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Calif. Water District Caught Misspending Funds

A report from the California State Controller found that Panoche Water District employees misspent funds, with several large purchases for personal use including 50 take-home vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

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Utility Employer Curbs Distracted Driving

Contract Callers, Inc. (CCI), a field services outsourcing company for utilities, will deploy more than 400 "smartphone safes" to reduce the possibility of distracted driving.

PERC Launches Quarterly Newsletter

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is launching a newsletter for transportation professionals interested in propane autogas.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Pickups Show Lowest January Depreciation

Small and large pickups were among the top performing segments in January with a 1.1% depreciation rate among two- to six-year-old vehicles sold in auction lanes, according to Black Book.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport photo courtesy of FCA North America.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport Makes First Appearance

Ram Truck is introducing a new color to its 1/2-ton Sport trim — Ram 1500 Copper Sport. The Copper Pearl color joins Ignition Orange as the second limited-edition offering of tints on the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites, acquiring its service body line. (Photo courtesy of PalFleet)

Reading Truck Group Acquires Four PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites: Council Bluffs, Iowa; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Wolfgang Bernhard Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler’s Global Truck Chief Bernhard Resigns

Wolfgang Bernhard has resigned from the Board of Management of Daimler AG, the company announced on Feb. 10.

Walter Surface Technologies Names President, COO

Walter Surface Technologies has announced the appointment of Marc-André Aubé as its president and chief operating officer.

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Universal Waste Systems Names Fleet Maintenance Manager

Jason Pennington was named fleet maintenance manager at UWS Universal Waste Systems Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Sceenshot: WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Winter Storm Pounding Northeast

Winter storm Niko is pummeling the Northeast along the corridor running from Boston to Washington. Governors of several Northeastern states, including New York and Connecticut, are urging motorists to stay off the roads for safety’s sake and to enable snow removal.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Priced at $40,995

Chevrolet will sell its 2017 Colorado ZR2 off-road performance pickup for at least $40,995 to retail buyers when it arrives at dealer lots in the spring.

Terex Utilities Team Gives Back During Annual Sales Meeting

Terex Utilities team members from across the nation traveled to Omaha, Neb., for the company’s annual sales training meeting the fourth week of January. While there, 74 of its employees spent time serving four local human service agencies in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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National Powerline Hires Fleet Manager

Dan Specker was named fleet manager for National Powerline.

Ram is bringing new, special-edition Night packages for Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickups to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. (Photo courtesy of Ram Truck)

Ram Launches Heavy Duty Night Models

The new Night editions further expand the Ram factory-custom truck family from the 1/2-ton Ram 1500 announced in September 2016 to the brand’s ¾-quarter and 1-ton models.

Western Star will celebrate a "50 Years of Legendary Awesomeness" in 2017.

Western Star's 50 Years of 'Legendary Awesomeness'

Western Star will mark its 50th anniversary of manufacturing trucks with a year’s worth of special events, truck show appearances, and an enhanced website. The truckmaker has named it "Western Star’s Year of Legendary Awesomeness."

Alliance AutoGas is partnering with the La Crosse, Wis., Police Department to convert two Jeep Wranglers in a friendly side-by-side team competition.(Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas Announces Live Propane Autogas Conversion

Continuing in the spirit of last years’ “Fastest Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion” of the Ford F-150, Alliance AutoGas is taking a live autogas conversion one step further at the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Declining

After the first month of the year, depreciation rates for medium-duty trucks are up and overall orders for the segment are down, according to Black Book’s Feb. 7 Market Insights Report.

Photo of 2018 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Lighter, More Powerful Ford Expedition Arrives for 2018

Ford's 2018 Expedition will enter its fourth generation with a more powerful V-6 engine, lighter-weight body and frame, and an array of technology upgrades such as onboard Wi-Fi, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more connectivity.

Photo: Mobileye

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on FE and FG Trucks

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

Photo courtesy of SoCalGas.

Waste Hauler Adds Natural Gas Pipeline for Fleet

SoCalGas and CR&R estimate that the new pipeline will be operational and bring natural gas to their fleet by June.

Greenkraft Projects Over 1M in Revenue for 2017

Greenkraft’s product line includes alternative fuel trucks, conversion systems, and engines.

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Medium Duty Orders Reach 11-Month High

Orders for Classes 5 to 7 vehicles increased 32% in January compared to the same month a year ago, amid an overall increase in truck orders that rebounded from a slower 2016, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

European Utility to Electrify Entire 3,500 Vehicle Fleet

Vattenfall announced it is switching its entire light-duty fleet to battery-electric vehicles. The utility, which serves parts of Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany, will replace 3,500 vehicles over a five-year period.

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