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Ram Nation, Ram brand, and dealer volunteers answered the call again this spring, converging on flood-stricken central Texas to join the First Response Team of America (FRTOA) in recovery and relief efforts. (PHOTO: Ram Trucks)

Ram Truck Brand Creates ‘Ram Nation’ Volunteer Corps

Tapping into the natural instinct of truck owners to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors when a need arises, Ram Truck has launched “Ram Nation” to help its owners and dealers come together for disaster relief and community service initiatives.

Terex is a leading manufacturer of aerial device and digger derrick trucks. Photo courtesy of Terex.

Terex Recalls Aerial Device and Digger Derrick Trucks

The vertical cylinders and outriggers might drift when loaded and cause the platform to fall, posing an injury risk.

Graphic courtesy of NETS.

NETS Offers Drive Safely Work Week Resource

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety is offering free online materials to promote this year’s safety campaign in October.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Massaging Seats to F-150

Ford is adding massaging seats to its F-150 pickup, and showed off the new seats to a group of construction workers in Michigan.

Video Tip: Railroad Crossing Safety

A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a crash involving another motor vehicle. Here are some railroad crossing safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers.

John D. Correnti

Navistar Board Member Passes Away

John D. Correnti, a member of the Navistar Board of Directors, died on August 18. He was 68.

OnGuard Collision Mitigation Offered on Medium-Duty Trucks

Meritor Wabco’s OnGuard Collision Mitigation System is now available for medium-duty trucks, the company has announced.

GPS Insight Releases Hours-of-Service Solution

GPS Insight announced the release of the new GPS Insight Hours of Service solution enabling organizations with a paperless Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliant system.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Public CNG Station Opens in S.C.

Energy services provider Piedmont Natural Gas and convenience store operator The Spinx Company have opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Anderson, S.C., the companies announced.

Image: Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG)

Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors is urging transportation leaders on Capitol Hill “to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation's highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund.”

September/October 2015 issue

Work Truck Increases Magazine Frequency to Monthly

Work Truck Magazine — from Bobit Business Media, the world's largest fleet publisher — is responding to industry demand and increasing its frequency from six times to 12 times a year for 2016.

Photo of F-450 Super Duty chassis cab courtesy of Ford.

Commercial Truck Registrations Rise 12 Percent

Commercial and government fleets added 350,837 trucks in classes 3-8 through the first half of 2015 for a 12.1 percent increase from the comparable period a year ago, according to IHS Automotive's second quarter commercial vehicle report.

Photo of 2015 Dodge Journey courtesy of FCA US.

Fleet Sales Rise 15 Percent In August

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine vehicle manufacturers rose 15 percent to 50,552 units in August in part due to a surge in passenger-car purchases, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo courtesy of VNG.

VNG Adds CNG Fueling at Houston Circle K

VNG.co has implemented compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at a newly opened Circle K location in Houston, the company announced.

Photo: Jim Park

GHG Phase 2 Rule Comment Period Extended

Two weeks have been added to the period in which comments on the proposed Phase 2 round of federal GHG rules for commercial vehicles will be accepted.

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Nissan Names U.S. Sales Chief, Reshuffles Fleet Roles

Nissan has promoted Dan Mohnke to lead its U.S. sales efforts to replace the departing Derrick Hatami, and appointed a new director of fleet sales earlier this summer.

Daimler Invests $18M to Upgrade Oregon Test Facility

Daimler Trucks North America has committed to investing $18 million to upgrade its current research and development facility in Madras, Ore.

Photo of Ram ProMaster passenger van by Vince Taroc.

Ram ProMaster, ProMaster City Get Light Updates for 2016

FCA US has added several updates to its Ram ProMaster full-size van for the 2016 model year, including optional side windows for airport and hotel shuttle fleet operators.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Work-Related Driving Time Rises in Past Decade

Daily commuting and work related traveling has increased slightly while total travel time per person has decreased over the past 11 years, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Time Warner Cable Adds 540 Aluminum F-150s

Time Warner Cable has purchased 540 of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup trucks with extensive aluminum and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost with stop-start technology to aid its emissions reduction efforts.

Photo of bi-fuel CNG Ford F-150 courtesy of Westport.

Westport Acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions

Westport Innovations is acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions in an all-stock deal valued at about $7.54 per share that will create "a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company," according to Westport.

Photo of 2016 Chrysler Town & Country courtesy of FCA US.

2016 Chrysler T&C Revamp Includes PHEV

FCA US is planning an extensive revamp of its Chrysler Town & Country for the 2016 model year that includes introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the minivan.

Fleets in the yellow-colored counties can apply for grant funding. Map courtesy of North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Awarding $2.5M in Emission Reduction Grants

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is offering $2.5 million in grant funding for public and private fleets to improve vehicle efficiency. Fleets with operations in the 10-county Dallas-Fort Worth ozone non-attainment area can apply.

Jasper Remanufacturing Facility Earns Safety Certification

The Indiana Department of Labor has granted a three-year extension of the Star Certification of Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ Jasper, Ind., remanufacturing facility in Indiana’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

(l. to r.) CARB Member Barbara Riordan and Marcie Rodriguez of Redwood Products, Inc stand in front of hybrid delivery truck that was awarded the 2,000th heavy-duty clean vehicle voucher incentive. Photo courtesy of CARB.

Calif. Awards 2,000th Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher

California has handed out 2,000 vouchers to fleets to fund hybrid and battery-electric zero-emission trucks and buses under a grant program overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the board has announced.





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