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XL Hybrids Partners with Knapheide Manufacturing to Expand Hybrid Electric Powertrain Availability

XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of a low-cost hybrid-electric powertrain designed for Class 1-3 commercial fleet vehicles, announced an agreement with The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment provider in North America, for the installation and distribution of its products.

The Chevrolet City Express cargo van will go on sale in the fall of 2014, according to GM and Nissan. Photo courtesy GM.

GM to Source New Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van From Nissan

General Motors and Nissan have signed an agreement where Nissan will build a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the U.S and Canada.The vehicle will be based on the Nissan NV200, will be called the Chevrolet City Express, and will go on sale in the fall of 2014.

Volker Morningweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, presents the new M-B-badged Sprinter.

2014 Sprinter Van Gets Fresh Styling, Powertrain, Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz executives picked Düsseldorf, Germany, the source of the Sprinter van, to present their extensively revised 2014 model for North America. It gets fresh styling, a new diesel and automatic transmission, and more accident-avoidance features.

GE Capital Fleet Services Survey Says Maximizing Productivity is Top Concern for Truck Fleet Managers

GE Capital Fleet Services said in a recent survey report that 44 percent of truck fleet managers said maximizing productivity was their primary concern.

A CNG-fueled Ford F-650 the automaker brought to the ATD show in Las Vegas.

Ford Says Gasoline-Equipped F-650 Offers Affordability and Flexibility

Ford Motor Co. brought a CNG-fueled dump truck version of F-650 medium-duty truck to the 2013 ATD show in Orlando and the automaker's Todd Kaufman, marketing manager, explained how this particular project came about.

(L-R) Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Director of Sales and Marketing; Rusty Rush, Rush Enterprise, Inc.; Marvin Rush, Rush Enterprise, Inc.; and Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President.

Peterbilt Announces Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year

Rush Peterbilt Truck Center – Nashville was named the 2012 Medium Duty Dealer of the Year by Peterbilt Motors Company during the company’s annual Dealer Meeting.

3iS FleetVision Provides View of Entire Fleet, Including Third-Party Suppliers

Designed to extend fleet efficiencies and savings across the whole supply chain, 3iS FleetVision creates a single, fully measurable view of the fleet – not only a company’s private fleet, but its third-party suppliers as well.

Mitchell 1 Truck Labor Time Estimating Solution Now Available

TruckLabor, a comprehensive labor time estimating product for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by Mitchell 1, is now available for purchase.

Penske Truck Rental Adds 500 Semi-Tractors Featuring Eaton's UltraShift PLUS MHP Transmissions

Penske Truck Rental is adding 500 new Freightliner semi-tractors to its commercial truck rental fleet, featuring Eaton's UltraShit PLUS MHP automated transmissions.

Modern Transportation Launches the Era of 12-liter, Natural Gas Powered Trucking

Modern Transportation, an industry leader in bulk logistics solutions, announced the successful deployment of freight service to the Owens Corning Roofing Plant in Savannah, Ga., using trucks powered solely by 12.0L natural gas-fueled engines.

National Truck Body Solutions, Inc. Purchases Mason Dixon Trucks & Carriers

A group headed by former JLG executives, National Truck Body Solutions, Inc. (NTB), purchased the heavy-duty truck service and specialty vehicle reseller assets of Mason Dixon Trucks and Carriers located in Greencastle, Pa.

Mike Pekny will oversee all development and and performance of all sales activities in the Southeast region.

Auto Truck Appoints New Regional Fleet Sales Manager

Auto Truck, an upfitter specializing in design, manufacture, and installation of truck equipment, recently welcomed Mike Pekny as its newest regional fleet sales manager.

Standard Motor Products Named Federated Outstanding Vendor of the Year

For the second consecutive year, the Federated Auto Parts membership has selected Standard Motor Products (SMP) as its Outstanding Vendor of the Year.

Mitchell 1’s ProDemand Now Includes VIN Entry and New Quote Feature

Mitchell 1’s ProDemand repair, diagnostic, and maintenance information product now includes Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) entry.

Polar Corp. Names new President & CEO

Polar Corporation announced today that Robert Denious has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the company.

Norior Karashima returned to Yokohama Tire Corp. as an executive advisor.

Karashima Returning to Yokohama Tire Corp.

Norio Karashima, former president and CEO of Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), returned as executive advisor to the company’s Fullerton, Calif., headquarters.

Mercedes said the redesigned 2014-MY Sprinter van will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. Photo courtesy Mercedes.

Mercedes Says 2014 Sprinter Van to Come Standard With Four-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Mercedes Benz unveiled its new 2014-MY Sprinter Van, which the automaker said has a new design, is more economical, and more environmentally friendly. The company said this redesign comes after seven years of the current-generation Sprinter.

The 2014 GMC Sierra comes standard with a 4.3L EcoTec V-6, which gets 305 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 hp.

2014 GMC Sierra’s V-6 Gets Top Torque in Segment

General Motors announced that its 2014 GMC Sierra’s standard 4.3L EcoTec V-6 engine will offer the most torque of any standard V-6 in the vehicle’s segment, at 305 lb.-ft.

2013 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van

Chevrolet Express Cargo Van Named Best Fleet Value for Sixth Consecutive Year

Chevrolet's Express Cargo Van was among the nine GM vehicles named as one of Vincentric's 2013 Best Fleet Value in America awards. It is the sixth consecutive time the Express Cargo Van has been honored by Vincentric.

Terry

Auto Truck Group Names Terry as Regional Fleet Sales Manager

Auto Truck Group, a leader in the upfitting industry specializing in the design, construction and installation of truck equipment, has hired Steve Terry as regional fleet sales manager.

Goodyear Storm Priority Aims to Keep Utility Fleets on the Road During Crises

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has launched Goodyear Storm Priority, a new service designed to help keep utility trucks up and running as crews work to restore power during and after severe weather incidents.

GNA's Sean Turner and Karen Mann accepted the "Supplier of the Year" award from Frito-Lay.

Frito-Lay Fleet Honors Gladstein, Neandross and Associates as 'Supplier of the Year'

Frito-Lay recognized Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) as a "Supplier of the Year" for its work in helping to develop the food company's natural gas vehicle fleet program and compliance efforts in California.

A Ford F-150 is being assembled at the automaker's Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford is adding 2,000 jobs to meet F-150 demand and to build the all-new Ford Transit.

Ford Adding 2,000 Jobs at Kansas City Plant to Meet F-150 Demand and Build All-New Transit

Ford is adding 900 jobs and a third crew for the F-150 and another 1,100 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2013 to build the all-new Ford Transit.

Melissa D. Smith, president of WEX Inc.

WEX Names CEO for 2014

WEX Inc. has named Melissa D. Smith as president and said she will assume the role of chief executive officer, and maintain her duties as president, on Jan. 1, 2014.

John Petras, director of technical programs, principal investigator, Odyne Systems.

Odyne Systems, LLC Enhances System Engineering Focus

Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid technology for large vehicles, is focusing additional investment to further enhance its systems engineering capabilities to deliver added value to customers.

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