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GM Plant Shut-Downs Blamed on Japan Quake

Parts shortages caused by a pair of earthquakes in Japan has caused General Motors to shut down four North America assembly plants for two weeks, the company has announced.

Peterbilt Model 579 day cab Photo: Peterbilt

Allison TC10 Transmission to be Offered in Paccar Trucks

Paccar has partnered with Allison Transmission to release the automatic Allison TC10 transmission in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with Paccar and Cummins engines.

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Expands Dealer-Based Ordering

Nissan is making it easier for commercial fleets to acquire vehicles outside of annual purchasing cycles with its Fleetail 2.0 program that will expedite orders of less than 50 vehicles to commercial fleets and fleet management companies.

Arizona Utility Replacing Aging Vehicles with Electrics

Arizona Public Service (APS) has implemented a new standard of replacing its fleet vehicles with electric alternatives, where economically feasible.

Governor Nathan Deal marks Lineman Appreciation Month by signing House Bill 767 into law Tuesday. The legislation adds utility vehicles and workers to an existing law which requires drivers to "move over" one lane. (PHOTO: PRNewsFoto/Georgia Power)

Governor Signs 'Move Over' Law for Utility Workers

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 767 into law, which adds utility vehicles and workers to an existing law which requires drivers to "move over" one lane.

Chart courtesy of EPA.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

Senate Approves Energy Bill Promoting Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

The U.S. Senate has approved an energy bill that reauthorizes a federal program that works with truck manufacturers and suppliers to improve fuel efficiency.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Service Operations

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.

StreetScan is adding TomTom Bridge to its Nissan NV vans. Photo courtesy of StreetScan.

Pavement Inspection Fleet to Add TomTom Bridge

StreetScan, a company that provides pavement inspection and management services, has announced that TomTom will be deploying its TomTom Bridge to the company's fleet of Nissan NV vans. The vans are used to help cities monitor, maintain and repair roads.

Photo of (l. to r.) Skinner, Sigimoto, Adams and Guillaume courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Motors Breaks Ground on Isuzu Truck Plant

Spartan Motors has begun construction of an 85,000-square-foot plant to assemble Isuzu cabovers for the North American fleet market, the company has announced.

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America Opens New HQ

Daimler Trucks North America opened its nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Ore.

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

Donlen Adding Upfit Status to FleetWeb

Donlen is adding an upfitting status tool to its FleetWeb fleet management software system, the fleet management company has announced.

Oregon ARCO Stations Accepting Voyager Fleet Cards

BP's ARCO-branded fueling stations in Oregon have begun accepting U.S. Bank's Voyager Fleet Cards, the company has announced.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Offers Mopar Fleet Parts Program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer a Mopar parts and service program for fleets as a one-stop maintenance solution to increase uptime, driver safety, and competitive pricing, FCA has announced.

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Fuel Prices Up, Crude Oil Production Unlikely to Drop

The price of diesel fuel rose last week for the second straight week, but uncertainty in the crude oil market could curb the increases.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Terex Recalls Aerial Devices for Pedestal Issue

The recall covers 33 TLM37, TLM40, TLM41 and TLM50 aerial devices in the 2007-2013 model years.

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway van courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Tire Pressure Monitors

The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.  

Auto Truck Group Louisville Location Now Open

Auto Truck's Louisville location has moved to a new facility and is now open for business.

Standard Motor Products' New Alternative Energies Website

Standard Motor Products, Inc. introduced a new website to highlight its SMP Alternative Energies initiative.

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

Fleet Safety Tip: Preventing the Big Rig ‘Squeeze Play’

When sharing the road with large commercial trucks, drivers need to remember to give truck drivers plenty of room to complete right turns.

Photo of the Murrieta CNG station courtesy of SoCalGas

SoCalGas Opens CNG Station for California Fleets

SoCalGas has opened its 15th public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in western Riverside County, Calif., the utility has announced.

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