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Screen capture of I-96 and I-696 corridor obtained from Michigan.gov site.

Michigan DOT Testing 'Smart' Roads

A 20-mile stretch of Michigan's interstate 96 and I-696 has been equipped with cameras and monitors to test the Department of Transportation's (MDOT) connected-corridor initiative, reported the Detroit News.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.

Navistar Names New Treasurer

Navistar International Corporation announced that Bill McMenamin, president of Navistar Financial Corporation (NFC), will add responsibilities as senior vice president and treasurer of the company.

Diesel Prices Drop as Oil Hits 6-Year Lows

Amidst some of the lowest crude oil prices since 2009, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued its more than 2-month streak of price drops.

Webb (left) and Halliday

Element Names Webb President of Fleet Management Unit

Element Financial Corp. has tapped the leader of the recently acquired GE Capital fleet unit as president and chief executive for its U.S. fleet management company and will shift the existing president to its Toronto-based operation.

Truck and Van News: Recalls, 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Cold Weather Testing

Recent headlines include FCA and Ford recalls, 2016 Nissan van enhancement, and 2016 Tacoma pricing.

Video Safety Tips for the New School Year

The National Safety Council and Washington State offer driving advice for back-to-school season.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Recalls Ram 4500 and 5500 Trucks

The recall, which involves just 199 vehicles, will address a front suspension issue.

Photo courtesy of Renewable Energy Group.

REG Acquires Wash. Biodiesel Refinery

Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc., including the 100-million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery and terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash., the company announced.

A Class 5 International TerraStar Dump Truck. (Photo: Navistar)

Class 5-7 Truck Orders on the Rise

For the month of July, Class 5-7 trucks posted 15,900 net orders, vs. the 14,700 units posted in June, with Class 6-7 orders up 7 percent year-over-year.

Colo. Selects CNG Stations for Grant Program

The Colorado Energy Office, along with the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Transportation, has selected four compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station locations under the third round of funding from the ALT Fuels Colorado grant program.

World of Speed to Host Pacific Northwest NAFA Chapter Meeting

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the NAFA Fleet Management Association will be held Thursday, September 10 at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Ore.

Honda of America Executive Vice President and CEO Tom Shoup speaks at the opening of the company's CNG fueling station in Marysville, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda Opens Public CNG Station in Ohio

Honda has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its campus in Marysville, Ohio, the company announced.

Port of Virginia Relaunches Clean-Diesel Incentive Program

The Port of Virginia has relaunched its Green Operator Program, which provides up to $20,000 toward the purchase of clean-diesel trucks that service the port and up to $6,000 toward the purchase and installation of retrofit devices, announced Virginia Clean Cities (VCC).

Graph courtesy of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Real-World Fuel Economy Improves Gradually

Fuel economy has seen a gradual increase in light-duty vehicles since the 1990s with a 1.8 mpg improvement in 2013, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Photo of 2015 NV cargo van courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Enhances Vans for 2016

Nissan's full-size and compact vans will receive light updates for the 2016 model year, including additional air bags, technology, and exterior colors, Nissan has announced.

Photo of USPS trucks in Venice, Calif., by Paul Clinton.

USPS Begins Same-Day Grocery Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering bottled water, fresh fish, and electronics in New York City as it begins a shift toward same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, and Amazon.com.

Photo of 2016 Land Rover courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Land Cruiser Gets 2016 Makeover

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser gets small all-over updates including an improved drivetrain and driver assistance technologies.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD crew cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's Diesel Titan XD Arrives as Crew Cab

Nissan will offer a crew cab model of its 2016 Titan XD as the first available model of the refreshed full-size pickup when it becomes available later this year, Nissan has announced.

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.

Graphic courtesy of NETS.

NETS Releases Online Toolkit for Fleet Drivers

The traffic safety group is helping employers gear up for a Drive Safely Work Week campaign that stresses the importance of planning ahead.

Mass. Contractor's Fleet Manager Retires

Jack Surgen, fleet manager for Massachusetts-based contractor Daniel O'Connell's Sons, Inc. has retired.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma SR5 Access Cab courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Sets 2016 Tacoma Pricing

The third-generation 2016 Toyota Tacoma base model SR will carry a retail price of $24,200 when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September for about a $3,000 increase over the outgoing model.

Design rendering of new corporate HQ courtesy of Marion Body Works.

Truck Body Company Expands HQ

Officials of Marion Body Works, Inc. have announced that they have signed an agreement with Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. to build a new headquarters and expand an existing manufacturing facility.

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