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Truck and Van News: GM Diesel, RAM 3500, Concrete Mixer Recalls

Recent headlines include 2015 Ford F-150 being named IIHS top pick, 2016 Ram 3500, and GM trucks' diesel performance.

Element-GE Capital Fleet Acquisition Clears Regulatory Hurdle

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination to the waiting period under an anti-trust law for Element Financial Corp. to acquire GE Capital's fleet management unit.

Kelley Platt. Photo: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America Names Chief Diversity Officer

Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, has been assigned the additional responsibility to serve as Daimler Trucks North America's chief diversity officer.

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Investor Consortium to Acquire LeasePlan Corp.

The Dutch parent of LeasePlan USA, which is one of the largest global fleet management companies, will be sold to a consortium of investors including pension funds in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Singapore.

Kenworth Plant Earns Top Workplace Award

Kenworth's assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently earned a 2015 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo:

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 Dually Heavy Duty Photo via Ram Truck

First 2016 Ram 3500 Rolls off Assembly Line

Ram Truck announced that the first 2016 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has rolled off of the assembly line at the company's Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico.

Photo courtesy of Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Turn Fleet Technology Expo Into a Vacation

Come enjoy the attractions in Long Beach and surrounding areas while also learning how to build a smart and efficient fleet.

Photo if 2016 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Top Trim F-150 Limited for 2016

Ford introduces improvements, more standard technology and driver convenience features with 2016 F-150 Limited. Ford's new luxury trim will go on sale this winter.

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TruStar Opens Public CNG Station in Orlando

TruStar Energy has opened its first company-branded public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Orlando, Fla., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives

Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.

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FCA Plant Builds 1 Millionth 8-Speed Transmission

FCA US has produced its 1 millionth TorqueFlite 845RE 8-speed automatic transmission at their Kokomo Transmission Plant, the company announced.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

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Terex Recalls Concrete Mixer Trucks

In 120 trucks, the concrete mixing drum is at risk for separating from the vehicle.


Element Financial's President Explains GE Capital Buy

The president of Element Financial Corp. provides the strategic thinking and explains the impact on the fleet industry of the company's acquisition of GE Capital Fleet Services in an exclusive interview with Automotive Fleet.

Photo via University of Michigan

Test Site Opens for Automated and Connected Vehicles

Navistar is the latest truck maker to get involved in autonomous vehicles, with its involvement in a project that aims to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021.

Diesel Prices Down for Two Consecutive Months

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued a now two-month-long streak of decreases

Video: 7 Tips for Curbing Distracted Driving

Farmers Insurance offers seven ways drivers can help curb distractions that can compromise driving safety.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

EPA Certifies Blossman's Propane Autogas Transit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Blossman Services' propane-autogas-powered Ford Transit van, the vehicle modifier announced.


NTEA Names New Director of Fleet Operations

NTEA has appointed Christopher Lyon as its director of fleet relations. He will replace Bob Johnson, who officially retires Oct. 9, after more than 11 years of service to the association.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Developing Headlights for Hazards at Night

Ford is developing headlights that will help drivers more easily identify potential hazards while driving at night that will also widen the beam at tricky junctions, Ford has announced.


A&R Logistics Names Area Maintenance Manager

Timothy Brevoort was named area maintenance manager for A&R Logistics, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. He assumed this position in February.

Photo: Tom Berg

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.

EPA Sues Navistar, Says Some Engines Were Illegal

Because 7,750 engines were not fully assembled in 2009 but in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency says Navistar should have obtained an exemption in the form of a certificate of compliance, but didn’t.

Daimler Trucks Becomes Minority Investor in Zonar

Daimler Trucks North America has become a minority investor in Zonar Systems - five years after the two companies partnered up to launch the Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system.

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Lamb was the first AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year winner in 1985. He was formerly a fleet manager for the Houston-based Exxon Company USA.

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