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In 2015, Mercedes-Benz delivered some 28,600 units to customers in the U.S. - 11% more than in the previous year (25,800 units). (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

3 Million Mercedes-Benz Sprinters Delivered in 20 Years

Since its launch in 1995, Mercedes-Benz vans delivered 3 million units to customers, with sales rising 4% in its 20th year and approximately 28,600 units delivered to the U.S.

Photo courtesy of GM.

California-Centric Chevrolet Colorado Introduced

General Motors is introducing a special edition Chevrolet Colorado aimed at California, where manufacturers sell more mid-size pickups that other markets.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Climb, Crude Prices May Stall

The average price of diesel fuel continued to climb last week as a rebound in the crude oil market put upward pressure on energy costs. However, the trend may reverse, as Iran has vowed not to freeze its oil production output at current levels.

Safety Video Tip: Adjusting to the Time Change

The beginning of Daylight Saving Time brings an increase in drowsy driving risk as motorists struggle with sleep debt. Here are some timely safety tips from AAA and the National Sleep Foundation you can pass along to fleet drivers.

MiX Telematics Helps Improve Oil & Gas Company Safety

MiX Journey Management is designed for fleet operators seeking an easy and automated way to keep their drivers, passengers, and cargo safe and secure while reducing business risk related to journeys.

One of the biggest additions to the new version of Roadnet Anywhere is the ability to create and optimize multi-day routes. (PHOTO: Roadnet Technologies)

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Platform

Updates to the Roadnet Anywhere platform consolidates views of routing, dispatching, proof of delivery, telematics, customer notifications, and business analytics into one place.

Photo of 2017 Highlander courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Highlander Refreshed for 2017

Toyota will show a significantly refreshed Highlander mid-size SUV for the 2017 model year at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Terex to Conduct Digger Derrick Certification

The Terex Utilities Service Department is holding the 2016 NCCCO Digger Derrick Certification Program in August.

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Innova Fleet Services Showcases Fleet Management System

The Innova Fleet Services website contains detailed information about its fleet management system, which provides an affordable, efficient, and innovative way for managers to manage small- and medium-sized fleets.

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Work Truck Solutions Approved for GM Reimbursement Program

Work Truck Solutions has been selected as a turnkey program provider for GM’s commercial in-market (iMR) program. Inclusion in the co-op program enables GM dealers to be reimbursed 50% for both the Work Truck Solutions core online inventory solution, as well as additional marketing services.

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VMAC Names New VP of Marketing, Sales

VMAC announced the addition of Gordon Duval to its senior management team in the role of vice president, marketing and sales.

Chart via Fleetmatics.

NM, NJ Top Commercial Driving Incident List

Fleetmatics has released a report that includes an analysis of the driving behavior of fleets across the U.S. New Mexico and New Jersey were included in the list of top 10 states with the most severe driving incidents.

The Green Award recognizes the product at the Show that best improves work truck fuel utilization, as determined by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers. (PHOTO: PR Newswire)

Altec Wins Work Truck Show Green Award

Altec Inc. won The Work Truck Show 2016 Green Award for its JEMS 4 Series (Jobsite Energy Management System) hybrid-electric system.

Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept. Photo: FCA

FCA Pushes Jeep Products to the Limit with Safari

Seven new Jeep concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers, will conquer the challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at the Easter Jeep Safari.

Photo: Volvo Group

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Photo via Wikimedia.

SUVs, Mid-Size Cars Lead February Residual Values

Full-size pickups led vehicle depreciation in February, while mid-size cars, full-size cars, and utility vehicles held their value best, according to Black Book.

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

GM Recalls Pickups, Sedans for Air Bag Modules

The recall and stop-sales order affect about 1,750 2016 model-year Chevrolet Malibu sedans and Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Names Operations Director

Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced several new hires, including Peter Ormsby, who joins the fleet software provider on March 7 as operations director.

HDT, Work Truck, Bobit Business Media Host Work Truck Exchange

Heavy Duty Trucking, along with Automotive Fleet and Work Truck, will be hosting the Work Truck Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of commercial fleet managers with industry suppliers at an all-inclusive, networking retreat designed to accelerate the achievement of each participant's unique business goals.

Government Revises Diesel, Gasoline Price Forecast Lower

Average prices for trucking’s main fuel along with those for gasoline and crude oil are all expected to remain low this year, according to the latest U.S. Energy Department Short-Term Energy Outlook, and aren’t expect to rise significantly next year.

Southwest Products Vice President Elected to NTEA Board

Shane McDermott, vice president of SWP’s Vehicle Division, has been voted in and is now a member of the Board for NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Diesel Jumps Above $2 Per Gallon Again

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel increased for the third straight week, once again rising above $2 per gallon.

New-Vehicle MPG Remains Unchanged from January

The average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in February was 25.2 mpg — unchanged from the value that was revised for January.

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Henkels and McCoy Names Regional Fleet Manager

Thomas Maxwell was named regional fleet manager, U.S. West for Henkels & McCoy.

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