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Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Snow Plows

Here is some timely advice from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and a plow driver based in Iowa.

Average Diesel Price Posts First Weekly Gain Since November

The average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its first price increase so far this year, but remains well below the level from the same time a year ago.

Peterbilt Names Medium Duty Dealer of the Year

Peterbilt Motors Co. named a Pennsylvania dealer its Medium Duty Truck Dealer of the Year during the company's annual dealer meeting.

Photo of truck side guards courtesy of New York City.

NYC Adding Truck Side Guards to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists

New York City will begin adding side guards to 240 of its medium-duty trucks that will prevent a pedestrian or cyclist from being caught under a vehicle during a collision, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

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Drugged Driving on the Rise, NHTSA Says

Despite a drop in drunk driving, new NHTSA research finds that growing use of marijuana and prescription drugs is raising new safety concerns.

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GM to Update Chevrolet Equinox Compact SUV for 2016

General Motors will update its Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV for the 2016 model year and unveil the new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, the automaker announced.

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Orange EV Offers Electric Terminal Truck

Orange EV is now offering its T-Series electric terminal truck for on-road use in addition to the version it produces for off-road use, the company announced.

Carl Mickey Jr.

Mickey Truck Bodies Reorganizes for Expansion

Carl, who was most recently responsible for the Engineering Team, will now focus exclusively on Mickey’s corporate expansion, beginning with the pending acquisition of the 13 acres of land and facilities adjacent to Mickey’s existing manufacturing complex in High Point, N.C.

File photo.Philadelphia-based PECO's Terex XT55 hybrid bucket truck that had been supplied by Dueco in 2014.

Terex Corp. Acquires Dueco

Connecticut-based Terex Corp. has acquired the assets of Dueco, Inc., a Wisconsin company that sells and services utility trucks. Dueco is the distribution and service arm for Terex products in 17 states.

Wash. Utility Appoints Transportation Manager

Mark Stephens, CAFM, was recently appointed Transportation Services Manager for Snohomish County Public Utility District in Everett, Wash.

Photo of International DuraStar reefer truck courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar Details Post-Turnaround Plans

Top executives of Navistar detailed how the manufacturer will build on the ground it gained in the past two years and gave a five-year plan for the future at the company's analyst day, hosted at Navistar headquarters.

EPA fuel economy window sticker courtesy of Wikipedia.

Fuel Economy Improves for First Time Since August

The average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles increased 0.3 mpg and logged the first improvement since August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's monthly report.

Class 5-7 Orders Increase 11 Percent in January

Orders of Class 5-7 trucks, buses and RVs rose 11 percent in January over the same month a year ago, yet came in below expectations, according to ACT Research.

KOBELCO to Construct North American Excavator Facility

KOBELCO Construction Machinery announced its plan to construct a hydraulic excavator production facility in Spartanburg, S.C.

Navistar Launches Marketing Campaign for International Truck Brand

Navistar today announced its new mission centered on maximizing customer uptime, illustrating the company’s shift toward the future and its renewed emphasis on keeping customers’ trucks on the road.

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

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Lightning Hybrids' Hydraulic-Hybrid System Patented

Lightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, announced it has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Bolstered By Economic Growth, Low Fuel Costs

Sales of light-duty vehicles from nine manufacturers to commercial fleet users rose 16.7 percent in January mostly on the strength of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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Vehicle Depreciation to Accelerate in 2015

Last year the depreciation rate on used vehicles reached 12.1 percent, which was lower than the initial forecast. For 2015, depreciation levels are expected to hit 14.5 percent, according to a new report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings.

Calif. Summit Encourages Low-Carbon Fuel Usage

Industry leaders met to discuss the state of low-carbon fuels in California at the Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit, an annual event held by the clean transportation consortium CALSTART.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Western Star Names New General Manager

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

ARI Publishes Annual Industry Outlook

ARI has released its 2015 Industry Outlook, an annual publication produced by the company's Strategic Consulting team which highlights the key trends and opportunities that North American fleets should anticipate and prepare for in the coming year, the fleet management company announced.





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