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Ford will shorten its summer shutdown from the traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week for a majority of North American assembly plants, increasing production by close to 40,000 units. (PHOTO: Business Wire).

Ford Reduces Summer Shutdown to Meet Demand

Based on strong customer demand for the company’s newest products – F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer – six Ford assembly plants, along with supporting powertrain and stamping plants, will shut down only the week of June 29.

Third Annual Food Truck Contest Launched

Geared toward people hoping to start a food truck business or new food truck business owners, entrants can submit to win up to $10,000 to help spruce up their vehicle.

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Report: EV Charging Stations to Reach 12.7M by 2020

The number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations worldwide is expected to grow to more than 12.7 million units by 2020 from more than 1 million units in last year.

Diesel Prices Do About-Face

The average price of on-highway diesel moved a little lower this week, following six consecutive weekly increases, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Pedal Error Prevention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers five safety tips aimed at preventing pedal error, which occurs when drivers mistakenly apply the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

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GM Recalls Silverado, Sierra Pickups

Dealers will replace defective front-passenger air bag inflators manufactured by Takata.

Photo by OSX via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Recalls Ranger Pickup Trucks

The recall, expected to get under way July 13, is part of the expansion of the Takata air bag inflator recalls.

Photo of Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

More Ram Pickups Added to Takata Recalls

The latest actions bring Fiat Chrysler's global Takata-related recall total to an estimated 5.2 million vehicles.

Photo of Grand Rapids worker assembling cam phasers courtesy of GM.

GM Investing $119M in Mich. Components Plant

General Motors will invest $119 million in tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components at a Grand Rapids, Mich., components plant, GM has announced.

SAF-Holland Launches OE Parts Program

SAF-Holland is launching Bumper-to-Bumper, an original parts program hosting a line of service parts and tools across several brands.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

Sacramento County to Demo Electric Refuse Trucks

​Sacramento County (Calif.) will be testing out two battery-electric heavy-duty refuse trucks to see how they compare with diesel and natural gas vehicles. The county will demo the TransPower "ElecTrucks" at no cost for two years.

Truck and Van News: FCA Powertrain Warranty, Ford Transit Van, Mercedes Metris Van

Recent headlines include FCA rolling back powertrain warranty, Ford adding rear view camera to 2016 Transit Van, and Mercedes predicting the fleet niche for its new Metris van.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck, FCA Foundation Support Flood-Stricken Texas

Ram Truck and the FCA Foundation have donated $100,000 to the First Response Team of America, a disaster relief organization which is providing recovery and relief support to residents in flood-stricken central-Texas communities.

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Obama Lowers Ethanol Blending Levels

President Obama's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduced the federal required levels of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline, which dealt a blow to a biofuel that's falling out of favor in an era of cheap gasoline.


Fontaine Celebrates Safety Milestone

When the workday ended on May 8 at the Fontaine Modification Vocational Services modification center in Williamstown, W.Va., it marked the 2,000th consecutive day without a lost-time incident.

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Transportation Sector Driving Renewable Energy Usage

The transportation sector was a big factor in renewable energy growth in the past decade thanks to growing demand for liquid biofuels.

CALSTART to Manage Alt-Vehicle Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has selected the clean transportation consortium CALSTART to continue to administer the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty

FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.

J.D. Power to Acquire NADA's Used Car Guide

J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) have announced an agreement under which J.D. Power will acquire NADA’s Used Car Guide business. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2015.

Goodyear Retread Plants Open for Sales, Service

Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center retread plants in three important, high-traffic areas have opened sales and service departments,


Shell's Roadmap to a Corporate Safety Culture

In the opening keynote address for this year's Fleet Safety Conference, Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager, will provide a roadmap about how to create and sustain a successful corporate safety culture.

Charter to Merge with Time Warner, Acquiring Bright House Networks

Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable announced May 26 that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Fleetmatics Introduces Truck Routing Optimization Tool

Fleetmatics Group PLC, a global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service, has introduced Fleetmatics Routist, an intelligent routing optimization solution for fleets.

Photo via Webtech Wireless

Webtech Wireless Signs $4.7M Fleet Contract

Webtech Wireless has signed a $4.7 million contract with a major U.S. fleet customer for an upgrade to its Webtech Driver Center software.

Diesel Moves Closer to $3, Sixth Straight Weekly Hike

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel continues moving closer to the $3 per gallon mark with it recording its sixth straight weekly increase, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

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