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Peterbilt's New Vocational Model 567 Enters Production

Peterbilt Motors Company has started production of its new vocational Model 567 with a set-forward front axle configuration.

Merchants' owners (clockwise from upper left) Jeffery Singer, Michael Sydney, Gary Singer, and Robert Singer

Merchants Forms Strategic Alliance with Alamo Leasing

Merchants Fleet Management has formed a strategic alliance with Alamo Leasing, a Texas-based fleet leasing company that specializes in the hospitality, healthcare, and oil & gas industries.

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Fleet Sales Slide 3.5 Percent in July

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to commercial fleets fell 3.5 percent to 44,303 units in July mostly due to a slide in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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Element Names Commercial Truck Center Manager

Element Fleet Management has appointed Art Cohen as manager of its Commercial Truck Center (CTC), located in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Toyota Shuns Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Instead of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Toyota will roll out a smartphone-integration infotainment platform from Silicon Valley-based Telenav initially on the 2016 Tacoma.

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

Photos of crash-testing of the crew cab (left) and extended cab models of the 2015 F-150 courtesy of IIHS.

Ford Upgrading Crashworthiness of 2016 F-150

The 2016 Ford F-150 will offer increased driver crash protection from the 2015 model, after the extended-cab model didn't earn the top safety rating in an insurance industry crash test, a spokesman told Automotive Fleet.

Artist rendering of the updated Flint Assembly Plant courtesy of GM.

GM Invests $877M in Pickup Plant

General Motors will invest $877 million to upgrade its Flint Assembly Plant to support production of its Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups, GM has announced.

The 2016 GMC Canyon will feature an available 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. (PHOTO: GM)

Low Diesel Prices Enhance Clean Diesel Pickup Market

With diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009, the U.S. vehicle market is prime for potential market increases as several new 2016 clean diesel cars and pickup trucks prepare to hit showrooms in the coming months.

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Texas Convenience Stores Enlist Ryder Box Trucks

The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association has outsourced its fleet operations by signing a full service leasing agreement with Ryder System for 25 medium-duty box trucks, Ryder has announced.

IPAF Successfully Trials New eLearning Module

The International Powered Access Federation has successfully trialed a new eLearning module for its AWPT training program, according to IPAF.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Drop Again in 10-Week Slide

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 10th consecutive week, according to the latest weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Photo courtesy of TBHC Delivers.

Food Service Fleet's Video Tech Improves Safety

TBHC Delivers, based in Nashville, deploys SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet and sees dramatic decreases in driver texting and excessive speeding.

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GPS Insight, WEX to Provide Joint Fuel Card

GPS Insight has released the GPS Insight Fleet Card powered by WEX to simplify management of fuel purchases and reduce fuel fraud, according to the company.

Video Tip: Managing Driving Space

Here are some safety tips from AAA on how to manage your driving space to avoid collisions. You may want to pass along the advice to fleet drivers.

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N.M. County Fleet Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

The Santa Fe County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Office has arrested the Santa Fe County Public Works Department fleet service manager after he confessed to stealing tires from the county and selling the stolen merchandise.

File photo. The acquisition of DIRECTV adds millions of customers to AT&T.

AT&T Completes DirecTV Acquisition

AT&T has completed its acquisition of DirecTV, making it the largest pay TV provider in the world with 26 million customers in the U.S. and more than 191 million in Latin America, according to AT&T.

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EnLink Midstream Names Fleet Specialist

Lisa Kneggs has been named fleet specialist for EnLink Midstream headquartered in Dallas. She assumed this position in January.

Alt Fuel Excise Tax to Be Based on Energy Equivalent

A provision allowing liquefied natural gas and propane autogas to be taxed equally with diesel fuel by energy content was passed as part of the three-month highway bill patch.

August Auctions in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, New York and Kentucky

More than 1,700 pieces of equipment and vehicles will be sold off at JJ Kane auctions in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, New York, and Kentucky in the month of August. The auctions will be held Aug. 27.

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GM's OnStar Hacked, Volt Engine Started

A hacker has found a security vulnerability in General Motors' OnStar mobile app that allowed him to locate a Chevrolet Volt, unlock the vehicle, and start its engine.

Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.

UPS Ramping Up Renewable Diesel Use

UPS has signed agreements with three suppliers for up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years as part of its goal to significantly reduce emissions by 2020.

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

Photo: Republic Services.

Republic Adds 17 CNG Refuse Trucks in Denver

Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area, the waste management company announced.

A map displaying the "Best & Worst Cities to be a Driver." Map courtesy of WalletHub.

New York City Ranked Worst for Drivers

Due to heavy traffic and poor road conditions, New York took last place in a ranking of the best and worst U.S. cities for drivers. Two Texas cities (Lubbock and Corpus Christi) took the top spots as the most driver-friendly.

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