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Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner See Increase In Sprinter Van Sales in 2011

MONTVALE, NJ – Mercedes-Benz announced that its commercial van dealers, Daimler Vans USA and its combined network of both Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter dealers, achieved a total of 16,577 vans sold, exceeding 2010’s sales of 8,559 units.

DTNA Adds 1,100 Positions in Ramp-up at Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant

CLEVELAND, NC - Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the addition of a second shift and plans to ramp up production at its Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Cleveland, N.C., creating more than 1,100 new jobs by the end of 2012.

Oregon Green Transportation Conference Features Blue Star Gas Propane-Powered Vehicle

SALEM, OR - The McCoy Freightliner Green Transportation Conference Jan. 11 featured expert insights on the benefits of clean-burning propane autogas from Blue Star Gas President Jeff Stewart, who provided three Blue Star autogas vehicles for test driving.

ALK Technologies Announces PC*MILER|Tolls Quarterly Data Update

PRINCETON, NJ - To ensure that its customers have the latest toll data available for calculating toll costs, ALK Technologies releases an updated version of its PC*MILER|Tolls database on a quarterly basis.

Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that it has delivered its 1000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator, Azure's largest customer.

Azure Dynamics Delivers its 1000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator

OAK PARK, MI - Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that it has delivered its 1000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator, Azure's largest customer.

Turbine Truck Engine to Joint Venture

PAISLEY, FL - Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. (TTE), announced that they are entering into a joint venture with Energy Technology Services Co., Ltd.

Sales of Hybrid Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks Will Nearly Double in 2012

BOULDER, CO - The global economic recession has taken a huge toll on medium-duty (MD) and heavy-duty (HD) truck sales in many regions. At the same time, the precipitous rise of oil prices has sent diesel fuel costs to near record highs in many countries.

Vincentric Releases Total Cost of Ownership Calculator for Fleets

BINGHAM FARMS, MI - Users are able to manipulate dozens of specific variables for each market and each driver, including actual acquisition costs, specific annual mileage, state, finance terms, fuel costs and lifecycle terms for more than 2,000 vehicle configurations from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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Ed Peper Named GM’s New Head of Fleet and Commercial Operations

DETROIT – General Motors has named Ed Peper, formerly general sales manager for the Cadillac brand, to the position of General Manager, Fleet and Commercial Operations. Brian Small has been named to the position of General Manager, US Sales Support Operations, for the company, where he will be working with GM’s dealer network.

AP Exhaust Technologies Acquires Assets of ANSA Automotive Parts Distributors

SAN RAFAEL, CA - AP Exhaust Technologies, Inc. (AP Exhaust) of Goldsboro, N.C., an exhaust and emissions products provider, acquired the assets of ANSA Automotive Parts Distributors, Inc. (ANSA), of Macon, Ga.

Eaton Completes Acquisition of E.A. Pedersen Company

CLEVELAND - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced it has completed its acquisition of E.A. Pedersen Company, a manufacturer of medium voltage switchgear primarily for the electrical utilities industry.

NTEA Announces New and Requalified MVP Companies

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - Through its Member Verification Program (MVP), the NTEA has requalified 26 member companies and approved six new member companies for their commitment to excellence by their effective use of safety and quality standards.

KIOTI Tractor Spotlights TAC Enterprises as Standout Dealer

MOULTON, AL - TAC, located in Moulton, Alabama, has grown into one of the U.S. Southeast's largest consignment tractor and equipment auction houses, in addition to selling and servicing a full line of new equipment.

Mitsubishi Fuso Incentive Program Offers 0.9% APR Financing

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. has announced its Canter Can-Do Sales Event, featuring retail incentives plus 0.9% APR financing for 24 or 36 months on all new 2012 Canter FE Series medium-duty commercial trucks sold in the U.S.

Accuride Boosts North American Aluminum Truck Wheel Capacity

EVANSVILLE, IN - Accuride Corporation, a supplier of components to the commercial vehicle industry, announced that it significantly enhanced its aluminum truck wheel production capacity during 2011.

Ryder Signs Source Interlink to Flex-to-Green Lease for Natural Gas Trucks

MIAMI - Ryder System, Inc. has signed its first Flex-to-Green lease agreement with Source Interlink Companies, Inc. Ryder's alternative-fuel fleet includes compressed and liquid natural gas vehicles, as well as hybrid vehicles,

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Nissan Unveils Electric NV200 Commercial Van Concept in Detroit

DETROIT - Nissan said its e-NV200 Concept is a preview of a near-future production version of a full-electric vehicle. The automaker said it’s targeting the vehicle primarily for fleet use.

GPS Insight to Host Webinar on GPS on Jan. 19

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - GPS Insight will be hosting a webinar showcasing fleet managers who use GPS tracking to cut fleet costs and increase revenue in the service industry on Thursday, Jan. 19.

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Lutz Joins VIA Motors, A123 to Supply Battery Packs

WALTHAM, MA - A123 Systems will supply complete lithium-ion battery packs to VIA Motors, an electric vehicle company building next-generation electrified trucks, vans and SUVs. Former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz recently joined VIA as well.

Top 10 Most Viewed News & Articles on for 2011

TORRANCE, CA - Here are the 10 most viewed news items on in 2011 (as of Jan. 4, 2012):

Branick Extends Exclusive North American Nitrogen Tire Inflation Membrane Agreement with Air Products

FARGO, ND - Branick Industries has extended its exclusive North American nitrogen tire inflation membrane agreement with Air Products. The two companies have been collaborating for 10 years and the extension allows Branick to continue to be the exclusive manufacturer of nitrogen tire inflation systems sold in North America containing Air Products' PRISM Membrane technology.

PeopleNet Founder & CEO to Lead Trimble's Worldwide Transportation & Logistics Div.

SUNNYVALE, CA - Trimble announced the appointment of PeopleNet founder and CEO Ron Konezny as general manager of Trimble's worldwide Transportation and Logistics (T&L) Division.

Atlas Van Lines Driver Award 'Super Van Operator' Award

EVANSVILLE, IN - Atlas Van Lines announced that PVO Charles Allen has been selected as the 2011 Special Commodities Super Van Operator by the American Moving and Storage Association.

Webinar: Mythbusters - Truck Edition

TORRANCE, CA - Join Automotive Fleet and GE Capital Fleet Services for a complimentary webinar to find out the facts behind several common misconceptions about truck fleets and the impact they can have on your business.

Yokohama to Adjust Commercial Tire Prices Up to 8 Percent, Feb. 1

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation has announced it will implement a price increase of up to 8 percent on all of its commercial truck tires in the U.S., effective February 1.

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