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If a desert tortoise burrow was discovered, it meant either moving the work site or calling in a biologist. (Credit: Jack Goldfarb)<br />

Desert Tortoises Require Extra Fleet Precautions in SoCal

A Southern California utility had to take extra fleet safety precautions while building the 35-mile Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project, which runs through the heart of desert tortoise country in the Mojave Desert.

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package on regular cab and extended cab 2015 F-150 trucks. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Heavy Payload F-150 to Commercial Users

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford&#39;s president of the Americas, drives the first 2015 F-150 built in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Starts 2015 F-150 Production in Kansas City

Ford has begun production of its 2015 F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Assembly Plant about four months after it began building aluminum-body trucks at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Global Online Auction Set to Remarket Trucks, Tractors, Trailers

Heritage Global Partners , an asset advisory and auction services and a subsidiary of Heritage Global Inc., is managing an upcoming global online auction of a fleet of 115 trucks, tractors, and trailers later this month.

Altec Capital Offers Trade-in Credits with Options

Altec Capital is now offering trade-in credits of up to $20,000 toward the purchase of a new or new-to-you unit. Once approved, you will receive trade-in credit for a new lease on an Equipment Finance Agreement or $1 Purchase Option.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back

General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.

Work Truck Show Announces Innovation, Green Awards

The Work Truck Show has announced the recipients of its Innovation and Green awards. The Innovation Award was presented to Chelsea Products for its 249V Series power take-off. The Green Award was presented to Miller Electric Mfg. Co. for its EnPak power system.

Photo: Jasper Engines &amp;amp; Transmissions

Jasper Offers Remanufactured 6.7L Cummins Turbocharger

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is offering a remanufactured Holset HE351VE turbocharger. This turbo is for 2007 and current Cummins 6.7L diesel engine applications.

Ore. Utility Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video Series

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet supervisor for Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), Ore., discusses time management when juggling multiple projects and moving cautiously when making big changes.

Ambulance Recall Addresses Electrical Problems

Wheeled Coach Industries issues a safety recall and completes repairs on 18 2010-MY ambulances at risk for electrical malfunctions.

Photo by Chris Wolski.

Van Upfitters Roll Out ProMaster City Racks, Bins

Several van upfitters have begun offering ladder racks, shelving units and partitions for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van that entered the market in late 2014.

Photo courtesy of Altec Industries.

Altec Aerial Devices Recalled for Boom Malfunction

The action, set to start March 30, affects more than 3,000 aerial devices in the 2011 to 2014 model years.

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Hopes to Expand Factory for SUV Demand

Hyundai Motor Co. hopes to add a new production line in Alabama to meet increasing demand for SUVs as the automaker is seeing demand for its Elantra and Sonata sedans slow due to lower gasoline prices.

Southwest Products Expands to Northwest

Southwest Products announced the opening of its new sales, parts, and service center in southwest Washington, bringing its lineup of specialty vocational trucks and commercial generators to the Northwest.

City 'Getting Ripped Off' in Leasing Deal, Councilman Says

A Flint, Mich., City Council member says city taxpayers are "getting ripped off" in a $2 million vehicle leasing deal with Enterprise Fleet Management.

Photo of 1986 Jeep Comanche courtesy of FCA.

Jeep CEO 'Big Fan' of a Jeep Pickup

Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley remains a “big fan of a Jeep pickup,” according to a recent interview with the Detroit News. Manley also stated that the company’s history “says it belongs in our portfolio.”

Palfinger Names New Executive VP

Tim Arkilander has been named Executive VP of Sales and Business Development for Palfinger North America, effective March 2, 2015.

Mercedes-Benz showed a rugged off-road Sprinter at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Chris Wolski.

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Super High Roof Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering two new variants of its full-size Sprinter van for the 2015 model year, including a super high roof model and a Super Single heavy duty model.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

Fleet Sales Rise 6.5 Percent in February

Sales of light-duty vehicles to commercial fleets rose 6.5 percent to 47,156 in February with the strongest grown coming from passenger cars. Nine manufacturers reported the results in a monthly Automotive Fleet survey.

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes

This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.

Diesel Moves Higher, Passes $2.94 Per Gallon

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its fifth weekly increase but prices have started to moderate a little in some parts of the country, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

LISK

Lytx Executive Joins Truck Council Board

The National Private Truck Council has named Del Lisk, vice president of safety services for Lytx, to the trade association’s Institute Board of Governors.

ORTELL

Ortell Named Holman CEO; Conroy Named ARI President

Holman Automotive Group has announced that Melinda “Mindy” Holman has been named chairman of the board, and ARI President Carl Ortell will assume the role of CEO. Chris Conroy has been appointed as president of ARI.





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