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Photo of Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

FCA Offers 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced 2018 model-year fleet incentives for its Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram brands.

Michelin's acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company's solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity. Photo: Michelin

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Tire Labels

The recall covers 1,257 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2016 model year.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech Offers Propane Autogas Medium-Duty Engine

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a medium-duty engine powered by a propane autogas that's 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard and has been approved for use by regulators, according to the company.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

GM Sets 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

General Motors has announced fleet incentives for its 2018 model-year vehicles for the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands, which includes first-time fleet incentives for the Bolt EV and second-generation Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup.

Photo courtesy of Motiv

Calif. City to Deploy Battery-Electric Garbage Truck

The City of Sacramento, Calif., will soon be using the state’s first battery-electric automated left-side loader garbage truck. The Class 8 electric refuse vehicle is powered by Motiv Power Systems’ electric powertrain.

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Orbcomm Buys Fleet Management Software Provider Inthinc

Orbcomm has acquired the assets of Salt Lake City-based Inthinc, a fleet management and driver safety solutions provider.

Photo by Coolcaesar at English language Wikipedia (via Wikimedia Commons).

Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Stop

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers advice on what to do when a police officer pulls over your vehicle.

Azuga Names Safe Driving Award Recipients

In preparation for National Safety Month, Azuga, a global provider of connected vehicle and fleet technologies, announced its first Safe Driving Award recipients of 2017.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

CURT Group Acquires UWS

CURT Group, distribution company of towing products and truck accessories, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire United Welding Services (UWS) from Thule, Inc.

TomTom Allies with Verisk Insurance Solutions

Through the alliance, fleet owners can choose to flow driving data collected by the TomTom Telematics Service Platform with WEBFLEET, the company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) fleet management solution, into the Verisk Data Exchange.

The 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich., on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Produces 40,000th Gasoline N-Series

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 40,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to the ELD mandate. Photo: Public domain

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear ELD Challenge

Those who were waiting to adopt electronic logging devices hoping the Supreme Court would overturn the ELD mandate as unconstitutional will be disappointed to learn the court has rejected the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's petition.

Photo of 2015 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Used Vehicle Depreciation Accelerates in May

Used vehicle prices experienced a reversal in May, falling 1.2% from the previous month, according to Black Book.

President Trump making remarks at U.S. DOT headquarters on June 9, 2017, as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao looks on. Photo: U.S. DOT

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

TSOA Names New Safety Manager

Transport Solutions of America (TSOA) has announced that Ernie McArthur has joined its staff as safety manager.

Photo courtesy of HUBB Filters.

Optimize Oil Drain Intervals With the Right Filter

Pairing the right filter with the right oil is crucial in helping fleets implement a successful and safe extended oil drain program. It can also save fleets thousands of dollars in maintenance costs.

Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu FTR Test Drive Addresses 4-Cylinder Engine Questions

Isuzu unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 cabover truck for closed track test drives this week. The company also disclosed the results of comparison road tests conducted by a third party.

Image: Omnitracs

Roadnet Anywhere Update Offers Advanced Fleet Overview Options

Omnitracs announced the availability of Roadnet Anywhere version 4.5, incorporating advanced vehicle overview features to allow fleet managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also improving workflow on the ground.

Source: Black Book

Truck Segment Remains Fairly Stable

When weighted for volume, the overall truck segment values (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) decreased by 0.08% last week, which is better than the average decrease of 0.21% per week in the previous four weeks.

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation

Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Bridgestone Follows Goodyear in Second Round of Tire Price Increases

Bridgestone has followed Goodyear in announcing a second price increase on its truck and bus tires this year.

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

New-Vehicle Fuel Economy Remains at 25.3

The May value is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007, the first month of monitoring by UMTRI. This value is 0.2 mpg below the peak of 25.5 mpg from August 2014.

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