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Top 10 Utility Fleet News Stories in 2013

After formally launching this Utility Fleet eNews this last summer, here are some of the top-read stories from 2013.

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70 MPH Speed Limit Taking Effect in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway have announced the locations where Interstate speed limits will increase from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour following a new law that took effect the first of 2014.

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Auto Truck Group Names 3 Executive Appointments

Auto Truck Group has announced a new VP of Operations; VP of IT, Finance, and Administration; and HR Manager.

PassTime Announces Fleet Division

PassTime, a telematics and Automated Collection Technology solutions company, launched a fleet division and has selected Geotab’s fleet management technology as the major foundation of its solution portfolio.

Highway Equipment Co. Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Highway Equipment Company (HECO), the manufacturer of Hi-Way road maintenance equipment and New Leader crop nutrient applicators, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Navistar Reports Net 4Q Loss of $154 Million

Navistar International Corporation has announced a fourth quarter 2013 net loss of $154 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2012 net loss of $2.8 billion, or $40.13 per diluted share.

Hankook Gives Winter Tire Safety Tips

With frigid, snowy weather gripping most of the Midwest and Northeast, Hankook is offering tips to stay safe and on the road during the most severe winter weather.

2013 Escape photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Predicts It Will Lead U.S. Sales for '13

The automaker is reporting a 15% increase in retail sales compared to 2012, when it outsold Toyota by 329,677 vehicles in the U.S. Through November, Ford held a lead over Toyota of 396,041 vehicles sold.

Detroit Diesel Gets New Year's Name Change

Daimler Trucks North America has renamed its Detroit Diesel brand of products to better encompass a new powertrain-related component line as well as its well-known family of Detroit engines equipped with BlueTec emissions technology, according to the company.

Republic Services has added 79 CNG-powered trucks to its Indianapolis refuse fleet.

Indianapolis Truck Fleet Switches to CNG

Republic Services, Inc. has announced the deployment of 79 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks that are now serving customers throughout greater Indianapolis.

Supreme Industries to Divest Shuttle-Bus Business

Supreme Industries, Inc., manufacturer of specialized commercial vehicles including truck bodies, trolleys, armored and specialty vehicles, announced that it intends to divest its shuttle-bus business.

Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference: June 1-4, 2014

The 61st annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference will be held June 1-4, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander (SOURCE: IIHS)

Mitsubishi Outlander SUV Earns Highest Safety Rating

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick+" and the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport designated the only IIHS "Top Safety Pick" model in the Small SUV category.

U.S. Xpress Partners with Truck-Lite

Truck-lite Co., LLC, a heavy-duty lighting and visibility systems manufacturer, announced that U.S. Xpress Enterprises will make Truck-Lite's new custom LED headlight its factory standard for forward lighting on its fleet's 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck.

Western Star 4700 (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Track for Best Year Since 2006

Daimler Trucks is set to reach its sales target for 2013 and deliver more trucks than in any year since 2006.

AutoTrader.com Shows Full-Size Trucks Popular

Trucks made up nearly half of the top 20 most popular new vehicles on AutoTrader.com in 2013, including three of the top five.

First-time offenders of the new Illinois law will face a $75 fine.

Illinois' Handheld Phone Ban for Drivers Starts Jan. 1

Because the ban is a "primary" law, police can ticket a driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place.

Vote for 2014 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's sixth annual Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award.

Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.

Orlando Rolls Out Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Nine new refuse trucks using Parker Hannifin's RunWise hybrid drive system headed out on Thursday to help handle the city's most demanding waste-collection shift after Christmas Day.

Cox Enterprise Names Fleet Director

Jim Bigelow has been named director of enterprise fleet for Atlanta-based media conglomerate Cox Enterprises.

Photo via AmtrakGuy2010/Flickr.

UPS, FedEx Fleets Overwhelmed by Online Holiday Orders

United Parcel Service and FedEx Corp. scrambled to deliver holiday gifts after Christmas Day following an unexpected surge in online ordering that brought delays and plenty of customer complaints.

1928 Kenworth VS107 restored by Al Koenig of Rochester, Minn.

Kenworth Owners Restore Vintage Work Trucks

As part of its 90th Anniversary, several Kenworth truck owners showed off their restored work trucks as a labor of love for the brand.

The Fabber was chosen by MAKE magazine readers as the ultimate Transit Connect Wagon upfit.

Contest Gives Transit Connect Wagon the Ultimate Upfit

The Hackmobile has been selected as the winning design in the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge.

Detroit Diesel Corporation began its life in 1938 as part of GM's Diesel Division. It joined Daimler in 2000.

Detroit Diesel Marks 75th Anniversary

Starting with the production of the first Detroit engine in March 1938, the Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary has a long history of innovative powertrain solutions.

Research: SUV & Light Truck Manufacturing Focuses on Fuel Efficency, Powertrain Options

According to a new research report, over the next five years, automakers will focus on producing crossover-utility vehicles and trucks with an emphasis on improved fuel efficiency.

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