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Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence at Two-Year High

More companies are getting back on track and ordering equipment that should have been delivered in the first quarter.

Reducing Medium/Heavy Duty Fatalities with In-Vehicle Video

Fleets operating medium- and heavy-duty trucks could significantly reduce fatalities, collisions, and injuries involving their drivers by using an in-vehicle video system.

Truck and Van News: Daimler Trucks, Ford F-650/750, GMC Sierra Off-Road, Hino Cabovers

A few truck and van news items from the last couple weeks include a new standard fifth wheel on Freightliner and Western Star trucks, as well as three new diesel power ratings on the 2016 Ford F-650 and 750 and an off-road variant of the GMC Sierra HD.

Utility and Telecom Companies Rank High on 2014 Top Fleet Lists

More than 40 utility and telecommunications companies have been identified as being among this year’s Top 300 Commercial Fleets in the U.S., with telecom fleets taking up half the spotlight in the top 10.

Graphic courtesy of GM.

GM Updates Global Goals for Emissions, Sustainability

General Motors has reduced carbon tailpipe emissions 5.2 percent in the past two years, the company announced in an annual sustainability report that presented its commitments for producing a greener fleet of vehicles in coming years.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Engine Overheating

Higher temperatures place vehicle engines at a higher risk of overheating, especially if there have been lapses in vehicle maintenance. Here are some seasonal safety and maintenance tips you can share with your drivers.

Progressive Launches Food Truck Contest

Progressive Commercial Auto launched its second annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” at the National Restaurant Association Show on May 16.

Photo of Chrysler 200 courtesy of Chrsyler.

Chrysler Announces Regional Fleet Events

Chrysler Group has announced regional fleet previews in 25 U.S. cities that start today in Houston and wrap up in late June near Washington, D.C.

Southern Company Saluted as a Top Military Employer by Three Surveys

Southern Company has been recognized is the top-ranked energy company for being a top military employer by DiversityInc, Military Times EDGE, and CivilianJobs.com.

Infographic courtesy of LoJack.

90+ Percent of LoJack Vehicles Recovered in 2013

Law enforcement officials recovered more than $121 million in stolen vehicles equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in 2013, the company announced May 15.

GM CEO Mary Barra

GM Fined $35M for Recall Delays

General Motors agrees to pay the maximum penalty for lack of timeliness in reporting the ignition switch defect, which caused airbags to fail in some Chevrolet Cobalt cars and other GM models.

TruckPlanet's One-Year Anniversary of First Online Auction

TruckPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used commercial trucks, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its first online auction.

Wastequip Expands Manufacturing Footprint in the Southeast

Wastequip announce the opening of its newest manufacturing facility in Blacksburg, S.C. – the second in a series of expansions to be announced this year.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado truck courtesy of General Motors.

Five New GM Recalls Affect 2.7M Vehicles

The automaker is issuing five separate recalls that include such popular fleet vehicles as the Chevrolet Malibu, Silverado and GMC Sierra.

3M, Rush to Develop CNG Fuel Systems for Class 6-8 Trucks

3M and Rush Enterprises have announced an agreement to pursue the design, manufacture and installation of a portfolio of compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks and fuel systems for use in Class 6-8 vehicles in North America.

Photo: Kenworth

N.C. Moving Company Standardizes Fleet with Kenworth T370

North Carolina-based 1-800-PACK-RAT has become a player in the moving and storage business, thanks, it said, in part, to standardizing its fleet to Kenworth T370 medium-duty models.

Photo courtesy of AT&T.

AT&T Adds Chevrolet Express As 8,000th CNG Vehicle

AT&T continues to add to its robust fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles with its 8,000th CNG vehicle — a 2014 Chevrolet Express full-size van.

Photo of Western Star 4700 courtesy of Daimler Trucks North America.

JOST Fifth Wheel Now Standard on Freightliner, Western Star Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that the JOST International JSK36 lightweight fifth wheel is now the standard fifth wheel for all Freightliner truck models. The JSK36 is also available as a published option for the Western Star 4700 and 4900 truck models.

Photo: Ford

Transit Connect Wagons Get Ultimate Upfits

Ford and MAKE magazine are highlighting the Transit Connect's flexibility and upfit possibilities with this year's Maker Faire, an all-ages event celebrating the do-it-yourself spirit

Used FUSO work trucks now available with Diamond Mark Used Truck Warranty (PHOTO: MFTA)

Mitsubishi Fuso's Used-Truck Warranty Offers Three Coverage Intervals

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) will make a used-truck warranty option available through its authorized dealers for any used FUSO work truck up to seven-years old with less than 300,000 miles on it at time of purchase.

DUECO Expands Terex Utilities Products and Support into Wyoming and Montana

DUECO will now represent Terex in 17 states that span across the upper United States from Wyoming and Montana to the East Coast.

This is a year when the weaknesses of southern European nations will continue hindering this region’s recovery and the Russian truck market may suffer due to tradesanctions from the west. Furthermore, while China will get accustomed to slower than usual growth rates, India could experience a major boost in off-highway and on-highway vehicle sales if political changes drive it’s infrastructure investments; a development thatthe country badly needs.

Medium-, Heavy-Duty Truck Sales to Increase in 2014

The improved economic environment in developing and developed economies is restoring business confidence and pushing up the global sales volumes of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, will sales expected to increase to 2.87 million units by the end of 2014.

It is currently being reported that the explosion was caused by the heavy equipment shifting forward and penetrating the CNG tank. (PHOTO: Press-Gazette)

Medium-Duty CNG Truck Accident Under Local, Federal Investigation

An accident in early April involving a CNG medium-duty truck that took the life of one individual and critically injured another is part of an investigation on both local and national fronts.

ARI Hosts Fourth Annual Utility Fleet Forum

During the two-day forum, attendees participated in peer-to-peer sessions during which they discussed operational best practices and the latest ways to effectively approach many of the challenges commonly associated with the day-to-day operations of a complex utility fleet.

The SX-180 boom lift has 180 feet of vertical reach. (PHOTO: TEREX)

Genie 180-Foot Boom Lift Helps Erect Ferris Wheel

Cianbro Construction utilized the new Genie 180-foot boom lift to help erect a ferris wheel, on a pier, near our nation's capital.

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