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Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year. Photo: Jim Park

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Goodyear Accepting Highway Hero Nominations

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 32nd North America Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29, 2014.

CEI Appraisers Complete Course in 2015 Ford F-150 Repairs

Fifteen members of the in-house Quality Control team from the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) have completed I-CAR's course in collision repairs on the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which makes the most extensive use of aluminum of any light-duty vehicle on the road, CEI has announced.

Photo courtesy of Altec Industries.

Altec Recalls 51 Trucks for Fire Risk

The aerial device and digger derrick trucks are equipped with a battery equalizer that may be susceptible to electrical fire because of an epoxy sealing compound.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Fleet Buyers Check Out ProMaster City

Attendees of events in Miami and the Orlando area earlier this month included commercial fleet representatives, government agencies, fleet management companies, and dealers, a Chrysler spokeswoman said.

Illustration via GFC.

Fuel Ambassadors Featured at Green Fleet Conference

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference will feature fuel ambassadors representing a different type of alternative fuel or technology from four organizations.

Masterack Announces 72-Hour Quick Ship Program

Masterack, a Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products company, has announced a partnership with Alliance Fleet LLC that will enhance the company's distribution capabilities nationwide

Patrick Kaufman, lead systems engineer for EDI, demonstrates the exportable power capacity on the EDI/PG&E Class-5 utility work truck. (Photo: PG&E)

New Electric Utility Trucks Could Help Reduce Blackouts

In addition to fuel savings, the Class 5 utility work truck model also offers up to 120kW of exportable power, which can be used to shorten or eliminate planned and unplanned outages.

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Class 5-7 Orders Up 15 Percent

Classes 5-7 net orders rose to a four-month high of 18,012, and were up 15 percent year-over-year.

Truck and Van News: Ram 1500, Ford Transit, Chevrolet Silverado, Mercedes-Benz Van

Chrysler expands Ram 1500 production. Other announcements include Ford adding a second shift in KC to meet Transit demand, Chevrolet Silverado's new "toughnology" concept, and talks of a new Mercedes-Benz van arriving in 2015.

The Mitsubishi L200 truck. (PHOTO: Mitsubishi)

Fiat, Mitsubishi May Develop Mid-Size Pickup

Fiat Group Automobiles and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announce that they have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the possibility to develop and manufacture a mid-size pick-up truck.

Ballot Open for Green Car, Truck of the Year Awards

Green Fleet Magazine, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, will present the first-ever Green Fleet Car of the Year and the Green Fleet Truck of the Year awards at the Connected Car Expo. Vote today!

Fuel Prices Continue Falling, Diesel Lowest Since July 2012

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower once again, shedding 2.3 cents from a week ago and hitting it lowest price since mid-July of 2012.

Rush Truck Centers Relocates Orlando Facility

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated its Rush Truck Center—Orlando Light- and Medium-Duty

Screenshot via GreenFleetMagazine.com.

Green Fleet Magazine Relaunches Website

Green Fleet Magazine has updated its website with a fresh, more user-friendly design that better organizes content for fleet readers wanting to research alternative fuels, grants, legislation, and operational topics.

Photo of 2015 GMC Canyon courtesy of GM.

GM Releases Payload Ratings for Mid-Size Pickups

General Motors' new mid-size pickup trucks will offer slightly different payload ratings because the two vehicles have different curb weights, GM has announced.

Nissan engineers marry a LEAF to a Frontier for use around the shop. (PHOTO: Nissan)

Nissan Engineers Marry a LEAF to a Frontier

Sparky, as it's known around campus is a one-of-a-kind creation with a specific mission in life. He supports operations at Nissan's proving grounds located on 3,050 acres in Stanfield, Ariz.

J.D. Power Releases Residential Gas Utility Customer Satisfaction Study

The study, now in its 13th year, measures residential customer satisfaction with gas utility companies across six factors: billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service.

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler's Ram Gamble Pays Off

Chrysler's gamble to spin off its pickup truck division at the tail end of the recession has paid off, as the company has increased its market share of the pickup market by 10 percent since creating the Ram Truck division, reports the New York Times.

Air Lift Marks Anniversary with Expansion Plans

As Air Lift Company marks its 65th year of business in 2014, the air suspension provider announced the addition of a 40,000-square-foot addition to be built at the company's Lansing, Mich., headquarters.

Progressive's Real Life Trucking Hero Contest Open

To recognize truckers for their contributions, insurance company Progressive is once again honoring road warriors everywhere – giving truckers countrywide the chance to be recognized for their contributions in its 3rd annual Real Life Trucking Hero Contest.

Photo of 2015 Sorento courtesy of Kia Motors.

2015 Kia Sorento SUV to Debut in Paris

The redesigned 2015 Kia Sorento mid-size SUV will debut at the Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 in its third generation, Kia Motors has announced.

Ram ProMaster: Photo by Vince Taroc.

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Speakers Finalized for IPAF North American Convention

The convention includes breakout sessions on aerial work platforms and mast climbing work platforms, and a panel discussion on the subject of whether additional training should be required for complex machines.

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