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Ford Begins Transit Van Production

Ford Motor Co. has begun producing its 2015 Transit full-size vans at its Kansas City assembly plant as its E-Series replacement and one of the most hotly anticipated commercial vehicles.

$45.5 Million DOE Contract for Plug-In Hybrid Trucks

Odyne Systems and Inland Power Group teamed up to deliver on a $45.4 million contract from the Department of Energy to install more than 120 Odyne plug-in hybrids systems on work trucks to be deployed throughout North America.

Lytx and ARI Insurance Partner to Improve Driver Safety

Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam, Inc.), a global leader in delivering driver safety and compliance solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement with ARI Insurance to provide ARI's transportation and commercial automobile clients with the DriveCam powered by Lytx driver safety management solution.

2014 Ram 1500 4x4 truck photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Some Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Roll-Away Risk

The recall affects 125 trucks manufactured from Jan. 24 through Feb. 5 of this year.

BEGGS

New Truck Orders Increase, Could Impact Medium-Duty Resale

Fleet managers are presented with unique challenges ensuring maximum resale for medium-duty trucks, and understanding the reasons for this as well as current market conditions can help increase overall residuals.

J.J. Keller's to Feature DOT-Compliance Webcast

Maintaining FMCSA requirements for CMV’s can be confusing, especially for Class 3-8 vehicles. From cargo vans, to service and delivery trucks, how do you make sure you’re in compliance with FMCSA?

XL Hybrids Hits 1-Million Fleet Miles

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that fleet customers employing the XL3 hybrid electric system in their service, delivery, and cargo fleets have driven a combined total of 1 million miles within the first six months of commercial production.

BOWE

Snugtop Names New VP of Sales

Snugtop of Long Beach, Calif., has promoted Dennis Bowe to VP of sales of its Commercial Division. Bowe, who joined Snugtop in 2011, previously served as National Commercial Sales Manager.

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Chevrolet City Express Pricing Announced

General Motors will offer the 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van in two trim levels starting at $22,950 for the LS base model, the automaker announced.

May: Used Heavy-Equipment Auctions in Texas and Indiana

Utilities and construction companies in Texas and Indiana will be auctioning off heavy-equipment, truck tractors, and vocational and utility trucks from companies such as ComEd and Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

Two Massachusetts Linemen Die in Tragic Crane Truck Accident

Two 34-year-old linemen in Bourne, Mass., died April 12 after a tragic accident in which a crane truck tipped over while the men were working at the end of its boom. The accident is being investigated by OSHA.

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EPA: Automakers Exceeded Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers mostly exceeded 2012 federal tailpipe emissions standards in the first year of the program with only Jaguar Range Rover falling short, according to an EPA report.

Image Caption - Pictured from left: Vince Tiano - Vice President of Miller Industries; Aaron Forron – Winner Sprint Towing; Will Miller- President and Co-CEO of Miller Industries; and Gary Mickiewicz, Vice President, Eastern Region of Hino Trucks.

Winner of Hino Trucks, Miller Industries Tow Truck Giveaway

Hino Trucks partnered with Miller Industries to provide one lucky tow operator a chance to win a fully loaded 2014MY Hino model 258ALP with a Century 12 Series LCG Carrier.

Photo via Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Testing Delivery Fleet

Amazon.com may add a fleet of delivery vehicles and has begun testing the initiative in the San Francisco area, as the online retailer moves toward same-day delivery.

COLEMAN

Time Warner Cable West Region Senior Fleet Manager Dies

Jeff Coleman, senior fleet manager for Time Warner Cable's West Region, passed away on April 23, from pneumonia. He was 56. Coleman joined Time Warner Cable when the company acquired the Comcast Cable business in Southern California.

Pennsylvania American Water launched a 2013 pilot with four CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks based in Punxsutawney and Coatesville. In the photo are Pennsylvania American Water's Production Manager Bob Schnitzler (left) and Engineering Project Manager Joel Mitchell. (Photo: Pennsylvania American Water)

Pennsylvania American Water Continues CNG Fleet Expansion

This latest grant – the result of Act 13 funding recently awarded by Gov. Tom Corbett – was secured through a partnership with Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition and will be used to purchase 18 new Freightliner utility trucks that use CNG fuel.

South Jersey Gas and Wawa Announce CNG Fueling Joint Project

This joint project would be the first of its kind in the region and follow a similar format to initiatives between natural gas utilities and traditional fueling stations in other areas of the country, according to the companies.

Truck and Van News: Ford F-650/F-750, GM's CNG Pricing, Freightliner M2 106, Smith Electric

A roundup of major truck and van announcements over the last couple weeks. Highlights include the F-650 and F-750 switching to a Ford-built powertrain and GM announcing pricing for its CNG pickups and vans.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens New Parts and Service Location

Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a new parts and service facility in McKees Rocks, an industrial area and suburb four miles west of downtown Pittsburgh.

Fleet Fueling Company Chooses Comdata for Card Processing Equipment

Quick Fuel recently purchased Comdata’s fuel site controller, known as SmartSight, for all of its retail locations and added Comdata’s SmartQ radio frequency identification (RFID)-based technology to offer an extra level of speed and security to the fuel transaction process.

Graphic courtesy of Fleetmatics.

Fleetmatics Reports Driver Productivity Gains with Telematics

Fleetmatics Group has released a five-year telematics analysis that attempts to quantify the return on investment for fleets who have adopted its telematics products.

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management's Calif. CNG Trucks Cut Emissions By One Fourth

Waste Management has added six compressed natural gas refuse trucks to its fleet in Chico, Calif., as the refuse hauler continued to aggressively pursue its sustainability goals.

For MY-2016 the Chevrolet Colorado will add a 2.8L I-4 turbo diesel as an option.

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Get Diesel Option for 2016

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks will offer a diesel engine option for the 2016 model year, a General Motors spokesperson has confirmed.

Smith Electric Vehicles Shuts Down, Plans Relaunch

Smith Electric Vehicles is alive and operating, even if it's not building trucks for a while, according to Bryan Hensel, the specialty builder's CEO and co-founder, refuting reports that the company had closed.

ECCO Group Acquires Public Safety Equipment Group

The expanded organization, ECCO Safety Group, will have manufacturing in nine locations on four continents.

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