Duty Pickup Lineup

General Motors is expanding its lineup of heavy-duty pickups and vans fueled by compressed natural gas and propane autogas for the 2017 and 2018 model years, which will bring its alternative fuel lineup to more than 25 vehicles.

Safety Tip: Preparing for Winter Driving

The season's first major snowstorm pummeled parts of the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend, signaling the need to review winter driving safety tips again.

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Youngpeter Exits Fleet Role for Rollins' Orkin

Paul Youngpeter, CAFM, director of fleet for Rollins, Inc., has relinquished his fleet and other home office responsibilities following a promotion to assistant division vice president of the Southeast Division for Orkin in October.

Truck and Van News: 2017 Pricing and LA Auto Show Updates

More 2017 models were priced and automakers unveiled new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Photo via Flickr/Aarni Heiskanen

Utility Uses Helicopters to Build a Power Line

FirstEnergy crews used helicopters to build a power line over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The electric utility employed a helicopter to get the job done as part of a 7-mile, $11 million transmission line upgrade.

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Cargo Transporters to Join Trucking Alliance as Group Expands in 2017

Cargo Transporters has accepted an invitation to join The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security in 2017. The carrier will be among a “small number of carriers” joining the Trucking Alliance next year, according to Trucking Alliance President Steve Williams.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Why Fleet Drivers Need to Buckle Up

Each year, U.S. employers spend billions on traffic accidents involving workers who didn’t wear a seat belt. And some workers are more likely to ditch the belt than others.

Photo via Flickr/Ian Muttoo

Smart Grid Expected to Cut Down on Fleet Use

Over the past year and a half, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Tenn., has worked to modernize its grid and improve efficiency with automation. With these upgrades, the electric utility will be able to restore power more quickly without needing to send out workers to search for the source of power outages.

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Tenn. Power Board Approves Bucket Truck Purchase

The Dyersburg Electric Power Board, Tenn., approved the purchase of a new 55-ft. bucket truck from Altec at a recent meeting.

Class 8 Orders Were Hurt by Cancellations

Net Class 8 orders were weak in October, driven by a high number of cancellations in the month, according to ACT Research.

Chevin, NAPA IBS Integration Boosts Parts Spending Visibility

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that it has integrated its FleetWave software with the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) point-of-sale system.

Comdata Expands Services for Smaller Fleets

Payment solutions company Comdata has expanded its fleet management offerings to improve support of smaller over-the-road fleets with the Comdata MyFleet Program.

ARI Hosts Inaugural Best in Fleet Conference

ARI hosted a multiple-day conference earlier this month highlighting the innovative technology trends that are transforming the fleet industry and which will be game-changing influences in the coming years.

Photo: Daimler Trucks

ATRI Report on Autonomous Vehicles Examines Industry Concerns

Hours of service, CSA scores and the driver shortage are all areas identified as being impacted by autonomous vehicle technology in a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Photo courtesy of Forest River.

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 20, affects 22 Rockport cargo box trucks and work trucks in the 2016 model year.

IronPlanet's Truck Locator Enables Multiple Purchases

IronPlanet has launched Fleet Services featuring IronPlanet Truck Locator that provides access to more than $200 million in Class 8 and other trucks to meet the needs of multi-unit and fleet buyers, according to IronPlanet.

FirstEnergy Trims Trees in Toledo Edison Service Area

Since the beginning of the year, contractors have trimmed trees along more than 2,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines in Toledo Edison's service area as part of the company's $7.2 million vegetation management program for 2016, with an additional 430 miles expected to be completed by year-end.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 by Paul Clinton.

Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Ups Off-Road Ante

Chevrolet will offer an off-road-oriented variant of its Colorado mid-size pickup called the Colorado ZR2 in the 2017 model year that includes suspension technology used in Formula One racing.

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Hirschbach Adds Lytx DriveCam Safety Program to Fleet

Refrigerated carrier Hirschbach has incorporated the Lytx DriveCam in-cab video system into its truck fleet to increase safety and reduce accidents.

The Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport package is limited to Crew Cab V-8 models with a starting MSRP of $43,740 plus $1,320 destination. (Photo courtesy of Ram Truck)

Limited-Edition, Limited-Run Ram 1500 Models Launched

Ram Truck announced both a new and a returning option package that will have truck enthusiasts knocking at their dealers’ doors: A new 2017 limited-edition Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand package and a limited run of Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport models.

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth Dealers to Offer Certified Pre-Owned Trucks

Kenworth has introduced its Certified Pre-Owned Program, which is exclusive to Kenworth dealers and Paccar Financial Used Truck Centers.

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