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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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Obama Proposes NHTSA Funding Boost for Recall Probes

President Barack Obama has proposed a funding increase for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would boost the agency's funding by 9 percent to expand investigations into vehicle safety defects.

Yokohama Makes Leadership Changes

Several organizational changes were made within Yokohama Tire Corporation announced Takaharu Fushimi, CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America.

International Workstar 4x4 with Cummins ISB6.7. Photo: Tom Berg

WorkStar Available With Cummins Diesel

LAS VEGAS -- The International WorkStar vocational truck is now available with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine, officials announced at the World of Concrete.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Post-Snowstorm Vehicle Prep

This week’s tip focuses on safety measures that fleet drivers can take before they hit the road after a snowstorm. AAA provides helpful advice.

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Near 5-Year Low

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents over the past week.

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

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Gold Miner Adds First 2015 F-150 Fleet Trucks

Barrick Gold Corp. has begun acquiring Ford's aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup trucks for its Nevada gold mining operation. Barrick has placed an initial order for 35 leased pickups and plans to eventually add several hundred to its work truck fleet.

Brake Parts Finalizes Acquisition of OE Quality Friction Inc.

The purchase by Brake Parts Inc LLC (BPI) of the assets of OE Quality Friction Inc. (OEQF) was finalized ahead of schedule on January 28.

Southeast Utility Hit with $3.6M Verdict in Collision Trial

A couple was recently awarded $3.6 million by a Gwinnett County, Ga. jury after a major Southeast utility's truck rear-ended their car in 2010.





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